Ending the Year with 3 Truly Beautiful Christmas Holiday Tables

Welcome to the 692nd Tablescape Thursday! Though Christmas has passed, I couldn't pass up the chance to share three beautiful tables Warren set during the holidays. Warren said, "On 12/17, we held a family celebration of our son-in-law's 60th birthday. (I can hardly believe I am old enough to have a 60-year-old son-in-law!) In honor of his birthday, I set a new tablescape which I called the "Holly … [Read more...]




Delicious Spiced Champagne Punch: Great for Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning

Just popping in on Christmas Eve morning to suggest a really delicious champagne punch if you're looking for something to serve on Christmas Eve or with your Christmas morning breakfast or Christmas Day brunch. Note: You'll want to make it a few hours before you plan to serve it to give it a chance to cool down and to chill it before mixing in the champagne.   I often make it the day before I … [Read more...]




This Magical Christmas Dinner Begins Here in the Foyer with a Very Special Memory

Welcome to the 691st Tablescape Thursday! I have a truly beautiful table to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Jackie invited us into her home this week and before we enter the dining room, let's pause a moment to enjoy this wonderful, memory-filled centerpiece she has created for her entry table here in the foyer.   Jackie said, "This past summer, my Mom gave me my sled … [Read more...]




A Peacock-Themed Christmas Tree & A Festive Laundry Room

Recently I shared the beautiful Christmas ornaments, Norma, a lovely BNOTP reader, painstakingly makes each year for her Christmas tree. Each year, Norma chooses a different theme/color scheme for her tree. This year she chose a Peacock them and her ornaments turned out beautifully! (To view a brief tutorial sharing how Norma makes her ornaments, check out this previous post: Handmade Christmas Ornaments … [Read more...]




These Shoppes Are Still Promising Delivery by Christmas

It's 4 days before Christmas and if you are still shopping online for gifts, these are my favorite shops that are still saying they can get your gifts to you before Christmas. Talbots has a sitewide 40% sale going on right now.   They are promising delivery by the 24th for all orders placed by 2:00 PM today. You'll find the sale here: Talbots.   Ralph Lauren is advertising … [Read more...]




The Magic of Christmas Lights, Truly Enchanting!

Welcome to the 673rd Metamorphosis Monday! My friend, Teresa, and I have had some fun adventures over the past few years, including a trip to Egypt that I don't think either of us will soon forget.   Sadly, we live many states apart but recently we were able to spend a week together at her beautiful home.   Teresa and her hubby, Frank, have their home beautifully lit for … [Read more...]




Awesome Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas, Plus I’m Crazy About My New Floor Lamp!

Happy Weekend! I bet you are busier right now than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! I hope this post helps with the last-minute rush for gifts and stocking stuffers. But first...how about a bit of decorating! Recently, I shared a new update to my bedroom. I finally got around to adding draperies to the windows, something I've wanted to do for a very long time. During that process, I … [Read more...]




2 Beautiful Tables, A Snowy Christmas Mantel & A Lovely Hand-crafted Church

Welcome to the 690th Tablescape Thursday! Jackie shared her beautiful Thanksgiving table just after Thanksgiving. It was so pretty, I couldn't wait another whole year to share it with you!   Being a Thanksgiving table, Jackie went with a color scheme in beautiful autumn browns, reds, creams, and deep greens for this tablescape.   Of course, being Thanksgiving, there had to … [Read more...]




So, You’re Not Going To Believe What I Just Ordered!

Initially, I tried to resist, but in the end, it was futile! Soooo, a month or so back I tripped across this new, just-out LEGO set while shopping for Christmas gifts online. These days, I never look at LEGO sets unless I'm specifically shopping for a gift for one of my grandsons. I used to buy them all the time for their dad who loved them as much as they do now. This new set caught my eye because it … [Read more...]




All The Things! A Gift Giving Guide for Christmas & the Holidays

How's your Christmas/Holiday shopping going? If you're struggling a bit or looking for some last-minute items, here are some of my favorites. You hear me rave about L.L. Bean's Wicked Good Slippers allll the time because my son and daughter are always asking for these when their birthday or Christmas rolls around. They are crazy about them! They come in a ton of different styles.   This is … [Read more...]




