5 Ways to Plan for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

5 Ways to Plan for a Stress Free Holiday Season

Believe it or not (don’t hate me) but if you’re in the US, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. And you know what happens after that, ta da! Christmas. But the best way to ensure that you have an enjoyable, relaxing, and meaningful holiday season is to put your thinking cap on early and start your preparation. It’s time to declutter, organize, and plan! I’m excited to start thinking about our holiday plans this year.

Today I have 5 ways to plan for a stress-free season over on The Decluttered Home. Come on over!

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring brunch table - The Inspired Room

I‘ve been CRAVING sunshine (and believe it or not it was warm like SUMMER here today! My wish came true!). In honor of more SUNNY DAYS AHEAD I’m excited to share my dining room all ready for a Spring or Easter brunch! I love just switching out a few accessories to bring in a new mood. Mixing and matching what I already have with a few new little goodies to make a room feel brand new again is one of life’s little joys!

Mix and match spring table

Remember my little succulent gardens for the kitchen? I think they add a perfect natural touch of green to the table! It’s fun to try a twist on the traditional bouquet once in awhile.

Pretty spring dining room

Recently my friend Saul at DaySpring sent me a few new plates, so I got totally inspired to pull together a Spring brunch. Brunches are my favorite. Well, that and dishes. And sunshine.

Spring Brunch Table

These sweet plates (and the small pitcher, the chalkboard signs and the four part server) are from the Daily Grace line at DaySpring. They are a fun whimsical addition to the springy theme. Winter can feel so serious and I like to see a little more lightheartedness in my home when the sun comes out! A colorful and happy home can chase away all the doldrums of winter.

Spring Brunch - Daily Grace

Spring brunch The Inspired Room

The dining room got a fresh coat of Dove White paint (mixed by Glidden, but a Benjamin Moore formula from my trim and cabinets) last Fall. It was an interim step on my way to my dream of white paneled walls. But meanwhile, I’m inching my way closer to the cheery casual dining room I envisioned all along.

Spring Party - Dayspring Dishes

Since our house is informal and overrun by the pups and activity all day long, it’s fun to entertain in a way that makes sense for our day to day life. And our dining room is the location of our only table so this room has to do double duty as a place to hang out as well as a destination for meals or entertaining. Our girls are more likely to be here on the weekends, so a fun casual brunch is a common theme when we get together!

Spring Dining Room The Inspired Room

Spring Party

Table setting ideas

Daily Grace plates from Dayspring

All the items from the Daily Grace line are fun to mix in with my other plates and serving dishes.

Daily Grace Dishes

It’s the little things that remind me to live a grateful life!

The THREE winners in this giveaway (sponsored by DaySpring) will each pick any 10 Daily Grace items, so check out the options and then leave a comment below! Tell me what your favorites are and one way you live a grateful life to be entered to win! Winners will be chosen on Saturday 10PM PST.

The three winners for this giveaway are:

Sharon McGuire
Kathleen Grace of Kathy’s Cottage
Diane of An Extraordinary Day

Congratulations to all of you!

Delicious Adventure {And a Perfect Last Minute Gift Idea}

Outside Dinner Party

Photo from Sandy at The Reluctant Entertainer.
The trip mentioned in this post was sponsored by Harry & David. All opinions are my own.

This Fall I had the fun privilege of attending a blogger event in Southern Oregon sponsored by Harry & David. Being a “home blogger” I don’t often get to go on “foodie type” events. In fact, I had never been to one, heheh. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it.was.amazing. My friend Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer invited us to her home for dinner. The meal was SO good, and the company and setting was as lovely as I imagined after all these years of knowing Sandy. Her home and style is so gracious and warm, it was a treat to be invited.

