Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Christmas Table That's Casually Festive


One of the fun things about the holiday season is the opportunity to host or attend a variety of events. This week I decided to set a table that's both casual and festive, and just right for a lunch with friends!

The dishes I chose have a fun octagonal shape outlined in green.


The four salad plates tell the story of St. Nick.


Check the view through the window!


And who wouldn't love a sleigh ride through town?


Stepping back, you can see that the table is decorated in traditional green and red, with doses of white to keep things casual. I've also added some holiday greens and berries around the teapot on the chest in the background.


Red velveteen ribbons hold doubled napkins of white and red. Holly and berry picks were tucked into the ribbons.


Leaves and berries are scattered on the tablecloth and in the center is a Christmas cactus which has begun to bloom (in red of course!). Next to the cactus are festive peppermint-striped candles.


I've collected a number of recipes for holiday drinks and I thought it would be fun to use the balloon wine glasses for them. They're a gorgeous shade of red, which is why I bought them off eBay. I apparently glossed over what size they were, lol!


The salt and pepper shakers echo the design of the candles.


I love all the blues that appear in the salad plates! I found these on eBay, to go with. . .


The dinner plates, which feature toys grouped beneath a Christmas tree. Greg inherited the dinner plates from his grandmother. I treasure the holiday dinners we enjoyed at her house. I used the dinner plates for the first time on last year's table.


These look good enough to eat!


I liked how the sun burst through the clouds in the midst of the photos.


Jake waited patiently for me to finish. Surely all those plates have goodies on them!


Casual and festive -- and easily put together in a busy holiday season!




Table resources
Plates | Nikko 'Christmastime'
Wine glasses | Waterford Marquis 'Vintage'
Salt and pepper shakers | Pier 1
Hem-stitched napkins | Williams-Sonoma

Shared with
Thursday Favorite Things
Between Naps on the Porch
Calypso in the Country 

Pieced Pastimes







Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Do you find yourself humming Christmas songs at moments throughout the day? Have you tuned out most of the shopping music in the stores only to find that you're actually listening to that song? Is there a special song that immediately transports you to Christmases past?

For me that song is The Twelve Days of Christmas, one of the three or four songs that takes me back to the girl sitting on the floor of the living room wrapping presents, trying to be creative, and realizing that making bows was not her forte!

𝆕 On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me 𝅘𝅥𝅯

Twelve drummers drumming



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Grateful Harvest

Autumn is a season of harvests and of celebrations. And at the end of November here in the States we gather with family and friends for a holiday centered on gratitude. Thanksgiving is a special holiday, my favorite holiday! I focus on setting a table that is both welcoming and festive, comfortable tinged with sophistication.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Autumn Arrives with Color

Many of you welcomed fall weeks ago. But here in North Georgia it has only just arrived, bringing with it brilliant colors that have transformed trees everywhere. The last hardy flowers in the gardens bloom in deep,vibrant shades.


I wanted to capture that exuberance inside, and what better way than by bringing the colors of autumn to the table!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Halloween in Black and White

Are you ready for Halloween? We've always enjoyed decorating for Halloween, but are getting a bit of a late start.

I was inspired by all the black and white themed Halloween tables I've seen this year and thought I'd try my hand at one. I'd love to hear what you think of mine.