Toy’s Delight, A Fantasy Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 689th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas! I hope your December is going amazing and is not too stressful. I had a rather stressful day yesterday involving a delivery gone very wrong--can share more on that later in case you're interested, so this table didn't get set until very late last night. Some of the photos were taken last night but I was also able to snap a few this morning. I … [Read more...]




25 Beautiful, Festive, Fun Ways to Decorate & Prepare for Christmas

Welcome to the 671st Metamorphosis Monday! Here they are, rounded up all in one post, some of my most favorite ways to get ready for the Christmas holidays! I hope you find this helpful as you decorate, craft, cook, and prepare for Christmas! You may want to bookmark this post for future reference if you see something you would love to make or do as Christmas draws closer. Also, please feel free to … [Read more...]




Beautiful Equestrian-Themed Table Featuring Ralph Lauren’s, Wedgwood, Balmoral-Hunt China

Welcome to the 688th Tablescape Thursday! I have a beautiful table setting to share today, one I couldn't wait to see as soon as Elinda, a lovely BNOTP reader whose tables I've shared before, first told me about it. Elinda and I both have a love for all things "equestrian." I've never had a horse but I just love the beautiful clothing, collections and accouterments normally associated with horses and the … [Read more...]




Handmade Christmas Ornaments, Inspired by the Colors of a Beautiful Peacock

I have a wonderful Christmas DIY decorating idea to share with you today. Norma, a lovely BNOTP reader who has become a friend over the years, makes the most beautiful handmade ornaments and flowers each year at Christmastime.   You may remember Norma from this post when I shared a beautiful table setting she created for friends where she decorated the entrance to her French cottage to look … [Read more...]




Decorate a Tree for Your Home Office–Love the Snowman Tree Topper!

Welcome to the 670th Metamorphosis Monday! Every year, my friend, Teresa, decorates a Christmas tree for her home office/study.   It's filled with a mix of colorful, fun ornaments, many collected during Teresa's many travels around the world.   I love a full tree, one filled with a plethora of ornaments. It makes it even more special when the ornaments carry so many memories … [Read more...]




11 Favorite Christmas Decor Books + Two On My Wish List

Do you have any favorite Christmas or Christmas-decor-themed books that you love pulling out this time of year? I have several that I always relish looking through to get the ideas flowing for my holiday decorating. I've gathered all my favorites together below in case you could use a bit of inspiration for your Christmas or holiday decor. The only one I was hesitant to include in this post was Martha … [Read more...]




Gathering with Friends for a Beautiful Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 687th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I'm blessed this Thanksgiving to be surrounded by friends in this beautiful setting.   My friend, Teresa, put together a beautiful table for this year's Thanksgiving celebration. Her hubby, Frank, is in charge of the turkey and it's been brining away all day today in a special mixture he prepared. I'm … [Read more...]




20 Toys They Will Love Getting for Christmas This Year

Do you have little ones on your shopping list? In today's post, I've put together a list of both play and learning toys that I've given to my grandsons in recent years. These are the ones they always ask me to play with them whenever I visit. If you've got little ones on your shopping list, I hope you find these ideas helpful. My oldest grandson has always loved this game, now the youngest one really … [Read more...]




Sharing New Dinnerware and Chargers for This Holiday Table Setting

Welcome to the 686th Tablescape Thursday! Happy November on this beautiful autumn day!   It's not often I have new dinnerware AND new chargers to share with you on a Tablescape Thursday, but I have both to share this week! Since the lighting wasn't the best when I took these photos yesterday, I've added a few photos to the end of the post that were taken in just the light coming in through … [Read more...]




Affordable Dinnerware, Perfect for Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas & All Winter

Popping in with a quick post to share a super affordable dinnerware that I just purchased. It's perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really it would be great to use all fall and winter long. I saw this pattern online recently and fell in love with the design! I love the toile design around the outer edge of each plate, but what really got me were the lit houses and the beautiful winter … [Read more...]




Beautiful, Sparkly, Red Christmas Chargers, Should I Buy Them in Green, Too?

Welcome to the 685th Tablescape Thursday! I wasn't able to complete the table I was working on yesterday in time to take photos--just got too late of a start. But I did pick up some new chargers that I'm sharing in today's post. Would love your thoughts on if I should also buy them in the green color, as well! I can't wait to use them in a table this holiday season. Before I share the chargers I … [Read more...]




