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Travel Talk: Asheville, North Carolina and a Little More Biltmore

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Welcome back!  A week or so ago, we looked at the Biltmore Estate, but I never filled you in on the other details of that trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  Today I want to share with you where we stayed, a few places to shop there, and a restaurant where we dined.  The photo above shows the two hotel options on the Biltmore Estate. (Keep in mind that although both of these are located on the estate itself, they are still a few miles from the mansion.)  The hotel pictured at the top of the hill is The Inn on Biltmore Estate.  It is a very nice hotel with many amenities, but it was out of our budget for this trip – an extended trip for my husband, my daughter and me where we toured 5 cities scattered throughout the state.  The hotel we chose for this trip was the one at the bottom of the photo – the newer (but less expensive) Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.

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It is more casual in feel than its big sister on the hill, and I think this one would be an exceptionally good choice for families with children.  Here is its comfortable lobby.

The halls have old photographs of the estate framed and scattered throughout the building.

There is an onsite coffee shop just steps away from the lobby.

And this is the dining area across from the coffee shop.

Our room had two beds, a window seat, some built in storage, and a desk. The beautiful and serene view outside the window was of the fields on the estate farm.  The bathroom was very nicely appointed, and we will definitely choose to stay here again when we visit Asheville in the future.  (My photo turned out too dark, so here is one from their website.)

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There are plenty of shopping opportunities on the estate itself.  I did not get a chance to tell you in the last Biltmore post about the shops right next to the mansion.  Located in the old Biltmore stables, you will find a Christmas shop, a bookshop, a toy shop, a gift shop, a couple of restaurants, and a confectionery.  (Of course my photo would be from it! 🙂 )

But that is not all the shopping there. Our hotel was located right next to Antler Hill Village and Winery.  You can tour the winery (with free samples) and shop in several gift shops.  You can also tour the barn, view antique farm equipment, and see farm animals there in Antler Hill.  It is also where all the outdoor activities begin (biking, Land Rover tours, hiking, horseback riding, and more.)

Additionally, there are exhibits to view in the Legacy building.  The exhibits change out from year to year, and you can read about the one for 2017 here. (It’s all about movie costumes!) The Vanderbilt and Cecil family wedding veils were on exhibit when we were there, including the one worn by Jacqueline Lee Bouvier for her marriage to future U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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More Biltmore Estate shopping is also available at a few shops at the entrance gate, and then it gets confusing. As you can imagine, the name “Biltmore” seems to be on every possible thing in Asheville.  But there is one really good Biltmore shopping experience right across from the estate’s entrance gate:  Historic Biltmore Village, a community that was constructed for those working on the Biltmore Estate.

At the center of the village is The Cathedral of All Souls, the church that George Vanderbilt had constructed from 1896-1905 for parishioners who lived in the village.

The homes were constructed in the Tudor architectural style.  There is a good article with the timeline of the construction of Biltmore Village here.

There is also a hotel in this village…The Grand Bohemian Hotel (the same line of hotels in which we stayed in Celebration, Florida.)  This would be another good choice when visiting the Biltmore Estate (but there is no self parking there, and I believe they do not offer a free shuttle to the Biltmore House like the Village Hotel does.)

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It has quite a lobby!

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Across the street there are even more stores…from Chico’s, J Crew, and Talbots to Williams Sonoma and a whole host of local shops.

Obviously, this is only one small section of shopping in Asheville.  We also explored the downtown area, and there are a number of other interesting districts to visit as well, but to me, the best part of visiting Asheville is its restaurants.  It is really a “foodie town.”  Before we checked into our hotel, we stopped for Sunday brunch at The Market Place Restaurant located right in the historic downtown area.

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Although the food was good, I believe there are many other equally good (if not better) places to try in a town filled with great restaurants.  After that meal, we decided to go on a mission to sample a variety of barbeques in the city. (Such a tough job! 🙂 ) And that will be the topic of my next Travel Talk post.  I hope you will be back for it!

Until next time..

