May 072013

Everyone have a good weekend? Anyone else welcoming the week with bucket loads of rain? I was hoping to spend some time in the yard this week, weeding and making it pretty again, but the rain is putting that on hold. The plus side- all the rain will make it easy to rip out weeds!

My sister in law graduated from grad school over the weekend. So proud of her! Last night they came over for dinner to celebrate. It was kind of a joint birthday/graduation celebration. Her husband (my husband’s brother) turned 25 on Friday. I turned 25 on Sunday. And she graduated!


I made a delicious (if I say so myself) dinner and had so much fun decorating the table. For the most part, I used things I already had. It was fun and inexpensive and ended up looking quite lovely. Dinner parties are so fun. Especially when they’re celebrating something so great as grad school graduation.


Plants are arguably my favorite decoration. Pretty and fresh. Walmart has succulents for $2.88. I planted them in small white bowls. There’s no hole in the bottom, so I’m not sure how they’ll do. Any green thumbs out there? Will the succulents be OK if I don’t over water them? Or should I put them in a pot/bowl with a hole in the bottom?


Instead of buying purple paper, I picked up a bunch of purple paint chips. And when I say a bunch, I mean a big stack. All different shades. I used a big hole punch (like I used in my laundry closet) to punch out circles. I scattered them over the table. And the table cloth? It’s a canvas paint drop cloth!



Pellegrino is a nice touch to a dinner party. It makes me feel fancy, and when you drink all the sparkling water, you have pretty bottles left over. I picked the wine because it had a pretty label. The glasses have been collected at thrift stores.



I went back and used my smaller hole punch (it’s still bigger than an office paper punch, but smaller than my larger circles). I made smaller purple circles and then large and smaller gold-ish circles. (Yeah JMU!) Even though it was just the 4 of us, I made place cards with shipping labels.



The place mats are just burlap. Very simple. I use them frequently. I cut rectangles and sewed around the edges to keep them from unraveling.



Kinda fun, wouldn’t you say?!




Please forgive the blurry photo. I had to snap one right before we ate. I rearranged the table a bit and put two candles in the middle. The food was off on one end. Speaking of food, we had chicken, marinated in the most wonderful marinade and then cooked on the stove. It’s supposed to be grilled, but the buckets of rain didn’t lend itself to grilling. I made a peanut sauce. So good. A recipe from my Mom (she’s the best cook). Risotto. And green beans, sauteed in fresh lemon juice and a little bit of olive oil. Yum. So good. And pretty easy, too!

Do you decorate for dinner parties? Do you have a go to meal? In the winter, I always make a sweet potato chili for dinner guests. I think this is going to be my new spring meal! Hopefully next time the weather will cooperate and we can grill!

 May 7, 2013  Posted by at 09:05 diy, entertaining

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  1. I am SO loving your site!! Every post is better than the preceding one! It’s a joy to see your passion for caring about others, making a lovely home, creating a warm and embracing environment, and sharing your talents with others!! Thank you!

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