Fall Porch Blog Hop

Today, I am sharing my fall decorated porch! In addition, there are more beautiful porch ideas on the Fall Porch blog hop! So, I hope you take the tour by clicking on the links at the end of this post.

It’s fun to add a few Fall touches to any space in your home with pumpkins, and fall foliage. I love bringing out a few pumpkins to the porch in wooden baskets or crates. All of these faux pumpkins are from Michael’s, including the jumbo cream pumpkin.

One of my favorite ways to decorate with seasonal decor is to style a tray on the coffee table. It’s important to use a variety of textures and vary the height of the objects. For instance, I placed a pumpkin arrangement on a chippy wood pedestal with a handful of faux pumpkins and a pot of wheat.

Here are my best tips to learn How to Style Coffee Table Decor.

Next, I hung a pumpkin filled wreath onto a metal tobacco basket. Then, I added a banner that reads ‘FALL.’ Last, I added some fall florals into my hanging planters filled with succulents.

It has been amazing weather in Waco, Texas so the porch is the perfect place to hang out with family & friends on the weekends. Plus, I love to drink my morning coffee here, before heading out for a walk with my two dachshunds, Scooby & Scout.

Most importantly, have fun with your seasonal decor! Simple, seasonal changes brings new energy to a space and make these days at home feel special.

Fabulous Fall Porch Decor Tour

Wait Until You See These Amazing Fall Porch Decor Ideas!

Bricks ‘n Blooms // White Arrows Home // The Ponds Farmhouse

The Curated Farmhouse // Down Shiloh Road

Cuter Tudor // The Tattered Pew // J Dub By Design

Simply2Moms // Itty Bitty Farmhouse

Thanks for taking the Fall porch tour! .Don’t forget to save this post to your fall idea board! Happy Fall, y’all!

Easter Decor for Table

Easter Decor for the Table

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays or a changing season is to create a tablescape!  With Spring here and Easter on its way, this is a simple tablescape that blends the two beautifully.  This particular tablescape combines the fresh look of Spring florals with touches of pastel Easter decor.

Use a Terrarium as Centerpiece.

The focal point of the centerpiece is a blue vintage inspired terrarium from Hobby Lobby. Terrariums usually hold plants and small animals, so this is a perfect place for a white ceramic bunny and a few stems of greenery.
  1. Add a table runner and greenery to the center of the table.
  2. Fill a terrarium or glass cloche with faux moss.
  3. Then, add in a bundle of floral stems for height, a crate of pastel eggs for color and a decorative element.
  4. Place, two white bunnies on either side of the terrarium to add symmetry to the center piece on the table.

Add seasonal details at each place setting.

The details are the most fun to add in a tablescape.  For instance, they carry out a particular color scheme and showcase your personal style.  In addition, the details create a ‘wow factor’ which can transform your table from ordinary to extraordinary.

Rattan chargers  and white plates offer a neutral backdrop for each place setting.  Personalize each place card with inexpensive finds. For example, I found a six pack of these seed starting pots and bunny themed chalkboard clips in the Target Dollar Spot for $1. Then, I placed a faux hydrangea flower inside.

 

Easter decor for the buffet table.

The buffet table is decorated with greenery, crates of speckled eggs, a bunny placed on a pedestal, and vintage metal garden bunnies found thrifting. There’s still room for desserts to be served.
Thanks for hopping by the Cuter Tudor Blog to check out my Easter Decor for the Table.  If you are looking for more Easter tables cape ideas, here is my colorful Easter table last year. Or follow my Easter ideas on Pinterest.

Summer Tablescape Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the summer tablescape ideas blog hop!  Today, I am sharing some July 4th tablescape inspiration! Then, I hope you check out the rest of the summer tablescape blog hop! There are so many beautiful outdoor spaces and summery tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post!
Joining me are some amazing bloggers each sharing their own summer tablescape idea! If you’re joining me from Charlottes Happy Home, thanks for stopping by!
Summer time is for making memories, being adventurous, & spending time outdoors. It means sippin’ sweet lemonade or iced tea on a hot, sunny day while sitting on the back porch with friends. It’s great for chasing down the ice cream truck or fireflies at dusk. Right in the middle of summer, we celebrate July 4th, which is a perfect time for a backyard barbecue, seafood broil, or grilling burgers & hot dogs with family & friends. These are some of my favorite tips to style your July 4th tablescape.

