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Falling into Fall with a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape


How in the world is it almost Thanksgiving? It's like once Halloween is over the rest of the year flies by! We are literally days away from THANKSGIVING!

But please don't panic, I am here help you navigate through the next few days with some Thanksgiving inspiration! Do you remember earlier in the month, I had a mini styling event with Pier 1? What I didn't share with you was my beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape ~ you can find everything on this table at Pier 1! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek.


I am pretty sure a beautifully set table makes the food taste better and sets the tone for the upcoming meal! Am I alone in this statement? The formal dining room is the first room you see as you enter my home, and as such, I take great pride in always having a beautiful tablescape. 


If you want to step up your game, take cues from the changing leaves on the trees this Fall. When styling this tablescape, I did just that by bringing in the classic hues and using a mixture of textures such as the tobacco brown dining table, matching rattan charger, gold of this lotus charger, the teal rimmed plates and the colorful salad plates to provide depth!


Keep things simple and cohesive, by repeating the same elements throughout the table, it creates a sense of fullness. I did this with the pumpkins and candles, which provided a dimensional feel. 


Think about what you want as your focal point. I designed the centerpiece first, then I thought about the type of tone I wanted to set for this table. Instead of layering the foundation with fabrics, such as table linens or placemats, I chose a neutral colored runner. The contrast between the textures provides a balance to the table.


I like to incorporate varying heights throughout my table, without obstructing conversation and adding simple elements to each place setting shows your attention to detail. 

This table is now perfect for a harvest gathering of friends and family! My hope is I inspired you to create a new beautiful Thanksgiving table this season. 

Happy Thanksgiving friends! 

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How to style a Hot Cocoa Bar

Hello friends! It's the most wonderful time of the year! It is filled with cold weather, snowflakes, fun festivities and hot drinks to keep you warm! Today, I will share styling ideas on how to create your own Hot Cocoa Bar!

Affiliate links are included in this post, which means if you make a purchase using one of the links, I will earn a small commission, but it will not cost you one penny! But it does help to keep my website running. Thank you! The following is based strictly on my honest opinion. I only recommend products and brands I love and use personally. 

This past weekend I took part in a mini styling event with Pier 1, where I styled not only this hot cocoa bar but a Christmas tree three ways! It was a great event and I had so much fun! If you are local to Las Colinas Texas, I would love for you to stop by one of my styling events. I may have another one this month, but I know for sure I will have one in December! I will keep you posted!

Now, let's start styling your hot cocoa bar!

  • You will need some sort of table or counter to display your hot cocoa bar. I chose this buffet table and layered it with a classic red buffalo check table runner. I pulled out the drawers, lined them with the tartan plaid placemats and placed the mugs and thermal cups inside. This gave me more table top space for my condiments and hot cocoa necessities!
  • Add some festive decor such as mini Christmas trees, reindeer, candles, signage and Christmas ornaments, to pull the look together! 

I am loving how it's turning out so far! It gives me all the cold weather winter feelings! Like snuggling in front of the fireplace!

  • Include some type of stirrer, whether it be spoons, stir sticks or festive these paper straws. I placed them in this fabulous red wagon server to tie it all together! 

  • Adding decorative cup sleeves to your thermal cups make them cheerful and theme ready! You can find these in the shop! They come in two different fonts and backgrounds. 





  • Don't forget your signage! This printable large sign is perfect for your Hot Cocoa Bar, you can purchase it in the shop and it comes as an instant download! 
Now you are ready to invite your friends and family over to enjoy a cup of Hot Cocoa! If you would like to see other Hot Cocoa Bars I have styled click here, here, here and here


Looking for a delicious Hot Cocoa recipe? Try this one out! I promise, you will NOT be disappointed! 

I hope I have inspired you to style your own Hot Cocoa Bar! If you decide to style one, I would love to see photos, please share them with me!

Cheers!

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Tree Trimming Tips with BellaGrey Designs and Pier 1 this Christmas Season

Hello friends! As many of you know, I have had the chance to partner with Pier 1 as their guest stylist and have enjoyed this opportunity to the fullest! This past weekend, I styled a Christmas tree three ways and their hot cocoa bar! I could not have enjoyed it more, as I was fully encompassed in my element and absolutely loved answering questions from the guests who showed up to my mini styling event!

Affiliate links are included in this post, which means if you make a purchase using one of the links, I will earn a small commission, but it will not cost you one penny! But it does help to keep my website running. Thank you! The following is based strictly on my honest opinion. I only recommend products and brands I love and use personally. 

