Easy Centerpiece For Your Thanksgiving Table – Step-by-Step Guide

Easy Centerpiece For Your Thanksgiving Table – Step-by-Step Guide

Easy Centerpiece For Your Thanksgiving Table - Step-by-Step Guide

Today we are going to look at creating an easy centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. This being the season of thanksgiving and decorating your home for the holiday, I thought what better video to do than to show you how to create a beautiful and tress-free centerpiece to WOW your guest.

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We want to start with the most important thing in creating a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, deciding on a theme, a color, a feel, that you want to evoke in your room or on your table. This is important because it makes choosing everything for the table a little easier.  For us here today, we’re going to do just a traditional, elegant table. I’m going to show you how to do that with just using the things you already have around your home.

I am going to start with layering a beautiful satin fabric in the center of the table. You really don’t have to do step, but I like the pop of color and layered look. Next I center my fresh flower arrangement, I used a simple clear glass container and added a beautiful bow around it to make it special.

Now that we have our centerpiece where we want it, we’re going to go ahead and start with our pumpkins. I chose to use the decorative pumpkins, because I think they are awesome. We’ll start with a green pumpkin. I like it because it’s kind of bedazzled and fun. Isn’t that so fun? I love it. I’m going to place it next to my arrangement, then I’m going to choose a different color orange one or something like that, and do the same thing on the other side. As you can see, we’re already forming our centerpiece.

Them, I’m going to go ahead some gourds, I love gourds, don’t you? I think they’re fun! I went with the natural colored ones because I think it brings a certain natural elegance to the table. We’re going to use these just to kind of keep the natural colors in. I’m going to just take these. They’re two different sizes as you can see. I’m going to put one just like this. Of course, depending on the size of your table, you can use more or less. You can do this and then go and do another pumpkin. You’ll see what we’ll do here. Then we’ll use this one here. Again, it’s just giving us a little bit of texture, different colors just to keep it fun.

What I did here is I took a wine glass, which we all have in our cabinets, and I added some dried peas from the store, and I put a little votive candle in there. Then I’m going to take this, because this will give us a little bit of height, and I’m going to put it in between our first pumpkin and gourd. Then I’m going to repeat it on the other side. Now, I am going to sprinkle glass votive candles all around to give us soft ambient lighting at dinner.

Remember, you can have this extend as long as you need. You just keep repeating the steps, to fit your table. This is so easy and stress-free, just have fun with it! I hope that this has been helpful to you. Go ahead and check us out on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.                                                                          

I hope you guys are excited for this holiday season and are ready for your Thanksgiving. I hope that this will help you create a beautiful one-of-a-kind easy centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Thank you so much for joining us, and we’ll see you next time.

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How to Host a Fabulous Easter Dinner

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How to Host a Fabulous Easter Dinner

Are you having family over for Easter this year and looking for ideas and tips on how to host a fabulous Easter dinner for your friends and family? Here is how to host a fabulous Easter dinner.

I love to entertain, be around people and making them laugh. I am my best when surrounded by family, friends and even strangers. I remember as a kid I use to always get in trouble for talking too much; signs of a professional butterfly in the making. Sometimes it even came to the point where my mom would have to show me videos for kids to stop me from talking and distracting everyone at the party! I was always finding a way to insert myself in what my mom use to call: adult activities/conversations, when she hosted parties. Still today, my passion for entertaining and making people happy is alive and well. Though the responsibilities of running a business and taking care of family often take up more of my time, I always like to make time to entertain especially around holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Oh the joys of Hosting! Making the guest list, decorating, creating the menu, cooking, and adding the special touches that make guests feel welcome from the moment they walk through the door, is no easy task. Today I am going to share with you some tips to help you plan your party, look fabulous and have time to mingle with your guests. Easter comes early this year! March 27th to be exact. Don’t let the date daunt you, rather, let it inspire you to get planning!

There are plenty of details to attend to when hosting a dinner party, to make sure everything is just right. Here are my simple steps to make sure you cover all your bases and make entertaining effortless.

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The key to effortless entertaining is organization. Having a solid plan to ensure success is vital. The first step is to answer the following questions to establish the basics.

