Thursday, October 8, 2015

Four Creatives + A PumpKalligraphy‬ Workshop

Last night I had the honor of teaming up with 3 other amazing and
local talents to host a #PumpKalligraphy Event!
The workshop included a hands on tutorial from calligrapher
Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes.  Julie Poole, an amazing 
invitation designer, hosted the event at her adorable shop, Juliepatoolie's located 
in Burlington, NC.  Julie  was the genius behind our wedding invitations and the many
paper details for our big day.  Suzanne Smith, an up and coming blogger and voice 
behind Crazy Blonde Life wow'd the guests with her delicious and clever
fall recipes. Yours truly provided style tips for creating your tablescapes
for the upcoming Halloween holiday. 

The Crew From Left to Right
Make sure to follow these ladies on Instagram!

 Let's talk about the decor!  
I am not a huge fan of Halloween.  This is probably due to the fact I was raised 
by parents who were not fans of the holiday.  I am also not a fan of scary, bloody, creepy,
things jumping out of the dark scaring the candy corn of out me! However, I can totally get down 
with movies like Teen Witch and Hocus Pocus.
Also, when it comes to styling decor for the spooky season, I'm not a fan of the 
typical yellow, orange, and white.  So, for this event, I wanted it dark, but not scary, while 
still representing Halloween, but in a glamorous way.
So I channeled my inner Ozzy Osbourne.

The simplest DIY, wine bottles spray painted in a matte black paint 
to serve as a vase for the single red rose.  I used the black paint to also
age the rose a little.

The punch bowl was gorge!  I used a feather wreath to circle the bottom and 
baby's breath that I had misted with a black spray paint to grey them a little to help
hide the bowl that was producing the dry ice smoke! 

 These amazingly insane candelabras were completely epic in my eyes.
The black candles slowly dripping just completed the look!

Suzanne handled all of the food and holy spooksville it was
delicious beyond words.  Suzanne is an incredible chef and
you can count me first in line for any taste testing.

The cheese ball covered in poppy-seed and the jalapeno stuffed mummies...
WOWZERS!  After I consumed like 5-7 mummies, Suzanne and I decided Baby G
was going to come out one hot lil' pepper! I seriously could have eaten them all! 
Make sure you stop by Crazy Blonde Life as Suzanne will be sharing all
the how to's on her blog! 

We had an awesome turnout and I really think these ladies
had a blast.  Who couldn't have fun with that much glitter??


Thank you to everyone for a wonderful night of festive fun 
with no spooky business! 

I think we might just have a little Christmas workshop up our sleeves so,
stay tuned! 
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For the Love of Cooking {Butternut Squash}

The hardest part about dinner time at The Gaither's is finding options that 
both Scott and I will like.  I thought I was a picky eater until I met the hubby.  
The man doesn’t like anything but chicken, salads (with VERY limited toppings), 
spaghetti, and taco night!  Oh and did I mention he is lactose intolerant and he married ME, 
the biggest cheese lover around! 

On one of our nightly walks we talked about this tiny situation and how 
we can add some variety into our weekly menu. We even reminisced
about all the things our mom's cooked for us growing up. 

We still haven't come up with too many new options, but I did find a 
super simple recipe that we can totally add to the menu or at least give a try.

Parmesan Butternut Squash

Now, I know what you are thinking, wait Parmesan is a cheese? Yes, it is, but
there is a magical little lactose pill that Scott can take that works 
when he has very small amounts of dairy.  So let's hope it works
for this dish.
Neither of us have ever tried the popular fall butternut squash, but
I am hoping that since we love yellow squash all summer long we might be 
a fan of the fall veggie.

{What You'll Need} 

1 Butternut squash (2 1/2 lb) 
1/4 Cup butter or margarine 
2 Large cloves garlic, finely chopped 
1/4 Cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs 
1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1/4 Teaspoon salt 
1/8 Teaspoon pepper 
1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley

{How To}

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray
Peel, halve lengthwise and seed squash; cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Arrange with slices overlapping slightly in bottom of baking dish
In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat
Reduce heat to low
Add garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, 
until garlic is soft and butter is infused with garlic flavor.
Do not let butter brown
In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, cheese and 1 tablespoon of the butter-garlic mixture
Brush squash slices with remaining butter-garlic mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper 
and bread crumb mixture
Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork
Increase oven temperature to 425°F; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned
Before serving, sprinkle parsley over top

recipe via 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Juju Hat

For a little over 5 years now I have wanted an 
African JuJu hat to hang in my home. 
There is something about the feathers and the 
simplicity of it that actually makes a powerful statement piece.
I first discovered the Juju hat via Louise Bell, Austrialian Blogger and
shop owner of Table Tonic.  She has sold these beauties for years now.

As much as I just want to hit that "add to cart" button, I still can't bring myself
to spend that much money on one of these babes!  
Louise actually has them very resonably priced, but of course I want the big granddaddy
of them all and $650 just won't fly in The Gaither house.

So, I got to thinking, why not attempt to DIY this gem?
Sure, it won't be perfect and it won't be that easy buy, but it will
be fun and have a story behind it AND I will have a little cha-ching
leftover to pick up a few more decor pieces for the house. 

I found this SUPER easy tutorial over on Vintage Farm and I really think
I'm going to give it a go.  

In the meantime, while I work on purchasing the perfect feathers for my 
next DIY, feast your eyes on these masterpieces!

Are you a fan of the Juju hat like me?

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Quote of the Week {Weekend Wrap Up}

The rain has stopped!!
12 straight days of rain and now...just a little wind!
We made it through in almost all parts of NC without flooding,
but prayers to our sister state South Carolina who is dealing with
insane amounts of flooding!

This weekend my bestie Rebecca and I, along with her two daughters, Carley Grace and Raylee
braved the storm and headed east for Wilmington to see our other bestie Katie and
her daughter Bailey Grace.

Back in 2012, Rebecca had already had Carley Grace and was expecting her
second lil’ girl, Raylee.  Katie was just 2 weeks ahead of “Becs” expecting her first little girl who would be named Bailey Grace.  We all decided when the baby’s started to make their debut that our first born daughters would all have the middle name of Grace.   This name was decided for several different reasons, but most importantly to bond our daughters together in a way that us three have always been bonded.

Here we are in 2012!

And here we are now in 2015!
I am now FINALLY joining the mommy club as we are expecting our first and Katie is expecting her
second, A BOY! We decided to wait and not find out the gender (who doesn't love a good surprise), however, you can believe we have our middle name picked out if Baby G is a precious little girl!  

 These three little ones will steal your hearts! 
They completely melt Aunt Tiff's!

It was an amazing weekend of QT and little girl bonding!
Oh how our "girls trips" have changed and we LOVE IT!

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