Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

It’s ski season for the Buzz family! And, in honor of the family-loved activity, I’ve set a winter table in our lodge-theme gameroom.

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A belated, but very happy New Year to you all! This is my first post of 2020. After the sudden and heartbreaking loss of my Sweet Scottie Dog (shared in DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls), I needed to take a break from blogging.

But, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things; taking part in Amber’s Cozy Winter Home Tours. There’s so much to see and bee inspired by when you get this group of talented stylists together! If you’ve come by from Lora’s Simple Winter Mantel Decor Ideas, welcome! All twenty-four links are included at the end of the post.

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to make merry with family and friends. Besides, spring is a long way off here in Pittsburgh! During the month of January, I transition Christmas decor and tableware to enjoy for the rest of the winter season.

So, let’s hit the slopes — I promise it’s a no-fall zone!

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Easily Refresh & Update Christmas Wreaths

Easily Refresh & Update Christmas Wreaths

Do you ever pull out your holiday decorations to discover some looking worn, broken or needing repairs? And, I’m not just talking about lights not working, LOL! Before packing them away last year, I finally got around to updating and refreshing my Christmas wreaths as I had envisioned them.

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That amounted to 12 faux evergreen wreaths in need of some degree of holiday love. Eleven of the wreaths are displayed outside on the front of my Georgian Colonial style home. One large Christmas wreath adorns the front door. Ten more hang from ribbon on the outside of windows.

All the wreaths are exposed to harsh winter elements — wind, snow, rain, ice and strong sun exposure. Dry rot is another problem; from storing holiday decorations in the attic over many years.  Over time, ribbon and bows fade, become stiff, crack and tear. Florist wire rusts. And, faux evergreen wreaths begin to drop “needles” just like live greens.

Tastes change too. Or, perhaps the color paint on the front door, shutters or house. But, who has the time or inclination in late November and early December to redo Christmas wreaths and other decorations? Bah humbug! The “secret” to finding the time, is to work on the Christmas wreaths in January — post-holiday — to ready for the following year. It’s also when you can take advantage of great sales on materials and decorations.

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DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls

DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls

As part of last week’s holiday tablescape hop, I shared a peek of the Christmas cocktail ornament balls that accompanied the Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table.

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Today, I’ll show you two fast and easy methods to make your own festive drinkware for holiday merry making.

One is really just a shopping list. Minor crafting and assembly is all the other approach takes. Both are easy peasy, inexpensive to make, and require little time and effort.

I promise they’ll be a big hit with family and friends during the holiday season. Last year, my adult sons were so impressed with the Christmas cocktail ornament balls, they snapped pictures to text to their friends.

And you can use them for kids of all ages, even serving non-alcoholic beverages if you’d like. Perhaps a cranberry sparkler for the children, and something with a bit more punch for the grownups?

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Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

It’s the final day of this year’s weeklong, Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. I’m sharing my Christmas Eve table, featuring Johnson Brothers, Twas the Night Before Christmas dishes.

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We had a fan-tab-u-lous Thanksgiving! I hope you did too? But, boy was I exhausted after housing, entertaining and feeding 16 guests over eight days! The weekend before the holiday was a wonderful wedding, which brought family in town early. But, that also meant I had a lot of help in the kitchen to prepare for the feast — thanks mom and Sistah B!

Everyone got a big kick out of their Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards. And, all the ladies were pleased to take home an Easy to Make Sweater Pumpkin favor.

Instead of Black Friday shopping, we hosted a family luncheon where I used leftovers to make “Thanksgiving on a Panini” sandwiches. Eldest son brought home some unique games that three generations enjoyed playing together. That was followed by a Turkey Bowl party at the local bowling alley. We were a competitive, but supportive group! So much fun, we may make it a semi-annual event. Afterwards, we all went out for a group dinner (and awards banquet); returning back to our house for more pie.

Since I had overnight guests through Sunday, I am still regrouping! There was no time to set a new holiday tablescape — not when Thanksgiving was still being put away. So, I thought you might enjoy seeing last year’s Christmas Eve table that I never had a chance to share.

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Building a Snowman Table Setting

Building a Snowman Table Setting

A dangerous icy snow mix is headed our way; along with a high of only six degrees come Monday. Burr! So, I’m building a snowman inside my warm, cozy kitchen. 

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Snowman table that is — on my kitchen island.

For breakfast this weekend, hubby and I will be warding off the arctic chill (blast?) with bowls of warm oatmeal and cups of peppermint-flavored coffee.

We’re suppose to be going out to dinner Saturday night as part of Pittsburgh’s Restaurant Week. Not so sure that’s going to happen, as the weather forecast is for icy driving conditions. I sure hope not, as I’ve been really looking forward to dinner at The Roost. On Tuesday night we ate at the Twisted Frenchman. Both are newer, highly rated restaurants we’ve been wanting to try. More frequent dining out is part of our new retirement lifestyle.

Come in from the cold and join me at a snowman table for some frosty fun in the kitchen.

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Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape Winter Fun

Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape Winter Fun

It feels like winter again, and the perfect occasion for a toboggan ride tablescape. 

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After a heavy rainstorm with strong wind gusts yesterday, the high temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight. Now, snowflakes are falling.

I usually send out post email updates once or twice a week; on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 6 AM EST. But since Thanksgiving, I’ve been constantly playing catch up. That’s why some emails aren’t arriving in your inboxes until late in the evening.

Yesterday, after going to gym class in the morning, I spent the entire day preparing for a grand evening out with hubby. It required reading the play synopsis and music lyrics, while listing to the soundtrack of Hamilton. Yes, that Hamilton!  Then, we left the house for an early pre-theater dinner downtown before the three-hour show. Was it absolutely fabulous and fun — yes! It’s a cultural phenomenon I hope you all get a chance to see. Have you been?

So, I’ve spent most of today working on the winter tablescape post. Come along on the ride!

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