WHEN: what is the date and time? Sending invitations for a traditional family Easter dinner is not necessary. By this I mean, if you host Easter dinner every year. A simple telephone call several weeks in advance is sufficient. If it is your first time I would recommend sending invites at least two months in advance so that people can plan accordingly.

WHO: who are the guests you want to invite? Be realistic about how many people you can accommodate in your space and start with the most important people to you whether family or friend. Easter dinner is all about being surround by people you love and cherish. Don’t invite because you feel obligated.

WHERE: what is the location? Evaluate your space — make sure your guest list doesn’t exceed the space and equipment you have. The average-size room can generally accommodate 30 people, a three-room expanse about 60. If you are doing buffet-style, you must provide seating. Consider doing it outdoors or renting a space if your home is not big enough to accommodate the number of guests you want.

WHAT: what is the occasion or theme? Why you are throwing the party will help you decide the date, time, location and guest list. A sit-down meal, you may have to buy or rent; dishes, flatware, glassware, linens, seating, and serving pieces. A buffet is a little more versatile and may be more tailored to fit your space or budget.

BUDGET: How much do you want to spend? Set Your Budget and stick to it! Consider liquor, food, rentals, service, music/entertainment, flowers, and decorations to establish your initial budget. Think drinks, alcohol can be a major expense. Don’t feel as though you need to be as well stocked as a bar or restaurant; consider serving a signature drink, and be creative with your food choices to limit costs. Some people want to pull off something special by hosting a large scale party and I’ve heard of IceCoolTrailers providing useful freezer services for alcohol so that is well worth looking into if you’re interested.

Once you’ve answered these questions, the structure for your party is now in place. Now use this information to figure out the details. The type of party will dictate what you need for equipment. Outside of that, be creative and tailor your dinner party to your personal style.

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Best to get some things figured out early so you can stay on track:

  1. Customize the menu with appetizers and add-ons! This would be a good time to decide if you want to order items or hire a chef. You want to make sure to go ahead and schedule them immediately. Tip: Serve the first course family-style, by placing platters on the table for everyone to share. It gives you time to work on your next course.
  2. Make a List of everything you need. Be sure you have sufficient plateware, utensils, and napkins for everyone. Tablecloths for the tables, side tables, and bar. Don’t forget water and wine glasses. Depending on the number of guests you have you might want to invest in some chilling buckets to keep your fridge uncluttered.
  3. You don’t have to spend a fortune on any of the above items. you can score some cheap assorted plateware at places like Homegoods and choose to indulge in selected items with a trip to your favorite home décor shop.
  4. Take a good look at your home and decide what needs to freshened up. Pay close attentions to areas like your entry both outside and inside, this is what your guests will see first.
  5. Consider curb appeal: is the grass cut? do you need to add some spring flowers? does the front door need a touch up? do you need a new mat? have the gutters been cleaned? and is it well lit? Lots of potential problems, but all reasonably easy to solve. It’s probably sensible to find a gutter cleaning company (Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Durham for example) to clean your gutters for you, though.
  6. In your foyer; consider what it will look like to your guests. Create an area for coats and jackets if it is still cold in your area. Have a focal point and a surface where you can create a welcome bar area so every guest can get a drink once they arrive. This is also a great area to place a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers and a great smelling candle.
  7. It’s spring, take the opportunity to create a spring cleaning list and get that completed ASAP and don’t hesitate to hire a cleaning company or enlist the help of family members.

