As the More is More Mom®, I am all about……more holiday preparations! I know I’m getting completely ahead of myself, considering I have yet to dismantle, sort, wrap and pack up my Halloween decorations. We still have a surprising amount of Trick-or-Treat candy left in our bowl, which won’t last much longer with the chocoholics that live in our home. Thanksgiving may be next on the horizon, but Christmas is calling my name……
Just the other day I was “grocery shopping” at the Super Target (which is clearly code for, “I’m actually up to monkey business”), marveling at all of the wonder of the season. I had hit the entertaining mother-load. Since more of everything is always better, it’s time to stock up, while supplies last….
Nothing sets the tone for the holidays like a little illumination. I fell in love with the soft and elegant silver and gold tones of the glass votive holders. What a great combination of crackled, ribbed and hobnail finishes. While the shimmer finish is perfect for the holidays, votive candles are beautiful year round, scattered about your home and your outdoor living space. This collection includes gorgeous and sparkly pillar, taper and tea light candles as well. There are also wonderful ornate, turned pillar and taper candlesticks. Wouldn’t these be warm and pretty in your own home, or grouped as a lovely gift? If you’d prefer to take out all of the guess work, there are fragrant winter inspired (think pine tree and pomegranate) gift candles in a mercury glass type finish, cradled in luxurious boxes.
You can certainly punch things up a bit by scattering a little holiday cheer about your home. When faced with the dilemma of choosing a Santa or a Snowman (much like the age old argument…Britney or Christina?), I am frequently drawn to Snowmen and snowflakes. While Santa is a right jolly old elf, he’s a little out of place come January. Now Frosty, on the other hand, he can hang around until the final snowfall, and if you live here in Chicago, Frosty is likely to be hopping down the bunny trail come spring. Throw pillows and blankets make any sofa, bench or bed festive! Don’t forget about Kitchen towels, hand towels and bath towels, embellished with snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, Christmas Trees, poinsettia’s and Santa’s, all with coordinating accessories and small rugs.
Whether you’re hosting a huge Christmas dinner for 50, or celebrating quietly with your family, there are so many festive and whimsical inspirations for your table. Cherry red and apple green are so much fun! There are darling Santa, Snowmen, Reindeer and Penguin pieces; cookie jars, coffee mugs, platters, dinner plates, dessert plates, nesting bowls, cereal bowls, placemats, napkins, table runners and drink-ware. The whole point is to have fun with it. Mix and match a few interesting pieces with your good china and crystal, or every day dishes. You’ll be surprised at what a difference infusing something lively makes, while ensuring that each meal is special.
Now you know how much I love a party! This is the best time to check out your inventory of entertaining pieces and add to your collection. Silver is just so elegant; as perfect for a formal dinner party as it is for serving barbecue on the 4th of July. Whether you’re serving appetizers or dessert, the two tiered, hobnail trimmed platters are gorgeous! Complete your collection with the large and small rectangular trays and the chip and dip bowl which can also be used for crudités.
If you’re serving a crowd, corral your barware on a tray in gold leaf, silver leaf or red lacquer. Of course, you’ll want a huge bucket for your beverages (and don’t forget to keep them on ice). When you’re not in party mode, those tubs are great for storing firewood on your hearth and collecting magazines or toys.
Don’t already have a supply of chargers? Now is the time to make the investment. The best formal and beautifully set tables start with good linens and layers. To achieve that visual interest, you’ll want to start with a charger, adding a dinner plate then a decorative salad or dessert plate to set the tone for your fancy soiree.
Christmas is just around the corner. With a few festive touches you can make your home an even happier place to celebrate the holidays!
More holidays, more decorations, more happy homes…..