Downton Abbey Season Four Premiere Party

Last Thursday night, historic Franklin Theatre outside of Nashville hosted a Nashville Public Television (NPT) fundraiser and Downton Abbey’s Season Four premiere screening.  

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historic Franklin Theatre 

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Lego Birthday Party

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a party – the last one was my Downton Abbey Dinner Party, and that was for adults.  My youngest just turned 9 and desperately wanted a Lego party theme for her birthday.  Since she is a GIRL, here is my feminized (is that the right word?) version of a Lego party.

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“Connect with Friends” – get it???

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The Decorologist Does Downton Abbey

When hosting a dinner party or get-together, developing a theme is a great way to help guide you through the planning and preparation.  Even Christmas parties can benefit from a theme beyond the expected, like the Downton Abbey dinner party I hosted last week.

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The  Emmy-winning PBS series is set in early 1900′s England and focuses on the family and servants that occupy the Crawley’s home, Downton Abbey. [Read more...]

The Hottest Trend in Party Planning

What does an Ouija Board and elbow-length gloves have in common?  I found both of these things while spending Black Friday shopping estate sales and antique malls.   If you know why I purchased these disparate items, it means you are a die-hard fan of one of my latest obsessions . . . 

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How to Set Up An Easy, Instant Bonfire This Weekend

I don’t know about where you are – but it’s going to get a bit chilly in Nashville this weekend!  Have you ever wanted to have a spur-of-the-moment bonfire in weather like this?  I have to share a super-easy product I recently found that makes it super-easy to have a spontaneous bonfire party anywhere, anytime.


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The product is called Light ‘n Go Bonfire and is made by  It’s available in 2 sizes for around $10 each.  You can set this all-natural birch stump on any surface – the flames are safely contained in the center.  I can see grouping 3 or 5 of these in the middle of a driveway, porch, or backyard for some fabulous ambiance and maybe even some marshmellow roasting!


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I wasn’t paid to endorse this product – just think it’s a fun thing.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Hello from Camp Sonrise!

For the past 4 years, this reluctant camper has been Camp Counselor to a great group of little girls during the first week of June.  Actually, they are now BIG girls as they just completed 6th grade!  Anyway, I am pretty much off the grid as you are reading this post.

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My co-counselor and I always make fun shirts for the girls in our cabin.  We’ve done silk-screened and tie-dyed versions in the past.  This year we made some really cool ones using a cardboard stencil shaped like a cross.

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Last weekend, we stuck pieces of cardboard inside the shirts and lined them up on my driveway.  Then we layed the cardboard stencil on each shirt.  Using a spray bottle of bleach water (50/50), we lightly spritzed the middle of each shirt directly on and around the stencil.

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Fifteen minutes later, this was the result!  Aren’t these great?  Of course, we washed them in cold water at this point.

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Did I mention I’m in a cabin with 21 sixth grade girls?  It’s like herding cats.  Pray for me . . .

Baby Shower for Heather Spriggs Thompson of Gathering Spriggs Magazine

This weekend, my home was the setting for a baby shower for a dear friend and fellow blogger, Heather Spriggs Thompson.  We met several years ago online (haha, I love to say that) and connected on both a personal and business level.  Her friends and family wanted to help welcome her baby boy into the world with a party that would be perfect for this artistic, creative, nostalgic, beautiful mother-to-be.

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 Baby Shower Tablescape 


Since the nursery’s theme will be “Vintage Travel,”  the other hostesses and I put on our thinking caps to come up with decorations and props to style the event.  Heather is a decorative painter, stylist, and designer, so you can imagine how important is was to us to create just the right setting for her shower! [Read more...]

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