Only 15 days until Christmas! The kids are hyped up for Santa Claus, holiday parties are in full swing, radio stations have switched to everyone’s facorite carols 24/7, and Christmas decorations on par with the Griswold household are on full display. If you’re having holiday parties or hosting Christmas lunch or dinner at your home, use these quick steps to make your own Christmas tree napkin. Show that mother-in-law of your’s just how crafty you can be.
Start with a square napkin. Fold your napkin into a rectangle, then again into a square.
With your loose corners facing you, start folding each piece up, leaving about a half of an inch space inbetween each fold.
Very carefully, turn your napkin over so that your folds are face down.
Now fold one of your corners in to make a triangle at the top.
Repeat with the other side.
Flip your napkin back over and rotate it 180 degrees so that your smallest fold is at the top.
Now, flip your top fold up to make the top of your tree. Be careful not to flip your fold too much; you don’t want the whole thing to come undone!
After your first fold, continue flipping all of your folds up. Tuck the corner point into the pocket of your previous fold.
Now you have yourself a Christmas tree napkin. Decorate them with small ornaments or your favorite candies to add the perfect finishing touches.
Now go forth and craft!
Now that we’re happily married, my husband (it’s super exciting that I get to call him husband now) likes to remind me that I promised him I would start cooking again after the wedding festivities were over and I wasn’t so concerned with my “wedding diet.”
This is one of the easiest meals to prepare and it will not disappoint. It takes about 10 minutes to prep and 35 minutes to cook. Quick, painless and tasty!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup uncooked long grain and wild rice mix
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- a few sprinkles of your favorite seasoning (I use Mrs. Dash)
Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a 2-quart shallow baking dish with non-stick spray. Stir the soup, water, rice, paprika, black pepper, and salt in your dish. Top with the chicken.
Scoop some of your soup and rice mixture over your chicken and sprinkle additional seasonings on top to add more flavor.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes and enjoy!
Yesterday marked the first official game day of the 2014 NFL season. With college and NFL football in full swing, life will revolve around tailgating, game parties, fantasy teams, and carefully planning special events around the big games. Being from Louisiana and an LSU alum, I had to carefully plan my fall wedding around LSU’s schedule. Whether you’re a die hard fan or just use football as an excuse to drink and eat entirely too much finger food, we’ve got some decorating tips to show your team spirit.
Door decor is usually the go-to for any holiday season and this is no exception for football season. Here are just a few examples of what our Creation Station team has done for our local team favorites, as well as some very appropriate ribbon styles.
Team Spirit Wreaths
Find Arkansas ribbon here.
Find Louisiana ribbon here.
Find Fleur de Lis ribbon here.
If you really want to go all out this football season, maybe a table setting is more your style. Who says you can’t have a classy football sit down dinner?
Saints Table Setting
Maybe a table setting is a little much for you. Football themed centerpieces will still get the job done, and will allow you to use actual football equipment in a refreshingly dainty way. Take it a step further and use flowers the same colors as your favorite team.
Okay, so maybe you’re into more subtle touches of fandom. Try understated decor pieces using your favorite team’s mascot or symbol.
Subtle Touches of Fandom
All items above available here.
It’s all in good fun and no matter how you choose to show your team spirit, it’s sure to be a good game time!
Vintage drink crates have been a part of the Paul Michael Company decorating repetoire for three seasons in a row now. Paul has always had a passion for antique picking; his true loves are his wife, Debbie, building one of a kind pieces in his woodshop, and finding antique pieces at a bargain. Needless to say, Paul has a soft spot for the vintage drink crates. We’ve explored all kinds of ways to use these in our displays and got a little curious how other folks were using them. So we took to the nerve center of all DIY decorating ideas: Pinterest. Of course this little investigation opened up a whole new world of ideas for reclaiming vintage crates.
Reclaimed Crate Advent Calendar
Reclaimed Crate Advent Calendar
Crate Photo Prop
Reclaimed Crate Chandelier
Reclaimed Crate Coffee Table
Reclaimed Crate Pet Feeder
Reclaimed Crate Drawers
Reclaimed Crate Planter
Reclaimed Crate Spice Rack
Crate Wedding Decor
Crate Wedding Decor
Get started on your own reclaimed crate project with our vintage drink crates for only $16.99!
These weekend mornings we’ve been having here in the Delta have made for some good fishing weather. Wanting to break away from the obvious fish fry, I searched for new, delicious recipes my fiancé and I could both agree on to cook our impressive catch. Fish tacos were the answer! This quick, easy and, most importantly, tasty recipe is great for a weeknight dinner, World Cup parties, and is sure to impress the neighbors this July Fourth if you’re bored of burgers.
