Entries in holidays (8)


getting ready for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days!!!  I'm not quite sure which I'm more excited about - eating my weight in turkey and fixings or setting my table.  This year I'm keeping it simple on both counts; the older I get the more I crave simplicity in every aspect of my life and that most certainly includes entertaining!  I had high hopes of sharing links to everything I'm using to host much earlier than now, but it rained every single day last week, making it impossible to get decent pictures! 

Over the years I've accumulated a great mix of basic dinner and serveware that I use on a daily basis that can also easily be dressed up for holidays and special occasions.  Add some fresh greenery in a gorgeous ice bucket and some beautiful linen napkins and I'm set!

This year I really wanted to add deep, dark indigo and I found it in these navy napkins (they're currently buy one, get one half off; thank you for the tip, Tessa!) I think they'll be the perfect compliment to my rattan chargers, bamboo flatware and French wine glasses (which are on sale!).  These bamboo servers are a budget-friendly alternative to buying all new flatware and look amazing paired with a simple white salad bowl (HomeGoods always has some beautiful, inexpensive options!) and no matter what I end up doing for a centerpiece, I always add a few unscented white votives to really up the cozy factor.  I love this set from Amazon but I also found sets of two at the dollar store and grabbed about a hundred of them, so I'm pretty much set for the next decade! 

Whenever I'm buying something for entertaining, I try to be mindful of my storage space and make sure what I'm considering purchasing is super versatile.  These woven glasses add a beachy vibe in the summer but add just the right amount of texture to a fall table, too, and I have a weakness for beautiful ice buckets because you can also use them as makeshift vases - the same goes for wine coolers!  I love this marble option and at $25, the price can't be beat! 

Greenery can be as easy as a few snips from a bush or tree in your yard or a simple maiden hair fern or topiary, if you're lucky enough to find them near you.  One year I snipped some purple sweet potato vine from the pots on our front porch and put them in vintage glass mini bottles down the tables.  The contrast was gorgeous against my gray/green Cinderella pumpkins and it didn't cost me a thing!

So, that's pretty much it for us this year.  How are you guys setting the table for Turkey Day?


'tis the season!

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us and I, for one, couldn't be happier!  If I had my way, I'd get our tree on 1 November, but since I've been vetoed on that one, I'm playing Christmas music and am slowly, but surely, working on dressing up my table settings for the season!  I don't know about you guys, but I like to deck the halls before I can really think too far into shopping (although, I am DETERMINED to be done my shopping by 1 December this year!)  There are so many gorgeous home decor options out right now that are also super budget-friendly that I decided to round up a few I'm loving lately.....every single one (except for the bar cart) is less than $100 and will take you not only through the holidays but will also keep your home feeling festive long after the tree has come down!  (Not to mention, they're all great gift ideas!)  I don't have much brass or gold in my house but after putting all these pretties together, I'm thinking I may need to remedy that (hello, gold ice bucket!)  Seriously, though, there isn't any color comination more chic than blue and white with pops of green, a little rattan and marble!  What holiday decorative accessories are you loving this year?


Gold Ice Bucket / Boxwood wreath / Marble pedestal / Blue double old fashioneds / Napkins

Cheese knives / Burl wood tray / Trim tassel pillow / Tortoise shaker / South Seas Side Cart


how to keep your christmas tree fresh until new year!


Picking out our Christmas tree is something we wait all year for!  In a perfect world, I'd get mine the day after Halloween, but living in the South, where it's warm and muggy until right about now, usually means our trees are extra crispy just in time for Christmas itself.  The last three years, though, and so far this year (knock on wood) we've had the best luck keeping ours fresh all the way until New Year - and I'm not just talking about keeping it alive, I mean soaking up water twice a day, smelling amazing and still soft to the touch!  I realize many people are ready to take their tree down the day after Christmas, but there isn't anything I love more than curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine and a movie under the soft glow of white twinkle lights for as long as I can push it!  The secret is two simple steps, but they make such a huge difference! 

First, make a fresh cut at the base.  (I do this even if the vendor says he just did it because I'm a tad OCD and also because I like to keep an inch cut off the base, mark it with the year and keep it with our Christmas stash!) 

Next, I use a 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch drill bit to drill two or three holes in the base of the tree, depending on how big the bottom is.  This helps the tree guzzle water like you wouldn't believe!  I had a couple in my toolbox from when I made mini pumpkin taper candle holders; I found mine at Lowe's.

And that's it!  Seriously, it couldn't be any easier.  Just be prepared to check the water level on the tree a couple times a day at first; for the first week, I ended up adding water three times every day.  Now, I fill it up first thing in the morning and then again around dinner.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are gearing up for a fabulous week! xx


christmas bar set up

If ever there was a time to have a makeshift bar set up in your home, I say Christmas season is it!  We have friends and neighbors dropping in all the time and having a little well-stocked bar in a corner somewhere has been a great and festive way to welcome everyone!  I don't have one of the enviable bar carts that still pop up in my Pinterest feed on a daily basis and, truth is, I don't have the room for one, either, but the best part is that you don't need a lot of space for a little bar set up - a tiny spot on the kitchen counter, the table in your entryway or even a side table in your living room is more than enough!  Keep it simple and pull a few items from around the house and you're set: a tray to corral everything, some beautiful glasses, an ice bucket, a bottle opener, a pretty bowl for limes, some sparkling water for the non-boozers and, of course, liquor!  Here are a few examples that inspired me to set up my own little cocktail corner in my kitchen for the holidays:

Robert Brown Interior Design

Heather Clawson

Michelle Smith via OKL


Amy Anton

Southern Living



Rue Mag

Here are my picks for a simple cocktail set up for the holiday season:

Tortoise ice bucket / Rattan tray / French wine glasses / Brass fish bottle opener /

Monogrammed cocktail napkins / Monogrammed decanter / Striped cocktail tray /

Bourbon + brown sugar candle / Gold bowl


simple christmas

Pregnancy has slowed me down considerably the last week and a half and I couldn't be more grateful; it's given me a chance to take my time and focus on things I haven't had time for before (namely, anything in my own house!) Putting up my Christmas decorations has been one of the things I've relished most;  I'll admit, I was ready to get a tree the day after Halloween (and even had a string of white lights on the mantle for a week or two before Thanksgiving to keep things festive when I couldn't sleep at night!) I've kept my decorations simple the last few years and this Christmas, especially, sticking to fresh evergreens and garlands, magnolia branches, jute rope as garland for the tree, a piece of burlap as a tree skirt for some texture and a handful of my favorite ornaments (my porcelain milk bones!)  That's it. I think Baby Girl is going to love it; I know her Momma does!

Our local nursery was kind enough to let me have as many extra branches as I could haul away...I stuck them in dirt in my urns flanking the front door - with a little water, they last well beyond Christmas! And reason #389,762 to paint your front door high gloss black; fresh evergreens look so amazing against it!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Progress pics of the nursery coming on Monday!