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Laura J. - February 10, 2017 - 2:55 pm

Is the Inn worth it? In other words, what perks go away when you stay at this other property? We are celebrating our 30th and want to splurge a bit…but, don’t know if we would be just as happy where you all stayed. Can you walk to the winery from here? We like to do a lot of walking…Forgive if this is a duplicate comment…not sure if you are moderating and I don’t see mine from yesterday. Thank you so much! Your blog is divine!
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Hi Laura! Thank you for your compliment on the blog. Your earlier comment is about 6 up from the bottom. I answered your walking distance and shuttle questions earlier today and also sent you an email with the answer. Please check your spam to make sure it did not go to it. 🙂 As far as the inn being worth it, it really depends on what you want. With it you do get a more “luxury” experience, and I believe the rooms are larger. Here is what it offers that the hotel does not: valet parking, a bellman, 24 hour concierge service, 24 hour room service, fine dining (only casual at the hotel)an on-site spa (hotel guests are also given access to it, but it is not onsite) floral services, in-room movies, custom bathrobe and slippers, a shoe shine service, nightly turn down service, live piano and jazz. The hotel is much closer to Antler Hill Village (right beside it in fact) and they don’t advertise the inn as walkable to the winery…not sure why. It is the building at the top of the top photo on this post, and Antler Hill Village is at the bottom of the photo. It doesn’t look all that far, but I don’t think you can just walk down the hill. The hotel has a long driveway back to the road.That must be why they don’t say it is walking distance to the winery and village. If you want a true luxury experience, then I think the inn would be your choice. There is a much more casual atmosphere at the hotel.
Kelly

Kristy - February 10, 2017 - 11:54 am

I’m ready for a trip back as well! Our focus on previous visit was the Biltmore, and didn’t take the time to enjoy Ashveille. I enjoy your “travel logs” –very detailed with information, including great places to eat, stay, sites to see.
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Yes, I can understand how your focus would be on the Biltmore…so much to see there! But Asheville deserves a lot of time and attention as well. I hope you get to make a return visit there Kristy. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment on the travel posts…not sure everyone is a fan of them, but they are like journal entries for me so that I can remember the trips. 🙂
Kelly

Dawn - February 10, 2017 - 11:43 am

Kelly,

I love seeing this area via your photos and sources. I love the shopping area that is on Biltmore and our favorite restaurant there is called Cedric’s Tavern. They serve the most delicious house made pickles! I also like the historic story that goes with the Tavern. Thanks for sharing!

Dawn
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We knew Cedric’s was supposed to be very good, but we did not get a chance to dine there. Hopefully, we will make a week long trip back to Asheville and will enjoy it then. I love pickles, so that sounds great!
Kelly

Gina - February 10, 2017 - 10:28 am

Now, I want to go back to Asheville! I haven’t been in years. I love all the old historical photographs in the hotel. 🙂
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Yes, you need to go back Gina. The restaurant scene has really exploded in the last few years. So it is worth a trip back just for the food! 🙂
Kelly

Jo Anne Hayon - February 10, 2017 - 9:20 am

Simply wonderful. I think this is on my bucket list.
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Good Jo Anne! It is a beautiful and fun place to visit. 🙂
Kelly

kathy - February 10, 2017 - 8:21 am

Great post! It is fun to see posts when you are in our back door! A fun place to eat in Biltmore Village is Corner Kitchen. (It is right across the street from the Well Bred Bakery.) My husband and I just ate there on Wednesday. You would love the reuben and Joe’s chips. Also, when you return you MUST go to tea at the Inn on Biltmore. The tiers of sweets are unbelievably beautiful and delicious! YOU would be in heaven!
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Yes, most definitely at your “back door.” 🙂 I have heard several recommendations for Corner Kitchen. Unfortunately we had just finished a barbecue lunch when we were in the village, so we did not eat there. Adding it to the list for a future trip. 🙂 The sandwich and chips sound great! Not sure I could get my husband to go to the tea at the inn, but I could certainly talk my daughter into it. Our kind of food for sure!!
Kelly

Linda - February 10, 2017 - 8:17 am

Kelly, this is so beautiful. My husband and I are planning a trip in late September. Can’t wait for the rest of the tour.
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Oh how fun! You are going to just love it there Linda! It is a very beautiful place. 🙂
Kelly

Tricia - February 10, 2017 - 2:15 am

Kelly, lovely town. Always fun to travel with you. T
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Yes, Asheville is beautiful! Glad you enjoyed the virtual trip! 🙂
Kelly

