Amber Housley

Thanksgiving Tablescape

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is changing my home decor to match each holiday. Thanksgiving tablescape decor to me should be full of warm, inviting details. Full of flowers, natural elements, and of course pumpkins! I love that I can transition my pumpkins from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Recycling decor is always great.

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

For this Thanksgiving tablescape, I started with the centerpiece. I picked up some sunflowers, spider mums, and faux Fall leaves from Publix, and mixed them with some gorgeous dahlias from my garden!

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Escort Cards | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

For the rest of the table, I added a couple of mini white pumpkins, pinecones with a faux Fall leaf for place cards, some candle votives, a burlap runner, and green goblets for a mix of color. It is perfect for a small space like my little kitchen table!

How are y’all planning to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Any favorite finds that you would like to share with us? We’d love to know!

Thanksgiving Table and Decor Inspiration

It’s time to start thinking of Thanksgiving table and decor inspiration! We have plenty of ideas for ways to decorate your house and set your table, and are excited to share some of our favorites. Make sure to check out all of our inspiration in our Thankful Thanksgiving Pinterest board.

Thanksgiving Table and Decor Inspiration | Amber Housley Living

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This Thankful People art print would be perfect for your entryway or living room. It is an excellent reminder of how to live, not only during the Thanksgiving season but at all times. These white thanks pumpkins surrounded by this mini pumpkin garland would pull together the look.

This table decor is the epitome of Thanksgiving. We love the burlap table runner, the leaf napkins, and the gourds and pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. Your friends and family will love seeing their names written on mini pumpkin place cards that double as favors. During your meal, use these Bless This Food and Give Thanks serving spoons to serve up your mashed potatoes and green beans. It’s sure to be a fabulous dinner and evening!

Have y’all thought about how you are going to decorate for Thanksgiving yet? Let us know your ideas in the comments below. Also, make sure to visit our blog again next week when we share our favorite Thanksgiving dish recipes!

Spring Floral Centerpiece DIY Using Grocery Store Flowers

Spring Flower Centerpiece DIY Using Grocery Store Flowers

 

This time of year, the grocery stores are stocked with gorgeous selections of spring flowers at great prices! Everything from daffodils to tulips to hyacinth can be arranged easily into baskets for a sweet table centerpiece. Here I’m sharing some easy DIY (do-it-yourself) centerpieces that will be perfect for your Easter celebrations this weekend or other parties to celebrate Spring.

Special thanks to Leslie Walker of Leslie & Dusty Photography for capturing gorgeous images of this project. Leslie and I collaborated on some great Spring projects for your celebrations. Be sure to check out our Sweet As A Peach classic cocktail recipe shared on Style Me Pretty Living earlier this week!

Supplies

1. 1 medium size straw basket and 2 mini baskets
2. grocery store flowers such as tulips, alstroemeria, hyacinth and other filler
3. flower frog vase that fits inside medium size basket and 2 votive candle-sized cups for the 2 mini baskets
4. easter basket paper filler to help ‘nest’ the vases inside the baskets

 

Easter Centerpiece Using Grocery Store Flowers DIY

Instructions

1. Trim leaves from flowers stems
2. Fill vases mid-way with water and place inside baskets
3. For the large basket, work from the inside of the flower frog outward, placing stems evenly in the wire grid.
4. Place a little mix of smaller blooms in the votive cups

 

Flower Centerpiece DIY perfect for Easter, Showers, or other Spring Parties!

 

Easy Flower Arrangement Using Grocery Store Flowers

 

Aren’t these tiny woven baskets adorable? These would even be fun to use as placecard holders for your Easter dinner or would be great for a baby or bridal shower party. You could even have the guests take them home as a favor!

 

Spring Centerpiece Using Easter Baskets

 

The adorable large grass basket and woven mini baskets + the rabbit are sourced from one of my favorite home entertaining stores, World Market.

Wishing everyone a delightful Easter celebration this weekend!

- Amber

Editorial Styling for Southern Weddings Magazine

It’s no secret to my close friends and family that it has been a long-time goal of mine to have my work published in Southern Weddings magazine.

To my great delight, the latest issue available on newsstands and online here, features more of my work than I could have ever imagined originally and I’m so humbly thankful and grateful for the opportunity!

Over the next few posts I’ll feature each of my contributions to Southern Weddings V5 and a few behind the scenes highlights.

The first feature is the editorial styling that opens up the five year anniversary issue. Here, Creative Director Emily Thomas and Editor-in-Chief Lara Casey wanted to marry traditional marriage vows with the culture of the South as an opener to the issues focus on love, marriage and ceremony.

The vows were written in gorgeous calligraphy by Lindsay Letters that I bound to a vintage book I had purchased at a barn sale this past Fall in a nearby county. I was saving this deep ocean-navy blue book for the perfect opportunity and this definitely was it!

 

A pure white magnolia bloom from my neighborhood (that smelled heavenly!), hydrangea, and pink teacup roses clipped from my own backyard garden. And my absolute favorite? That sweet little bible open to 1 Corinthians. It was given to us at the hospital on the day my son Colin was born and now a very special keepsake to our family.

My good friend and fabulous wedding photographer Cyn Kain joined me in Nashville for the shoot along with some other projects we were working on.

Above left: Cyn getting some test shots on the dining room table while Rocco snores away. Middle: In a silly moment during the visit, Cyn decided to dress up Rocco more like her own yellow lab Bella at home. Far right: Colin getting in some after-school snuggles between editing photos and doing email.

Cyn and I are over the moon excited to have contributed such a beautiful spread to Southern Weddings! Stay tuned for more features in upcoming posts.

StudioWed Inspired Bride Tablescapes

I had the pleasure of joining all the other wonderful StudioWed Nashville vendors in a wonderful, intimate bridal event at Houston Station in January. I designed two tablescapes for the attendees, each with its own unique color scheme and style. While both received positive feedback, the soft and romantic vintage table garnered a lot of happy ooh’s and ahh’s. Brides just loved the mercury glass and the centerpiece I arranged that featured peonies, freesia, hydrengea and cabbage. They also could not stop touching the beautiful soft burlap table linen! Special thank you to Southern Events for the linens, vintage china, flatware and julep cups.

So tell me, which is your favorite table design?