simple birthday decorations on a budget

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Our first-born daughter, Sawyer, is the sweetest 16-year-old you could ask for. Don’t get me wrong, she has her moments and has a little sass in her too, but she blesses our family beyond measure. She never asks for much and didn’t want anything special this year, so her 16th birthday was a little tricky. It made me think about why the 16th birthday is such a special year, and to be honest I couldn’t think of much except for getting a driver’s license. According to Google, it’s a coming-of-age celebration. For me, it’s an excuse to throw a party and make it special, but Sawyer said no decorations. What? I cannot comprehend this statement; it does not compute. After some intense questioning, it came down to her being modest and not wanting a lot of attention. Naturally, we compromised! I explained to her my ideas for simple birthday decorations on a budget, and she agreed to a corner being decorated. She didn’t even want a birthday cake (doesn’t like cake) so I considered this corner a huge win.


simple birthday decorations on a budget
Nashville, TN – June 2022

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #1

The first decoration was using streamers and some yarn. I already had the yarn and white crepe paper, so I spend $4 on the other four colors. I even purchased them at the party store she works at, and she approved of the colors (there wasn’t a ton to choose from). I prefer about five colors, but you can use any number of colors you want. The quickest way to put together the crepe paper fringe is to make it on the floor. I used a stapler which was a fast method to securing each strand. I left the front half of each fringe a little shorter to add more texture. I measured the length I’d need and cut that amount of yarn for each length of fringe. I like overlapping the fringe and letting them swoop down some. There are many things you can do with this method, so have fun and you’ll love how quick and easy it is to make.

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #2

The next decoration is too easy to not do. I bought some packages of yellow and white balloons from the dollar store and used instructions I read at Hobby Lobby. I noticed a colorful endcap at Hobby Lobby full of balloon arch kits and stuff. One of the kits was to make these balloon towers and I was intrigued. After reading the back of the package, I realized that the kit didn’t come with special supplies to make the tower, but you got the balloons in the colors from the front of the package. There was no way I was going to pay $12 just for those certain colors. You can see in the video how to make this tower, but I’ll try to explain it here as well. I used my automatic balloon pump, balloons, and that yarn from before. Blow up two balloons and tie them together. I thought this would be tricky, but if you don’t overinflate, it’s easy and doesn’t hurt your fingers. Set the tied balloons aside. Take two more balloons, blow them up, and tie together. Take your two sets of tied balloons and twist them together – this makes the four balloons stay together. I used yarn to tie them together and this starts the base of the tower. Repeat these steps, add each set of four balloons to the tower and use the yarn to connect them. The yarn will go up through the center of the tower, holding them all together.

I stopped my tower when I did because it was tipping over, I didn’t want it too tall below the crepe paper fringe, and I was running out of balloons. Anyway, I love this tower idea and can’t wait to try some more looks with it. I also snuck in the vintage marquee letter S. The string of lights inside no longer works, and I didn’t replace it because I knew she wouldn’t want it turned on. I still count it as a win that the S was allowed to stay. I love this vintage letter, it used to be in her bedroom and while she’s outgrown it, I haven’t. I’m going to hold onto it, you just never know.

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #3

The final simple birthday decoration on a budget was a kraft Paper Mache candy tray. I found the numbers one and six at Joann’s, $5.99 each, and I used some of the crepe paper and baking cups I already had on hand. Once you cut the front side off, carefully using a kraft knife, you can decorate it however you want, then fill with baking cups to hold the candy or treats that you want. I love a good crepe paper ruffle, and they are so easy to make. In the video you can see just how easy and quickly it comes together even though it seems like a tedious project. Just sew down the middle of crepe paper, scrunching it up to the machine’s presser foot as you go. I love sewing paper, so this project was really fun and relaxing for me. If you like a vintage look at Dollar Store prices, you’ll love this little touch. I just used a glue gun to attach the ruffle around the outside of each number.

In case you’re wondering what’s inside those baking cups, it’s freeze-dried candy! My friend Jessica freeze dries candy and then donates to animal shelters as well as other organizations that help the community. They have donated product and money to organizations – and they welcome you to contact them with requests! I couldn’t help but try all the various kinds and they are so good, it’s an interesting texture, light and crunchy. The saltwater taffy was the prettiest to me and I loved the Sprees the most. There wasn’t a candy that I didn’t like. You can check out their site to see some of the popular candy that they offer, but you can also send special requests for your favorites. They are a small business, but they’re doing great work and make tasty treats. I loved the aesthetics of the freeze-dried candies, but the flavor was off the hook. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. Be sure to visit StubbornBass.com and you can email Jess if you have any questions or would like to place an order.



Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget
The freeze-dried treats were so fun and tasty!

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget
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Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – How to Video:

Check out this short video to see how easy these three decorating ideas are to make!

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Altogether, I spent $14 on decorating supplies. That’s my kind of budget, and it didn’t take much time at all to put it together. Sawyer had a great time with her friends, and they enjoyed all the candy during the movie portion of the evening. I hope this post has given you a few ideas for your next party. We love birthdays over here, so I hope to come up with some more simple birthday decorations on a budget in the future. Be sure to subscribe and receive one DIY/Decorating email a week, as well as my free shelf styling eBook to download. Take care!

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Do you decorate your home for the 4th of July? I usually don’t, but I did this year and really enjoy the reminder of our country’s freedom – all around the house. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money or get too crazy, but the thing about using a few simple pieces and finding things around your home is that it can make a big impact. Several years ago, I purchased a huge canvas American flag from a vintage shop. It was old, but in beautiful condition and the size was grand. This was the only flag I owned – I haven’t ever really decorated for this holiday before. So, this year I decorated four spaces around our home, and I love how the simple decorating ideas for the 4th of July help our family to remember and celebrate America’s birthday.

