The Dallas Garden Party

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday's Garden Party was so much fun, and I was beyond honored to be the host (and to have my face on a sign)!

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The Home Depot is hosting these free #SpringMadeSimple events all over the country this month and next, where you can come eat, meet with a local blogger, and learn about gardening from an expert.

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I was in charge of the pot-painting table at Dallas's Garden Party, and it was a blast to get to chat with local readers and do a little crafting. We used Sharpie paint pens to decorate little terracotta pots before planting them with herbs.

Our gardening expert, Mary Katherine Greene (she was born to be a gardeniere with that name!), talked to us about how to keep herbs happy, and she shared how to make these really cool raised beds planted with salsa ingredients!! Yum...I think I need to add this to my backyard STAT!

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Southern Living and Fiskars were also on hand to demonstrate their great products available at Home Depot.

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The Southern Living gals whipped up this bar cart with some basic shelves and spraypaint...obviously we were destined to be friends! They were sweet enough to send it home with me, so expect to see it pop up in future posts.

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They also created a beautiful table setting using a painted drop cloth, and their Ready to Impress flowering pots.

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The Fiskars clippers cut through the wood dowel like buttah...I'm officially a convert! Pretty much everyone in my family bought a pair after trying them out!

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The adorable Alta Mantsch of Tasty Eats at Home blog prepared some amazing food...chicken skewers and grilled veggies, along with basil cucumber lemonade...and they were served in the cutest bamboo boats.

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Mr. Sugarplum and the kids came by toward the end of the event and they jumped right in with coloring and planting.

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Someone raided my jewels!

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I tried to put the clamp on how many pots Babygirl decorated, but once she discovered the gold pen, there was no stopping her. #likehermama

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Aren't my mom and aunt the cutest?! It was so fun to have them, and my in-laws, stop by for support. They are probably thinking, "She just has a blog, how does that equate to hosting events?!" I was asking myself the same thing, but I'm not going to question it!

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The Home Depot people are top-notch, and they certainly know how to throw a fun party.

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To sign up for the Home Depot's Garden club (which has all sorts of tips, tricks and ideas for gardeners of all skill levels...not to mention coupons!), head on over here. It was a really fun event, so I'd encourage you to attend one if near you! (My girl, Kristin, is hosting the Atlanta event!) Thanks to The Home Depot for inviting me to host, and a BIG thanks to those of you that came out for the party...I have the nicest readers ever!

And in case you're wondering...here's what I'm wearing:
Jeans (40% off!) | Tee | Shoes | Watch | Necklace | Sunglasses

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Easter Inspired

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks for your sweet comments on my daughter's Polka Dot Art Party...it's crazy to think half of her birthdays have been documented on this wee blog. With the kids getting older, it seems our weekends are even busier, so I've had to simplify life in a lot of areas. I admitted to not doing it all in this post, but after this big birthday, I've found it easier to do even less.

Normally, I'd have our Easter table set and ready to show you, but with Easter only days away, I don't know if we'll even have a table this year! And that's okay...because celebrating the day together is what counts. That could be at a fancy brunch, or a McDonald's picnic...both sound pretty heavenly to me. Or who knows, maybe I'll find myself with some free time and I'll whip up something at home....in which case, I've rounded up some fresh inspiration.

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Blue-and-Pink Easter Table Setting
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Cheery Easter Place Setting
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My favorite part of setting a table is personalizing it with placecards.
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Flower Centerpiece with Asparagus
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Grass-and-Egg Easter Table Setting
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I used mini-takeout boxes from the Dollar Store for placecards on this Easter table.

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You don't have to spend a bunch of time and money to create a gorgeous table...here are some simple projects to set the stage. Hot-glue inexpensive grocery store blooms to branches from your yard for a statement centerpiece.

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Place a small vase inside a larger glass vase, and line the gap with carrots or lettuce for a unique spin on your floral centerpiece.

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I did a similar look for this table, but lined the vase with marshmallow Peeps. The DIY Magnolia Chargers are still one of my table favorites.

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These yarn-wrapped eggs would be a fun craft for the kids, and make adorable placecards.

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The kids and I have Friday off, and I'm planning on some fun egg crafts. I love the conversations that pop up when we're all at the table working on projects together.

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The rainbow layer cake from Babygirl's birthday a few years ago was such a hit at our house, I love the idea of adapting it for holidays...like this pink ombre version.

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I've made this adorable bunny cake before, and it never fails to excite the kids.



Make two round cakes, and cut one as shown below to create the ears and bowtie. I just arrange and decorate the whole thing on a big cookie sheet.


What are your plans for the holiday this weekend? What traditions do you have? Who's craving cake now?!

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