Summer Tablescape Tips

This summer tablescape works beautifully on your outdoor patio or a picnic table at the lake! I have rounded up everything you will need to make your July 4th table fun, festive and kid friendly.

Galvanized Caddy! Caddies come in all shapes and sizes and are available everywhere from Sam’s Club or Amazon.com to home decor stores. These organizational crates make it easy to store dishes and utensils or carry indoor items outdoors.
Melamine Dishes! Melamine dishes are so much sturdier than paper plates, easy to care for and come in so many fun colors and patterns. Pier 1 has great melamine dishes in all sorts of fun colors which layer well for a place setting. You can find fun holiday melamine dishes from the grocery store, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, or online.
Paper Napkins! Disposable and inexpensive y’all. You can buy paper napkins to match any holiday or theme and dress up your plain white dishes.
White Serving Dishes! So I have shared this tip before, but white dishes like trays, platters, and bowls work great from casual to fancy dinners depending on what they are paired with. This tray is actually individually stacked trays.
Mason Jars! Mason jars with lids work great so drinks do not spill. Some jars can even be personalized with chalk labels. Patterned straws or ribbon add to the festive look.
Gingham Tablecloth! There is nothing that represents a summer picnic better than a red and white gingham checkered tablecloth. Kid friendly fabrics like vinyl and oil cloth can easily be wiped down or plastic and paper can be disposed of after use.
Flags! Mini flags are the perfect patriotic touch to a tablescape. You can place them in pots of greenery or bouquets of blue and white hydrangeas, corral them in a mason jar, or place flags at each place setting for guests. They remind us of our freedoms and are so festive for the summer holidays.
Candles in Lanterns! Candles are great to keep the party well lit long after the sun goes down. Try citronella candles to keep the bugs away or flameless candles to prevent any injuries. Place candles in lanterns for a simple, yet functional centerpiece!
Holiday Inspired Desserts! If the hundreds of holiday themed desserts on Pinterest don’t inspire you to make your own, just pick up a few festive desserts at your grocery store or bakery. Colorful, holiday themed sprinkles can transform any dessert to a festive treat! Create a dessert bar for kids or place desserts on tiered trays in the center of the table for a fun and delicious display.

I hope my list has given you a few ideas to make your next summer get together more fun, more festive and more kid friendly. Enjoy more ideas and photos below to inspire your July 4th tablescape this summer. You can never use too many stars and stripes in your summer decor, especially July 4th tablescape. With Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, red, white and blue are my favorite colors to use during summer parties.

Pattern mixing is fun way to add interest to your tablescape or home decor. You can check out more pattern mixing tips with red white and blue on this blog post, Pattern Mixing Tips for your Summer Table.
If you are stumped for a centerpiece, you can’t go wrong with symmetry; just find two similar items to balance the table. Place a tall tray or bouquet in the center!
I just love anything mini; so cute, right?! These mini plates work for appetizers or desserts and are perfect for little hands!
Making each place setting special will make your guests feel welcome and look forward to your next summer cookout. It is all in the details, y’all!
Thanks for checking out the Cuter Tudor and my July 4th tablescape! Happy Fourth of July, y’all!

 

 

Check out these summer tablescape ideas from my favorite bloggers below:

Next on the tour is Sarah’s Garden Party tablescape from Grace In My Space

Life by Leanna

Charlottes Happy Home

Cuter Tudor

Grace In My Space

Grey Birch Designs

Karlee Bowman

My Georgian Farmhouse

Oak Hill Farms

Selah Pines Farmhouse

 

How to Press Plants, Flowers or Herbs in the Microwave

DIY Pressed Plants: How to Press Plants, Flowers or Herbs

  Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do in the Spring time is to press plants in between stacks of old books. Growing up in the country, there was always an abundance of wildflowers in the pasture and along the county road where I lived. Pressing plants and flowers became a favorite past time in the spring and summer months.  For instance, I remember collecting wild flowers for a middle school science project.  In addition, my neighbor gifted me a couple of flower identification books that helped me learn the names of many plants native to Texas.  With this easy pressed plant DIY, you can learn how to press plants, flowers or herbs and capture the essence of Spring for months to come. pressed herbs   This year, instead of wildflowers, I decided to press herbs into beautiful wall art. I featured this easy pressed plant DIY in the current issue of Modern Texas Living magazine.  Certainly, check out the article and more in the online magazine at ModernTexasLiving.com.   With a magazine deadline fast approaching, I did not have weeks to wait for the herbs to flatten, so I found a way to press plants in a matter of minutes!  The key is the microwave oven! Whether you intend to press leaves, flowers or herbs, I believe that this pressed plant DIY will become your next favorite spring time activity with kids. You can press most plants with items from your kitchen, vintage books and the microwave oven.  Therefore, it is fun to experiment with a variety of techniques, but just ensure you are being safe and only using microwaveable items in the microwave oven.  To get started, gather your materials.   DIY pressed plants 2  

Here is what you will need for DIY Pressed Plants.