I went to Target and found some canvas buntings, 3×5′ flags, and a package of mini flags. Besides my Target finds, I bought some red, white, and blue flowers and then shopped my home for more red, white, and blue decor. I also grabbed some red, white, and blue candy to create a little charcuterie tray for the girls (ok, for me too). The cute red tray was from the Dollar Store and I like how the sweet treats added to the festivities. I don’t have a lot of red decor, but I did have a red vintage table cloth and some red books, however, using mainly blue and white is equally festive and fun. Or maybe use mostly red and white, whatever color combo you use will be fun and make a statement to help commemorate our upcoming holiday.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Here are links to my Target finds, but Amazon and Walmart also have festive items to decorate with as well.

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Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
To hang my flags, I just use thumbtacks. They leave small holes that are easy to patch later.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
I printed some of the lyrics to remind the girls why we celebrate the 4th of July.
And you can find these cute freeze-dried candy cupcakes (and much more) on my friend’s website!

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
I found these faux hydrangeas at Target. They are really beautiful and are a great price. I added some faux magnolia leaves and a flag to complete the arrangement.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
The simple candy tray was a steal at the Dollar Tree. It can also work for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The wooden tray was in the Dollar Spot at Target (oval or rectangular).

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July
The size of this vintage flag is so grand. It really makes a statement and makes the room.

Simple Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July

Thanks so much for checking out this post! I hope you are inspired to add some Independence Day decor around your home. Even a few touches are a fun and easy way to celebrate. Wishing you and your family a safe 4th of July! Be sure to pin any of these images for later~


Pride and Prejudice Tea and DIY

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY

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My favorite book is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so this inspired tea party had to be extra special. Designing and planning my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was so enjoyable and exciting. You know, I’m not much of a cook, but I love all the other parts of party planning, but even the cooking part was great. There’s nothing quite like giving out an actual invitation to introduce a party or event – it may be a bit formal, but to me an invitation is very special to give and receive. I’m equally passionate about designing and installing the table setting and party decorations and making a few handmade embellishments to elevate the entire experience just a bit. But without my guests, the party would be nothing. My amazing friends dress the part and have even sewn their own costumes and accessories. It’s incredibly special and heartwarming to have such special friends to spend time with and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Invitation

The invitation for my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was made using a vintage piano music roll. Using my favorite free desktop publishing program, Canva, I designed a simple invitation and then printed in onto vellum paper. Next, I sewed the vellum invitation onto the paper roll and then rolled it back up. I embellished the roll tab and decorated the music roll box. I love finding ways to repurpose items or to give new life to vintage things. These piano music rolls can also be used as a table runner, gather several in a bowl or basket, or to create whimsical wall art.

If you don’t have a wax seal kit, you’re missing out. They’re so affordable and you will use it more than you think. I love adding a seal on envelopes, cards, gift wrap, name cards, and anywhere I can get away with it. There are so many pretty metal stamps to choose from and my kit comes with over a dozen different wax colors to use. If you admire the ways of the past, using a stamp seal is a fun one to bring back for all to enjoy. Sewing paper is another way to add an unexpected embellishment to a card, invite, or gift tag.


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Notice the bright red wax seal and ribbon at the pull – it really added such a nice detail.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
I used some extra music rolls to decorate the wall behind Mr. Collin’s pulpit!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
The music roll was placed in its original box that I decorated and tied shut.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Food

When it came to deciding on the menu, I initially struggled a bit. I wanted a feast like feel to the menu, but it had to be easy enough to prepare. I tested out a Cornish game hen recipe and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. However, while Jeremy’s hen was tender and juicy, my hen was tough, and they were annoying to eat because of their size. So, baked paprika chicken bumped up to first place and made it on my menu. Root vegetables were a popular choice during that era, so I baked baby potatoes with a tasty seasoning and used a crock pot to slow cook the glazed carrots. Homemade 1-hour rolls provided a nice starch with everything else. We enjoyed tea and individual Boston cream pie cakes. This recipe is definitely one to try, seriously delicious.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Craft

Once we finished stuffing ourselves, the table was cleared, and we started the DIY craft project. All we did was create little flower arrangements in a small compote bowl/vase. However, I made the compote vases ahead of time using Dollar Store materials. Check out this post to learn how to make faux mercury glass – this technique can be done for other projects as well. One of the things that helped this DIY go well was that I presoaked the floral oasis foam, we had steel chopsticks to help make holes into the foam if we needed, and we each had our own scissors. I’m all about sharing, but you really need your own scissors to keep things moving on your arrangement. I got some grocery store flowers and that was it. There’s something so relaxing about arranging flowers and in my opinion, there’s not a wrong way to do it. I really enjoyed watching all the arrangements come together, each different even though we had the same flowers to choose from.


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This compote vase was made with $2 of materials!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Decorations

Creating the room decor was most enjoyable. I had recently finished making over a vintage pulpit and I thought it would be perfect for the party. The pulpit wasn’t only perfect as symbolism for Mr. Collins, but I was able to store the DIY craft supplies inside it. I wanted to recreate a sort of ball room ambiance for the tea party, my modern-day interpretation of a regency ball room, this tea party needed to have a more formal feel to it. I used my union jack flags, also used at my Jane Austen Faire in 2014, to hang from the ceiling. These British beauties added a ton of flair, and I was happy to get another use out of them. Besides the tablescape, the other central focus of the room is the media console filled with books. I added decor on top of the console, placed a mirror above it, and created a clean and simple look.

The tablescape was a bit more involved. It’s my interpretation of a regency dinner, on a budget. To elevate any luncheon or dinner party, fold cloth napkins in a special way. It’s a simple touch but looks lovely. I would have preferred to have had fresh floral arrangements grace the table, but I didn’t have time, so dried greenery and used some faux flowers to create arrangements that would last. One of the fun details of this party is the table runner. I asked my daughter, Sawyer, to write one of my favorite quotes from Pride and Prejudice at the end of the kraft paper roll. She did a fine job and I loved being able to incorporate a quote from the book and movie. I found some damask gift wrap and tacked it onto the wall like wallpaper – it added color and faux luxury, it was so fun.


