DIY

Friendsgiving

 

DIY banner made with my beloved Silhouette Portrait

Last night we hosted a Friendsgiving with our close group of friends and it was the perfect way to round out this very thankful weekend. We rented out the conference room in our building and combined three tables to seat 20 guests. I tried to keep the planning process relatively stress free with quick and cute decorations and simple recipes as our potluck contribution. While the day-of got a little hectic with a scramble for chairs and an inevitably messy kitchen, in the end, everything turned out well. We spent the night sipping spiked cider and laughing uncontrollably during games of “Thumper” and “Cheers to the Governor,” all with good company.

 

Fell in love with these turkey napkins from Target. Also, a quick peek of the mini fall centerpieces I put together

 

The meat and cheese platter and veggie tray stayed out all night for people to snack on

 

Our little bar — complete with sparkling cranberry punch and spiced cider (rum optional)

Party details:

Decor

  • DIY Silhouette banner
  • Burlap table runners (Target, $3)
  • Fall leaves table runner (Homegoods)
  • Alstromeria and mums floral arrangements

Food and Drinks 

It was potluck style, but here is what I contributed and the recipes I used:

  • Apple, Cranberry, Walnut Salad – via Creme de la Crumb
  • Grape Jelly Meatballs – easy recipe: grape jelly + chili sauce + frozen meatballs in a slow cooker
  • Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates – via Give Me Some Oven
  • Mac and Cheese – via That Which Nourishes
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts – easy recipe: Brussels sprouts + olive oil + salt and pepper
  • Sparkling Cranberry Punch – easy recipe: sparkling wine + cranberry juice + Sprite + cranberries

Extras

  • Instead of plain old plastic utensils, we used a fancier faux silver version (similar here). It added a touch of class to the occasion without extra dishes to wash
  • I keep a collection of paper straws year-round. Brown and yellow ones made an appearance to add to the fall colored decor

Apologize for the horrible quality pictures — lighting was not the best in there.

DIY Ikea Marble Coffee Tables

Since I move so often, I’m hesitant to invest in quality furniture for fear of buying something that doesn’t quite fit in my future home. That’s why I’ve had these two $9.99 Ikea Lack tables acting as my coffee table for the past year (inspired by this ingenious EveryGirl article).

Unfortunately, the phrase “you get what you pay for” lived up to its hype, and I just don’t think the little guys are gonna make it much longer.

Exhibit A:

I don’t think that’s supposed to happen…

I’ve had my eye on this marble West Elm coffee table for awhile now, but that price tag currently makes my stomach hurt (wedding budgeting is rough). So what’s the next best thing? Marble contact paper of course!

I found this roll of white marble on Amazon and went to work.
   The legs of the Ikea table screw right off, so I made sure to undo those first and just cover the top. I will admit, the contact paper was a  huuuge pain to work with at first. I was hesitant to rip off all of the backing at once and just plop the sticky stuff on there, so I tried slowly and methodically ripping off a little at a time. That was a mistake. Little bits of the backing refused to peel off and I attempted to scrape them off until I would get frustrated and end up wasting a huge chunk of paper that inevitably got crumpled up into a messy, sticky ball. So, long story short: Rip and plop is the way to go. Actually, more like: measure, carefully rip, align, stick, smooth annnd…voila! Fancy marble coffee tables! (kind of)

I’ll admit they’re far from perfect (you can see the seam and air bubbles up close), but it’s a temporary fix and at least gave the room a fresh look. It’s also secured my decision to go the marble route someday, without me having to cough up $600 so I’d say, wins all around!