Laura J. - February 9, 2017 - 7:04 pm

Could you walk to the winery from where you stayed? And was there a shuttle to the estate? Thank you!
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Yes, it was a VERY easy walk from the hotel to the winery and also to the shops in Antler Hill Village. And yes, the hotel ran shuttles all day to and from the estate. So nice to not have to worry about parking there. 🙂
Kelly

Leigh - February 9, 2017 - 6:56 pm

What a lovely trip! It has been many years since we have visited Biltmore Estates. I wonder if they still have the Biltmore Dairy. Their ice cream was so delicious and the atmosphere was really beautiful. I hope 2017 is filled with many traveling adventures for you to share 📷📷📷
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Thank you Leigh. Unfortunately, the dairy has closed down and that division sold (to Pet I think.) The Dairy Bar is no longer in existence either, but there is a “creamery” (ice cream shop) next to the estate, and the vanilla ice cream is made from their original ice cream recipe. That is about as close as it gets to the beloved Biltmore Dairy products today.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - February 9, 2017 - 6:55 pm

What an amazing place. That lobby in the Grand Bohemian Hotel! Wow. I’d love that fireplace and chandelier.

Thanks for sharing.
xo,
Karen
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Wasn’t that fireplace UNREAL?! I would love to tour that hotel. It sits in a great location too! Like I always tell you, you need to plan a trip over to this side of our country one day. 🙂
Happy Friday!
Kelly

DiAnne - February 9, 2017 - 6:38 pm

Kelly,
This is a fun post and places that are familiar to me. This needs to b
the year I buy a season ticket to Biltmore. Sounds like a good
Valentine gift to myself.
Have a great weekend!
DiAnne
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That sounds like a great idea DiAnne! If we lived closer I would do the same. Our daughter wants to eventually move to Asheville, so perhaps we will have a need for that season ticket ourselves one day. 🙂
Kelly

Faye - February 9, 2017 - 6:13 pm

Hi Kelly! My favorite restaurant is Rhubarb in downtown Asheville. The duck confit is outstanding! The Eating Asheville tour is a great way to check out the food in this delicious town.
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That tour sounds like a wonderful thing to do!!! Asheville has amazing restaurants. We even commented we could stay a month and still not check out all the good ones! We will have to try out Rhubarb on our next visit there. Thank you for the recommendation!
Kelly

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com - February 9, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Hey Kelly: So glad you had a good time visiting my fair city!! I’ll be interested in seeing your next post about local eateries. My favorites are not necessarily the downtown places. There is plenty of food here, for sure!!
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Your fair city is FABULOUS Debbie! I could eat eat and eat there (and shop and shop and shop!)
Happy Friday!
Kelly

That Super Bowl Party

Well….what. a. game. If we could have just ended it at half time.  But I guess if a team can come back from being down 25 points, they deserve the win.  Regardless, it was an exciting game to watch, and if you are a Patriots fan, congratulations.  It is going to take a while for those of us who are Falcons fans to get over it.  🙁

We did have a party, and I did decorate a bit for the occasion.  If you follow me on Instagram, see if you can tell any difference in the wreath from my post there on Saturday and this photo on Sunday. 🙂

I took photos as I finished getting areas ready yesterday, and I had planned to post them here right before the game.

But as usual, I was finishing up everything right as our guests arrived.  (In fact I was vacuuming the kitchen when the doorbell rang!) So there was no time to load the photos here.  Perhaps you can save any ideas you like to a Pinterest board for next year.

The red and black of the Falcons’ uniform was obviously an easy color scheme to implement here. So I put it everywhere that didn’t already have it. 🙂  The take home treats were bags of roasted peanuts in the referee-striped cups tied with a red ribbon.

I also jazzed up the cabinet in the family room with some extra red and black.

And of course the mantel in the family room had to have its share of football accessories as well.

I found those trophy looking vases at Michaels (at 40% off! 🙂 ) and I’m sure they will get good use around here.

Simply swapping out the photos in the frames for some Falcons prints was an easy way to add a little game day decor.

