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There is much to celebrate in life. Not just big things, like the birth of a new baby, buying your first home, high school graduations, college acceptance letters or retirements. I believe in celebrating the little things.
These days, I’m happy to celebrate if I’m caught up on laundry, if I’ve remembered to buy food for the dog, if my husband (who had too many snow days this past winter) has a full week of work, and the arrival of spring. Yep. It’s the little things that add up.
This past weekend, my husband and I drove to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The kids were busy- either they were working or had other plans. That happens when your kids grow up. They don’t always want to tag along on trips with mom and dad. Which really isn’t bad, because sometimes my husband and I enjoy taking time just for the two of us.
When we arrived home Sunday afternoon, the kids were excited to see us and hear about our weekend. And though they aren’t normally home on Sunday’s and my husband and I had planned a romantic dinner, they stuck around. Don’t tell them I know this, but I think they miss us a bit more than they let on.
I couldn’t really turn them away, so I included them in my impromptu meal plans, which reminded me of the days when they were little. We would often decide to surprise their daddy with a candlelight meal after a hard day of work. So while I cooked in the kitchen, their little hands would set the table with my grandma’s china.
I’ve never been a fan of keeping treasures packed away. So we use what we have. This time was different. While they talked to their dad and heard about our trip, I began cooking and setting the table. I wanted something quick and easy and I love the way it turned out.
3 Easy Decorating Ideas when Entertaining for Spring
1. Use flowers.
Flowers are always a great touch. I love shabby chic so my home is filled with floral prints, silk flowers, and when I feel like splurging, real flowers as well.
2. Use fabric.
I’m probably the queen of slipcovers. I cover everything. My couches, my dining room chairs. I love to use fabric to decorate. And probably my favorite, most versatile fabric at the moment, is burlap. I keep a supply in my craft closet, but you’ll find it in hobby and department stores and it’s pretty inexpensive. I pulled some of my burlap out and used it as a table runner, but you can also use it as a table cloth, placemats, or cut in strips and tie bows around an empty spaghetti jar to use as a vase.
3. Use candles.
I love the way candles light up and warm up a room. I pick candles up at the store all the time. If I see them on clearance, or at a thrift store, I’ll pick them up and save them for a special occasion.
Add the Special Touches
When it comes to setting the table, I like to add a few extra touches. Not anything over-the-top, I still like to keep things simple. For our dinner yesterday, I created a simple menu tent. I had some craft paper note cards on my desk, so I simply wrote out the menu and placed the card on the table.
Create Easy Personalized Glasses in Minutes
I also found these cute chalkboard stickers that I’d picked up for a scrapbook project that I never got around to completing.
I pulled some glasses out of the cupboard, wrote out everyone’s name on one of the sticker tags with a white paint pen,
allowed the paint a few minutes to dry,
and added it to the glass. You’ll have personalized glasses in minutes.
Make your own Napkin Rings
I wanted to use cloth napkins for our dinner but didn’t have any napkin rings. So I made some. You can use an empty paper towel tube, or make your own with cardboard. I cut 1-inch strips of posterboard in 4-inch strips.
I added some double-sided sticky tape and overlapped one end over the other to make a ring.
Next, I added more tape to the ring and adhered slightly larger strips of burlap to the cardboard ring. I added burlap flowers to my napkin rings, but you could leave them the way they are, tie a simple ribbon around the tube or add a fabric flower.
Finally, I decided the evening called for a special drink. Using Canada Dry Ginger Ale® I created delicious Berry Daiquiri’s.
Here’s what you need:
Very Berry Non-Alcohol Daquiri
2 1/2 cups Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale®
1 cup Frozen Blackberries
1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 cup Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate
2 cups Ice Cubes
1 TBSP. Sugar
Place the ice cubes, frozen berries, and apple juice concentrate in blender.
Pour Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale® over frozen ingredients.
Add the sugar and pulse on ice crush setting until blended. Pour into glasses and top with whipped topping if desired.
Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale® is now available at Walmart and other stores where soft drinks are sold.
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Canada Dry Ginger Ale®, made from real ginger and natural ingredients, has been a staple for many celebrations since 1904. How have you used this product in drink recipes to celebrate? How would you use Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale® and/or Canada Dry Ginger Ale®?
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