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entertaining essentials for the holiday season

The only thing that excites me as much as eating dinner on Thanksgiving is how I'm going to set my table for the big day!  Some of my favorite holiday memories are centered around the table and how much more special is it when that table is decked out to the nines?  Lydia has even gotten into picking fresh flowers and which cloth napkins she wants with which plates - it's so much fun having a little one to share in the fun!  With only two days until the big day, I've got my favorite entertaining basics on hand and ready to go - pieces I use all year long and then dress up for the holidays with beautiful linens, flowers and a little favor at each plate.  Here are a few of my favorite entertaining staples that are the jumping off point for a beautiful Thanksgiving table and that will last throughout the entire holiday season, just in case you're in need of some inspiration (and the best part is that almost all of this can be found at your nearest mall or HomeGoods!)

Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Rattan wrapped tumblers / Tortoise ice bucket

Simple white platters / Bamboo flatware / Unscented votive candles / Marble and brass tray


july 4th

Happy Independence Day from my family to yours!  I hope you all enjoy an amazing day, filled with friends, family, too much food and a cocktail or two (or three!)  I'll be back up and running after the long, slow weekend. Cheers!


diy: mini pumpkin taper candle holders

Despite being more of a spring and summer girl, fall in the south is my favorite time of year to entertain.  There's no pollen or mosquitos so you can actually enjoy the cooler temps and beautiful evenings dining alfresco or even just sipping a cocktail or a cup of coffee on the porch under a cozy throw blanket (my fave).  Fall is also the one time of the year where I give myself carte blanche to go crazy with the slightly over-the-top tablescapes - pumpkins, bittersweet, wicker demijohns, lanterns, even foliage from my yard are some of my favorite ways to add a touch of the change in season (especially since I don't really decorate for it anywhere else in my house). 

A few years ago, I made some taper candle holders out of mini pumpkins and they're one of my favorite DIY's to date!  I originally posted the step-by-step tutorial here but I thought since the weather was finally feeling fall-ish right now in the south, it was the perfect time to re-post it for anyone who missed it the first time around!  This is one of the quickest and easiest DIY's - the most time consuming part is waiting for the paint to dry, so if do-it-yourself projects tend to intimidate you, this is definitely an easy one to try!

What you'll need:

mini pumpkins

cordless drill

3/4 inch spade drill bit (I used this one)

spray paint

Step 1: if there are any stems on the pumpkins, remove them with wire cutters.  Place your drill bit in the middle of the top of the pumpkin and, applying light pressure, drill slowly until about a half inch down into the pumpkin.  DO NOT PRESS HARD ON THE DRILL - it will crack your pumpkin!  Also, make sure the pumpkin is on the floor, not in your hand, when drilling:

Step 2:  Using a butter knife, scrape out the insides of the pumpkin and then spray them with your spray paint. 

Once dry, insert your taper candles and enjoy!  SO easy!

Hope everyone is off to a great start this Monday!


a red, white and blue table for the 4th

July 4th is right around the corner (can you believe it?!) but I've had red, white and blue on the brain for a while now.  While I typically don't ever gravitate toward red in my decor or design, I love it in a muted shade to accompany classic blue and white for summer and, especially, the fourth of July!  I found a gorgeous red cotton throw at TJMaxx the other day and it got me thinking how amazing it would look as a makeshift tablecloth, paired with navy and white striped napkins, my bamboo flatware, water hyacinth chargers and my favorite French wine glasses - something so easy and inexpensive can take your everyday entertaining essentials to the next level and provide a cool pop of color and lots of interest!  Here are a few things I'm loving lately for a subdued red, white and blue table setting:

Natural basket weave placemat / Roulette blue band dinner plate / Cambridge Silversmiths Bamboo-style

flatware / Monogrammed outdoor pillow / Beverage dispenser / Hayden beverage tub /

Giant clam bowl / Buffalo check tablecloth / Myrtle topiary / Casserole dish + holder / Acrylic glasses

Happy Tuesday!





easter weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  I hadn't meant to leave the blog hanging all last week, but things have been hella crazy; any and all free time went to wrapping up a few e-designs for two clients and I felt guilty blogging while trying to finish up their boards, but thankfully I'm all caught up!  I was so excited to just relax this weekend and snuggle with my baby girl; the weather was absolutely idyllic and even though it was just me and her for Easter, that didn't stop me from trying to make it super special for her.  We had a mini egg hunt in the yard and I even set the table as though we were having our entire family!  Oh, and I bought every last hyacinth I could find around town; my house smells absolutely AH-MAZING!!! I thought I'd share a few highlights from our weekend and then it's back to all-things-design related tomorrow (including some GORGEOUS blue and white fabrics for spring pillows tomorrow!):

My little Easter bunny, ready for her morning walk:

Easter loot for my girl included some new (fabulous) books, a pair of chambray shoes, a new piggie, sidewalk chalk:

The morning started with mimosas for momma:

The loveliest navy blue eyelet sundress (and an equally adorable fedora to match) for the special day:

Pink hyacinth were the perfect compliment to the prettiest blue and white striped tablecloth I found at TJMaxx the day before:

My sweet girl:

The weather was so nice, we brought a blanket outside and read our new books.  I'm not sure who enjoys these reads more - me or her!

If you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you might remember I fell in love with the new cookbook, A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus for Christmas (I even included it in one of my gift guides!).  I decided to try author and chef Renee's steamed artichokes with lemon mayo and they were incredible.  I highly, highly recommend this book if you don't have it already!

The lady at Fresh Market was popping a sign into a bucket that said, "flowering quince" last week and she assured me that, come Easter Sunday, my mantle would be overflowing with a profusion of pink petals.  I've changed the water every day, clipped the ends a few times, but nada.  I'm starting to think I was the brunt of an April Fool's joke and that she sold me a bunch of sticks from her backyard, instead:

What were some of the highlights from your weekend?