  • Flowers, herbs, any small plants
  • Vintage books with glued spines (no staples)
  • Microwave and microwavable Glass Bowls
  • Paper Towels or Parchment Paper
  • Masking Tape, Pencil
  • White Cardstock or Matteboard
  • Picture Frames

First, gather and cut your plants.  This can mean that you cut herbs from your garden, take a walk to collect wild flowers or pick up a bouquet of flowers from the florist. Plants can be pressed with or without the roots.  Remove any unwanted blemishes, leaves and or the roots with garden scissors.  If you use the roots, shake any excess dirt off and rinse thoroughly.

 

How to Press Plants, Flowers or Herbs

Next, arrange plants face up in the pages of an old book.  You want to place the plant the way that you want it dried. Therefore, pay attention to the way the stems, leaves or petals face and lay.  Then, close the book. NOTE: Ensure that the book is adhered with glue and not staples or any kind of metal before placing a book into the microwave oven.

 

After that, place the book in the microwave oven in 30 second increments. Meanwhile, you can place microwave safe bowls on top of the book to weigh it down.  Each plant is different, so you may have to work with timing.  Some herbs were flattened in 30 seconds and some took 1.5 minutes.  However, I do not recommend leaving the book in the microwave for longer than a minute at a time.  I did not try that, so I only want to recommend techniques that safely worked for me. OPTIONAL: You can sandwich the plant between two pieces of parchment paper or a folded paper towel to draw out moisture.  However, it is not necessary. Old book pages will draw out the moisture either way.  Laying the plant between parchment paper or a paper towel between two plates also works.  I actually misted the paper towel with water prior to microwaving it so that there was some moisture.  To clarify, I just wanted to be on the safe side and ensure the paper towel didn’t burn by applying heat repeatedly. After heating, wait a few seconds for the plant to cool before opening the book and trying to remove it.  The plant will be very delicate. Therefore, sliding it on paper to keep it well supported works best. Masking tape or spray adhesive works to hold the plants onto cardstock.  Lastly, label the flower or plant with its common and or scientific name.   Use a plant identification book or google to identify any unknown plants. In addition, I wrote the names of the plants on the card stock with pencil, but you could use a thin tip sharpie, or label maker depending on the style that you prefer.

 

Ready to Display your DIY Pressed Plants!

You can display pressed plants into a collection of picture frames. For example, I chose to frame these pressed plants in a variety of reclaimed wood frames.  Similarly, DIY pressed plants look great in floating clear glass frames.  For this technique, you do not have to mount the plants onto card stock.  Simply, insert pressed plants into the double sided glass frames.  I think these pressed herbs will look great hanging in a kitchen.  However, pressed flowers will look great in any room where you would hang botanical prints.  Another suggestion is to keep your pressed flowers in a blank journal or vintage book.   frame DIY pressed plants

Take the Spring DIY Blog Hop!

If you loved this Spring DIY, check out the rest of the Spring DIY Blog Hop! For instance, there are lots more creative ideas to help you decorate your home this Spring.  The blog hop is hosted by one of my favorite home decor bloggers, Jen at NotingGrace.com.  Be sure to check out her spring DIY! Most importantly, special ‘thanks’ to The Findery in downtown Waco for letting me borrow the wood tray, galvanized cups, chippy picture frames and vintage books for this project.  Consequently, these items and the pressed herbs are currently on display at The Findery!

