Looking for new ideas to get you into the holiday mood? Take a look at these holiday themed tablescapes. Whether your tastes are warm and soft, bright and bold or woodsy and elegant. Customizing your own holiday decor can get anyone one in the holiday spirit. Tiny place cards trimmed in gold, pine cones that sparkle giving off the faintest smell of cinnamon, take all the things you love and bring them to the table. Happy Holidays!
It has been too long since I have written here and as the holidays roll around, I always come back. I have been preparing steadily for two week for my favorite day of the year. The food, the drinks, the fall colors, the aroma… the most decadent of all our days. A day filled with warmth and family and home. This holiday at its core embodies all of the things that are right about the human experience. To be thankful for what we have, who we are and who is around us. It gets lost all too often in the shuffle. We see the long lines at the stores, accompanied by unsmiling faces and just get disheartened. I too have, on occasion succumb to dismay, but on that day where we feast and laugh, it all melts away. I would just like to extend warm wishes from our family to yours… may your holidays be filled with love and togetherness, may your cup run over with the bounty of all you love and may the people nearest to you be the ones you most treasure. Take the time to enjoy all around you, let your senses absorb the wonder that is this life and with a kind spirit and a generous heart, spring you in the holiday season.
***Photo “Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape” Homeandheavens.com
How much fun would it be to have a St. Patrick’s day themed wedding!! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want show off some wonderful green and shamrock themed Irish ideas! There are a few things that would really help to create the perfect Irish wedding!
For the reception, consider incorporating a traditional Irish wedding toast, Irish music like bagpipes or even Irish dancers in a modern way. Bagpipes could be used at the ceremony or to introduce the couple and then have more modern music played by an Irish band.
Have the caterers use traditional Irish foods like Irish stew, potatoes, soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and update them. Consider including Irish favorites like whiskey, mead, Guinness and Irish coffee. Traditionally, the wedding cake is a whiskey cake or spiked fruitcake. Ask your bakery to design a cake that fits your tastes.
Exchanging Claddagh rings is a sign of commitment and love and shows that their heart has been taken. There are some lovely rings out there. Handfasting is a great tradition to have as part of the ceremony. Partners hold hands with their wrists crossed and a ribbon is wound around the top of one wrist and under and around the other wrist, creating the infinity symbol. Don’t forget to add bells! Traditionally, bells were thought to ward off evil spirits and were also used to end an argument and make a truce, reminding the couple of their wedding vows. Give wedding guests bells to ring at the end of the ceremony and to use during the reception to get the couple to kiss.
Traditionally in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to be married and if one were lucky enough to have their wedding on St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure to add a good luck charm!!