weekend goodness

deer head floral arrangement_sally mae photo

  1. Jessica’s idea of a really fun night out-on-the-town was to learn how to make pie, and it didn’t involve a single glass of vino. Her husband looked at her like she was slightly nuts when she said she wanted to drive 2 hours to a pie workshop. But with a love for apple pie {thanks to grandma} and a workshop hosted by Lexy with Proper Pinwheel in the mix, there was no stopping her. The party was featured on Style Me Pretty Living, and its worth checking out, plus it has a delicious apple pie recipe just in time for the holidays. You will see Jessica in a photo or two, and her pie, covered in hearts, of course.
  2. We read this blog post and wept. Not only was it beautifully written, but it broke our hearts and inspired us at the same time. It served as a reminder for us to appreciate the precious time we have with our families, to understand the miracle that our children are and what an honor it is to watch them grow, and how blessed our lives really are. Oren Miller, you and your family are in our prayers. You’re amazing.
  3. Make it a priority to Pay it Forward this holiday season like this young boy and father did. Get the tissues out…again.
  4. We’re obsessed with antler and deer decor this holiday season, and when combined with mixed metallics, gold, greenery, wood and wine, we are “head over deers.” This holiday craft party is absolutely gorgeous!
  5. Conni sets the table beautifully for Thanksgiving. Perhaps you can gather some ideas for your own Thanksgiving celebration?

Have a lovely weekend, and stay warm.

PHOTO LOVE
Styling by the one and only Lexy at The Proper Pinwheel
Photography by the talented Sally Mae Photography
Flowers from Flower Muse

{free printable} where the cool kids sit and play I SPY

ispywithmylittleeye_jsorelle

One of our kid’s favorite games to play at the dinner table is I Spy. So this year, we’re happy to bring the tradition of I spy with my little eye to the Thanksgiving table. And, we’re also going retro with the use of a disposable camera. We can’t believe how ‘old school’ that seems with all the high-tech electronics nowadays. But for the kiddos, they can use and abuse the camera, and feel like a professional photographer for the evening, and you don’t have to worry about the state of your expensive phone. And, the best part of all – you can really see Thanksgiving through your children’s eyes. Don’t we all wish we could see the world through the eyes of our children on a daily basis – what a beautiful gift that would be?!

thanksgiving i spy with my little eye

Fleur de Lis created a cute and FREE printable for you that you can download here.

If you’re up for a DIY, we made the little DIY pumpkin napkin ring from a shower curtain ring. We wrapped the shower curtain ring in yarn, used a hot glue gun to keep the ends of the yarn in place, and topped it with a small branch and raffia bow. It took about 5 minutes!

thanksgiving i spy

thanksgiving i spy and diy pumpkin napkin ring

{images via j. sorelle}

play a game of gratitude this thanksgiving

Get your game face ready {with a grateful heart, of course} for a fun game we call DIY Jenga Game of Gratitude. It’s a game the whole family can play together on Thanksgiving. Visit Momtastic to see how we added our own special, Thanksgiving-twist to the classic game.

The memories you will create with your family while ‘prepping’ the game, and listening to what your kids have to say, is reason enough to do it.

jenga game of gratitude

{images via j. sorelle}

winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

Winter has officially arrived in Colorado with chilly temps and snow. So, the fire is blazing, we’re sipping hot chocolate and the holiday season is finally on our minds {and less than 7 weeks away}. Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is here, and it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties, sparkly accessories, holiday shopping and holly music.

The Winter Open House we’re sharing with you today really lifts our holiday spirits and will give you great inspiration for your own beautiful, holiday party. The fabulous team at The Entertaining Shoppe {remember Kerri Cole and her amazing DIY book page wall} set up a classic open house that would make for a heart-warming family reunion or neighborhood gathering…and the good news is, once you set up the decorations for the party, you can leave the classic decorations up for the entire winter.

As Hayley from The Entertaining Shoppe said, ” The combination of Basics and hand-crafted party products make this an event to remember (and host) again and again.”

 We love the creative way they incorporated pinecones throughout the decor and details {after all, pinecones hold a meaning of rebirth}, created a contemporary cocoa bar and signature cocktail bar and infused pops of red and white color in every room.

Some of our faves from the party that you can purchase include the Red Ribbon & Pinecone Swags {window ornaments}, Red Ribbon & Pinecone Garland  and the Winter House Party Go To Kit.

Cheers to the upcoming holidays…and Pomegranate Champagne Punch. Yum.

the enteraining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

The Entertaining Shoppe is a Denver-based company that makes party planning easier for everyone. It’s a one-stop-shoppe for the host/hostess looking to gather inspiration for party decor, menu tips and games, as well as purchase party basics such as glassware, napkins and straws and all the handmade and unique essentials for a special party. Some of our favorite parties their site features include a winter skate party, children’s birthdays, and baby and bridal showers.

{images via The Entertaining Shoppe}

fall for fall bingo

fall bingo

Before the last leaf falls in your area, get outside with the kiddos to play DIY Fall Bingo. Our kiddos loved it! We shared all the how-to details with Momtastic!

 

fall bingo card

{image via j. sorelle}