Christmas Dinner Survival Tips

Christmas is a much-anticipated holiday, but it can also be a stress-induced day for a variety of reasons. Today I'm sharing 15 Christmas dinner survival tips to help ease some of the anxiety and frustration surrounding Christmas dinner. Hopefully you can use some of these tips to make your holiday meal and celebration more enjoyable!  And I hope you enjoy the pretty table settings I'm featuring at the same time. Some are mine, and some are … [Read more...]

My Farmhouse Christmas Porch

Are you ready for Christmas with less than a week to go? I feel pretty relaxed about the holidays this year. My decorating was done early, allowing me to relax a bit more. I wasn't going to decorate the porch other than a wreath on the door, but then I got an email from American Farmhouse Style magazine requesting to photograph my Christmas home. My house won't appear in the magazine until next year's Christmas edition. The photographer comes … [Read more...]

How to Care for Poinsettias

Bottle brush trees are my favorite Christmas decoration, but a very close second on the favored holiday decor list are poinsettias! I love this flower's festive color and bushy shape. Many people find this holiday flower a bit finicky, but with a little knowledge you'll know how to care for poinsettias.   A quick email to our local greenhouse resulted in permission to take photos of their beautiful poinsettias. Shady Hill has so many … [Read more...]

Christmas Brunch Table Setting

Have you noticed that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas fly by faster than any other days of the year? It's like we're all flying along with Santa at warp speed to get everything done. Today I'm taking a deep breath and putting together a simple Christmas brunch table setting. (This post contains affiliate links.) Today's tablescape is part of "It's All Set" with a few of my blogging friends. You'll find links to their inspirational … [Read more...]

Bottle Brush Trees: Creative Ways to Display

It's no secret I love bottle brush trees and I'm always thinking of creative ways to display them during the holidays. Sometimes the smallest detail can make a big difference. I haven't used up all my ideas yet for displaying bottle brush trees, which is a good thing. I can use the ideas next year! Bottle Brush Trees in a Box I have the perfect size, white little boxes that hold my larger bottle brush trees. It's like finishing off your big … [Read more...]

Christkindlmarket in Naperville: A Family Outing

When I decorated early for Christmas I was attempting to achieve two goals. First, I needed to have it all done before the Holiday Housewalk last week. Second, I wanted to make sure I'd have weekend time to spend with family, leading up to the holidays. Both goals accomplished! Last weekend hubby and I met my children and their families at Christkindlmarket in Naperville. It's just like the Christkindlmarket in Chicago if you've ever been there … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorations: 15 Ideas

Christmas is coming, the snow is falling, my shopping is half done, and I'm a happy camper. Last year this same time I felt so stressed with all the decorating, planning, and shopping. This year I made some changes. My Christmas decorations are up earlier and I've purchased all of my gifts online. It sure beats fighting the crowds. So today I'm relaxing a little and looking at pretty holiday photos from Houzz, which I'm now sharing with you. … [Read more...]

Christmas Bedroom: Holiday Decorating

Old Man Winter gifted our neighborhood with almost a foot of snow yesterday. The mini blizzard created an opportune moment for staying indoors and adding a bit more holiday decor to the rest of the house. My Christmas Home Tour was shared last week but I didn't include a Christmas bedroom, so today I'm sharing one of our under-the-eaves bedrooms.   My daughters slept in here when they were much younger, but there were two twin beds as … [Read more...]

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

When I see a gathering of pine cones on the ground, I envision what I can make with them. They're the perfect craft project because they're easy to work with and they're free! Today I'm sharing how to make Pine Cone Christmas Trees! You've probably seen similar little trees on Pinterest or in the pages of your favorite crafting magazine.   First of all, don't buy pine cones at the store since you can get them for free almost anywhere … [Read more...]

My Christmas Home Tour ~ 2016

Glitter is flying everywhere, ornament boxes are strewn about the floor, and kitties are chasing errant curls of ribbon around the house. My favorite season of blogging is finally here and once again I'm honored to participate in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk, sponsored by Wayfair. The past few weekends have been a little chaotic getting things ready, but it's all been worth it. Welcome to my Christmas home tour; I'm so happy to have you … [Read more...]

Deer Table Setting for Christmas Entertaining

I've set literally thousands of tables in my lifetime, and that's not an exaggeration. In high school I held a part-time job as a food server and waitress in Arthur Andersen's training center. Some of the banquets were fancy and everything had to be perfect; it's an art form. A beautiful tablescape combines form with function to create an enjoyable dining experience. I always enjoy putting a table setting together, so I'm happy to join a group of … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel: A Snowy Village

Did any of you get out for some Black Friday specials last week? Hopefully you found some bargains and can now focus on your holiday decorating. I try to avoid the crowds and spent the Thanksgiving weekend finishing up my decor. Usually I have a plan, but ended up changing what I had in mind for my Christmas mantel. My glitter houses were going to grace the mantel, but I ended up creating a snowy village with a Scandinavian vibe. My Christmas … [Read more...]

Frosted Mason Jar Votives

My Christmas home tour is next Wednesday and I'm hoping to finish up my decorating this weekend. It always takes longer than I think, as I move from room to room and see projects needing completion. At the last minute I decided to make Frosted Mason Jar Votives for my stairway. It's become a tradition now to line my staircase with some type of candle. The frosted votives are so easy to make and don't take much time either.   Start with … [Read more...]