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A Christmas Bridal Shower…from Start to Finish

Christmas bridal showerThe first of our daughter’s close friends is getting married in February, so naturally we wanted to give her a bridal shower.  All of the girls are still dealing with college schedules, so we had to find a date during their various breaks to fit it in between their exams, our sons arriving back home, and Christmas.  A dear friend of mine (who’s also named Kelly:)) helped to host the party with me on the Monday of Christmas week.  Between various emails among everyone we came up with the theme for the party – a Christmas bridal shower. What could be more perfect for a December night?:)

Once that was decided, I got to work on the invitations.  Using plain stationery from Target, I came up with a design that had a “classic Christmas” feel with a simple candy cane at the top, and it was easily printed on our printer here at home. To dress it up some, I added a sheet of vellum over it, attaching it with thin red ribbon run through holes around the peppermint design. (The photograph is not showing it very well here.:()

Christmas shower invitation(I edited out the personal info for privacy reasons.)

These postage stamps added the perfect finishing touch.

red postal stamps

Here is a mock-up for you to see the envelopes I lettered.  I tried to write in a style to match the script font I used on the invitation.

Christmas envelopes

I knew I wanted to tie into the candy cane on the invitation with the party favors.  At first, I was going to do small bags of peppermint bark, but with 30 guests coming, it was going to be too expensive (and too time consuming) to make.  But then I found this recipe for Peppermint Bark cookies which worked out great.  After hunting for the chocolate wafer cookies in a zillion stores, our daughter whipped up a bunch of them for the bags.

peppermint crunch cookiesThey made a nice little party favor for the Christmas shower.

shower favor bag

We displayed them in a jar by the front door for guests to take as they left.

jar of party favors

foyer with Christmas vignette

With the busy-ness of the holidays, Kelly and I decided on a simple menu of assorted cheesecakes, nuts, cheese straws, and strawberries – all purchased from the grocery.  We served it on the vintage Colony Harvest snack plates that my mother-in-law gave me a number of years ago.

bridal shower dessert platesbridal shower cheesecakeI forgot to take a photo of the punch bowl with the matching punch cups.:(You can see that I have 30 of these snack sets and tons more of the pieces.  I believe my mother-in-law acquired them through the redemption of S&H Green stamps back in the 1960’s.

Colony harvest milk glassAlright, back to the party now.:)

The guest list was a fun mix of the bride’s friends and their mothers – a family affair!  Here is the beautiful bride with her pretty mother and sister.


 I am not usually a fan of silly games at showers, but I found something that I thought would be fun for everyone to do before the bride opened the gifts – especially since so many of the bride’s close friends were there.


I printed it out from here on cardstock and had 30 things to write with ready for the “test.” Her mom opted out since she felt she would win, and 2 of the bride’s close friends got the most correct. (This is only a portion of the guests.  More are behind the sofa, in the playroom, and beside me in the dining room.)

bridal shower gameOf course the winners each graciously gave their prize to the bride.  And then the bride had the fun of opening all the gifts.:)

bridal showerShe received so many pretty Christmas things…trees, ornaments, Christmas china, door decorations, nativity pieces, and more.  This is just part of what she was given.

shower giftsAfter all the presents were opened, the guests continued to socialize, and then they left for the night.  But the bride and several of her friends stayed over at our house for a girls’ night out together with our daughter that night.  (They have all been friends since elementary school.) I had wanted to take a photo of them dressed up for the party, but they managed to get into their comfortable clothes before I had a chance to snap a picture.  So here they are in their casual wear.:)

girlsIt was a fun night, and I was thrilled that my friend, Kelly and I were able to give the bride her very first bridal shower with her friends and family.

I think this brings us to a close on all the December happenings around here.  2015 has been a very busy – very good year for me and my family, and I am so very thankful for all of our blessings.  I am also thankful for all of you very gracious readers who take time out of your busy schedule to drop in for a visit here.  You are the reason I keep coming back to write for Talk of the House.  I hope your 2016 will be a very wonderful year – filled with good heath, lots of good food, and many good times spent with family and friends.

 Thank you and Happiest of New Years to you!:)

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Vicki - December 30, 2015 - 11:01 pm

What a wonderful and fun evening of precious memories! Have a glorious New Year!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - December 30, 2015 - 11:33 pm

Absolutely love the Christmas theme! What a great memory for all the girls. You are the hostess with the mostess!

Happy 2016!

Emily - December 30, 2015 - 11:47 pm

Looks like such a fun bridal shower. I’ve never been to one that close to Christmas, but such a great time to honor the bride. Thanks for sharing The Piano Guys’ video. I love their music! Wishing you and your family a Blessed New Year!