Awesome Sales, Hostess Gift Ideas & Gifts for Your Special Loved Ones

I love this time of year! I can feel the excitement of the upcoming holidays in the air, especially when I visit some of my favorite places to shop this time of year. I have a lot of different things I want to share today, so we'll be jumping around a bit in today's post. I think that's the way my brain works anyway. lol A while back I set a fun, mystery-themed table for Tablescape … [Read more...]




New Purchases for the Holidays & An Item You Asked About is Back

Before I forget, wanted to let you know this adorable Christmas Vacation Wrapping Paper is back in stock. I had several folks ask me about it last year and I couldn't find it in stock at that time, but it appears to be back for this year. This has to be my favorite Christmas wrapping paper ever!   I love the whimsical design plus, it's really nice quality paper. There's also a lot of paper on … [Read more...]




A Fun Halloween Night!

Welcome to the 666th Metamorphosis Monday! I feel a bit jet-lagged this morning from all the fun and festivities last night. I was working at my computer yesterday afternoon and suddenly realized it was four o'clock and I didn't have the spiders up on the porch columns, didn't have the pillows out on the benches, and hadn't lit the gas lantern. I usually light it for Halloween and let it burn all through … [Read more...]




Shopping Ahead for Christmas & My Fave Cashmere Shop is Having a Big Sale!

I always start my Christmas shopping a bit early. This year, I've been hearing about all these cargo ships that are stuck off the coast of CA and how there could be shortages of some items. That got me motivated to go ahead and get my shopping done for my two grandsons just in case the shortage rumors turn out to be true. I've been eyeing this awesome robot for them for some time. When their dad was … [Read more...]




Do You Ever Get The Feeling You’re Being Watched?

Welcome to the 683rd Tablescape Thursday! Halloween is just a few days away now. Are you all ready for your Trick or Treaters? I have my little treat bags filled and ready so I think I'm all set. I have such a fun Halloween table setting to share for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Jackie has a blast of a Halloween party every year for friends and family. Recently, I shared a few photos of how she … [Read more...]




Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: A Star Trek Themed Halloween Party!

Welcome to the 665th Metamorphosis Monday! Are you a Star Trek fan? When I was growing up, we didn't have a TV for many years and when we finally got one, it would only get two channels. So I missed out on a lot of the shows I would hear my friends talking about. Sadly, I've never seen an episode of Star Trek, but in doing a bit of online research this morning, I discovered that Star Trek was a science … [Read more...]




Invasion of the Crows: An Autumn Table with a Bit of Spooky for Halloween

Welcome to 682nd Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Would you like to know when I share a new post? Sign up for email updates HERE and whenever I post, you'll get an update in your email Inbox letting you know a new post is up. It was a tad chilly on the porch yesterday so I decided to set this autumn table inside here in the breakfast room.   I had plans to set a Halloween table since … [Read more...]




Taking All the Stress Out of Halloween Night

If you live where you have a lot of Trick-or-Treaters stopping by on Halloween night, you know how hectic it can sometimes be. I'm like a Jack-in-Box on Halloween evening, popping up every minute or two to answer the door. I love seeing the little ones in their costumes. Halloween and Trick-or-Treating with friends is one of my fondest childhood memories. Back then, we didn't buy fancy costumes, we wore … [Read more...]




Come Into My Parlour, Said the Spider to the Fly

Welcome to the 664th Metamorphosis Monday! Okay, I may have paraphrased that first line of the poem, The Spider and the Fly, just a little. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to position all these legs! This was a bit of a dress rehearsal for Halloween night.   Getting dark now...   Would you brave these creepy crawlers and trick or treat at this house on Halloween … [Read more...]




Advent Calendars for the Tea, Coffee, Chocolate & Wine Lover

A couple of days ago I shared some of my favorite Advent Calendars that have just come out for the holiday season. Most of the ones I shared in that previous post were beauty-themed, although there were a few surprises like this over-the-top beautiful Wedgwood Advent Calendar. If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: They are Here! The Most Beautiful Advent Calendars of the … [Read more...]




They Are Here! The Most Beautiful Advent Calendars of the Season!

Last year I put together a list of some of my favorite Advent Calendars but unfortunately, many of the ones I had wanted to share were already sold out. Every year they go quickly! In August when I shared a post about a book I was purchasing and a few gift ideas I had for Christmas, Barbara kindly left this comment on that post. Thanks so much for the reminder, Barbara! I'm getting this post out early this … [Read more...]




