I hope you had a great week!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We still haven’t had our first frost here yet, so it’s been lovely spending more time in the gardens than I was able to in my former home.
I mean, it’s almost November and we haven’t had the first frost yet – that’s crazy to me!
I know we had it where we used to live so this was really a good move for us cause now, I can enjoy the gardens for longer!
Even the dahlias are finally blooming like they should have 2 months ago. But I guess better late than never right?
Are you looking forward to Halloween? My girls are all celebrating with their friends at parties this weekend.
And I’ll probably dress my dogs up like I typically do.
But now that we moved, we don’t have much of a neighborhood anymore, so I’m not expecting trick-or-treaters this year.
Kind of sad, but that’s part of the new life we chose here at the new house.
We have much more privacy than we did before and the homes are not nearly as close together as they were in our old neighborhood.
I do miss our neighbors though because they were all so kind and we lived on the same block for like 23 years!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I’m starting to prepare for Christmas, are you? I know it’s still fall here but I like to get started decorating.
BUT I don’t go crazy with lots of reds and greens. I pretty much mix in some winter greens with a neutral fall look and add some twinkle lights until the day after Thanksgiving.
It’s what I like to call Fristmas.
Since I host Thanksgiving, I can’t completely lose fall so blending fall with Christmas is a great way to make it work!
And who doesn’t want to enjoy the Christmas season a little bit longer? Am I right?
Anyway, I’ve been shopping around for some clothes and Christmas stuff lately to decorate a new tree I’m sharing soon from my favorite, King of Christmas.
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
- This is my new flocked Christmas tree. I’ve never had a flocked tree before and plan to add this one to my front entry hall. My niece is crocheting a tree skirt for me and I can’t wait to see it!
- I bought these tea light lanterns to use as part of my table decor but I think I’m snagging another box or two to add to my new flocked tree! They are so pretty in person and are just the right size to add that pretty vintage look.
- I am also purchasing more battery-operated window candles with suction cups to get that soft glow in all of the windows here. I have some already but need more here.
- Cozy fall flannel alert! Love how soft and roomy this one is.
- Also, love a good cozy oversized sweater cardigan! Plus it’s on sale so hopefully when this publishes it will still be 40% off cause it’s a great deal!
- If you haven’t ordered your amaryllis bulbs yet, now is the time before they sell out. I love this double-flowering variety of amaryllis. If you order and plant now, they should bloom around Christmas time.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
Since it’s the end of the month, my virtual supper club and I got together to share some fall brunch ideas for Friendsgiving or maybe you are hosting family Thanksgiving weekend.
Our Friendsgiving brunch menu is incredible with lots of fall flavors and ideas of things to make over the next month.
And the tables are even more beautiful this year than last year’s fall-themed supper clubs.
I know I probably say that every month, but each time we publish I’m in awe of the talent in our dinner group.
So be sure to check out everyone’s Friendsgiving decor and dining table centerpiece ideas here.
You can also see my table in real-time in this quick video here.
Plus you can learn how to make my no carve pumpkin and flowers centerpiece here.
Oh and if you want to organize your own supper club? I shared a bunch of tips to organize your own.
If you aren’t in one, trust me when I tell you that you want to be!
Some of the best memories I have are from our local dinner club parties. The themes were always fun, we never stopped laughing and the food was always outstanding.
Plus it was a great way to sample new foods you might not ordinarily try.
Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web
I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.
It was a beautiful week of inspiration as I know a lot of my blogging friends are wrapping up their fall content as we move into the holiday season.
And yes, I know it’s early, but we roll when the brands roll to bring you inspiration so you get ideas and have time to shop before things sell out.
Anyway, my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse, whom you know I adore, set the prettiest table for our Friendsgiving Brunch in her greenhouse.
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells has been busy decorating her greenhouse and cottage garden for fall AND halloween.
As you know, I am a huge fan of Kim’s garden and greenhouse on the PNW and this year, she did some cool things with her plants, flowers and spooky decor.
Wait until you see it!
And since there is so much beauty left in the gardens here on the east coast, my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her swan song of the season and wow her garden knocked my socks off.
Just look at that amaranth draping over the fence with the zinnias and fall foliage in the background.
It was truly a beautiful autumn here in the northeast!
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
Oh yum! This savory cranberry walnut baked brie recipe.
Decorating with vintage flower frog ideas.
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