From our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!!
Christmas is going to be a little different for our family this year. Of course I knew this when our living room tree went up the second week of October while our young Marine was home on leave. He asked if we could decorate, so this Momma obliged without a second thought.
Over the last several years I have ventured into carefully thought out themed trees as the the kids grew into teens, took off for college, and even began to marry, and left the ornaments from their childhood packed away . Every once in a while I might dig through to find one or two that fit a theme, but largely they remained put away. When Bradley asked to decorate and I knew all my kiddos would be together for that weekend, I began to feel all sentimental and teary.
It was time for a trip to the Hallmark Store where we chose each of our children a new ornament, and to broke out all our favorites from the last 25 years!
With four kids we’ve had so many memorable and entertaining Christmases over the years. Going through all the ornaments with them was so much fun!
We found milestone ornaments from the first five years of each kiddo, hobby ornaments, and sports ornaments.
I giggled as we hung the ornaments we bought while living in Iowa, remembering that was year we moved our tree and some how left all the decorations in storage in Alabama!! It was a sparsely decorated tree that year, but a white Christmas made it one of the best Christmases ever!
We have reminders of our favorite movies from “A Christmas Story” ( I saw it in the theater with my parents way back when I was 11) to Harry Potter (which I shared with my kids as they grew up).
I never knew sports ornaments would blend so well with Santa’s and Elves, but the Bulldogs and Gamecocks speciality balls add so much fun!
There are ornaments celebrating the latest engagement in our family (that story is coming soon… it’s Madeline!), ones that celebrate our two daughters who are already married, and ornaments honoring my handsome hubby’s years in the Navy and of course Bradley’s current life in the Marines.
This tree tells so many stories from the last 25 years and is definitely one of my most favorites, even if it does render me a blubbering mess at the most random times!
To pull all the ornaments together I used traditional white, red and green by incorporating Pom Pom garland, springy picks and over-sized pearl picks (all from Hobby Lobby), as well as Christopher Radko reproduction red and green shiny brite ornaments and a few favorite blown glass ornaments we collected through the years.
I’m so excited to be joining in a Christmas tree blog hop hosted by Our Crafty Mom!!
Looking for Christmas Tree decorating ideas? We are sharing 40 absolutely beautiful Christmas Trees from some of your favorite home decor bloggers.
It’s the third year of the Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop hosted by Our Crafty Mom.
You will find holiday inspiration for just about every Christmas tree style.
The fun starts on Friday, November 29th and continues through Saturday, November 30th.
We hope you will visit the talented bloggers linked below. This blog hop is something we look forward to every year and we hope you do too.
Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for some beautiful Christmas Tree decor inspiration!
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The final countdown to Thanksgiving has arrived; we’re down to just six days! This is our second Thanksgiving celebration this year as we enjoyed a feast of fine proportions last month when our Marine was home on leave. I’m very much looking forward to doing it all again and seeing my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews!
I don’t know how your plans are going, but there have been a flurry of text messages between my sisters, momma and myself as we finalize the menu and plans for Thursday. Momma has already decided we are using her Blue Willow on the table which is by far her favorite china.
We seem to stress too much over holiday celebrations, so today I thought it would be timely to share some ideas for a gathering that’s relaxed and lively as we celebrate the end of the autumn season from harvest fruits scattered across the table to organizing your time so you enjoy the relaxed feeling Thanksgiving Day should truly have!
Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest, so besides cooking with autumn’s bounty, decorate the table with it too! Lay a tablecloth or placemats out that coordinates with your dishes, then add pumpkins, leaves, dried Indian corn. Grocery store flowers really add to the festive atmosphere of the day and won’t cost you a lot of money. Round off your centerpiece with candles. Seriously, who doesn’t love candlelight?! Besides keeping the decor seasonal and simple, you can set the table (or tables) a couple of days in advance and have that knocked off your to-do list!
If you desire to use paper plates, by all means set them out! If you prefer china, use it! Here in our home I have a set of Thanksgiving china that adorns the table every year. They are mostly white and neutral in color which allows me to coordinate with my plain white dishes for serving the meal.
I plan out the dishes I need for serving in advance so I’m not rushing around Thanksgiving morning like a mad woman looking for everything. Things like gravy boats, deviled egg trays, and soup tureens aren’t everyday pieces so it helps to be organized.
Having a perfectly prepped dinner allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your family. Six days out should see your menu completed, grocery list made and a trip to the store imminent. If you don’t want to find yourself in a madhouse or unable to find ingredients, head to the market as soon as possible.
*Make a list. Seriously, sit down with a note pad to write your menu, who is bringing what, your grocery list, and what must be done around the house. It takes 30 minutes. Make the lists and put them where you see them.
*Allow plenty of time for your turkey to safely thaw out. I have a 20 pound bird that will land in my refrigerator tonight to begin thawing.
*Most pies can be baked a couple of days in advance so take advantage of that; it takes a couple hours to prepare bourbon pecan and pumpkin pies. Having them out of the way is a huge help come Thanksgiving Day.
*If you are ordering any part of your dinner (Honeybaked Ham is my friend), order at least two weeks ahead of time and pick up early the day before so that you miss the heaviest of crowds.
*Have all of your ingredients measured, chopped and placed in prep bowls before you begin cooking. By taking care of as much as possible beforehand, you’ll leave plenty of time to visit with family and friends.
*Prepare a soup a day in advance or put together a fruit and cheese board for everyone to snack on while the turkey is in the oven.
*Offer a range of beverages to compliment the meal. Besides tea and soda, consider serving a spiced cider or flavored tea.
*On Thanksgiving Day plan to start cooking early – your turkey needs 3-4 hours (maybe more) in the oven, plus an additional half hour to rest before carving. If you are using stuffing in your bird, cook it before the turkey so that the bird has time to cook.
It doesn’t take much to put on a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Just don’t let the little things stress you out. Taking a couple of evenings beforehand to knock out prep will make the day so much easier, and I hope I’ve given you some ideas to get you started!
Last week I was invited out to the 2019 Atlanta Designer Showhouse for media day. Each year Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine puts on this event as a fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and this years home is just amazing!
Instead of a new build, the home was a remodel of a 1950’s era saltbox in Sandy Springs taken on by Harrison Design and decorated by some of Atlanta’s most talented designers! They proved you can do absolutely fantastic things with a remodel!
Besides showcasing the interiors of this home, the talented designers of each room also decorated for Christmas! Room after room of elegant interior and holiday inspiration awaits as you wander through each room.
Here’s a peak at the beauty this home boasts, beginning with an exterior before and after!
This 5,500 square foot, five bedroom home with limestone foundations now boasts an office tower, keeping room (butlers pantry), a dreamy and totally enviable kitchen, new master suite addition and open floor plan with plenty of space for entertaining year round. The exposed beams, marble counters, spiral staircase and amazing bathrooms make this a dream home for sure, but at the same time a home that is warm and welcoming.
Enjoy a glimpse of this fabulous home!
Sigh…. THE DREAMY KITCHEN:
DOWNSTAIRS BATH (just one of them; this one includes a built in foot bath in it own space!):
MASTER SUITE ADDITION:
Shower and tub together with the tub being drawn from the ceiling!
There is so much more to this home than what I shared, but you must visit the Homes for the Holidays Showhouse for yourself to catch it!
The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2019 Home for the Holidays Showhouse is presented by Harrison Design and The O’Donnell Group, produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The home is located at 4825 Woodvale Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, and runs now through December 8, 2019. Advance admission is $33. Tickets at the door are $35. Parking is available along Woodvale Drive Northwest with a shuttle running daily. Find more information at atlantaholidayhome.com.