Faux Wooden Box Thanksgiving Centerpiece

faux wood box centerpiece

Ok, so sometimes I totally cheat when it comes to decorating for parties.  Why?  Well, usually a gathering is a short-lived event and I don’t NEED to go buy expensive stuff to make it a stunning presentation.  That is why today, I’m sharing a trick for creating a total fake out that I’ve employed several times.  Not only is this long wooden box not really a box, but it costs about $3 to make (far less than than what it would cost to buy a 32″ long wooden vase) and it always surprises people when they see how it was done. To the naked eye, this dinner party centerpiece is a floral masterpiece, but just under the façade, however, it’s a truly remarkable fake out.  [Read more…]


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Three Beautiful Holiday Table Color Palettes

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner which kind of blows my mind… how about you?  Usually after a few months of football and the darker nights, I start to get into the spirit.  This year, however, it’s been so warm and sunny, that Thanksgiving snuck up on me!

While I don’t host my family, I do host our annual Friendsgiving celebration, so after the realization that this holiday really is on the horizon, I decided to jump headlong into some research.

While scouting out possible ideas for my decor, I stumbled across some less than typical color palettes that I though would make my Holiday table really stand out this year.  See if you can spot my fave! [Read more…]

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

hot spiced cider recipe

While pumpkin has been the darling flavor of fall these past few years, I think we absolutely need to give the apple a little more credit.  I mean, doesn’t the flavor of a fresh honey crisp just make you want to go run through a field of flaming red foliage?  Am I the only one?

Regardless, I was having breakfast with a good friend last weekend, and the drink of choice (for both of us) was an apple cider topped with fresh maple whipped cream.  Sounds delightful, no?  It was, but it was a teeny bit too sweet as well.  I decided to head home and create my own version of this recipe.  My main goal was to spice things up with the cider in order to bring some balance to this wonderful fall warmer.

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Serves 4
Ready in 10 minutes

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 star anise pods (optional)
  • 1/2 of one orange
  • 2 quarts apple cider

Mix first five ingredients together in a coffee filter or piece of cheesecloth.  Drop the spice bundle and the orange into a small saucepan of  the cider.  Bring up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-20 minutes or until the cider has reached the desired level of spice.  The longer the spices are left in the cider, the stronger they’ll get.

I’ve just been making this in small batches during the week, but if you’d like to go the extra mile (especially if you’re making this for a party), I would highly recommend adding a little spiced rum (after the boil) and then topping the cider with maple whipped cream. It makes quite the fall cocktail.


I’ve been enjoying this sweet and spicy recipe (sans rum) as an afternoon snack with some maple sandwich cookies (from Trader Joe’s).  It’s really made each workday into an amazing little fall ‘moment’.

I hope you’re really savoring all of the little moments fall has to offer, no matter how small!  And if you REALLY want to jump into all the fall feelings at once, check out my other post today on 10 Ways to Feel the Fall!


Seven Happy Hour Appetizers You’ll Love


Summer, for me, is all about the happy hour. I have a post planned for next week which goes a little more in depth with the ‘why’ I’m happy hour crazy, but in the meantime, let’s just enjoy a few drinks, shall we?

I am not sure if you follow on Instagram (if not, you should, click here), we’ve been having some amazing fun over there this summer, and it’s been going on every Friday.  And if you’re a fan of happy hour, like me, it’s something you shouldn’t miss. [Read more…]

Tray Chic Coffee Bar

tray chic coffee station

Raise your hand if you like coffee.  Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever been staying out of town with friends or family and you wake up and there is no coffee to be seen and you feel like such a creep poking around in their cupboards looking for some of the liquid gold trying not to make any noise? Yes, it’s happened to me too.

It is for this very reason that I make up a little coffee tray when I have visitors. Not only is everything in one focal area, but also people don’t have to sneak into my fridge wondering if I have milk or cream or sugar or whathaveyou.  There are two big reasons why I think making a coffee tray is a brilliant idea.  [Read more…]