28 December 2016

New Year's Eve Kitchen Table

Sure seems like this year has flown by, can't believe it is time to ring in the New Year!  I've already shared our Dining Room that is already decked out for NYE here.  The kitchen table will get a work out on NYE as well as the boys have guests that evening for dinner too.   In spite of the fact that there will be a host of rowdy teenage boys for dinner I decided they deserve a festive table decor too.

The runner came from Target years ago.  The chargers were inexpensive from WalMart some time ago.  Our everyday dinnerware will grace the table along with some inexpensive stemware.

Their table is pretty simple, but they are teenagers!

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25 December 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

From My Home



We Wish 


a very

Merry Christmas

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21 December 2016

Christmas Eve Dining Table

Before heading to church on Christmas Eve, we will celebrate Christmas with Honey's family.  It is my year to host, so I've been playing around with the tablescape.

Honey's Mother, Pie, gifted me Lenox Christmas china several years ago so I bring it out for our meal together!  This china sets such a pretty table.  Pie knows the way to my heart...dishes!!

The table runners were an after Christmas deal at...you guessed it ...Pier 1 Imports.  I'm not sure if I've shared these before as I've not used them much.

Since I've mentioned Pier 1, ya'll should know that ever season that we pass through I wait anxiously to see what goes on clearance.  Sometimes that special something I've wanted all season goes on clearance and sometimes I miss out!  In this photo below the gold square placemat, the red and green beaded placemat, the red glitter charger and the Christmas tree napkin ring were all clearance over the past 3 years that I've worked there.  The napkins are new this year and I must confess, I am not as wild about it as I thought I'd be.

Of course, there was going to be an antique somewhere on the table!  The lion's head pot holds the cream poinsettia.  One can never go wrong placing magnolia leaves and branches anywhere!

It brings such pleasure to set a lovely table for my family,  what will your family Christmas table look like this year?
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18 December 2016

Simple Christmas Tablescape

One of my dearest friends brought to my attention that in her opinion my tablescapes were somewhat elaborate.  Bestie D remarked I needed a very simple table that anyone could do with stuff that most everyone might have.
Dashing out into the yard I clipped some more evergreen, it pairs well with the Phaltzgraph Christmas dishes I've had forever any set of dishes would work.  I laid the greenery midtable, used some candlesticks that are almost always on the table and how is that for a simple centerpiece?!

The dishes rest on top of  green napkins and red chargers.  The stemware was an after Christmas purchase at Belk about 4 years ago.  Ya'll this took all of 10 minutes to style and while it is simple I absolutely adore it!

Consider red/ gold/silver chargers as an investment that you can pull out any time of the year for a host of occasions.  This simple addition to a table would allow anyone to pull off a tablescape that would impress!

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14 December 2016

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour 2016 {part 3}

It seems like we've just gotten started on our Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour and here we are with our last installment!  Today, we are all sharing an array of seasonal decor across our blog tour.  If you've stopped by from  Love Your Abode I'm especially glad you are here!  There are so many aspects of my Christmas decor I want to share with you today!  Let's start with these gorgeous boxwood wreaths that we were gifted from Silk Plants Direct for being part of this blog hop!

You can read all about it in my post on Monday here.  The wreaths finished out the theme of natural greenery through our home.  You can expect to see them in the future throughout our home.

This tablescape is quite frankly the one I've like the most this season.  I've scheduled a get together with a few of our closest friends just so I can use it!

The beaded place mats were a splurge this fall from...you guessed it Pier 1 Imports!  You are going to see the ALOT on them blog as I have fallen head over heels in love with these!  If you don't have these....you need them!  Trust!!  The galvanized chargers went clearance and those too just had to complete the look.  Those 2 elements will go with just about any style.

A truthful moment, I set the table with everything except a centerpiece.  I walked all over the house, looked in the attic and then I glanced at the coffee table.  The lantern that was on the coffee table now needed to make a guest appearance on the kitchen table!  Seriously ya'll, I love using the same element in various locations throughout the house.  I rarely buy anything that doesn't have a two fold purpose!  I took a few ornaments off the tree and tossed those on the table and it was just as if I had planned it that way!

Let's talk about gift wrap for a minute.  I've mentioned early in our tour that Paper Mart had gifted us our selection of wrapping paper.  Ya'll this paper is amazing!  It is the perfect weight of paper. Their selection is enormous!  As soon as I saw the toile.....ya'll know that was gonna be my must have!

There has never been a toile anything that I didn't adore!  But the green berry foil, gave the toile a good run for her money!  This paper was the easiest to use, as all foils are!

Then I saw the gold and cream dot.  This would be the most versatile of all the gift wrap I was selecting.  This paper I could use all year long, for any occasion!  Remember I'm a multipurpose gal!

When I was selecting my gift wrap and bows, I absolutely took into consideration the colors I was using in my Christmas decor.  I believe it all compliments so very well.

 I sincerely hope that all the homes featured in our blog hop will inspire you as you decorate your home for the holidays!

It has been such a joy to share our home with all of our readers.  Now don't miss what Jenna at Wife In Progress, has in store.  She has such great style I know you will find great inspiration there!

