Starry Night Party

I’m a little bit of an astronomy buff. I’ve been known to wake my kids up in the middle of the night to try and catch a meteor shower. And a stargazing party was high up on my list this summer, but I didn’t get to it! So I’m thinking of moving the party indoors this fall and putting together a starry night party full of midnight blue, metallics and twinkling lights. Here’s what I’m thinking for decor ….

A Feteful Life: Starry Night Party

1/ DIY french dot constellation table runner — OK, who wants to make this for me?! Amazing.

2/ Gold mercury glass votives — I love the shadows these cute little shimmery votives cast.

3/ Honeycomb decorations — these pretty honeycomb shapes remind me slightly of planets and help mix in a few other tones.

4/ Glitterati slate pillows — I’d love to have a low dining table and strew a bunch of these metallic print pillows on the floor.

5/ Starry string lights — these gorgeous lights come in a variety of bulb colors on flexible copper wire.

6/ Agate earth coasters — some of these totally remind me images I’ve seen taken in space. Plus, agate.

7/ Copper mirror tray — so shiny and perfect for my low table.

8/ Tassel garland — I love metallic tassels and, having made many of them, can appreciate when someone else does the work!

9/ Gold pouf — the reasonable price of these faux leather poufs would let me scatter several around.


Back to School! Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

Woohoo! It’s back to school for my kiddos today! We were actually all so excited about it that I thought it’d be fun to have a low-key “back to school breakfast” for my loves. And it forced me to finally “interview” both of my kids, which I’ve really been wanting to do, so I’m going to pretend it was my plan all along to do a back to school interview. It’s all up over at Honest to Nod today — check it out!

Want to hear your own kids say sweet and funny stuff? Just click right here to download our free Back to School Interview printable!

And thanks to The Land of Nod for gifting us the Meri Meri Toot Sweet Collection items and the growth chart!

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

Kids Science Club

A Feteful Life: Kids Science Club

In case you missed it, we shared our fabulous Kids Book Club last week over at The Land of Nod’s blog, Honest to Nod. We all had such a blast at Book Club that when The Land of Nod asked what else we were cooking up for our kiddos this summer, we knew instantly that we had to expand our club idea to a Kids Science Club. And, fortunately for us, The Land of Nod has the most perfect party supplies available for our meetings. We got together for a few fun experiments, some sweet snacks, and lots and lots of fun. And we’re sharing it all over at Honest to Nod today.

We love our club so much that we think you should have one too! And to help you out, we’re offering a few free printables that coordinate well with the Meri Meri Fundamental Party Collection that we used — links to the downloads are below! The supplies are so, so cute, that we couldn’t help but think how super easy it would be to turn our little science club into a birthday party. So we went ahead and designed a printable invitation and party pack (including the straw flags, 2″ party circles, and milk wraps you can see at our club) all easily customized for your little scientist with a big day coming up. Take a look and gather those summer loves for some science fun!

Fete on!

Free Printable Links:
Science Club Labels — can be used as place cards, food labels, experiment labels … the options are endless.

DIY Rock Candy Favor Tags — see how we used these to put together a little tasty take home experiment! these are sized to fit 6-ounce mason jars, but you can adjust the size when printing to fit your own needs.

A Feteful Life: Kids Science Club

A Feteful Life: Kids Science Club

A Feteful Life: Kids Science Club

Kids Book Club


A Feteful Life: Kids Book Club

I love how excited my kids get over simple celebrations of the things they love. It really doesn’t take much to make them happy, and one of the things they love most is reading. So I thought it would be really fun (and educational) to get a kids book club together over the summer. Suzanne was on board immediately and we invited some other friends to join, too. We had our first book club meeting last month, with a little party too of course, and had a total blast. Head on over to The Land of Nod’s Honest to Nod to read all about it!

Outdoor Rug Roundup

I’m determined to get our roof deck in shape for the summer and since resurfacing the whole thing is not going to make it into our plans, I’ve got my eyes on a new outdoor rug to help me out. I love bold graphics just as much as bright colors and I can’t decide! What do you think?

A Feteful Life: Outdoor Rug Roundup

1. black + white plank area rug / 2. The Land of Nod’s indoor/outdoor rug / 3. Urban Outfitters geo rug / 4. CB2 Bergama reversible outdoor rug / 5. Warrior Enzo indoor/outdoor rug / 6. One King’s Lane Cali rug / 7. Baja rug / 8. Fab Habitat’s Laguna rug / 9. One King’s Lane Inyo rug

Kicking off the Holidays with The Land of Nod


We had the great pleasure last week of co-hosting one of The Land of Nod’s holiday trunk shows, where we started celebrating the winter holiday season early and shared all of Nod’s wonderful Holiday Collection and fabulous toys with a great group of friends. Both of us have been long-time fans of Nod and have used them for decorating and organizing our homes, and as a great source of real artisan made toys. It should be obvious by now, but we love and value crafted, handmade items. Accordingly, we admire The Land of Nod’s artisan partnerships, which create really unique products — not just cookie-cutter items shipped from a factory. AND they were kind enough to share those items through nine trunk shows across the country all on the same night — how awesome is that!? Read on to find out what goodness Nod is sharing with you, too ….

