Favorite Things

Gift Ideas from Etsy

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week there are competing ideas swirling around in our heads: gift giving and turkey dinner making! I love the handmade quality of gifts from Etsy, they’re more unique than big brand items which add that extra special touch.

It’s a few days until "small business Saturday" but don’t let it stop you from shopping small business now! Here’s a look at some of my favorite gift ideas from Etsy. 

gifts for couples etsy

mr & mrs glasses / personalized cutting board / popcorn flavoring sampler / etched ice bucket / ice cream spoons

  etsy gifts for him

monogrammed leather shaving kit / natural beard balm / iphone speaker made from reclaimed skateboard / man cave personalized bottle cap catcher / spatula bottle opener combo / personalized multi tool pocket knife

  gifts for her etsy

geode necklace / 2015 spotted day planner / monogram necklace / fingerless cashmere gloves / cuff bracelet / scarf hanger

   Find more lovely gift ideas in my 75+ Favorite Shops, many I’ve featured before!

P.S. Is anyone else shocked at how big box stores have completely taken over Thanksgiving? I saw Kmart is opening is doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and so many others on Thanksgiving afternoon. Ugh! Makes me crazy…

Holiday Tabletop Favorites

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Hello and happy Monday! We had a non stop weekend filled with activity, on Saturday we built garment racks with a team of volunteers for the Work Clothes Closet project, I’ll share the basic assembly and supply list tomorrow. Yesterday, I caught the holiday bug so we opened up the Christmas closet and I started decorating in the living room, I love the annual ritual of bringing out the ornaments and decor and styling them around the house. 

Are you setting a holiday table this year? We will be spending Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Las Vegas so my Mom and I will recreate a version of this table. Christmas dinner will be spent there as well since my brother’s family is traveling all the way from Savannah that week. New Year’s Eve will be at our place, so I bought a set of these fun confetti appetizer plates for our dinner party with friends and family.

I like to purchase things that can be used again for other occasions, I’m drawn to white with gold and/or silver since the palette is festive and universal. For a simple and elegant presentation, add some twigs and painted pumpkins for Thanksgiving; touches of blue for Hanukkah; berries, pinecones, and candles for Christmas, and something sparkly for New Year’s Eve.

golden pumpkins tablescape

a pumpkin & a princess

golden thanksgiving table

me and my insanity


villeroy & boch

star holiday linens

h & m

A no fail formula includes a gold or silver charger, basic white dinner plate, cloth napkin, wine/water glass, and silverware. Layer with a tablecloth or runner, add an accent plate, or introduce new barware or serveware for added charm! Here are a few favorites useful for a table settings from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.  



mingle glasses, crate & barrel

gold silver barware

dot champagne glasses / gold rimmed whiskey glasses / metallic drinking glasses / greet bar glass / zebra silver wine glasses / ombre pewter glassware 

Accent Plates

pheasant accent plate

pottery barn pheasant plates

accent plates

green patterned plates / nate berkus black & white dessert plates / mercury glass salad plate / dot salad plate / joy bird accent plate   


marble serveware cb2

two tier marble server, cb2

silver gold serveware

metal geo bowl / silver & gold leaf tray / gold flatware / confetti platter / cake stand / silver wine bucket 


Find more 2014 Holiday Decorating and Entertaining favorites on my Pinterest board!