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DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets

DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets - Discovering GraceI must say that Easter is my favorite holiday. The season surrounding it is truly delightful. I love in spring how we, along with nature, shake off the weight of winter and blossom with renewed purpose and hope for what lies ahead. For me, the awakening that takes place during this season exemplifies the heart of Easter: the resurrection of Jesus. It is here where we discover the gift of grace in it’s purest form and celebration ensues!  

Speaking of gifts, it’s no secret that I love gift-giving! There is something so special about gathering items and creating the perfect gift for someone I love. Since Easter is fast-approaching, I thought it would be fun to make some “grown up” Easter baskets. I decided to make two baskets with different themes: food & spa.DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets - Discovering Grace

DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets - Discovering GraceTraditionally, Easter baskets are filled to the brim with assorted candies and chocolates and they are usually brightly colored. However, I wanted to go in a softer, simpler direction with style. For the food basket, I chose sparkling wine, cheese, crackers, and chocolate (duh!). The spa basket contains sparkling rosé, chocolate, my DIY bath soak , and a lovely candle.

Supplies:
  • baskets (I got mine at World Market)
  • gift filler
  • various goodies to fit your theme (wine, chocolate, candles, etc.)

DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets - Discovering GraceI absolutely adore the packaging on those Mast chocolate bars! Swoon.DIY Grown Up Easter Baskets - Discovering GraceYou can customize these gift baskets in so many ways! For example, I think a gardening themed basket would also make a great gift this season for those with a green thumb. I hope this post inspires you to make some baskets for your friends and family members!
Happy Easter!

DIY Bath Soak Valentine’s Gift

You guys, Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and I have the perfect DIY gift for you and your friends! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, it makes sense to skip the crowded restaurants and opt for an in-home spa experience instead. I can think of no better way to relax after a long day at work than a peaceful bath – glass of wine optional.

I’ve been on a mission for months to rid my house of chemical-laden products. However, the natural and chemical-free products can often be a bit more expensive. I decided I could make my own versions of some of my favorite products with just a few ingredients (most of which I already had on-hand). This bath soak is all-natural and an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day!

For the bath soak, I used:

  • 1 cup himalayan salt
  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • glass bottles (I got mine at Michaels)

Ylang Ylang essential oil is commonly used for its antidepressant properties which reduce anxiety and stress. Wild Orange essential oil is known for its pleasant smell and ability to uplift your mood. Himalayan salt has many health benefits, but one I find particularly helpful is the promotion of stable pH balance. Plus, it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty & pink! Lastly, epsom salt is always helpful in soothing sore muscles and other aches/pains. This combination is sure to provide you with a wonderful, stress-free evening. 

Instructions:

First, I combined both salts in a bowl and mixed together well. Then I added the essential oils and mixed in with the salts to disperse the oil. Lastly, I portioned out the perfect amount for each bottle which has enough contents for two baths, added my gift tag, and voila! So easy and so beautiful!


As with most things, I love how versatile this DIY is. You could combine any number of essential oils and herbs to create your perfect soak. I think lavender or eucalyptus would also make amazing options! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you give this DIY a try!

Friendsgiving 2016

It seems that Friendsgiving has become an increasingly popular holiday to celebrate over the past few years and I won’t complain. Close friends, delicious food, pretty decorations…what’s not to love? Plus, I am a firm believer in using any reason to have a party!

While I am a huge fan of all holidays, Thanksgiving is always a season where I intentionally take time to reflect on the previous year and each relationship or growth opportunity I am grateful for. This year has been exceptionally full of changes and growth both for me and my closest friends. This is likely one of the last times that the 10 of us will celebrate a holiday before embarking on the journey of parenthood, so I felt it was especially important to gather this year. I decided we should have a Friendsgiving celebration for reflection as well as anticipation.

Friendsgiving 2016 TablescapeOne of my favorite aspects of any party is the tablescape. Friendsgiving was no exception. After perusing Pinterest for a couple of weeks, I created my place settings and decor using inspiration from a few of my favorite fall tablescape looks. To accommodate 10 people, we needed to put 2, 6’ tables end to end. I knew I wanted neutral tablecloths so that every accent would stand out. After going to about 6 different stores, I ended up finding the light gray fabric tablecloths at Party City. They were an extremely affordable option ($10 each), especially since I knew the cloth wouldn’t be a focal point. For napkins, I wanted cloth in a mustard yellow. I found a pack of 12 at Home Goods for $14.

Friendsgiving 2016 Place setting

For plates, I decided to use our white, everyday set from IKEA. White is perfect as a blank canvas and doesn’t distract from the other elements I wanted to display. As it turns out, Party City provided the solution to another problem I had: gold cutlery. I currently have 6 sets of gold flatware from Target, but I needed 10 for Friendsgiving. While I hope to acquire more sets over time, the holiday budget is tight, so I opted for sturdy, plastic gold cutlery. Several of my guests actually asked me where I bought my gold cutlery when they first arrived and saw the table! I was so happy that the plastic, budget-friendly option (32 forks, knives, & spoons for $25) achieved the “real” look for less.

Friendsgiving 2016 Place setting - Tara

Friendsgiving 2016 Tablescape detailsI debated long and hard about place cards. There are so many creative options for fall! I chose magnolia leaves because we have 3 huge magnolia trees in the center of our neighborhood and I love incorporating natural elements. I used a gold paint pen for the names. Rather than create a single centerpiece, I made a live runner of eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s (duh) with pomegranates and my vintage brass candlestick collection. I absolutely love how it turned out! I wish I could leave it decorated like this forever.

Here you can see some extra elements from our celebration like the bar cart, turkey, & cheese boards.

Friendsgiving 2016 TurkeyFriendsgiving 2016 Bar CartFriendsgiving 2016 Cheese BoardI can honestly say it was one of the best nights of my life! Once again, I was reminded how life-giving friendship is, particularly when food & laugher are in abundance. I hope you all take time this season to celebrate and make memories with the ones you love.