Friday, November 28, 2014

setting the thanksgiving table

this thanksgiving, we had thirteen people over to my parents home to celebrate. we served our usual menu highlights: twice baked potatoes, brown sugar carrots, sweet potatoes, creamed corn, broccoli salad and turkey from the alford family. dessert options included pumpkin cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate chess pie, and strawberry rhubarb pie. I also tried a new punch this year - which was delicious, served in my grandparents' vintage champagne glasses for an added touch... try it here: pomegranate champagne punch

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing thanksgiving this year - so many reasons to be thankful. I love floral accents and below I'll detail how I made the tablescape, it was so impactful for the amount of money I spent (less than $50 total!). 

a few words of wisdom... if you plan to use a grocery florist, don't procrastinate. I bought the flowers several days in advance and had to ask the florist to "look in the back" as they were totally out of white hydrangeas. also, be flexible. I originally only wanted white hydrangeas - since that was impossible due to selection, I improvised by adding green blooms and it turned out even better. lastly, remember to keep thanksgiving separate from christmas if it's important to your family. I wanted to succumb to the numerous fir garlands which would have been so much easier, but finding the boxwoods at home depot was the icing on the cake. in my family - we don't start to celebrate christmas until after thanksgiving, so that detail is quite important! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

dallas [dress hunting] weekend

I took a quick jaunt over to dtown the weekend before thanksgiving to celebrate my best friend's birthday and engagement. the weekend was packed full of wedding dress shopping and socializing. we hit 4 bridal boutiques in one day - the mother of the bride packed a tailgate for us to nosh on sandwiches and mimosas between appointments. that evening, we all met at a local pizza bar in downtown mckinney for live music and dinner. I always love spending time with these special people and I can't wait to see the happy couple tie the knot next year. xo, lam

my best friend is getting married!