For easy access, we set up the beverage area on the game table in the family room.  Remember I took these photos yesterday as I finished decorating each area.  So the empty red bucket held ice during the game.

Super Bowl commercials are always a favorite part of the game.  When I came across these printable bingo cards on Pinterest, I knew it would be fun for everyone to play.  I did a little research and came up with a number of companies who would likely have ads during the game.  (That’s the list on the big clipboard.)  Everyone just chose 24 and filled in the spaces on their card with them.

I had planned to use sticky note flags as markers on the boards (so they would not move during the game) but we used our pencils instead to mark out the squares that had the companies as the ads came on. Much simpler!

And now to the dining room.  This is the table set up ready for the party (without all the food obviously.) I wanted to make a tissue paper garland to go above the window, but I ran out of time before I could get it made.  (I seem to always have more ideas than time!)

 A little flag was added to the cupboard after the table was set…

and the cabinet got one too.

Early last week, I sat down to plan the menu for this get-together.  Then I went back to a Super Bowl party post I had written a couple of years ago to see what we served then.  Amazingly, it was the exact same menu! So in order to not be “stuck in a rut,” I totally changed direction and went with this instead:

And after the first few guests served their plates, I remembered to take a photo of the table with the actual food on it (minus what they already had on their plates.)

Even though the Falcons lost, we still had a fun time together.  (But the first half of the game was much more enjoyable than the second.)  All of us wore our red and black for the game…

even Gabbie
(the girl pup who looked like a “boy” in her jersey.) 🙂

I hope the Falcons make it back to the Super Bowl next year (and I can reuse all my accessories! 🙂 )Now on to Valentine’s Day decorating!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Until next time…

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Amanda - February 8, 2017 - 8:46 am

Totally addicted to your posts! You have so many great ideas. Can’t wait to see what you do for Valentines. It’s always a tricky event here since it is also our son’s birthday. Looking forward to your next post!
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Wow! Thank you Amanda! That would be tricky to have a boy’s birthday along with Valentine’s Day. My husband’s birthday is the day after it, so at least it is not on the actual day. Good luck with your planning!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - February 7, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Kelly,
As usual you’ve knocked it out of the park! I was rooting for the Falcons but alas, the other team won. The Patriots played a great second half. The highlight for me, besides the commercials, was the catch by the Falcon that seemed impossibly and so impressive.
I cannot believe how much Gabbie has grown.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you so much Karen. Glad you were rooting for the Falcons too! I was very impressed with that catch as well. Amazing what those athletes can do!
Yes, Gabbie is growing right before our eyes. She has gotten almost too heavy for me to pick up!
Kelly

Cindy T - February 7, 2017 - 1:31 am

Lol Kelly! I thought I was the only one who who still is vacuuming when guests arrive! 😁
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No Cindy, I’m afraid I am a part of that club as well. In fact there have been times when I have been vacuuming and still had curlers in my hair!
Kelly

kathy - February 6, 2017 - 11:39 pm

Great party ideas! Maybe we can use them next year when the Falcons go back! I especially like your trophy vase and striped accessories. How precious are your daughter and Gabby!!! Josie’s party was so much fun! She decorated Kelly-style and went all out to make sure everyone had a great time…right, DiAnne and Katrina? You might find this funny. When the Patriots scored that last touchdown I said, “They are celebrating like they have already won the game.” LOL! As I said when my son played football his senior year of high school, “I am not a football mom!”
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I sure hope you are right about using the decor next year when the Falcons are back in the Super Bowl again! I knew you would have a great time at Josie’s. I would have loved to have there with you all! 🙂 Your comment about the celebrating cracked me up! If it had been college football, Atlanta would have had a chance to possibly score. Wish that was the format in the NFL! So much rides on the darn coin flip in NFL games I think.
Kelly

Cindy - February 6, 2017 - 8:58 pm

Hi Kelly: I love that you set the tone of the party right at the door…great wreath! You always think of every detail.

Great pic of your daughter and Gabbie.

We were disappointed with some of the Super Bowl commercials. My favorite was the one with Melissa McCarthy.

