“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –History.com
Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family. Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.
Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!
Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.
No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country. Happy Memorial Day!
Home trends influence the season in the most beautiful of ways for 2016.
Visions of Sugar Plums: While holiday decorating with frosty retro pastels is a modern classic, add their neon cousins and trending compliments to the mix for the panache of the divinely sophisticated, taking Christmas past into Christmas future.
Hipster Holiday: Edgy and whimsical, today’s bright new generation invents their own version of all things seasonal by using classics in stronger, individual ways; so mistletoe the dog, have your Christmas tree in a cup, or wrinkle the wrap. Have fun with it, people, no rules for the yule!
Golden Season’s Greetings: Gold has become an international sensation and is stepping out to claim the status of the only metallic to use in 2016. Do not fear gold with colour, use blue, blush or even the “new neutral” grey. Remember, Gold is the new silver and grey is the new beige!
Natural Noel: Creative new ways to use organic materials have filtered into holiday décor and this year the look is cleaner and simpler than ever. Don’t overdo, just let winter tell its enchanting story. Saving the world, one organic decoration at a time…..
Now that the fall season is back in full swing- my outdoorsy family and I have been spending evenings having family time indoors. We love to lazily gather around the dining table, sip tea and chat about our days. It’s a great time of year.
However, with only a week away from Halloween- I haven’t decorated or hung a single thing. As we pulled out a few of the Halloween decorations we’ve collected, it was evident that most of our accessories have finally slipped past the “worn in look” and have fallen into the “time to toss” phase.
My daughter Tori noticed too, frowned, shrugged, and said “Mama… don’t worry. We can make decorations together! Let’s create something fun!” So my daughter and I pulled out her iPad and went straight to Pinterest.
We stumbled upon these easy to create bats and got to work. Tori suggested we put them on the wallpaper we recently hung in our dining room. The new wall is outfitted in a Candice Olson wallpaper that is gray and sparkly and simply perfect. Our stack of leftover wallpaper samples were stowed away in the front closet. We thumbed through them and found the perfect one, and Voila! We ordered the paper the next day, and when I picked it up I could hardly wait to get home to start making these!
Within minutes we created many wallpaper bats, and had started sticking them to the wall. Having so much fun, we just kept cutting and taping as we sat and chatted about our days, and the upcoming holiday.
It was the perfect craft to be handmade with the perfect little girl. I hope you find some time this holiday season to slow down and enjoy the pretty little things.