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Halloween in the House

Well hello dear readers!  How have you all been? Before all of you trade in your pumpkins for turkeys and Christmas trees, I thought I had better share our bits of Halloween decor here. So I am popping in for a post or two for you.

The black and white checked pumpkin in the top photo gave me the push to do some seasonal decorating. (If you have been around here in the past, you know I can’t resist anything with gingham on it!) That gingham pumpkin was on a shelf in Target with the black and white checked “Hello Fall” paper napkins. And of course, they both jumped in my cart. 🙂

And that jack-o-lantern luminary also found itself in my Target cart as well.
(What would we ever do without Target?)

I recycled some old gingham ribbon for the ties on the trick-or-treat candy bags.  Hmm….looks like there might be a theme going on here. 🙂

Moving on into the family room, the sofa got a new lumbar pillow…the pumpkin patch check lumbar one from Pottery Barn. (Unfortunately sold out now.)

Mixing orange and black anything seems the traditional thing to do for Halloween…pillows, and pumpkins, and even drink bottles.

I had purchased a few black and white buffalo check pieces from Home Goods last Christmas, so one of the mugs came out of the cabinet to be used on the mantel.

And the checked salad plates were mixed with orange dinner plates for our Halloween place setting.

I bought the black cauldrons last year right after Halloween on clearance from Michaels.  Filled with pumpkins, they are perfect to write everyone’s name on for our dinner.

A simple mum in a basket makes an easy centerpiece (but is removed at meal time because it is too tall to see over for conversation.)

It’s a simple table setting, but it works perfectly for Halloween.

The antique cupboard jars have Halloween Oreos and snack mix made with Chex party mix, M&M’s, and mixed nuts.

In the reflection of the mirror above, you see the cabinet shown below. I would have displayed our black and white checked platters in it, but they are being used to serve the dinner’s food.

The jars of flour and sugar hold orange mugs (that match the dinner plates) for a touch of color.

Another Target pumpkin is trapped in the kitchen cabinet. 🙂

Black and white buffalo check drapes are the required dress in the kitchen for this holiday.

Now let’s go down the hall to the bedroom wing.  I took out the red beadboard in the back of the master bathroom’s antique cupboard and let the yellow back show.

And the master bedroom is also decked out in yellow and black as well.  (I have really been tempted to purchase an orange quilt and pillow shams to use for Halloween but haven’t been quite brave enough to do it yet.)

The yellow contrasts nicely with all the black in there, and I know orange would do the same.

When I was taking photos in the bedroom Gabbie came in to get in them too.  So here is one shot for her!

Before I close out this post, let me say a BIG thank you to all of you who have sent emails and Instagram comments to check on my family and me!! We are all doing well, but we are NOT finished with the exterior work.  (Yes, I hear all of you gasping, What??) It is sloooow work with a perfectionist husband who is also doing consulting work. Plus there have been some bumps along this road in doing the exterior work that I will fill you in on in a “catching up” post. Until then, I hope you have a fun (and candy filled 🙂 ) Halloween!

Trick or Treat!!

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Charlene - November 25, 2017 - 11:33 am

I just saw on Instagram that you’re back! I’m so excited – even if it is a temporary comeback till your exterior gets completed. You are missed in the blogging world. Quick question – is that a fitted sheet over the box spring of your master bed? Or is it a tailored dust ruffle? As always your house looks beautiful and festive!

DiAnne - November 7, 2017 - 8:46 pm

I am so glad you are back! I have missed you. Your house looks so beautiful. with all the pops of color.. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the coming holidays.

Gail - November 3, 2017 - 9:13 pm

Love your decorating ideas! You are very talented. I, too, have missed you and am glad you are back.

Pat in Georgia - November 3, 2017 - 6:50 am

Kelly, i have missed you. The Halloween Blog inside the House is beautiful. It is Halloween decorating with elegance. So glad you are back! Friends that I have shared your blog with have asked and asked where you’ve been. I hope all is well with your family and you!!! Glad you’re back!!!!

Debbie - MountainMama - November 2, 2017 - 4:33 pm

May I please just move right into your perfect house????? I don’t know how on earth you find the time for all the amazing decorating you do, but I sure do love that you share it with us! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!

