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Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece

Make this Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece in minutes, with just a few simple supplies.  Perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving table setting!

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Last weekend we spent Thanksgiving with my Mom & Dad, and my sister and her family.  I always enjoy heading up to my parents place which is picturesquely situated on a lake in Northern Alberta.  And fall is my favourite time of year to visit, because all the trees are bright with coloured leaves, the kids can play in leaf piles…except this year.  This year we got 10+ cm of snow, which is actually early…I can’t remember a Thanksgiving in recent memory where we had so much snow!  You might have seen my picture on Instagram which is beautiful, but it felt really weird for Thanksgiving.  In fact it felt like we should be playing Christmas carols!

Even though it was snowing outside, it was cozy and all fall indoors.  My mom decorates for the seasons like I do, in fact I decorate my home because it’s what my Mom always did in our home growing up, and I just love it.  Mom had their home all beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving this year.  There were touches of fall everywhere, and so much of it was harvested from her own country yard…dried flowers, herbs and succulents brought in for the winter, it was beautiful.

Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece {A Pretty Life}

My most favourite decoration was the sedum candle centrepiece that my Mom created for the dinner table…I was immediately drawn to it’s random messy beautiful self.  Sedum spilling over the sides, in all different colours and textures.  It was lovely.

Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece {A Pretty Life}

Creating a Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece

Mom used an old Bundt pan as the container for this centrepiece.  She just replanted sedum from her yard, right into the tin, so it can still grow and flourish.  And because it’s a Bundt pan, the centre is open and perfectly suited for a candle.  Genius.  To display the centrepiece, Mom placed the pan onto a cake plate which elevated it to the perfect height for a dinner table.  If you like, you can also head over to see this arrangement on my Mom’s blog!

Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece {A Pretty Life}

Isn’t it so pretty?  I just love how rustic it looks.  So if you have sedum left from the summer, this is a perfect way to display it for fall.  Simple and lovely.

Have an inspired day!

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An Easter Table Setting in Green and White

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here’s a simple Green & White table setting idea!

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With Easter just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about your brunch and dinner table!  I like to have a pretty and festive table at all of the holidays, but I need it to be simple.  When you’re busy cooking and baking, sometimes the last thing you want to do is set the table, let alone decorate it.  But I like a decorated table, so I’ve just learned to keep things as simple as possible.  That means shopping around my own home for decorations.

Remember, making things pretty does not need to be complicated!  So I wanted to share some ideas with you, just so you can see how easy it is to put together a festive Easter table.  Last week I shared a Robin’s Egg Blue Table Setting, and a Pink & Yellow Table Setting, and today I wanted to share a simple and springy Green & White Table Setting.

Green and White Easter Table {A Pretty Life}

I bought these cute little white cardboard strawberry baskets at Michaels for less than $4, and to go with them I bought some green paper basket filler.  And because I had some of these fuzzy chicks in my home stash already I decided to use them, but if you have other trinkets or Easter candy use those!

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Really, what I’m learning is any little extra attention you give to your table, is enough.  The simplest things are noticed and appreciated…while it would be nice to have an elaborate table, it’s just not always feasible or affordable.

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Get creative and have fun with it!

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For more Easter table ideas, click on the images below!

A Robin’s Egg Blue Table

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Pink & Yellow Easter Table

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Easter Bunny Basket Table Setting

Easter Table Setting

Also to go with your table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

Easter Menu {A Pretty Life}

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Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham

Devilled Eggs

Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon

Dill Scalloped Potatoes

Parsnip Puree

Glazed Carrots

Roasted Asparagus

Seven Layer Salad

Peanut Butter Confetti Cake

Strawberry Shortcakes

Carrot Cake Sheet Cake

Have an inspired and delicious day!  Happy Easter!

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An Easter Table Setting in Robin’s Egg Blue

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here is an idea for a pretty Robin’s Egg Blue Easter table!

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I’m getting so excited for Easter now that it’s March and the timing feels right to do some planning!  This year we’re having Easter at home, so I am dreaming up ways to decorate our dinner and brunch table.  Last week I showed you an idea for a Pink & Yellow Easter Table, and today I’m sharing an idea for a Robin’s Egg Blue Easter Table.

