Hosting a party this weekend? This week’s JITH segment features a few easy, inexpensive ways to dress up your table. It also features Kendrick, who’s turned into my official guest videographer thanks to the fact that the weather has been leaving us homebound way too often over the past couple of weeks (we filmed this one in the aftermath of that crazy snowstorm).
- Use found items from your yard (pinecones, leaves, etc) for easy (and free) decorations. Bonus points if you add glitter! (Click here to learn how to make the DIY Scented Glitter Pinecones pictured above.)
- Flowers are a fortune, but you don’t need to go overboard: just a couple of branches of red berries in a tall vase will add instant color. And you know those gorgeous silver-and-gold branches you see in stores? Yard. Spray paint. Go.
- Easiest-ever centerpiece: just grab a smallish mirror from anywhere in your house (that’s our bathroom mirror, pictured above) and top with a couple of pillar candles.
- Speaking of candles: for entertaining I prefer flameless votives (these are great – and affordable). If you go for the real thing, just make sure they’re unscented so that the smell doesn’t compete with the food.
- Add fun little extras where you can, like bowls of peppermint bark scattered through your home.
In this segment, I head to a horse ranch to check out some country western-style decor…and to play with bunnies. And little chickens that look like snowballs. And something called a miniature zebu, oh my god.
Also: wood restoration tips, for those amazing finds that could use a little extra love.
Post-hurricane, we spent a couple of days stuck at home with no power or heat (before heading to my parents’ place in the city, where we still are – and probably will be for at least a few more days)…but lots and lots of candles. So in a (sort of) thematic way, this segment is all about scenting your home from top to bottom.
Thanks to Kendrick for filming (no MetroNorth = no videographer), and Archipelago for the delicious fragrances.
In the spirit of Halloween, it was a horror show from start to finish: highlights included crew member illnesses, jury duty obligations, and buckets of rain. So instead, I hung out on my porch in full Witch Regalia (thank you to Beyond Costumes for the loan!).
Later, when we finally made it to somewhere Halloween-themed…it was too dark to see anything, despite our high-tech efforts at illuminating faces using iPhone screens.
Oh, and then I “interviewed” (loose term) “passers-by” (very tolerant friends) using a tree branch as a microphone.
The whole video can basically be summed up as a vaguely Halloween-themed non sequitur.