Louvina - December 31, 2015 - 12:01 am

Lovely way to end the day by viewing the special Christmas Bridal Shower. Looked liked everyone was relaxed and enjoyed being together. How very gracious of you and your friend host the party during a very busy week! Everything was already decorated for the theme and how nice to be prepared in this way!! You know what they say about busy people!! Getting it done!:) Blessings to the sweet bride to be– and February will be here before they know! Time passes quickly!! Count down to New Yesr’s Eve!! Oyster stew makings in the house( my husband makes the best) and now to get the corned beef fixings for NY’s Day!! Watching the Times Square Ball and reflecting on the past year with hopes sand prayers for a more peaceful and grateful world for all people!!

At Rivercrest Cottage - December 31, 2015 - 12:09 am

Love the idea of a December bridal shower. It seems a wonderful time of year to get family and friends together for a happy affair.

Lisa R - December 31, 2015 - 5:57 am

How exciting! My daughters are also in their early 20s so I imagine this will be in my short range future as well! Great theme!

Tricia - December 31, 2015 - 8:19 am

Hi Kelly. Love the idea of a Christmas Shower, how much fun would that be! The invitations are perfection, absolutely precious. So good of you, Kelly and the guests to take time to honour Brittany during the busiest week of the year. Happy New Year!

Char - December 31, 2015 - 8:55 am

What a sweet shower! Love how you pulled the theme throughout the shower & into every little detail!! The bride will treasure this first shower! My husband and I were married in December so Christmas has always been an even more special & magical time for us! I’m so happy that I found your lovely blog, Kelly! Can’t wait to see where 2016 takes us! Gods best blessings to you and your family in this coming new year! Happy New Year!!
Oh a December wedding for you! I know that had to be beautiful! Thank you so much for reading the posts here Char. I am glad you found Talk of the House too. :) Many blessings for your 2016! Hope it is a wonderful year for you and your family.

Sue - December 31, 2015 - 9:19 am

Your shower was so cute. What a perfect theme. And I am drooling over your milk glass collection. I have been acquiring pieces at garage sales and thrift stores to use in our lake home. You have an impressive collection.
I’m so glad you liked the shower Sue. That collection is large thanks to my mother-in-law. I think she must have collected every piece they offered with S&H green stamps! :)
Happy New Year!

Peggy - December 31, 2015 - 10:09 am

Happy New Year to you! Thank you for your blog and thanks for the music!
You are quite welcome Peggy. :) Happy New Year to you too!

Garden, Home and Party - December 31, 2015 - 10:33 am

What a perfectly delightful shower. I loved the invitations and party favors. Those cookies looked so yummy. I’d love the recipe sometime, I could see making those for little presents for neighbors and friends next Christmas. You can never plan too far ahead for Christmas, right? :-)
Enjoy this New Year’s Eve and I look forward to your posts in the new year.
Thank you so much Karen. Just follow the link in the post for the recipe for those cookies. They are super easy to make and turn out great. The pink ones used andes baking chips instead of the crushed peppermint. I am right there with you on planning for the next Christmas. I have already started filling in my notebook with ideas! :) Enjoy your New Year’s Eve too. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year for you and your family.

Anita - December 31, 2015 - 11:53 am

Really nice bridal shower! I love the invitations–I must learn how to print fancy ones
like that out on the printer. Perfect little touches make for a really special day to remember.
Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016!
Thank you Anita. I thought the invitations turned out nicely. Best wishes for your new year too!

Cindy - December 31, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Kelly….what a fun idea. I would have LOVED a Christmas shower as a young bride! I have been following your blog for just a few months and I LOVE it!! You have been a great inspiration to me. LOVE the peppermint cookie idea….will definitely be trying those out. My daughter and I made your Peppermint Cheesecake Dip for Christmas and it was a big hit! Happy New Year!
Thank you Cindy! I would have loved a Christmas shower too. Thank you for following along on the blog, AND for taking the time to leave your sweet comments. I am so glad you tried out the dip. Isn’t it just yummy?!
I hope 2016 brings you a year of many good things. :)

Dana - December 31, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Oh what fun to have a Christmas themed shower and receive so many “Chritmasy” gifts, as the bride to be begins to prepare for her own home and family. Delightful! My favorite part of this post is your collection of milk glass. I don’t rememeber seeing that on any of your posts before. Have I missed any? My mother and I both like milk glass. I have a small collection, with a couple of lovely pieces that beonged to my grandmother. Happy 2016!
It WAS fun Dana! No, I have not shown any of the milk glass before. It is not something I really use, except for “girl-y parties.” :) (We always seem to have a bunch of guys around here.) Good luck with your collection, and how wonderful to have some of your grandmother’s pieces!
Happy 2016 to you too!!