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

I think this is my favourite Easter table colour scheme…I just love love the colour of Robin’s Egg Blue.  Not only that but Robin eggs are the quintessential sign of spring…I remember checking birds nests on the big gas tanks on my Grandparent’s farm with my Grandpa when we’d visit in the spring.  It was always so amazing to see the teeny tiny Robin eggs…these are such good memories for me, and because of these moments I have a fondness for Robin eggs.  I mean how can you not love a Robin egg?  The colour, the speckles…so pretty.

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This is the easiest table setting to make.  I bought a set of cardboard strawberry baskets in white from Michaels, and filled them up with the decorative Robin eggs, then I added a simple white & grey birch ribbon.  I love how the egg place setting matches so nicely with our dining table chairs, and the new napkins I found at Chapters.  So simple and pretty.

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The whole point of me sharing these table setting ideas is to show you how easy it is to set a beautiful Easter table.  We don’t need to complicate things with elaborate settings.  I know I often feel like I have to go big or go home, then I get overwhelmed at the thought and end up doing nothing, so instead I decided to embrace the simple.  You can shop your own Easter decor stash for ideas, or buy inexpensive embellishments from your local craft store.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a pretty table come together.

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Just have fun and enjoy putting together your table, because if you like what you are doing it shows!

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I can’t send you away without sharing some food ideas with you!  So to go with this table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

Easter Menu {A Pretty Life}

Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham  //  Devilled Eggs  //  Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon  //  Dill Scalloped Potatoes  //  Parsnip Puree  //  Glazed Carrots  //  Roasted Asparagus  //  Seven Layer Salad  //  Peanut Butter Confetti Cake  //  Strawberry Shortcakes  //  Carrot Cake Sheet Cake

Have an inspired day!

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An Easter Table Setting in Pink and Yellow

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here is a simple and cheery Easter Table Setting in pink & yellow to get you inspired!

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Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

I really love Easter.  Everything about it feels fresh and springy which is such a relief this time of year as winter hangs around.  Mind you we’ve been really lucky this year, and it’s felt more like spring than winter which is so nice.  The sunshine and warm wind has inspired me to break out the spring and Easter decor, and it’s got me thinking about Easter weekend.

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

We’re staying home for Easter this year, which I’m really looking forward to.  Even though it will be just the 5 of us for dinner, I still like to serve up a full delicious Easter menu, and set a festive table.  Holidays are the perfect time and excuse to turn up the notch on decor and serve up all.  the.  delicious.  food.

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

I’ve been dreaming up ideas for our table, and playing with different colours and textures, so over the next couple of days I’m going to share them with you!  Today I’m starting off with soft and pretty table decor, using traditional Easter pastel colours like yellow and pink.

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

While I was sifting through all of my Easter decor, I thought these pink and yellow speckled eggs would look so pretty on an Easter table.  Paired with in-season citrus fruit in the same colours, I made this simple centrepiece.  I know it’s not fancy or overly complicated, but that’s exactly why I love it.  I just don’t have the time or energy or budget to create a complicated Easter table, so I am determined to keep it simple and inexpensive, but beautiful.  Yes, it’s possible.

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

To complete the table, set out some spring tulips in mason jar vases.  Every table needs fresh flowers…so pretty!

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

I also thought it would be nice to give everyone a pretty little gift at each of their table settings.  I found these cute little polka dot envelopes at Michaels and filled them up with chocolate easter eggs (my favourite are the Eggies), then I added a little kraft paper doily and tied them up with yellow bakers twine.  I like how they came together.  And if you wanted to personalize each gift, you could write your guests name on them.

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting

See, we don’t have to complicate things and stress over setting the perfect table!  The prettiest Easter table is possible with just a few simple decorations!

More Easter Table Setting Ideas

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table

Robin’s Egg Blue Easter Table

Green and White Easter Table

Green and White Easter Table Setting

Easter Menu Ideas

Now to go with this table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

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Easter Menu

Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham  //  Devilled Eggs  //  Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon  //  Dill Scalloped Potatoes  //  Parsnip Puree  //  Glazed Carrots  //  Roasted Asparagus  //  Seven Layer Salad  //  Peanut Butter Confetti Cake  //  Strawberry Shortcakes  //  Carrot Cake Sheet Cake

Have an inspired and delicious day!

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Christmas Place Setting Ideas

Setting a beautiful table at Christmas doesn’t have to be hard!  I’m sharing some simple ideas to make your table festive!