Jean from Georgia - November 2, 2017 - 11:19 am

So good to see you again. Makes me want to run out and purchase orange fabric and make pillows for Thanksgiving. You are such an inspiration. Thank you.

kathy - November 1, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Kelly, I am so glad you are back!!!! Katrina and I have been talking about how much we have missed you! A few days ago I went back and looked at your Halloween post from last year…so I could remember what you did with the Target haunted house chalkboards. (Katrina, did you use yours?) This is funny, I will probably just be a year behind and copy your ideas from the previous year. Now to find those buffalo checked pumpkins! (Can you believe how far we live from a Target!)Who would think to match their dishes to their curtains! And, the way you switch out things is just awesome!!!Thank you for sharing your fun ideas!!! Kelly, you should come and do the pumpkin succulent workshop at Katrina’s next year! Seriously, you would love it and Katrina cooks lunch and decorates like you! - November 1, 2017 - 9:16 am

Hi Kelly: What a wonderful surprise to see you had a new post waiting to be read!! I so enjoy your blog and miss seeing you more often on my list of favorite blogs! I understand, though, with ongoing house projects. We are 14 years into a house project that still isn’t finished. We learn patience this way,don’t we?! Anyways, as always, I love your decorating style and always take away great ideas. Take care my bloggy friend!

Carol - November 1, 2017 - 8:28 am

Kelly, Love your Halloween post. All the black & white check and orange. Sure have missed your posts and so glad you are back. Can’t wait to see what you post for the upcoming holidays.

All the best!!! Carol

Rosemary - November 1, 2017 - 3:34 am

Hi Kelly! Great to hear from you, I’ve missed our regular “chats”! 🙂 although I totally understand why you needed to take a break.
Love your “Halloween House” ….the steps to your door look so welcoming. So many great details …the orange mugs in the flour and sugar, the black cauldrons as place names! I can imagine those checked pumpkins shouting “buy us Kelly” to you from the shelves in Target! 🙂 Cute picture of Gabbie too … she’s so photogenic!
Take care, Kelly … glad things seem to be going well with your house, although taking longer than maybe you expected … somehow that always happens with work on a house, I know ours did! 🙂

Linda Miller - October 31, 2017 - 11:57 pm

So glad to hear from you! Don’the leave us for such a long time next time. We miss you!

Gina - October 31, 2017 - 5:00 pm

I was so happy to see a post from you!! 🙂 I always love seeing your lovely home decorated for different seasons. I love the black and white checks. That little pumpkin is adorable. Makes me wonder if it could be a diy project. 🙂

Shannan - October 31, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Sure do miss seeing all of your posts!
Hang in there with the projects.

Thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween!

Grand Pam - October 31, 2017 - 11:34 am

So glad to see a post from you. I understand about work on the house not being finished. A house owns you, you don’t own the house. Take good care of you. Your home was adorable as usual.

Linda - October 31, 2017 - 10:57 am

What a surprise! So glad to see your post. I miss your regular posts and have enjoyed the Instagram posts, but it’s not the same, they’re not enough! I’ve had to satisfy myself looking back in the archives.
Everything about your home is so refreshing and inviting. I love warm and comfy furnishings, lighting, book cases filled with books and not a lot of other stuff, family photos, family and celebrations. So I’m another fan happy to see you post again. I look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years posts. Please!

Linda Sitton - October 31, 2017 - 10:53 am

What joy! I’ve missed you fun blog. Your home is always beautiful and inspiring and decorating for Halloween is no different. You bring the fun into home living. Looking forward to catching up soon.

Carol K. - October 31, 2017 - 10:01 am

Oh, happy day! You are back, hopefully to stay. Can you tell you have been missed by this faithful reader? No matter how many blogs I read, there is a special something that is totally unique about yours.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making my day!

Donnie - October 31, 2017 - 9:55 am

Oh how I have missed hearing from you. Glad work around the house is going well, if slow. Happy Halloween, what a day brightened to see your post today. All good things to you and you family.

Cheri - October 31, 2017 - 9:50 am

Happy Halloween! Your house looks perfect…just the right amount of decor. Can’t wait to see what you have been doing with your house as I am sure it is beautiful.