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  1. Make a detailed shopping list and cooking schedule. Shop for beverages; a good rule of thumb is 3 bottles of wine for every four guests. Place an order with the local butcher, fish shop, baker, or liquor stores as needed. Nothing sets the mood for a dinner party like the soft glow of candles. Purchase unscented for the tables and scented for the bathroom and entry.
  2. Music will create the ambiance for your dinner, but doesn’t have to be complicated. For an Easter dinner, it is generally there for background support. Make your music list now and get it out of the way, you will thank me later. TIP: if you have a paid subscription to an ad free music streaming service like Spotify, they have great playlists to choose from, you may want to listen to a few before making your decision.
  3. Arrange the furniture as you’ll want it for the party, check for flow and remove clutter, and designate areas/tables for appetizers, coffee and dessert. Figure out the lighting: everyone looks better with light on their face. Put lamps on your buffet or server. Use low-wattage bulbs and candlelight. Do not use overhead lighting, a low-lit atmosphere is half the battle in creating ambiance.
  4. Decorate your home: bring out all your spring décor items and get decorating. Create fun springy vignettes throughout your home, don’t forget a nice wreath for the front door. A perfect Easter gathering starts with a well-dressed table, so finalize what your table will look like. You can find great advice for Setting up easter table online so that your decorations are tasteful and appealing for your guests. Consider the place settings and centerpiece; you are not only limited to using flowers, you can use seasonal fruits, or an interesting sculptural centerpiece instead. You want to make sure it’s the right scale and allows guests to see each other.
  5. If you are not having your food catered, prepare dishes or part of dishes that can be prepared a week ahead of time. The goal is to spread out the work to avoid getting tired or stressed.

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  1. Flowers add a splash of color and elegance to your décor, purchase them as close to your parties date as possible so that they’re fresh (no more than 1-2 days prior). Set them where you want for the special day.
  2. You’ll want to tidy up the house the day before so you won’t have to stress on the day of your party.
  3. Create the seating plan: take into consideration who people are seated next to and set out place cards accordingly . Tip: Make sure place cards have first and last names, written legibly, on both sides, so guests know the names of people sitting opposite.
  4. Do as much of the cooking as possible. Do as much prep (dicing, marinating, rinsing lettuce, etc.) as possible for any foods that require cooking on party day.
  5. Set the table 1 day before and put out all your decorations and candles. Dress your table to compliment the Easter theme! Easter is a great time to break away from the formal china. To pay homage to new beginnings and springtime try using an all-white plates or white chargers with pastel plates. Throw in a few pastel porcelain Easter eggs as place markers and you’re set!

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  1. Make sure the dishwasher is empty, this will make clean-up easier.
  2. Equip the powder room appropriately. Add pump soap, candle, and individual guest paper napkins in the powder room (prevents yucky overused guest towels). Tip: use white wash clothes rolled up in a pretty basket or tray and have a container clearly marked “used towels” for guest to toss them in. Roll these weeks in advance.
  3. Designate someone to greet guests. Make it clear they are to offer them a drink and make introductions to make each guest feel welcome.

ONE HOUR BEFORE

  1. Light the candles and turn on the music. Music should be just loud enough so that people can to talk above it slightly.
  2. Uncork the wine, stock your welcome drink station, toss the salad and set out the appetizers. Try not to have everything ready when guests arrive, so that people can pitch in and help in the kitchen. It’s a great ice-breaker! Tip: these items are great to have early arrivers do for you.
  3. Make sure you eat something light. Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives. If you are having fun, everyone will have fun.
  4. Make yourself beautiful, change into your party clothes.

Easter is a great time to relax with friends and family and indulge in all that is delicious. A great hostess doesn’t have to do it all on her own, so be sure to enlist help from few family members and friends ahead of time. They can help with cleaning, setting up the buffet, or organize the drink station. If you are a busy professional like most of our clients, don’t hesitate to hire help; A chef to help you prepare the food. A bartender for the first few hours of you party to take care of the drinks. A designer to help you with the decorating and space planning. Your job the day of the party is to add the finishing touches, look fierce, mingle to keep your guests happy, and enjoy the party!

Remember lovelies, Easter is about Amazing Love, so honor one another and have yourselves a Happy Resurrection Day!

Creatively yours,

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*BONUS*

You didn’t think I would forgot about you, did you??

I know you want to look your best! And you should… so make sure to book yourself a facial and massage one week before your dinner, to relax and recover from all the hard work you have put in. You deserve it. If you didn’t know Easter is code for “Bring Your Best” when it comes to fashion. And as the host you are required to look stellar! (Add this to your ONE MONTH BEFORE list) Now, this does not mean you have to bring out your granny hat and your tea party gloves. Spring Fashion today is all about looking classy and sophisticated without giving up your Personal-Fabulous-Style. So don’t be afraid to stick to classic pieces and bring the color in your accessories like jewelry, shoes and bag. But if Easter fashion to you means a nod to bold colors and floral prints than go for it! The point is for you to be you and look fabulous doing it.

