Even though it feels more like spring in Boston (with temps in the mid 60s), than the holidays I am embracing the spirit. My wreath is up, my tree on the deck is lit and I will be decking the halls next weekend. How about you?
Every hostess will enjoy a delicious candle for their home over the holidays like these from MATOUK.
Or one of my holiday favorites - Thymes FIR candle
Since everyone has an iPad or a Kindle, how about a chic cover? Find one HERE
Give something other than wine like a bottle of truffle oil - a decadent splurge that any hostess will enjoy. Buy some HERE
Or a bottle of MOLTON BROWN hand wash in Thai Vert
Friends of ours always send a box of homemade cheese straws and they are to.die.for! Bake up a batch, package them in a nice tin and what a perfect gift - they go so well with cocktails! RECIPE
Monogrammed cocktail NAPKINS that look like linen, but are actually paper.
A set of chic NAPKIN RINGS from Sue's store at the Zhush will add holiday pop to any table top.
Paperwhites are a holiday classic. This adorable KIT includes everything you need.
And if you want to put something under the tree for the host (not just the hostess), a needlepoint FLASK
Cheers to the holiday season!
Top Image: Better Homes and Gardens
With the turkey (and the leftovers) eaten, it is time to decorate for Christmas. I love this time of year and these great simple ideas for holiday outdoor decor from Better Homes and Gardens. Find the details HERE
Game on Santa!
Before we turn to all things Christmas, I wanted to share one image of the stunning table my Mum (Dixie) created for our Thanksgiving.
The pumpkin place cards I made following a similar look from Martha and spray painted the pumpkins gold and tied a card to each one with narrow ribbon. The silver candelabra are antiques passed down through our family mixed with amber glass votives. Antique ruby port glasses were mixed with rental wine glasses. The centerpiece was truly "green" with a harvest bounty of fruits, veggies and nuts. The food and the wine were stellar, only upstaged by a great group of family and fabulous friends. Hope you all had a great holiday, too!
Last in the Five for Fall Series, but certainly not least, is my pal Elizabeth of PRETTY PINK TULIPS. You will love her style and Texas charm - I promise!
1) Apple anything...baked, cider, crisp or pie. Here's Tyler Florence's RECIPE for The Ultimate Caramel Pie.
2. WOODLAND SPODE Dishes which Elizabeth uses from September through the end of November. The china is perfect for fall dinner parties all the way through Thanksgiving!
3) A chic outfit in layers. Growing up in Texas, Elizabeth never wore scarves and now, she can't imagine an outfit without them..and a fabulous pair of GLOVES!
I am a huge fan of pecan pie. Luh-ve! I am planning the menu for my annual Christmas dinner party and may try making this chocolate pecan pie for dessert paired with fresh whipped cream and champagne. Adding chocolate can only make things better, right?RECIPE