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Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
The brass candelabras are from Amazon!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
This double ruffled crepe paper is one of my favorite embellishments for party decor or gift wrapping.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
I used damask gift wrap on the wall behind the mirror to add some regency flair.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
Even the entryway got sprinkled with some British vibes.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

This Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was my favorite tea party so far. The best part is that anyone can host a tea party, anyone can buy or make some treats to serve, and anyone can pull together some supplies to do an activity together. A tea and DIY can be as extravagant or as simple as you want – and either way, your guests will love getting together to share this time of breaking bread and being creative. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you enjoyed some of the ideas and feel inspired in some way. A tea and DIY is a fun idea for a birthday, bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day, or any reason to gather loved ones and spend some quality time. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest – I find a lot of beautiful ideas to share!

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10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

When I help clients decorate a space in their home, there are two things that I usually add to the space every single time: lighting and plants. And I’ve heard all the reasons that people don’t want plants, real or fake. I get it, believe me, I have a black thumb and I don’t like dusting plastic leaves either. However, there are undeniable benefits to decorating with plants which makes it worth paying my seven-year-old to dust the fake ones or water the real ones. I feel so strongly about adding plants to any decor that I’ve come up with these 10 reasons to decorate with plants. You may not agree with them all, but I hope you’ll decide to consider plants when decorating your own home.


10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #1

Plants add life to a space. Do you know what else adds life to a space? You’re right, people and pets! Life is essential in a space, it adds warmth, comfort, and beauty. I lived in Oregon for 41 years, and whenever someone asks where I’m from and I tell them, they all say the same thing – I’ve never been, but Oregon looks like a beautiful place. They don’t say that because of the shortage of plant life. Oregon is lush with evergreens and deciduous trees, forests, wilderness, farmland, and even some desert. It rains there, a lot, but that’s why it’s so green and beautiful. The movie, Twilight, was filmed in Oregon because of the beautiful forests and rainy weather. My point is that you will never step into a room and think, hmm, there’s just too much life in this space. Adding plants to a space and the life they bring is a good thing.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #2

Plants add an organic element to a space. Can you think of some other organic elements in your space? There’s wood, baskets, stone, and even some textiles (think cotton). Organic elements are amazing for adding natural patterns and textures to a space. When we think pattern, we often think about man-made patterns, but some of the most calming patterns are organic and natural is soothing. Instead of hanging a painting of nature, consider bringing actual nature into your space and see how it makes you feel. (Actually, keep the wall art of nature too, but also add a plant or two~)

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #3

Plants help soften angular lines. Most rooms are full of angles, just consider the actual room itself (unless you have an awesome room with curved walls, but most of us don’t). The walls in a room have 90-degree angles at each corner, the windows and doorways, rectangular or square furniture, wall art, mirrors, pillows, containers, trays, rugs, etc. You get the picture. That’s why decorators love to soften angles with round things like trays, coffee tables, lamps, mirrors, accessories. Plants are another wonderful way to break up all those angles and lines that naturally occur in a space. When a space is all angles, it can feel cold, boring, and not lived in (picture a furniture showroom without decor). Adding a plant will help soften the angular lines in your space.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #4

Plants add neutral color. If I walk into a room that’s decorated in creams, white, beiges, and black, and it has some plants throughout – I don’t add green to the client’s color scheme. Plants naturally add color, but in a neutral way. In fact, green paint is sometimes considered a neutral hue in a home – it’s that powerful you guys. Green is my favorite color, and believe it or not, some people don’t like green, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have plants in their space. Plants are nature and provide color without ever clashing with a color scheme. Plants always go, all shades, colors, and types.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #5

Plants add texture. You all know what I’m talking about with this one. I think most people are drawn to certain leaf shapes or types of plants. People like the texture and love touching plants. A well-balanced room will incorporate different types of plants to add all different kinds of texture. The fiddle leaf fig tree is very much on trend right now and may continue to be so because they have such a pretty shape and texture, but that doesn’t mean I should fill every room with only fig trees. Use different types of plants to add all kinds of texture, from succulents to grasses to hanging vines – all the textures are awesome!

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #6

Plants add height. Of course, they do, I don’t mean to state the obvious, but when you’re styling your kitchen island, dining table, sideboard, console, coffee table, bathroom counter, etc. you aren’t styling decor that’s all the same height. To make things interesting and stand out, you’ll usually look for something tall, something medium sized, and then something low. A plant can offer you an option for any of those heights. Adding stems to a tall vase can provide some nice height, a plant in a basket or pot can provide a nice medium height, and some preserved moss in a shallow container is also a great way to use a plant for the low-level decorative items. Decorating with an indoor tree (real or fake) is one of my favorite ways to add height to a vignette (like in an entryway or corner of the room). Add some height to your space and keep the eye moving.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #7

Plants fill vessels. Styling shelves is one of my favorite things to do, and I love finding different types of vessels to help me style my home. And while it’s perfectly acceptable to leave vessels empty, adding a plant can instantly elevate the look and give the vessel purpose. It’s one thing to intentionally display a collection of empty vases, bottles, or jars, but if you have one empty vessel, make sure it doesn’t look like you forgot to fill it. If the purpose is to be empty, it should be obvious. If it’s not, consider filling it with stems, branches, flowers, or a plant.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #8

Plants can fill negative space in a room. Every room should have and usually has some negative space. Negative space is crucial in styling decorative shelving, counter and tabletops, and it’s just as important when arranging a room. Otherwise, things may feel cluttered, confined, or too busy. However, negative space is different from an empty space that you haven’t decorated because you aren’t sure what you want there. If you have a chair that’s floating out and away from the wall within your furniture arrangement, then you don’t have a wall to help style it and a plant can help in this scenario. It would be completely natural to give that chair a little side table or stool which gives the spot an even more useful function. Then if you place a tall plant behind the table and chair, it adds height, creates a trio, and fills some of the negative space so that the floating furniture doesn’t look out of place. The photo below is an example of floating a chair within a room and adding a plant to help fill the negative space.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #9

