Tennis Party

My tennis team, the Topspinners, has won our area league and we’re headed to Aiken, SC for the State championships. To celebrate our undefeated season, I held a little get together.
I’d like to share my decorations for this shindig.

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20140507-110827.jpgEverything is ready. For the mason jar glasses, pompom trim was hot glued to the lid and a hole punched for the straw.

20140507-111224.jpgI mixed up this Raspberry Cocktail, which Lauren Conrad pinned on Pinterest from Southern Living. Yum!

20140507-111547.jpgDid you notice that my “vases” are tennis ball cans? I put some glass pebbles in the bottom to help keep them from tipping over and decorated the cans with washi tape.

20140507-111708.jpgDagmar, Linda and Wendy give a big CHEERS! to our team!

20140507-111809.jpgHere’s a close up if the banner. Using stuff I have on hand…paper, a lace punch and my Cricut machine, the banner was quick to put together.

20140507-112132.jpgHere we are saying hello to our team captain, Susan, who sadly, couldn’t be with us, because her husband…

20140507-113416.jpgbroke both of his arms falling from a ladder! Ouch! Thank Goodness he can still drink a glass of wine! Poor Sandy.

The good thing about these types of parties is that everyone brings their favorite dish, appetizer or dessert. I never worry about if there is going to be enough food or a variety of choices because it always works out. Just like tonight…we had Baked apricot Brie, Tortellini pasta salad, pimento cheese with toast rounds, “The Best Dip Ever!”, Mango Salsa and chips, fresh fruit, home baked Chocolate pound cake and German Chocolate Cake.Deeelishus!

20140507-114456.jpgAs champions of our area, SATL, (Spartanburg Area Tennis League), gives the players a congratulatory gift. This season it is a hand towel. I need it. I, of course, had to jazz them up by making an initial tag for each one.

20140507-114739.jpgThen as a fun sersie to my guests, I made tennis ball goodies. (I recommend using a sharp blade. Just be careful!)

It was a sweet evening with friends. Thank you girls for coming over!

And thank you for stopping by,

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If It’s Dead, It Can’t Die and other decorating ideas

20131125-154949.jpgJust a few more days and the Thanksgiving Hoo-Ha will begin! I was feeling a bit smug at my ability to be ahead of the game. My front stoop is all decorated.

20131125-155208.jpgTrees are blazing orange, red and yellows.

20131125-155340.jpgPumpkins are piled to really set the fall theme.

Ok. So maybe that was last week. This is what it looks like today…two days before company arrives.

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20131125-155609.jpgThis is so sad! I kind of pride myself on having a pretty setting outside on the back deck and walking up to my front door. Not this year!

20131125-155943.jpgInside, I decorated my door panels with beautiful, extra large leaves.

20131125-160057.jpgCheck it out! One was a foot wide! Gorgeous!

20131125-160141.jpgWellll, now it looks like this. All brown and shriveled up. Not quite the same effect I had when I first put them up. What am I going to do? Thirty or so guests are showing up and everything I’ve planted is dead. I say…Go with the dead stuff!

20131125-160447.jpgI was dog sitting last week and in their back yard were some sort of pine trees that were dropping their needles. I gathered up an armful and took them home. My friend thought I was crazy, but after showing her a picture, she agreed it looked pretty on my mantle.

20131125-160905.jpgAs I was clipping the light brown grass from the side of the road, a friend driving by questioned my aesthetics. What? Does she not use roadside weeds to decorate her house?” Hey, you know what? It won’t die on me, like the $10 per pot of flowers and loads of rotted pumpkins I bought.

20131125-161520.jpgThis is my kitchen mantle. I don’t think any of this will die either.

20131125-161616.jpgI was so tired of cleaning that I really just wanted to do something with my hands. I found some fall colored yarn and started crocheting these cute little hearts and garland. It might just cross the line into too cutsie, but I don’t care. I like it.

20131125-162421.jpgAs for my dining room…still nothing living.

20131125-162457.jpgJust some really sweet forest animals. Love the little hedge hog.

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20131125-162634.jpgI’m thinking I needed to be reminded that this gathering of friends and family is not about the decorations, but about the relationships. Worry not about outside adornments, but about the lips that will speak, ears that will listen, arms that will hug and the heart that will love.

Thanks for dropping by!

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