First things first, you’re going to need some fish! You can use the fish of your preference, as long as they’re white and flaky. We have an abundance of catfish in Lake Chicot, so we used some big ole slime daddies. They make the perfect, taco-sized filets.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb flaky, white fish
- vegetable or olive oil
- 6 small (6 in) tortillas, corn or flour depending on your preference
- 2-3 limes, depending on lime size
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonaise
- 3 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- your favorite slaw
- salt and pepper at your own discretion
Go ahead and preheat your oven to 425° while you get your fish prepped. Spray a baking pan or sheet with non-stick spray and set it aside. You’ll need two dishes: one for your bread crumbs and one for your vegetable or olive oil. In one dish, whisk together your bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil, chili powder, one squeezed lime, and a few dashes of salt and pepper. In the other dish, pour enough vegetable or olive oil to cover the bottom and add a pinch of chili powder. Soak your filets in the vegetable or olive oil then coat them with your bread crumb mixture.
Once you have all of your filets breaded and in your baking pan, pop them in the oven for fifteen minutes (or until cooked thoroughly).
Now it’s time for your cilantro crema sauce. If you haven’t already, chop your cilantro and grate 1 teaspoon lime rind.
Mix your mayonaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, lime rind, and 1 squeezed lime. Voila! Your cilantro crema sauce is complete for consumption. Keep in mind when you’re topping your taco with this sauce you don’t need too much. It’s got a nice zing to it and you don’t want to over-do it.
To warm your tortillas, place 3 on a plate under a wet paper towel. Cook them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat with your other 3 tortillas. Keep them under the wet paper towel until you’re ready to eat; this keeps them soft and warm. After your crema and tortilla prep, the fish should be done.
Now prepare your taco! We used 2 filets for every tortilla, a handful of slaw, and 2 light spoonfuls of the crema sauce.
And finally, time to enjoy!
The fireworks and festivities are only a week and a day away! July Fourth is just around the corner; a holiday that has traditionally been a day for barbeques, pool parties, weekend vacations, fireworks, and, of course, the grand ole U.S. of A. We all know that a sensational fireworks display is the highlight of July Fourth, but flaunting your most bold reds, whites, and blues becomes part of the fun. We’ll certainly see plenty of folks wearing their red, white and blue hues and denim cut offs made to look like the American flag. But how many people will go the extra mile to create an outdoor atmosphere that screams, “AMERICA!”? If you’d like to be one of those people this July Fourth, or in honor of today’s USA vs Germany Cup game, we’ve got some ideas to help you go the extra mile and really get into the spirit.
Naturally flags are always the go-to decor when you’re going for something patriotic, because there’s nothing more patriotic than a flag. Duh. But you can get creative with your red, white and blue decor by using umbrellas, lanterns, pillows, vintage drink crates, garden stools, and incorporating these colors into the foods and drinks you serve. The great thing about combining your red, white and blue everyday decor is you can use these items all year round.
Reds, Whites and Blues
Reds, Whites and Blues
Reds, Whites and Blues
Reds, Whites and Blues
Now go forth in the name of America and decorate! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe July Fourth weekend!
Cleaning out and organizing our offices led us to discover a treasure trove of old photographs buried under piles of paper work. We’ve shuffled through them at least once a week since their discovery, giving us windows of insight into the early days of Paul Michael Company. We also learned just how many of our current employees have been here since the beginning, stayed loyal, and have grown with the company.
These gems are too good not to share, so here’s our first ever, and certainly not last, Throwback Thursday blog post.
Here’s Paul and his crew, back in his jewelry selling days
Our logo looked a little different, don’t you think?
The bare bones of our flagship store in Lake Village, AR
Does this look familiar?
Things have changed since our first days at Paul Michael Company
And just for fun…
The Michael children in their Sunday best
We have evolved and flourished as a company since our first store was built in 1993. It’s always enlightening, humbling, and entertaining to look back and see how far we’ve come.
Tomorrow marks the 140th renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports: the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs. Even though the races are what it’s all about, the mint juleps and hat fashions are usually what get the most attention.
Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade makes for a much anticipated fashion show. Like celebrities during awards season, viewers anxiously await to see attendees’ hat fashions at the derby.
We had the pleasure of working with Marie Michael (Paul’s aunt) and her friend, Liz Rice, at our Lafayette Creation Station to spice up their derby hats and have a wreath made.
I will be attending my first derby party Saturday so of course I wanted the most outlandish, bizarre hat I could think up! Luckily, I have talented friends at our Lake Village Creation Station that helped me turn my vision into this bad boy:
The flower necklace represents the garland of roses the winning horse receives.
Now for the cocktails! The mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. So it’s only appropriate to drink these classy beverages at your own Derby Day party.
- 5 fresh mint leaves, plus a few mint sprigs for garnish
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Shaved ice
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
Place mint leaves, sugar and a splash of water into a silver julep cup or a 12-ounce glass. Muddle the mint, sugar, and water together with the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the glass with shaved ice, add the bourbon, and stir until combined. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and enjoy!