Here is some inspiration to bring out your inner fashionista…

Easter Fashion Inspiration

Easter Fashion Inspiration

If you find that you still need some help coming up with a design inspiration for your space,or just want to chat with an experienced interior designer in the Colleyville/Grapevine area to help you figure out your personal design style and create a stunning design for your home. Call MOD Interiors at 214.404.4000 or contact us.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas For Your Entryway

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HELP! my entry is so bland and boring. Any holiday decorating ideas to create a festive entryway to welcome my guest this year? – Lisa N.

As interior designers, we love this time of the year and as always, we have lots of fabulous holiday decorating ideas to help you prepare your home for the holiday season.

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Wondering where you should start when dressing up your home’s entryway to welcome your friends and family? This year make a seasonal statement! When the time comes for you to retrieve your holiday decorations from the attic, or from storage units provided by services like Boombox Storage, you need to make sure that you have a vision for what you want your home to look like, so you can start decorating without wasting anymore time. Whether you have a small or expansive entryway, there are lots of fun ideas to take an otherwise boring entrance from drab to Fun & Festive! So if you are ready to begin celebrating Christmas with us, here are 3 simple holiday decorating ideas to help you create a warm and welcoming entry way to our home.

Depending on the size of your external entrance, select one or two Christmas trees or Magnolia trees (about 3 foot tall) and place them into decorative planters, one either side of your front door. Use some of your favorite decorations to pretty up the trees (although Magnolias are beautiful all on their own) and even plant a few small Poinsettias around the base of the trees.

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If you don’t have enough space outside your front door, but you have a lovely entry way inside, then you can use the exact same idea. Just place one or two welcoming trees set in beautiful planters, either side of a well-positioned hallway mirror to reflect the light or off to one side, if space is limited. Decorating is great fun, and you may want to check out three dimensional decorating and see whether this would be something you are interested in, it is extremely unique and is bound to grab the attention of your guests!

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Space is really tight? Never fear, why not place some tall, narrow glass vases on the floor of your entry way and fill them with some beautiful holiday decorations? You could place a few shapely, winter branches in each vase and drape them with tinsel and baubles or simply fill the vases with pine cones, nuts and cranberries.

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In honor of making a splash, I love to do it up “BIG” with my holiday decorating. So if you have to big double door here is a simple idea that can make a huge impact.

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If you have tall ceiling in your entryway and really want to take your holiday decorating to the next level this year. How about a Christmas tree wreath chandelier. Yes! A Christmas tree Chandelier, these things are amazing and will have your guest talking. You can decorate them to match your existing decor or do something wild and crazy for your entry. Decorate as you would any wreath with ribbons, ornaments and I personally like to add battery operated lights. Such Fun! Oh by the way you can even put one over your dining table.

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Dress your porch in holiday style this year by decorating with hanging frosted baskets filled with sparkling accents. Frost a hanging wire basket with spray paint. Hot-glue felt snowflakes to a white or frosted indoor lamp globe. Nestle fresh-cut greens in the wire basket and top with the embellished globe. Don’t stop there; add a string of battery-operated lights inside the globe to light it up. Hang multiple of these arrangements in varying size from your porch to welcome your holiday guest.

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Lastly, you can decorate your entryway or window with hanging Christmas ornaments using beautiful ribbons at varying heights to create an eye catching welcome for friends and family. This is one of the easiest way to quickly take care of your entry holiday decorating.

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Creatively Yours,

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For more information on holiday decorating for your home or business or to chat to an interior designer in Colleyville, feel free to call MOD Interiors on 214 404 4000, email us at: design@modinteriorsonline.com or complete our online inquiry form.

For more holiday decorating inspiration for your entryway visit our Pinterest board

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DIY Halloween Spiderweb Bowl

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I am so exited to share this DIY Halloween Spider Bowl  with you. My kids are all grown and out of the house, but I still remember the days when they use to look forward to doing a fun project for Halloween. I hate  to admit it, but I was not one of those moms that would say  “oh how cute …….(fill in child’s name) even though in the back of my head I was thinking, “What the Heck….. and you want me to put that where????” Nope! my poor kids got to hear the truth, that would often go something like this…..

