I removed our usual decor for the bedroom and replaced them with wooden chopping boards and elements from the kitchen to make it feel like a dining room.
This beautiful ivory macrame is from Anthropologie for $72. Since it’s Black Friday today, get it for 30% off!
All the gold vases are from Goodwill and I used green wet foam inside to create pink and green floral arrangements and succulents.
This Thanksgiving season, my husband and I decided to host a Friendsgiving brunch in our home. A lot of us were feeling down after the election, so we figured it was a great time to get people together for some good food and yummy cocktails, sans political talk.
Since we both just returned from Japan, I didn’t have much time to prepare for the party, so I opted out of cooking as much as I usually do and let Jeff handle the turkey and the guests provide the goodies.
From bedroom to dining room transformation…
We have a small house and a medium sized yard that most of our parties are held outdoors. We had 25+ people who RSVP’d including babies and kiddos, so it was almost impossible for everyone to fit indoors. Since we live in California where it rarely ever rains, it never really crossed my mind about having a plan B in case it did. When I took a peak at the forecast and saw the one day my party was scheduled for, mother nature decides 90% chance of rain. Bummer 🙁
As I was about to cancel, I took a look around our garage, basement, living room and kitchen as possible areas to clear out and expand a dining table, but it just didn’t seem doable. Suddenly, I realized our bedroom could potentially fit a table setup! Since we’ve moved, we never installed our bed frame because after sleeping on our mattress on the ground for a few days during move week, my back felt 100 times better! So all we had was a bare mattress on the ground which could simply be picked up and moved to the garage for a day. I went out and measured our tables, visualized how I could set it up and voila! a plan was in the works!
We put together two wooden tables we made from materials in Home Depot and took a trip to the SF Flower Market for some decorative supplies. I must have come at an opportune time because all of the shops at the flower market we’re getting rid of stuff. Pumpkins were 25 cents a piece and some we’re free! I got 2 bouquets filled with 20 flowers for only $10 each and a grabbed a couple of drapey pink florals. My pink and gold setup was determined because of what was on sale at the market and I picked ones that created a fuller and lush look.
A lot of the other pieces such as gold taper candle holders, vases and glass bottles were from good old Goodwill and estate sales! I spent the night before to set up the table so I didn’t have to worry about the next day. I forgot to buy some white taper candles before my party, but oh well, it still looked perfect!
You can read more about the party in my next post: Party setup for small spaces: Part II