Double the Autumn Beauty and Color for This Week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to 681st Tablescape Thursday! I have two wonderful autumn treasures to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Sheri has set a beautiful table setting for fall. Sheri said, "I have my house ready for the fall and wanted to share some photos with you."   Sheri's tablecloth for this fall table goes with her lovely Heartland dinnerware. She paired this Heartland pattern … [Read more...]




Celebrating October with a Colorful Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to 680th Tablescape Thursday! It's been raining for days and days, but it's been so warm it didn't stop me from setting a table here on the porch this week.   It still looks like summer in my Georgia backyard. Are you starting to see some fall color in your area?   Last March, I found these candle holders in Marshalls and could totally see them in a future Halloween … [Read more...]




In the Mood for a Little Autumn-Halloween Decorating

Welcome to the 662nd Metamorphosis Monday! Still nice and warm here and the trees are all still green, at least in my backyard, but I decided this weekend that it was time to do a little bit of fall decorating. Last year I purchased the white pumpkin in the photo below from HERE. Or, maybe it was the year before, I think it was the year before. Anyway, I loved it so much when it arrived, I ended getting … [Read more...]




A Special Book Inspired This Post, Starting My Holiday Shopping Now

Recently I was scoping out books on Amazon and I came across a book that looked amazing and was available to be pre-ordered. Extraordinary Voyages combines our love of fashion, particularly Lous Vuitton fashion, as well as our love for travel. That makes a lot of sense since Louis got his start in 1854 making beautiful trunks designed for travel. How wonderful it would be to own a vintage or antique LV … [Read more...]




Tablescape and Holiday Shopping for Autumn–So Many Temptations!

Welcome to the 673rd Tablescape Thursday! Hope you are staying well and haven't caught this yucky summer cold that seems to be going around. Thankfully, my cold is much, much better now. Whenever I visit family in Ohio, I love venturing out to check out the tablescaping goodies in this area of the world. I made a fun and very productive trip to HomeGoods yesterday and picked up quite a few goodies that … [Read more...]




Nautical-Themed Table Setting with Patriotic Vibes

Welcome to the 668th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Yesterday was super busy so by the time I was able to set a table for this week, it was already late evening. When I started taking photos, I was happy to see the Blue Hour had arrived. Do you see it there peeking through the treetops? (Read more about the Blue Hour in this previous post: The Secret … [Read more...]




A Picnic on the Porch for the 4th of July, Complete with Ants ;)

Welcome to the 666th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was pretty hot and humid out on the porch yesterday, so I waited until later in the day to set this table. Then a big storm came along so it got quite dark. It looked like it was 8:00 pm when it was really closer to 5:00! So it may look a bit dark out in some of the pictures in this … [Read more...]




Patriotic Inspiration for Your 4th of July Celebration–Love the Bandana Tablecloth!

The 4th of July is just a few days away! Do you have any special plans for this year? Sheri, a lovely BNOTP reader, shared the awesome table she has created for her upcoming Independence Day celebration with me and I love it!   Sheri said, "I decked out our dining room in Patriotic decor for the Fourth of July. Usually, I go from Spring to Patriotic decor in Mid-May and keep it until Fall … [Read more...]




5 Ideas, Crafts and Recipes for Your Memorial Day Weekend

The 4th of July is just over a month away. I was thinking today, this would be a great time to work on some patriotic crafts because they could be used for Memorial Day this upcoming weekend and you would be all set for our 4th of July celebrations a month from now. One of the most fun projects I've ever completed was this wood flag. It was easy to make and actually a lot of fun!   You'll … [Read more...]




Patriotic Table Settings and No-Sew Crafts for Your Memorial Day

Welcome to the 659th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I was looking forward to sharing a table this week but yesterday I came down with a horrible stomach virus, complete with really bad muscle aches and pains. I rarely get a stomach virus so have no idea what brought that on. I never like the taste of most drinks that are supposed to replace … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Peacock Inspired Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 656th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Have you ever fallen in love with a beautiful china or dishware pattern, but then had a difficult time using it in a table setting? Then one day it happens--all the elements just click and come together perfectly! That happened to Warren when he came across this beautiful peacock-designed … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch and Hutch Decorated for Spring and Easter

Welcome to the 636th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Happy Spring! Happy Easter! It was so pretty here this weekend, I couldn't resist playing a bit on the porch. We're in the height of pollen season now so I gave the porch a good cleaning before decorating it for spring and Easter. Hope you enjoy this little porch makeover!   I love tulips, they are … [Read more...]




