Can you believe it is the last week of August? I know I say that at the end of every month but it is different when August comes to an end. It means summer is over and the fall is about to kick in. Since we don’t have very long summers in the Northwest, we live for each day of sunshine! Knowing that those days are far and few between, I decided to throw a little end of the summer fiesta to hopefully hold on to that feeling of summer a little longer.
I wanted to pick up a few new items for my table top and show my guests a good time so I headed to my local World Market. Can I tell you how much I love this store? I live out in the boondocks and World Market is one of the closets home decor stores to my house, which means I’m there pretty often.
When I think of a Santa Fe I think of the Southwest and all of the rich earth tones. The deep rusty oranges and reds, neutral tones of the sand and landscape and gorgeous turquoise. I knew World Market would have just what I was looking for. The natural textured place mats, earth tone napkins and rustic water pitchers and of course a southwestern cook book.
I was working with a budget on this project or else I would have bought the whole store, but here is a quick glimpse of the fun finds I brought home with me. Wicker place mats in a deep orange, Southwest inspired water pitcher, rustic water pitcher (yes I bought two, but one is for decor), Mexican Spice candles, dried chiles, wooden salad tossers, rust ceramic mortar and pestle and some yummy party treats for my guests.
I paired the new things from World Market with some items I can around my house including a canvas drop cloth for the table cloth. Remember above when I mentioned I bought two water pitchers? Well one I actually used for water and the other I used as my festive centerpiece. You could also fill it with flowers for a more dramatic look.
I generally don’t go overboard with color, so I kept the table simple yet festive by adding some pops of orange and turquoise. I also added a little Southwestern flair to the candles by placing dried chilies in the bottom of the glass vases and also tied them into the jute embellishments.
And what tablescape would be complete with out a few DIY projects? I picked up the salad tossers for $.99 a piece and painted the ends turquoise.
Even though you may be planning a casual dinner at home, why not surprise your guests with a goodie bag to remember the evening? I picked up a few Chinese takeout boxes at WM and filled them with salted graham cracker chocolates. YUM!
And now that you are feeling the Southwestern vibe you are going to be thrilled to find out that World Market is actually hosting a Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes to Santa Fe, New Mexico! Now you can have a party of your own :)
Grand Prize includes: A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel), hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef, personally signed glossy cookbook, multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo, Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick and a $1,000 World Market gift card!
And there will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
You can learn all about it here.Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are 100% my own. I was compensated for some of the items used in this post.