Friday Wrap: Celebration Edition

With the blog officially turning two years old this week, I’m in celebration mode.

I thought it would be fun to share a few party ideas. And if you’re throwing a fall party any time soon, or just want to celebrate because it’s the weekend, here are five super easy ideas. Hurrah!

{ONE} Candy Corn Centerpieces

It’s not an official party at my house until there are fresh flowers on the table. And I love this playful and colorful centerpiece for fall. The candy corn makes it feel like Halloween, so it’s like a fall-oween decoration.


It was super simple to pull together, too. Here’s what you need:

  • Two vases (one smaller than the other)
  • One bag of candy corn
  • Flowers of your choice

To assemble, place the smaller vase inside the larger vase. Next, fill the outer edge with candy. Once that’s done, fill the middle vase with water and your fresh cut flowers. Easy, right?!

See the steps in more detail below >>


You’ll notice I used a large mason jar for the outside. My smaller vase was actually a little taller. (You can see it sticking up in the upper right and lower left pics.) Not to worry. I tied a pretty ribbon around the center vase where it was “exposed” and you can’t even tell!

{TWO} No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites

Okay, so the secret to this “no-bake” pie is to purchase it from the store – like from Sam’s Club. Lol! That’s actually where I saw this brilliant idea. Check it out >>


What just happened? Well, you take a pie (that you personally did not bake), cut it into smaller circles with a cookie cutter, and then top each with fresh whip cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon before serving.

They’re so pretty, not to mention much easier to eat at a party. And for all of the delicious scraps that didn’t quite make it into a mini pie? Well, consider those your reward for working so hard on these desserts.

{THREE} Bushels of Snacks

Okay, so here’s a fun idea for serving snacks on a seasonally themed table. Put your chips and popcorn in these adorable apple baskets. I could even see mini pumpkins arranged around the base.


{FOUR} Beautiful Blanket Scarves

Now that we have a few ideas for the food and decorations, here’s something cute to dress up a plain tee and jeans.

I’m so in love with these blanket scarves from Target. They’re only $25 and have such pretty choices of plaid. These are my two faves. I can’t decide which one I like better. What do you think?

{FIVE} Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!

Finally, how about a party favor? Woot! Woot!

Enter to win one of two $25 Visa Gift Cards in honor of The Neat Nook’s second blogiversary. Winners will be announced on Monday, 10/17/16, so click away today.

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Good luck and here’s to a celebratory weekend all around!



P.S. I’m linking up with all of these fabulous bloggers today, so be sure to check them out!




The Neat Nook Turns Two!!

October marks the second full year of blogging on The Neat Nook. Whoa. Two years?!

Like many things in life, it feels like time has taken flight. Seriously. Where did it go? What I do know is that I’m still enjoying this creative outlet, and I hope you are, too.

Whether you’ve been with me from the beginning or are just now tuning in, I’d like to thank you for joining me on this adventure…one that’s full of navigating a messy, yet beautiful life. In fact, this is still one of my most favorite quotes >>

A look back…

This time last year, I decided to reflect on the things I learned in my first year of blogging in this post.  It was inspiring to go back and read through those observations and tips. It reminds me that I haven’t mastered this skill, but it’s fun to keep trying.

While I’m settled in this nostalgic mood for a moment, I decided to look back at this year’s posts. As I combed through month by month, I noticed a few themes. And I love how this blog serves as a journal for my family, as well as a go-to resource (and virtual filing cabinet) for some fun and creative ideas.

Here are some of the highlights. Links to each post are included!

{ONE} We Organized the House: Home Office Makeover, Pet Supplies, Getting Ready for Guests, and a Few Fall Decorations

{TWO} We Played in the Garden: A Fairy Garden, Spring TipsCleaning Your Tools, and Arranging Flowers

{THREE} We Explored the Country: An Oregon Experience, Relaxing Beach Visit, and a South Dakota Road Trip

{FOUR} We Hosted Fun Parties: A Bearthday Party, a Teen Birthday, and July 4th Fun

{FIVE} We Learned Some Important Lessons: Family Camping, and What My Parents Taught me About Marriage

What an amazing year! I’m excited to keep the blog rollin’ and hope you’ll stick with me on this journey.

In honor of the special occasion, I’d like to host a giveaway.

That’s right. You can enter to win a $25 gift card. There will be two winners for this two-year blogiversary. Did you catch the “two” theme?

All you need to do is get your name in the mix by entering below. Follow me on Pinterest, visit the Neat Nook on Facebook, and leave a blog comment to get your name entered four times!!

The drawing will be held next Sunday night at 9pm CST. So you have more than a week to enter. Winners will be announced on Monday, 10/17/16 on the blog – and also on Facebook.

Good luck and here’s to another crazy year together!!

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Much love,