Plants add dimension. Plants are neither flat nor solid which makes them a natural at providing dimension to a space. Entryways are a great place to add plants because if you place traditional items in an entryway, it can sometimes feel a bit flat. For instance, if you have a console table, a piece of artwork or a mirror, and some decorative items on the table – it probably looks pretty nice but add a plant and now you have dimension. Lamps are another great way to add dimension to this space, but if you really want to up your game, place both lighting and a plant to your entryway. The photos below of my entry way show the space with and without plants. Both looks are fine, but I hope you can see how the addition of plant life can really elevate the whole ensemble.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reason to Decorate with Plants – #10

Plants are beautiful. Even if you still don’t want to add any real or fake plants to your home, I hope we can at least agree that plants are beautiful. Maybe not every plant has the beauty qualifier, but in general they are lovely. When it comes to decorating any space, I aim to make it beautiful and functional. I’m also a fan of bringing nature’s beauty inside the home whether it’s with flowers, branches, or clipped stems from my yard. So yes, add some beauty to your home by incorporating a plant, even a small one. The stems below are real, and they lasted about a week with water.

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

Maybe you’re not convinced that adding a plant will do anything for your space, and that’s OK. Or maybe now you’re looking around to find opportunities to add a plant here or there. Either way, I hope you’re inspired to make your home beautiful to you, enjoyable to you, and comfortable for you – and hopefully that’s with plants~ If you will, set aside any and all of your reasons for why not, and see if you can find just one of my 10 reasons to decorate with plants and then add just one plant, and see what you think. I enjoy my plants so much that I no longer mind watering the live ones or dusting the fake ones – and I live with a family so they can help with this part of upkeeping our home. Chores build character, I always say~ Thanks so much for checking out this post. As always, I hope you find inspiration to love where you live.


10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants

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Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

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This January we celebrated our first year in our home. One of the things that we wanted last year but didn’t get because they sold out like hotcakes was a patio set for the back patio. We love our view out back and the spring, fall, and early winter months are wonderful to be outdoors here in NW Arkansas. This spring we’ll be ready, and I’m so excited to share with you our stylish and affordable patio decor! Picking out a patio set is hard work y’all. We didn’t want to spend a lot, but I wanted it to look nice, and it needed to be comfy. The reality is that we’re not the type of people to sit in a space for a long period of time, so the furniture didn’t have to be the most comfortable stuff we could find. Even though it’s not practical, I wanted white cushions, but our set didn’t have that option, but light grey is close enough and probably a better option with kids. We found an affordable set and then I had a blast styling and decorating the back patio. Now we just need a fence so that everyone can’t watch us enjoy it~


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor
The patio furniture set up was easy, just a few screws for the table. The chairs swivel so they can also enjoy the view if they’re not needed in a conversation.

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

When it came down to it, there was actually another set that caught our eye. It had four swivel chairs and a firepit. The firepit was nice and the cover allowed it to function as a table when not in use, but the set would have taken up a lot of space and it was only four chairs. The set we selected only gives us one more seat, but the couch also lets someone lay down and we can arrange it a few ways if we want. The patio set we selected came with covers and it’s heavy enough to withstand the strong winds we can get out here (tornado anyone?). We were fortunate to be able to sit on it at Sam’s Club and see the details in-person. We’re happy with it so far, and I would recommend it to others. We could have got our set with a firepit for $500 more but decided that for us it just wouldn’t get the use.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor
This is the set from Sam’s Club that we got on SALE! We love the swivel chairs.

The assembly was easy, and Sawyer and I carried the pieces from the garage to the back patio with no problem. Then we got an ice storm… so my dreams of styling the back patio were temporarily put on hold. As soon as it began to thaw, I dragged Sawyer to Walmart, and we picked out just a few things to spruce up the new space. I used a lot of items that I already had, and I’ve already thought of a few tweaks so that we can serve food out there. If you already have some outdoor decor and accessories, consider paint to refresh or sometimes just a good cleaning can breathe new life into outdoor decor.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor
These are not outdoor pillows, but until I find just a few that I love, I’ll bring these in and out.

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Anyway, before I get carried away with more plans for the space, I want to share what I think is essential to have for a cozy patio space. After finding comfy and weather-safe furniture, find an outdoor rug to add a cozy and comfy feel to the space. Outdoor rugs can be hosed off and some don’t fade in the sun. I just think it’s an easy way to create a beautiful and cozy space that also feels good on bare feet. Plants are another way to add beauty and life to the space – and if you do planter gardening it should be easy to move in some of those plants to enjoy on the patio – and then back out into the sun afterwards.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Some accent furniture can also make the space feel homier and add a ton of functionality to the space. When we had to cut down a dead tree last year, we asked the guys to cut up the stump for us. Now I get to use those stumps as side tables for us to set down drinks, phones, etc. when we’re enjoying the outdoor space. Another accent piece is a potting bench, a tea/bar cart, or anything you have to place food and drinks on. If you have something cute to set up food and drinks it will make it easy to go out there to eat and enjoy your outdoor space.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Outdoor lighting is the final essential for your stylish and affordable patio decor. We will be getting an outdoor fan/light for the space because flowing air just makes those muggy nights more comfortable. I would also like to add some cafe lights or something to add a soft dreamy light in the evenings, but that may not happen this season – I just don’t have a plan yet. So, in the meantime, candles and lanterns will give us that little bit of accent lighting to warm up the space and create a cozy feeling.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

The patio space is far from done and I’m excited to watch it change over time. I’d like to make or find a vintage sign for the brick wall, and maybe I’ll move my cafe table from the front porch to the back patio so that I can have some teatime this summer with my daughters. And I just love the weathered ladder I found at Hobby Lobby to hold some throw blankets – my girls love their blankets, and I am known to get chilly, so a blanket ladder is a great way to display the blankets for use and then to easily move inside when we’re done. Now is the time to be on the lookout for those things that will make your outdoor space cozier and more livable so that you’ll actually use the space when the weather allows.


Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

Stylish and Affordable Patio Decor

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Retro Galentine's Party

Retro Galentine’s Party

I’m 43 years old and this was my very first Galentine’s party ever! If you’ve ever considered a get-together with your gal pals around Valentine’s Day, definitely do it! The set-up, food prep, and activity for this retro Galentine’s party was minimal and super easy. There are a few things to consider when hosting a retro Galentine’s party, but since the idea is to eat and have fun, it’s a lot easier to plan and coordinate than other parties. I hope this retro Galentine’s party inspires you to host a party of your own – it was so much fun!

The first step on my party planning checklist was to determine if I wanted a theme beyond a typical Valentine’s Day affair. After binge watching Escape to the Chateau (on the Peacock TV app), I was completely inspired by designer, Angel Strawbridge. She dresses in gorgeous vintage pieces, wears her spectacular red updo with a 1940’s flair, and almost always wears cherry red lipstick. I love the show and find Angel absolutely delightful and inspiring. And I’ve always wondered if I was born in the wrong era, I just love the great things from the 50’s! So, a retro Galentine’s party was the theme for me, I mean, who doesn’t like to get all dolled up once in a while? The retro Galentine’s party theme didn’t dictate much, but it was fun to add a few touches here and there.


Retro Galentine's Party

I created retro inspired invitations using my favorite free program, Canva.com. And to make it more fun, I combined the invitation with the party favor. OK, party favors aren’t necessary, but they are so much fun, and I love making them. If designing and creating party favors for custom parties was a job, sign me up, I’m your gal. Anyway, I used black and white polka dot paper bags to hold the printed invite, some chocolates, a box of candy cigarettes, and most importantly, pioneer red lipstick (that stays on overnight and then some unless you use makeup remover!). I was hoping my guests would want to dress up for the party (though completely optional), so the lipstick was a helpful gesture. And I was pretty sure most of my guests didn’t already have cherry red lipstick in their makeup bags (except for Natalie who rocks red lips). PSA: As you know, smoking is very bad for your health and can be highly addictive and deadly. The photo below is all in fun, and not meant to offend. Unfortunately, these candy cigs taste nothing like what I remember as a kid, but they brought back some fun memories.


Retro Galentine's Party

Retro Galentine's Party

The next step was deciding on the food and drink (literally the worst decision-making part for me). When I dread doing something, I keep it simple and just get it done so that it’s not as stressful. So, for the food, I arranged simple charcuterie boxes for my guests – no cooking necessary. These food-safe bowls are quite inexpensive at Hobby Lobby. I washed and dried all the produce the night before so that it was ready to be cut fresh right before the party started. I used cheese that was already cut, and I assembled the salami and pearl mozzarella onto skewers the night before. I also tasted each type of the of crackers ahead of time to make sure I wasn’t serving anything like cardboard, and I did leave out one of the cracker types. To drink, I whipped up a quick punch using pink lemonade and 7Up with a dollop of raspberry sherbet. For dessert, I let the theme guide me and I made hot fudge ice cream sundaes. For the sundaes, I made some brownies and used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to then add a cute little brownie on top of the hot fudge sundae. And I will use the leftover ingredients to serve my family sundaes for our valentine’s day dessert (minus the brownies, they’ll be long gone by V-day). Pretty simple, easy prep, and minimal planning once I decided what to place in the charcuterie boxes.


Retro Galentine's Party

Retro Galentine's Party

Retro Galentine's Party

The final decision was what to do for the activity. Well, in my case the activity was decided on first. We made a unique wooden Valentine’s Day card using our own photos. You can learn more about this fun and easy DIY here. I really like that the wood transfer technique is fairly unique, meaning most people haven’t tried it yet, but it’s very simple to do. Then everyone embellished an envelope using my craft stash. If you’re crafty, you probably have ‘stuff’ around for getting crafty, and when it’s all grouped together you can have a pretty good of it. Not every craft is for everyone but making one card is pretty doable for most people and I think we can all find one person to give a valentine to. I completely enjoy getting together with friends and being creative – there’s something very special about enjoying each other’s company while making something.


Retro Galentine's Party

Retro Galentine's Party

As far as decorating for this retro Galentine’s party goes, I kept it minimal and easy. I printed some retro valentine’s, cut them out, and tied them to a string to make a festive bunting. I found this cute valentine plastic tablecloth at Walmart, and then bought six heart balloons from the Dollar Store. That’s it! And now my seven-year-old daughter can play with the balloons until they sink to the floor. I reused my paper mache letters from a few years ago – I still do love the ‘LOVE’ letters and then I hung some older family photos on the wall because they are my loves and why I celebrate valentine’s day. I set up the crafting table with my supplies and some glue guns but left some space for our charcuterie boxes and drinks – otherwise it was minimal set up.



Retro Galentine's Party


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Aren’t my friends gorgeous and so much fun! It was a blast to dress up, enjoy a snack, and craft with my gals. I hope this little party inspires you and I want to encourage anyone who wants to host but is maybe feeling overwhelmed. You can do it, ask for some help if you need it, good friends love helping, and it doesn’t take much effort just a little planning – all you need is food, drink, an activity, and some friends to share it all with. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

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A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

My favorite author, Jane Austen, has once again inspired me to create a novel-themed tea party. I’m not sure yet if I’ll design a tea party around each of her novels, but I’ve enjoyed designing parties for my favorites. A Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party provides so many ideas to create a beautiful and whimsical scene and menu, but most importantly is the DIY craft. Marianne Dashwood is the musician, while Elinor is the artist. She’s a humble artist and seems to create for the mere enjoyment of it, and that’s one of the things I love about this character. Before the decor, menu, or invitations were designed, I knew I wanted to do a watercolor craft at this tea party.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

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A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

My friends were absolute naturals at watercolor painting! I was so impressed and in awe at their lovely paintings. If I could paint like that, I’d probably do little else.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – Decor