Child: mommy. mommy, look what I made

Mommy: Oh sweetie I see where you where going with that. Did you have fun? ( usually followed by a yes)… okay great now why don’t you go ahead and decorate your room with that.

…. Oh no they would not leave it at that, they would often follow up with…

Child: Mommy its for you or I want to put it on the entry table.

Mommy: (wait -what!!!) No, honey, that just does not work with mommys decor “ (horrible I know) but I have a hard time looking at ugly and my kids grew to appreciate that and they know that I will always be honest with them. hehehe:-)

Any who, this little project is one of those that you will not have to hide from your guest or lie to your children about how cute it is, it is easy and virtually ugly-proof, from one of my favorite blogs spots centsationalgirl .

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I attempted a similar bowl with yarn and wire last year but it was a total #craftfail. I approached it again with a different attitude turning to the tried and true glue plus water plus string formula that others have used in the past. Great news, the method worked and as a result I constructed a clever yet creepy Halloween treat bowl inspired by one of our favorite Halloween motifs: the spiderweb.

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Remember all those DIY string ball pendant fixtures we were so wild about a few years ago? The ones that required you mix glue and water and dip your string and wrap it around a large plastic ball and then insert a pendant kit inside? This is basically the same idea. Without the lightbulb. Want to create one of these spiderweb bowls? It’s pretty cheap and remarkably easy.

I didn’t photograph the beginning steps because it involved the whole twine dipped in glue thing and I didn’t feel like pausing and rinsing and grabbing my Nikon just to snap an in process photo. But I think you’ll get the idea.

What you’ll need to recreate: large bowl, plastic wrap; painter’s tape; cheap vinyl tablecloth; craft glue; roll of jute twine (not too thin); spray adhesive; scissors, and spray paint.

This was the closest I got to an in process shot. Yes that is a vinyl tablecloth stretched over my kitchen island and some watered down tacky glue and also the twine around a bowl. Warning: this step is messy.

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To start, wrap your large bowl in plastic wrap and secure it on the inside of the bowl with painter’s tape. Water down the glue by a 1:1 ratio and then dip the twine in it. (I squeezed most of the liquidish glue mixture off the twine before I wrapped it tightly around the bowl).

Start your end at the base of the bowl and wrap the vertical pattern in a spiral around the bowl leaving about an inch between each rotation and dipping the twine as you go. Take the bowl outside, turn it upside down (bottom of bowl facing up) and spray the entire bowl with spray adhesive. Allow to dry for 4 hours.

Next, repeat the same steps wrapping the twine in a circular pattern around the sides of the bowl to form the horizontal pattern. Coat with spray adhesive and allow to dry another 4 hours.

This is how it looks when it’s all dry with both layers of twine. This may be the moment where you question whether this is ever going to work. Oh yee of little faith!

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Carefully clip out the center twine spokes with scissors and remove the painter’s tape inside (just cut it away). Slowly remove the bowl away from the twine bowl shape, then peel away the plastic wrap.

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At this point you can let out a little squeal because OMG you made a twine bowl that could hold stuff like all your other rolls of twine. Or yarn. Or bungee jump cord.

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You could trim the upper edges of twine down but since this is for Halloween I left them alone and spikey and then spray painted the entire thing black (two coats) which I’d like to think makes it stronger because everyone knows spray paint has magic powers.

And then I added orange spiders because black spiders are just … predictable. Actually I was shopping for little black spiders at CVS but they only had black rats and black rats don’t work with spiderweb bowls, but they did have orange spiders, so that’s what you get. In hindsight, the contrast is nice. Why I’m sharing that, I have no idea.

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Random poll: what candy in what percentages makes the most perfect Halloween treat bowl? I’d argue Twix 25%  M&Ms 25%  Milk Duds15%  Skittles15% (sadly missing) and then you’ve got to have about 10% of Almond Joy and 10% Snickers. I could do without the Whoppers (not a malt girl) and I say always go heavy on the chocolate in ratio to fruit flavor. Discuss.

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If you’re a lollipop person, you might want to create a tighter web just so the little suckers don’t fall out.

