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Springhouse Wreath Workshop

Little Life in LexingtonKayla NordComment
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My absolute favorite time of year is here... and so is Springhouse's Live Wreath Making Workshops! For me, this really kick starts the beginning of the Holiday Season. 

There's nothing quite like the atmosphere and good times had while making a live wreath in the old stripping room in the tobacco barn. The wood burning stove is warming the room, Christmas music is playing in the background, the smell of live greenery in the air.... all while sipping on your favorite beverage-- mine being some hot apple cider and bourbon. Ahhhh.... it just doesn't get better!

My parents have done a great job of creating an inviting space combined with an informative and easy DIY that results in the prettiest wreath! The wreath always lasts all winter-- which is a huge bonus! I usually take the Christmas bow off and leave the wreath up well into January! All of the greenery is also locally grown and sourced from Springhouse! 

Here are some pictures of the process and The Barn! Almost all of these photos were taken by my sweet friend, and AMAZING photographer, Brooke Bailey of On A Whim Photography. You can stalk her incredible photos HERE!

The rest were taken during our fun Lexington Blogger Workshop! Love having a network of beautiful and talented ladies to share these experiences with! 

So... what are you waiting for?! Grab a friend or two and head over to SpringhouseGardens.com to save your spot this season!! There are preset dates and times, but if you have a group of 7 or more you can sign up for a private party.  It is an experience that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas!

 

Kayla     :)

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Styling the Perfect Pallet Table

Little Life in Lexington, HOW TOKayla Nord2 Comments

Happy Hump Day! I am beyond thrilled to FINALLY share our Springhouse Blogger Brunch pictures and to include a little styling guide on how to achieve a Pinterest Perfect Pallet Table! Say that five times fast-- haha! And if you're spell checking me, palette is what google told me is what an artist uses and 'pallet' is the wooden thing you stack stuff on... I was shocked too! ;)  

As you may know, my family owns The Barn at Springhouse and we coordinate events and weddings there! It all started as a Garden Center (Springhouse Gardens) 22 years ago, and just recently (2 years ago) after my wedding became an event venue also! 

We host all kinds of parties and events, but one of my favorites (duh) was a couple weeks ago when we hosted the Lexington Bloggers! 

I wanted everything to be very chic & bohemian, so I went to Pinterest for some inspiration! I had seen pallets used as tables before, so I started searching, "pallet picnic" and found some great ideas. From here, I scavenged my own house and my mom's house (Thanks Mom!) and came up with the basic layout and style for the table. 

I have come up with a list of necessities to help you style your own pallet table, or even your dining room or outdoor picnic table!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Candlesticks (gold vintage ones are my favorite) 
  • Greenery (we cut from our Katsura tree- but Eucalyptus is ideal)
  • Votives 
  • Mason or Ball Jars
  • Flowers (wild or bought- Trader Joe's has great cheap ones)
  • 2 Candelabras
  • Lace Doilies 
  • Tiny vintage plates & extras
  • Place settings - (placemats, plates, gold silverware, napkins) 
  • Neutral Pillows and blankets (Thanks Miss Molly Vintage)

Styling the Perfect "Pinterest" Pallet Table:

To make the table high enough, but still Moroccan style, we stacked (who I am kidding-- John and my Dad stacked) 3 pallets on top of each other and in a row to make one long table. We used 15 pallets. I made sure to put the prettiest and best quality pallets on top, aka I annoyed John until he put the correct one where I wanted it. LOL.

From here I began arranging the placemats in a random order around the table. Since there were 21 of us, I had to mix and match neutral placemats from my Mom's collection and my own, but it worked due to the bohemian feel of the table. 

Next, was the greenery that my Dad cut from the Katsura tree. We laid it sparsely across the table in both directions to act as the runner.

In the meantime, my Dad was also cutting random flowers from the garden and my Mom was arranging these flowers in our Ball Mason Jars! Trader Joe's flowers would also work if you don't have an abundance of gardens around and a really cool Dad & Mom who are basically florists! LOL! 

We put the candelabras and candlesticks on next, placing them evenly throughout the length of the table, and then scattered the doilies around these, to add a little extra texture. As my Mom finished each flower arrangement, we put these on the table in between the candlesticks. 

The finishing touches for the table were the votives and extra tiny vintage dishes that we placed around randomly. The key is to balance everything, but not to overthink it, especially because we were going for the bohemian look. 

Once the table was complete, I began putting the place settings together. We brought white plates and gold silverware. Half the silverware was John's Grandmother's and the other half was from Miss Molly Vintage! 

Finding 21 cloth napkins was a struggle, so we mixed and matched some neutral and patterned ones. As an extra touch for the place settings, I painted a picture of The Barn a week before and had prints made to go on top of the plates. This was part of each person's place setting which I set on top of the napkin and then placed their name card on top of that. 

NAME CARDS AND PLACE SETTINGS:

The final touch was the name place cards that I made the night before. I grabbed a pack of these white tags here from Michael's and used this beginners calligraphy pen here (also from Michael's). I had all the names written out (I just wrote in cursive with that pen- nothing fancy) and found some thin lace ribbon from Michael's, similar here.  

I cut lavender, sage, and rosemary out of my garden (about 25 sprigs of each). When I got to The Barn, I began cutting the lace ribbon into about 8inch long strips. I used the lace to tie a sprig of lavender, sage, and rosemary onto each name card. I placed one of each of these on top of my barn print, on top of a folded napkin, on top of the plate to create our place settings!

I hope this post helps you create your perfect Pinterest table! Feel free to leave a comment or a question about where I got something or anything you want to know! I find mostly everything from flea markets or are hand-me-downs from my Mom! It definitely helps to have a Martha Stewart Mom who has the best style and keeps all kinds of decorative things around! It also, helps to have an incredible venue and gorgeous gardens around to cut flowers from! Thanks again Mom & Dad (Debbie and Richard Weber), for all your hard work to make this blogger brunch happen! You all are the REAL MVPS!!!! Also BIG shout out to my husband, John, for being the muscle behind the operation! :)

For a brunch -- I mean -- bunch more (LOL)  on our #SpringhouseBloggerBrunch check out this list of AMAZING Blogger's that attended and their individual posts about our brunch! 

Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay

Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen

Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie

Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace

Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings

Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget

Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social

Francis Lee Baker | Lee's Lookbook

Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette

Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex

Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn

Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life

Leela Foley | Lex Eats

Emily Riddle | Miss Molly Vintage

Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose

Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog

Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly VintageAJ ApothecaryShop TwentyMorton JamesSpringhouse GardensWhole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.