Friday, April 18, 2014

How I've missed you. And thoughts on hosting.

Friends!!  I am so excited to blog today.  I think (fingers crossed) that I may have finally begun to kick this nasty bug that has been knocking me flat every other day for the past three weeks.  And it's literally felt like an every other day thing.  One day I would feel mostly fine, then the next just dragging and coughing and achy.  What?! Finally on the mend I think... Which is perfect because I've got some things to share today.

First, if you're reading on my actual blog, you may have noticed some fun changes around here.  I'd been wanting to change things up and add a bit more color for some time.  I enlisted the help of sweet Rylee from over here.  If you need some blog updates or just need to have things polished up, she's your girl!  Loved working with her and loved how I just kind of threw a bunch of things that I "liked" at her and she plucked the image out of my brain and put it onto the screen for me.  And she added in some coral-y pink for me.  Which is totally me in every way.

Okay now, on to Easter. My favorite holiday!! It truly is.  Mainly for what it means- Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for my (sadly, many) sins by dying on a cross, and then rose from the grave and is ALIVE today and I'll get to see Him someday!  But I also love this time of year because of the warmer weather peeking out and the garden buds beginning to unfurl.  Peep toe shoes and longer days.  The promise of better things to come, both figuratively and literally.  I just love Spring!!  
 Today, I wanted to share what our table is going to look like tomorrow night at our Seder dinner, in case you needed some easy last minute Easter table ideas!  (This is only half our table, as we have a long folding table that will provide the remaining 16 place servings we need but I couldn't figure out how to unfold it so I only got half done.) (I also know we won't be here eating dinner tonight or I would have waited to set this up tomorrow.) (In case you were wondering.) (I always wonder that when I see a table set the day before.)

I tend to like a pretty table that mixes both elegant and casual together, because my goal in hosting anything is to set everyone at ease.  While I may love using cloth napkins others might be slightly intimidated to use them, so I toss a mason jar on the table as a drinking glass and it says, "Hey we don't take ourselves too seriously around here." I want people to feel welcomed and comfortable, yet, like I went to some effort to make them feel like a special guest, because that's what I'd want to feel. Isn't that the entire goal of hospitality- do unto others?  I think your centerpiece always sets the tone for your gathering.  I chose farmy looking flowers like chamomile (from Trader Joe's) because they are effortless, sweet, smell great, and speak to the casual "stay awhile" feeling I like to promote around here.  (Plus they are some of my favorites!)

 I also like to keep things simple, affordable (because we all know hosting anything costs something) and easy.  Not to mention that I love sending my guests home with something to remember the night by. I printed out Emily's free postcards and slipped them into these bags Take home gift!!

 I shared the DIY for the so easy an eleven year old could do it, watercolor place cards here.  I love using place cards because I don't want my guests to wonder what's expected of them.  Once they find their spot, they can use their water glass, set down their sweater, etc.  It's like going on vacation but having your hotel room to retreat to.  Er.  Kinda. At least that's the way I look at it.

I made little nests from crinkly kraft packing paper because I had a ton of of it on hand.  Then I placed some chocolates into them.  Easy and inexpensive.  And non-fussy.  I like that.  For the kiddos I found a box of pipe cleaner chicks in the dollar bin at JoAnn's and tucked a few of them into nests on each of the kid plates. 

This hosting event will be totally different than any other, because all I've had to do was make a dessert and prepare all of the Seder elements, and readings.  I really needed help to pull it off this year and I am so thankful for my extended family.  I already told you a couple posts ago, that I made the worlds' most amazing macaroons, then I bought a package of meringues because they are my husband's fave and since it's also his birthday weekend I thought he'd appreciate that.  I dipped them in colored candy melts from JoAnn's to make them a bit more special and tie them in with our colors.  Talk about easy and cute!!  Love.

So that's it for my Easter preparations. Well, until Adrain gets home and unfolds the other table.  Ha!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter and that you are bathed in the freshness of this story of God's love...

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Between You and Me said...

it was so refreshing to come to your blog just now and see all the beautiful changes and to see that gorgeous table you've created for the people you love.
you've got a knack, my friend.

Msmoozys Open House said...

Some awesome graphic changes hun, so pretty and welcoming. I am glad to hear you are feeling better and I hope your family has an awesome holiday! :-)

paige said...

my friend...YOU are entirely too cute. too thoughtful. too gifted!! and i love that you share all things new with us
blessed easter my friend!!

Jensamom23 said...

So glad you are on the mend. Everything looks lovely and welcoming. Happy birthday to your hubby and Happy Easter to all of you!

Sally Kelly said...

Looks beautiful. Happy Easter, my friend! xo

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

So pretty! I'm coming over right now to eat those chocolate eggs in those adorable little nests.

Seriously love the little blog makeover, too. I am super jealous because I finally hired someone to design a new logo for my site and it wasn't at all what I expected. Boo hoo.

slip4 said...

Love all the pretty in this post! I had not thought of making nests out of crinkly paper - pinning some of these photos for future use :)

Tonya said...

prettyness all around!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Lea said...

Well, Sasha, I want to join you and yours tomorrow evening. What a happy, happy, inviting looking table! What a lovely Easter celebration for those you love. This post plus your lovely new looking blog made me smile from ear to ear. Easter blessings my dear!

Deborah said...

I'm glad you're feeling better just in time for Easter. Hoping you and your family have a blessed holiday. If you don't mind my asking, what is the tall glass container on your kitchen counter near your sink with the aqua color liquid in it? Is it dish washing liquid?

daisy g said...

The new header looks great, very crisp! Hope you are on the mend and can enjoy your holiday weekend.

Lorraine and Jessica said...

AAAaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! It allll looks soooo wonderful!!!! I noticed the blog update right away - it is so perfectly you!! I love it! And just when I think that I can't possibly love you anymore, you go and WOW! me once again!!! That table, all of the elements, mason jars, milk bottles, nests, etc.......SO PERFECT!!!!!!! You have a gift there sweet thing!!!! Happy Easter <3

Jeannie S said...

Happy Easter Sasha! You are so blessed with the gift of hospitality! Love the new changes on your site. Many Blessings!

Holly said...

You are so cute. I wish I had an ounce of your talent. :) Blessings to you and your family!

Jessi said...

I've read your blog for so long but have never posted. Shame on me! Your table setting is simply perfect! Bookmarking it as future inspiration. My Easter setting was formal this year, but I'd like to try something like yours in the future. Have a beautiful day!

Farmgirl Paints said...

You just shine friend. Love seeing you use all your talents and giftings:)

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