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…

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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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10 Tips to Decorate Your Home for Valentines

10 Tips to Decorate Your Home for Valentines

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Is it really February already!

I can’t believe it, January came and went so quickly! I didn’t even have a chance to decorate for winter. Nonetheless, February is chock full of so many new inspirations for decorating our abode. I can smell the sweet aroma of chocolate and roses rising in the air, and seeing red all over… you know what that means… that’s right! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it brings with it the perfect time to add bright hues of red and touches of pink to all that white winter décor; if unlike me, you actually had an opportunity to bring out your warm and cozy winter accessories, then you are way ahead of the game. Oh well… maybe next year. On a brighter note, writing this article definitely cheered me up, it’s all about FABULOUS ideas to decorate your home for Valentines. I’ve got lots of tips to help decorate your home for Valentines Day.

If you are thinking to yourself right now, “are you kidding me, I wouldn’t even know where to begin!” Don’t you worry, I GOT YOU… We have put together our list of top 10 tips to decorate your home this February. A collection of classic, timeless tips for you to use as inspiration for your Valentine’s décor. With an array of styles and pops of red and pink, I am sure these looks will bring out the romance in any room.


1. Apothecary Jars

Apothecary jars are always a hit when it comes to accessorizing, due to their versatility, varying sizes and shapes. Grouping various apothecary jars filled with interesting items together is a fun and easy way to decorate a shelf, fireplace mantel or any surface in your home. Here you see them filled with pink & white gumballs and chocolate covered pretzels! A fun and whimsical way to sprinkle some valentine in any space.

Decorative Jars

2. A Framed Heart

Hanging a simple foam heart from an empty white frame can add a fun yet classic touch to your home for Valentine’s. Simplicity is never out of style! This idea is great for the front door, over your bed or hanging from a beautiful framed mirror in your entryway. Whether you prefer a classic solid, corky polka-dot or funky animal print, just have fun when it comes to choosing your ribbon, it’s a great way to add a little bit of your personality in your décor.

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3. Red Accents Bathroom

Don’t forget your bathrooms’ when adding the look of love to your home. The bathroom is a great place to introduce red accents like; a stack of folded towels, small red flower arrangement, stylish decorated boxes or a delicious smelling red candle. These simple additions will not only add a bit of romance to your bathroom, it will also make your guest feel really special.

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4. Romantic Bathtub

Not a fan of flowers and hearts? Or even red for that matter, No worries, they do not have to be your go to on this love filled holiday, which ironically enough did not begin on a sweet note! (see how it all got started here). Add a touch of elegance and romance around your bathtub by bringing in varying sizes and heights of classic white pillar candles, accented with a few gold or silver candle holders to compliments the look. The glass votives will enhancing the illumination when the candles are lit. Perfect for the romantic master bath.

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5. Blush Living Room

For those of you who prefers the softer feel of a pink, we didn’t forget about you. Nothing says classic and clean like, soft bushing pink accents sprinkled throughout a neutral room, like this living space. Notice how the color is featured throughout the space, even books with varying hues of pink be create great accents for Valentine’s Day. Check out a living room furniture sets clearance sale, you’ll find some great items at fantastic prices!

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6. Bold Coffee Table

Love color? Then, this idea is for you! Make a bold statement in your living room on top of your Bazaar Velvet rug with a hot pink arrangement on your coffee table. Be sure to balance out the look by spreading a few choice pieces in the same tone around the room.

Bold Coffee Table

7. Rosebud Utensil Setting

Bring some of that romance over to your dining table. Nothing says romance like a beautiful table setting. A great way to tie in the romantic look to your table is to keep your silverware classic with a touch of red like picture below. This display will be sure to impress at your lunch or dinner party.

Rosebud utensil setting

8. Bachelor Love

Bachelors, don’t worry we did not forget about you. Add a couple of red throw pillows on your sofa and chairs, nice decorative red glass bowl to you coffee table and voila you are now a Super-Man to all the ladies…….oh yeah! But, seriously this is a super easy way to create a romantic atmosphere for your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Not to mention, you will rack up a ton of brownie points with this one

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9. Red Accent Wall

Keep the romance going all year long by painting a Red accent wall in your bedroom! A bold red wall is a great backdrop for an all-white bedroom. Add lots of textures and varying shades of white to create a clean and timeless design that you will look forward to every night.

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10. Red Bedding

An even easier option for adding a little bit of romance to your bedroom is to swap out your bedding to one with beautiful red tones to create a romantic yet classic look to your room. Adding fun textures, gold or silver pillows will add warmth and sparkle to your bed. A perfect combination for Valentines home decor.

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So there you have it, our 10 tips for decorating your home for Valentines.

Which of these would you use in your home in the name or love?

Leave a comment below and make sure to share these Valentine’s home décor tips with a friend or someone who would love these tips!

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.

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1. Apothecary Jars | 2. A Framed Heart | 3. Red Accents Bathroom | 4. Romantic Bathtub | 5. Blush Living Room | 6. Bold Coffee Table | 7. Rosebud Utensil Setting | 8. Bachelor Love | 9. Red Accent Wall | 10. Red Bedding

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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