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Easy Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Idea!

Easy Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Idea!

Create a pretty tablescape with this easy Easter egg tree centerpiece! This is one of those ideas that’s an “oldie but goodie”.  I love to make my Egg Tree Centerpiece look a bit different each year.  This year we will have too many guests for a sit down dinner, so I’m using it to decorate the buffet table.  I love that I can place this arrangement in the middle of all the food and it […]

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Burlap ‘Barn To Mansion’ – Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

Burlap 'Barn To Mansion'  - Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

BURLAP IS BIG: The rustic material is hot this holiday season. Update burlap for Holiday 2013 with a Barn to Mansion look. The Barn to Mansion look provides the perfect opportunity to introduce some of this season’s hot trends, burlap and owls, into a more modern decor. Here we created a Barn to Mansion inspired Holiday “Milk & Cookies” Bar. Using a modern dining room buffet as the foundation (we cleared everything but the crystal […]

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How To Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

How To Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

  Feature this amazing edible art appetizer at your Thanksgiving Feast! This festive appetizer welcomes my guests every year.  It’s my labor of love for my son – it’s his one and only request every Thanksgiving.   Here’s how to create your own Bread Cornucopia with Veggies & Dip Make a cone form for your cornucopia using aluminum foil. (see image below) Stuff it with aluminum foil and give the “tail” a slight twist. Spray entire […]

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Setting The Hanukkah Table

Setting The Hanukkah Table

Create your own simple, Star of David place settings for your Hanukkah table. We love this simple and special way to set the table for each or one special night of Hanukkah.  All you need are the items below and a sharp scissors to create this classic look.  The idea came from a Swiss Site I follow, called Foodie.   I have reposted their directions below, but visit the site for other ideas and recipes […]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

photo credits – Alexandra Mascali Some of the most impressionable and important guests you will host this holiday are children.  You have the opportunity to make memories for them that will last a lifetime!  So with this in mind we created the Tots Turkey Table – perfect for your Thanksgiving Holiday! TOTS TURKEY TABLE – “HOW TO” Start with the foundation, a tablecloth – this Spiced Pumpkin Colored Tablecloth works perfectly with all the colors, […]

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Hot Trend: Winter White Table!

Hot Trend: Winter White Table!

This Winter White table is based on the “All White” trend that is hot for home and holiday right now. White is right and this is probably one of my favorite tables, I’ve ever designed!  – Elizabeth Mascali   INSPIRATION: The Heavens – Soft, Glowing, Glistening VIBE: Peace, Joy & Serenity COLOR PALETTE: White, Muted Silver and a touch of Sparkle ELEMENTS: Velveteen, Fur, Mercury Glass, LED tea lights, white porcelain or china dishes, silver, […]

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‘Au Naturel’ Alpine Sparkle Hot Holiday Trend 2012

'Au Naturel' Alpine Sparkle Hot Holiday Trend 2012

all photo credits – Alexandra Mascali One of the HOT trends for Christmas 2012, as reported by Christmas World, is NATURAL. Nature continues to be the primary source of inspiration this season.  We took this trend and transformed it into a holiday table.  Our inspiration was ‘Alpine Sparkle’ and its beauty lies in the simplicity of nature.  The combination of greens with ice encrusted trees and glistening snow is sheer magic for any holiday celebration. […]

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‘White is Right’ Hot Holiday Trend 2012

'White is Right' Hot Holiday Trend 2012

Comments 4 One of the HOT trends for Christmas 2012, as reported by Christmas World, is WHITE.   This year white is right – snowy decorations, fluffy white Christmas wreaths, and glitter effects will be in fashion.  The “it” color combo this season will be silver and white.  Tree and table decorations will trend towards classic elements, such as baubles, stars, angels and nativity figures, and items that give Christmas a traditional character. We love […]

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6 Top Holiday Trends for 2011

The Holidays are here, and if you want to know the hottest trends for entertaining and decorating for the season we have them for you.  I did my homework and spotted 6 that are already all the rage for 2011. Each is explained below: 1. Alpine Sparkle is a hot trend this season – a ‘silver and green’ color theme with a mountain meets Manhattan twist! Mix Mercury glass with holiday greens and pine cones […]

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Hottest Holiday Decorating Idea 2011 Season Is Alpine Sparkle!

Hottest Holiday Decorating Idea 2011 Season Is Alpine Sparkle!

all photo credits – Alexandra Mascali Searching for the hottest look to decorate your home this holiday season? Well, we’ve got not only the look, but we’re sharing our notes on where to buy everything you’ll need along with step-by-step instructions on how to build it ! The Inspiration: The beauty of Alpine Sparkle lies in the simplicity inspired by nature – the combination of ice encrusted trees and glistening snow is sheer magic for […]

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The Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

The Thanksgiving Kids' Table

photo credit – Alexandra Mascali This Holiday Season remember to address all your guests, even the smallest ones. Some of my warmest childhood memories were created by my mom, grandmother, and aunt at the holidays. No pressure, but we all have the opportunity to create an experience for our guests when entertaining. To know that for the children these experiences will turn into loving memories that will last a lifetime is inspiration enough, right? Make […]

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Candy Canes For the Christmas Table!

There aren’t too many things that evoke the image of Christmas more than candy canes.  Here is a round up of some of the Web’s sweetest ideas for putting this candy theme on your Christmas Table. Candy Cane Hearts from Toyna Staab at MakesandTakes.com , Cupcake Toppers at HostesswiththeMostess.com, ‘Santa Hat” Cocktail created by Jeanne Benedict, Candy Cane Milkshakes, Mod Candy Cane glassware, Cupcake Toppers from Sheila’s Dots and Daisies , Candy Cane Stripe Water […]

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GOLD is the Hot Look For Christmas 2010!

