December 30, 2017

I was mentioned on the today show !

It was a total shock and surprise yesterday when I was given a shout out by The Today Show yesterday on this New Year's Eve segment with Kathie Lee and Hoda!
Amy E. Goodman of Zulily was doing a fun New Year’s Eve segment on the show and used my clock face table runner idea for the foundation of her tablescape!  Watch the segment here.

It’s really easy to recreate. All you have to do is print out 6-10 copyright free and pretty clock faces and cut them out. Then you just layer them in the center of your table and embellish with new year’s décor of your choice.

Amy used silver spray painted wine bottles which would look great with candles in them as well.

For my original table, I used silver and gold glass globe Christmas ornaments and pearl necklaces strewn about, and lastly livened up the look with mercury glass votives and clear glass candles. These items all add a bit of dimension to the center of the table and highlight the runner.

I cut out large circles of leopard wrapping paper for my place settings and layered them between silver chargers and clear glass plates. No gluing required for any of this! 

It’s a really easy and festive look to pull off!

Thanks so much to my friend Lynn Simons for her eagle eyes and ears and letting me know about the shout-out on the Today Show, or I would have totally missed it! I feel so honored.

Here’s the first New Year’s Eve table I featured on my blog way back in 2012. We were ready to ring in 2013! I used the same clock faces from the runner for my place settings. I still have these clock print-outs, and they’re easy to reuse from year to year. They’d also be great for a milestone birthday party or wedding.

Remember when Teresa and Dina Manzo used my clock plate idea back in 2014?

Here’s an updated version of my clock tablescape from last year

And yes, these are the original paper cut-outs from 2012 and I think they still look great!  

The floral centerpiece utilized evergreen cuttings and white roses sprinkled with eucalyptus tips.

This year we’re ready with a simpler table for a more casual gathering. 

I do love the clock theme, and this year I found these adorable cardboard clock buttons at Oriental Trading and just strung them on twine to create a fun little accent for the table.

We have mini champagne bottle bubbles and selfie props all ready to go... Happy New Year!

ciao! fabiana

Today Show photo credit: Amy E. Goodman of Zulily

December 27, 2017

getting ready for new years eve

New Year's Eve champagne bubbles and photo booth props ready for action! Today I’ve been testing some little props for New Year's Eve coming up soon on Sunday. We have a just few friends coming over, so the planning has already begun!

I found the cutest little champagne bottle bubbles and 2018 New Year’s selfie props at Oriental Trading! Along with the rose gold table runner and my favorite clear glass plates, the décor is looking pretty festive. Here’s how my table is looking so far…

I strung the cardboard clock buttons 
with twine to make a fun little garland
 for the table.

Vintage coupe champagne glasses are my favorites!

I prefer them over the flutes.

Can you believe we’re only four days away from 2018?!

Here’s to enjoying the last few days of 2017…


ciao! fabiana

December 24, 2017

an eclectic holiday neighborhood

Christmas greetings from Newport Beach! So many of the homes are all decked out for the season, and I wanted to give you a little glimpse of the local charm here from Newport Heights.

This first lovely Georgian style home belongs to our friends Sandra and Don. I love the cute Santa hats on the two canine statues! Aren't they fun?

Driving through the neighborhood, it’s interesting to see all the eclectic styles of homes and holiday décor. A Merry Christmas banner is the perfect choice for this traditional front porch, and I love the hint of red in these flower bowls with the cyclamen flowers.  

This glitzy blue and white Hanukkah wreath was really pretty in person. It sparkled so beautifully in the sunlight.

So here’s wishing you all a fabulous holiday season 
and a very Merry Christmas…

from sunny Newport Beach.

merry christmas!

x o x o   fabiana


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