|Preparing for our Gathering on a Bright Sunny Day|
Here are some of the ideas I used for decorating and hosting this gathering - some old and some new:
- A tablescape that included multiple smaller candles that are low and somewhat scattered in the center to maximize the amount of space available for diners and provide a low profile for conversation across and around the table
- Two beverage stations - both as far away from the kitchen as possible to encourage more movement and decrease congestion in the kitchen (it worked pretty well) - one was outside on the deck which certainly helped keep beverages cold
- Stuffed animals as decorations on the stairwell and throughout the house including a group of greeters in the entrance foyer
- Oversized ornaments on the big tree with an emphasis on those that best reflect the lights
- Smaller, more intimate family ornaments on the second tree in the dining room
- An original oil painting (from South America) of the Madonna and Child that is part of my dining room buffet grouping
- Lots of shiny surfaces that reflect all available light including bowls of different sized glittering ornaments
- Candles in "fire-proof" settings such as enclosed glassware or broad glass plates (I've actually caused some minor damage in past with less well-designed candle decorations - never again)
- Christmas themed cookie jars as primary decorations in the kitchen including jars on top of the kitchen cabinets enhanced with greenery - I have at least 30 jars collected over the years
- LOTS of reds all over - it helps that my living and dining rooms are predominantly red to start with!
Here are some more photos to demonstrate the impact.
|Some Examples of Decorations|
|Ready to Go!|