Creations, Monthly Inspiration Calendar

To start the new year, here are favorite projects, recipes, and table tops to inspire you month to month.  Just pin this post and check back every month for some ideas to kick start your imagination and your taste buds


Warm up with a Wine Tasting Party!

wine chalk board

You can disguise the bottles and let guests vote for their favorite or guess the wine

wine tasting

Or feature some favorite wines and serve them with simple Tapas in the Vineyard

wine and cheese

Cheeses, nuts, grapes and a few simple touches, and your party will be going strong in no time!



Celebrate 2 holidays this month with

Man Bait for Valentines Day

chocolate caramel bacon and chips 2

and a Valentine Tree and Be Mine Tablescape

Valentine tree table

Fat Tuesday is February 17 this year, so you’re going to want some Muffaletta Pie for Mardi Gras!



Bailey’s Irish Creme Cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

Bailey's glazed pound cake

and you might also want to visit a Leprechaun Village for a Sip and a Nosh

lucky shamrock

and I’ll be adding a candle to CC’s Birthday Cake Banner for her 2nd St. Patrick’s Day birthday

birthday banner and pink jars

Now is a good time to make a Farmer’s Market Seasonal Produce Chart too~

PicMonkey Collage


Make some Lemon Cheesecake Squares to keep your Curious Bunnies happy

curious bunny table

Catch some April Showers with a Watering Can Wreath

spring watering can wreath


May means Cinco de Mayo, Ole! There are tons of recipes and ideas here

cinco de mayo table

And don’t forget to “Run for the Roses,” and watch the Kentucky Derby~  whip up some Derby Day Biscuits

Derby Day Biscuits

and a Chocolate Pecan Pie of course!



As the days grow warmer, you’ll be dreaming of a frosty Candied Lemon Martini

candied lemon martini table

and you’ll want to keep things light with a refreshing summer Berry Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette and Monte Cristo Croutons

summer salad


Start off with a bang and include this Corn on the Cob Cake for your 4th of July BBQ

corn on the cob cake

and make a Watermelon Basket for your centerpiece

watermelon basket table

or fill it with Watermelon Salsa

watermelon salsa 1


Bring the beach to your house with a Washed Ashore centerpiece

washed ashore table

You might want to find a shady spot for a Portable Picnic for 2

portable picnic

or keep your kitchen cool with some Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos with Asian Peanut Slaw

short rib and snow pea tacos


Celebrate the last of summer with a nautical Summer’s End table

summer's end 1

And get ready for some Football!  There is a round-up of recipes and ideas here

Alabama football table 1


Have some Halloween fun Painting Witches or crafting a Haunted Halloween Mansion

haunted house on top of witch

And indulge in some Snickers Pot Pie

snickers potpie 2
You’ll want to start Talkin’ Turkey and you’ll find a lot of inspiration here
wine bottle turkey
Set your table for an Autumn Gathering
Thanksgiving bounty
Start off the month with a Breakfast with Santa, and give him a nice long list
santa breakfast
Fill your dreams with a Sweet SugarPlum Fantasy
sweet sugarplum fantasy
Christmas confetti quiche
peppermint mousse
It was really hard to pick only a few things for each month, but don’t worry, I will keep you full of more ideas throughout the coming year!
Thanks so much for visiting the Painted Apron, we are going to have a great 2015!
Note: for more info about the featured image Popcorn Bar click here.  This party idea is perfect for any party, children’s birthday, weddings, Super Bowl, family reunions, any occasion!
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13 Responses to “Creations, Monthly Inspiration Calendar”
  1. Mary says:

    You make the holidays so fun and festive Jenna with your endless creativity! Thanks for all the delicious inspiration!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I will be spending my Sunday on this site. So much to look into to and get great ideas! Eye candy for sure! You and Mary from Home is where the boat is, inspire me with decorations and recipes! Keep them coming, I’m addicted!

  3. Jennie says:

    Wow, what a post! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. 🙂

  4. I love your calendar, Jenna! Fantabulous inspiration!

  5. aaaahhh heaven…. just finished my wishlist… check it out… 😀

  6. Lynn says:

    Lots of ideas for a fun year Jenna! I love the Christmas Confetti Tart and think I have a few Tots left:@)

  7. Your tablescapes and recipes are always incredible…and I always swoon over your chalkboard art and the vignettes and themes you create around them….but you know my favorite is always a table set with that gorgeous view!!!….here’s to a great 2015!

  8. Sami says:

    I love the celebration board, so creative! You’re an artist, I don’t think mine would look quite as nice 🙂

  9. CoziNest says:

    Jenna, as usual, you are an inspiration. Funny thing… I was hopping around on The Scoop and loved the idea of monthly ideas and an inspiration calendar. Click and who do I see? One of my favorite bloggers! Love this post!

  10. Pamela says:

    Love your style!

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