Cindy
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Thank you Cindy. The wreath was a last minute thing, but I think it turned out cute for the occasion. The commercials were missing the “horse and puppy” commercials. It seemed that “accepting people’s differences” was a common theme in so many of them. The Melissa McCarthy one WAS hilarious!! My favorite was the Honda one with all the yearbook photos of today’s stars that came to life…especially liked Steve Carell’s!
Kelly

Leigh - February 6, 2017 - 7:39 pm

We also enjoyed the first half much more than the second! Lots of cheers over here in Texas from some displaced Georgians. The decor at your house looks great and the menu does too. Hoping our Falcons Rise Up again next year 🏈
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Thank you for cheering in Texas Leigh! I too hope they make it back to the Super Bowl next year.
Kelly

cindy hattersley - February 6, 2017 - 7:27 pm

Someday I want to come to a party at your house! You are amazing!
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Aw thanks Cindy! You come on over to Georgia any time you like!
Kelly

Jo Anne Hayon - February 6, 2017 - 6:38 pm

I always seem to have tons of ideas, too and not enough time. The Falcons turned into my Packers, for the second half but you know what they say about Karma. The Falcons gave it to us and the Pats gave it to the Falcons. I really did not want the Patriots to win. Enough about football-I truly enjoy your posts and your decor, can’t wait to see V-day decorations.
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Glad you liked all the decorating Jo Anne. Yep, those Falcons let us down in the second half when the Patriots came to life. Here’s to a second chance next year!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - February 6, 2017 - 5:54 pm

As I said on FB, I rooted for the Falcons even though I don’t DO football. So sad they had such a great lead, but the Patriots got the momentum in the second half. Nail biting 4th quarter! And Gaga was great (not that I know much about her!) All in all, a great Super Bowl!
Loved your party setup, as always! Your guests I’m sure appreciate all that you do to make them feel welcome. I don’t know that I would have thought to hang a themed wreath on my door, but you did! Shows you how many football parties I throw, right? I know my daughter would do something like that!
Now, on to baseball! 😉
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Thank you for cheering on the Falcons Marianne. Definitely a stressful 4th quarter! I actually enjoyed Lady Gaga’s show too…but probably because our daughter was singing along with her and knew all the words to the songs! LOL

Thank you for the compliments on the party decor. Don’t jump into baseball just yet…we still have March madness to go! 🙂
Kelly

Gina - February 6, 2017 - 4:21 pm

I always love your parties!! This one did not disappoint! i wish the falcons had won too, was happy for a couple of players we follow on the Patriots. Ha, I couldn’t stay awake for the end so I found out this morning who won. I had partied in another way this weekend. We found out our daughter is having twin GIRLS at their gender reveal party!! 🙂 I can just imagine what an awesome job you would do planning one of those parties!! 😉
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Thank you so much Gina! You didn’t see the 4th quarter?! Man…it was stressful! Congratulations on the twin girls!!! One of my teacher friends has them as well and found out on the twins’ first birthday that she was pregnant again. They have a son due this month now! Best wishes to your daughter and her family. 🙂
Kelly

Leslie Anne Tarabella - February 6, 2017 - 4:10 pm

I’m so saaaadddd about the game! Oh well, now I’m over it. Your party was fabulous, and save those decorations for next year when the Falcons make it into a big WIN!
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Too funny! I am still not over it. 🙁 Hoping they make it back for the Super Bowl again next year too.
Kelly

mari1017 - February 6, 2017 - 3:44 pm

Kelly, I loved your Superbowl LI decorations! And especially Gabbie all decked out 🙂 She is absolutely gorgeous XOXO
Sorry for your Falcons…my nephew who attended GA State in Sports Management wanted them to beat MY Patriots so badly…yes, I am a diehard New England Patriots fan, even here in Virginia lol I was surprised how many of us wore our gear at the supermarkets yesterday before the big game. And what a game it was! What a lesson in nothing is impossible! But Atlanta is an amazing young team, and I’m certain they’ll be back…
Thanks also for your menu…love the deliciousness and simplicity…two key ingredients for game time!
As today’s Boston Herald headline declared over Brady’s photo –
“ROGER THAT” XOXO 😉 mari
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Mari, thank you for your very sweet compliments on the party. It sounds like you had some family rivalry going on for the game! (Just wish your nephew’s team had won! LOL)
Kelly