Adorable Bunny Napkin Fold: So Easy and Fast to Make!

Welcome to the 635th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I have the cutest bunny napkin fold to share with you! I remember seeing a similar fold years ago somewhere and last night I decided to see if I could recreate it from memory.   This has to be the easiest, fastest napkin fold to make! Seriously! It is so easy and takes just a few seconds to make. … [Read more...]




Celebrating Spring and Easter in Soft, Subtle Shades of Tan, Beige and Cream

Welcome to the 652nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A few months back Diann, a lovely BNOTP reader, shared some photos with me of an adorable table setting she put together for Easter last year. With Easter just a couple of weeks away, I've been looking forward to sharing it for Tablescape Thursday.   This table isn't exactly your … [Read more...]




Mischievous Bunnies in a Spring Garden

Welcome to the 651st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! This Saturday will be the official first day of spring! I know we may have some chilly days still ahead, but I can't help but get excited that spring is almost here! This week I put together a lighthearted table that would work well for spring or for Easter.   I've been looking … [Read more...]




St. Patty’s Celebration with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Ginger Shamrock Shortbread & Irish Whiskey Bars

For this past Tablescape Thursday, I shared a beautiful tea party Selma hosted for the staff at the specialty vet clinic that cares for her sweet kitties. Selma humorously called her party a St. Catrick's Day party since the clinic is just cats. Selma set two tables for the occasion, one in her dining and one in her living room.   If you missed seeing the table she set in her dining room, … [Read more...]




A St. Patrick’s Day Porch: Fun Ideas for Decorating Your Porch for St. Patrick’s Day!

Welcome to the 633rd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! We've been having the most amazing weather over the last few weeks. It was 78° out on the porch today and I couldn't wait to get out there and play a little. I turned on the fans overhead--love those soft breezes.   After a bit of cleaning and sprucing, I began adding a few touches for St. Patrick's … [Read more...]




Bunnies, Butterflies and Blossoms for Spring

So, I have this thing for bunnies. This sweet bunny first appeared in a spring table setting back in 201o and ever since then, bunnies seem to always find a way into my spring tables.   Who could resist that face?!   Over the years I've continued adding to my bunny menagerie, they are great as a spring or Easter centerpiece or for any place you would like to add a bit of spring … [Read more...]




A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with a Twist, In Honor of a Special Kitty Clinic

Welcome to the 650th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Last year I shared a beautiful "Sweet 16" Birthday celebration party put together by Selma, a lovely BNOTP reader and fellow tablescape lover. Selma is definitely one of us--she loves entertaining and setting beautiful tables for her family and friends. If you missed this wonderful table below, … [Read more...]




Nancy’s Beautiful Porch Addition Helps Keep The Snow at Bay

Welcome to the 631st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I love it when I open up my e-mail Inbox and find emails like this one I received recently from Nancy, a reader of BNOTP. Nancy wrote: Dear Susan: I hope all is well. I'm one of your fans and blog subscribers. I have owed you this thank you letter for a long time. I moved into my current house 5 years ago in … [Read more...]




Shopping the Spring-Easter Dinnerware in Two of My Favorite Stores

I ventured out yesterday to a couple of my favorite shops to see what's new in for spring. The first place I stopped was Pottery Barn. I was surprised to see that they only had a couple of tables set for spring.   I remember this cute floral, Peter Rabbit pattern featuring Peter running and jumping through the flowers from last year.   Doesn't this make you long for … [Read more...]




Kissing Booth, This Way Please!

Welcome to the 629th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Hope you had an awesome Valentine's Day yesterday! If you didn't get to spend it with a special someone, I hope you spoiled yourself and spent the day doing whatever you enjoy most! Elinda, whose lovely tables I've featured previously for Tablescape Thursday, shared some delightful photos with me yesterday of … [Read more...]




Sparkly Beading is the Star of this Beautiful Valentine’s Day Tablescape!

