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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baby's First Birthday Party

We celebrated my grandson's first birthday last week with a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? birthday party! My daughter and I are the Executive Directors for the Miss Akron Canton Scholarship Program, which is a preliminary to Miss Ohio and Miss America.  You ask -what does this have to do with the birthday boy?  Well, last year he was born right in the middle of Miss Ohio week.  Conveniently between the Miss Ohio parade and the first night of preliminaries!!  So of course his first birthday was, once again, in the middle of Miss Ohio Week.  Right now I don't think he really appreciates all the work his mom and grandma put into this program, but maybe one day he will see the benefits!
Everett with Miss Akron Canton Outstanding Teen and Miss Akron Canton!

Now since this was a very busy week for us, we made it easy on ourselves.  My daughter ordered the Brown Bear decorations from Oriental Trading Company.  I added a few embellishments such as the polka dot fabric over some crates to add some height and a few brightly colored snack cups.
All the food was purchased at Sam's Club.  
I had surprised my daughter with this fun birthday garland of the many faces of Everett, that I had seen on Pinterest.

I traced back the original pin to this post -  Baby Birthday Banner .  I just downloaded my baby photos to my Silhouette, resized them there - so that they were all about the same size.  I fussy cut the heads out- I like that term - Fussy Cut - it is fancy for cut them out by hand with a plain old pair of scissors!!  I just cut some cone shaped patterned card stock for the hats.  The fun part was that I bought some cheap party leis and cut them up for the edge of the party hats.  I just glued these all on to a long strip of card stock - and Ta Da - a fun garland!!
  I made my grandson a birthday sign using a black foam core board from the Dollar Tree and a white Jelly Roll pen by Sakura.  I found that to be the easiest pen to write on black paper.  The thicker letters and numbers were cut out with my Silhouette and glued on.  I downloaded some of the characters from the Brown Bear book and fussy cut those out and glued them on.

My daughter had seen these small birthday cakes surrounded by cupcakes at Sam's Club several weeks before the party and thought this would work perfectly for his cake-
and it did!!!
As you can tell, Everett enjoyed a portion of his cake.  It was the first time he really ate anything that sweet, so we let him indulge for a few minutes and then swept it away before he got a tummy ache!
I hope you enjoyed this party post as much as my grandson enjoyed his birthday cake!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am joining the following parties:
A Little Birdie Told Me @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Your Party Ideas  @ Bird's Party
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

We took some time this Memorial Day to stop and say thank you to the many men and woman who have given service to our country.
Many of our relatives have served in the Army, Navy, Marines and the Air Force.
We are grateful to those who have given up a huge part of their lives to be apart from their families to fight for the rights of all.
And especially for those who families who lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers so we could live in a free country. 
May we never forget their courage.

I hope you had an enjoyable long Memorial Day Weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

I have linked up at the following parties:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Dishing It and Digging It @ Life and Linda

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Creating a Simple Cheese Board Appetizer Table

Are you throwing a party and want a simple way to do the appetizers?  Consider a cheese, cracker and/or charcuterie tray.
We recently had a party to show off our new kitchen.  I really did not want a  mess of dishes in the sink and on the counters for this party and I was looking for an easy way to have some appetizer, so I decided to turn my kitchen table into a big cheese and cracker tray.
I included cheese, meat, fruit, crackers, nuts and mini croissants,
this way everything could be cut up and washed early in the day and stored in the fridge and cupboard until just before the party started.  My girlfriend cut some azaleas from her yard that we used for our centerpiece.
We like to call this a charcuterie tray - just because it the word charcuterie sounds so fancy.
But truly a charcuterie tray has more meats and is usually served on a wood board.  I only included some hard salami, summer sausage and pepperoni on my table and used a variety of trays.
To give the display some height I used my three tier galvanized tray and filled the top two tiers with fruit.  The bottom tier is several different cheeses, crackers and pepperoni.
To add texture to the table I used a couple of different weave baskets, one to hold some mini croissants and the other is holding some sesame stick crackers.
A little trick I used for these baskets is to take a glass dish that will fit down in the basket and turn it upside down just to take up some room in the bottom of the basket.  That way you don't have to fill the entire basket with the food item.  If you use a clear glass dish - it still looks half way decent if you should run low on what ever is in the basket.
Start your table by laying out your cheeses so that they are room temperature by the time your guests arrive.  Then fill in around the cheeses with different varieties of crackers and nuts.  I also added some dried apricots for some color.  Olives can be a big part of a display like this, but I really don't care for olives, so I went very sparingly on those!
Using a variety of trays gives it interest, but staying in the wood and grey tones of all the serving dishes gives it some cohesiveness.  

I hope this gives you some ideas for your next party!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Dishing it and Digging It @Life & Linda
Monday Social @ Let's Add Sprinkles
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Friday, May 12, 2017

I jumped on the Succulent Bandwagon!

Succulents are so popular now.
So of course I jumped in and did a Succulent Tablescape.
The only succulent plant I was familiar with before this past year or so, when they got so popular, was chicks and hens.  We used to have those lining our garden bed when I was little.
Now there are so many varieties available.
I think the second one in on this side of the tray looks like Shrek's ears!
I found these galvanized lanterns, very reasonably priced.  I may plant some of the succulents in a pot and put them in these lanterns instead of the candles I have here.  I don't think the succulent plants will last long in this galvanized tray because there is no drainage.  

