Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter Wonderland

I am excited to share my next Chick-fil-A tablescape! I tried to create a table theme that would work for any winter celebration with the little ones. Thanks to Elsa and Anna of Frozen fame, my daughter is as much into blue and silver as my son so this color scheme seemed to be a great place to start!

I covered the top of the child-size table with silver wrapping paper and taped down the edges.  Not only was it shiny and pretty but it was also easy to clean up!  

I took a silver paint pen and drew a tic-tac-toe grid at every corner of the table right on to the wrapping paper and provided a little bowl of buttons for the children to use as their game pieces.  No-mess-fun was the goal and when the buttons and table cover were dirty after the meal, they went right into the trash without a worry! 

I used pipe-cleaners and little silver jingle bells to make some napkin rings.  They added a little bit of sparkle and spirit to the table as the children sat down. I simply made a circle the size of a napkin ring from a silver pipe cleaner and added shorter strands to make a star/snowflake inspired shape.  When I was finished making the shape, I added bells the ends by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the insert of the bell.  No mess or glue or anything!

A little shot of glittery spray paint to some old white bottle brush trees made for an easy centerpiece!  The base of white faux-snow finished off the look and will make the children feel that their table is as special as the adult table!  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Men's Gift Guide

Monday, November 21, 2016

My Mother's Brandy Alexander

I'm so thrilled to be a part of Lavin Label's Holiday Lookbook! I shared my mother's famous Brandy Alexander Recipe in this wonderful holiday guide.  I hope you will take a stroll her wonderful digital publication filled with gorgeous photography by Kelli Boyd and loads of holiday inspiration! 

My mom makes an amazing Brandy Alexander!  If you haven't had one before, you need to make some and if you have, you should try my mother's recipe!  It is an indulgence for sure!  It is a great night-cap or perfect for a dessert party which my husband and I love to host during the busy holiday season.

1/4 cup Creme de Cacao 
1/3 cup Brandy
1/2 cup Skim Milk
4 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
Large scoop of Ice

Mix on high in a blender until smooth

Garnish with cinnamon

My mom has been making these for years and makes them all year long.  She serves them on the beach in the summer and in the winter for a snowy winter indulgence.  I hope you will make them this holiday season too!

And don't forget to order your fringe cocktail napkins from my linen line, Halo Home by KSW (as seen in Lavin Label's Lookbook!)


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Big Ideas for Small Tables - A Thanksgiving Tablescape

I was so thrilled to be asked by Chick-fil-A to create a Thanksgiving Tablescape for their wonderful website. Not only do we eat a lot of Chick-fil-A at our house but I love the family values that they hold as a company.  When they asked me for ideas for a Thanksgiving Children's table I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to style a table that would inspire the children seated at it to really reflect on what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving season.  I hope you like these little "sneak peek" photos and will take a look at the TheChickenWire blog to see the entire story and find step by step directions for the DIY elements included!

photos by Jersean Golatt

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Getting your Guest Room Ready!

Do you have guests coming to town next week?  Maybe you have family and friends visiting over the holidays.  Here are my four favorite little tricks for getting your guest room ready.

1. Place a candle in the room!  One of my favorites is Lavender Mint by Niven Morgan.  It is fresh and relaxing and makes the room feel welcoming.  Why not place a little set of monogrammed matches next to it so that your guests can easily light the candle and enjoy it!

2. There is nothing like a new set of clean white sheets.  I love Peacock Alley for it's luxurious look and feel. Of course I like this set in Blue and White

3. Give your guests a key to your home on a key ring that can't get lost, like the O ring!  It will give them the freedom to come and go as they please and explore your city on their own.

4. Speaking of exploring, I'm going to leave the November issue of Southern Living Magazine, where I am Editor-at-Large, in the guest room!  It is a great city guide with details on all of the new places to eat, shop and explore.  If you don't live in Dallas you should make a list of your own!  We used to keep the guide that we made for our wedding out-of-towners laminated in the guest room for our visitors.  It is a great way to empower them to get out and explore on their own!


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