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DIY HOLIDAY PLATES

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Black Plates from Ikea // Gold Metallic Sharpie // West Elm Shanna Murray Plates

Around the holidays, it seems that I become even more addicted to Pinterest than usual (if that could be possible) and it's hard not to get wrapped up in the DIY frenzy with all of the fun projects that people are pinning for the holidays. Although my DIY list is always filled with projects that are a little above my DIY skill level, I thought that this year I would start with a simple DIY project before attempting any of the more difficult projects. So if you're looking for a fun and easy way to personalize your holiday table, this project is for you.

I came across these Shanna Murray Plates at West Elm, but was bummed to find that they were already sold out. I had remembered seeing some DIY sharpie projects involving plates a few months ago on Pinterest and although my handwriting probably won't end up looking as cute as the Shanna Murray ones, I thought it would be a fun way to add personality to a holiday dinner.  It's something that your little ones can get involved with (I know Holden would love to make his own plate) and you could even host a party with a make-your-own-plate crafting station.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  After decorating your plate, put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven after a half hour and let the plates cool completely before removing them.  

THANKSGIVING TABLE SETTING INSPIRATION

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Inspiration Images

Pheasant Wing Feathers // Guinea Fowl Feathers // mismatched candelabras // Chocolate Cosmos Plant // Purple Viola Flowers // Fern Leaves // White Vase // Gold Wishbone // Reindeer Moss // White and Gold China // Gold Flatware // Gold Hurricane Candle Holder // Lace Table Runner //Gold Table Runner

I fell in love with this Jose Villa rustic glam wedding and felt like it would make a stunning and chic Thanksgiving tablescape.  We spend Thanksgiving with our large extended families so I won't have the opportunity to create a Thanksgiving table setting, but if I did, this is exactly what it would look like.

OUR FOURTH OF JULY.

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everywhere outside of the city was over 100 degrees, but the city itself was a perfect 75 degrees with a cool ocean breeze that whipped under the golden gate bridge and across the coastline.  we had a picnic dinner at chrissy field, threw rocks into the ocean, and anxiously awaited holden's first fireworks experience.  chrissy field was the perfect spot to watch the fireworks with a first-timer, they were far enough away that the it wasn't too loud, but closer enough so that we still had a perfect view.  holden loved the fireworks, but  i think the sparklers were his favorite part of the afternoon.