Ruth - February 6, 2017 - 3:36 pm

Wow, Gabbie has grown so much, so quickly! Cutest Falcon “kid” ever! Another great-looking party there. I’m still in mourning over the outcome, but seeing all your cute decor is cheering me up. Thanks for another delightful post filled with wonderful ideas! P.S. – I have to ask: did you actually find referee-striped mini-cups, straws, and Post-Its, or did you decorate them yourself?
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Yes, Gabbie is growing tooooo fast! When I try to pick her up she is so long she seems to go on forever…all legs! I did find all the referee striped items…no time to make all of that. I am always on the look-out for things like that when shopping. 🙂
Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet words here Ruth. 🙂
Kelly

Cheri - February 6, 2017 - 3:17 pm

You sure know how to do a party right…everything is so cute.

We don’t have a favorite NFL team but we were hoping the Falcons would have won. It was a very close game and they can be proud of that. Next year.
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Thank you Cheri! And thank you for cheering on our Falcons. I sure hope you are right about next year!
Kelly

Lanita Anderson - February 6, 2017 - 3:11 pm

I loved seeing all of your great decorating and food ideas for your Super Bowl party…..especially the items that weren’t necessarily designed to be used at a football party, but fit perfect (plates & napkins, treat cups, etc.) Loved seeing how you incorporated everything into your home decor. We were rooting for the Falcons, too, and were disappointed they didn’t hold on for the victory! Looking forward to see your Valentine ideas…..
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I’m so glad you liked all the party items Lanita. I like to use the referee striped items because they seem to go so well with the rest of our house decor. Perhaps next year will be the year for the Falcons.
Working on Valentine’s Day now! I need flowers, and for some reason my local source does not have what I need…too early for them I think.
Kelly

Rachel High - February 6, 2017 - 3:07 pm

You are the only blogger I “follow”. I welcome each email I receive, that lures me into your home. You consistently freshen things up and have a knack for making your home crisp, yet comfortable. I love the wreath and the bingo idea! I could go on and on! Thanks for inspiring us and sharing good ideas! XOXO, A Loyal Follower
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Gosh what sweet compliments Rachel! I’m so glad you find inspiration here in the posts. I loved the bingo game. It made it a lot of fun for everyone! (And we had prizes! LOL)
Kelly

Judy - February 6, 2017 - 2:47 pm

Those Falcons have nothing to be ashamed of- it was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen in a while!! I was rooting for them because a young man from Southwest Florida was playing. But, the cutest thing in your blog today was Gabbie wearing that Falcon shirt. ! It was pure charm!
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It really was an exciting game, wasn’t it Judy?! Gabbie did look cute in that jersey but everyone thought she was a boy dog though. Guess I should have gotten her the Falcons cheerleader dress instead! ha.
Kelly

Judy - February 6, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Well, that was some game. We were pulling for the Falcons and couldn’t believe the 4th quarter! Who would have thought it would turn out like it did? Atlanta has nothing to be ashamed of, they played their hearts out.

Your Gabbie is sooo cute! We’re still “looking” for a dog and in fact went back out to the humane shelter Saturday afternoon. I saw a darling puppy that I instantly took to but we don’t really want to housebreak a dog….any helpful suggestions on how to avoid that (LOL)? I have two custom cut seagrass rugs as well as a “hide” and I know from experience the seagrass can’t be cleaned (at least that’s what a carpet cleaning pro told me) so we had to have a new rug made for the dining room when our last dog had a little accident….hubby wasn’t too happy with that!

We’re heading to son’s this weekend for a little Mardi Gras fun in Fairhope/Spanish Fort/Daphne. Since’s he about 15 minutes from Mobile we might go there as well. The kids love all the parades and floats. Trust me, I won’t be getting any beads the Bourbon Street way (LOL)!!!
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That 4th quarter was a real killer. 🙁 Thank you for pulling for the Falcons.
I hope you find your dog soon. We are house breaking and crate training Gabbie. She has done very well except for the first week. She stays in the kitchen and dining area. There are no rugs in there, so that makes it easier. We had the crate beside the refrigerator the first week, and she did not like it. She kept going to sleep under the kitchen desk. So we bought a smaller crate, put it under the desk, and she has done great since then.
Have fun at Mardi Gras! Glad you are not getting your beads “the Bourbon Street way.” LOL 🙂
Kelly

