Wednesday, September 23, 2015



Happy first day of Fall! The BEST season! <3

Today marks the first day of Autumn and as much as I love the sunshine of summer, the trips to the lake, the weekend barbecues and all of the outdoor festivals, there is something special and nostalgic about autumn. The need for layers because the nights are getting cooler, the beautiful turning leaves starting to fall to the ground, apple cider and hot chocolate, the shorter days and longer nights. I love the Fall and all it has to offer. We celebrated by having an Autumn Party over the weekend.

It was my first time hosting an Autumn party and I was really looking forward to bringing the colors of Fall inside. Now the menu was not a typical autumn menu, but I wanted to be sure to include some of my family's favorites and keep it vegetarian friendly for my oldest daughter.

Grilled Cheese and Pepper Jack Tomato Soup
Vegetable Dumplings
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Angel eggs
Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Apple Cider

Now I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the party so along with keeping the menu simple, I bought most of the decorations from the dollar store... crepe paper, leaf garlands napkins and tea lights.

My plan for the crepe paper was to make a fun tablecloth. I got the idea from Pinterest and I couldn't wait to get started.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but once I added the leaf garland, I was really happy with the way it turned out.
Next, I needed to carve the mini pumpkins to use as a centerpiece.

 After cutting holes in the pumpkins, I pushed the tea lights in. I also pulled some of the leaves from one of the garlands to add to the centerpiece.

I think it worked pretty well and since there aren't any actual leaves around just yet, it was a good way to improvise.

The cupcakes were store bought, I just added the candy corn on top.

The party was a success. I may even do it again next year.

Do you have any plans to celebrate the new season?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Picture Frame Serving Tray

Back yard, alternate angle
Hello again. We're planning to have an Autumn party this weekend and I've been looking for a nice tray to serve desserts. I was surprised at how pricey some of them can be so I decided to create my own. If you're interested in learning how, you'll see that it's an easy peasy diy.

All you need is a picture frame,
Decorative paper of your choice, you can even use wallpaper
Scissors and if you want to change the color of the frame, you'll also need spray paint.

I decided to create two serving trays and I bought both frames from the Dollar Store. Once I chose the picture frame, I was ready to pick out the scrapbook paper. You can choose any paper to completely customize it. I found 2 sheets that I liked at AC Moore for 59 cents per sheet. I chose a pretty pattern with flowers and another one that I felt was perfect for the Autumn party. Since I already had a can of paint, I was ready to start.

I began by taking the frame apart, removing the glass and popping out the picture. If the frame has a stand, carefully remove this with pliers to create a flat base.

I spray painted my frame using a brand that had a combination of both paint and primer. Originally, I planned to paint the frames orange for the party, but at the last minute, I decided on white instead. That way, I can use them year round. 

 I used the picture frame insert to cut a template into the paper...

... And traced around the insert on the back side of the paper then cut carefully.

After that, I cleaned the glass, inserted the paper inside and put the frame back together. That's it! This was so easy to make and the entire process takes very little time. Now I'm looking forward to serving up some tasty treats on these little trays.

This tray is also easy to clean thanks to the glass protecting the paper and I love that I can always replace the paper to suit the seasons. I'll have to find pretty paper for Thanksgiving and Christmas soon.

By the way, I'm linking up with:

Roses of Inspiration
Ivy and Elephants

Love and blessings to you... :)