Let the Fall Explosion Begin! :)

img_20161017_195614If you read my blog you know what a fan I am of the Fall season. I tend to be a little on the obsessed side of it all, but I am not embarrassed…not a bit. If you are going to be addicted to something, let it be pumpkins and spice I say!! You will now be, and in many future posts, inundated with examples of my obsession…pictures of my madness… an orange and autumn explosion of décor, festive corniness and just an all out drowning of leaves, pumpkins, apples and spice and everything nice!! Get ready to feel my love! I hope I can bring you over the dark “amber” side and get you to become as big a fan of Fall as I am!!! Enjoy!! 🙂 img_20161018_101209img_20160926_103940My Roasted Ginger Curry Autumn Medley.. super easy recipe and delicious!! Look for it in my Healthy Selections or Recipes section…

Entertaining in the Fall…why it is the best time of year to host a gathering :)

img_20160801_121324-1Whether you are an experienced Host or someone who is just thinking of entertaining at home the Fall season is by far your best bet. Until recently, I hosted my annual get together of about 25-35 people every year without fail in October…and let me tell you why.

Not only is Fall the BEST time of year but October is only host to one festive holiday… Halloween. And that falls at the very end of the month. So, you are left with an entire 30 days to do…WHATEVER!

It’s not like September, November, or December. September is busy with back to school, Fall sports, and it’s still mainly a Summer month… November starts to get pretty cold and in todays day and age most people are already in Christmas mode and wanting to spend their weekends shopping…and let us NOT forget Thanksgiving (my favorite) and that pesky and ANNOYING black Friday…THEN, when you finally get to December, Christmas and the Holiday season are in full swing with family and work parties and MORE shopping. So, in other words, having a social gathering of any kind in these months is a big risk and you will be fighting to get any of your guests to show up.img_20160110_215613-1

When I host a party, I prefer my guests to WANT to be there. What I mean is, if there are a million other things going on they are more than likely doing a “charitable show up” and popping in just to make an appearance. No no no no ….not good for me. I want them 100%. I want them showing up and STAYING and relaxing and having FUN…and not thinking of where else they need to be.

So when picking a date, be strategic. Talk to perspective guests and get an idea of what day of the month is good for them. Let’s face it…entertaining is a lot of work. It’s a labor of love for someone like me, I do LOVE it, but even I don’t want to put in all that work and expense to only have 1/3 of my guest list show. Also, be mindful of the day of the week you pick. I ALWAYS recommend a Saturday evening. Friday, people are usually tired and need to unwind from the week.. Sunday is.. well.. SUNDAY.. and weekdays are just too busy for most. A Saturday evening is usually perfect. Parents can go to soccer or football games..do their shopping, cleaning, appointments etc. and have plenty of time to get the kids situated and pull themselves together for the evening.

My biggest and MOST important tip for entertaining…listening??  Because it’s REALLY important and my golden rule.. “If you CAN do it ahead..DO IT!” No exceptions. It is the only way you will host a successful and fun event. There is nothing worse than showing up to a party and the Host/Hostess is frazzled, stressed and unorganized. Then your guests feel bad because they want YOU to have fun too. Heck, I WANT to have fun at my parties.. I WANT to enjoy the fruits of my labor and my guests.

So here’s what you do…

I suggest you take the Friday off before the big Saturday. It really is necessary if you can swing it. You will want to send out your invites 2-4 weeks ahead of time. And these days any form of invites are acceptable…social media, text, email. I still prefer mailing out my invitations. I feel it’s more personal and gives them something tangible to hold on to.

Start a notebook of notes and to-do lists. Start your lists a month before. Have to-do’s per week and per day. Have your menu planned along with your shopping list. I recommend choosing all appetizers and finger foods that can be made ahead. People prefer munching at social gatherings and not heavy elaborate meals. So save yourself all that work. img_20160802_172859-1

Plan your beverages. I like to have one signature cocktail…usually something fun. Then I add a beer and wine selection all ready to go and chilled in big beverage tins. I also like to place beverages in numerous places so guests don’t have to go far when they are thirsty. And don’t forget water, coffee, and soft drinks.

By the time the Friday before the big day comes you should have everything in place, decorated, prepared, cleaned, and arranged by that evening. Only the finishing touches, food set up, filling bins with ice, and lighting candles should be left for Saturday. 1928                            **My Famous Wine Cocktail

img_20160816_125916863_hdrYou as the Host/Hostess should be dressed and ready by 1 hour before your guests are due to arrive. Then you walk around with a cocktail in your hand (I recommend having 2 before guests arrive 😉 ), turn on the music you have chosen for the evening, and do a last check of your preparations and do any needed finishing touches. When your guests come knocking you should be calm, happy and ready to have a great time! Not running around prepping and fixing everything…img_20160106_104702-1**My Chunky Meatballs

As for all the décor and the pretties? I just want everything to look SPECTACULAR when my guests walk in.. that first impression…that first look… then after that.. WHO CARES! Let it get messed up! Let’s just have fun and enjoy each other.. THAT is what Sunday will be for (and probably the whole next week Lol). Clean up has no deadlines anyway 🙂cropped-img_20160806_161615-1.jpg

So, October most assuredly gets my vote for the best time to plan an event. And don’t forget about how perfect it is for fireside gatherings. Your event can be inside AND outside. And luckily you won’t have to put up with that lovely humidity!

I also LOVE to always have a theme. Seems to just make everything more fun and festive. I will be posting all my tips for themes in my next article.

If you have ever thought of hosting or are a pro at it consider the amazing month of October in this GLORIOUS Fall season to host your event, big or small. You won’t regret it. My most memorable parties have been in October and I plan to have many more.. img_20160922_154104

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Enjoy!

