After a week or so of posts on the Avondale Estates Christmas tour, we now return to our house to finish up the Christmas season. If you remember, we were going through the house one room at a time looking at the holiday decorating in the bedroom wing, but I’m afraid Christmas is almost here, and we are running out of time. Yikes! So today we are going to take in several rooms.
Coming in the front door, you will see I have pulled out the large red checked bowl to use on the buffet with an assortment of bottle brush trees.
There is also an old glitter reindeer from Hobby Lobby in a jar of snow (laundry detergent.)
Our small favors by the door were super easy to make.
I placed a little tissue paper in the bottom of these:
Then I took 6 cookies from the ginger families from here:
I dropped the cups with the cookies in a clear plastic treat sack, tied on a tube of white decorating gel (from Walmart), a gift tag, and a short piece of red ribbon. And viola! You have a gingerbread cookie decorating kit to-go! 🙂 And of course you could use other color icings for the gel…not just white. (That tube of icing already came with a hole in the top of it…perfect for running the ribbon through it.)
Next to the foyer is the piano. A little bit of greenery in a mug and a couple of candy canes add just a touch of Christmas cheer to that spot.
And then we come to the family room…
with its very tall Christmas tree. 🙂
It holds quite an assortment of ornaments that we have decorated with for over 30 years…and tinsel…always love the nostalgic look of tinsel. 🙂 One day I want to go back to using those large C7 lights too, but I am always afraid we will burn the house down by catching the tree on fire with them. They get so darn hot!
I have never really been a fan of poinsettias, but this year I used one in the family room, and it is still going strong! (Gotta love that!)
I took a few of the extra tree ornaments and filled a jar with them…
and a few for the bowl in front of the sofa.
There are also ornaments wired to the garland over the mantel mirror.
A couple of simple undecorated evergreens in pots add a bit more color.An old-fashioned glitter Santa, reindeer, and clock finish off the vignette.
Now let’s take a break from all the red, and go in the playroom where I decided I wanted it to snow. 🙂 Those snowmen mugs from Target were perfect for the room this season with their green scarves.
See…no red in here. 🙂
My mother-in-law got me a couple of old sleds back in the fall. They were in really bad shape, so my husband sanded them, and I painted one of them green for this room.
Lowes had some snowball ornaments I had planned to use on the tree, but when I got them home I decided they were waaaay too large for the scale of that little thing.
So I went up in the attic and pulled out all the styrofoam snowballs I had made a couple of years ago for our daughter’s bedroom. An ornament hanger easily pushed into them, and they worked out just right for that tree. The pompom “garland” is Target’s Spritz “pompom gift ribbon” (on the aisle with all the colorful paper plates, napkins, and things.)
And Target’s snowman cookie jar was just too cute to resist (filled with Archway wedding cake cookies that look like snowballs…those cookies are too yummy to resist.)
And White Christmas just had to go on the chalkboard in the “snow room.” 🙂
Now just wait here in the playroom, and I will have another post to finish up our tour in a day or so. You can watch a Christmas movie, pour yourself some hot cocoa from the thermos, and munch on a few cookies and popcorn. (The popcorn is in the bowl beside the sofa. 🙂 ) I’ve got a couple of errands to run to finish the last of my shopping (Hallelujah!) but I’ll be back with the kitchen, dining room, workroom, and porch for you to see soon.
Until next time…