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I find when I’m cooking a meal for a big holiday or gathering, I tend to overlook the table setting then I’m scrambling last minute to make the table look nice.  But I really like the table to look nice, so now I try to plan ahead of time.  And over the years I have realized that the table doesn’t have to be complicated to look beautiful, in fact the more simple you keep things, the better.  With just a few simple decorations your table can be beautifully set!

All of these place settings took me just a few minutes to put together, they’re that easy!

Christmas Place Setting Idea // Love the idea of using a gift tag for the place card!

Gift tags are a great way to make a personalized place setting.  There are many options that are so cute already that there really is no need to make your own!  I used a gift tag for this setting and added a few of my favourite accessories of this season…bottle brush trees.

Christmas Place Setting Idea // Love the idea of using a gift tag for the place card!

Cute and personal!

Christmas Place Setting Idea // Simple bottle brush tree and name tag. So cute!

I used a bottle brush tree again for this place setting and added a simple kraft paper tag which looks great on the plaid cloth napkin (I found it at Chapters).

Christmas Place Setting Idea // Simple bottle brush tree and name tag. So cute!

Love.  This.

Christmas Place Setting Idea with a DIY Snow Glass Ornament

Make glass ornament place cards.  I bought empty glass ornaments from Michaels, and filled them with fake snow, then tied on a little red ribbon and name tag.  Easiest ever.

Christmas Place Setting Idea with a DIY Snow Glass Ornament

So simple and cute…and your guests can even take the ornaments home with them!

Christmas Place Setting Idea

I’m sure it will come as no surprise that this place setting is my favourite…the checked plaid napkin and cracker…I can’t stand the cuteness.

Christmas Place Setting Idea

I added a fresh sprig of evergreen and some pine cones for a pop of colour, then finished it off with another adorable gift tag.

Christmas Place Setting Idea with pretty black velvet ribbon around the cutlery.

If a subtle look is more your style, this type of table setting might work for you.  I tied up the cutlery with some black velvet ribbon then added a little winter fruit decoration.

Christmas Place Setting Idea with pretty black velvet ribbon around the cutlery.

Just simple and pretty.

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

And while we’re talking place settings I also wanted to share the simplest idea for a centrepiece to go with your table.  This DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe is the easiest craft I think I’ve ever made.  It’s so easy it’s almost embarrassing.  I just glued a bottle brush tree to the lid of a mason jar, added some fake snow and tied it up with some glittery white ribbon.  That’s it.  I like it.

Christmas Place Setting Ideas

The fun thing about putting together a Christmas table whether it be for brunch, lunch or dinner, is that there really are no rules.  You can have each place setting match, or make each one different, just have fun with it and don’t stress.

Christmas Place Setting Ideas

Anyway, I guess the whole point of this post was to show you how easy it is to put together pretty place settings, no matter your taste.

Christmas Place Setting Ideas

Just shop around your home and use gift tags you have in your wrapping stash, dress up every day napkins with sprigs of fresh greens or berries, add ornaments to the place setting as a small gift for your guests, use pretty holiday ribbons to add colour to the table, add decorative pillows to the chairs…it’s easy!

Christmas Place Setting Idea // Love the idea of using a gift tag for the place card!

I hope all of your holiday planning is going smoothly…this can be such a busy and hard time of year.  I try to remember to not put extra pressure on myself, so I hope you don’t as well!  xo

Have a Merry day!

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Mixed Metallic Holiday Tablescape

I love to create beautiful and festive tablescapes for holiday gatherings!  But to be honest, this is not something I’ve always enjoyed.  In fact, I used to feel overwhelmed by the idea that everything had to be perfect, but when I realized that not only is perfection not realistic, it’s also just not necessary.  Setting a beautiful table for the holidays is actually very simple.  If you have boxes of Christmas decor and ornaments, you have a treasure trove of table decor!

Setting a table is the perfect time to be creative!  Feeling colorful?  Decorate with bright colours.  Feeling rustic? Decorate with natural materials.  Feeling shiny and bright? Decorate with mixed metallics!  Mixed metallics are hot in home decor right now so I thought it would be fun to put together a simple, but stylish and sleek tablescape that is beautiful for the whole holiday season including New Years!  I’m loving this mixed metallic look!

