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Spring Tea

Spring Tea
It’s fin-alllyyyy feeling more like spring here in Chicago! I don’t know if either of us have ever been more excited to welcome spring before this year. After a long, long, extra cold Chicago winter, we are MORE than ready to embrace the new season.
Today’s project is a spring kick-off in the form of a casual tea. Because who doesn’t want to waste a morning gossiping with their favorite ladies over some warm tea, fresh fruit, and Trader Joe’s delicious scones? Sign us up!
Easter Tea Party
There’s something about a formal tea that seems so “royal”. But let’s be real here, it’s no secret that we are all about a Rookie budget here on the ol’ Playbook. Vera Wang China and Waterford glassware is GORGEOUS but the price tag is way out of our league. Unless of course, you find it marked down at an affordable price at your local HomeGoods (Vera Wang China on a HomeGoods budget… I’ll take 2)! Yup, mixing some gorgeous new pieces from HomeGoods with some antique pieces from local thrift shops, we’ve created a royal tea on a not-so royal budget.
To add a more personal touch to this Spring Tea Party, we glued a name tag onto the actual tea bag’s tag and clipped the tea bag onto the napkins on each plate using a clothespin. Now your guests will know where to sit, and they’ll feel extra special seeing their name on the table setting.
We think this is a personal touch that anyone can do on a dime. Just grab some extra scrapbook paper and work on your fancy cursive handwriting!
Here’s a close up of one of the Vera Wang plate’s from HomeGoods. The Tiffany blue plate was a thrift shop steal.
Pink spring flowers
Using this flower tutorial, we arranged some fresh flowers, placed our scones on some more HomeGoods glassware, and added some fresh fruit to the spread.
We love that the white accessories allow the fresh flowers and fruit to really stand out. Plus, buying white kitchen accessories allows each piece to be far more versatile, because it can work with almost any dining color scheme. 
Spring Tea party
Once it is “tea time”, your guests can unclip their adorable tea bags and dip them into their cups to enjoy some warm tea, all while still having the opportunity to enjoy their name tag.
Who knew the royal treatment could be so adorable AND affordable? By mixing and matching some antique pieces with the gorgeous and affordable glassware at HomeGoods, you will be ready for tea time, in no time at all.
Cheerio,
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Bar Cart Styling

bar cart
Thanks to Casey’s Bar Cart Styling Tutorial, I created a bar cart of my own! Like Casey mentions in her step-by-step guide to creating a bar cart, you just gotta love how bar carts save cabinet space, add some serious function to any get-together, and can be a glamorous piece of eye candy for all of your guests to swoon over.
bar cart
I scored this bar cart at HomeGoods. This treasure was on sale for $65.00, but you can find carts that can be transformed into a bar cart for far less at thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops or a garage sale.
All you really need are a few shelves on wheels like Casey’s. Hers was not specifically made to be a bar cart, but with a little creativity… you can make it work just the same.
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This bar on wheels fits perfectly into our dining room, and as I mentioned before, adds some serious function. I love that it compliments the colors of the rest of the space while also being very simple.

I plan to change the color scheme and maybe even some of the contents of the cart, for the holidays.  But for now, I love the refreshing, fresh look of this organized bar cart. Thanks for the inspiration Case! Maybe you can provide me (and the rest of our readers) with some tips on how to transition this bar cart into a sparkling holiday party on wheels? Please…?Bridget Signature

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  1. KristyDoyle

    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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Dining Room Updates: Dishing on our new rug

So when we moved into our house, the dining room looked like this:
Empty Dining Room
As we celebrated our homes half birthday (six months in), our dining room looked like this:
World Market Dining Table

Now, about 9 months in, our dining room is looking like this….

Dining Room HomeGoods Rug
Thanks to HomeGoods, we have officially welcomed a new rug into this happy little space. I’ve always wanted a rug for this room, but haven’t been able to find one that is both fashionable and economical (keyword: economical). 
Of course, I see rugs that steal my heart all the time, but I have never brought myself to spending upwards of $500+ to bring any of those beauties home. Do I really need a $500 rug? I always tried to persuade myself “maybe”, the answer always came up “no!”
HomeGoods Blue Rug
So you can imagine when I laid eyes on this 9′ x 11′ geometric rug for $109.00, I was s.o.l.d. That’s what I call HomeGoods happy. 
Dining Room HomeGoods Blue Rug
To me, this rug adds so much coziness to the space. I love our wood floors and equally love dining room table, but with the wood table sitting directly on more wood, the look was clashing and incomplete in my eyes. The rug is the perfect buffer between the two and adds a much needed warmth to the space.
Dining Room Blue and White Rug
To add even more coziness and warmth to the dining room, I added this throw blanket and pillow combo again from HomeGoods. Seeing as though I saved myself some major bucks on the rug, I didn’t feel as bad splurging on a new pillow & blanket. I mean, any excuse to buy another throw pillow is a good one as far as I’m concerned. 
So, that’s the scoop on our dining room’s progress. Here’s the last few things on the to-do list for this room:
-Install a bold light fixture
-Swap out the wood chairs for mismatched colorful chairs
-Create and hang wall wart
-[Possibly] Add open shelves alongside the mirrors 
World Market Dining Room Wood Table
Any other suggestions? I’m always open to some creative advice! 
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  1. Runt

    I love that table. Swoooon. And that rug is pretty awesome too. Instead of getting new chairs why don’t you just paint the ones you have?

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    I love that table. Swoooon. And that rug is pretty awesome too. Instead of getting new chairs why don’t you just paint the ones you have?

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