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The bowl makes a practical yet creepy prop for a stash of candy or snacks at a party.

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Also perfect for zombie cheerleaders who are more than happy to hand out treats to visitors at the front door as long as they get to steal a few when you’re not looking.

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 For more great DIY projects check out her blog centsationalgirl

Creatively yours,

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If you would like help decorating your home or you are searching for an interior designer in the Colleyville area, call MOD Interiors at 214 404 4000,or you can email   us here MOD Interiors , we would love to help you.

10 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Christmas Holiday

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Hello Friends, I hope all is well. I always like to do something special and different with my gift wrapping , especially for Christmas. I love when I give a gift to someone and they take the time to admirer the wrapping , almost as if they don’t want to open it. My friend recently bought her sister something from haruni.com and she asked me to wrap it. It looked great, if I do say so myself!! I know how tough getting a present for someone can be at times. Sometimes you just don’t know what to get. Luckily there are loads of things you can get. For example, if your friend is a massive cat lover, then you might be interested in checking out www.tuxedo-cat.co.uk/stuffed-cats/. Doesn’t matter what you decide to get though, I’m sure they’ll love it, as it’s the thought that counts! It’s also important to wrap it nicely as well! As I was thinking about this I thought why not compile my top 10 DIY Holiday gift wrapping ideas to inspire your gift wrapping this year. I hope you find it helpful.

Family Photo Gift Tag

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How cute is this? A great way to give out your family photos, and it can doubles as Christmas Greeting Cards. Get this adorable printable here.

Color Me Gift Wrapping

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This is brilliant! a great way to keep the kiddos occupied at parties until it’s time to open presents. All you need to create this interactive gift wrapping is Kraft paper, a few crayons, and a small strip of decorative tape and you are all set. source

Photo Gift Wrapping

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This is a fun way to personalize your gifts, great idea from craftionary . Not to mention it makes sorting and handing out gifts a breeze!

The Glitter Snow Flake

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Sparkly and elegant! I love, love, love, this idea! Adding two different sized ribbons create simple layers that definitely makes a statement. source

Burlap Ribbons

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Burlap will never go out of style… This is a great way to get that country chic look that we all love!

Glittered Feather

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This is the perfect way to girly up the gift wrapping. You could change the ribbon color based on who your gift is for.

Feathered Polka Dot Elegance

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Polka dots, pearls, feathers, and ribbon,whats not yo love. I found this beauty on a blog called A Gift Wrapped Life. I love the vintage feel of this gift wrap, and the feather and pearls gives it a luxurious feel. Fabulous!

Peacock Gift Wrap

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You can never go wrong with peacock! The accent ribbon perfectly complements the eye of the feather. source

Hot Pockets Gift Wrap

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Talk about creative recycling! Plus you can fill it with their favorite goodies. LOVE IT! source

Baked Goods Wrap

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We all love getting those homemade baked goods for the holidays! This is a simple way to make those plain containers into festive ones. All you need is scrapbook paper, double sided tape, scissors, and ribbon!

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We’d love to know what you think about these Gift Wrapping Ideas? Share your favorite gift wrap below.

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Christmas Traditions: History of Holiday Decorating

As interior designers, we are always enthralled by the history of decorating. So with this in mind, we decided that it was the perfect time to share a potted history of Christmas holiday decorating with our valued clients.

So to start, did you know that many of our modern Christmas decorations we know today, were first introduced into Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria, who married German born Prince Albert? As you will see, much of our holiday decorating ideas originated from Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries and have since spread throughout Europe to Britain and on to America.

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  • Christmas lights: Decorating Christmas trees with candles dates back to the 17th century in Germany where candles were attached to the tree’s branches with wax or small pins. It wasn’t until 1882, that Edward Johnson invented the first electrical Christmas tree lights, which were used for the very first time to decorate the White House Christmas Tree in 1885 (by Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th president).

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  • Food ornaments: The earliest Christmas tree ornaments actually date back to the 16th Century in Germany, where they hung nuts, sweets, gingerbreads and other types of cookies on the trees. Some people decorated their trees with fresh fruit, but in winter time that became too expensive, except for the rich upper classes.
  • Wax ornaments: As well as food ornaments in Germany, many people decorated their trees with wax images (wax was leftover from making honey). So they used cherubs, angels, animals, fruit and nativity scenes, all made from wax, using wooden molds. These ornaments were either painted or gilded and hung on their Christmas Trees during the holidays.