How about one more Valentine's Day table before we head into Valentine's Day weekend! Maureen recently shared some photos of the beautiful table she has put together this year for Valentine's Day and I'm in love with all the beautiful beaded pieces she's used in her table.   Love the beaded table runner down the center, you'll see a closer photo of it a bit further down in this post. Maureen … [Read more...]




Porch Dining: A Valentine’s Day Table on a Warm February Day + A Tree Update

Welcome to the 646th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was sunny and 70 degrees out on the porch yesterday! Since I stay inside hunkered down this time of year, I discovered it purely by accident when I walked outside to refill all the bird feeders. I was astonished and couldn't pass up the chance to set a table outside. It happens every year, the … [Read more...]




Valentine’s Day Craft: Make a Valentine’s Day Garland or Banner for Your Home

Welcome to the 628th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few weeks ago I shared Jackie's beautiful Valentine's Day table along with her dining room all decorated for Valentine's Day. I loved the darling Valentine's Day garland/banner she had hanging in front of the window in her dining room.   You may remember these two close-up photos that I shared of … [Read more...]




3 Unexpected Valentine’s Day Tables

Welcome to the 645th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I was feeling a little nostalgic this morning as I was looking back through some of my previous Valentine's Day table settings. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your upcoming Valentine's Day, you'll find all the tables I've set over the past 12 years for Valentine's Day here: … [Read more...]




Valentine’s Day Table: Adorable and Budget Friendly!

Welcome to the 644th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie, whose beautiful tables I've shared a few times in the past, has put together a fun table for Valentine's Day this year.   I love how Jackie always adds a little something to her chandelier for her holiday dinners. The roses are the perfect touch for a Valentine's Day … [Read more...]




A Beautiful, Bird-Themed China Pattern for Wintertime: Lenox Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 643rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Recently I was chatting with a lovely BNOTP reader about our mutual love of a wonderful, bird-themed Lenox pattern called, Winter Greetings. I realized during our email exchange that it's been years since I used that pattern in a table for Tablescape Thursday. I don't know why I never think to bring … [Read more...]




Celebrating a Special New Year’s Eve with a Snowy, Star-filled Table Setting

Welcome to the 642nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I've been working on a table to share this week but it's not quite ready for prime time. Yesterday was my birthday so I gave myself the day off to relax and play a little. As you get older, seems like celebrating each birthday becomes a bit more important--know what I mean? I'll share in another … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Idea to Keep Those Spirits Up Through the Cold Winter Months

These long dark days of winter can sometimes feel a bit drab. Personally, I'm not too prone to feeling sad or depressed during the winter because I love snuggling up inside reading, puzzling, or just plotting little decor updates for the spring season. But I know winter can be hard on a lot of us, especially after the rush of the holiday season has passed and we put away all the holiday decor. Sandra, a … [Read more...]




The Last Christmas Table Setting of the Season

Welcome to the 641st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was a long, long drive but I'm finally back home now. I'll be spending the day taking down the cedar garland and removing the wreaths across the front of the house. It makes me a little sad to do that since I was gone almost the entire month of December, so I didn't have time to get used to or … [Read more...]




Beautiful, Festive Tables from Kansas, Maine and Mexico!

Thanks so much to all the lovely readers who shared their holiday tables with me over the past few weeks! Before we say goodbye to Christmas for another year, I thought I'd share some of the lovely tables the BNOTP readers shared with me over the last few days. Sheri's Christmas Table Setting with a Beautifully Hand-Crafted Centerpiece Sheri, who lives in Kansas, created this beautiful table for her … [Read more...]




This Beautiful, Elegant Table is Perfect for Christmas or New Year’s

Welcome to the 640th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie shared so many beautiful tables with me this season, I loved, loved, loved her cozy kitchen table!   When I saw her beautiful dining room table setting, I knew it would be perfect to share with you for New year's Eve! It's absolutely stunning!   Jackie dressed … [Read more...]




A Festive Drink and Delicious Appetizer for Your New Year’s Celebration

I know most of us won't be throwing a big New Year's party this year, but the two recipes I'm sharing today are awesome for any size gathering, be it small or large. This is my absolute favorite punch recipe ever! At Christmastime, I dip the champagne rims in colored sugar for a festive look.   When I make it for New Year's, I dip the rims in these adorable nonpareils. I love how festive … [Read more...]




