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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

November 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty, 
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes & gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your
Thanksgiving dinner stay
off your thighs.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, that you are surrounded by the people you love and all are healthy and happy. I’ll see you back here tomorrow as we kick off the Christmas Holiday Season. Enjoy!!!!

 Image via
Poem by anonymous.

Turkey Platters: Decorative & Useful

November 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In my retail days, we sold a ton of turkey platters, many times people were buying them for decoration in their dining rooms and kitchens but a lot of people also used them every year for Turkey Day. I’ve always been very partial to the Woodland Turkey Platter from Spode, it has beautiful colors with a strong rich brown border and all the gorgeous colors used on the turkey itself. Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving decoration in your home or something to hold the bird, I’ve brought you some classic and fun choices and linked to the websites they’re coming from. Many of these places will still ship them to you before next Thursday and one of them is even available at a lumber yard. Check out these beautiful dishes and see if anything strikes your Thanksgiving fancy, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Thanksgiving Desserts From Williams-Sonoma

November 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not a baker or even much of a cook remember there are lots of beautiful and tasty options you can buy. If you order by today from Williams-Sonoma that gives you enough time to receive your items by Thanksgiving, but there are only 4 days left to order and receive them by the 23rd. WS does allow you to order the entire meal but I’m always amazed by the beautiful and tasty dessert options they offer. Join me today for a look at pies, cakes, bars, and cookies that you can order and impress even the most finicky foodies in your life. Enjoy!!!

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Paper Source Thanksgiving

November 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Paper may not be the first thing we think of when someone says Thanksgiving but the Paper Source website has lots of beautiful and fun things you just might need to make your turkey day even better. Whether it’s a great card to mail to those who you won’t be able to see over Thanksgiving or something to make your home and dining table a little more bright. Check out some of the great items I’ve gathered for you today and see all the Thanksgiving ideas Paper Source has to offer here. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above card)

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Thanksgiving Table Runners & Placemats

November 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday I shared some beautiful ideas on dining table decorations for Thanksgiving, in that post I talked about having a runner down the center of your table to give a defined area for your centerpiece and decorations. Along with that, you can also use placemats, I love placemats but I know some people don’t care for them, I like that they are a simple way to add a holiday look to your dining room or kitchen table without breaking the bank. Today I’m going to share some great buys from Pier One and Mackenzie-Childs on table runners and placemats that you can use for Thanksgiving and all Fall. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2017

November 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s November 6th and two weeks from this Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought today we would look at some ideas for decorating your family’s table for this bountiful holiday. You don’t have to do anything too elaborate and with lots of people sitting around a table with plates and glasses it’s probably better to keep it simple. A tablecloth is always a great way to begin but if you have a beautiful table maybe just put a fabric runner down the center, I think it’s nice to have something down the center of the table that kind of gives you a “boundary” of where to keep the decorations. Right now burlap is really a hot look and lots of the craft and decorating stores have pre-cut burlap runners available. I also like to find an inexpensive fabric in a color that works with my decorating scheme and get enough of it that you can bunch it up on the table and “nestle” pumpkins and candles in the folds. A good way to know how much fabric to get is to measure the length of your table and buy one and a half or up to two times as much fabric as your table is long, if your table is six feet long (72 inches) then get 144 inches or 4 yards of fabric. I have some images to share with you today of ideas that won’t break the bank but still give you a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Halloween Cocktails ~ Part 2

October 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s day 2 of our look at Cocktails with a Halloween theme and today we have gathered recipes for drinks that are as black as night, jack-o-lantern based as well as a bloody version of a child star. We also have recipes that the kids can drink if you’re having a party for spooks of all ages. So let’s throw open the doors on the Halloween liquor cabinet and get to brewing our cocktails. Enjoy!!!

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13 Halloween Cocktails ~ Part 1

October 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A week from today is the big day, Halloween, are you ready?? I’m anticipating a lot of people will be hosting or attending parties this coming weekend since Halloween itself is on a Tuesday, so I thought we would take a look at some spookily delicious Halloween cocktail recipes. If there’s one thing that will help scare up some fun during this festive Fall holiday it’s a great cocktail, so I thought I would share 13 recipes with you today and 13 more on Thursday. So, grab a cocktail shaker and a glass and let’s get our spook on, Enjoy!!! (Click on the cocktails names under the photos in orange to get the recipes)

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Halloween Flashback: Candy Corn Inspiration

October 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s kind of crazy around here today and tomorrow so we are going to Flashback to some of the fun Halloween posts I’ve done that are still timely now. Today we are looking back at some fun and original ideas using everyone’s favorite Autumn sweet, Candy Corn. This has to be one of the most versatile candies around, perfect for eating and decorating. Join me for a look back at all the fun uses for this corn shaped sugary snack. Enjoy!!!

To read the original article click here, I’ll catch you soon, I’m running to the store for more Candy Corn. 

Decorating For A Fall Party

October 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Sorry for the radio silence last week here on the blog, I got busy helping a couple of clients with projects then I started not feeling well. I ended up with a case of Diverticulitis, which occasionally flairs up, but I’m better now, back on track and ready to work and blog. 

One of my friend/clients is very active in the alumni group for the Chi Omega college sorority and often hosts their get-togethers in her home, she recently volunteered to host their Fall party and I want to share the decorating we did for the soirée. My client loves the holidays and now that she has grandchildren who recently moved back to Edmond, Oklahoma where she also lives she decided we would get out the Halloween decorations and do it up right. One thing about the Chi Omegas is that one of their symbols is the owl and my client has collected owls for years, so we incorporate those into her Fall and Halloween decorations. Join me today for a quick tour and a look at some fun and festive Fall decor, Enjoy!!!

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