Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

A Fun & Festive Casual Christmas Table

On Christmas Day I always prepare a formal dinner with china, silver, and crystal in the dining room. However, on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, our immediate family celebrates around the kitchen table. This is always a fun table to decorate because, since it’s a more Casual Christmas Table, I can afford to play around… Continue reading A Fun & Festive Casual Christmas Table

Entertaining · Holidays · Party/Tablescapes · Recipes

A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner

While I love discovering new things, I am a traditionalist at heart. This means that for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I serve the same main entrees every year. As an Italian, Christmas Eve has its own traditional menu. This celebration, La Vigilia di Natale (The Vigil of the Birth), is also known as The… Continue reading A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner

Floral Arrangements · Party/Tablescapes

Fall Harvest Tablescape

According to the calendar, it’s October. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel the least little bit like fall in North Carolina this year. The thermostat hasn’t dropped below the mid-eighties, and the leaves are firmly clinging to their branches with no change of color in sight. However, even though Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo, autumn is upon… Continue reading Fall Harvest Tablescape

Cake/Cookie How To's · Party/Tablescapes

Butterfly Mother’s Day Tablescape

Because of the pandemic, I haven’t seen my mother in over a year. Now that we’re all getting vaccinated, we are more than ready to get together to celebrate, not only Mother’s Day but all the occasions we’ve missed while sheltering in place. Butterflies spreading their wings and emerging from their confining cocoons seem an… Continue reading Butterfly Mother’s Day Tablescape

Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

A Grown-up Easter Candy Tablescape

As I thought about my Easter tablescape this year, I had in mind a sophisticated table dressed in spring green and inspired by these lovely Primrose paper napkins. However, when I began the Easter tablescape I’d envisioned, I realized that though vivid, the small print on these napkins did not make much of an impact… Continue reading A Grown-up Easter Candy Tablescape

Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

Riddle Me A Valentine’s Tablescape

Back in the dark ages when I was a child, kids exchanged Valentines with everyone in their class. These valentines often featured corny puns or goofy riddles. So in the spirit of this old-fashioned tradition, I ask, “What is black and white and red all over?” The answer: my Valentine’s tablescape. After just finishing up… Continue reading Riddle Me A Valentine’s Tablescape