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Our Valentine’s Day Dinner Table || Splurge + Save

Today is the day we celebrate those we love in an extra special way! We started a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner tradition with the boys a few years back. They look forward to it–especially the food! I make one of my most liked recipes, my Vodka Cream Pasta with Prosciutto. They all gobble it up like it is going to be their last supper. It is one of those recipes I am proud of because I tweaked it and made it my own.

Today, I am sharing our Valentine’s Day table with you. I think it is fun to create special occasions in your home. Those little family traditions that make your family special. I love to have my family around the dinner table and spend an evening enjoying their company… and delicious food. So, naturally, we do the fancy feast with a decked out table every year.

Valenitine's Day Dinner Table

I thought it would be fun to show you guys how I save money doing this every year. You might think that creating a beautiful table could cost a lot, but I am going to show you how I keep the cost down every year.

Splurge v. Save

Splurge. First things first, you got to know what to splurge on. When I say splurge, translate that into what it means for you. I choose to splurge on the basics that can be reused dinner after dinner. White china is a great investment and transitions to so many occasions. We actually use this white china for our every day set too and it has held up going on 12 years now. It is just the classic white china from Pier 1. Not expensive, but if your wallet is a little tighter you can find basic white china at the dollar store. I would shoot for dinner plates. You can always add in a new look with a patterned appetizer plate or napkin.


I also think a basic white tablecloth that washes up nicely is another item to splurge on. You can change runners, placemats, and center pieces over a white tablecloth. Mine was not expensive at all and I found it at Target. It has held up just fine over the years.

Splurge on flowers

One more table item I think is worth the splurge is a fresh floral bouquet. It’s great when the weather is nice and you can just go out in the yard and clip greens and flowers. In the dead of winter,a quick trip to the grocery store for flowers is cost-effective. This bouquet was only $15 and it will keep for at least a week with proper care. Flowers on a table just make a table feel more expensive and beautiful.

Save. Now that you have the basics the rest you can get really creative with. You don’t have to buy a table runner. You can make one. I love to use uncommon things for runners. I’ve used full length mirrors, art paper, scarves, and all kinds of things. I like to shop my house first. This year I had enough of this gold striped wrapping paper left over. It makes a fun runner.

save-table-runner Reuse items. Now I like to layer my table, so I took an old Halloween runner and flipped it over and added the greek key ribbon left over from a DIY project. I save clippings of fabric and ribbons from projects just for occasions like these.

Shop thrift stores and clearance sales. I found our Italian crystal bar glasses at a flea market new in the box. The whole set was $7. I had just seen the same set at TJ Maxx for a lot more and know it retails a lot higher. Our chargers are from Goodwill. 50 cents each. The appetizer plates were an after Christmas Target clearance item. Only $5 something for all 4. If you are looking to save and have a little patience, you can find the best things if you are willing to shop thrift stores and wait for clearance sales.


Make your own decorations.Sure you can buy seasonal decor, but I really like to make my own and it’s free! Scrapbook paper is my go-to for crafts. I made these DIY heart arrows a couple of weeks back using stuff from around the house. Kebabs and paper, that’s all it is. My heart paper punch got a work out this holiday and I used the left over hearts on the table like confetti. The calligraphy phrases were a free printable and I just printed and glued them to paper.

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I can’t wait to enjoy this table setting with my favorite people tonight! I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Hometalk + Bliss at Home >>> Lots of DIY Party Ideas

Howdy friends!

Hometalk approached me recently to curate a board with my favorite DIY party ideas and I am happy to share it with you today! Are you familiar with Hometalk? I just joined not too long ago and absolutely love it! It has everything and anything you would want to see for your home. It’s great for getting ideas and seeing tutorials. It is a fab resource to get some inside info and how-to’s on any home project you want to tackle. You can clip projects you like to your own personal clipboards and share ideas with the Hometalk community.

Here is the DIY Party Ideas clipboard I put together. I loved going through all the great posts on Hometalk to find these cool ideas!


 ^ Click on the clipboard graphic above to see all these great DIY party ideas ^

Aren’t those some great ideas?! I know I’ll be using a few of those for our next get-together.


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Hey y’all! I love gorgeous paper products, don’t you? Getting a gorgeous card or invitation in the mail is so fun! A beautiful invitation sets the tone for your special event. That’s why I’m happy to share Minted. with you!

It’s all about weddings today. It doesn’t get more blissful than that! Minted. has just come out with a new line of fresh, indie-inspired wedding invitations. They are absolutely gorgeous and they have such a great selection!

I am in love with the Stately wedding invitations. I could see these used for a big city wedding or an evening wedding.