Darla B - October 31, 2017 - 9:48 am

Kelly, Your post brought a smile to my face when I saw it in my email, as always your fall Halloween décor is lovely, I get so much inspiration from your table settings to your entry way, den, kitchen and bedroom. I too love the black and white gingham. Thank you so much for sharing, you were certainly missed by me. Looking forward to seeing your post about your exterior home project.

Sandy - October 31, 2017 - 9:12 am

I was more than delighted to see your blog pop up in my Bloglovin list this morning. Truly you have been missed. Love all the Halloween decor in your house. Those plaid black/white pumpkins caught my eye…adorable.We are expecting friends from South Carolina in two weeks. Every day there is a long checklist to follow including a menu to solve. Happy Halloween,Kelly. Here’s wishing you and your husband a steady path in completing your outdoor renovations.

kristy - October 31, 2017 - 9:07 am

What a sweet surprise! So glad to see your post. Sorry the exterior work is taking so long. That’s generally the way those things go (at my house anyway!). Lovely Halloween décor. Just add an orange throw to your bedroom & you’ll be all set! I love the way you coordinate your linens, seasonally.

Karen B. - October 31, 2017 - 8:57 am

Happy Halloween, Kelly. Your home wears each season so well! Love the black and white gingham with orange and yellow (respective) color accents.

I miss your posts but have enjoyed the IG snippets. Best to you and your family for the season and I’ll look forward to hearing more when you have more spare time.

Anne from Atlanta - October 31, 2017 - 7:16 am

Hi Kelly! So happy to see your blog and catch up with what is going on with you. Your Halloween house is so festive. Love everything! XOXO, Anne

Patty in Michigan - October 31, 2017 - 6:40 am

Love that gingham pumpkin. Wish I would have seen that at Target. Love the orange and blac! So good to hear from you despite your busy life right now! 🎃🍁

Barbara - October 31, 2017 - 6:09 am

You’re my favorite….I’m so glad you are back!!!

Jeanne from Byron - October 31, 2017 - 5:47 am

So good to enjoy your post…missed you…hope you are having good days. Love to you! Blessings!! Jeanne

Sharon noble - October 31, 2017 - 4:48 am

Kelly, I was so happy to see your blog. I just realized that we hadn’t heard from you in a while ( understandably so). Glad to hear things are coming along, I really enjoyed the Halloween decor. You are always an inspiration!

Tricia - October 31, 2017 - 2:59 am

Kelly, what a treat it is to see your post! Loving all the little details, orange mugs in the flour and sugar, your table, everything. Happy to hear all is well, I do think of you and miss your regular decor posts. Have a Happy Halloween.

Leila Jane - October 31, 2017 - 12:22 am

Hi Kelly ~ Here’s another fan of yours happy to see you back again, even if just temporarily for now. I have always loved that you have your own organized “geometric style” with the neatly organized-looking buffalo check curtains and pillows and napkins and things. Every other single decor blog in Blogland doesn’t have to be Country French or Industrial Farmhouse right now, does it? That’s a rhetorical question, LOL! That’s why your style is a breath of fresh air to me! I get this impression from your many postings and pictures in the past that you have always been an organized, neat person and that it just naturally carries over into your style and decor. I’m sure that characteristic was part of what made you a great teacher, too! Anyway, welcome back but carry on with what you need to do. I’m sure we will all look forward to a Christmas post in the future if you have a chance! Thanks for stopping by to see us! Happy Halloween, Kelly!

Peggy Z - October 31, 2017 - 12:18 am

Popped over on Sunday hoping you had surprised us with a treat. Lovely to see you here! I can never get enough black gingham but mix it with yellow and I’m in love. Your bedroom makes me smile. I always come to get your sweet ideas on presentation. You have such a talent. And now I realize I’m craving candy corn and I did not get any when I ran out to replenish the Halloween candy stash. So fun to see your little photo crasher too.

LB - October 31, 2017 - 12:01 am

Hello, Happy Fall! Wondering, the cabinet (console? buffet?) at the beginning of your post, is it a Bob Timberlake? I have a large cherry entertainment cupboard from his successful line when he was with Lexington furniture (early 1990’s), the styling looks very similar. It’s beautiful.

