Wednesday, September 25, 2013

H&M home store

Back in August, H&M launched their online store which I was super excited about.  No more sifting through racks and racks of clothes and waiting in terribly long lines...woohoo!  I was looking around their website this past weekend and noticed that they also have home stuff!  As you would expect, they have some great things for even better prices.

Here are a few of my favorites...

They have a ton more so definitely check it out if you're looking for some budget friendly finds for your home!

Monday, September 23, 2013

happy birthday banner

This past weekend we had a small get together at our place for a friend's birthday.  To add some decorations to the patio, I made a small banner and added some paper lantern decorations that I had left over from the baby shower I hosted last year {here}.

Here is a close-up of the banner...

The banner was super easy to make and only took about 15 minutes.  If you want to make this banner, you can simply download these printables, print, and cut-out...

Friday, September 20, 2013

our home: dining room fall decorations

Well hello there!  It has been way too long since I posted on here.  The whole "work/life" balance thing has not been so balanced lately and so frankly, I have not had much of anything interesting to share.  This past weekend, I finally got some down time and was able to start working on some decorating for fall!  Here is a peak at our dining room all decorated.

I picked up this pair of glass candle holders from Home Goods a couple of years ago for a quick decoration on our sideboard.  These ended up being a great purchase because I simply switch out the potpourri and candles based upon the season.  

A Hobby Lobby recently opened in the area and they had a great sale on fall decorations so I picked up some faux flowers and pumpkins with the plan to make one large floral centerpiece.  I ended up adding the flowers to three glass vases I had left over from our wedding and used some potpourri as filler for the vases.  The centerpieces were quick and easy and smell great!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

circus themed baby shower details

Today I wanted to share some details from the circus themed baby shower I hosted a couple of weeks ago {see post here}.  The decorations were a fun project to work on because the circus theme was quirky and playful and opened up so many options for decorations.

For the dining room sideboard, I made a circus tent backdrop using basic supplies.  The tent was made of three pieces of foam poster board and the tent material was made of a plastic tablecloth that I had leftover from the last baby shower I hosted {here}.  I simply cut the tablecloth to size and then gathered and taped the cloth at the top to create a draped tent effect.  For the opening of the tent, I covered the poster board with white streamers and then finished the tent with some paper decorations made out of scrapbooking paper.

Foam Poster Board - Dollar Tree
Plastic Tablecloth - Party City
Round Tiered Serving Tray - Home Goods
Bubblegum Machine - Thrift Store
Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder - Amazon
Rectangular Tiered Serving Tray - Target

For the wreaths in the other side of the serving area, I added ribbon and some circus themed signs to wreaths I had left over from the previous baby shower {here}.  To hold the plates, napkins, and some additional food, I used the galvanized steel containers that I had leftover from the low country boil we hosted earlier this summer {here}.

Galvanized Steel Containers - Amazon
Galvanized Steel Bucket - Pottery Barn
White Bin - Thrift Store / Pink Circus Tent - DIY
Wreaths - Target
Mirror - Home Goods
Here are the printables for the two wreath signs...

Printable PDF Link

Printable PDF Link

Pink Vases - Thrift Store
Gold Star Serving Dishes - Thrift Store
White Serving Dishes - Home Goods
Plastic Animals - Dollar Tree
For the sign-in table, I put a couple of pictures of the parents and big sister-to-be and added some plastic  circus animals as decoration.  To add some more color to the table, I put some flowers in the thrift store milk glass vase that I wrote about {here}.  I also made a couple of small circus tents out of cardboard birdhouses I picked up in the clearance section of Michael's for $1 each!  We had guests leave a note for the baby in Dr. Seuss' All Aboard the Circus McGurkus.  The guest sign in book not only fit the theme but was also a useful keepsake for the baby.

Milk Glass Vase - Thrift Store
Frames - Ikea
Plastic Animals - Dollar Tree
Book - Amazon

For the favor table, I added some more pictures of the sister-to-be and made a sign out of a couple more foam poster boards.  The poster boards are covered with streamers and the lettering and thank you sign were made out of fonts from  We gave out cotton candy as party favors to go along with the circus theme.

Foam Poster Boards / Cotton Candy / Streamers - Dollar Tree
White Frames - Ikea

Here is a list of the fonts I used for most of the signs...