There is nothing like the pressure of inviting the entire neighborhood over for a little open house just days after returning from out of town.
On Tuesday, I decided to have a jewelry party/open house. So I sent out invitations to all my friends and neighbors inviting them to "stop by on Thursday".
All I would need to do is make a bunch of jewelry priced right for gift-giving, buy a bunch of snacks and drinks, decorate the house for christmas, and take care of Drew who suddenly came down with a fever. No problem :)
Yesterday (Thursday) not knowing if anyone was actually going to show up I ran out to the grocery store. As I'm apt to do, I over-stocked on sweets and treats and snacks. Then, I ran around the back yard snipping and clipping anything that wasn't dead from the recent freeze.
I lugged the boxes of holiday decorations from the attic (via pull-down stairs). Here is what I was able to pull together before getting Drew off to school.
I started with the cheapest ugliest garland you can buy. I got this at a thrift store years ago.
Took a bunch of different greens from the yard.
Boxwood, nandina, holly, pine.
Then I took the wire garland and wrapped it around clumps of the greens. When I was done, there was no sign of the ugly fake garland.
In the kitchen I draped the magnolia garland I got at Pottery Barn on clearance years ago. The little fruit topiary came from my mom. She had a pair of them, but someone broke the base on one of them and she asked me if I could do anything with it. Being a collector of urns, of course I could do something with it --- whoop there it is!
I pulled out the antlers I got at an estate years ago for $2, the little candle lights were free from an estate sale. I tucked in some holly, and two little peacock ornaments from target.
My photos are very good. This actually looks much better in person.
I moved the fern that usually sits in the urn in the corner by the front door and let Drew decorate the fake little tree. We had a few ornament casualties, next time I'll stick with the shatterproof ones!
In the living room I did the same thing with the mirror and greens.
The jewelry was displayed in my bookshelves.
Everything on this shelf sold - YEAH!
On the food table, I used a mix of my pewter pieces.
I was happy with what I got done in such a short time.
It never looks the same, and that's half the fun.
People showed up and I had a great day!
This weekend we'll get the tree and I'll finish the holiday decorating.