Monday, November 24, 2014

Manners Monday: Reaching for the Correct Bread Plate



We're beginning a fun, new little series here at The Classy Woman. Just in time for the holiday, I'll be delivering regular tips that will come in handy during the holidays and beyond.

Today's Holiday Etiquette Tip No.1 addresses the sometimes confusing bread place location. Have you ever wondered which one was yours and began using the wrong one in error? Avoid this table manner faux pas by using this quick and easy trick for remembering. 

As we near Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas holidays, with more opportunities for dinner parties and the like, it's essential to know proper table manners. If you don't spend much time dining formally, it's a great way to remember and the perfect way to teach your children also! 

I'd love to hear from you! Do you use this little trick to remember which bread plate is yours? 

Thanks for reading!

XO


Thursday, November 20, 2014

15 Elegant Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas




Hi Everyone! First off, I apologize that it's been such a l-o-n-g time since I sat down to write a post here (with the exception of my last post sharing cozy & classy coats . The truth is that motherhood has kept me really busy, more so than I had ever anticipated, even with a totally awesome, laid back kiddo, this toddler stage of non-stop action has me pretty wiped out at the end of each day (which is typically when I used to write my posts). I knew I would have far less time for myself but had no idea what limited free moments I would actually have for some of the very things I enjoy most. I know all of your mamas can relate! More on that and other little updates in future posts, in the meantime let's talk about Thanksgiving, shall we?!

Every year about this time I begin getting really excited for the holidays. In Florida it's pretty hot year round but usually around early November it becomes much more bearable and the signs of Autumn start to surface. With it comes all of the cozy, warm goodness of things like pumpkin pie, comfy sweaters, crisp evening air, hot apple cider and so many more things I look forward to during this season. Since Thanksgiving is just a week away, it's the perfect time to get inspired with these 15 Thanksgiving place setting & table decorating ideas. They are my favorite images for a classy, modern yet fun holiday table. :)





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I love the rustic look of tree trunk slices as chargers. 
These beautiful wooden chargers would be perfect to recreate this look. 
This acacia wood server is nearly identical for the center of the table. Most will not be dining outdoors for Thanksgiving but this same look can of course be re-created indoors also. 
Add in a set of patterned napkins, some pillar candles, a striped runner, some pumpkins 
and vintage goblets for a similar feel.


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What gal doesn't love pink? I'm a huge fan of pink + gold together. Why not break away from the traditional orange and brown tones and go for something a bit unexpected? 
Pumpkins make a great vase too and they're easy to paint or spray paint. 
Gold chargers as well as gold flatware completes the look.

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Could these rosemary sprig place cards be any cuter? Perfect mix of simple + elegant.

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Gourds and squash make great vases for colorful flowers. These can be added to the 
Thanksgiving tablescape down the center of the table or the
 perfect accessory for an entry console or mantel.


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Add a bit of femininity to the table with some lace which can easily be laid out over existing place mats for interest. If you're worried about them shifting, you can permanently affix them with spray adhesive or sew them on. These turquoise napkins are so pretty and would complement some 
au naturel orange pumpkins as well as earthy brown tones very nicely.


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Who says floral arrangements need to be expensive or complicated? Using inexpensive grocery store bouquets of mums, wheat, and a mix of other flowers, each vase can hold one type of flower, then a grouping can be arranged in the center of the table before guests.


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Thanksgiving is all about celebrating and reminding ourselves how much we 
have to be thankful for. Why not start the conversation in a fun way but incorporating some printable thankfulness cards for each guest to share with the table. You can find this printable here.

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Black, white & gold are classic, timeless colors that can be used for a variety of occasions. What's great is any pieces you invest in such as gold flatware, can then be used for other special occasions such as Christmas. The polka dots add a modern and whimsical flair against the gold sprayed pine cone place card holder with feather are more traditional. This tablescape easily pairs with cream, white, browns, tan and any pop of color can be introduced also such as a gorgeous peacock blue, cobalt blue, red, hot pink or hunter green. These white + gold 'thankful' plates give a similar vibe.


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Could creating a seating arrangement be any simpler with these pretty and simple 
spray painted golden leaves? You could find these in your own backyard!

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Living in Florida, I naturally gravitate to coastal decor, this is a perfect illustration of how to do it. A pop of pattern is essential by using a great runner or napkins as they did here. The turquoise is such a great color (I own a set of soft blue that I love mixing and matching with). 


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How is this for the easiest + least expensive place mat? This can be achieved with brown kraft paper & a sharpie. Every guest could be given a pen to write what they are most grateful for this year then take turns sharing with the table. This gets extra points for creating conversation and interaction.

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These take away pie containers are a cute way to send guests home with some leftovers or perhaps just those who didn't leave room for dessert. To get this identical look, you'll need this free printable for the label +  these pie containers + and these color block wooden utensils are the perfect addition.

Click on any image below to be taken to the items to create these DIY boxes:






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Speaking of pie, if you're looking to stray from your usual or traditional pumpkin pie recipe this year, this orange spice-coconut-pumpkin pie recipe looks divine!


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This gorgeous bay leaf wreath caught my attention. I love how it includes all-natural elements and while it would be pretty on any door (or wall), it would also make a great a great accessory to wrap around an over-sized ivory pillar candle (or on a smaller scale for a series of them) running down the center of a longer, rectangular table. You could also do the same with a tall cylindrical vase filled with water and floating candles.




Here are a few pieces below that would be a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving Entertaining:









Whether you're hosting, visiting or enjoying a meal in someone else's home this year, no Thanksgiving would be complete without a little bit of a refresher and prep in the table setting and etiquette department. Take a peek at some of my previous posts if you're looking to brush up:










How are you planning to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Whether you have a special longtime family tradition or you're hosting for the very first time, I'd love to hear what you have planned and which Thanksgiving ideas here best represent your personal sense of style!

Thanks for Reading!

XO





*image sources: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)(8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Warm & Cozy Coats




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One of the things I love most about a fabulous coat or jacket is that it can add a polished look to any outfit, even if all you have underneath is a basic tee and jeans to run out to the store for late night milk or bread, it always provides a pulled together appearance. If you're in the market for a new coat you'll want to take a peek at Nordstrom's Clearance Sale which ends today and it's the perfect time to get a new coat (as well as any other clothing, shoes and accessories) at up to 40% off and as always the shipping is free! 

No matter whether you're dressing up for a day at the office or spending a casual weekend outdoors, in the cooler months a coat is the one necessary piece that will keep you warm and cozy and it's also the first thing that people typically see on you so it needs to be comfortable, flattering and must fit impeccably. When it comes to outerwear I've always treated my coats, trenches and jackets as investment pieces only buying those which I truly love and plan to wear for not only a season but for many years to come, Since they are worn regularly, they must hold up well over time. For that reason I always hunt for quality fabrics such as wool. leather, suede, etc., and make sure the fit is perfect. You can never go wrong with the classic lines of trench coats, pea coats, belted wool coats as well as military style jackets which are staples in the wardrobe of every classy woman. 

These timeless coats caught my eye. You can click on the images below to take a peek in more detail. Many of these coats have lovely details on the back as well. Oh, and if you've been looking for something a little bit different (less structured) for the fall such as a cape as I have been, I thought this Ellen Tracy Cape was really pretty! :)

What is your favorite style of fall/winter coat that you can't live without?






Thanks for Reading!

XO

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