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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,





Happy Hump Day! We are looking forward to giving thanks with family and friends on Thursday, and we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones, too. To show our thanks for the continued support of Sensational Soirees, we are starting Black Friday early. Starting today through Monday, we are offering up to 40% off of our wedding and event planning services! This is our biggest savings of the year, so don't delay contact us today to take advantage of this sensational saving for your next event. Certain restrictions apply, so reach out to us at for the full details. blackfriday

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NEW Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

November is finally here, which means one of my favorite holidays is right around the corner...Thanksgiving! All month long, we hope you enjoy this special time of giving thanks amongst family and friends. In addition to spending time with your loved ones, sending a Thanksgiving greeting card to those near and far is a sure way to send some love and gratitude this holiday season. Today, we're sharing a few of our favorite Thanksgiving cards currently available for purchase in our Carlson Craft shop. holidaycards1 holidaycards2 holidaycards3 holidaycards4 holidaycards5 holidaycards6

Don't delay, purchase your Thanksgiving greeting cards today! For all of your stationery and invitation needs, browse our entire selection of Carlson Craft products.


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It's Time to Give Thanks!

Happy Monday! In just a couple days, one of my favorite holidays will be here...THANKSGIVING! While I'm anxiously looking forward to all the yummy food I get to feast on (yes, my pregnancy cravings are in full swing), I'm even more excited to share the special day with family. Another thing I love about Thanksgiving is taking part in one of my family's Thanksgiving traditions, where we join in a circle prior to our meal and one by one each family member shares some things they are most thankful for. This tradition is such a great way to reflect on all the good that has happened during the course of the year (big or small), and it allows us to celebrate each other. Today, I'd like to share some of my family's favorite Thanksgiving recipes, as well as some printables and other items that inspired us for this upcoming Turkey Day: MY FAMILY'S RECIPES

cornpuddingCorn Pudding

  • 1 Can of whole kernel corn
  • 1 Can of cream style corn
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of carnation milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients above.  Then fold into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with Pam.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

(Photo Credit: Big Oven)

coconut pieDeep Dish Coconut Pie

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup of carnation milk
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

Mix sugar, flour and butter together until creamy. Then beat in eggs. Next, add milk, coconut and vanilla. Fold into deep dish pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

(Photo Credit: Taste of Home)

Sweet potato pieSweet Potato Pie

  • 2 good sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 egg yokes
  • 2 egg whites beaten separately
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 cup of carnation milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

 Boil sweet potatoes until done, peel and mash. Mix sugar and butter together until creamy. Add egg yolks and beat. Next, beat in mashed sweet potatoes and milk. Then, beat egg whites until fluffy and stir into mixtures. Add vanilla and lemon extract. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (until brown and set)

(Photo Credit: NC Sweet Potatoes)


Turkey Napkin | Martha Stewartthanks3

Table Decor | Martha Stewart table

Activities for the Kids | I Should Be Mopping The Floorthanks7

Menu Planner | Grin and Bake Itthanks6

Kids Table | Spaceships and Laserbeamsthanks5 

Printables | HWTMthanks8

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we'd like to thank all of our clients (past, current and prospective), colleagues, blog readers, social media followers, family, friends and supporters for traveling on this sensational journey with us this year! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sensationally Yours,