Paula - October 30, 2017 - 11:31 pm

I’ve missed your blog. Love your house all decked out for Halloween.

Marianne in Mo. - October 30, 2017 - 11:28 pm

Welcome back! You have been missed! I have enjoyed following your instagram but it’s not the same! Your imaginative decorating is always a treat, and we are so glad all is well. Looking forward to hearing about the outdoor projects.

Sherry Svoboda from Maryland - October 30, 2017 - 10:56 pm

Love your home all decorated for Halloween which is my favorite holiday and I too love to decorate. You have given me lots of ideas Thanks for sharing😊

julia walker - October 30, 2017 - 10:54 pm

Dear Kelly, I was just thinking about you last week and here you are! I’ve missed you. One bit of news. I’m now a G-mother! Blair was born June 3 here to our son and his wife. Thanks for sharing your home with us. I like your bedroom the way it is. Gabbie has grown up to be a beautiful dog! So good to see her. Take care. Julia in Cincy

Donna - October 30, 2017 - 10:13 pm

What a treat to see your home decked out for Halloween ! So happy to hear you and your family are doing well . It seems projects take ten times longer to finish than anticipated . Happy Fall !

Nancy - October 30, 2017 - 10:11 pm

You have been greatly missed! It was such a treat to see your post. Please don’t stay away too long. We need your creativity, your lovely decor, and your sweet spirit. All of these posts should tell you how much we love seeing your pictures, ideas, and comments.🙂

Lynne - October 30, 2017 - 10:07 pm

I love all of your fun seasonal touches sprinkled throughout your home. The buffalo check and orange accents are perfect. Those little couldrons are adorable! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us…it’s so inspiring! Happy Halloween!

Sue - October 30, 2017 - 10:04 pm

Festive as always and I love all of the black and white buffalo check. I think you “need” an orange quilt. It would pop just like your yellow! Hope your outdoor work finishes up soon.

jae - October 30, 2017 - 10:01 pm

What a treat to see your post pop up in my inbox! You have been missed! Best luck with your house projects, and pets to Gabbie. Wow, how she has grown.

Sherry M - October 30, 2017 - 9:02 pm

So you wouldn’t have blocked me forever if I had sent you an email!? Well, believe me, the thought crossed my mind numerous times. It is so good to see and hear from Talk of the House. Everything about your home decor is so refreshingly festive for the fall season and Halloween. It was like answering the knock at the door and finding an old friend in my inbox. A true treat with no tricks. And Gabbie, oh my gracious! How she has grown! She is gorgeous! Does she follow every step you take? Thanks for making my day, Kelly! So good to hear from you.

Vikki - October 30, 2017 - 9:00 pm

So happy to see your blog today!!! I’ve missed your festive design ideas and delightful posts!! Glad all is well with you and to have you sharing once again!!

Dee McCollim - October 30, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Welcome back! You just made my day. I was so hoping you’d be back for the holidays. I did take the time to decorate for Fall this year using some of the many ideas you have shared in the past. I love buffalo plaid. Think I am going to use it for Christmas this year. I am seeing it all over in the stores. Thank you Kelly for writing. We have all missed you and Gaby.

Peg Shelton - October 30, 2017 - 8:45 pm

I was just thinking about you today and wishing you would post something. I have so missed your posts. You are a true inspiration.

cindy hattersley - October 30, 2017 - 8:39 pm

You are the queen of seasonal decor. I barely have pumpkins in a bowl…halloween are you kidding. I am always amazed at how you celebrate every holiday and occasion with such style!

Lynne - October 30, 2017 - 8:24 pm

So happy to open up my mail and see something from you! Glad everyone is doing great and I can’t wait to hear from Talk of the House again! Happy Halloween!

Jeanne Bell - October 30, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Missed you, as always, your house is beautiful. I got the same Pottery Barn pillow and am thinking of making some buffalo plaid plain pillows to go with it.
Love how you always make the holidays special.
Please post more for the holidays!

bev tippett - October 30, 2017 - 8:21 pm

Thanks for sharing….couldn’t get myself to do much decorating this year but I so enjoyed yours.