Jackie’s Beautiful Home Decorated for Christmas & Her Putz House Collection

A few months back I shared some photos of Jackie's beautiful home decorated for Halloween. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Decorate for Halloween.   Today Jackie has invited us back for a little Christmas home tour. Sadly all the Christmas home tours in my area were canceled this year. I hope they will be back again next year since I truly missed them. Thanks so much to Jackie … [Read more...]




Special Christmas Dinner with Spode Christmas Tree & the Sweetest Birdie Linens

Welcome to the 639th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays! I have another wonderful table setting to share with you from a BNOTP reader. I love it when you share your beautiful table settings, you give me so much inspiration with the tables you create for those you love! Recently, Maureen and I were chatting … [Read more...]




A Cozy Christmas Table Setting Dressed with a Johnson Brothers China That’s Been Tempting Me for Years

I have a very special table to share with you today! Jackie recently shared photos of the beautiful table she created for her kitchen and it has stolen my heart! Love everything about this table starting with the wonderful antler chandelier hanging above. I've always wanted an antler chandelier made with shed antlers for my paneled family/living room.   For this cozy table setting, Jackie … [Read more...]




21 Christmas Stocking Stuffers-Gift Ideas in All Price Ranges

The countdown is on--just a few more days until Christmas. In today's post, I'm sharing some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers, some are actually nice enough to be given as full-on gifts. Hope you find these suggestions helpful as you finish your Christmas and holiday shopping! I always drool over these beautiful hand warmers when a Sundance Catalog arrives at my door. They are wool (not polyester) so … [Read more...]




Warren’s Beautiful Table Settings & I’m Loving Franki’s Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold I know this Christmas will be a bit different for some families depending on where you live, but no matter if you'll be celebrating Christmas with just your closest family or a larger gathering, we can still choose to celebrate with a beautiful table setting for our Christmas feast. Several Christmases ago I set a table that included a cute Christmas tree napkin … [Read more...]




A Winter Forest Centerpiece for a Beautiful Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 638th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Today Jo Alice has invited us into her beautiful home for a pre-Christmas dinner. Such a beautiful entrance!   Jo Alice set a beautiful Winter Forest Table for Christmas this year.   I love the candlelit centerpiece with glittering forest trees of different … [Read more...]




Gift Ideas for All Ages, Including Cashmere on Sale! These are Some of My Faves!

How is your holiday shopping going? Are you all finished? Is it all wrapped. I have mine all wrapped but I've purchased a few more last-minute gifts, so need to get those wrapped over the next few days. I bought one of these wearable blankets for myself a month or so ago with plans to take it with me the next time I visited family in Ohio. I showed it to my son one night when he was watching TV and was … [Read more...]




Delightful Christmas Train Village & Decorating the Living Room for Christmas

Welcome to the 620th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few months back I shared Jackie's beautiful home all decorated for Halloween. The Halloween decorations are long gone now and Jackie has her home beautifully decorated for Christmas. I love her decorations here in the living room! Do you see the extra special decoration there in the center of the coffee … [Read more...]




Favorite Winter Fashions And They Are All On Sale!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I've been doing a bit of online shopping this weekend and two of my fave stores are having great sales. If you're in need of some pretty winter clothes, all the items I'm sharing below are currently on sale 50% off. In fact, everything is on sale, 50% off. Love these straight leg cords! They are available in several colors, including neutral colors, but I do love … [Read more...]




Dining Poolside for Christmas

Welcome to the 637th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie, whose beautiful tables I've shared before here at Between Naps On The Porch, recently set a wonderfully festive, holiday table outdoors. Jackie said, "This is the perfect setting for the Holiday Meal - outdoor dining social distancing with your family. (Hopefully the weather will cooperate - … [Read more...]




A Christmas Porch

Welcome to the 619th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I had so much fun this weekend decorating the front porch for Christmas.   It was just starting to get dark outside as I finished, so I hurriedly grabbed my camera from inside and snapped a few pics before all the light was gone.   As I snapped, it got darker and darker and that magic … [Read more...]




Decorate for Christmas with Whimsical Christmas Pillows

Do you love decorating with pillows? I really love it when a pretty decor item is also functional and pillows definitely fall into that category. In addition to lamps, cozy throws, art, and books, I love, love, love using lots of pillows in all the rooms of my home. They can add so much whimsy, not to mention a ton of cozy during the fall and winter months. I guess in a way, they are like the scarf or … [Read more...]




