a brief hiatus is my fave

November 6, 2014

this place is crazy town

I mentioned on Instagram that we’re leaving Denver. Actually, we’ve officially left and are headed to Washington state. I know your first reaction to that sentence is, “Seattle is great! You’ll love it there!” but we’re actually moving to eastern Washington. Kennewick to be exact. You can send a sympathy note in the mail.

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be good things about this move (family! no commute!) but I’m having a difficult time leaving the community and friends we’ve made in Denver. Like hide under a blanket and sob daily kind of difficult. So as I make this transition, shortly after making the transition of being a mother of two, and while everything is in boxes still waiting on our new house – I’ve decided to allow myself a break and take a brief hiatus from this blog. I do have some holiday posts prepped for Julep (including a How to Holiday list!) and will be sharing those and other updates on Instagram, so follow me there if you’re afraid of withdrawals. And I’ll be back in the new year with some fresh content.

Thank you, as always, for reading and being a friend.

artwork by Rachel Castle

party popper place cards are my fave

November 5, 2014

Jumping from Halloween to Christmas, that’s how I roll.
diy confetti poppers

I just announced the diy holiday workshop I’ll be hosting at west elm next week (rsvp here!) so I thought I’d share the party popper project in action as place cards.

confetti poppers

confetti poppers

diy confetti poppers

Having one of these poppers at each setting adds some fancy and fun to the table. You can fill them with confetti, money, fortunes, special prizes, or treats. Even if you’re not planning on having guests, make them for your family. They’ll love them so much, it might lead to a better Christmas gift for you.

confetti poppers

holiday table ideas

Along with the poppers, you can make an easy centerpiece (no floral design required) to add some festive to the table. Simply mix and match ornaments, tissue balls, and garlands then cluster them together. I used these mid-century paper ornaments, mercury ball ornaments, green tissue balls, and this felt garland.

christmas table setting

diy confetti poppers

Get the easy tutorial for the poppers on this advent post from last year. Or if you’re in Denver, Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, or El Paso – you can come and make them at your local west elm store next week. Get the full details and rsvp right here. Pull, pop hooray!

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to host the workshop at the Denver store. But the good news is Jennifer Little will be stepping in for me! She’s one of my favorite people with southern charm that will knock your socks off so you’re really lucky.

sources: mid-century dining table, onyx flatware, quilted acrylic wine glass, ikat stripe salad plates, platinum dinner plates

Photos: Jennifer Little

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