Dawn - October 30, 2017 - 8:21 pm


It is so great to hear from you! Happy Halloween to and your family! Gabby steals the show every time! She is so sweet. Thanks for the update and for sharing your home with us. Take care.


Marilyn Stirrett - October 30, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Love that yellow coverlet. I need one similar in ivory or cream.

Marlene - October 30, 2017 - 8:10 pm

So happy your back. Missed your wonderful posts. LOVE the black/white check and welcome back. Love it all!

Karol - October 30, 2017 - 8:07 pm

Can’t tell you how happy I was to see your post. It’s so nice to see some color in someone’s house. Very special. Have a Happy Halloween!

Linda - October 30, 2017 - 8:07 pm

Just so cute! Working on a house always seems to take longer and cost more than expected. 😂 it will be so pretty when it’s done.

Tonya Rosinbaum - October 30, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Buy the orange quilt and pillow shams! They will look great! Love your blog!

Cindy - October 30, 2017 - 7:58 pm

REALLY CUTE !!! Love the glass jars and your tablescape!!! NICE JOB !!

N from Va - October 30, 2017 - 7:56 pm

What a treat! Thank you for sending and sharing. Happy Halloween.

Reba Summers - October 30, 2017 - 7:54 pm

Love your blog Kelly! Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to more!

Design Chic - October 30, 2017 - 7:50 pm

So fun and festive, Kelly! I always love seeing what you have in your glass canisters and the pumpkins look perfect! Happy Monday ~

Ann - October 30, 2017 - 7:32 pm

So happy to see a post from you!! Love everything about this, but especially the black and white gingham pumpkins! I also love your display of orange and black books, plus Frankensteiin and Wicked! I have a copy of Dracula and Phantom of the Opera somewhere; maybe I’ll get them out. Happy Halloween 🎃!!

Leigh Boren - October 30, 2017 - 7:22 pm

It is so good to see your beautiful home back on your blog – especially at holiday time! Your decor looks so inviting and fun, it is always a pleasure to read and see your pictures. Have a wonderful Halloween……here comes Thanksgiving 🦃

mari1017 - October 30, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Happy Halloween, Kelly! It’s soooo good to read your orange and black post 🙂 Just like you never left ♥ Thanks for the smiles and the great ideas!

Sandy - October 30, 2017 - 6:14 pm

Everything is adorable. Happy Halloween. When I retired, I felt like all I did for quite some time was house repairs. I know what you are going through. It is like we were just too rushed to see about it all. Then it was a ton to do.

Carol Ann - October 30, 2017 - 6:06 pm

I have missed you! The little black cauldrons are so cute….what a great idea! Black and white check and orange… great Halloween colors. Thanks for sharing with us and Happy Halloween! 🎃🎃🎃 Gabbie has grown! ❤️

A School Theme Wedding Celebration

When two people fall in love and get married, it is always time for a celebration, but when those two people happen to be your friends and…um…over the age of 60… then it is really something special. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

Terry and Melissa met waaaay back when they were children in school.  They grew up, went their separate ways, and married other spouses.  Along life’s journey, both of their spouses sadly passed away.

At one of our parties a year or so ago, Terry was sitting on our family room sofa looking through an old high school yearbook.  He commented, “I wonder where Melissa is and what she is doing.  Think I’ll look her up.”

Although he lived 2 hours away in Atlanta, he did “look her up.”  He came all the way down from Atlanta for a dinner with her one rainy night. Around 10:30 that evening our doorbell rang.  The rain was coming down in buckets, and he did not want to drive back in such a torrential downpour, so he stayed with us for the night.  He informed us, “Melissa is not ready to date anyone yet.” I thought that was the end of that story….

Boy was I wrong!  Melissa must have had a change of heart because they did start dating…which led to an engagement…and then a simple wedding at our church with just a few family members in attendance.  Melissa’s son happens to be a minister, and he performed the ceremony. Wasn’t that wonderful?! 🙂

Sooo we decided to do a little dinner party with a bunch of friends from our college days in their honor.  And because they had met way back in school, it seemed only fitting to use a school theme for all the decorations.  We started with “After school snacks” in the family room at 4:00.  I tried to think of foods that would remind us of our childhood.

Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, (thanks Mom for baking them!) cheese straws, (not school oriented…I just wanted some! 🙂 ) apples with Heath brickle dip (recipe here) along with milk and bottled drinks.  There was also Chex party mix with M&M’s, Heath cookies, Oreos, Rice Krispy treats, and M&M cookie bars in the kitchen and dining room.

The foyer had the party favors…cardboard milk cartons which didn’t hold milk. (Sorry I forgot to give you yours Richard!)  I ordered the folded paper kit from Amazon, created the labels from photo paper, and put cellophane bags filled with Milk Duds inside. (Get it? Milk Duds? 🙂 )

Here’s my affiliate link to the milk carton kit:

American Crafts Milk Carton, Pack of 12

I wanted the “party room” to be a surprise for our guests.  So we moved the sofa and end tables out of the playroom and moved the big table down from my husband’s office over the garage.  Viola!  The playroom became a dining room (which is what it was intended to be in the original Southern Living house plan.)

I did a practice table set up before I had all the final rsvp’s.  Place cards were mini composition notebooks that came from Kroger, and I didn’t put names on all of them until the last minute.  The flowers also came from Kroger. 🙂

Decorating was easy since I had soooo many old school supply items. For placemats, I had my daughter and her boyfriend use chalk to make the ones on black foam board like we made in this post.

The penmanship chalkboard is one I have lettered before, but it just fit the theme too perfectly to not do again.

Of course Gabbie sat supervising all the craziness. 🙂

Our menu for the evening was not school related…no green peas or mystery meat! This celebration deserved better than that.  We had grilled steak, baked potatoes, salad, and rolls instead.  I thought a long time about what to serve for dessert.  Finally it hit me…wedding cake!  So I texted my very talented niece who makes such delicious cakes to see if she would like to tackle the project.  She wanted to make it, and wow did she do a great job!  The cake was simply beautiful and tasted sooooo good with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. 🙂

I set up the buffet with coffee supplies and a globe for everyone to sign as a token gift for the newlyweds.

My daughter and I plated the salads while my husband grilled the steaks.

We put the salad dressings in Mason jars with tie on labels.

And then it was time to eat!

It was a super fun evening reminiscing with everyone…and the yearbooks were pulled out again. A couple of the guests stayed for the weekend, and we even made a trip or two over to the lake for canoeing and kayaking.  A perfect weekend in my book!

And that brings us to the end of today’s post.  Hope you enjoyed reading about the party.  Next up we’ll take a quick tour around the house to see all the back-to-school decorating that popped up everywhere here. (When there’s a theme, you know I run with it!)  But for now, I have to get ready for more fun!  It’s my birthday and our wedding anniversary today…which is why it was so appropriate that I share a party with you this morning. 🙂 Let the celebrating continue!

Until next time…

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Marcy Ray - August 12, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Marvelous, creative and lovely. I am late in viewing your very special party, and just wanted to say this………….thank you for sharing! Hope your birthday/anniversary was splendid. Always enjoy your blog!

Kay - August 7, 2017 - 9:56 am

So good to see you back in the blog world.Hope you had wonderful birthday and anniversary! Gabbie is beautiful!!!I can’t believe how much she has grown. Looking forward to upcoming decorations and inspiration.

Ruth - August 6, 2017 - 2:26 am

Hope you had a wonderful birthday and anniversary!!! Your “schoolhouse” party gets an A+ from me!

Leigh - August 5, 2017 - 9:10 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary! What a joyful occassion and how blessed you all are to live so close to life-long friends. Thank you for sharing such a special occassion!

kathy - August 4, 2017 - 10:45 pm

Happy birthday and happy anniversary! I think I have asked you before what you were thinking doing that. LOL! The party was splendid! I can’t wait to see the next post!

Kayleigh O'Neal - August 4, 2017 - 10:32 pm

I told you many, many years ago that I wanted you to decorate my home and that is still true today. I LOVE everything you do Kelly Gray – it’s just perfect!

Gail - August 4, 2017 - 6:13 pm

I LOVED all your decorating and plans, as always! I was REALLY, REALLY hoping there would be a pic of the bride and groom.

