Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cheap, easy table decorations

By default (having the only working grill in our family) we hosted Easter lunch on Sunday. We wanted to keep the menu light, easy and yummy, so we decided we'd grill out.

Since we were hosting that meant I'd have to find a place for all 8 of my family members to eat. We do not have a large house (1100 sqft to be exact) and no formal dining room.

I decided that putting a long ugly folding table smack in the middle of my living room would do.

And it did!


The chairs are all old and mismatched, but I almost like it.


The absolute best, easiest and cheapest solution for a quick table cloth is paper.

I used a roll of kraft paper. You can buy this stuff at most stores in their mailing or crafting sections.

I'm pretty sure I found mine at Target. Colorful wrapping paper would be great as well! 

These options are a lot cheaper than buying fabric table cloths. And the clean up is easier too.


We grew these purple tulips on our mantel in a bucket and they bloomed just in time to grace my Easter table!


On the Kraft paper I used floral stamps with black ink to add some pattern.

EASY-PEASY. The kids can help with this too. They'll love it.

 I already had those polka dot napkins left over from another party and the plates I purchased for .97 cents at Walmart. It was a happy accident that they matched!

I used washi tape to make a name sticker for each place setting.

And of course flowers or some greenery is a must in my opinion.

I picked up a small bouquet of more tulips with those blue plates at... yep - Walmart.


I added the blue bandanna in the middle as a focal point with the purple tulips, but I could have done with out it too.


You guys, I'm not kidding this literally was such a last minute ditch effort to make a springy dinner table. I did not elaborately plan this by any means.

I think the secret is just having some things on hand that you can leverage. Like the Kraft paper (it has LOTS of uses), washi tape and keeping left over party napkins.

I am actually planning to keep the kraft paper as a table cover for when Ada and I 'make art' as she calls it.


The spread.


My girl - looking so grown up.


Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

EBC Photo Session - BABIES!

Thought I would share some recent photo shoots I've done. It's been all about that - BABY lately!

My dear friend Crystal's first son turned 1 in February and her second son came just a few weeks after that!



I think mommy and daddy refer to this as 'squishy' face. I love it!


And here's his new baby brother!




Saw this one below on Pinterest and had to try and recreate it. Do you get ideas from there?

It gives me ideas to start with and clients too. I think it helps everyone get on the same page in terms what a client wants and what I can deliver.


I ADORE this one.



And my friend Jody and her husband David welcomed her first son in March!


I was nervous about some of these. This kind of baby posing is not easy! But they turned out great!


Gotta get the tiny little baby parts!


GAH! Those rolls!


Congrats friends. I just love spending time meeting your little love nuggets!


And I just had to add one of Jody's maternity session too!



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