Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner with family 2014

I love the special days and thanksgiving is a favorite. We have so much to be thankful for.
 The day before our dinner I heard this in a sermon:

I realized just how blessed we are!

Decorating the table is always a big part of the fun for me. Here are a couple of views of my table which was done very inexpensively.

Thanksgiving  table

thanksgiving centre piece
I used 2 acorn squash and one spaghetti squash as containers for inexpensive
 flowers I purchased at my local grocery store and leaves from my yard

Place cards
The small woven pumpkins are ones I have used for many years in different ways. 
They are also shown in this post. I made the leaves on my computer, printed them and cut them out.

The family sitting down to eat

The food

The recipe for the make ahead gravy which is delicious is also at the link shared above.

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

"Doctor Who" party for a 13 year old.

When my grandson was turning 13 I wanted to be careful not to do a theme party that might seem childish. Teens are often more worried about being seen as childish than adults are. He had liked Dr. Who for a while so that is what I chose. There are a lot of sites with these kind of parties and a good number of ideas.

Dr. Who party table


Dr. Who Tardis treat bags
I printed a Tardis picture and glued it to the front of a blue bag for the treat bags. I also used them as a centerpiece for the table .

                                        The napkin rings consisted
                                          of a rectangle of plaid as
                                          the ring with a picture of
                                          a bow tie glued to them.

My husband does my printing. We made a poster as large as we could on his printer for the back wall. I cut plastic tablecloths from the dollar store into streamers and made a border of larger bow ties. The stars were from Michaels.

Doctor Who cupcakes

We printed cupcake toppers from HERE and added some with pictures of a tardis and a dalek. We also made Tardis cupcake wrappers.


Veggie Dalek
The inspiration for the veggie dalek came from HERE. I used radishes in place of the cherry tomatoes.

Bow tie pasta salad

I made a BLT bow- tie pasta salad to keep with the theme. I found the recipe HERE. I didn't have buttermilk so I used 2% and I used romaine for the lettuce because I thought it would not wilt as easily as leaf lettuce. Everyone said it was yummy! I did use the Applewood smoked bacon and it is so good.

This is supposed to be " fish fingers and custard". It is actually PC shortbread and custard. I was planning to use icing sugar and water as glue to adhere graham crumbs for breading but as this whole party was planned and executed in 2 days I ran out of time.

I also ran out of time for this idea I got HERE. These are adipose marshmallows.

Bow tie toasts with cheese. I also used bow tie cheese to garnish the meat platter.

Doctor Who party table
I was thrilled to find these blue water bottles. The bows are hair-bows from dollar tree. In place of "jammy dodgers" there is a bowl of peak frean jam cookies.

Jelly candies for the 4th dr. "Would you like a jelly baby?"

The birthday boy seemed to like it.

If anyone is interested in any of the printables in PDF  form leave a comment with your email address and specify the ones you would like. No cost!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Easter is such a special time and I love to make it a celebration
 by decorating my dinner table in a special way. 

Yellow and white Easter Table

I liked the look of lemons in the water for a flower arrangement and since it
 fit in nicely with my colour scheme I tried it. I like the result
Flower centerpiece

My new yellow and white dishes helped with the look. they are from
 Bed Bath and Beyond. "sunny day" by Thomas
Easter place setting

   A few of the details:

Table favor
  I sewed napkin rings
 from striped ribbon.

Simple napkin rings

Easter dessert

I also was so happy to find these little fabric baskets at the dollar tree for only $1.25 each

Inexpensive Easter baskets

I hope you had a Happy Easter!