Whimsical Moss & Mushroom Party

This dreamy little brunch that I put together for my friends was so fun to plan and carry out. The mossy centerpiece and button mushrooms add just the right amount of whimsy. I created pattern paper backed plates and some delectable dishes. I’ll be posting some tutorials and recipes this week! But for now, feel free to peruse the cuteness…including my Ameracauna chick Pearl (who we later discovered was Earl – the rooster)!

Caroline’s Berry Pavlova Recipe

This is one of my pretty little ladies…her name is Pearl and she is an Ameraucana. We just got baby chicks on Thursday, and now they are about a week old. We felt that Pearl would make a cute addition to the decor for a few minutes, so Danielle snaped a few photos of her as well. ūüôā So adorable and sweet…and growing so fast!

 Have a lovely day!

 

Lavender & Lace Spring Brunch

My friend¬†Danielle¬†wanted to throw a photographer’s brunch and asked me if I would like to decorate for the event. The theme was Lavender & Lace. Would I? Um, yes please!¬†I even made cute little nest favors out of vintage sheet music and peat pots. I love the vibrance of the purples, contrasted with the frilly lace and rough texture of the burlap. Delightful.¬†Between her amazing cooking abilities and my vintage lovelies and decorating skills we pulled off a pretty little event!

 

Styled by Kelly at  Lovely Day Vintage, photos courtesy of Danielle Gillette Photography

Autumn Adoration: A Harvest Party

 

I love Fall.  It is without a doubt my favorite time of year. It is a hunkering down, cozying up, and sipping hot tea time of year. A time when my favorite boots, sweaters, and coats can once again emerge from their hiding places. Trees dress their best and bless us with a beautiful dance of falling leaves. The wind picks up and twirls leaves and branches in a beautiful ballet. I love the crisp air, the pumpkin patches, the spicy flavors, hay rides, and voracious squirrels preparing for winter. I just LOVE Fall!

Growing up, my family wasn’t really into celebrating Halloween, though we did do some candy gathering and dressing up for Grandma, the school parade, and a few neighbors. Where I grew up, it usually rained on October 31st, which put quite a damper (literally) on our desire to go out. ¬†So in celebration of Fall, we had a family ‘Harvest Party.’ Our little Harvest Parties are still some of my favorite memories of my childhood. Mom would make hot apple cider, homemade doughnuts and carmel corn. Dad would cut the tops off our pumpkins and help us design faces on the fleshy orange exterior with a Sharpie marker. We would watch silly old slide shows, on an actual slide projector and vintage pop up screen, of trips my parents had taken when their hair and socks were long, their shorts too short, and they were child free (you know…the kind of photos kids laugh at of their parents in the ‘old days’). Then after we’d eaten and laughed ’til our bellies hurt, we’d all sit in the living room and light up our pumpkins and turn out the lights. Enchanted by the dancing flames and warm glow, we would just sit in silence, completely content in the moment. Then my mom would say, with a chipper voice, “Lets sing!” and break out in a hymn. My dad would slowly join her and my brother and I would look at each other, moan, roll our eyes, giggle, and then sheepishly chime in. ¬†The song, the glow, the family, the love…those are the things from which the best memories are made.

Since living away from my family for the last five years, I’ve really missed those sweet Autumn memories. My friend¬†Danielle¬†shares my love of the season and asked me if I would help her decorate for a pumpkin carving party she was having. I gladly jumped at the opportunity and perhaps even went a little overboard. I created a rustic Fall look with a collection of wooden crates, burlap, leaf garlands, nuts and other natural elements, as well as bringing over one of my favorite vintage steamer trunks. I make hand stamped muslin favor bags, filled with mulling spices. We had spiced pecans, hot apple cider, homemade pumpkin doughnuts, s’mores, and more. Then we topped off the night with some pumpkin carving. It was truly a magnificent evening.

 Enjoy celebrating this season! I hope your Fall is full of the coziest nights, most beautiful colors, and yummiest treats!

Have a lovely day!

Kelly

Photos by Danielle Gillett