5 Last Minute Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I love that families and friends all throughout the country come together to connect, feast and be thankful for all their blessings.  Thanksgiving does not get overshadowed by presents, Santa Claus and the mad rush to get it all done.  Thanksgiving is truly about people, a long meal, sipping spirits, the family nap all sprawled out through the living room in a complete turkey coma, conversations, long autumn walks.  For me, it all comes down to this…Connection. There are so many ways to connect on Thanksgiving Day so I wanted to offer up a few last minute ideas to make the most out of this thankful holiday.


1.  The Thankful Tree.  I am obsessed with the thankful tree. It is so simple and such a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.  Simply collect some branches from your yard, I love Manzanita branches as they have an organic look.  Any branch will do ( you could also spray paint the branch) to  go with your decor.  Cut out fun shapes on some vintage paper and have your guests write down what they are thankful for and tie with raffia to the branches.  A great way to share what you are thankful for with all your guests.



2.  Giving Garland- I am a little bias as I made these for our Thanksgiving Trunk.  The giving garland is made of jute twine, tied a both ends and simply attached with different questions to the twine.  Questions such as “What is something that always makes you happy?” String the giving garland through your Thanksgiving centerpiece to create positive conversation during your holiday feast. Simple. Easy. Fun.



3.  Teepee Centerpieces- You can’t forget about the kids.  While the turkey is in the oven, have the kids get a little crafty.  All you need is card stock paper, some paints, a few sticks and a little glue.  Let your kids get creative and when they are done display them on your Thanksgiving table. It makes a great conversation starter.




4.  Mini Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces.  Thank you Living Locuroto, I love this idea so much that I had to share it. Great last minute ideas, So simple, so modern, so chic.


5.  Dawl up the Punch Bowl- Don’t be afraid to put the Thanksgiving touches on all festivities.  All it takes is some acorns, a few oak leaves, a little twine and you have the organic touches of Thanksgiving. Dipping pumpkins and fruit in metallic paint is also a fun addition. Get your party talking before you sit down at the table, it just takes a few festive touches.



Here’s to your last minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get inspired. Be crafty and make the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday.



Tipsy Tuesday: Big-Batch Holiday Cocktail

The holidays bring people together to gather and be merry, finding that perfect cocktail to serve a large crowd is not always an easy task.  Thanks to the Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch, your holiday festivities are  not only festive but seriously merry. The flavors get you in the mood  for the holidays and your guests ready to celebrate the season.




Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch
Serves 3 to 5

3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice or store bought 100% blood orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
1 cup  dry white wine
1 (500ml) bottle brut champagne, chilled

1. Place the blood orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and star anise in a small pot and bring to a boil, over medium-high heat.
2. Once the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. While the mixture is still hot, stir in the white wine until completely combined. Allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator to chill, at least 2 hours.
4. When ready to serve, place 3 tablespoons of the blood orange mixture into the bottom of each glass and top with chilled champagne (about ½ way to 2/3 of the way full). Serve!


Tipsy Tuesday: Pumpkin Pie Jello Shots

Thanksgiving preparation is in full swing.  We went on a hunt to find the most unique cocktail to get your Thanksgiving  drunk on and this one took the cake! Thank you Cookie Rookie for this nifty recipe that will impress your guests and get your party started.  Just think of it as dessert before dinner with a little tipsy twist.  Spice up your family get-together this year and try this fall festive recipe, just keep them away from the kiddos.
Author: The Cookie Rookie
Serves: 20-25
  • 2 packages Pillsbury premade pie crust
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin powder (I used Knox brand)
  • 1 ¼ cup water, divided
  • ⅓ cup spiced pumpkin pie mix (or unspiced canned pumpkin + 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice)
  • ½ cup white rum or vodka (She used Pearl Vodka, her fave!)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • Whipped topping for garnish (optional)
  1. Unroll pie dough and cut into small circles (She used the top of an ice tea glass to get small circles. Place circles in small muffin/cupcake tin and bake according to package instructions. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Pour 1 cup water into a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin packets over water. Let sit for 2 minutes before turning on heat.
  3. Turn stovetop on medium-high heat and add pumpkin and sugar, stirring as you add. Allow to simmer and then turn off heat and set aside to allow to cool.
  4. Add rum or vodka, heavy cream, and additional ¼ cup water to mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Pour gelatin mixture into pie crusts and place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours
  6. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Orange Sangria


As soon as the calendar turns November, its all about the pomegranate! Anything pomegranate makes us smile.  Combine a little orange, wine and cinnamon and you have the beginning of holiday spirits! So let’s kick off this holiday season with a Pomegranate Orange Sangria that will be sure to get you in the festive mood.