There are a mix of fake and real succulents here. I have seen some bad artificial succulents out there, but I didn't think that these little pots on the place setting looked too fake!

Are you all sick of my green polka dot napkins?!  I have been using them a lot lately.
It's funny, they were one of the cheapest sets of napkins I have bought, but probably the most used.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful Mom's out there!!
Ann

I will be linking up at Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps On the Porch
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Inspiration Gallery @ Design, Dining + Diapers
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Dishing It & Digging It @ Life and Linda
Monday Social @ Let's Add Sprinkles

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
I love the colors and the food that Cinco de Mayo brings.
I realize that this holiday is probably celebrated more by people who are not of Mexican heritage than those that are, but I guess that is why I feel comfortable celebrating it.
I don't usually like working with bright bold colors, but for this occasion I pull out all the stops.
I see that I messed up my forks in this photo!!  
Some days you think you have it all together, then you notice that the flatware is all crooked,
that was before I had any margaritas!

If you like these bright colors - you may like some of my past Cinco de Mayo Tables:



I have this sudden craving for chips and salsa!
I hope you have fun celebrating too.

Thanks for stoping by,
Ann

I will be linking up to:
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Inspiration Gallery @Design, Dining + Diapers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Blooms Table

Things are really starting to bloom around us,
So I am celebrating with a Spring Blooms Tablescape!
I love this time of year when the greenhouses and nurseries are overflowing with beautiful flowers.
I could spend all day looking at all the different types of flowers.
I am not a great gardener, but I love puttering and trying to grow pretty things!
Although these flowers look a little more pink in the photos, honestly they match the plates beautifully!!
I thought I would have some fun using a paisley table cloth, along with checked and polka dot napkins.
I liked the look of the bamboo flatware with this combination, a little bit different texture.
Since we have done a major renovation on this house, we are in the process of digging new flower beds and doing some landscaping projects.  If they end up looking nice I will share them with you.  If  they end up being a something not so good - you may never see our attempt at landscaping!!

We have been having some very pleasant weather lately, I hope you are as well.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Water Hyacinth Placemat and rattan napkin rings - Pier 1 Imports, still available
White Charger Plates - Olde Tyme Pottery - years ago
Green Sorrento Signature Plates - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek
White Basket Weave Plates- Oneida Satin Weave - Dutch Valley Gifts a couple weeks ago (see last post)
Royal Stafford Hedgerow plates and yellow and green napkins - Homegoods years ago
Bamboo flatware - Pottery Barn - on clearance about 3 years ago
Green Stemware - World Market years ago

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I am linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Inspiration Gallery @ Design, Dining + Diapers
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Robin Egg Blue Table

You can tell it's spring here when the birds are busy building their nests.  This prompted my 
Robin Egg Blue Table
Since I never got to use my white cracked eggs for my Easter table I thought I would put them to use here while I reused the willow branches from my Easter table.
I love these basket weave dishes from Oneida.  I love the texture, plus they 
are just a little smaller than most plates, so they make good stacking plates.
I grabbed a really old bird house I have had for years and repainted the roof with a little robin egg blue paint, I still wanted some of the dark to show through so it would contrast a little more with the cream color of the house. 
I think the table looks really nice with my plate racks on the kitchen wall.
We had a nice thunderstorm last night, another sure sign of spring!
I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather this time of year brings.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Placemats and white napkins -Homegoods
Blue melamine plates and bowls (Well Dressed Home)- Marshalls
Chargers - Old Time Pottery years ago
Brown plates(Tag) and whitewashed pedestals - Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek
White basket weave(Oneida Satin Weave) dishes - Dutch Valley Gifts in Sugar Creek
Cracked eggs - Pat Catans
Flatware - Ikea

I am linked up at:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate and Decorate
Inspiration Gallery @ Design,Dining + Diapers
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easter Tablescape -Bunny Ears!

Welcome to my Easter Table!
The bunnies have joined us for this year's Easter celebrations.
I love these little plates that just have the bunny ears peeking over the edge.
I bought these on clearance after last Easter.

Here is another bunny that had to get into the action.
But I don't mind - this one is offering Dove chocolate!
 I did purchase some new clear glass plates that have an interesting bubble edge to them.
I picked up some flat branch willows at my favorite local store, Paper Twigs.
added some tulips and baby's breath for my centerpiece.
Right now I am working on my Lenten promises, so its off to set up for my church's fish fry for tomorrow night.

I hope you are having fun getting ready for your Easter Celebration. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann 

Sources:
Napkins and Pink plates - Pottery Barn two years ago
Easter Plates - Happy Easter Set of 4 by Rae Dunn - clearance at Marshall's last year
Cream color bunny rim plates - clearance at Marshalls about 3 years ago
Glass plates and spring twig wreaths used as chargers - Amish Country Peddler in Walnut Creek
Burlap placements - Pier One Imports
Flatware - Ikea

I am linked up at:
Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm