BEST OF: Nate Berkus for Target 2015 Fall / Holiday Collection

Launched this past Sunday, the latest Nate Berkus for Target Holiday Collection is just as metallic, fun and on-trend as ever.  Below are my three favorite picks from the collection.  In fact, I ordered the first two online last night.  Because...well...CHEESE.

Like many Target pieces, I suggest a good in-person meeting to assess quality and potential longevity BEFORE finding a permanent place within your home.  While many of these faux metalics pass the test, some can fall flat, scratch easily and tarnish quickly.

MY THREE FAVES:

Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

And while we're at it, I must mention two Anthropologie pieces, I've had my eye on.  Truth be told, the first looks very similar the the above-mentioned Nate Berkus cheese knives. Great minds think alike?

Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14

Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14


Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)

Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)

PARTY DECOR: Shaping up!

We were very excited to host a very special 1st birthday party this past weekend.  And while I like balloons and confetti as much as the next girl, I was adamant about finding a decorating alternative to your typical baby birthday decor.

Lucky for us, my good friend Lauren at Lavender Grey Events had the perfect solution with her collection of beautiful gold geometric shapes, which we strung in a few different clusters throughout the back yard and used in the table centerpieces.

For the hanging pieces, we used fishing wire and varied the shapes and sizes (small, medium and large diamonds, triangles, octagons, etc), careful not to overdue it and have the place look like CHRISTMAS! 

In decor and in life, I tend to abide by the RULE OF 3's... so we added 2 geo shapes for every pretty succulent table arrangement (also arranged in 3's).

The hanging shapes are hard to capture in photos, but below gives a good idea of how we incorporated them:

For a better look at the shapes, here are some pics from past Lavender Grey events:

For those of you in Southern California, these are available for rent via Lavender Grey Events.  And stay tuned for their DIY tutorial so you can create these geo shapes on your own.  I'll post when it's live.

Aside from the decor, I had so much fun styling the food.  When the guest of honor (okay, his mom) asked me to do one of my "famous cheese plates," I jumped at the chance to try something new.  I generally cluster my cheeses and let guests cut themselves, but this time I wanted to pre-cut and layer the various accoutrements to create a different look.  I can't wait to try another one soon.