As with many of Austen’s novels, nature is often a focus whether it be discussed on walks, admired from a window, or just the scene that is set. I wanted to decorate the tea party in a way that brought a bit of nature inside for a whimsical feel, and to highlight the use of wildflowers and plant life in Austen’s works. I used decor that I already owned as well as creating a natural frame made from fallen branches and dried flowers from the recently passed summer season. Repurposing my branches again, they framed the entrance into this party space. One of the central themes in Sense and Sensibility is the Dashwood’s financial situation due to the passing of their father and law of heirs. You may notice some darker colors from the tablecloth to the attendees’ apparel to give a sense of mourning and grief. The dark rich colors also offset the gentle colors of plant life throughout the room. Some of the inspiration for the party design is interpreted in subtle ways, but it’s those details that I enjoy the most.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

I repurposed the book page table runner from my first Jane Austen tea party by cutting it in half to create two runners/place settings. The moss place setting was a treasure found at 417 Vintage Marketplace in Branson, Missouri. And while I love copper accents, these mugs get super-hot when filled with hot tea – beware~


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

Yes, all of these plants are fake, but don’t they just scream English garden living. I love redecorating and styling with stuff I’ve had for years to give it a new look. The only new piece in this set up are the antlers and they were purchased for my bedroom design, not for this party. If you can clear out your party room and then shop your home to intentionally add back items that fit within your theme, it’s like giving your decor new life and these details can add so much to your party space.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

This dining chair decoration was repurposed from the book page chandeliers used in my first Jane Austen tea party. When created for the first tea party, I really wanted them to be huge, but they were time consuming, and I wasn’t sure they would look good too large. So, I settled on creating several smaller ones and hung them from the ceiling. I’m so glad I made them this size, but they worked perfectly on the backs of the chairs. I added a book cover and some ribbon, and the effect was just so sweet.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

This ruffly paper garland was easily created using coffee filters, $2 worth to be exact. I tinted them with tea, spray painted the edges with gold, and then pinched them into these paper flowers. Some baking twine and a stapler was all I needed to finish the pretty little strings. This garland was then repurposed for my Christmas tree, and it is currently in some large paper Mache bowls as a filler.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

Each place setting is another opportunity to personalize and create details. This place card is a layer of vellum paper with the names printed in a pretty font, placed over a piece of watercolor paper that I did a quick watercolor ombre technique to. The napkin is a hand embroidered vintage handkerchief. Don’t worry, I washed them by hand, very thoroughly.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – Invitation

Party invitations are one of my favorite things to design. And since I only needed to create a few invitations, it opened up a world of possibilities to create something beautiful and unique. In keeping with the watercolor idea, I found a beautiful graphic on Canva.com and then created my invites. In Canva, you can create the size of your document, upload your own graphics, photos, and fonts – or use the ones included. Once my invitations were printed on a thin cardstock, I began the process of decoupaging the paper to a small canvas. With the Modge Podge dry, I then added some gold leaf accents to the top and bottom of the canvas. There is something mildly addicting to gold leafing. I love that it shouldn’t be perfect, and each creation is unique. The final canvas was then set upon a small wooden easel. I just love how cute they turned out. I placed the entire creation into a small paper bag and closed it with a ribbon.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – The menu

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love brunch menus, so for this tea party, mini brunch items were the perfect combination. For the Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party, I served mini breakfast casserole, mini garlic ranch smashed potatoes, caprese tomato bites, and muffin tin monkey bread. The menu was absolutely delicious, and each recipe was so easy to make. Here are the recipes that created my menu:

  • Breakfast casserole
  • Caprese tomato bites (herb cheese spread stuffed inside grape tomatoes with balsamic drizzle)

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party was such a highlight for me, and a wonderfully good time spent with friends. I hope this tea party inspires and encourages you with your own party planning. Designing parties has been great fun and I completely enjoy spending quality time with great friends – what more of an excuse does one need? I’d love to know what you think or if you have questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.


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Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

My teenage daughter, Sawyer, requested a boho farmhouse bedroom design when we were building our home. Knowing her as I do, and the subtleties of the boho farmhouse style made her bedroom design one of my favorites, so far. Sawyer’s boho farmhouse bedroom is my most pinned photo on Pinterest, and I get a ton of questions about her bedroom. Where did I get the pillows, the rug, the throw blanket, and the headboard are the most frequently asked questions and I’m dedicating this post to answer all those fine questions. Since some of the items are discontinued or were never online, I have found some of the best boho farmhouse bedroom decor to inspire your own design!

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Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Design first

The first step in any good design, is to gather all your inspiration, make notes, pick out colors, and give consideration to all the elements before making a single purchase. Sometimes it doesn’t happen this way because a single purchase will inspire the entire room design. However, in general, come up with a good plan before you start shopping. Mixing boho and farmhouse elements is easy, but the best way to make it look good is to focus on the colors you incorporate. If you go for a bright boho look, it will be more difficult to fit in the farmhouse vibe. You can stick with blacks, whites, and neutrals for your color palette, but you better bring on the plants to give it that boho feel. However you design it, make a plan and have a whole vision before working out each detail.


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Color scheme

For Sawyer’s boho farmhouse bedroom, I used muted and rich tones in the same colors. For instance, I used a soft pale salmon pillow which played well off the dark rust in the rug. And I selected the Magnolia paint color, Clean Lines, for the shiplap because when everything is out of the room, this neutral green looked amazing with the carpet, Alabaster white paint, and the light grey black-out curtains. The soft green grey was a good neutral to add some color but not overpower things. We have been in discussion to change the shiplap color, so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for updates on that. The main colors (washed out or rich) are salmon, teal, navy, and mustard.


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor

Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Pillows

The throw pillows were discovered and purchased over the course of several months, over a year ago, from Home Goods and Target. So, unfortunately, most of them aren’t available to directly link to. However, I have found several beautiful and affordable pillows that would also look amazing in Sawyer’s bedroom design, and I believe are some of the best boho farmhouse bedroom decor accessories out there.


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Rugs

I must confess, I’m not usually a fan of shag rugs or carpets, but the rug in Sawyer’s boho farmhouse bedroom design is one of the prettiest rugs I’ve owned. The colors and pattern are brilliant, and we haven’t outgrown them yet. The shag length isn’t too long, and it provides a nice texture in the room which is great for the boho look. As of now, you can still find this rug at Target and I’ve been tempted to get the largest size, but my home isn’t boho so I must resist. I have also included some additional rugs that I think would have also looked lovely in this boho farmhouse bedroom design.