Barb - December 31, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Thank YOU for a great year. Coming to your blog is like a mini vacation in the middle of my day. I just love your style and your attention to detail. Such an inspiration. Looking forward to 2016. Happy New Year!
Gosh thanks Barb! I am glad that I could give you a break in your days. Thank you for following along this year. Happiest of new year wishes to you!

Dawn - December 31, 2015 - 2:24 pm


I like the way you throw a shower. It all looks so nice. Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care and Happy New Year!
Thank you Dawn! And thank you for always being so encouraging in your comments. I appreciate you!
Have a super happy new year in 2016!!

Jill - December 31, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Kelly, this is a lovely shower idea! Thanks for sharing. I wanted you to know I followed your scripture advent verses the 1st through the 25th. Every Christmas I try keep myself focused on Jesus, and your daily devotional was such a blessing! Hope you and your family have a blessed and joyous New Year!
How wonderful Jill! I am so glad that the scriptures were a blessing for you. Best wishes to you and your family as well. May 2016 be your best yet! :)

Nan, Odessa, DE - December 31, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Beautiful celebration!
I know your mother-in-law enjoyed seeing you use the dishes.
Thanks for sharing your Mitford map and keeping the Piano Guys before the readers. Good advertisement for all to make your blog.
Enjoy a happy new year!

Lynn A. - December 31, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Happy 2016, Kelly!

Teresa W. - December 31, 2015 - 11:33 pm

That was so kind of you and your daughter to host such a nice shower, what a fun night! I hope you enjoy all the wonderful things 2016 has in store for you and your family. Happy 2016!!!

Cindy T - January 1, 2016 - 9:08 am

I absolutely love your calligraphy, it’s beautiful! Where did you learn it or are you self taught? The shower was adorable with all your personal touches. I always look forward to your blog! Hope you and your family a very Happy New Year!
Thank you for your sweet comment Cindy! I thought the bridal shower turned out very nice. As far as the calligraphy goes, I just taught myself many years ago…bought a pen and a little book with practice paper. I practiced and learned the Italic style of Calligraphy. From there I just played with letters and styles.

Paula B. - January 1, 2016 - 9:24 am

What a lovely party, Kelly. I am sure the bride and her family were thrilled with the Christmas themed gathering. And, now she has such a head start for her first married Christmas! Wishing you and yours all the best in the coming year.

Gina - January 1, 2016 - 5:14 pm

How special to be able to host the bridal shower for your daughter’s friend. I always love seeing your party details. I bet they had the best time at their “sleepover!” :) Smart decision to keep the menu simple this time of year. Those peppermint bark cookies look delicious! I will definitely try the recipe. I love your milk glass. My family has some also and we used milk glass, including a few family pieces for my daughter’s shower a few years ago. :)

Kaye Ann - January 6, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Such a beautiful Bridal Shower. Can I ask how you learned Calligraphy? Did you teach yourself, or did you take classes for it? Thanks!
Thank you Kaye Ann. I taught myself lettering by just playing around with a pen and practicing. While my mother paints as her art, lettering is mine. (I can’t paint worth a flip!)

The Week Before Christmas…

toy car with tree for ChristmasTwas the Monday before Christmas
When all through the house
I was scurrying around like a quick little mouse.

A shower was scheduled at my home that night
With presents and sweets for a bride’s fun delight.

bridal shower cheesecake

 The house was all ready with greens, lights, and bows.
The guests came and partied and for pictures did pose.
They opened the gifts and nibbled on sweets.
Then all went their way with a bag full of treats.

shower favor bag

(Except for the few who stayed overnight
To catch up on friendships til the day’s morning light.)


Then Walt in his t-shirt and I in my gown
Had just gone to sleep when I heard a loud sound.
Out in the field there arose such a crash.
Away to the window I flew in a flash.

A thunderstorm rumbled and raindrops were pouring
While lightning was flashing, but Walt kept on snoring.
So I went back to bed and then sound to sleep
Until the alarm clock went off with a beep.

That Tuesday our son arrived on a plane.
We drove to Atlanta in the thunderstorm rain.
Ponce City Market was our place to explore.

We dined on fried chicken and checked out the stores.

Hops Chicken

Peppermint, furniture, gingerbread, plaid.

