Category Archives: Entertaining

Fall Centerpiece

When it comes to fall entertaining, using candles is an excellent way to make your guests feel welcome.

One of my go-to items for fall decorating is a silver candelabra that I purchased a few years ago at a discount store.  Candelabras are great for creating a centerpiece, but they can look very formal and serious.  So, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to use them in a fun, modern way.  My solution?  Ribbon — a cheap but very pretty way to spruce up just about anything.  I have tons of boxes filled with ribbon spools, and I’m always buying more.  I think I’m addicted!

To create my fall candelabra, I tied orange and yellow ribbon to the arms and used elegant, pearly white candles {I couldn’t light the candles for these pictures because it was too windy}.

My outdoor setting was inspired by a photo that Pauline of sent me.  This is one of her designs:

{photographed by Eric Carlson}

I love how the dark wood, autumn orange and grassy green all look together.  For my design, I used a small console table {taken from my dining room}, and partially covered it with orange burlap.  Then I added white mini-pumpkins.

Another sweet touch — I filled the rims of the candelabra with candy corn that guests can help themselves to.

And little details make a big difference, such as dove-tailing the ends of the ribbon:

The simplest of things can make a festive fall table, and the harvest season gives us so much to work with:  pumpkins, acorns, ornamental corn, leaves, apples, and of course, candy!  You can use all of these things to decorate with style.

In my next post, I’ll show you how spray paint can transform a few of fall’s favorite things into shimmering home accessories.

{Part of my ribbon collection via instagram}

Two Fall Centerpieces

September is when I start thinking about Fall decorating and entertaining…

So, I was very excited when Goose Creek Candle Co. sent me two of their incredibly delicious-smelling candles.  Do you like decorating with candles?

I was surprised at how beautiful these candles are.  After all, if you’ve seen one candle, you’ve seen them all, right?  Well, that’s not the case with Goose Creek.  Their American Heirloom candles look and smell amazing.  This may sound cliche, but they really do have a mouth-watering aroma that fills my whole house!  The best part is, you can use these candles to create fab fall centerpieces and tablescapes.  Let me show you what I did:


Red is always fall’s hottest hue.  With that in mind, I displayed the large Toasted Cinnamon candle on top of stacked cake plates.  Then I mixed in apples and other red accents.  I wish you could smell this candle right now!  It’s has a cinnamon-y scent with an extra kick.


Next, my husband really likes the Spun Sugar candle.  He says it smells “sexy.”  Not sure exactly what that means, but that description inspired me to create a romantic tablescape.  Once again, I put the candle atop two cake plates and surrounded it with milk glass vases.  I always display my large ceramic acorns each fall, so they work really well here.  You can also use mini-pumpkins or gourds.



Huge thanks to Goose Creek Candle Co. for sponsoring this post!

Fourth of July Picnic Idea

By popular demand, our ‘Interstate July 4′ cupcake toppers are available again this year!

These are free printables that you can use to create a fun Fourth of July dessert table like this one:

Our ‘Sweet Street’ dessert table is featured over at for the second year in a row {and some Color Sizzle readers have used this idea for their kids’ birthday parties}!  You can download the printables right HERE!  Enjoy!

Party Idea: Sweet and Citrus

I haven’t posted a party idea in a while…

…so today I’m featuring this gorgeous ice cream soda station created by  This is such a fun ‘warm weather’ idea for outdoor celebrations.  I love the citrus colors, pops of hot pink, and the casual feel of the design.

{Aren’t these straws adorable?}

I was also amused by the colorful paper chain:

I don’t think I’ve made paper chains since I was in elementary school!  But I love the simplicity of them.  Making a paper chain is a little labor intensive, but it’s a cheap and wonderful way to bring color, texture and a little retro vibe to your party.  In this featured design, similar (analogous) colors were used to create a warm color scheme:

And, of course the best party set-ups are all about the details…such as coordinating napkins and colorful candy.

For more juicy details about this party idea, visit

Red Winter Centerpiece

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!  My holiday guests were greeted with this winter centerpiece that I designed using roses, carnations and sprigs of holly from my yard.  The ceramic vase was made in Italy, and it belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

  By using such hardy flowers and greenery, this arrangement will last through New Year’s Day.

Red is a wonderful {and very romantic} color choice for winter floral displays.  This type of centerpiece is perfect for winter parties, weddings and Valentine’s Day.

You can usually find red roses and carnations in the grocery store, and if you don’t have access to a holly shrub, any type of evergreen will do.  Have a Safe and Happy New Year!