the best of october

I’m sad to see October go – it means there’s just one month left of fall, (even though this morning I woke up to 10 degree weather here in Utah, it’s feeling more like winter!). I’ve really been soaking up everything this season – & it just feels so good! So here we go – wrapping up October with the best of’s!

Best Amazon find this month:

Linen Tasseled Table Cloth $20.99

We finally finished MOST of what we’d like to refresh in our bedroom – we’re still planning on adding a faux wood beam to our vaulted ceilings sometime this winter. I am so happy with how well it came together! Also, how handsome is little Hank up there?

Bedding, velvet camel colored pillows, bench, throw blanket, rug

.. & the bedroom refresh spilled over to the bathroom. Ooops! So not sad about this.

Mirror, rug, side table, hand towel

We can’t wrap up October without a Halloween entry way view.

Check out my favorite Etsy shop here for that BOO sign & wooden bat garland.

& for your Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or any holiday dinner party, a round up of some affordable candle holder options to add to your tablescape.

1: Magnolia Wooden Candlesticks

2: IKEA Iron Candlesticks (Set of 3)

3: Target Gold Candlesticks (Set of 3)

Happy, happy October friends!

FRIENDSGIVING PLANNING: IN 5 EASY STEPS

Every year we host our annual Friendsgiving Dinner – it’s one of my very favorite traditions & I look forward to it each year. We gather our friends and family in our little house for a full Thanksgiving dinner, pie & dancing, always dancing – to follow. November is fast approaching and I wanted to share a how-to on planning and hosting – hopefully inspiring you to do the same. So if your a first timer to Friendsgiving, just needing some fresh ideas for your own annual get together – or even Thanksgiving hosting tips – I’m so happy your here!

Step One: Choose a date. I prefer a weekend day, either Saturday or Sunday when the majority of our friends are off work and don’t need to worry about preparing anything after work. Create a guest list – Once I’ve chosen the day and time, & amount of guests – I order invitations. I’m so not against an easy text message, email or Facebook event – but I LOVE snail mail. Sending & receiving it. This year I chose these invites from Minted.

Step Two: Mail invites (if you choose) or text, email etc – I like to have these out about two – three weeks before the event. That gives everyone plenty of time to make arrangements – remember to include an RSVP date, normally one week prior to your event for table settings & food assignments.

Step Three: Menu planning. I think this is where it can start feeling a little overwhelming – but it totally doesn’t have to. Since we host at our home we always take care of the turkey and assign out other menu items to our friends attending. Once we’ve heard back from them on attending – we’ll usually decide together what they’ll bring. This gets easier each year as our friends are some of the best cooks, ever – & usually stick to bringing the same dish each time. I’m attaching an example menu here.

TIP: I made this one for free on the Canva app & had them printed at Costco.

I’m going to print out the menus and set them with each place setting for a little bit extra prettiness.

A good rule of thumb for your turkey – 1LB of meat per guest to be safe. We usually host about 20 guests and 4 pies seems to be plenty for reference.

Step Four: Table settings – I like to mix and match the dishes I already own, using a small & large plate, water glass (I use blue mason jars) & wine glass for each. Paper or plastic are just fine if you want to keep it simple – I love this option from Amazon. Usually for the center of my table I’ll throw out a few candlesticks – again, mixing and matching with some fresh silver dollar eucalyptus (order before hand from your local florist, it’s about $13 a bundle!) and mini pumpkins and gourds. This comes together so easily – but looks gorgeous! I’ll show you last years table here ..

I use fabric napkins – it just feeeeels nicer, & I’m all about the feel. Last year I tied some fresh rosemary sprigs with twine to set on top. I love these and this option too.

Step Five: The day of! Remember to give your turkey plenty of time to roast and then rest before carving. I’ll usually throw it in and then set my tables, aside from the fresh greenery that I’ll add about an hour before. About 10 minutes prior to dinner I’ll fill all my glasses with ice and water – our bar is usually self serve. Start some music, I love playing vintage records on my Crosley record player, light the candles & wait for your guests to arrive!

A few of my favorite sources for the table of your dreams:

25 Fall Decor Items under $30

Walmart:

1: Rust Throw Blanket $21.50

Nordstrom Rack:

2: Grey Waffle Shear ling Throw $29.97

3: Plaid Fringed Throw $19.97

4: Burgundy Velvet Pillow $29.97

5: Ugg Luna Pillow $29.97

6: Square Zig Zag Pillow $19.97

7: Pumpkin Patch Wall Art $29.97

Target:

8: White Ceramic Pumpkin $4.99

9: Water Hyacinth Natural Pumpkin $7.99

10: Knit White Pumpkin $10

11: Orange Houndstooth Pumpkin $7.00

12: Blush Metal Pumpkin $9.99

13: Yellow Metal Pumpkin $9.99

14: Orange Metal Pumpkin $9.99

15: Knit Burgundy Pumpkin $10

16: Gold Wheat Wreath $24.99

17: Yellow Sedum Floral Arrangement in Wooden Pot $12.99

18: Purple Sedum Floral Arrangement in Wooden Pot $12.99

19: Brass Hurricane Vase $12.99-$24.99

20: Orange Woven Throw Blanket $21.24

21: Cream Chunky Knit Throw $23.99

22: Navy Plaid Throw $22.49

23: Tan Textured Tassel Throw Pillow $19.99

24: Cream Tufted Oversized Throw Pillow $26.99

25: Yellow Half Circle Pillow $17.99