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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New Years Eve Tablesetting Ideas

New Years Eve Tablesetting Ideas

My Christmas decorations are still decking the hall, with all but the live tree in place through Epiphany Sunday. But, I’m busy restyling the kitchen and dining room for New Years Eve tablesetting and entertaining. 

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With a gold, silver, black and white color palate, it’s not too difficult to make the change from Christmas to New Years.

Sparkling decorations are always festive.

Post-holiday clearance sales of metallic and crystal ornaments, beads, garlands, paper products, and candles make for decor that easily transition from one occasion to the next.

Do you set a special table to celebrate New Years?

Today, I’m revisiting two New Years Eve tablescapes, while sharing favorite entertaining and decorating ideas. Whether it’s an intimate setting for two to four, or a buffet table to serve a large party crowd, these are sure-fire to rock around the clock.

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Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table

Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table

I’ve just finished setting the table for Christmas Day; trying to get a little ahead of the curve. Thought you might enjoy seeing it, along with my nutcracker collection centerpiece. 

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Two years ago, I was in Florida helping mom to downsize. At the time, my parents were living in a sprawling, four-bedroom home; planning a move into an apartment. Sistah B had already helped go through much of the clothing, artwork, sculptures, and decor items. Mom and I worked on the kitchen, bathrooms, smaller artwork, dining room, and her extensive holiday collection of decorations, ornaments and collectibles.

Most of the items had a great deal of sentimental value, and a number were handmade treasures. We spent several days going through the emotional, difficult process. As we accessed each item, we determined what was going in the upcoming house contents sale, to donate, or give to family members and friends.

Unfortunately, my two sisters and I simply could not absorb everything my parents wouldn’t be taking with them. After all, we are our mother’s daughters — having collected holiday decoration ourselves for decades! Plus, mom and dad had given us Christmas ornaments and decor every year since we were kids. None of the grandchildren were married or had homes yet, so they had no place to keep or display anything. That meant my sisters and I would have to store our children’s keepsakes too.

I selected the Christmas decorations and ornaments that had the most sentimental or nostalgic value to me, primarily items from my childhood. Some I had given to my parents, others I knew the boys were particularly partial to — like nutcrackers.

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Casual Christmas Table & Bar Set for Holiday Season

Casual Christmas Table & Bar Set for Holiday Season

During the holiday season, I like to create different tablescapes in the living room and kitchen; rotating between seven different holiday patterns. But, for an everyday, casual Christmas table and meal, I set out my go-to seasonal dishes. 

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Pfaltzgraff’s Nordic Christmas pattern graces the kitchen table and island bar for most of December and January.

Snowflake, reindeer, and evergreen tree motifs decorate the dishes; perfect for the winter holiday season. Muted shades of blue, brown, burgundy and green are overlaid on the ivory matte plates.

Today’s post is part of the Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, 21 stylists share their holiday table creations for your viewing pleasure.

We’re midway through the blog hop, so be sure to return tomorrow and Friday to see all the festively decorated tables.

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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 Lincoln’s February birthdays.

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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 fascination 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 (aka 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…)

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