Wednesday, November 22, 2017

my black friday faves

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving?

I am, of course. You know how much I LOVE Thanksgiving and, this long weekend naturally brings an attitude of gratitude, but sheesh, for me, it's also the time I have to start my Christmas shopping. Have you done any holiday shopping yet? Wow, there are so many great deals out there right now! 

Black Friday is my favorite day to stay home, have some extra family time, put up the Christmas tree and do a little bit of online shopping, so I just wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite picks for Black Friday online shopping. These are my top picks, and the cyber destinations I'll be headed to on Friday (or sooner!)...

Anthropologie is offering 25% so many of their unique items. 

I'm headed to the Tabletop section first!


Then, I’ll be checking out
Banana Republic’s 50% of everything sale!

Shop Here: Banana Republic

Waiting on Martha is a super cute blog,
with an even cuter blog shop.

You’ve got to check out these goodies... 
And, they've got lot's of discount codes on the website right now!!

Shop Here: Waiting on Martha

Old Navy always has lots to offer for the whole family,
and they’re now offering 50% everything!

Shop Here: Old Navy

The Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel’s adorable
children’s store is offering 20% off and free shipping.

They have everything from onsies to cribs, and teepees to toys!

Shop here: The Land of Nod

Shop here: Crate & Barrel

It's the perfect time of year to stock up on UGG boot and shoes.

They’re the perfect gift that everyone loves,
and why not pick up a cute new style for yourself?

By the way, they also have amazing blanket and throws!

See sale items here: UGG

Home Depot is a great place to do some Black Friday shopping… a no brainer, actually! They’re offering 40% off appliances, and can you think of a better place to get something special for the men in your life? It’s power tool heaven over there! I also love their Martha Stewart Christmas items. I’m already spying some adorable vintage looking ornaments!   

Shop here: Home Depot

Over at my Blog Shop,
I’m offering 20% off this weekend,
so stop by and check it out.
And best of all, all items are under $15!

Happy shopping… (I might even have to start today!)

ciao! fabiana

Monday, November 20, 2017

it's thanksgiving week!

Thanksgiving dinner planning and prep
is in full force around here!

The cranberry sauce is the first thing I can check off the list. It’s one of the easiest things to make, so I do that first. A full bag of fresh cranberries goes into the pot with a little sugar, fresh orange juice and zest, freshly grated ginger and water. After it thickens on the stove for a while, I pass it through a food mill, to get it nice and silky smooth, and that’s it! I then put it in a pretty bowl and pop it in the fridge 'til Thursday. 

Tonight I’ll roast my two sugar pumpkins so I’ll be ready to make pies tomorrow. I’m buying one other pie, and making a few pumpkin ones. The kids will get to pick out their favorite pie from Marie Callender’s

As much as I love these cute turkey plates, this year I have the table is set with simple ivory Wedgwood china that I just love. (You’ll get to see the final table soon!) How does your family set the table? Is it formal, or buffet style? 

Here’s a handy table setting chart for reference.

I do like to interpret my own setting
but like to use this as a guideline.

Do you remember last year’s table
where I used these pretty pheasant feathers?

This year, I’ll be using these cute twig wreaths instead.

They add just the right rustic quality that
contrasts the fancy Wedgwood perfectly!

Here’s my Thanksgiving table from two years ago.

A vase of fresh fall leaves always adds so much fall charm!

I have a vase of them in my kitchen nook right now.

There's a nice neighbor who doesn’t mind
me clipping a few small branches every so often. J

A couple of the gorgeous heirloom pumpkins did get carved for Halloween, but the remaining ones will make their way into the dining room for a little extra autumn ambiance. 

Here’s a fun idea someone had! This won’t work this time around, since we’ll be having a fire going on Thanksgiving. I do love that tile surrounding this fire place, though.

Here’s a simple place setting from Joanna Gaines. I really like the look of the eucalyptus branches that’s so popular right now. It adds a fresh, modern look to the table.

And Thanksgiving leftovers will get new side to go with those faithful turkey sandwiches… These stuffing waffles look amazing! All you do is cook leftover stuffing in your waffle iron ‘til it’s crispy and top with hot mashed potatoes and gravy. How can that be bad?!  

And yes, we're all anxiously waiting for that moment the turkey comes out of the oven... Oh, the aroma!

ciao! fabiana

By the way,
on Tuesday November 21 & Wednesday November 22 only
World Market is offering Pre-Black Friday deals!

Take an Extra 25% off your purchase. Use code holiday25

Click here:

other photos:
1. Southern Living
9. tumblr, unknown source
10. Magnolia Home
11. Kroeger 
12. Traditional Home

Thursday, May 4, 2017

cinco de mayo fiesta

When I think of Cinco de Mayo décor,
I think color, color, color!
I want festive flowers
and lots of bright accessories for my table.

So, this week I went shopping at
the local Mexican Market,
to grab some of these large
multi-colored cans of tomato sauce.
What’s great about these
El Pato cans is there are
no paper labels.
The cute graphic is
printed right on the can! 

And, the little green cans make the
perfect votive holders
to scatter on the table. 