A Grinch Christmas Table Setting That’s Super Kid Friendly

Welcome to the 636th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A couple of weeks ago I set this fun Grinch-themed Christmas table setting in the breakfast room.   Here's a bit better view of that table.   I set that same table again in the dining room the first evening my son, daughter-in-love, and grandsons were here. I knew the … [Read more...]




A Thanksgiving Recap with a Few New Ideas for Christmas

Does an idea ever come to you in the form of a picture or an image? You're just going about your day and suddenly an idea comes to you out of nowhere, but it doesn't come to you as a conscious thought. Instead, it pops into your head as a picture or an image. Has that ever happened to you? That happened to me about two weeks before Thanksgiving. I had been picking up a few goodies for my grandsons in the … [Read more...]




25 Beautiful Ways to Decorate & Dine for Christmas + An Insanely Awesome Christmas Punch

Welcome to the 618th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was awesome! My son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons were here so that made it extra special. I need to do a post sharing some of the things I did differently this year, especially regarding the turkey. Both my son and dil commented that this year the food was the best ever and … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving by Candlelight

Welcome to the 635th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Sorry our Tablescape Thursday party is going up a day late. Hope you enjoy it even though I'm running a bit behind this year. Pssst: I'm sharing my three fave Black Friday sales at the end of this post in case you're doing some shopping today or this weekend. Just before everything was about to … [Read more...]




Christmas Decorating, Door Updates & Keeping the Little Ones Busy this Thanksgiving

Will you have little ones visiting your home for Thanksgiving? With two wiggly, little boys headed my way, I've been thinking about fun things to keep them from getting too bored while they are here. I still have a few of their dad's toys here, but the majority of those have already been taken to their home during my previous visits. I picked up a few things over this past week that I think they will … [Read more...]




9 Thanksgiving Table Settings, Plus a Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece

Welcome to the 634th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Wow, Thanksgiving is just one week away! Wasn't Halloween just yesterday? Do you ever feel like life is flying by way, way too fast! The older I get, the faster it seems to go. I know everyone says that, but it really does feel that way. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing links to 9 … [Read more...]




Spreading Bits of Christmas Whimsy Throughout Your Home

I'm currently in the "overwhelmed" stage of holiday decorating--you know, that stage where you have everything out, yet nothing is really finished yet. I know it will get better but at present, it looks like utter chaos in the upstairs family room where I've pulled out all the decorations. The downstairs living room isn't looking any better since the tree is in the process of being decorated. We're going … [Read more...]




Christmas Tree Shopping Tips, Hanging Wreaths on Windows & A New Addition to the Bedroom

A few years back, the Christmas tree I had been using for many years lost a big section of lights. I spent hours and hours over several days trying everything to get the lights working, replacing fuses, using a little handheld device to try and detect which light or lights were not working, all to no avail. Since the tree was pretty old, I guess the lighting has just deteriorated over the years. Realizing I … [Read more...]




How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Great for the Kids or the Grown-up Table

Welcome to the 633rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I should probably be sharing a Thanksgiving table this week since Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, but I've been itching to play with some new "glasses" I purchased recently. The good thing about sharing this table now is if you love the glasses, they should still be available since I just … [Read more...]




A Bit Late Thanks to Hurricane Zeta

Welcome to the 615th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Nope, it's not Thursday, so please don't link up your table settings to today's Met Monday party. This is not exactly a Before and After, although this table did survive Hurricane Zeta! ;) My computer almost didn't, though. Zeta fried its "power supply" despite it being plugged into a surge protector. Thankfully, … [Read more...]




My October Favorites Including Christmas Gifts for Family & Friends

I've been doing a fair amount of Christmas shopping for family over the last few weeks. Today I had planned to share some of my Christmas finds when I realized I had never done a favorites post for the month of October. So this post is a little of both--my favorites from October and some of the Christmas gifts I've purchased for friends and family. This awesome storage pouch definitely makes the … [Read more...]




Planning Ahead for Christmas: Wreaths on Windows, Snack Center for Delivery Personnel & Lots of Holiday Inspiration

Welcome to the 613th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! When my son was small, I worked in his elementary school library as a Media Parapro for five years. Unfortunately, I pretty much stayed sick with a cold or virus the entire five years since I spent my days interacting with young children all day long--handling the books they checked out and returned, reading to … [Read more...]