We love the bright seasonal colors of this holiday treat.


Add a splash of Brandy and you will be singing FA LA LA LA LA


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup (237 ml) brandy
  • 1 cup (237 ml) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup (237 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, brandy, pomegranate juice and orange juice. Add orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  2. Serve with ice cubes.


Cheers to the Season!


Tipsy Tuesday: Apple Cider Moscow Mules

The trendy Moscow Mule just got a little hipper. Try your hand at this fancy fall cocktail that will get your guests tipsy and in the fall spirit.  We LOVE the presentation of the Moscow Mule, the copper mug sings the holidays and a festive way to serve up a taste of the fall.





Apple Cider Moscow Mule Recipe (serves 1)

2 ounces ginger flavored vodka
2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)
Juice of 1 small lime wedge
Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)
Cinnamon to sprinkle

In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.





Dining Under the Harvest Moon


This is my shot of dining under the full moon last night, it was completely enchanting. Not only is it a full moon this month, but a lunar eclipse and a blood moon all at the same time.  A lunar eclipse happens when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon. This lunar eclipse will also become a blood moon as the moon turns red in color.  This all happens October 8th  bright and early in the morning, around 2:15 am pacific time.  Hoping to rise early to catch a glimpse of the magical moon, but if not at least I was able to have a bountiful meal under the twinkling lights and the natural glow of the harvest moon.

Here are some fun ideas to dine under the harvest moon:

  • Date night! Lay out a picnic blanket and let the bright moon set the mood. Fill up a picnic basket with your favorite goodies and let the romance begin.
  • Howl at the moon dinner party. Get a little crazy, have everyone show up in a werewolf mask.
  • Turn dinner into a trivial pursuit game and have the questions based around the moon.  This is a great way for kids to have a little fun and a little education too.
  • Have a bonfire and roast all your food on the fire, between the glow of the fire and the natural light of the moon, you could not have a more romantic setting. Pile up blankets in a basket so when it cools down, your guests can snuggle up and enjoy the view.
  • Have a moon themed dinner. Think harvest moon macaroni, or possibly crater taters. I personally love blue moon cheese. Don’t forget the moon pies for dessert!


 The most important thing, make some memories with the people you love under the full moon.




Tipsy Tuesday: The Drunken Pumpkin Pie



This is the perfect cocktail to serve for your next Halloween party.  The name says it all, “The Drunken Pumpkin Pie” drink a few of these and you might find yourself drunken in a pumpkin patch. He He. :)

Here’s the Details:

Before your friends arrive, rim several martini glasses and shooter glasses with cinnamon and crushed graham crackers, and line them up on your bar. Then just scatter a few plastic spiders around and let your friends shake up their own bewitching cocktail.

Drunken Pumpkin Pie
Makes 1

½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. powdered cinnamon
½ cup graham crackers, finely crushed
2 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. coffee-flavored rum
.75 oz Irish cream

1. Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and drop in a cinnamon stick. Set aside, and let cool. (Once cool, discard the cinnamon stick.)

2. Combine the powdered cinnamon and graham cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl or saucer. Dampen the rim of a martini glass with water, and dip it into the graham cracker mixture.

3. In a shaker with ice, mix the vanilla vodka, coffee-flavored rum, Irish cream and .25 oz. cinnamon simple syrup. Shake and strain it into the rimmed glass.



5 steps to having a Backyard Movie Night

outdoor-trunk-backyard-movie-nightThis week I am loving the last days of summer and want to spend every moment outdoors.  What better way to do it than a backyard movie night!  Forget sitting on the couch in front of a little screen, take it outdoors and get a front row seat theater style! Here are five easy steps to hosting your own backyard movie night that gets the neighborhood talking.

1.  Invite the neighborhood: I love this idea, take an old piece of wood, add some chalkboard paint and its the perfect announcement to let the neighborhood know that it is “Movie Night”!

2.  Pull out the twinkle lights, they are not just for the holidays.  I love wrapping them around a tree trunk to give an overall glow to your backyard.

3.  No need for a big fancy screen, just hang up an old white sheet and point the projector and PRESTO it’s just like being at the movies. Feel free to embellish your screen, I love hanging lights around the sheet to create a party vibe.

4.  Get cozy! Pull out your pillows and blankets and snuggle up to your favorite movie.  Little crates work great outdoors as little side tables to place your snacks and favorite beverages.

5. What is a good movie without the junk food? Lay out the spread, be creative, be colorful, get a little Martha…. :) Playful straws, flavored popcorn and a variety of candy all make for the perfect movie experience.