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  • Glass ornaments: By the late 19th Century, glass blowing had become very popular in Germany, mainly for making bottles, goblets, windows and marbles. This popularity led to making glass ornaments, initially of fruit, but later to replicating ornaments previously made from food and wax. Soon, as the popularity of glass grew, a few forward thinking entrepreneurs realized that Christmas tree decorations made from fine, hand blown glass was the way of the future and a new industry was born.

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  • Candy canes: It is said that candy canes originated in Germany during the 17th Century when a choirmaster gave the children candy canes in the shape of a Shepherd’s Crook, to keep them quiet during a Christmas nativity service. Whether this is true or not, we do know that candy canes came to America during the mid-19th Century with German immigrants and have since become very popular as Christmas tree decorations.
  • Mistletoe: The magic of mistletoe dates back to the Celtic Druids who hung sprigs of mistletoe over doorways as a form of protection against evil spirits. It was also known as a symbol of peace, because enemies that met under a mistletoe tree had to lay down arms and observe a day long truce. During the 18th Century, this morphed into kissing under a ball of mistletoe at Christmas and was seen as a promise of marriage and of a happy future.

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Who knew that many of our Christmas holiday decorating traditions came from Germany?

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In case you have missed the holiday music that has been playing since October… Christmas is around the corner! No really It’s next week!!!  If you are still looking for that perfect gift for someone special look no further, our Style Session package is a one-of-a-kind gift that will keep giving for years to come.

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Do you know someone who wants to add those finishing touches to their home but does not know how? Do you know someone who is stuck with their home design projects and needs a professional opinion?  Our Style Session Package provides up to 2 hours of one-on-one time with a professional interior designer. The client will receive suggestions on potential improvements, furniture layout, general recommendations on areas such as color and lighting, as well as helpful resources to assist in completing their project. The gift of design, perfect for this year’s loved ones!

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5 Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips

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Preparing for Thanksgiving is stressful, not only do you want the food to be amazing but you want your home to be perfect as well. Looking around you can always discover the right designs for you home. Even companies similar to Bunny Cup Embroidery have some the most perfect Thanksgiving embroidery designs you need to see. We have come up with 5 Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips that will have your table looking like… well… MOD Interiors set it up personally for you. Follow these tips and you are sure to have a stunning table setting.

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Don’t be afraid to use your natural resources….. The most beautiful things in life come from nature.

The center piece can make or break a beautiful tablescape!!! This gorgeous eye catcher uses a blue pumpkin over filled with foliage, ivy, succulents, floral blooms and moss to create a organic mood.

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Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be enjoyed in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Nothing says welcome like custom lighting designed to set the mood, so it’s time to get creative…..

By placing a strand of lights under a burlap table runner, you create excitement and movement. It will take a little finagling to them arrange them perfectly around your delicious platters of thanksgiving yummiest, but all good things require work. Trust us on this one…. Lighting is everything!

If there was ever an opportunity to personalize thanksgiving dinner, place settings are it.

Each setting can be customized with family china and silverware, perhaps even small family mementos in the center. No two place setting have to be the same.

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Layer the China!!!!

The key to layering the china is contrasting similarities, whether it be through color, shapes, or patterns. For example: the white charger in the picture above has an exciting shape, which is then contrasted with a green round plate with a detail pattern that resembles the movement of the charger. A smaller simpler white plate almost creates a interior boarder which is then topped with a small green place with a similar patter to the larger one.

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A beauty ribbon can be used to tie together the silverware. This is a great way to pull a bold color from your floral center piece. This is one of our favorite finishing touches, it really brings the tablescape full circle.

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Finally and probably the most customizable features of a successful tablescape is the place cards. There are endless possibilities. Make sure that the theme is coupled with at least one other aspect of your table… but not too matchy matchy. Also have fun when writing someone’s name… try using nicknames or little catch phrases between the family… it’s a great way to get a conversation started or reminisce.

