I’m so glad you are here today, and so glad we can catch up! Was your Christmas as crazy busy and fun as mine was? Oh, I hope it was!
As you know, the weeks before Christmas at our house were spent decorating and planning. I’m sure your holidays went similarly! There’s so much I want to tell you!
You already know that I repaired our precious snowman ornament wreath. I’ve embraced the colored lights outside, and added a little whimsy to the door.
I updated our mantle using candy red and green touches.
This really played up the whimsical colors outside and the colors of our living room.
I loved these poinsettias!
We hung our stockings by the chimney with care.
I am so thankful to have such a crafty mother in law who made this stocking for me when I joined the family. Look at that detail!
We chose a beautiful tree. Granted, it wasn’t from the cute tree lot, but it was a pretty great tree! Then we decorated it, of course! Our tree is a family tree. There’s no theme, no rhyme or reason, just ornaments we’ve collected or been given throughout our lives. They range from my husband’s childhood ornaments to ornaments we’ve accumulated on our travels! I was so excited to add our ornament from Neuschweinstein in Germany this year!
All of this was really leading up to Christmas Eve Eve. Every family celebrates Christmas Eve Eve, right? If you’re not celebrating it now, you should pencil it in for next year!
Back in Dayton, we attended a Christmas Eve Eve party with family friends each year. Spending Christmas in Huntsville means that we miss the Christmas Eve Eve party each year. The only solution is to host our own Christmas Eve Eve party for our family!
Remember, the Christmas on the River table setting? It was very rustic and the food, served family style, was the focus of the table. We drew out the rustic elements of the china.
I used the same china for our Christmas Eve Eve party, but wanted the table setting to reflect the party in Dayton. The party in Dayton is truly Southern and simple, and I wanted to see that reflected in neutrals and natural elements.
I made centerpieces the night before the party.
I’ll be the first to admit that I probably don’t give carnations the respect they deserve. When I think about carnations, I immediately think of grocery store flowers that have been forcibly died an unnatural shade of blue or pink, and I usually avoid them at all costs. But something about these with green berries and cedar was just what I wanted for the table. Touché, carnations. I’ll give you a second look next time.
I used a burlap runner for the center of the table, then layered this with wood grain placemats, golden chargers, and our dinner plate. Same china, different way.
I added smilax, magnolia, the centerpieces and mercury glass candle holders to the center of the table. I’m so thankful I have parents that will drive all over our land finding smilax and walk between several magnolia trees just to find the right shaped leaf.
You’ll notice that I almost always use low centerpieces. When you’re right at 5 feet tall, you learn that seeing people across the table is important but sometimes difficult. When there’s a huge (probably beautiful) centerpiece in the middle of the way, it’s pretty impossible to see across the table.
With, that our table was set!
We did have to turn our tale to be able to fit everyone in the dining room. It may not be the best design, but I think it’s a pretty great problem to have. I’d gladly rearrange my dining room to be able to have all of my family comfortably around the table.
I’d love to hear about your Christmas decorations! I’m sure they were lovely.
I hope I’ll see you again soon! I can’t wait to tell you more about our Christmas Eve Eve dinner! I can’t begin to describe how delicious it was.