In the interests of being more green this 2013, here are a few ways I’m going to “use what I’ve got” while entertaining and planning parties this year.  Let me know what you think!

Save your wine corks:  Use any medium to large, round or square, vase you have lying around (depends on how many wine corks you have saved).  Place a candle inside a smaller vase that can fit within the first vase, but have room for the corks (I also have just placed a tall pillar candle inside the main vase, and it was fine).  Place the corks in a haphazard or symmetrical pattern all the way to the top of the vase (check out my “Parties – Decorating Ideas” on Pinterest for another picture of this easy decoration).  Very pretty for an easygoing dinner party with wine tasting.  The more you can create the better the impact, too!

Mix and Match:  You should be pulling the silver, china, and crystal out of the cabinet several times a year.  It makes every dinner – from fried chicken to  filet mignon – taste even better, and feel more special.   Take stock of your grandmother’s silver, your wedding china and your Aunt’s antique silver serving platters.  Add in any flea market finds, and simple burlap linens, and you have a charming dinner table fit for any menu.  And don’t be afraid to use chairs of all types – just alternate them around the table – your only pattern is the mismatch of everything.  You’ve changed things up, and used everything you already had!


Mason Jars:  Don’t forget those mason jars – use them for everything – water glasses, small vases, candle holders, you name it!

May your parties in 2013 be delightful!