Sandy - August 4, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Happy Birthday and congratulations on your Wedding Anniversay. I was so delighted to see a post today from you. Just like your other readers, I miss you. Excited to see the fruits of all your hard work on your home. Don’t you sometimes wonder how you did the celebrations you planned while taught? I reminisce too. Five years of retirement have been a blessing, but I’m still a teacher at heart. Just ask my seven grandchildren.

Emily - August 4, 2017 - 11:11 am

What a lovely party for such lucky newlyweds! As a retired school teacher, I can relate to the school theme. So cute!!! I was so excited to see a new post from you!

Kristy - August 4, 2017 - 10:53 am

What a surprise to see your post today! Congratulations to your friends….nice to find love the second time around.
We are in full party preparations for next week’s party for my FIL, 80. Your previous parties have been great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Kim - August 4, 2017 - 8:12 am

You do the *best* parties!!! Your details are amazing. I might just use a few of your ideas for the first day of school breakfast 🙂

Kim - August 4, 2017 - 8:12 am

You do the *best* parties!!! Your details are amazing. I might just use a few of your ideas for the first day of school breakfast 🙂

jae - August 4, 2017 - 2:08 am

What fun decor, just party perfect! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and anniversary day, and how nice to see your post in my mailbox!

Garden, Home and Party - August 3, 2017 - 11:00 pm

What a fun story and such pretty table accessories. Congratulations to your friends.

Design Chic - August 3, 2017 - 10:51 pm

What a wonderful story and perfect way to celebrate a very special couple. Love seeing all of the details in your decorations. . Happy Thursday, Kelly!

Vicki - August 3, 2017 - 10:29 pm

What a wonderful and memorable celebration!
I hope you have been treated wonderfully today for your birthday and anniversary!

Holly Palmgren - August 3, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary Kelly!! I hope you had a wonderful day. I was so excited when I saw an email from you!! I totally understand why you are taking a break from your blog. I hope the weather has cooperated for you for painting and that you are close to the finish line!! Thank you again for your post today. Enjoy the rest of the summer.😀

Lynne - August 3, 2017 - 9:52 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! What a fun party post! It is so evident how much time and thought you put into planning this special celebration. Your entertaining posts are always so detailed, fun, and inspiring. I hope you enjoy your special day!

Judy - August 3, 2017 - 8:39 pm

Kelly, what a good friend you are to create such lasting memories for the lucky couple! As always, everything looked terrific. I absolutely loved the milk carton idea. I’m doing a back to school luncheon for our retired teacher group, and I’m going on Amazon to see if I can order them. The chalkboard was another great idea- I’m going to find my small one and use it. Thanks for your wonderful , inspirational ideas!

Donna - August 3, 2017 - 8:36 pm

Thanks for a wonderful post! So glad to have you back again. What a special party.

Tricia - August 3, 2017 - 8:35 pm

Hope you enjoyed a Happy Birthday and Anniversary, Kelly.

Jeanne Bell - August 3, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday….miss you lady hurry back!

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 3, 2017 - 7:43 pm

Oh, happy day!!!!

Doris - August 3, 2017 - 6:57 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Great party–thoughtful ideas for a wonderful celebration!

Gabrielle - August 3, 2017 - 6:29 pm

It all looks lovely Kelly. What fun!

Liz - August 3, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Loved your post and your school themed party looked wonderful! Undoubtedly the happy couple loved being honored in such a special way!

Sherry M - August 3, 2017 - 5:40 pm

What a treat you created for your lucky friends. I loved the story of how they were able to reconnect and find love and companionship after so many years. Your ideas for the occasion were perfect. I loved it all..from the decorations to the menu. And of course, your supervisor was so photogenic! With all the work that has been going on at your house this summer, you deserved to let your creativity soar. Now, go celebrate your birthday and anniversary, BIG TIME! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Anniversary to both you and your husband! Thanks for sharing!

