The countdown is on before the big Christmas meal. Find inspiration for your holiday table decor with these elegant and unexpected design ideas.
North Carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley, is no stranger to creating a luscious table top having authored the eye candy packed book The Collected Tabletop. Layering china patterns with hand blown martini glasses and beaded holly place mats hit all the notes for a lavish Christmas party.
Better Homes and Gardens TV host, Tara Dennis is well known for her decorating, style and craft ideas. Keeping things fresh and simple she crafted this beach inspired Christmas tablescape with just a few basics. Natural linens, solid plates and plain glassware, along with a scattering of shells, is sure to transport diners to a tranquil beach.
Red, green and white elements set a simple yet classic holiday table.
Sweet Peach featured this playful, kid friendly Christmas table by Beth Lord. Utilizing vintage ornaments under glass, wrapped “gifts” and mismatched table ware, she sets the stage for laid back holiday supper.
A mix of Waterford and Lenox “Holiday” china sets a gorgeous holiday table.
Mr H. says: The best memories are those made gathered around the table-Enjoy!
With the weather finally turning to Spring, it’s time to move the party outside. In the South, elegant entertaining is a way life and outdoor entertaining should be just as luxurious.
Ditch the paper and plastic for a colorful array of assorted table top. Hillsborough, NC company, VIETRI is the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor products and we all know the Italians are master sat la dolce vita!
Think Spring produce, like asparagus and carrots, when creating centerpieces for a Spring party.
Create a dedicated area for the bar. Provide plenty of backyard friendly glasses and napkins.
Be sure to plan for lighting at nightfall with solar lights strung high enough to walk under.
Gather in the backyard with family and friends to enjoy a few games of classic lawn bowling.
Host a gracious picnic out of this English willow basket from Williams-Sonoma. Filled with fine tableware, linens and serving essentials for food and beverages, it has everything for a grand outdoor dining adventure.
The cocktail hour is an entertaining must in the South. Feature the refreshingly light British Pimm’s Cup at your next outdoor affair. This drink pairs lemon and ginger with the spicy fruit flavors of a gin-based liqueur called Pimm’s No. 1 cup.
3/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
1 1/3 cups sparkling water, chilled
4 lemon slices
1 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into 4 spears
Fill 4 tall (12-ounce) glasses with ice cubes. Pour 3 tablespoons Pimm’s into each glass. Pour 1/2 cup ginger ale and 1/3 cup sparkling water into each glass; stir to combine. Garnish each serving with 1 lemon slice and 1 cucumber spear. Serve immediately.
Mr. H says: Spring is God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’-Enjoy!
Benjamin Franklin thought a lot about the turkey even suggesting it become the United States’ national bird. He felt the turkey had far more noble qualities than the bald eagle writing:
“…the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on.”
As we celebrate our unique American holiday this Thursday let us give praise to the noble creature that will grace so many tables this year.
Williams-Sonoma turkey tablecloth
Adorable turkey towels from Crate & Barrel
Spode turkey plates
Love these twig turkeys
Vintage turkey candle holder
Welcome guests with a turkey and pheasant feather wreath
Mr. H says: Remember Thanksgiving is an action word-Enjoy!
As you finish up the shopping, cooking and cleaning, the last thing on your mind may be decorating the table for the big event. Fear not, here is a cool selection of easy and inexpensive centerpiece ideas that will make your table so festive that tom turkey may not take center stage this year!
This is the recipe I’m using with the turkey leftovers:
White Bean Turkey Chili
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 lime wedges (optional)
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden. Add chili powder, garlic, and cumin; sauté for 2 minutes. Add oregano and beans; cook for 30 seconds. Add broth; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes.
Place 2 cups of bean mixture in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan. Add turkey, and cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat. Add diced tomato, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper, stirring well. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.