How to Decorate for Fall October 10, 2014 06:28 1 CommentThe fall tablescape is such a fun one to plan with oranges, yellows, browns and golds at your fingertips. If you think about how to decorate for fall, your ideas can last you from September through November with slight changes to the theme. From your tables to your mantles, harvest themes of bountifulness, pumpkins, cornstalks and fall leaves are so much fun to design. Below are our tips for how to decorate for fall by maintaining a simple, but stunning fall table theme.
First, keep the basic theme simple. Drape some burlap of autumn colored cloth across the mantle to act as bunting and your backdrop.
Next, a simple glass or ceramic bowl can act as your centerpiece to have apples in September and pumpkins or gourds in October and November. Edible centerpieces are great for the kids too, since they can grab those apples as an afternoon snack or you can make the most of a rainy fall day and put them together for an applesauce recipe. Just grab some more at the store the next week and you’ll have that fall tablescape filled again.
Our burlap pouches are great for a fall theme and can be used in so many ways. Use them to set your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have them be a spot to leave messages for the kids on the weekend for a surprise field trip. What a reveal that could be each Saturday or Sunday when the kids rush down the stairs to find out what the mystery destination is! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, a fall music festival, a haunted house, the local football game, a corn maze, etc. could all be possibilities. The surprise fall fun could be endless!
Finally, add some glitter and shine to your table with mercury glass figurines, sparkled pumpkins and gold spray painted gourds are great ways to make the fall tablescape pop and shine. We love these tablescapes pictured above and have more fun ideas linked on our Fall Pinterest Board. We hope you have a great time checking them out!
Back to School Dinner Party August 25, 2014 15:15
Many families are getting ready for Back to School time here in the Northeast. A special way to mark this time of year is with a Back to School Dinner Party with your family. It's a great time to sit down, hear about goals and thoughts on the upcoming year and reflect back on your summer. Here are our top 5 ways to make your Back to School Dinner Party a special one.
1) Plan the menu with your kids - You can come up with a special food for each subject taught in their classes (Art definitely lends itself to dessert and Phys Ed can be represented by relay races outside to work up an appetite) or each child gets to include their favorite food in the meal. Anyway that you like it, make sure the kids have a voice and are excited about the dinner and the school year ahead.
2) Play 20 Questions - Put a bowl in the center of the table with 20 questions about the school year. They can be academic questions (What are you most looking forward to reading this year?), emotional questions (Which friends are you happy to see in you class? Are you feeling nervous at all?) or extracurricular questions (What sports team or after school club are you most excited to join?). With little ones, you can review the math and spelling skills that they picked up the year before.
3) Using our chalkboard pouches, you can label each place setting with a topic for school and that person at the setting is in charge of asking everyone how they feel about the topic or make it pop quiz time!
4) Tuck fresh pencils, crayons or markers into their silverware pouches, line the table with butcher paper and let their creativity flow during dinner. Nothing says fresh potential like a brand new box of Crayolas or a newly sharpened pencil.
5) Unwind. Tell tales about their summer highlights. Share your favorite parts of the last few months spent in the sun, sand, surf or mountains. Make this Back to School Dinner party a tradition for the night before school starts. Take those pictures that you can compare year to year as the kids grow. If you set the table for a family meal, the family discussion and memories will follow.
Best of luck to everyone in the start of the school year and be sure to check out our new Back to School Pinterest Board for more fun ideas!
Which of these ways would your family celebrate the new school year?