Fall is here! The leaves are changing, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are flowing and boots and scarves are starting to make appearances - or at least they are in other parts of the country. Here is sunny Southern California it still in the 70's. But that won't stop me from being festive and celebrating the season of burnt orange and hot chocolate!
This will be the first holiday season where Houston and I get to decorate OUR house, rather than decorating two different homes and I have a list a mile long of things I would like to do. You better believe that I have fall fever and I can't wait to celebrate the upcoming holiday and husband and wife!
First on my list was an easy fall DIY decor project. We don't have a mudroom/formal entryway, so a stone table and a pillar serves as my holiday decoration station.
Here is what I needed to make my entryway feel festive:
Faux leaves/twigs (you can use real ones if you are fortunate enough to experience seasons where you live)
Mini pumpkins (I got mine at the grocery store)
Chalkboard print by Jessica Garvin.
Candle - the more it smells like pumpkin pie or marshmallows, the better!
"Welcome Fall" Art
The first thing I did was clean out my vase. I use it for other projects throughout the year, so I needed to make sure it didn't have anything stuck to the inside of it.
I carefully added the straw to the vase making sure it didn't get packed too tightly inside while also making sure I didn't make a complete mess all over the floor. I think it looks better when the straw looks fluffy in the vase.
Add the leaves/branches/twigs and arrange them to your liking.
Group the candle, frame and mini pumpkins around the vase. Try to add various heights to add visual interest to the display; mini cake stands, books or candle sticks make great bases for the pumpkins.
I love this easy fall DIY decor and especially love that I can put it together in less than 15 minutes. Now that is my kind of decorating!
Tell me your simple decorating tips and where you like to decorate in your home in the comments below!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
We finally received our wedding photos back from George Street Photography and Video; waiting six weeks felt like an absolute lifetime!
We had such a wonderful team of photographers and a videographer (we are still waiting on our edited video). Much to my delight, I think they all set personal records for the amount of images they captured throughout our day; "press the shutter button and don't let go" were my directions when they arrived at the hotel in the morning and they did not disappoint!
Brace yourself for a massive photo dump, my friends!
The bridal party got ready in separate rooms at the Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. It was so nice to be three minutes from our venue (The Kellogg House) and everyone was able to stay the night in the same hotel if they wanted to. Everyone was up early and while the ladies had their makeup and hair done, the men went out for burgers at the Cal Poly brewery.
The hotel was just perfect and started our wedding day off on the right foot. I mean, look at the outdoor photos! That grassy area with the trees in the background are just beautiful!
Wedding Ceremony and Venue: Kellogg House - Cal Poly Pomona, Ca
Hotel (Getting Ready): Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel - Cal Poly Pomona, Ca
Dress: Maggie Sottero Verina
Bridal Salon: Deborah's Bridal
Shoes: INC International Concepts - Macy's
Jewelry: Carolee Earrings, Glass Pearl and Floral Linear DropEarrings
Jewelry: Carolee Earrings, Silver-Tone BlueGlass Bead Linear Drop Earrings
Hair: Nicolette Peltier - Fullerton, Ca
Florals: Xavier's Florist - Diamondbar, Ca
Makeup: Colleen Longden (MAC)
Groom's suit: Brooks Brothers Madison Fit Three-Piece Stripe 1818
Shoes: Cole Haan Williams Cap Toe II Oxford
Tie & Pocket Square: Wool - Navy
Suits: Men's Wearhouse Pronto Uomo Gray Suit
Shoes: Cole Haan Williams Cap Toe II Oxford
Ties & Pocket Squares: Wool - Navy
Monday, November 9, 2015
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Christmas came one month early in our house! No, I don't have a tree set up and I haven't started wrapping presents; the Disney and Pixar movie Inside Out was released on Tuesday! Happy dance and heart emojis all around.
We were in the thick of wedding planning when the film came out in theaters and I didn't have a chance to go see it. Sad, I know. I rarely miss a Disney movie in the theaters and I was bummed, especially after hearing such great reviews about the movie.
So, you better believe I made a bee line to Target after work on Tuesday (release day!) to pick up my Inside Out blu-ray/DVD combo with extended special features, of course. This limited edition is only available at Target, so get yourself to my favorite store and pick one up before they are gone (my store only had two of the bonus blu-rays left!) Plus, they are on sale. Winning.
Houston is such a good sport and will watch my Disney movies with me as our date night even when I am sure he would rather be watching James Bond or Deadliest Catch - my man is manly and I like it. I broke out a cozy blanket, some popcorn, colorful candy and we had an Inside Out Movie Night on Wednesday night! I love Disney and I love my man.
I took the opportunity to use the movie as some party inspiration and set up a dessert table for my niece's upcoming birthday - It will be perfect for an Inside Out slumber party and movie night for her and her friends.
The key to an Inside Out themed party is the repetiton of the five character colors from the movie:
Yellow - Joy
Red - Anger
Green - Disgust
Blue - Sadness
Purple - Fear
I started with my milk glass jars and Spritz paper straws (my favorite accessory) in each color. I used different patterns (polka dot, stripe and chevron) to keep things interesting and add a little personality to the spread.
I also recycled some of the wine glasses from our wedding centerpieces (we used them to hold votive candles) and filled them with chocolate candies in the character colors.
A small trifle dish holds Riley's golden core memories -- Gold wrapped caramels.
I also found some treat sized bags in each color and filled them with popcorn, but when the bags looked a little boring on their own, Houston sprang into action and whipped up some Inside Out-inspired graphics for me to use on the front of the bags. I am one lucky party planner to have my own graphics department!
When I saw the graphics on the bags, I knew I just had to use them as Inside Out-inspired cupcake toppers too! I whipped up a batch of cupcakes in, you guessed it, colorful cupcake wrappers and added sprinkles to each one.
Once I had everything assembled and placed on the table I got to work decorating the wall behind the desserts!
You may remember that I vowed to never make another tissue paper pom pom after I made 100+ for Brittany's wedding in 2013, but I knew that my Inside Out party spread was just screaming for a pom pom garland!
Lucky for me, Target had a huge pack of Spritz tissue paper in all the colors I needed! Hooray for Target being my one-stop shop; and don't even get me started on the One Spot section at the front of the store - my kryptonite!
I used 5 sheets of tissue for each pom pom, but you can vary the number of sheets based on the size and density you want your pom pom to be. Accordion-fold each color with about one inch folds; I just eyeball this part since accuracy isn't important.
Staple the sheets in the middle for added hold or tie a small piece of string, fishing wire or ribbon around the middle of the pom pom -- you will need this to hang the pom pom once everything is done.
Trim the edges of the tissue paper how you would like your pom pom to look. I personally like a rounded edge on my pom poms, so I trim one corner at a time and then round the edge.
Start fluffing your pom pom from the middle, pulling GENTLY on each piece. Don't go too fast, or the sheets will bunch up in the middle and make it difficult to fluff! Since my garland was going up against the wall I only fluffed my pom pom going one direction. Tears in the tissue happen, but they are easily hidden in a fluffy pom pom.
Assemble your garland or hang your tissue paper pom poms from the ceiling and enjoy your festive rainbow decorations!
I absolutely loved watching Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the emotions from the movie. It is such a cute film and full of heart.
Now my friends, run to your nearest Target and get your blu-ray + DVD combo pack with the bonus special features, pop some popcorn and tell me in the comments what YOU think about Inside Out!