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Falling Into Design: Give Thanks

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I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to share my gift of interior design with many wonderful clients here in the Colleyville and throughout the DFW Metroplex for the past eleven plus years. As we enter in to the official season of giving thanks, I cannot help but take a moment to acknowledge all the many things I have to be grateful for in my life. I absolutely love this time of year! It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

These holiday seasons allow me to enhance home interiors by adding beautiful fall inspired colors and décor that exudes warmth and pizzazz to create environments that welcomes family, friends and the feeling of thanksgiving. The colors of fall really can make those seemingly drab design features in a home come to life. Thinking about this makes me realize the idea of giving thanks can truly brighten our spirits and play into every aspect of a well-designed life.

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Gratitude is one of the most powerful gifts we have to share. When we fully express how grateful we are in any given situation, it is easy for others to see the light that shines within. There are so many things to be grateful for in life and ironically most are found in the simplest areas of our lives. When I take a moment to really embrace gratefulness, I often start with the gift of life. The precious ability to breath, create, experience this earth and co-create with one another is where I find great appreciation. The greatest treasures of my life are found in my relationships with family and friends. Experiencing and sharing with those closest to me can immediately improve my perspective for the better.

When giving thanks, I like to recognize the Passion that I often find in gratitude. Finding that place gives me the energy I need to carry me forward and the creativity to create. Experiencing passion is the wellspring of power I use to drive me forward through big and sometimes challenging design projects. Love, for me, walks hand in hand with gratitude. All the richest relationships I have are a result of the love and gratitude I have been honored to share with others and vice versa.

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Because I share my love and passion with others I find myself living in the abundance of the Gods grace, focusing more on the divine inspirations within and appreciating all that IS, in my life. I may not live in that space constantly, but as I design my life with a purpose, I focus on all the attributes and grace ever present in my life each day. Simply living in the awareness of all these qualities has shown me the powerful benefits of heartfelt thanksgiving.

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Tying all these qualities together helps me to create beauty in my world. As I focus on gratitude, creativity flows in and through me. Allowing me to design spaces that otherwise would not have been possible. I am able to focus on solutions in this place and truly improve the lives of each and every one of my clients through the gift of design. I am able to do this by being open minded and letting go of what I Think I know and venturing into the lives, needs and dreams of my clients. It is there that I gain understanding and embrace the true nature of designing with a purpose.

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So as you celebrate this holiday season, think about what you are most grateful for. What inspires you? Look for them in the simple things you experience daily and give thanks. Please share with me what you are most grateful for this season; I would love to hear from you.

We wish you many blessings in this season of gratitude.

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Ask MOD: How To Create A Beautiful Fall Centerpiece?

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Hello MOD,
How do I create a beautiful centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         T. Ratcliff
 

The key to building a beautiful centerpiece for your table this Thanksgiving holiday is to begin with an inspiration.

I like start my designs with 3 basic themes in mind.

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  1. There is the Earthy that primarily uses elements found in nature such as leaves, twigs, and string. It incorporates a lot of the oranges, browns and yellows.

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  1. The second style is Traditional. These types of creations make use of gourdes, candles, and flowers. You will see a wide range of colors infused into these designs.

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  1. The third look is one of Elegance. This theme tends to be more monochromatic. It’s best to choose the color you like and stick with it in various tones. I personally like to use whites and golds while incorporating crystal and glass into these designs.

Once you have decided on your theme, it’s simply a matter of sourcing the elements for your inspiration.

  • Most often you will find you have the necessary pieces on hand, needing only to supplement them with a few items from your favorite supplier.
  • Also, an important consideration is size. You want to create a centerpiece that is proportional to the dimensions of your table. If it is too large it will overwhelm the table, leaving no room for your table settings.  It becomes lost in the tablescape if it is too small.
  • Be sure to add lots of votive, candle or tea lights throughout.

Another key tip to remember is to keep your centerpiece low as not to obstruct conversation between your guests. The objective to creating a beautiful centerpiece is to have fun. Let it reflect your personality and style.

Most importantly, create it with love. It is something you want your family and friends to enjoy.

I hope this helps you create a fabulous holiday table this year. If you need some inspiration, check out our Fall Décor Board on Pinterest and our How To video on Youtube.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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