Welcome to the 255th Metamorphosis Monday!
This weekend I played out on the porch, decorating it for the Christmas season.
The trees are all bare now, definitely looking like winter on the porch.
A view from the other end…
I used things I already had for the most part. The table was decorated simply with live greenery, a sweet glittery deer, mercury-glass Christmas trees and little mercury glass ornaments.
As it grew darker out, I added a few mercury-glass votives.
I took down the “Summer Breeze” sign since it didn’t work well for a winter porch. The red mittens garland is something I found this year in Marshalls.
The hutch got a bit of Christmas, too.
I changed out the summer platter that normally hangs above the hutch for a platter with a Christmas/winter scene. The top of the hutch was decorated with fresh greenery and berries from my nandina bush.
The Norfolk Pine is the same one I used recently in the centerpiece for this Christmas table setting: Dashing Through the Snow
How about a cup of hot chocolate? I set up a mini-hot chocolate bar with white-chocolate-covered pretzel cookies and peppermint pretzel sticks. They go well with the Peppermint Bark hot chocolate.
These are sooo good! I’ve had them for a few weeks now, hoping to include them in a hot chocolate bar at some point. They’ve been calling my name. I just barely managed to not eat them all before creating this post!
As I was putting this porch/post together today, I thought how nice it would be to have some of the star marshmallows I had recently seen in Williams Sonoma for our hot chocolate. There’s a WS about 2 miles from my home so I gave them a call to see if they still had any. The answer was, no…all sold out. Ummm, then it hit me, the white chocolate cookies would look beautiful floating in the hot chocolate, plus the size was just right for the mugs.
I actually like how they look better than I would have the huge star marshmallows.
To the right of the hutch near the door you’ll find a sled and ice skates all ready to go for some wintertime fun. Now we just need some snow!
I’ve never gotten around to purchasing Christmasy pillows for the porch before. I found the reindeer and wreath pillows in HomeGoods this year. I had to have the wreath pillows for the porch, the green goes so well with the swing cushion.
I purchased two of the deer pillows, one for the guest room (seen in THIS post) and one for the upstairs family room. I borrowed the one from the family room today to use here on the porch.
The wreath pillows have a raised, almost needlepoint design. They are so much prettier in person than they appear in the pictures.
The light was beginning to fade…getting dark now.
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