Even if you’re not a derby fan, joining in on the occasion is sure to be a good time. What’s not to enjoy when there’s silly hats and delicious beverages involved?
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start searching for the perfect gift. She’s the reason you exist, so now isn’t the time to take gifting lightly! Here are some gift ideas she can use time after time, will let her know you care, and she will adore.
Personal Touches: Make your memories last forever in style; don’t let those family pictures gather dust in boxes in the back of a closet or an attic. Use new frames with old pictures and arrange them on a shelf or scatter them around the house. If you’d like to be a little less conventional, make her a collage or arrange a display wall of your favorite family photos. Moms love gifts with sentimental value, so this one is fool proof.
Link for frames here
Link for hanging memo holder here
Link for chain clip garland here
Kitchen Accessories: She fed you for at least the first eighteen years of your life and probably still does on occasion. Give the kitchen a quick sprucing up so she can enjoy her cooking space and then make her a delicious dinner!
Link for all kitchen products shown here
Link for cutting boards and cake stands here
Drink with Class: She didn’t drink for nine months because of you, had to tolerate you through your teen angst years, and made you who you are today. Someone should get that lovely lady a cocktail! So let her drink with class this Mother’s Day.
Drink with Class
Link for cheers sign here
Drink with Class
Link for rattan bottle holder here
Drink with Class
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Like for cake stands here
Sensory Associations: Find her the scent she’s been looking for; it might just be her new favorite. Everytime she uses it, she’ll associate the smell with her favorite offspring.
Link to SoDelta candles here
Link to home fragrances here
Link to maroc candles here
However you choose to gift her this Mother’s Day, make sure it’s a gift that lets her know how much she means to you. In my family, we always get our mom a card along with her gift and sign it “Love you to the moon and back.” It doesn’t make up for all of the other 364 days of the year she puts up with us, but it’s a start.
For more ideas, see our Gifts for Her section
After our last DIY wreath guide was such a hit, we let our Facebook fans vote on what wreath from our Creation Station they would like to learn how to make next. Our burlap wreath with pink peony accents was the winner! With Easter in just two days, there couldn’t be a better time to create new door decor for when the time comes to put the bunnies and eggs away.
Here’s what you need:
Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies
Step 1 – Cut your burlap into about 14″ strips. Once you have a total of 44 strips, prep your work wreath by opening all of your sprig pairs. When all of your sprig pairs are open, you’re ready to add your burlap.
Burlap Spring Wreath – Step 2
Step 2 – Pinch one of your pre-cut strips at the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie. Remember to use this pinch technique through out your wreath-making process when tying in your burlap.
Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 3
Step 3 - On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take another mesh piece and turn it so that these two mesh pieces intersect at their centers like a cross. Secure your second mesh piece. You should have two different pieces, intersecting at their centers like a cross, secured to one sprig pair.
Spring Wreath Burlap
Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, completing the bottom layer first.
Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 4
Step 4 – Now you’re ready for your flowers! Remove the bottom leaves off of your stems (just pull really hard and they should come off). Don’t throw them away, because you’re going to use them later! Using wire cutters, cut off the “thorns” left from the leaves you removed so your stem is easier to work with.
Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 5
Step 5 – Time to insert your flowers. Choose the area on your wreath where you want your flowers to sit. Thread your first flower through the burlap so that the flower sits snuggly on the burlap and the stem sits next to the metal wreath wiring. We like to start at the outer layer. Cut your excess flower stem wire with wire cutters so that you can see about 5″ of stem wire sticking through the back side of your wreath.
Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 6
Step 6 – Twist the stem wire around the metal wreath wiring to secure your flower. Place the rest of your flowers where you want them and repeat these steps to secure them. If your flowers need extra support, tie the wreath sprigs around the stem wire to make sure the flower is secure.
Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 7
Step 7 – Last step! Once you have all your flowers in place, it’s time to use those leaves you removed in Step 4. So your flowers don’t look like a big mush, add the leaves in between the flowers to create some separation. Attach them to the wreath the same way you attached your flowers in Steps 5 and 6. You shouldn’t need to cut off any excess. We also like to pull some burlap in between the flowers and leaves so the flowers appear to blend effortlessly into the wreath.
Spring Burlap Wreath
Now you’ve got yourself a spring wreath that will last through the years! The great thing about these wreaths, other than being super cute and stylish, is they preserve from year to year. We intentionally do not use glue in our wreath-making process for this reason. Just give them a good fluff and they’ll be door-ready every spring! They can also act as framework for other seasonal wreaths. Just remove your spring flowers and add other seasonal accessories. Whether it be red and blue flowers for the Fourth of July or poinsettias for Christmas, these wreaths work well for any occasion.