Lanita Anderson - August 3, 2017 - 5:05 pm

What a creative idea…..loved seeing all of the pictures and hearing about your great ideas! I’m sure the guests had a wonderful time celebrating with the happy couple! Thanks for sharing – looking forward to seeing the rest of your “back to school” decorating and ideas. My youngest son is going to be a senior in high school this year and I am thinking about doing some back to school decorating – I’ve been gathering my thoughts and ideas! I have some time….school here doesn’t start until September 5th!

julia - August 3, 2017 - 4:22 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kelly! I was already thinking that your b’day was soon and was going to say so before I got to the end of your post. Blessings to you…..What a wonderful occasion and party! Very special….Take care. Julia

paula - August 3, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! From a retired teacher’s viewpoint this party decor is an A+.

Talia - August 3, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! You truly have endless talent! I so wish I did – we are in the process of planning an October wedding for my daughter and I wish I possessed your talent!

Debbie - August 3, 2017 - 3:50 pm

So glad to see your post! Happy birthday and happy anniversary1 I love your creative ideas for the party!

Lynne - August 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday and anniversary! You certainly have a way with party decorating! Can’t wait for your return to regular posting and seeing all you have accomplished this summer.

Lynn - August 3, 2017 - 2:27 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many, many more.

Dawn - August 3, 2017 - 1:59 pm


Happy birthday and happy anniversary too! What a great day to celebrate! The party looks just delightful. I am sure a great time was had by all. The school theme was just perfect. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Monica - August 3, 2017 - 1:58 pm

Beautiful post! Your school theme sounds just perfect, and it seems everything you coordinated made the party over the top wonderful!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - August 3, 2017 - 1:27 pm

You are just the sweetest friend in the world! What a romantic story to find love, no matter where you are in life. I love the theme and all your little extras. The details make it complete!

Kathy - August 3, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Love the theme of the party. As usual everything is perfect. Can’t wait to see the rest of the house. Missed you this summer but totally understand.

Patricia Smithey - August 3, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Good to hear from you! Wonderful post as always. Happy birthday and anniversary!!!! Hope you both have a great day.

Lori - August 3, 2017 - 1:01 pm

You are an amazingly thoughtful entertainer, Kelly! From a Krispy Kreme birthday to a school-themed wedding celebration and so many other fun celebrations, you sure make the people in your life feel special–and your readers/admirers too! Thanks so much!

Marianne in Mo. - August 3, 2017 - 12:47 pm

What a fabulous party! You are the hostess with the most-est for sure! Hoping you have a wonderful anniversary & birthday today!

Jaybird - August 3, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Kelly you did an AMAAAAZing job….that was sheer genius!!
Loved seeing Gabby as well!
Hope you had an absolutely wonderful birthday and anniversary, and many blessings upon you both for the upcoming year!!

Nancy - August 3, 2017 - 12:39 pm

It was just so nice to see your post pop up this morning. I am soooooooo glad you are back after the summer. I have really missed your posts and inspiring ideas.
As always, I love whatever you share with us. A very Happy Birthday, Kelly, and Happy Anniversary to you also.

Donnamae - August 3, 2017 - 12:28 pm

You give the best parties! Happy Birthday…and Anniversary! What a day! 😉

Sandy - August 3, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Kelly, I know you had to be a fabulous teacher, but I think you missed your calling. You are an extraordinary party planner. I never cease to be amazed at your ideas. Gabbie is adorable and I noticed her color matched the chair.

Louvina - August 3, 2017 - 12:08 pm

What a lovely, lovely dinner party! So much fun! And you gave us a “gift” on this special, special day– your birthday- anniversary! Perfect timing for everyone!! Thank you so much Kelly! It was like a “walk down memory lane” during our growing up years!! Congratulations to your friends with much happiness and blessings on this new chapter in their lives!! Just makes me smile!! Everything was so creative and I’m sure many of the blog readers will be able to borrow ideas to use in these Back to School Days!! 💕🙏🎶🤗❤️😘💯🐾🍎💕

Sue - August 3, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Every detail perfect ! I can’t believe you brought down the table from your husband’s office! Extra credit for you (and your husband too) I look forward to seeing the rest of your decor. AND happy birthday and anniversary! Have a wonderful day doing something fun! 🎂

Frances in England - August 3, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Happy Birthday! and Happy Anniversary! (you really know how to make a day special, LOL) I love the set up for the school party, and am sure it was a big hit. You’re making me want to have a party…

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - August 3, 2017 - 11:44 am

What a fabulous party idea. The decor looks amazing. Also Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!!!

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