This weekend throw together a backyard movie night, your neighborhood won’t stop talking about it!



Father’s Day Brunch – Poolside!




I had to share my Father’s Day Brunch! My kids and I surprised Greg with a poolside Father’s Day Celebration.  He slept in, sipped some chai as we transformed a cozy little space in our backyard to celebrate his greatness.  The best thing about lounging poolside was pushing Greg into the pool! :) The kids loved that. I stayed clear as I sipped champagne and relished in gathering outside with my family on a perfect sunny morning.

The Details:

1.  My handy party chalk board – Changed to Dad’s Day.

2.  Called our local coffee shop and ordered bagel sandwiches.

2.  Sliced watermelon, strawberries and blueberries and placed in my favorite classic white serving bowls (they go with everything).

3.  Picked some yellow Yaro from my yard and put into my Petite Fleur vases.

4.  Accented with a cute yellow lantern for some color – also looked good with the orange juice.

5.  Placed the bubbly on ice.

6. Made sure everything was in place on my Hub Outdoor Dining Set from our shop. :)

7.  We all yelled “Surprise” as Greg smiled ear to ear.

Much Love,







10 Trends for Summer Entertaining

It’s just about that time, summer is around the corner and entertaining outdoors is in full swing. Check out the Trunk’s Top 10 Trends this year for Summer Entertaining!

Top 10 Summer Entertaining Trends

1. Bocce Ball Court – This trend has been hot for awhile, but it keeps getting hotter. We get more requests to design bocce ball courts than any other accent for the backyard. It is the perfect entertaining feature for your outdoor entertaining space. The traditional game has found its way back into so many hearts and backyards.

2. Watermelon Kegs – We LOVE this idea. Thank you Pinterest for this unique and hot trend idea this year.

3. Pizza Oven – We are addicted! We can not get enough pizza, so it had to make our top 10 list this year. We do a lot of outdoor kitchen designs and we rarely design one without the trendy pizza oven. There are so many pizza oven options available today, it’s easy to make them the focal point. It’s Friday night, invite the neighbors over, pop open a bottle of Chianti and escape to your Italian villa right in your own backyard!

4. Poufs – What the heck is a pouf? We get this question often, is all the rage this year, accent your outdoors with these fun and unique outdoor ottomans. They can be sat on, used for tables and accents! And they’re an awesome price point. Arrange around the pool or create unique conversation areas that bring your outdoors to life. Click here to see all of the colors and patterns we carry in our shop. :)

5. Smores – What is better than the feeling of camping in your own backyard? Smores bring you right back to those long summer nights siting around the fire laughing, sharing and telling ghost stories. Host a smore party this summer and reminisce about good ol’ times. Gather the wood, light your fire and have a big basket of smore fixings ready for entertaining. All you need is long wooden sticks, or metal skewers, marshmellows, graham crackers, your favorite chocolate, and all your childhood memories. Sit back and watch your guests smile.

6. Outdoor Twister – A super hot trend this year are over-sized games for the backyard. Our favorite is twister, this is a great way to quickly get to know your guests, create some laughter and add an element of fun to your summer party. Is also a very simple DIY game – all you need is some spray paint and some circle stencils and you’re ready to roll!

7. Farm to table – This has been showing up in restaurants for years now, but now we are seeing this trend grace our summer entertaining. Check out one of our newest items, Seedballz, and get your garden started! These little balls are made of an all-natural mixture of seeds, red clay, and soil humus and they grow in clusters – how cool!

8. Eco-tableware – Being Green is nothing new, but stylish sustainable, compostable party tableware certainly is! We just started working with this new line, Susty Party. We can not get enough of them They were just featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and they are turning disposable tableware into the talk of the party. It’s trendy to respect the earth, a trend we only hope to see more of.

9. Beer Tasting Parties – We have Sierra Nevada Brewery right in our own backyard, so it only make sense to suggest a beer tasting party for your next summer event. Micro-Brews are popping up everywhere, so it is pretty easy to pull together some unique brews and wow your guests with some unique fun. Forget the wine tasting parties this year, its all about the BEER!

10. Outdoor Beds – I don’t think it gets much cooler than this, outdoor beds are ultra chic this year. We have always thought of outdoor beds as pure resort luxury, you know poolside with your umbrella drink and the pool boy waving his palm frawn. Now,outdoor beds are popping up in backyards everywhere. AN extension of the living room, they bring the cozy, homey feeling to the backyard and an added bonus, an extra bed when you have guests!