While I was there, I also picked up
some fruity Mexican sodas called “Jarritos”.
It comes in flavors like
mango, pineapple, lime and mandarin.
Tasty and again so colorful!

For some, 
Cinco de Mayo would not be complete
 without a refreshing margarita.
Here's my favorite recipe from
The Barefoot Contessa.

Authentic Margaritas

• 1 lime, halved
• Kosher salt
• 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 limes)
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
• 1 cup Triple Sec
• 1 cup white tequila
• 2 cups ice, plus extra for serving

• If you like margaritas served in a glass with salt, rub the outside rims of 6 glasses with a cut lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.
• Combine the lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and ice in a blender and puree. Place extra ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with margarita mix, shake well, and strain into glasses.
Serves 4-6.

For fun, I’m setting each place setting with
an individual basket of chips and salsa.
These cute baskets are from the Mexican Market too,
and come in pink, yellow, green and blue. 

I added more brightness with the plates and napkins.
Now we're all set for our friends to drop by.

Do you like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo too? 

If so,
Buen Provecho!

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, April 20, 2017

time for a garden party

We’re having the most perfect weather
for a garden party!

All I know is this is where I want to
spend Mother's Day,
and every weekend leading up to it. 💗

These flowers are just a bunch of ivy geraniums
snipped from the garden. 

Isn't the color divine?

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, April 8, 2017

adorable easter place setting

Well, now that we’re well into April, 
my focus will be on Easter décor.
 In my collaboration with Oriental Trading,
 I’ve put together several fun and easy Easter ideas 
for your table and more. 

This first one in the series is 
a sweet little place setting 
that’s really a cinch to put together. 

There’s not much crafting involved 
and these little guys will last at least a week or more, 
so you can make them early and 
really enjoy them!

I started with a set of these light colored 

These little flower pots are the perfect size 
and can be used in so many different ways too! 

Now for something to put in these pots. 
My favorite health food market, Mother’s Market, 
sells 4 inch pots of wheatgrass, 
and they’re only $2. 

I also picked up a bunch of this 
small purple wax flower. 
Each container of wheatgrass 
will fill 4 of these mini flower pots.
 I just took the wheatgrass out of its pot, 
and using a serrated bread knife, 
divided into 4 little squares that fit 
perfectly in each pot. 

All you have let to do now is decorate 
with small flowers 
and your bunny!   

Make sure to water the wheatgrass 
after a day or two and 
you may even have to trim it a bit, 
because it grows so fast!

Here’s a glimpse of my tablescape 
with a few more elements added. 
This faux farmhouse table was a thrift store find 
at only $12! 

I had so much fun distressing it 
and then finishing it off with some 
fabulous chalk paint. 

And, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for my 
new Serena & Lily French bistro “Riviera” chairs 
to arrive this week. 
I ordered them online, 
and they arrived so quickly! 

I love how they look with my little table and all the Easter goodies surrounding them. 
Now I’m off to look for a few 
of my pretty vintage dishes that have that 
delicate spring look. 

You see, I’m working on another look 
for Easter

Make sure to stop by again soon 
for more on this 

ciao! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review.
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

a tablescape for new years eve

With Christmas only ten days away, that means New Year’s Eve is around the corner! Today I’ve put together my dream New Years’ Eve tablescape by using some of my favorite vintage heirlooms and some new sparkly accents from Oriental Trading. 
I’ve updated my 2012 NYE “clock-themed” tablescape that some of you may remember. All you have to do to recreate this look is have a set of clear glass dinner plates which are really inexpensive and also so versatile! Then print off a set of clock faces so they fit the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. No fancy paper needed! The clock faces will be round, so just cut them out carefully with scissors. Nestle them between your glass plate and a silver or gold charger plate. 
I used "Happy New Year" tiaras, with the headband removed, to accent each place setting with a fun salutation! 
Under each place setting is a round circle of glittered gold mesh fabric that I cut out, as well. The light hits all these sparkly accents and makes the table come to life! 
Winter evergreens layered diagonally down the center of this round table add the perfect foundation for the white roses and gittery gold votives that add a hint of glamour. A garland of dreamy silver stars sways quietly in the background.   
These antique silver goblets hold little arrangements of roses, but they also come in handy for a favorite beverage. 
  Champagne (or sparkling grape juice) is mandatory!
 Here's the view from the top…
 I can’t believe 2017 is almost here!
I love how this layer of glitter fabric detail adds dimension. 
A toast…
 to all of you!
 Thanks for stopping by and visiting this year!
  Cheers and Best Wishes... 
for the new year!  xoxo
  And it all came together like this: 
Glass Dinner Plates: similar ones at Ikea and Crate & Barrel
Paper Clock cut-outs: google
Gold Glitter Fabric: Oriental Trading
Silverware: vintage
Glassware: vintage
Silver-toned Chargers: Home Goods
Silver Glitter Stars Garland: Oriental Trading 
Tablecloth: vintage
White Fringe Boas: Oriental Trading
Gold Glitter Votives: Oriental Trading
Happy New Year Tiaras and Horns: Oriental Trading
Roses and Table Greens: Trader Joe’s

xo xo! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. 
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

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