Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day

Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day

The dining room is already wearing the green — in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day— with an elegant metallic gold and emerald shamrock tablescape. 


I frequently set the dining room table and decorate the kitchen area to reflect the seasons and holidays for several weeks at a time. That includes two chandeliers, an island bar, countertop and open shelves.

This past weekend, I took down Valentines Day and began to pull out decorations and tableware for St. Patrick’s Day. But, since today is Presidents Day, the kitchen is still set with dishes, pewter and figures featured in Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue.

The shamrock tablescape is the first of several St. Patrick’s Day themed settings I hope to share with you. See how quickly and easily you can create an elegant dinner table. Mix china and crystal with inexpensive shamrock-shaped ornaments, placemats, and other accents, including napkins folded into a 4-leaf clover. (more…)

Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue

Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue

Happy Birthday Abe & George!

I’ve set a Presidents Day table in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincolns February birthdays.


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a keen interest in the past. Living in Philadelphia during the Bicentennial, further sparked my fasciation with early American history. Then and now, we often visit places like Independence Hall, Valley Forge, Trenton, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Yorktown, and Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Researching colonial ancestors, who were early settlers of Pennsylvania and Maryland, led to more pilgrimages and exploration of places where they lived. Walking in ancestors’ footsteps adds a deeper appreciation of the past and its relevance to the present.

What really added flame to the fire, was discovering an ancestor who served as a spy and courier for General Washington. Peacock (the Rebel Bird) was also an officer of three militias and at Cornwallis’ surrender. Peacock was George’s guy and I’m partial to them both! (more…)

Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day

Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day

I’ve decorated the kitchen and dining room with red heart ornaments, mini-wreaths and embellishments for Valentines Day. 


After creating a DIY Let Me Call You Sweetheart Wreath recently, there were a few red heart ornaments leftover just begging to be used. So I got myself to Michael’s and picked up two more packages of eight.

First, I incorporated the red hearts into a formal dining room tablescape with decorated chandelier. That’s when I ‘rediscovered’ red heart-shaped wreaths,  previously used as used napkin rings. Do you ever forget you have stuff? Or, then where you stashed it?

For giggles, I hung a couple of the red heart mini-wreaths from the chandelier and really liked the look. Back to Michael’s I went to grab as many as I could, while they still had them in stores.

All this led to a cascade of ideas using red hearts to decorate a trio of corner cabinets in the kitchen and create two more informal table settings. It’s ‘bleeding’ red hearts around here!  (more…)

A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends

A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends

Sweet Way to Spend an Afternoon

A couple of years ago, three of my friends joined me for a Valentines Day tea with champagne cocktails and desserts. Valentine’s Day is about love and romance, but it’s also about celebrating friendships.


I met all three of these lovely ladies at the gym a number of years ago. We regularly go for coffee and smoothies after class and plan outings throughout the year together.

Just yesterday, we went to see Phantom Thread, a movie we were confident none of our husbands would enjoy. We were right! What a long, odd movie. All those Oscar nominations and positive reviews had us intrigued, but it was quite a disappointment. Although the movie did make for animated post-coffee discussion, I recommend viewing it at home to see all the marvelous fashions. Sorry to say, I’d only give it a two out of five Debbee rating.

Have any of you see Phantom Thread? What are your thoughts, reactions to the movie?

Anyway, a couple of years ago, I wanted to thank my gym buddies for supporting me through a particularly rough patch. So, I invited them for a Valentines Day tea party. (more…)

5 Snowman Centerpieces Decorate Winter Table

5 Snowman Centerpieces Decorate Winter Table

If It’s Snowing, Build a Snowman Centerpiece

It’s a cold morning with snowflakes flying, reminding me of five snowman centerpieces I haven’t shared with you.


This being my first few months blogging (right smack in the middle of the holiday season), there were only so many seasonal tablescapes I had time to feature.

This weekend I plan to pack away the last of winter theme decorations and tableware. Before I do, I thought I’d share a couple pictures of each table, focusing on the snowman centerpieces.

  1. Frosty’s Magic Top Hat
  2. Crystal-Dusted Snowman Duo
  3. Penguin Friends Join Ice Skating Party
  4. Rustic Snowman Lights Up Table
  5. Vintage Favorite Surrounded by Bottle Brush Trees

Come to the table… (more…)

Welcome to the Apres-Ski Lodge Buffet

Welcome to the Apres-Ski Lodge Buffet

Trying to Keep Up on Skis

Apres-ski is social activity and entertainment at a lodge, after a day of skiing on the slopes.


I can tell you from experience, it’s also an opportunity to warm yourself by a fire, while having something to drink that warms you from the inside out! Not to mention, an opportunity to wear some cute fuzzy boots and other sporty ski attire.

It’s one of my favorite aspects of skiing, because it also means I survived another day on the mountain!

My guys love…check that…adore skiing. They are all about the speed. Me, not so much. I need to feel I’m in some control. That’s why I make wide S’s, with big loops down the slopes. The three of them are always waiting patiently for me at the bottom of each run. Seriously, I think they miss out on all that beautiful scenery. The joke is that I see two to four times as much mountain as they do!

Today, I have an apres-ski buffet, featuring my collection of winter and lodge-themed serving pieces and décor. (more…)

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