That table, above, is in Sandy’s backyard. I KNOW! THAT IS HER YARD! Oh my. GORGEOUS. It was an amazing night, a slight chill in the air but she thought of every detail including an outdoor fire pit and heaters so we were very cozy and comfortable. It definitely inspired me to work more on my backyard. :-)

pear centerpiecesHonestly I could barely carry on a conversation with anyone because I was so mesmerized by all the beauty in her backyard and on the table. Every detail was delightful, right down to the sweet chalkboard and pear centerpieces!

harry & david blogger event

Can you find me right there in the middle of all those awesome food bloggers, looking like I belong? They were all so nice and I consider them my new friends. I am even a fan of food blogs now, because they are written by really cool people! If you want to find out more about them and follow their food adventures, I’ll put a link to them all at the bottom of the post.

Honestly, it was one of the most fun trips I have been on! My husband got to go with me and we enjoyed a few days in the southern Oregon sun. The weather was perfect and gorgeous! We fell in love with the little town we stayed in called Ashland, which is famous for Shakespearean festivals. My husband and I had wanted to go there for years! Even though we had lived in Portland (just a few hours away) most of our lives, we had never been to Ashland until this trip. I will have to do an “out to sea” Ashland post at some point because it was a fun little town and I have more pictures to share!

Winchester Inn

If you ever have a chance for a getaway with friends or romantic weekend with your spouse, I would highly recommend Ashland! Look at this adorable little bed & breakfast where we stayed, the Winchester Inn. It was not only cuuuuuteeee, but THE BREAKFAST every morning was incredible. Everywhere we went on this trip the food was amazing.

Penny & Lulu Florist Studio

One of my favorite excursions was to Penny & Lulu’s Florist Studio in Medford. The two spunky owners set up an amazing space for lunch. We had so much fun checking out the props as well as all the food and centerpiece artistry on the table! It was beautiful. (I stole a few pics from Michael and Sandy because I got a new computer and can’t figure out how to find all my pictures edited and moved over yet).

Bakerella Inspired by Charm and The Inspired Room

Here I am with Michael of Inspired by Charm and Angie of Bakerella (did you know she invented Cake Pops? Sheesh! I sat next to her during the dinner at Sandy’s too and pummeled her with questions about her new kitchen. It is gorgeous — she showed me pics on her cell phone. I wanted to steal her phone to post the pictures here but that would have been rude.)

Harry & David Pears

Harry & David is best known for its signature product (and one of my favorite Christmas gifts!), Royal Riviera® Pears, which require special climate and soil found in only a few places in the world. We enjoyed a tour of their beautiful orchard and learned all that goes into growing the perfect pears! No wonder they are SO GOOD!

Candy Making at Harry & Davids

We had so much fun on a tour of their facility. We even went to the Harry & David chocolate factory to paint pretty chocolate leaves. And they even had their very own Charlie at the H&D Chocolate Factory to teach us, heheh.

harry and david gift basket production line

One of the really fun things we were able to do while at the Harry & David facility was to package a gift basket, make a bow and send the basket off to someone! The Harry & David gift baskets have been a favorite of mine for years. My grandparents sent us a basket of pears or the Tower of Treats every year for Christmas and we loved it so much that we have carried on the tradition. It’s a gift everyone loves!

Our trip was so much fun and I am so grateful to Harry & David for including me (and my husband!) in on the experience.  Truly, I felt blessed to be a part of it. It was an amazing trip!

Harry & David Tower of Treats Gift

You can order delicious and wonderful gifts directly from Harry & David on their website and they can still arrive in time for Christmas, even with FREE SHIPPING (restrictions may apply) if you order TODAY December 18th so be sure and check it out!

Find Harry & David on social media via FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. They also have a new blog so be sure and pay a visit!

Bloggers: Helen Jane from HelenJane.comShelly from Cookies & CupsMichael from Inspired by CharmMelissa from The Inspired RoomJudy of From Home to RoamAngie from BakerellaSandy from The Reluctant EntertainerCassie from Bake Your DayGina from SkinnytasteAli from Gimme Some OvenJulie from The Little KitchenRobyn from Add A PinchLindsay from Love and Olive Oil, and Amanda from Kevin and Amanda.

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