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

I started with a white linen tablecloth to create a simple and crisp backdrop for the rest of the decor.  Then I layered the plate settings with silver and gold Peacock Feather Sprays and napkin rings that I made.  The napkin rings are so easy to make!  I used silver glitter ribbon, and just wrapped neutral linen napkins with enough ribbon to hold the napkin tight, and then sealed the ribbon with a tiny bit of glue.

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

Then to keep with the mixed metallic theme, I made each of the plate settings a different metallic colour, alternating between silver and gold.

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

For the centerpiece I used a medium sized lantern and filled it with shatterproof ornaments in gold, silver and bronze.  Then I added battery operated candles in silver and gold glitter, and scattered extra gold, silver and bronze ornaments on the table to make it even more festive!

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

I love to carry over the look of a tablescape into other areas of my eating nook, like my vignette and china cabinet.  In the background on a small dresser/vignette in my eating nook, I filled another lantern with more shatterproof ornaments in gold, silver and bronze.  I also added a CANVAS gold glitter deer to the vignette and hung a glitter wreath in the window.  To complete the look you can add some special pieces to your table like silver heirloom platters, metallic candlesticks, or any dishes with a metallic finish to them.

Mixed Metallic Holiday Table {A Pretty Life}

 Holiday table settings don’t have to be complicated!  Dress up your plate settings with simple napkin rings, or ornaments.  Add in some candles and special pieces you already have around your home, and your table is ready for the holidays!

Thank you for letting me share my holiday tablescape with you!  Have an inspired day!Signature

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A Colourful Christmas Table!

Hi friends!  Thank you for coming to visit me today!  I’m so lucky to have you here!  I wanted to share some good news and a Christmas Table with you today!

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Recently I had the amazing opportunity to work with Canadian Tire, where they featured my Colourful Christmas Table in their on-line Christmas catalogue!  SO exciting!!  My table was included with 3 other amazing bloggers tables: Kerri from A Pop of PrettyShannon & Dean from AKA DesignJennifer from Rambling Renovators.

This was SO incredibly exciting to me…I can’t even tell you.  As a Canadian, I grew up with Canadian Tire…I remember many a Saturday afternoon in their stores with my Dad.  I remember buying school supplies there, and many other things Dad’s buy.  So many fond memories!  So to be featured by them, was really quite amazing for me (and for my Dad too)!

For this project I was sent a box of Christmas ornaments, decorations, linens and dishes so that I could put together a Christmas table setting…whoa…fun!  And I couldn’t believe my luck when I opened up all my goodies and saw that they all matched the colours that I already use in my holiday decor!  So putting together this table was easy peasy for me.

Warning…picture overload…but I just couldn’t help myself.  😉

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Hopefully you can find a little inspiration for your holiday table.

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I started off with a gorgeous Cuisinart table cloth which was the perfect snowy white backdrop to my colourful table!

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Then I used a pre-lit evergreen garland as my centrepiece/runner, and added some ornaments to make it festive.

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I love the earthy greenery with the pretty coloured ornaments and twinkly lights.

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Then I added the Living Quatro Dinnerware Set to my holiday table.  These beautiful dishes bring a crisp and contemporary look to my holiday table.

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They’re also the perfect backdrop for adding some fun!  I wanted each table setting to look like a little wrapped present, so I tied them up with some pretty matching ribbon, then added an ornament as a take-away gift for my guests.  So fun!

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I added some trendy stemless wine glasses and gorgeous Living Chelsea flatware, and the table is set…now we just need the turkey!

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Oh, but I didn’t stop there!  For a festive touch I filled a Living Quatro bowl with matching ornaments, and hung a few sparkly snowflakes on the wall.

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And you can’t forget the crackers…every holiday table needs crackers!  I mean, it’s not a holiday gathering without those paper crowns is it?!

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Sparkly.  Colourful.  Festive.  Fun.  Just what the holidays ordered!

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The holiday season is the perfect time to have fun with your decor.  Bring out the sparkly, and be colourful and fun…anything goes this time of year!  I really love this table setting, and I hope you do too!  It’s cheery and festive and perfect for a holiday gathering!

Happy holidays!
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Thank you so much to Canadian Tire for this opportunity!  I loved putting my Christmas table together and loved all the products I was sent to make this happen!