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Throw blanket

When I placed the berry rust fleece blanket on the corner of Sawyer’s bed for the photo, I never imagined how many questions I’d get about it. Target had an endcap with all these beautiful jewel-toned fleece blankets, and I asked Sawyer which colors were her favorite. Berry was her first pick, but she pointed out several others too. And she has good taste, most of the colors would have been beautiful in her bedroom design, but that berry tone was quite special, and the fleece is perfect for snuggling. Here is the ever-requested throw blanket from the best boho farmhouse bedroom decor line-up (the other colors are also gorgeous):


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Cane Headboard

This cane headboard is officially, the first piece of furniture I built. I constructed it on the living room floor of the apartment we lived in during the build of our home. The design is simple, just pocket holes, and the cane was an awesome find as I soon realized it’s hard to get cane at a descent price. You can watch the short video below to see how I constructed and mounted this headboard (no frame, yet). The video was done in the apartment (it was so dark and confining to me).


Best Boho Farmhouse Bedroom Decor – Cane Webbing by the foot


There is something so peaceful and relaxing about this space – this is the best part of the bohemian style. The casual cozy vibe of boho mixed with the homey farmhouse feel is such a great combination, especially for my laidback teen girl. We have been in discussions to refresh her space just a bit, but I promise that the overall vibe won’t change at all – still relaxing, beautiful, and comfy. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below or over on Instagram~ Thanks for checking out this post, I hope you’re inspired!

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Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

This is our first Christmas in this home and it’s pretty exciting for us. It’s also bitter-sweet to miss out on family get-togethers and shenanigans, but we’re hoping to visit soon. This home is just like all the others in that there are primary spaces that I decorate for Christmas, but someday I’d love to have all the bedrooms decorated with some festive touches as well. I focus on the family room, dining room, entry, a cocoa bar around the kitchen, and the guest bathroom. And after having the Christmas greenery out for most of November, I was anxious to add some Christmas magic. I love using what I already have, but my 15-year-old garland was pretty sad, so it got replaced. Without further ado, here’s my vintage inspired Christmas home tour. Thanks for popping in.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The Christmas tree

I don’t know about you, but once the tree is up, the rest just falls into place. And now that we have a faux pre-lit tree, I don’t have to worry about wrapping lights and cleaning up pine needles – it’s pretty awesome. In this house, we have a large window in our family room and it’s the perfect spot for our tree. When it comes to the tree, I’m a firm believer in having all the family help. So, this year the only new thing for the tree I got was some extra wide ribbon, green velvet on one side and gold on the other. I actually picked it out for wrapping gifts, but the roll was so large and the gold side was stunning so the tree got it instead. Starting at the top, I zig-zagged vertical stripes up and down the tree. I didn’t have enough for the backside, but I’m not worried about it. Then I repurposed my coffee filter buntings from a tea party and added it in between the ribbon. This coffee filter bunting is so pretty, I may have to make one each year ($1.29 bunting is pretty affordable!).

At this point, I absolutely loved how the tree looked, but I knew it would be even better with all our old ornaments on it to bring back memories and give our tree a down-to-earth vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘designer’ trees, but because I sincerely enjoy all the different ways trees are decorated, I don’t get too caught up in perfection. It would be fun to have a small tree someday that I decorate exactly how I want without the kids’ stuff on it, but I haven’t felt like doing one yet. Now, keep in mind that some of these ornaments are very old, from my husband’s and my childhoods, and then the girls have picked out an ornament each year, have been gifted ornaments, have made ornaments. Year after year the ornaments add up! It’s quite the hodgepodge, but each year the tree looks different because of the base design that I do. After adding the ribbon and bunting trim, it looked so vintage and stunning – I was pretty excited to get all the family ornaments on it. Everyone helped put the ornaments, and I promise you that I only moved a few (just couldn’t help myself).


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The fireplace mantel

At first, I was avoiding the fireplace mantel. I had only finished the floating shelves inside the left alcove, and I was dreading all the work involved to complete the right-side. But we had a week of amazing weather here in northwest Arkansas, so I took advantage of it and completed the right-side floating shelves. And instead of decking the shelves out for Christmas, I just styled them with some simple neutral items I already had. Maybe next year, I’ll find some new treasures to style the shelves, but I’m just so happy they’re done that it’s enough. I found this beautiful cedar garland at Hobby Lobby, 50% off, and I wish I would have grabbed one more. I added my magnolia garland to it as well as some felt poinsettia picks from Hobby Lobby, and my stepdad’s antlers from his past hunting trips. Our stockings hang on one side with the LED taper candles and I gotta say that I’m loving the asymmetrical look.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour
You’re getting the first look at my floating shelves… all done!!! (Insert happy dance.)

Back in November, I mentioned that my color scheme for Christmas would be blush and greens. With neutrals as the base, and so, I have subtly added touches of blush and green. I love this color combo and I was able to reuse my blush pillows that I already have and only purchase two green ones to complete the look. I prefer feather-down inserts because they shape up so nicely and last longer, and it’s easy to change out covers or wash them if needed. I also love festive holiday pillows, but I always stick with pillows that I can use any day of the year. It’s the practical side of me, I guess. For the wall behind the sofa, I’m still figuring out what I want to do to it as a focal point, but for now I’m putting all kinds of holes in it to decorate this space with different things (so many nail holes!). I found this cool shelf made from a vintage door as well as the vintage ice skates, and the vintage match box on the right. The brass bells and LED taper candles. are from Amazon. I love these remote-controlled off-white tapers – they are awesome! The antlers are also from my stepdad.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The entryway

