Thursday, December 22, 2011

for the love of: Holiday Lights

Sleigh bells ring,  are you listening . . . in the lane,  snow is glistening

A beautiful sight,  we're happy tonight . . . walking in a winter wonderland.

 Gone away is the bluebird . . . here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song,  as we go along . . . walking in a winter wonderland.

 In the meadow we can build a snowman . . . then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He'll say:  Are you married?    We'll say:  No man,

But you can do the job when you're in town!

Later on,  we'll conspire . . . as we dream by the fire

To face unafraid,  the plans that we've made . . . walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman . . . and pretend that he's a circus clown

We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman. . .until the other kiddies knock 'im down.

When it snows,  ain't it thrilling . . . though your nose gets a chilling

We'll frolic and play,  the Eskimo way

walking in a winter wonderland . . .

. . . walking in a winter wonderland . . .

Walking in a winter wonderland!

PHOTOS:  1., 8.  unknown,    2., 14.  via seasonlove.tumblr,   3., 6. via dashingthruthesnow.tumblr,     
4., 11. via christmasholidays.tumblr,   5. via christmas-magic.tumblr, 
7., 9., 16. via i'll-be-home-for-christmas.tumblr,   10. via allthingselegant.tumblr,    
12. via home-for-the-holidays.tumblr,   13. via winterschill.tumblr,   15. via ilovereindeer.tumblr

Holiday Tabletop

Are you preparing a big dinner for the holidays? 

Trying to decide how you'll create decorations for the table and place settings?

Look no further!

Here are some beautiful holiday-inspired table tops...

Get a little inspiration from these photos,

and create your own unique setting.

A few tips for putting your holiday table together...

"I love antique objects, but I find that the juxtaposition of antiques with bold prints or accessories makes the table more visually interesting.  I always low-light my dinner table, depending on lots of candlelight, a dimmer on the overhead fixture, and the glow of white plates and starched linen." 

Layer Red and Green
"Don't worry if your tableware doesn't match. For a modern twist on the traditional 
holiday table, layer red and green tableware in different hues and designs."
-House Beautiful Magazine 

 Create a Jolly Tablescape
Every decoration doesn't have to feature Santa and Rudolph. You can create a lovely still life by using red and green objects. Hint: Stick to one type of material, 
like vases, bottles, and goblets.   
-House Beautiful Magazine

"A  beautiful  table  is  not  about  a  staggering  investment  in  expensive  formal  objects.   I  see  endless  opportunities  in  a  crisp  white  napkin.   
And  white,  silver,  and  gold  are  just  the  perfect  trio."

"I think of myself as a modern traditionalist.  My  favorite  color  choice  for  a  
festive  table  is  always  red.  No other color packs the punch that red does.
I love single-color arrangements of roses, tulips, and carnations."

"I  love  using  two  colors  on  a  table.   It  has  a  bigger  impact  and  creates  a  stronger  story.    I've mixed white with gray, silver, and crystal to create this glimmering holiday lunch.  All whites — and all off-whites, for that matter — go together, regardless of provenance, style, or age.  I like mixing ivory, china, and pottery together with crisp linen napkins.  It always looks fresh and new.  Simple white and green flowers add freshness and height to the center of the table." 

"When I saw the simple stark white plates, I wanted to juxtapose the modern white dishes against rich reds, traditional pewter shapes, and staghorn flatware and candlesticks — utensils one would find in a 17th-century hunting lodge.   I  use  lots  of  fruit  as  table  decoration,  again inspired by the beautiful Dutch still lifes I love. Here it's rich red apples and grapes. The table works equally well for autumn or winter or even a Valentine's Day celebration." 

For added holiday sparkle, use decorative accents in both silver and gold.

"Sunday brunch is a great way to see family and friends in a more intimate setting. I like to serve courses, even at breakfast, so the table is set with white china chargers.  Everything encourages you to linger. Individual pitchers and ramekins for syrup and jam — a rule of my mother's: Decant everything. And white linen napkins that were also my mother's, to remind us of holidays past."  

Last but not least, Martha Stewart has some great places to start, with NAPKIN FOLDING and HOW TO SET A FORMAL DINNER TABLE, and also for AN INFORMAL DINNER TABLE, plus some HOLIDAY TABLE IDEAS from hgtv.       So  go  for  it. . . and  enjoy !

Saturday, December 17, 2011

White Christmas

  I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten, and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...with every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And   may   all   your   Christmases   be   white !

PHOTOS:  1. via mokkasin, 2., 3., 5., 9., 10.  unknown,   3.  4.  christmasholiday.tumblr,  6.  tis-the-season-to-be-jolly.tumblr  7. via pugh's-news.tumblr  8. vintagerosewinterwonderland.tumblr

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