Friday, January 18, 2013

~Valentine's Decor via Dollar Tree~

Hello everyone! I was so excited when Debbie announced that she would be doing a 
Dollar Tree Valentine's Party
(I love the challenge of doing things on a budget.) I don't really decorate for 
Valentine's Day;
 but, I thought it would be fun to put together a little setting, on the coffee table, near the fireplace.


For Christmas, my sweet mother-in-law sent us this wonderful table throw. (She knows me so well!) I thought the deep red brocade fabric, with the gold velvet and rope trim, would be a great romantic starting point for this setting...

This year, instead of red chargers, I used my gold ones, to coordinate with the tablecover. I also used my basic white dinnerware; and I layered it with a scrolled salad plate.

I chose this particular plate because the distressed finish reveals a touch of red underneath...

On top of each setting, I placed a heart-shaped dish of candy from The Dollar Tree.

Then, to each setting, I added champagne flutes that I already had and a couple of fun, red, whimsical table accents, also from The Dollar Tree.

While I was gathering these items, I came across these sweet birds that I bought last Spring. I decided to add them to the mix.

I finished off the setting with gold flatware, red rose petals, and clear votive holders. Instead of red roses, I purchased one bouquet of white hydrangeas, pulled the heads off, and placed them around the table.

Total spent = $8.00!!

Here is a breakdown:
Two heart shaped bowls w/candy- $2
One bag of red rose petals- $1
One bunch of white hydrangeas- $1
Four clear votive holders-$4
(I already had everything else on the table.)

So, for very little money, visit your local Dollar Tree and create a romantic setting for Valentine's Day!!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today!!
Happy Decorating!!

I'll be linking to:
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrufty Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
The Dedicated House-Make it Pretty Monday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
It's So Very Cheri
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Setting for Four
Three Mango Seeds-It's Party Time
One More Time-Share It One More Tine
Life on Lakeshore Drive-Bouquet of Talent
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
My Crazy Beautiful Life-Strut Your Stuff Social Hop
Debbiedoo's Dollar Tree Valentine's Party
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating- Flaunt It Friday
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
The Thrifty Groove-Thrifty Things Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Common Ground-Be Inspired
Imparting Grace-Grace at Home
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Cuisine Kathleen-Let's Dish
StoneGable-Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits
House on the Way-Twirl and Take a Bow Party
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
DIY by Design-Winter Blues Wednesday
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

~Resolutions to Live Beautifully in 2013!~

Happy New Year, Everyone!! 

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!! We had a wonderful surprise on Christmas Day...SNOW!! We have not had a White Christmas in many, many years. While many of you get this on a regular basis, it is always a treat in this part of the South. How perfect to enjoy dinner, in the dining room, surrounded by a beautiful, wintry scene! It was picture perfect! 

I wish I had taken pictures of the house; but, I was busy with Christmas dinner. 
It really was a beautiful sight!

Well, the decorations have all been packed away; and I have been looking at things I'd like to tweak. We're still pretty happy with our home; so, we don't anticipate a lot of 'major' projects. However, we have made a couple of resolutions for ourselves.

Resolution One:
"Use Our Stuff"... in 2013!!

What does that mean??

Have you noticed that we tend to keep the "good stuff" put away for company or entertaining? We have decided that there will be no more "everyday dinnerware" and "formal dinnerware"! We are using it all...EVERYDAY! The silver is staying out...


the crystal is staying out...

We are using all of the "good" flatware sets... 

And china...

No more saving the "good stuff" for company!
In fact, we're already using it...we're enjoying it...and we're going to add more!! LOL!!

Resolution Two:
We Will Entertain More!!

Isn't it sad that we only see some of our friends, during the holiday season? Our lives get so busy that we only get together for holiday parties? Well, since we're going to be using the "good stuff" anyway, we might as well invite others over to enjoy it with us! So, you will probably be seeing more tablescapes here in 2013!

Aside from that, I will still be sharing my decor, thrift finds, and anything else that might be of interest to you. Also, feel free to join me on Pinterest! The link can be found on the top, right side of my blog. I spend quite a bit of time there, these days.

What about you? Have you made any resolutions for 2013?
I'd love to hear from you!