The entryway is simple, but it’s a great place to have our nativity scene. We’ve had this one for almost 15 years, and it’s been through a lot. The tip of the shepherd’s staff is gone, the donkey’s ear is gone, the lantern that hangs in the manger… gone. One of the wise men had his hand break off, but I found it and glued it back. Luckily, my girls love the baby Jesus, so he’s never been missing in action. The nativity scene is the focal point of this space, but I added a festive backdrop with a mirror and garland to frame the space nicely. And I have to add that I pulled out all the pieces of the nativity scene, set up the manger on the table, and asked Quinn to arrange it all for us. She did, and that’s how I left it. I just may have to make her my assistant, she did such a great job.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The formal dining room

For the dining room, I had a few ideas, but I’m also designing the space for my Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice tea party that’s coming up, so I’m trying to reuse some stuff and think smart when it comes to this room. We will host Christmas Eve lunch in here, so I wanted it to feel festive and cheery, but I didn’t want too much going on either. I do love Christmas villages, all styles, and I’ve been collecting these galvanized buildings for several years now. Buying a few at a time from different places means that nothing really matches, but the color. And while I love galvanized silver, I’ve come to adore gold as well. So, this village got a mini makeover with gold spray paint, and I love how it turned out. The gold mirror is new, I’ve been waiting for months for Hobby Lobby to restock this gold mirror and for it to be on sale – and it finally did last month! It’s the little things, ya know. The wreaths on the backs of the chairs are from the Target Dollar Spot, a set of three for $3 and they can be used as gift toppers or a pillar candle wreath next year if I want to change it up. In case you’re wondering that brown paper on each side of the mirror are vintage piano rolls. They are so cool, and I used them last Christmas in the apartment.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The guest bathroom

The guest bathroom is a small space, so just a few small festive touches was all I added to it. I swapped out the wall art and decorated the shelf. It’s not much, but the few touches continue the neutral Christmas look and it makes me happy. Sometimes less is more and even though this space isn’t totally done yet, I love adding decor to it for each holiday. There’s nothing new in here, but the wooden houses were from Target a few years ago. Right outside the guest bathroom is a little alcove with a linen closet and a corner with coat hooks that I designed with a board and batten wall treatment. This is the little space where I hang the girls’ advent calendar. It hangs perfectly from a grommet at the top of the calendar – no new nails in the wall for this decor. This alcove isn’t the guest bathroom, but it’s connected so I think it’s a fun space to have some festive touches.


Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The hot cocoa bar

Last week, I shared our hot cocoa bar. This is the remaining space that I decked out for the holidays and it’s quite different from the rest of the house. This corner is merry and bright and screams fun – which makes sense to me because hot cocoa is definitely fun! Two years ago, I decorated our entire home with bright and colorful decorations and loved it, but I like change so it likely won’t be repeated for a while. However, I spent so much time painting these paper mache nested houses, and I love the colorful bottle brush trees, that I had to put them all out again this year. You can check out the awesome hot cocoa bar here.


festive hot cocoa bar

Well, that’s it, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my vintage inspired Christmas home tour. It sounds so silly to call it a tour, but I suppose that’s what it is. And I know that there are a ton of amazing holiday decorations and inspiration out there – it’s all absolutely stunning – so that makes it all the more special to me that you choose to visit my blog and see what I have to share too. Like they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if our homes can increase our feelings of good tidings and cheer – I’m all for it. The thing about decorating your home though, is that it’s your space and should make you feel good – you should enjoy it. So, if you don’t put up any decor, or you decorate every room, either way makes me happy because I know how much a space can affect a person. Happy decorating, and please leave me a comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about this post. Thanks again!

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There’s just something special about hot cocoa around the holidays. In fact, I can’t recall craving it any other time of the year, and now I can enjoy it anytime I want with my festive hot cocoa bar. I have also discovered my own signature hot cocoa – often requested by my girls – it’s hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and an Andes mint. It doesn’t take much to set up a festive hot cocoa bar and not only does it make it convenient for self-serving, but it can also serve as decor. If you have a coffee maker that quickly gives you hot water, you can easily add your cocoa supplies to your coffee bar! To set up your own festive hot cocoa bar check out these ideas.


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Quinn is decorating her hot cocoa cup~

festive hot cocoa bar
Everything is contained in this huge wooden tray.

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar – DIY candy cane stir sticks

The first step is to gather up your ingredients. Our family loves Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate, and you can make it with hot milk or water – either way it tastes delicious. We like mini and jumbo marshmallows, any marshmallow works for us, especially the mint ones! And it’s also fun to add a mini candy cane or a Christmas chocolate to make it even richer. This year, I wanted something homemade for our festive hot cocoa bar, so my oldest daughter made these candy cane stir sticks. We have three different flavors, mini chocolate chips, candy cane bits, and hot cocoa powder. They are so cute and somehow make the hot cocoa taste better too. Check out this Tik Tok video to see how Sawyer made them:


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festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

As I mentioned earlier, we use our coffee maker to get hot water. It’s so easy that my first-grader can do it. Our machine has a setting for the exact amount of water needed to make a hot cup of cocoa (two scoops), all you need to do is add fresh water. Which ever way you get your hot water, you’ll definitely need something cute to put it in. Target has several festive mugs with adorable Christmas designs for only $5 each. Another option that we love are travel mugs that we can take on car rides to see Christmas lights or to get our tree. I love surprising the girls with hot cocoa when I pick them up from school after a long Monday. Gather up your mugs, some spoons or sticks for stirring and you’re set.


festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

Once all your items are gathered up, you’ll want to search around the kitchen for a few things to display and store the items. I like to gather everything within a tray and then to keep my add-ins fresh, I like to use glass stackable canisters. A tiered tray is another way to display your items or even a mug tree. Grab some napkins and you’re set. To help you get started, consider my favorite festive hot cocoa bar items.

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festive hot cocoa bar


If you or anyone in your family enjoys hot cocoa, you’ll want to consider setting up a festive hot cocoa bar this season. Hot cocoa bars are so fun for parties and getting guests comfortable at your get-together. It’s also a fun way to add some festive decor to your kitchen/nook spaces. And when the temps drop and the Christmas movies play constantly, you’re going need that cup of cocoa~ I hope this post has encouraged and inspired you to set up your own festive hot cocoa bar.

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