NEW recipes to celebrate National Punch Day today

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Ah! It’s September 20th!  I’m assuming National Punch Day is referring to {any mixed drink containing fruit juice} rather than {a thrusting blow; especially with the fist}…but celebrate as you will 🙂

Need some NEW recipes to try?  Here ya go:

Yum…I’m in the mood for Fall!  Apple Cider Punch.  Must.Try!

Yum again!….Dreamsicle Orange Punch {Halloween Party?}

Lastly…seven more delicious looking punch recipes!

And…if you’d like to check out this cute post demonstrating the ‘thrusting blow; especially with the fist,’ you can do that….I don’t think they knew National Punch day was coming up, but their timing was spot on.  The little boy was almost as cute at this guy:

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Have a great day! Try something NEW!

old and NEW Easter decor

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Whew!  I’m FINALLY done entertaining for a while!  We have had soooooo many ‘events’ around here lately! I’m kind of exhausted!!! :o)  However I did have a bit of energy to dig out the Easter decor over the weekend.  (None too soon, since Easter comes pretty early this year!)  I took a few pics: the ‘old’ decor is my fabric covered styrofoam easter eggs.  I’ve loved them for years…and the best part is: I didn’t make them!  My lovely Mother-in-law made them and gave them to us YEARS ago.    I poked around to see if there were any tutorials that I could share in case you’re interested in making some.   These are pretty close, but I think my MIL actually used a butter knife and tucked the fabric into the groove then finished off with embellishments.

sewingdaisieseggs Check these out at Sewing Daisies

undertableeggs Or these at By Stephanie Lynn

And,  of course, Pinterest has lots of fabric-covered easter egg ideas  Check these out HERE!

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My NEW decor this year is this VERY SIMPLE glass jar filled with eggs…finished off with  burlap and ribbon.  Truth be told:  I got these eggs for FREE.  You know when  you buy a washing machine at the local appliance store and they give you a “rebate” of $30-$40 to get to you come back into their store?….but the store really doesn’t have anything at all for that price?  (Well they have a very few things.  These eggs for example).  So that’s how I got them for ‘free’.

a NEW tip for your tablescape endeavors

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Merry Christmas Eve!  I wasn’t really planning on posting today, because….well, it’s Christmas Eve, and I didn’t think I’d take the time.  But!…as you can see, my table is all set and waiting for dinner to be served.  The hubby is out shoveling snow (for the 2nd or 3rd time today), the boys are involved in a game and so, here I am!

We don’t get the fancy tablecloth and real napkins out too often..because with a house full of boys, well, they really just DON’T CARE!  Yes, the food they care about, but the tablescape, not so much :o)  So I got the fancy Christmas china out today for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner…took a pic of the fancy table…and noticed the  WRINKLED  table-cloth!

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Ideally, I’d have taken the time to iron the cloth before I set the table…but (obviously) I didn’t.   It’s then, that I remembered a little trick I saw a very experienced tablescaper perform last year.  We were setting up for a Senior Citizens Christmas brunch last year and after getting the tablecloths out of a bin, and onto the tables, this lady proceeded to spritz all of the tables with a little water from a spray bottle.  It immediately made sense….and I wondered why I’d never thought of this trick or seen anyone else do that!  (Am I the only one this ‘trick’ is NEW to?????)  Ha!   I don’t think I’ll ever really iron a tablecloth ever again….even if I do think about it before I set the table!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

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