 Linda from The Home I Create
Shelia from Life & Style at 60
Marsha from M. Jones Style
Heather from My Life Well Loved
Meg from Green With Decor
Jenna from Wife in Progress
Yuni from Love Your Abode
Shelly from Confetti Style
Kellie from Design Asylum
Debbie from Refresh Restyle

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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13 December 2016

Reindeer Recipe Tour {New Year's Eve Dining Table}

Gosh ya'll I can hardly believe this is our last post of the Reindeer Recipes Tour.  I've had an absolute blast pouring over all the delicous recipes and gorgeous home decor that have been featured the past few weeks.  Well today will not disappoint I promise!  If you've popped over from Totally Tailgates, I'm so glad you've stopped by!  Today I'm sharing my New Year's Eve dining table.

New Year's Eve Tablescape

On New Year's Eve we typically stay home.  That doesn't mean we aren't celebrating in high style though! We usually have a few friends over and I aim to impress....and make it not feel like we've stayed in for the night! I adore a glamorous looking NYE table.  This year I selected silver and gold to glam up the dining room.

New Year's Eve Tablescape

Our wedding china, Montclair by Lenox is what I always use on this holiday.  It pairs well with almost any color for any ocassion.  The gold mercury glass candlesticks were a clearance purchase from Pier 1 Imports and I've had them absolutely all over the house this season!

New Year's Eve Tablescape

For the centerpiece I wanted something totally clean so, I filled one of my crystal bowls with silver and gold party poppers.
New Year's Eve Tablescape

The table runner was a find at Target many years ago.  I've complimented the china with silver chargers that you can find anywhere.  On the captains seats I've paired the silver charger with a silver placemat, another great find after the season at Pier 1 last year!

Dotting the tablescape are various silver and mercury glass candle holders.

The pair of silver candle holders stay on the dining table year round but look especially gorgeous on NYE.  The napkins along with the napkin rings are also from Pier 1...ya'll remember I work there and get a fabulous discount that I always pair with a sale!  Our wedding crystal doesn't see much time out of the china cabinet but NYE they get the call!  The crystal is King Edward by Gorham.
With all of that planned out I am  ready to ring in the New Year!  Here's hoping that someone on the blog hop has something delicious I can serve up!  Now on to my dear friend Shelly from Confetti Style.  Shelly always have something that is beyond fabulous to share with her readers.  I'd give anything if she lived next door!!!

Gwynn from Swirls of Flavor
Lisa from Clutter Cafe
Marsha from M. Jones Style
Shelly from Confetti Style
Brittany from Brittany's Pantry
Heather from Totally Tailgates

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12 December 2016

A Boxwood Wreath

Styling a boxwood wreath

The simplicity of the boxwood wreath I believe is what makes it so appealing.    I've wanted one for ages and was delighted that as part of our Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour we were all gifted one from Silk Plants Direct.  The first thing that I noticed when I unboxed them was that they didn't shed, that in and of itself is amazing.  They were shipped with great care and were in absolutely perfect condition when I took them out of their boxes.

I knew immediately that I would hang them on the doors in our family room.  I used a removable plastic hanger to hang them.  It was quick and easy!

Styling a boxwood wreath

To finish the wreaths off I used a simple ivory satin ribbon for the bows.  These natural wreaths fit so well in with the other Christmas decor in our home.  The wreaths are so well put together and so perfect I didn't want to add too much as to take away from the beauty of the wreath itself!

How to style a boxwood wreath.

The best part of the wreath is that I can use this all year long!  The bow might get a change in the New Year to reflect the many seasons forthcoming.  If you've been pondering a wreath like these, I'd like to encourage you to take a look at Silk Plants Direct as their selection is generous.

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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08 December 2016

Callaway Gardens Fantasy In Lights

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Ever since we moved back to the area  I've wanted to visit Callaway Gardens Fantasy In Lights . Well this was finally the year I did it!  In case you are unfamiliar with Callway Gardens, it is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia about an hour south of Atlanta.  Fantasy in Lights is their Christmas light display and it is truly spectacular.

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Purchasing tickets couldn't be easier.  We ordered and printed them online from the comfort of home. There is the option of purchasing them on site as well.  Be sure and visit their website for pricing and nights of operation.  Peak nights cost about $28 for adults and off peak is about $21.

When you arrive at the Gardens there are various activities.  The Christmas Village houses many shops as well as a visit with Santa!
Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

There are several places inside the Gardens that you can have dinner prior to the tour.  If you don't need a full meal there are numerous food vendors selling coffee, hot chocolate along with carnival type foods.  My crew got hot chocolate after the tour.

We walked close to the lake and it was such a lovely sight at sundown.  John, Andrew and Andrew's girlfriend in this photo were heading down to get on the trolley.

John ever the good sport let me snap his pic with these characters!

The time slot we selected to ride the trolley was at 6:30pm.  There are 2 options of seeing the lights, the trolley is the first and of course you can go in your own vehicle.  We opted to go on the trolley but I think if we were ever to do it again we might opt to go in our own car.  Mostly due to how chilly it was but, you might be able to see the lights better in your own car.  We were almost in the back of the trolley and we couldn't see as well as those at the front.  If you opt for the trolley make sure to dress accordingly and bring a blanket!

The lake was stunning as we drove past!

Callaway Gardens at sundown

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

 So many of the photos just didn't turn out, just know it is far better in person than in my photos!
Some of the best spots I couldn't get a good pic of due to my location on the trolley.
Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

The lady in front of us said this was the reason she always takes the tour.  The lights dangled all around and overhead, it was magnificent!

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

If you have littles I believe this is a trip that they would remember always.  That said there were more of us that were older.  It warmed my heart to hear the squeals of delight from the littles seated around us!
Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

If you have any questions feel free to message me and I'll do my best to answer!  This is a great experience and I do encourage everyone to try to see this at least once!

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