Stately by Jody Wody, see more wedding invitations on Minted

Stately board by Jody Wody. See more wedding invitations on Minted

These also caught my eye:

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Twine Wedding Invitation

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Wed in Type Wedding Invitation

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Timeless Wedding Invitations Minibook

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Quite Simply Wedding Invitations

Aren’t those great!?! Makes me want to get married again… just kidding honey! I really love the idea of that minibook invitation too. So smart!

Be sure to check out Minted. for wedding invitations. That’s not all though. They don’t just have wedding invitations guys! Be sure to check out their wide selection for all your paper needs. Party invites, holiday cards, birth announcements, notebooks–you name it!

JESSEd Home Tablecloth and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Today I am sharing my review of the JESSEd tablecloth and you have the chance to win one of your own!

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I know I have expressed to you how much I love this brand. The mix of quality with on-trend designs is to die for!! Today, I am reviewing The Never Done Before Exotic Skin Tablecloth in Teal Snake with Navy Patent Croc. This really is such a smart item to purchase too, because it is so easy to clean. You just wipe with a damp cloth. You don’t have to worry about troubling spills and stains. Just like the bar tray and the serving tray this is made so well.

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It comes in 3 color combinations. Animal skin is so glamorous and adds so much interest. I adore it. Mixed with the right patterns and textures it can play well with so many different colors and metallic finishes.

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Almost every Saturday morning, Dave and I enjoy a nice breakfast together. I like to make it special and dress up our little table for two. I was so excited to use this tablecloth. It is a good size for a round bistro table or a card table. It also fits my desk. I used it on my desk as a wine and cheese station while entertaining friends and it looked great. I got so many compliments on it.

While Dave was in the kitchen making Eggs Benedict, I set up a little dining space for us.

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Here’s the detailing up close.

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This tablecloth measures 54″x54″ so it could accommodate a table larger than this one.  The pop of color looks great against a white backdrop too.

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To view the full line of JESSEd home exotic skin tablecloths, placemats, and trays visit

Now’s your chance to win a tablecloth of your choice!
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xoxo Kristin

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Glam Up Your Home with JESSEd & a Gift for You!



Today I am reviewing another glam offering from JESSEd home:  the JESSEd Serving Tray.

JESSEd Serving Tray


Featured today is the Jade Ostrich Serving Tray.  This is so well made! It is also the perfect size to fit on a bar cart. It is really easy to carry too. I can’t wait to entertain with this. It will be great for carrying drinks outside to the patio. It measures 3″ deep so it is the perfect companion for serving drinks to your guests.

JESSEd Serving Tray


Just like the White Ostrich Cocktail tray, this serving tray has the same gorgeous stud detailing. It is also made with entertaining in mind. Let’s face it, spills happen. To clean this tray all you need to do is wipe it with a damp cloth. Easy!

JESSEd Serving Tray


Right now this tray is corralling all my barware. I always think things you need out always look better on a tray. This will definitely be my go-to tray for outdoor entertaining on the patio this summer too. I can’t wait to have our first summer get together and use it!! This makes such a  great home accent. You could use it on a coffee table, bookcase, ottoman, dining table, or on a bar cart like I have here.

JESSEd Serving Tray


JESSEd home serving trays come in an array of colors and options. You can find the right size and style that is right for you.

That’s not all!! I did mention a gift for you too:

JESSEd home is offering a discount for Bliss at Home readers. They have kindly offered 20% off your entire order on anything from their gorgeous collection. 

Just enter this code at checkout:


*offer good until 5/17

Check out and shop their entire collection of exotic skin trays, placemats, and tablecloths by going to

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This is a product review for JESSEd home. All opinions are 100% mine. 

xoxo Kristin

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Modern Glamour// JESSEd Home

Today I am reviewing a gorgeous bar tray from JESSEd home. I instantly fell in love with the brand. They pretty much had me at exotic animal skins. When I started looking over their online boutique I was impressed with their creative director Carol Fallas. For more information on Carol Fallas click here. Every item I came across was my style–modern, glamorous with a little edge.

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Here’s a little background on Modern Glamour Home for JESSEd.  JESSEd home is a line of tableware designed with home entertaining in mind. It’s glamorous and chic yet practical and affordable. Each tray, tablecloth, and place mat is made from quality faux animal skins and made to last.  Selections include ostrich, lizard, and crocodile to name a few. This beautiful collection is so easy to clean. You just wipe with a damp cloth.

I love decorating and entertaining with trays, don’t you?  Everything is just prettier on a tray I always say! For everyday, they work great on a coffee table or bar cart. When entertaining, they can be a drink station or used on a dining table.

