Thanksgiving is officially behind us and while I have been itching to commence the holidays for what seems like months, now that they are officially here, I am wishing time would freeze. My goal was to finish shopping by today, Cyber Monday, but unfortunately, I haven’t even made a dent in my list. (I’ll be looking to several of my ideas I launched last week HERE – most all are still on sale). Once the decorating is finished and I have a grip on gifts, the focus switches to my favorite part of the holidays – the entertaining.
This week, to kick off the season, I have partnered with a talented group to bring 30 holiday entertaining ideas With the Styled-Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. (You can check out fall tables HERE). The group will be sharing a plethora of Christmas entertaining ideas- think tables, kitchens, and all that the holidays bring! If you arrived here via Kelly of My Soulful Home‘s glam farmhouse kitchen, welcome! I’m going to share a portion of my kitchen today also – an extension of my kitchen, really – the breakfast room. Some of my favorite memories, especially around the holidays, stem from intimate gatherings of hosting only one other couple. On those evenings, and for special dinners between my husband and myself, I prefer to dine in this room – she’s low maintenence but can get a little dressed up when she needs to 😉
While I can get pretty elaborate dressing my table in the dining room (you can check out all my tablescapes HERE), I typically take a much simpler approach in this eating area, using a statement centerpiece to set the tone.
I started with this large, hammered beverage tub and filled it with wet floral foam. The base is greenery pulled and cut from fresh pine and cedar garland. The night before, I actually had big, beautiful, white hydrangeas mixed in… in the morning, they were wilted. I didn’t have enough time to revive and dry them so I ended up sticking in a few faux I had purchased for one of my Christmas trees. (Note: I will be launching my office and dining room Christmas trees on Friday so be sure to check back then!)
I also used a few silver berry picks, some icicles, and then nestled a few icy blue ball ornaments in the arrangement to up the festive factor.
I am always looking for simple ways to jazz up place cards a bit. A tiny spring of greenery from the centerpiece is all I used here. (Some of my favorite place cards are from my first Christmas table this year (HERE), with the snowflake embellishment.)
I just found these icy blue salad plates last week and fell in love! I only have a few sets of dinner plates but salad plates are my weakness because you can change them up so easily for a different look.
Here’s a little peek beyond the breakfast nook. My full Christmas home tour will be launching next Tuesday, 12/6 😉
While it is the season to celebrate with lots of friends, family, neighbors – and basically, everyone you know – don’t get so busy that you don’t make time to enjoy the small, quiet times. Plan a low key night in with your closest friend(s), wear pajamas, and even order take out. Remember to enjoy the season.
Chairs | Beverage Tub Centerpiece | Placemats | Dinner Plates | Blue Salad Plates | Napkins | Center Plate Coaster | Deer Place Card Holder | Table Runners: HomeGoods | Wreath: HomeGoods | Table: Refinished (PROJECT HERE) | Chandelier | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | White Soup Tureen | Platter | Sideboard: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candelabras (SIMILAR) | Cake Stands: HERE, HERE, HERE| Mirror: Hobby Lobby | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Next, head to my friend Kris’s home at Driven by Decor – I have shared her entertaining ideas too many times to count because I always glean so much inspiration from her. Today is a special treat because instead of hosting in her dining room, she will be set up in her breakfast nook – and, you HAVE to check out her stunning DIY banquet! Click HERE to get to Kris’s home and she will send you on to the next person in the loop at the end of her post. To make sure you don’t miss any, below is a preview of everyone on today’s tour, along with what’s to come later this week!
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