Final peek into a limestone Christmas...

Here are those other photos I promised. We both worked hard the few days leading up to Christmas to get everything just right. Hope our guests enjoyed it.

If its not obvious, I used snow and snowflakes as the central idea. I found these gold glittered snowflakes at Target for a few bucks and strung them up with white thread. They are hard to photograph but the string isn't as noticeable in person as in the photo. Next year, Ill hang more if I have time. They look pretty with the light shining in.

At the suggestion of my friend Michele, I attempted these little house cake place settings. They didn't turn out quite as perfect as Martha Stewarts version but they were a fun touch anyway. Not sure everyone realized they were supposed to look like little houses. What do you think they look like?

In addition to my personal Christmas soundtrack playing in the background, I had the ol' yule log on the television. Its a Christmas tradition.

Speaking of living room, we rearranged the furniture to put the tree more on display (the couch is normally on the other side of the room).

I had to try Eddie Ross' suggestion of using a cabbage as a dip vessel. My version didn't look nearly as nice as Eddie's. I think I may have used the wrong cabbage but making it into a bowl was very easy. I'll be doing this again for sure.

Couldn't resist making an igloo cake once I found the mold on sale at Williams Sonoma. It was a big hit come dessert course.

Centerpieces were small rectangular vases ($2.50 each at Ikea) filled with cranberries and 3 orange roses each. They made for a pretty pop of color without up taking a lot of valuable table space. And best of all, they broke into pieces so that each female guest could take a couple home with them. I think that idea is a keeper for next year.

Hope you enjoyed the peek into our celebration. Santa was EXTREMELY good to me so Im off to play with my new toys. I hope to catch up on everyone's blogs this week.


  1. everything looks sooo amazing! seriously, you should consider doing events for a living (if you don't already) because your get togethers always look so stunning. i love that there is a theme but it never ends up looking 'theme-y.'

    plus, your cabbage bowl looks amazing! just as good as eddie's :)

  2. Thanks Kay. Planning events for myself or friends is fun. Im sure I wouldn't find it so entertaining if I had a demanding client who wanted things her way. Im definitely a control freak :)

  3. Everything looks beautiful!

  4. WOW everything looked great. You have that "thing" I tell you...Mine is baking..

  5. They look like little houses and everything looks fantastic!

  6. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Great job!!! just let me know when and where for next year!

  7. You are awesome. Everything looks so fabulous! I love the little houses and you're glitter fanaticism is definitely starting to rub off on me! ;-)

  8. I didn't mean "fanaticism" by definition, I mean it in a good way.

  9. Your home looks so warm and Christmasy. I love the table centerpieces and may have to borrow that idea sometime!

  10. I think everything looks great. I knew that the houses were houses:) They were cute too.

  11. You always have the best centerpieces! You really have a gift for arranging these stunning displays.

  12. gorgeous! everything, but I especially love your vases of cranberries and orange roses.....

  13. Lovely!! I love that the home is decked out for the holidays, but not overdecked (as opposed to my house, which was hardly decked in any sort of way this year!). So tasteful and happy looking.

    The tree looks great...I love that you flipped the sofa to the other side of the room for the season.

  14. How stunning! Great job! Love the cabbage center piece! That Eddie Ross...genius! :-) Glad you had such an inspiring holiday.

  15. you are good, very good, hope you enjoyed your decoration as much as I did!
    Looks lovely!

  16. Awww, I love the little cake/house place cards!


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