A Feteful Life and Darcy of No Monsters in My Bed were the lucky DC hosts and we decorated, styled, crafted, ate and cocktailed while getting to check out some of the Nod product in person. Woodland creatures are featured predominantly in Nod’s collection this year, so we decided to go with a rustic woodland style for the party. Still on our chalkboard kick, we built an awesome chalkboard faux fireplace {thanks for the construction help, Jim!} and carried the chalkboard theme throughout the party with hand-lettered chalkboard signs, stickers, and our DIY chalkboard tablecloth runner for the craft table. We also made a super cool wreath out of Nod holiday catalogs for above the fireplace, topped by a chalkboard paper accordion-folded fan of course. A healthy dose of string lights and Nod decor rounded out the rooms and we displayed the beautiful toys throughout the party, which we highlighted by playing a silly trivia game.

Several Nod animals sported chalkboard word bubbles to draw people’s attention and were accompanied by a trivia card asking a funny question about that animal (e.g., the fabulous fox sleeping bag had a trivia card prompting “My online profile accurately states ….” The correct answer? “I’m looking for a real vixen.”). The idea was that partygoers had to answer the trivia, write their name on the card and then enter the card into our raffle Nod storage bin. The more trivia cards you filled out, the more likely it was that we’d draw your name first. And then you got to pick your own Land of Nod prize. It was a big hit and friends took home wonderful presents for their littles.

In addition to decorating Darcy’s house for the party, we were able to decorate one of The Land of Nod’s ridiculously adorable Cottage Dollhouses using their decor kit and our own imaginations. No big surprise that we painted the second floor, which we imagined to be the kids’ floor, with chalkboard paint! We numbered the staircase in a bright rainbow of colors (and one of our real homes may be getting the same treatment in the future, we loved it so much), added Land of Nod artwork to the walls, and hung chalkboard wreaths in the windows. We chalkboarded the welcome mats, too (watch out — we may chalkboard each other soon). It turned out so awesome that we decided it needs to be displayed front and center in A Feteful Life’s office (that would be our childrens’ playrooms).

We rolled out some of our loved recipes to serve at the shindig, as well. Our menu included:

It was all fabulous and we’ve got all the recipes for you, of course! Just click on each menu item above for the particular recipe card.

Now, we know what you are thinking: “Gee that all sounds super great. Why didn’t these yahoos invite me?!” No worries. The Land of Nod is continuing to share the holiday spirit by letting us give you 15% off from November 25 – 27 when you use A Feteful Life’s promo code: FETE15. You know we have our orders lined up, now you can do the same!

You can check out how we used Nod’s wonderful holiday collection below and then jump on over to visit the other hosts’ parties for even more inspiration!

Photography credit note: Almost all of the photos below were taken by the talented Darcy. You can find more photos of the evening’s festivities by checking out @thelandofnod on instagram and #nodevents.


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And now for a few party instagrams ….

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Food Table

Woodland Gingerbread Cookies

Shark attack

A Modern Hanukkah

This year, the first day of Hanukkah falls right on Thanksgiving. And while there are definitely some cross-over themes from each holiday (show some love, suspend disbelief (yep, those pilgrims and American Indians got along just swell), etc.), to me, the decor for each is far different. And given that we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our family and it sometimes feels like they run together, I’m always on the lookout for simple holiday decor that is still tied to a particular holiday and not just “generic celebration” appropriate (although, I love that, too). To that end, I’ve collected a few easy and modern ideas to include in your Hanukkah celebration.

Modern Hanukkah1. I’m loving Carrara marble lately and this menorah designed by Brad Ascalon for Design Within Reach is an amazing marriage of modern with classic undertones. This one just won’t go out of style.

2. Gelt is a big deal in our house and having somewhere to keep it is equally important. I recently made some little cotton muslin goody bags for my son’s birthday party and the thought occurred to me that they were a great size for chocolate coins. These sweet ones from Blissfulturtle’s Etsy shop are equally perfect and will have utility long after the last bit of gelt is gone.

3. Yea, yea, there’s a miracle involved in Hanukkah, but who are we kidding? It’s all about the food. This amazing Hanukkah cocktail party menu created by Todd Aarons for Epicurious looks delicious and has all the traditional Hanukkah flavors wrapped up in modern packages.

4. Blocked font garlands are all the rage and this simple one from Land of Nod is an easy way to splash some holiday color around. You know I’d pair it with some of their fabulous metallic garlands, but it would do just fine on its own as well.

5. Carrying that block font on over to servingware, this stainless steel latke server serves up a little surprise as you deliver piping hot latkes to plates. Fried potatoes? Yes, please.

6. No modern Hanukkah would be complete without a little something from Jonathan Adler. The mod graphic detail on this dreidel is really tops. You gotta earn some coin to put in that cute gelt bag, right?!