I honestly can’t believe I’m already writing a post about New Year’s Eve. Where did 2018 go?! It’s been a crazy year, but one I’m very thankful for. To send it out with a bang, how about a little at-home NYE party tutorial? If you’re like me and prefer hosting your own shindig versus heading out to a crowded bar or restaurant, you’re definitely going to love this post. In my opinion, there’s nothing more fun than an intimate and food-filled evening at home, instead of spending the night with trendy strangers.
Last year’s tablescape was inspired by warm, Scandinavian vibes and primarily used green in the color palette. So this year for my Christmas party, I wanted to change things up and showcase shades of vibrant, luxurious red! The pomegranates from Sarah’s centerpiece really spoke to me, so I used those to inspire the rest of my holiday tablescape styling. The overall look feels festive and luxurious, don’t you think?
I love the holiday season! It’s a time for yummy drinks, gorgeously festive home decor, and lots of time with friends and family. And speaking of friends and family, raise your hand if you’re hosting some (or all) of them in the next month or two. Now raise your hand if you also live small and have absolutely no idea how to squeeze more people into your house. If this is you, I totally feel your pain. Ever since I bought the tiny bungalow, I have hosted a Christmas brunch for a few of Sean’s family members… last year we squeezed 8 people into 640 sqft! Fear not, though, for it can be done! You just have to be a little bit strategic about it. Follow these tips and your holiday hosting will be a cinch!
The kitchen renovation is the gift that keeps on giving, which basically means there’s no way we could possibly host a meal in our bungalow at the moment! I still wanted to do something special for my friends to express my gratitude for all that they bring to my life, so I cleared out the studio a bit and styled up a casual tablescape that’s perfect for celebrating Friendsgiving. I hope that this tabletop and my styling helps to inspire your own Thanksgiving table this year!
Do you think it’s too soon to think of Thanksgiving? I’m sort of on the fence about it… but then I also always feel like the holidays sneak up on me! Like, how is tomorrow Halloween already?? When did this happen? I digress. Back to Thanksgiving… entertaining is always my favorite part of the holidays. I love having people over, feeding them, keeping their wine glasses full. The whole nine yards. Even with our kitchen in shambles, I have high hopes of some low-key small space Thanksgiving entertaining. I’m also on this kick where I want everything in our new kitchen to be absolutely amazing, so I’ve been rethinking everything I have and making a few key purchases. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time or bajillionth time, this post should help you feel confident and prepared!
I wanted to do something a little bit different for this entertaining post. Instead of sharing just one tablescape inspired by fall and Halloween, I thought it would be way more fun (and helpful for you guys), if I shared 3 different options. I’m definitely way more excited about chic, modern styling for Halloween, instead of a traditional spooky vibe, so if you’re looking for grown up Halloween party inspiration, think of this post as your style guide! I tried to cover a few different styles including traditional, rustic, and, of course, dark and moody. Each option also complements the centerpiece DIY that we shared yesterday.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.
As I mentioned briefly before, once #mytinybungalow is totally finished, we plan to use it as a vacation rental. Initially, I thought a normal rental would work, but the more we think about it… the more we want the flexibility to stay at the house whenever we feel like it! This strategy would fit in nicely with our longterm goal of owning and living in a cabin in the mountains, so every home improvement project we take on is with these goals in mind. Today I partnered with Schlage to share tips for how to prepare your house to be a vacation rental — especially so you get great ratings and repeat guests!