Office Fa la la…

Office Fa la la…-Having my new home office this year means one more tree for me. I had an idea of the theme I was going for a light, bright and girly. I knew I wanted a flocked tree with rose gold and metallic ornaments. So I immediately headed to Home Goods, which is always a good place to start. I found the perfect 4ft flocked tree, ornaments, and some other fun décor.

Office Fa la la la…..

Home Goods

I like to add a little seasonal décor to my desk to keep my spirits merry and bright while I’m working. Just love this little pink ombré tree which I found at the dollar spot at Target. All I needed was a snow globe and a couple of other items to complete this little vignette.

Office Decoration

Pink Tree, Snow Globe, and Gold Tree and Dome

I just love this little cottage which lights up as well as this tree candle. The candle would make a great hostess gift. Because it comes wrapped in cellophane with a ribbon.

Office Party

Home Goods

The pillow was a great little accent and it has tiny little bells on it.

Office Party

Home Goods

The focal point, of course, is the flocked tree adorned with everything rose gold and champagne. Ornaments, glitter berry and leaf picks, glitter star. And blush sequined tree skirt and linen looking ribbon with gold polka dots. All together makes for my light, bright, and girly tree.

christmas tree

Tree and Ornaments, Picks and ribbon, Ornaments and Star, Tree Skirt

I am working on the rest of the house, so stay tuned for much more to come. And hope you like my blog Office Fa la la…

 

Thankful and Grateful

Thankful and Grateful-This week has been a busy one with Thanksgiving creeping up so quickly. After that, I started looking at my grocery list. Also confirmed what everyone is bringing. In the mean, while I added some Thanksgiving touches and finalized my table décor. The more quickly work get done ahead of time the more I can enjoy the day.

thankful and Grateful

Thankful

Pumpkins-Hobby Lobby 

When I was young I received a chocolate advent calendar and thought it was so fun and having a little piece of chocolate every day was a bonus. I happened to see some advent calendars one year at Trader Joe’s, and it brought back fond memories so I bought one for my boys. Even though they were older they got a kick out of it and it has become a fun tradition. I always end up buying extra for their friends because they all turn into little boys this time of year! This year I bought them a little early and will have one each for them, their girlfriends, and my niece as a little Thanksgiving favor.

Greeting Cards

Advent Calendars 

I used to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the last few years I have been getting a jump start by doing the bulk of it the weekend before so that I can watch football, Christmas movies, online shop, and eat leftovers and it has worked out really well! I basically just have the mantel and a few other vignettes to finish the weekend after. This is what I will be facing this weekend.

Decoration Box

Speaking of the mantel… I do a little touch of Thanksgiving with a turkey theme on my mantel. I leave out some of my fall décor but add in a little bit of Thanksgiving. My turkey collection has grown over the last few years and just love placing them all together front and center. I just tuck in a fall leaf garland, pumpkins, pinecones, and candles- super simple to create!

Happy Turkey

I always have a small tree near my front door. So I put it out early, add some fall leaves, a couple falls picks, and the “gobble till you wobble” sign and BOOM. We have a Thanksgiving tree!

Christmas Tree

I hope you will finis planning on time so that you can enjoy your day with family and friends.

Thanksgiving Planning

My husband and I host Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Every year so I have to Thanksgiving Planning every detail and I start early before it sneaks up on me. I create many lists covering everything from table and home décor to the guest list, gifts, and menus.

First up is Thanksgiving. We usually have 12-14 guests which are great because I can get everyone around one big table. Since I am in the specialty linen rental business. I always start with my table and how I can create something special and different from last year. These are my dishes, chargers, and glasses that will get me started. Next step is to choose the perfect linen and florals to pull it all together.

Thanksgiving Planning

From Home Goods

If any of you are Fixer Upper fans you probably already know that. Joanna and Chip have their own line of home décor that just launched at Target – “Hearth and Hand”. I’m a huge fan so I had to make a Target run and check it out. One of my finds were these adorable place card holders- I just had to have them. I am thinking I will place a picture of each guest from Thanksgiving pasts in them. They would also work well to label each food item or desserts if you have a buffet.

Thanksgiving Planning

This is our table from last year, be sure to follow me on Social Media to see how this year’s table comes together for Thanksgiving Planning.

Table Decor

From Napa Valley Linens

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful right. Last year a client told me about Turkey around the Table which sounded adorable. So I purchased one on Amazon and I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone is thankful for this year.

Decoration

We serve a traditional Thanksgiving Planning dinner but with a bit of a potluck twist as all of our guests bring something. After so many years of hosting it is a well-oiled machine and not too difficult but it does require good planning. Here is where my lists come in. I plan my menu and grocery list and then plan which day to shop to try and avoid the crowded grocery stores. I also start stocking up on non-perishables. While doing my normal shopping early- especially if they are on sale. Next, I plan which day to do all my prep work. I try to do any chopping ahead of time and store it in ziplock bags. So when it is time to prepare I can toss everything together much quicker. One of our biggest time savers is preparing our mashed potatoes.

Thanksgiving morning and leaving them in our crockpot, on warm. It is one more thing we’ve completed in advance that helps get the meal on the table with less chaos. I bake my pies the day before, cranberry sauce, partially bake the sweet potatoes, etc. Do whatever you can do a day or two in advance so you can enjoy your family and friends and not be in the kitchen all day.

Food

I came across these adorable disposable leftover containers at World Market and I immediately put them in my cart. I normally purchase Ziplock storage containers to send leftovers home with guests. But when I saw these I had to have them. The cutest presentation for their leftovers and in a bag too. Gotta be the hostess with the mostess!

Packaging

Food Packing

Packing Bags

Now put on your stretchy pants, gather around the table with your family and friends, and give thanks!