Go for the GOLD this holiday with Christmas decor on your table, mantle and everywhere you decorate.  We could all use a little glitter in our lives and a tough economy doesn’t mean you can’t glam it up.  Here are some simple ways to add that special sparkle to your celebration. Dress up existing holiday décor by introducing inexpensive basics with gold accents and embellishments.  Many you may already have around the house, so you […]

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Thanksgiving Harvest Looks For Your Table

From Elizabeth:  Here’s a sneak peek at my Thanksgiving Day preparations – hosting my beautiful family of 20 and thrilled that I’ll have 4 very special guests who will be joining our annual celebration for the first time. Our family is blessed and doubly blessed with a new generation of young ones. We are happy to be featuring a promising new artist at our Art Auction this year. It’s exciting to know we will be […]

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3 HOT Ideas for the 4th of July!

Here are 3 of my favorite decorating ideas from the fabulous 15 you can find at GoodHousekeeping.com this month!  Party like a patriot and get the red, white and blue pumping through your guests’ veins.   With these special touches, everyone will feel the spirit of the holiday and you can be FREE to enjoy your day too, because they’re easy to do! For safer-than-sparklers favors, fill a pail full with red, white and blue […]

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Easter At The Kids’ Table

Easter At The Kids' Table

Image and Craft Directions From the Good Housekeeping Website I love this Easter table idea from Good Housekeeping, it makes great fun for the kids’ table! Plus this one is fun to make with the kids and is inexpensive too. Create different versions for each place setting and personalize each if your are assigning seats at your table. You can add jelly beans and treat each one of your little guests to an Easter basket […]

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Quick Tip for Decorating An Easter Buffet Table

This goes out to my sister Donna’s friend Dina from Cedar Grove, NJ. Like many families, Dina hosts a crowd for the Holidays. Sit down dinners are not possible, but creating a pretty tablescape still is – you just need to alter the plan. The image above illustrates a simple but special way for you to decorate your buffet table. All you need is a pretty pitcher, some pussy willow branches or twigs from your […]

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Turn Your Easter Table Turquoise

Global color authority Pantone has declared 2010 as the year of turquoise, referencing its color no. 15-5519. This green shade of turquoise combines “the serene aspects of blue” with “the invigorating aspects of green,” according to the company.   It’s the reason this color is the perfect pick for a spring table and what better time to turn your table turquoise than Easter.   Dye your Easter eggs turquoise and place 1 in nests made from […]

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Last year I tried naturally dying my Easter Eggs with the skins of red onions, hoping to get purple eggs. Instead they came out looking like Chocolate. I actually liked the way they look and how natural they appeared. My kids had to do a double take to see if they were real eggs or ones made from chocolate. Start by peeling the skins from Red Onions . Add to a generous amount of water […]

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Christmas Flair for your Dining Chair!

Chair decor is a simple way to add a special touch to your holiday table.  Decorate your dining chairs with ribbons, bows, bells, greens and evan a pillowcase can double as a clever way to cover the back of a chair.  Don’t have chair covers or have chairs with backs too large for a pillowcase?  No worries, get your hands on some festive and inexpensive material. With the material, cut long skinny rectangles, like a […]

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Christmas Table for the Kids

Planning on a kid’s table this year? If so, make it the destination of choice for the little ones at your Christmas celebration. When setting a children-only table, use bright primary colors. For Christmas, red and green are perfect. Use fun items, like the Santa hat pictured above or a stocking or mitten to mark each place setting. Remember to use age appropriate utensils and cups; and it’s fine to go with disposable. For the […]

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I’m dreaming of a White Christmas Table

Going all white can really make a big impression.  It’s a simple but very elegant way to dress the holiday table and puts the focus on your feast!  It’s also a good way to save money, since a white tablecloth and napkins will work as a great base for your table all year. HOW TO: Start with all white linens and white (or cream) dishes, then add a special touch and festive feel by embellishing each place […]

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DIY Decorating for Christmas for Small Spaces!

For those of you that are tight on space, think out of the box with your holiday decor and look up!  If the tree is taking up all the space in your apartment or in a small room in your home, use the empty space on the ceiling your to hang decorations.  This is inexpensive DIY decorating at its best and is a great way to involve the kids!  Cut out letters and string up […]

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Christmas’ Hot Look is Cool Blue!

I wanted to share some inspiration with you for decorating this holiday. If you are not in the mood for Red and Green, try Retro Blue and Cherry Red. There is something about this color combo that feels like Christmas to me . Below are some links to more information and resources on each image in the collage. Hope you enjoy! Blue Christmas BHG Uniquely You Noosa Porter House Designs Country Living Red Stamp invitations […]

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Thanksgiving Table Au Natural

When you set the Thanksgiving table this year, let Mother Nature help. The inspirations above are from  Sunset and Martha Stewart . Fruit, leaves, herbs and even a Gum Tree Spur can create a very simple and special natural look for each place setting at your table.  Plus think of all the money you’ll save on store bought items! Here are some tips on how to make the look work: Make sure to select fruit with […]

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Pumpkin Palooza

Prettying those naked pumpkins at your front door is quick, simple and truly fun.   The following are notes from Elizabeth, who completed this project, with her daughter, in less than 1 hour, including clean up time! Dress your pumpkins for their big day! Here’s how: remove dirt, dust and any debris from your pumpkins – you can give them a quick wash with water. While they’re thoroughly drying, collect a few materials from your […]

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Ideas for the Christmas Table

To create a new look for your Holiday table you don’t need to spend a lot, just a few new items will serve you, while you are serving guests this year. Set your holiday table in red and green. It’s not only traditional but it can really help holiday spirits soar! A festive and fun salad plate or metallic charger for under the dinner plate can make your china feel new again. Flowers and napkins […]

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