Today we had our friend Kelsey come with her husband Robert. They are always so much fun. We played a game of farkle, while the turkey was finishing up in the oven, and then the feast was served. Brian and I don't much believe in the notion that one should only eat a meal like this at Thanksgiving. I'll eat a bird whenever I feel, thank you very much! So today, at 1:00, the four of us sat down to turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes, and to top it all off, Kelsey brought a homemade apple pie! Yum! Yes, world, it was a lunch on a Wednesday! No special occassion. Nobody got a promotion. It wasn't somebody's birthday. We were just celebrating being alive and being friends! A long time ago I heard someone say that we shouldn't save our good china for special occassions because it infers that today isn't special. Every day should be special!
Now with that being said, I must confess that I fall into the gay stereotype of loving to decorate. I really do. Even as a kid, I took great pride in cleaning my room and arranging things a certain way. My locker was decorated with photos and whatnot all through school. I love for my space to reflect me, even if it is temporary. Now that I'm all grown up with my own apartment, I can't help but want to decorate. Unfortunately, Brian and I aren't the wealthiest of people. We don't exactly have a lot of extra money to be spending on furniture and nick nacks. But I feel that if one is creative and thrifty, a beautiful room doesn't have to break the bank.
To illustrate this point, I'd like to share a photo of our dining room. This is where all our dinner parties are hosted and in my opinion it's the most "complete" room we have (there are still a few more things I'd like to get in the other rooms before I'd cross them off my list). So check it out!
I know. It's breathtaking. I'll allow you a few minutes to let it all soak in. Yes, yes, that's it. Take a deep breath. It is beautiful, isn't it? Now let me tell you how inexpensive this was:
Table: $10, and that's just for paint. The table belonged to our roommate, so it was free, we just updated it.
Chairs: $20 each from Ikea
Placemats: $1.50 each from Walmart
Plates: $2 each from Target (we also have them in red, not pictured)
Glasses: free, they were a gift from Brian's mother
Utensils: $1.00 for four from Walmart
Centerpiece: $15 from Pier1 Imports, because we had a giftcard from my mother.
Mobile: free, it once had orange hanging butterflies in it as a prop from my store, but I glued construction paper circles over them. It's my substitution for a chandelier!
Wall art: $5 for each big frame and $1 or less for each of the smaller ones, all purchased at Deseret Industries. We spent an additional $1.50 each on acrylic craft paint in charcoal and red.
So for about $200, I created a dining room that we all enjoy. I hope you can go out and do the same!