Pre-Fall Tablescape’s Last Hurrah (and the love behind it)

img_20160922_154104Here’s the full shot of this warm and vibrant tablescape. I may keep it up a little bit longer. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of other Fall decorating to do in-the-meantime!  If you could see how many crates and boxes of Fall décor I have you would accuse me of being a holiday hoarder!  Is there such a thing? Well, anyway if there is… I am the Queen! And I am just NOT embarrassed of it! A festive heart and spirit leads to a loving and charitable soul…I always say. It just makes the world a happier place.cropped-img_20160922_081547.jpg And, I know in today’s day and age we are just so busy and tired and most don’t feel like being festive and decorating. But, I promise you it doesn’t take much. Try just a wreath on the door or burning a candle that’s scent matches the season. It makes the crazy world not so crazy for small moments at a time. And when you make SOMEONE ELSE happy with your festive spirit.. it brings you some joy too. I promise. Try it sometime. That’s WHY I have always been this crazy festive person. It brings happiness and therefore fills me with satisfaction and happiness as well.img_20160919_150446 All the neighborhood kids always said, ” We always know what time of year it is when we come to Mrs. Head’s house. We know by the candy bowl and how everything always smells sooo good!”  I took so much pride in that! My famous candy bowl always had treats coinciding with the time of year..and they always made a b-line right to it! The funny thing is that no matter how old my neighborhood “orphans” (inside story) get… they ALWAYS continue to go to that candy bowl and ALWAYS continue to enjoy my festive spirit. And, I am FOREVER grateful and blessed for that. Happy Fall everyone….. 🙂img_20160726_155142

Fall is here! (but I will just pretend it’s not HOT outside!)

img_20151130_094017347-1I anxiously await the start of Fall every year. I know I’m not alone when I say it is by far the best season of all. I start getting antsy in August. I want to start decorating and burning pumpkin spice but I have to give summer it’s due and control myself. So I take down one of my many July/August tablescapes and put up my pre-fall tablescape with aspirations and anticipation of what is to come.img_20160906_172744  I have never been the biggest fan of summer. I know how crazy that sounds but I grew up in Ohio and I have never taken kindly to heat (so please explain to me how I ended up in Tennessee??). C’mon ladies! It makes your hair frizzy, your make-up runs, makes you sweat, EVERYWHERE and takes away any chance of feeling at all lady-like. BUT…PLEASE…that Heavenly cool fall air…ooooo it smells sooo good. Your hair styles perfectly.. your makeup STAYS on.. you can layer your clothing.. wear boots and scarves…and the fashion possibilities go thru the roof! Are ya with me? The leaves start to turn.. your feet walk thru the crunch of leaves starting to fall..there is ALWAYS a breeze.. and the nights become perfectly cool and crisp for fireside gatherings and clambakes. Where can you go wrong?? And the scents!! Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pine, burning leaves, apples, and so much more! (Do I have you in Autumn dreamland yet?) I have always said, when we all get to Heaven it will be the most perfect parts of every season EVERYDAY! There will be no pesky bees or cold rainstorms in the Fall.. no ice storms or massive accumulations of snow in the winter.. no snow or frost on our new blooming flowers in the Spring..and NO DAYS OF AWFUL EXTREME HUMID SWEATY TEMPERATURES in the Summer. Yes, that sounds like Heaven to me. img_20160919_150446

So, in-the-meantime.. I will learn to love and appreciate the season changes as they are presented to me here on earth and decorate accordingly!

Happy Fall y’all!!! (And I hope, happy decorating!) Spread the love! (Oooo and eat really good food!!!) img_20151118_145521img_20151128_135252

July Tablescape… America the Beautiful!!

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Here’s the full July tablescape… America the Beautiful!! Please take a look at my new find.. my adorable handmade denim place mats. Everyone always asks me.. Where do you find all your neat decor? And I tell them EVERYWHERE! These I happened to find at a local garage sale and right away I thought of many uses for them. When you purchase any type of decor think of how many uses it will have. Buy things in solid or neutral colors. Probably most of what you see on this table I repurpose throughout the year within many other themes. For example.. all the solid reds, I reuse for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, fourth of July, Coca-Cola and many others. Charger plates, dishes, glassware, linens, stoneware should all be in solid colors. Then you add all the embellishments along the way. It’s really how I do any of my decorating. All my big pieces, furniture etc are solid colors..then I am able to change the look of my rooms anytime I feel like it for very little cost. I just change all the accessories, which can be prints or anything a little crazy or fun, and I have a brand new room and didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do it. So it’s not WHAT you spend it’s HOW you spend. Buy classic, never go out of style pieces, and decorate around it for years to come! I will have many more thrifty decorating tips to share with you. 🙂 Hope to have the latest tablescape done soon. Sorry I missed the last few months. Check out my Instagram page to see many of my past creations 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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I can’t believe its that time already! Time to take down the winter tree. St. Patty’s Day is the last holiday to adorn its branches. Time to put it away and think Spring! Oooo the many boxes of Spring and Easter décor I must haul down from the attic. Taking it from its long year of rest. Setting it free to make us happy with pastels and flowers… bunnies and chicks… colored eggs and baskets. And the scents will change..no more pine..no more clover and shamrocks.. just peonies, tulips, meadows and lilacs. I cant wait to adorn the mantle and tablescapes with pinks and greens..yellows and purples. What would we do in this life without season changes and holidays???? It would surely be a boring one 🙂 Stay tuned for all the Spring and Easter posts very soon….