Craft That Party

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spooky Seasons House Tour Sponsored by Wayfair

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!


I love decorating for Halloween, but isn't ironic how we dust off the real cobwebs only to replace them with fake ones?!!  I'm definitely guilty of that. Thanks to Wayfair, I have some new decorations and ideas to share with you. If you missed my list of fun Halloween finds, you can go back to my last post or visit Wayfair's fantastic holiday decor section!

On to the tour, let's start in the living room...


So here is how the living room fireplace turned out. I draped sheer black fabric over the mantle with my spooky candlesticks planking each end. The vinyl bats on the right side might be my favorite little detail. They were very easy to adhere. They really are just peel and stick. 


I made the TREAT banner several years ago out of recycled book pages and Halloween scrap paper.


Le Cabinet de Curiosites Skull Statue was another fun addition to my Halloween decor. It is such a whimsical piece that fit perfectly with my bat and skull theme. 







Now to the entryway. A few years ago we added wood re-purposed from a barn in Centre County to create this accent wall. It totally changes the entire look of this room. I love this beveled round mirror so much that I actually have two of them in my house- one here in my entryway and one above the fireplace mantel. I added the black owls and this black feather wreath. Both add some texture to the entry and a touch of extra Halloween spookiness here.


This BOO embroidered throw pillow next to my regular black and white patterned pillows is so cute!


Let's continue the tour outside. I threw together this fall wreath by wrapping it with chevron burlap ribbon and adding some faux leaves and pumpkins. It took 10 minutes to make and cost around $5 in materials. This year I planted kale in my outdoor pots. They are growing beautifully so far!


Thank you for joining me on a little house tour of my Halloween decor. 
I'd love to see how you are decorating this fall!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October News: Halloween Must Haves and Pet Costume Contest!

My fireplace decor is currently transitioning from fall to Halloween. I thought it would be fun to share with you some behind the scenes favorites from Wayfair. All of these items were on my wish list and I picked several for my mantel makeover (stay tuned, coming soon!).

I'm a huge fan of classic black and white Halloween decor, yet love to add pops of color like the purple neon bat or orange striped tablecloth. I enjoy mixing up my decorations each year by putting items in new places or adding something different each year.
Wayfair is also hosting the most adorable Halloween pet costume contest! Be sure to check it out. There are fun prizes to be won!



My Halloween mantel reveal will be coming soon....!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taste of Summer Sponsored by Wayfair: Jalapeno Limeade Cocktail Recipe

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!


Summer temperatures here are finally starting to heat up. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a jalapeno cocktail that is so delicious that you'll never drink plain lemonade again. I love the zest of lime in contrast to the spicy flavors of the jalapenos. It's refreshment with a kick!





Drinks on the patio are perfectly served from my new Bucksport Bar Serving Cart from Wayfair. There are two levels to the cart, plenty of room for drinks, glasses, and snacks.


I love this cart so much, I wanted to show you how versatile it is. We had more company coming over, so we stocked the cart this time with wine and glasses. Three wine bottles fit in there perfectly. It is so pretty anyway you style it.





Wayfair has so many great choices for outdoor entertaining, from these outdoor patio carts to outdoor rugs and kitchen must haves! Here's where you can shop the look:


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spring Forward Sponsored by Wayfair

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!


The winter months give us the perfect opportunity to complete indoor projects before we spring forward into outdoor priorities. My to-do list included cleaning and purging closets, replacing bathroom towels, and sprucing up the first floor bathroom. For years, it's looked unfinished. Our bathroom needed better organization. Since this is the main bathroom used by guests, it was important to organize our clutter better. Here are before and after pictures to show our bathroom transformation. On the left you can see the wall is big and empty. The after shows how dramatically shelving and better organization can transform a small space. 


First step was finding the proper shelving for this big empty wall. Measuring your space - width and depth is very important. Wayfair had so many beautiful options. Notice the standard towel rack has been replaced with a sleek towel bar attached to the shelf. I LOVE how this quick project changed the space!



It was so hard to choose, Wayfair has so many great shelving choices. Below were the top contenders. Ultimately I went with the Drew two piece wall shelf set. It was the perfect size and stain color for our space.


-  ONE  -  TWO - 
THREE  -  FOUR  -  FIVE   -

- AFTER -


This white ladder shelf is one the opposite wall. It's the perfect place to display our beach mementos. I just framed these beautiful vintage postcards that were written to my grandmother from her grandparents urging her to visit Nantucket someday. I love adding decorative touches like this that are meaningful and personal.



Arranging shelves can be fun. Think color, texture, and balance. I also always try to add an element of nature, such as the succulent and starfish. For texture, the cotton balls, hand towels, and basket with leather handles. For height, the vintage lantern which also adds an unexpected pop of blue. I just love how much more organized and finished the space looks. Thanks Wayfair for helping me complete my winter projects. What projects do you hope to finish before we spring forward?

For more information on shelving options from Wayfair, visit here for wall & display shelves and bookcases

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Life of the Party: Sponsored by Wayfair


It's the most wonderful time of the year... to entertain! Time for friends and family to gather in the next few months to celebrate all things fall, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and winter! During these busy entertaining months, I keep lots of food and drink options on hand for any planned and impromptu gatherings that may occur. Wine and coffee seem to be the most popular drink options at our parties, so I am sharing my must have party item of the season- an espresso maker!  This machine has taken our entertaining options to the next level. 



Since this was my first time operating an espresso maker, I thought I would share a few tips that I learned. Make sure to measure out your coffee using the included scoop, then use the flat end to gently press the coffee into the filter. You want the coffee to be pressed lightly, but not so hard that the coffee will not filter through. If the espresso doesn't flow quickly, then the coffee is packed too tightly. 





Be sure to preheat your coffee cup. The directions do say to do this and I skipped that step the first time. The coffee does indeed taste much better in a preheated cup.



To make cappuccinos, use the steam option to froth milk in a separate cup. There are all kinds of coffee options you can create depending on the amount of froth and steam milk added to the espresso. Our friends and family enjoyed creating their own coffee creations that were a little more fun and unique than they would typically make at home. The quality of the cappuccinos were outstanding!



Wayfair has so many great products for entertaining. I am always inspired by their huge selection! Here's a few more that I currently have my eye on...

8-Cup Stainless Steel Heat Resistant French Press Coffee Maker


Tinware Espresso Mug
Coffee Sign with Rebar Wall Décor

Minimoka Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
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