Dawn - February 6, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Kelly,

I love your enthusiasm and decorations! Gabbie stole the show in her jersey! We were also rooting for the Falcons and were shocked by the outcome. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for St. Valentine’s day.
Dawn
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Yes, Gabbie certainly stole the show. She is normally not very good with strangers, but surprisingly she took a liking to one of the guys here and sat and watched the game with him! 🙂 The end of the game was certainly shocking. Valentine’s decorating in the works here. 🙂
Kelly

Cindy - February 6, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Darling decor!!! Great job !! Sorry your team lost! Love your pup !!
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Thank you so much Cindy. Glad you liked the party decor!
Kelly

Julia - February 6, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Your party looks so fun! I’m not one to even care about football – but that ending was history making!! And I agree Gabby is adorable!
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Oh yes, that ending was definitely history making…and not in a good way for Atlanta. 🙁 Thank you for your sweet compliments Julia. 🙂
Kelly

md white - February 6, 2017 - 1:30 pm

That game was so good. Well, until the 4th qtr…but then again, what a come back. Hubby went to bed as soon as it was over. We were hoping for a Falcon win too. Glad you mentioned IG. I’m now following you there too!
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If we could have just ended it at the half, right? 🙂 Thank you for following on IG, Maria. I am still trying to figure everything out on it…confusing myself with having two accounts – one for the blog and one for Gabbie. (Perhaps I should have just stuck to one! 🙂 )
Kelly

Nan, Odessa, DE - February 6, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Doesn’t matter who won. Gabbie stole the show!!!!!!
What a girl. Get tired of her send me an email, I will come get her and give her a good home.
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Ha ha! I think there are enough of us here who like her that she won’t be going anywhere, but I will keep your offer in mind if we get tired of her. 🙂
Kelly

Lynda - February 6, 2017 - 12:39 pm

I was rooting for the Falcon’s since my team (the Ravens) were not playing. Oh well! The party décor looked great!
Adorable puppy!!
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Thank you for cheering them on Lynda. Happy you liked the party decorations, and thank you for Gabbie’s compliment.
Hope you are having a good week!
Kelly

Robin - February 6, 2017 - 12:33 pm

As always, your party ideas were so cute! Looking forward to seeing your Valentine decor. Sorry for your team but go Pats!
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Thank you for the compliments on the party Robin. Your Patriots played a heck of a game!
Kelly

Kay - February 6, 2017 - 12:32 pm

How do you do it? I have tried to pull just household items together even books to highlight as you do for the season or occasion. I just can’t do it as well. Maybe it is the teacher’s background, I don’t know, but it looks great. Glad to see little Gabbie doing well. Now, if she will retrieve the ball. (LOL)
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Yep, it’s the teacher background. 🙂 (And sticking to only one or two colors with a neutral.) Gabbie does retrieve the ball (good joke!) but she doesn’t like to give it back to us….Oh well…one step at a time. 🙂
Kelly

Lori - February 6, 2017 - 12:25 pm

Your party looked amazing!! And that Gabbie. . . .What a cutie! As a New England girl, I couldn’t help but think of how much fun the Falcons fans must have been having with that first half. (We were enjoying snacks but weren’t “feeling it” that first half.

Thanks for sharing your great ideas and your awesome home! I find it so inspiring!!
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Thank Lori! That first half was fun for us, but goodness that ending was heartbreaking! I know you must have loved the final quarter and overtime. Congrats to the Patriots!
Kelly

Sue - February 6, 2017 - 12:09 pm

Every detail perfect! It was a fun game to watch for those of us that were neutral, not so much for you I know☹️
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Thank you Sue. Yes, it would have been a very fun game to see if we had not been pulling for the Falcons. 🙁
Kelly

Marty Oravetz - February 6, 2017 - 11:13 am

Your decor and menu are wonderful. Sorry your team lost, but I agree, it really was an amazing game.
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Hi Marty! Thank you for your compliments on the party. Yes, it was an amazing game…but sad for those of us who were pulling for the Falcons. 🙁 Quite a comeback for the Patriots!
Kelly

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