I DIY-ed That Spring Blog Hop

MONDAY

Repurpose & Upcycle | Thrify and Chic | A Blue Nest | Noting Grace

TUESDAY

My 100 Year Old Home | The Tattered Pew The Homemaking Momma | She Holds Dearly | Seeking Lavender Lane

WEDNESDAY

Worthing Court Blog | Joy In Our Home | White Arrows Home Uniquely Taylor Made | Making It In The Mountains

THURSDAY

Beauty For Ashes Home | Cuter Tudor | The Red Painted Cottage The Honeycomb Home | Designs By Karan

FRIDAY

Deeply Southern Home | Rocky Hedge Farm Twelve on Main | Life On Summerhill

Summer Tablescape Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the summer tablescape ideas blog hop!  Today, I am sharing some July 4th tablescape inspiration!  Then, I hope you check out the rest of the summer tablescape blog hop!  There are so many beautiful outdoor spaces and summery tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post!
Summer time is for making memories, being adventurous, & spending time outdoors.  It means sippin’ sweet lemonade or iced tea on a hot, sunny day while sitting on the back porch with friends.  It’s great for chasing down the ice cream truck or fireflies at dusk.  Right in the middle of summer, we celebrate July 4th, which is a perfect time for a backyard barbecue, seafood broil, or grilling burgers & hot dogs with family & friends.  These are some of my favorite tips to style your July 4th tablescape.

Summer Tablescape Tips

This summer tablescape works beautifully on your outdoor patio or a picnic table at the lake!  I have rounded up everything you will need to make your July 4th table fun, festive and kid friendly.

Galvanized Caddy!  Caddies come in all shapes and sizes and are available everywhere from Sam’s Club or Amazon.com to home decor stores.  These organizational crates make it easy to store dishes and utensils or carry indoor items outdoors.
 
Melamine Dishes! Melamine dishes are so much sturdier than paper plates, easy to care for and come in so many fun colors and patterns.  Pier 1 has great melamine dishes in all sorts of fun colors which layer well for a place setting.  You can find fun holiday melamine dishes from the grocery store, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, or online.
Paper Napkins!  Disposable and inexpensive y’all.  You can buy paper napkins to match any holiday or theme and dress up your plain white dishes.
 
White Serving Dishes!  So I have shared this tip before, but white dishes like trays, platters, and bowls work great from casual to fancy dinners depending on what they are paired with.  This tray is actually individually stacked trays.
Mason Jars!  Mason jars with lids work great so drinks do not spill.  Some jars can even be personalized with chalk labels.  Patterned straws or ribbon add to the festive look.
 Gingham Tablecloth! There is nothing that represents a summer picnic better than a red and white gingham checkered tablecloth.  Kid friendly fabrics like vinyl and oil cloth can easily be wiped down or plastic and paper can be disposed of after use.
Flags! Mini flags are the perfect patriotic touch to a tablescape.  You can place them in pots of greenery or bouquets of blue and white hydrangeas, corral them in a mason jar, or place flags at each place setting for guests.  They remind us of our freedoms and are so festive for the summer holidays.
Candles in Lanterns!  Candles are great to keep the party well lit long after the sun goes down.  Try citronella candles to keep the bugs away or flameless candles to prevent any injuries.  Place candles in lanterns for a simple, yet functional centerpiece!
 Holiday Inspired Desserts!  If the hundreds of holiday themed desserts on Pinterest don’t inspire you to make your own, just pick up a few festive desserts at your grocery store or bakery.   Colorful, holiday themed sprinkles can transform any dessert to a festive treat! Create a dessert bar for kids or place desserts on tiered trays in the center of the table for a fun and delicious display.

I hope my list has given you a few ideas to make your next summer get together more fun, more festive and more kid friendly.  Enjoy more ideas and photos below to inspire your July 4th tablescape this summer.  You can never use too many stars and stripes in your summer decor, especially July 4th tablescape.   With Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day,  red, white and blue are my favorite colors to use during summer parties.

Pattern mixing is fun way to add interest to your tablescape or home decor.  You can check out more pattern mixing tips with red white and blue on this blog post, Pattern Mixing Tips for your Summer Table.
If you are stumped for a centerpiece, you can’t go wrong with symmetry; just find two similar items to balance the table. Place a tall tray or bouquet in the center!
I just love anything mini; so cute, right?!  These mini plates work for appetizers or desserts and are perfect for little hands!
Making each place setting special will make your guests feel welcome and look forward to your next summer cookout.  It is all in the details, y’all!
 Thanks for checking out the Cuter Tudor and my July 4th tablescape!  Happy Fourth of July, y’all!

 

 

Check out these summer tablescape ideas from my favorite bloggers below:

Life by Leanna

Charlottes Happy Home

Cuter Tudor

Grace In My Space

Grey Birch Designs

Karlee Bowman

My Georgian Farmhouse

Oak Hill Farms

Selah Pines Farmhouse