Featured today is the JESSEd White Ostrich Bar Tray. I love this tray and I am so impressed with the quality. I am using it on my coffee table right now.

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Here’s a close up so you can see the detailing. It looks and feels like real ostrich skin. I also adore the stud detailing. So stylish and chic.



I accidentally knocked over my orchid when I was styling and got a little soil on the tray. It really is as simple as just wiping up the mess with a damp cloth. I love that! With two little boys and my occasional clumsy moments, things spill around this house.  I need to have items that are easy to clean.


I know this is a piece that we will enjoy for years to come. To see more of the JESSEd home collection visit:


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The Holiday Tablescape Link Up Opens Thursday!!!

Tomorrow–it’s almost here– at 8am CST you can start linking up your holiday tablescapes! I am so anxious to start looking at all your link ups!!! The party will be open for 4 days closing on Sunday at 11pm CST. Monday I will post my favorites in a special tablescape post with links to your respective blogs.

All you have to do is click on the host’s blog name above on the correct date (up to a few days after), check out all the inspiration they are providing for that topic, then link your project up with the host so everyone can see!

It’s simple to link up – just put in the link to your project.  It can be on a blog, on Facebook or even an image hosting site.

In case you’d like to advertise the link parties on your blog, here’s a small button for you! Feel free to put it on your sidebar, in your posts, or whatever you’d like.


You can still link up your recipes to Miss Flibbertigibbet by clicking here.

I will be revealing my holiday table tomorrow when the party opens. Here’s a little sneak peek:

Until then, here’s some inspiration from around the blogosphere.

Jennifer from Decorating Ideas Made Easy shows how to do an elegant holiday table on a budget.


Kate from Censational Girl mixes patterns in silver and gold to create a beautiful table for the holidays.


Kristin from The Hunted Interior made a fun and bold table for a holiday party on the Home Depot blog–The Apron. Her blog has become one of my favorites!


I’m feeling inspired, how about you? So show me your tables! Whether it be for a formal dinner, kids table, holiday buffet, or a cozy table for two I want to see them! See you starting at 8am CST tomorrow!!

Day 20 Fall Countdown

Day 20 of the countdown

The 25 days until fall is rolling along! Thanks for all your enthusiasm as I continue to post fallspiration. I love that we can all be crazy about the season together!

Day 20

All that glitters is gold…

I am in love with black and gold tablescapes presently. This is my take on a golden harvest table.

This is how this breaks down. First the linens. I used just a white cotton table cloth and a black cotton runner. The place settings are just gold glittered chargers with a basic white china and linen napkins. I love monograms, so of course, we had to include that. (Thanks, Amy!)

The leaves are craft leaves that you can pick up for 99 cents a pack at a craft store. I just spray-painted them metallic gold.

The pumpkins are the spray-painted the same.

The little votives are from the dollar store and sold in a four pack.

The creamy white roses add elegance. I kept all details gold including the vase which catches the light of the candles.

Have a great Labor Day!

I’ll be linking to this link party soon:

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Fall Countdown Day 24

Good Morning!

It’s the 25 Days Until Fall Countdown.

Let the countdown continue!

Day 25

Day 24

Here’s a fall inspired tablescape. Grays and whites keep it muted and the pop of orange stands out boldly. A white-painted branch, pumpkins, and leaves add the seasonal details. Candlesticks, plates, and pedestal bowls all work as stands for the pumpkins.

Here’s a quick tip when you need a new table runner but don’t have the time to go get one. Take an old table runner and simply tape fabric to it with painter’s tape. No one will be the wiser and you can really add some interest to your tablescape.

A simple and fun table for your fall entertaining!

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Fashion and Home Design Go Hand in Hand

I am thrilled to share with you the new website of a very talented designer! Chances are, if you are a home design fanatic, you are a fashion fanatic too. I know I am! Design is art in its finest form. Whether it be on canvas, an interior, or on the runway.  This, my friends, is what Studio 910 exhibits in every one of  the handmade fascinators they create. The artistry and attention to detail is phenomenal. They possess all the things I love in good design– form, pattern, texture, and BLING!

They make a statement and are beautiful for all kinds of occasions, especially weddings! I wish I could have worn one of  Studio 910’s beautiful creations on my big day.

Check out some of these gorgeous photos of their work and check out their website:

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I even got to get in on the fun lending my “modeling” skills on our local TV show. A big thanks to Brooke for asking me to be a part of the Studio 910 experience! Loved it!

Please comment or contact me if you want anymore information on Studio 910 Designs! Fashion that makes statement!

xxx Kristin

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