Helping people make their tables {Christmas trees, hot cocoa bars, bar carts, etc.} beautiful for them and their guests is what makes me happy! Please let me know if you'd like me to help you learn to entertain in style!

The tree I styled was this 6'5" two tone slim LED Pre-lit Christmas tree. It was so easy to put together and decorate!


When I style a pre-lit tree, I like to add additional strings of lights. For this particular tree, I would add no more than three additional strings. I like my tree twinkling and bright. On a side note, aren't the faux fur gift box set so gorgeous? 


I made use of the floral stems Pier 1 has in stock for the Christmas season. I tucked the tall red berry stems, faux greenery bundle, jingle bell ornaments, white faux fur garland and pine cone and berry stems through out this side of the tree, remember I decorated this tree three different ways!


The second theme I designed was for the animal lovers out there! I adore these soft fluffy owls. I placed a large owl at the top of the tree and to balance it out, I added several smaller ones along with pinecone ornaments and lily of the valley stems.



Succulents are so popular right now, so for this side I used succulents, white snowballs and white branch picks. Although it was a lot green, it looked really pretty with the white accents.

Here are the basic tree trimming tips I use:

  • Pick your tree {whether it be real or faux}
  • Fluff your tree so the branches are the way you want them and the tree looks full
  • Pick your color scheme
  • String additional lights if you want added twinkle and an instant WOW factor!
  • Place your garland {ribbon, fur, greenery, tinsel, netting}on the tree if your are using it. Start from the top and work your way down or wrap it around the tree. I like to use ribbon and netting and cut smaller sections and tuck it in between the branches. 
  • Add large items {stuffed animals, lanterns, plates, sleds} first and make sure they are secure and will not pull your tree over
  • Start adding smaller ornaments or d├ęcor. Keeping it even throughout your tree. 
  • Use floral stems, it will not only add texture and interest to your tree, but will hide the bare spots ~ in my book that is a win-win!
  • Finish the look with your tree skirt and topper
Now you are ready to sit back and soak in all the beauty you just created with a large cup of hot cocoa!


Speaking of hot cocoa, here is a sneak peek of the hot cocoa bar I styled for Pier 1. I will be creating a entire post just on this bar alone, so make sure you come back and visit often!

I hope you are inspired by one of the three tree styled and I shared with you! I would love to see your tree, so please share it with me! 

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Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

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What movie comes to mind when you think of Halloween? The Sanderson Sisters always gets me in the holiday spirit!  I recently threw this Hocus Pocus Party in celebration of my friends and Halloween! 

To set the mood for the party, I designed this invitation!


Additional elements were set up outside to get the attention of my guests! Nothing like 5 witches in a circle around a boiling cauldron or being greeted at the door with chains and a skeleton - EEK!


Once inside, you walk down the long hallway and this is what you'll see, spooky crooked framed art


a crow sitting atop a spell book with black stripped candles and spiders!


Look at all those eyes looking back at you, I had to contain them somehow, so they are trapped in a glass cake pedestal!


Black widow venom and essence of bats breath is only the beginning of what ghoulish sips are bound to be had here! 




The inspiration were witches and the color black, of course, so I made everything "witchy and black" including this cute witch silhouette! I simply taped it to the inside of my lampshade! Easy Peasy and such an impact!


Remember the scene where the skeleton band performed and Bette Midler sang "You Put a Spell on Me"? This is where Mr. Funny Bones comes in the party! You may recall seeing him here. He was the life of the party serving up spooky sips! Which poison would you pick?   






Floating hats pulled the theme throughout the party. When you host a Hocus Pocus soiree, it is only right to treat your friends to a take home gift such as these Drink up Witches cups!


Every good witch has a wicked broom, which were prominently displayed in the broom parking space!





 For this party, nothing went undecorated, especially my fireplace and mantel! It was totally spookified!



I love coming up with creative names for food! Sometimes it is so much fun! Do you do this for your parties? 


{mini carrots}

{cauldron brownies}

{cream cheese caramel dip}

{cucumbers}

{green olives}

{hummus}

{black olives}

{spinach dip}



The food table was nothing short of fabulous with all types of witchy delights! Not sure I can ever look at these foods again and not think about the names! *wink*


Happy Halloween My Pretties!!!!

There is still time for you to RSVP to my next style event at Pier 1, November 3, 2018 at 2pm. RSVP here! 


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