Last weekend we had a party at our house. It’s been a while since we’ve had a crowd over, and I have officially decided that I’m just not a good host. We hosted a ‘Living Room Concert’ by Ben Kyle from the band Romantica (they’re local in Minneapolis, but have also played at SXSW and other bigger venues, so you might know ’em). I had grand plans for the food, drinks, and decor, and then I always run out of time. My sangria wasn’t made. Matt’s Apple Cider Bourbon drink was still simmering in a pot on the stove. My cute chalkboard labels for the food were sitting in a pile at one side of the table …. blank (where they remained the entire party). The food was still on the catering trays (I totally wanted to put it on my own trays and pretend like I made and prepared it all … #liar). I was just lucky to be showered and dressed, I guess.
But … I did make a cute Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign for our porch (priorities, I tell ya!). I’m sure no one even really noticed it … or cared about it (probably would have much preferred the Sangria to be made instead), but anyway … I’m sharing it with y’all today.
The Living Room Concert, however was a total blast! He sings a little … tells some funny stories of growing up in Ireland (and then in North Minneapolis), his wife and 4 kids, his career as a singer/songwriter/band member, and his family and life in general.
Here’s a little snippet from one of his songs (Baby Ben and I were chillin’ in the back row for the show, and this is the best recording I could manage with one hand free and only a phone on me):
It’s hard to tell from that little snippet, but he was AWESOME and so entertaining! I just hope everyone else that came enjoyed it as much as we did!
But, back to the all important details on the night (ha!), and the reason why you’re probably here …. the Tree Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign on the front porch …
Now … I’ve seen a lot of these tree stump signs popping up around the Pinterest world, but I thought I’d give mine my own little twist using tree branches and actual REAL leaves (because you know we’ve got plenty of those around these days)!!
Here’s how I made this fancy little guy …
First, you’ll need:
- Wood stump plaque … similar to this ONE
- Orange Craft Paint
- White Craft Paint
- Paint brushes (one larger for orange paint, one smaller for the wording)
- A 1/2″ Wooden Dowel cut down to 6-8″ long
- Drill and and 1/2″ drill bit
- A stick from your yard (will be the stem)
- A couple leaves from your yard (will be the leaves of the pumpkin)
And here’s the How-To:
- Paint the face of your tree stump orange. No need for measuring, tracing, stenciling … you don’t need to be exact or perfect here. Just leave a little bit of the tree showing around the edges.
- Let that dry, then I simply used a pencil to sketch on the word WELCOME and used a smaller paint brush with white paint to create the word. Again … nothing near perfect, here.
- Next, you’ll need your drill and drill bit. Make two holes:
- The first hole in the top of the stump for the stem
- The second on the back of the stump, near the bottom (about 1″ up). This will be where the dowel rod goes to hold the stump up.
- Cut your dowel rod down to about 6″ long and shove into the hole you just drilled to act as a stand for the sign
- Find some leaves and a stick that fits in the hole you just drilled from your yard. Place the stems of the leaves into the hole and shove the stick in after to secure them.
That’s it folks! My twist on the tree stump sign for Halloween using a couple items from your yard.
Our fancy 5 Minute Wreath on the door also says WELCOME. Think it’s overkill? We just really want to WELCOME you, apparently. I don’t really care (and also, I’m pretty sure maybe two people from the party probably noticed my signs).
Thanks for stopping over today! I’d love to hear your tips for hosting. Does it just take practice? Better preparation? More Organization? Less wine (ha!)? Can I even learn to be a better hostess or should I just give up now?!? I need some help in this department, people!