Forcing Bulbs – Winter Centerpiece

How to force bulbs indoors

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I've got turkey on my mind (and one of the most gorgeous fall centerpieces I've ever seen). Once I've eaten my share of carbs, I'll be focused on decking my halls and sometimes a little planning is in order to get blooms in time for Christmas. Since I can't force my kids to clean their rooms (without lots of … [Read more...]


You’re a Good Egg – Natural Spring Decor

Love this natural spring centerpiece!

I've always dreamed of living on a farm, surrounded by my menagerie including a coop full of colorful chickens who lay the most amazing eggs in every color of the rainbow. But alas, my eggs come from the supermarket and honestly, I'm not about to shovel chicken poo. These eggs don't need neon dye - they're perfect in all their brown speckled … [Read more...]


Grow Your Own Springtime Grass Centerpiece


  Do you have a green thumb? Or do you plant things that seem to wither and die before your eyes? The solution? Plant grass - well, it's really not grass it's ... cat grass! A simple centerpiece with a few blown out eggs dyed the perfect shade of robin's egg blue. What could be better than that to welcome spring into your … [Read more...]


Butterfly Branch Centerpiece


December 21, 2012 marked the winter solstice. The  shortest day of the year. So I can bear the cold months ahead knowing every day gets a little bit lighter, brighter, longer and warmer. While I'm anxiously awaiting summer and dreaming of sitting on my vintage glider beside my butterfly bush while sipping my famous margarita, I'll … [Read more...]


The Perfect Party Snack Recipe & Stress Free Party Tips

Cocktail party recipes

When I throw a party, I love to have a spread of simple nibbles.  Easy, no stress and delicious. Now for one of my all time favorite, simple party appetizers. A touch of heat from cayenne pepper give these walnuts a kick. Impossible to eat just one, serve them and watch them disappear. Perfect Party Rosemary Walnut Recipe *1/4 stick … [Read more...]


Use What You Have Holiday Table Decorating

Christmas Centerpieces, simple centerpiece

I'm having a party ... everybody's singing ... listen to the music ... on the radio. I'll be cooking, cleaning, decorating and shaking up some mean cocktails ... so I'm keeping the table decorations simple.   It's live - so I can't promise there won't be bloopers!!     P.S. So excited to … [Read more...]


Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece

Eclectically Vintage Turkey

Who could forget that scene from Christmas Vacation? When Chevy Chase dramatically carved into that turkey ... only to see it deflate before his very eyes. Young and old broke bread around that table. But what if your table can't hold everyone? We've all paid our dues there, cast away from the adults to the dreaded kids table. So … [Read more...]


Falling Leaves & a Rustic Centerpiece

fall centerpieces

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Remember Chicken Little? That confused little chick who thought the world was coming to an end. Poor girl was foolish enough to follow the crowd. What does this have to do with fall centerpieces you may be asking yourself? I mean, would you trust someone named Cocky Locky? But you know the … [Read more...]


Vintage Sign & 5 Bottles of Wine

Hydrangea Planter

The sign called to me, with a French accent no less, from an estate sale basement. "Bon jour mademoiselle. You are so beautiful, and I am only $5 (or 4.10 euros)!" I was putty in his enameled French hands? I hemmed. I hawed. What to do with the sign? So I wired it to this basket, for the perfect mix of some of my … [Read more...]


Kids Gobbly Good Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Eclectically Vintage Thanksgiving

With the rustic adult table all set, it's time to get the kids table ready. The centerpiece is a fun paper bag turkey that looks amazingly like the real bird! He's stuffed with popcorn and will be "carved" when all the kids arrive to reveal the munchies inside (cut a slit in the top and the kids can dig right in). All you need is a … [Read more...]