Conversation Before Bed

Eleanor picked out the book she wanted read to her before bed tonight: Olivia Saves the Circus.

As you may know, Olivia is one of Eleanor’s favorites. She and I sat together in the glider, Brandon sat on the ottoman, and we read. When we finished, she wanted to turn back to the page with Olivia on the flying trapeze. Eleanor was pointing at Olivia and trying to tell us something, but we couldn’t figure it out.

“Eyes? Yes, those are Olivia’s eyes. Stripes? Yes, she’s wearing stripes…”

Clearly I was not guessing correctly, because Eleanor was becoming increasingly insistent about something.

Finally, I got it. “Oh! You want to go to the park and swing on the swings?”

Emphatic head-nodding from Eleanor confirmed it. “Yesssh.”

Setting a Holiday Table

Thanksgiving kicks off a season of dinner parties and holiday meals, so I’ve put together a few options for setting a festive table. I kept it it monochromatic, adding metallic accents instead of color for interest. Here are the base pieces I used (some I own, some were borrowed).

  1. PB White Soup Bowl, Pottery Barn

  2. Scalloped Bowl, Target

  3. Wood-Slices Organic Dinner Plate, David Stark for west elm

  4. Wood-Slices Organic Bowl, David Stark for west elm

  5. Silver Charger, Pier 1

  6. PB White Salad Plate, Pottery Barn

  7. Wood-Slices Organic Salad Plate, David Stark for west elm

  8. Lotus Bowl, Cost Plus World Market

  9. Dazzle Dinner Plate, Crate & Barrel

  10. PB White Dinner Plate, Pottery Barn

Here are just a few of the possible combinations (and no, I don’t mind mixing silver and gold).

The Marimekko Lumimarja tablecloth was a gift from my mom last year, but it is available this year in gold. I also mixed in bird napkin rings and plain white napkins, along with our everyday flatware.

Reversible Gift Wrap

Reversible wrapping paper is great because when you have a stack of gifts they look instantly coordinated, though it takes no extra effort on your part to mix and match patterns.

Vera Bradley

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