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3 Tips for Creating a Seasonal Tablescape

Two of my favorite holidays are almost here...Thanksgiving and Christmas! I literally can not wait to gather together with my family in a couple weeks over ham, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and more as we celebrate ALL the many things we have to be thankful for. I hope I didn't just make you too hungry :-) Plus, I may or may not be pulling out my Christmas tree next week (don't judge me)! If you too are totally enjoying this season and all it brings then today's post is just for you. 

Whether you are hosting your family's holiday gatherings at your home or not, this time of year is full of cheer - and likewise our homes should be, too! Obviously, the event designer in me is drawn to fun home decor projects, but often times with the busyness of life and executing sensational soirees and weddings, I don't get to implement everything I've dreamt up in my mind and/or on Pinterest. However, this time of year I make zero excuses, and LOVE decorating my home for the holidays. This year, I'm excited to let you take a peek into some of my decorating projects, and give you some inspiration to get you in the decorating mood, too. 

For all my homemakers, today I'm happy to be sharing my 3 tips for creating a seasonal tablescape, perfect for your dining room:

1. Come up with a concept first

If you are anything like me, places like Home Goods, Target, Michaels and more might get you into trouble if you don't go with a plan. To be honest, sometimes even with a plan, I might grab more items than I really need in a given store run. However, with a plan you are less likely to get tons of things you don't need. Trust me, winging it by coming up with everything for your tablescape while you're in the store is not the way to go. First come up with a concept, and it can be a loose concept, such as simply determining a Thanksgiving and/or Christmas related theme or the style of your tablescape. Then, determine things you might need to bring your tablescape to life and look around your home to see what things you already have, such as chargers, flatware, vases, etc. Lastly, headed out to the store with a budget and list, so that you can stay on track. Even if your store list isn't super detailed because you want to be open to unique items you might find in the store, that's totally fine, but at least have an overall concept in mind, so that you aren't trying to mesh the nutcracker and pumpkins together. 

2. Incorporate warm or festive colors

In terms of color palettes, Thanksgiving is recognizable for rich fall colors such as brown, gold, orange and other earth tones. Then Christmas just a month later is all about reds, greens, metallics, white and other bright colors that make you think of ornaments and holiday cheer. When putting together your tablescape, be sure to incorporate some of your favorite colors of the season to bring your tablescape to life.

3. Add decorative seasonal elements

What better opportunity than the holidays to express your creativity. Whether the style of tablescape you're going for is fun, festive, classic, rustic or glam, add decorative elements that bring out your style and reflect the season. You can choose anything from miniature reindeer figurines to pine cones to ornaments to add some flair and character to your table. When adding decorative elements consider small accents for place settings, table centerpieces or a full table runner of decor. 

I hope these tips have you all inspired to bring the joy of the season into your home! What other ways do you enjoy decorating this time of year? Share your ideas in the comments section, as well as how you think I pulled off my Fall tablescape. 

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Holiday Rice Krispies Pops!

It's "Tips Tuesday"! So today we're sharing an easy tutorial for you and the little ones to enjoy this holiday season. My children recently had a fun and festive Christmas party with a few of their friends, and we'll be sharing the full recap with you soon. One of the desserts we served, that the kids and their parents absolutely loved, was rice krispies pops. Since I was busy getting the activities and other details for the party together, I knew I needed the dessert process to be quick and easy, and it was just that! ricekrispiespops

Here are the easy instructions for these delicious holiday treats...

What you will need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats (purchased from the grocery store or you can make your own)
  • Red Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Red and Green Paper Straws
  • Knife
  • Cup or collander

7 Easy Steps:

  • Unwrap your rice krispies treats or if you plan to make them yourself, set out the finished squares on parchment paper.
  • Stick a paper straw in the center of each treat, and push  2/3 of the way towards the top of the treat.
  • Place sprinkles in a bowl and set aside.
  • Take 10 or 12 candy melts (depending on how many pops you to intend to make) and place them in a bowl. Heat in the microwave on 30-60 seconds.
  • Use a knife to spread a 1 - 1 1/2 inch layer of candy melts to cover the top, front, back and sides of the treat. The treat should look like it has a rectangular shape on the top, as shown in the photo above.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles on top of the candy melt layer.
  • Place in a cup or collander to dry for 5 minutes. Repeat steps 5 and 7 until all your pops are done.

It doesn't get easier than that, and I can assure you this is one tasty treat! We hope you enjoy!

Share with us your favorite holiday treats in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

 

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Holiday Shopping and Gift Guide

Happy Cyber Monday and first day of December! We hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend, filled with good times with loved ones, yummy food and amazing shopping deals. If you still have more shopping to do for the holidays, then you have to check out Bird's Party Holiday Shopping and Gift Guide. This guide is the perfect source for some fabulous gift ideas, party inspiration, free party printables, recipes, DIY projects, deals and more. We are so happy to be featured in this holiday publication, and hope you enjoy it! birdspartyholiday

Tell us what you have on your Christmas wish list in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Holiday Announcement

Happy Monday! Christmas is 38 days away, and we are pleased to announce that this year we are offering holiday decor services! Christmas is our favorite holiday, and we are very excited to add a sensational glimmer to your home, office or holiday party this season. With our affordable holiday decor rates, there's simply no reason to pass this offer up. In the spirit of Christmas, we are donating a portion of the proceeds to Bread for the City's Holidays Helpings program. This incredible program will provide over 9,000 free holiday meals to local families in need. Appointments are limited, so don't delay, schedule your holiday services today at info@sensationalsoirees.com! Check out how we've kicked off our "Sensational Holidays" thus far:

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We hope we have you all excited for Christmas! We look forward to helping make your holidays simply sensational! Contact us today for more information regarding our holiday decor services. Tell us about your favorite holiday color schemes in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

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NEW Christmas Cards and Invitations

Happy Monday! Last week, we shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving greeting cards. Well, with Christmas also right around the corner, today we're sharing festive holiday stationery. Whether you are hosting a holiday party or preparing to send season's greetings to loved ones, we have the perfect invitations and greeting cards available for purchase in our Carlson Craft shop. Check out a few of our favorites from the Christmas collection: holcard1 holcard2 holcard3 holcard5 holcard6 holcard7 holcard8 holcard10 holdcard4 holdcard9

Christmas is next month, so don't delay, purchase your holiday greeting cards and invitations today!

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Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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