Williams Sonoma peppermint

Williams Sonoma furniture

Williams Sonoma gingerbread

Williams Sonoma plaidShopping with Jonathan made my heart glad.:)

On Wednesday the rain continued the same
And our oldest child also came home on a plane.
Again to Atlanta we drove in the car
To pick up our son who had traveled so far.

We met up at Leon’s for burgers and fries.
(Their sauces are loved by the girls and the guys!)


After dinner we drove back home in the night.
(The holiday traffic and storms were a fright!:()

Christmas Eve came that Thursday.  We had lots to do.
Like set up a party and puppy-sit too!


The food and the gifts at our party were fun.
Puppy went with Santa, and our work was almost done.

Friday was Christmas! The kids slept til 10!
A very simple breakfast was set up in the den.

Christmas breakfastChristmas donuts

 The presents sat and waited on the sofa for them all.
Santa had been kind leaving gifts that weren’t too small.

Christmas morningA camera for our daughter who will use it in her work.

camera for ChristmasBooks for our student who wants to be a clerk.

booksA camp stove for the oldest and a cheesecake for him too.
(Red Velvet is his favorite, but he’ll share it with our crew.:))
camp stove and cheesecake

Christmas morning gifts

The children weren’t the only ones with gifts on Christmas Day.
I got a television and a player for blu ray.

But my most surprising gift was a book and map for sure.
My son met Miss Jan Karon when she traveled on her tour!:)

Mitford book and map

After all the gifts were opened, and our breakfast had been done
We went upstairs to play a game – a new gift to our son.


He beat us all. (He always does.) He’s a big time Monopoly winner.
Then after that we all went over to the in-law’s Christmas dinner.

Our Christmas Day came to a close with one last fun event.
We headed to the theater and to a movie went.

The scenery was gorgeous.  The story very sweet.
It was a super fun way to end our Christmas week.
But I have to exclaim, as this comes to a wrap
Happy Christmas to all, and I need a loooong nap!

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Melissa - December 29, 2015 - 7:38 am

Thank you for sharing your special Christmas with us! Everything was so beautiful, and it was wonderful to see your children. Christmas is all about family! May God bless you! Happy New Year!
You are so welcome Melissa. Thank you for the compliments on the decorating. Yes, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and this year’s holiday was even more special with ALL of our children home. :)
Happy New Year to you!

Tricia - December 29, 2015 - 8:08 am

Kelly, Kelly, are you awake?
A quick little comment I want to make.
So happy you spent such a glorious time
And shared your Family with this Christmas rhyme.
Just want you know before off you drift,
Talk of the House is such a gift.

Sweet dreams…
Oh Tricia you’re clever! In rhyme you did write!
It takes extra effort. (You must be quite bright!)
Thank you for reading the blog all this year,
And leaving your comments that I hold so dear. :)


Debbie from MountainMama - December 29, 2015 - 8:42 am

Kelly, you are so clever with this amazing post!! I am always just amazed at the brilliant ladies I find out in blogland that have these incredible gifts – you are surely one of them! What a lovely Christmas you had with your family – may 2016 bring you much joy as well!
Gosh thanks Debbie! I just reverted back to my “elementary school teacher” mode for this. :)
It was a lovely Christmas, and I hate to see it come to an end tomorrow. (sniff, sniff.)
Best wishes for your 2016 as well!

Louvina - December 29, 2015 - 9:16 am

What a delightful post Christmas share! Enjoyed it so much! Wonderful to see the family/friends in your home. Know that everyone had a great visit!! It was almost like being there— loved the picture of the cute/delicious donuts! Two trips to ATL airport– oh my!! And what a sweet Christmas puppy! My belated and much looked forward to laundry room ( washer/dryer just arrived!) is almost finished! Which will be my workroom and fun project place. I really need a “consult” session with you for ideas!! :) Cool down is arriving here this weekend–just in time for NewYears and hopefully will get to have a relaxing fire in fire pit on the beach! Looking forward to a better 2016 for everyone!! CHEERS!

Donnamae - December 29, 2015 - 9:49 am

Kelly…your poetry is really impressive! Looks like a happy Christmas was had by all! Wishing you and your family many more celebrations in the New Year! 😉

Bonnie - December 29, 2015 - 10:03 am

What a special post…poetry, busy times, special places and events, all of your children with you, and a Jan Karon surprise for you…how full your days have been! Thank you, again, for sharing in words and pictures.

Dawn - December 29, 2015 - 10:29 am


I just adore your creativity and how you share your talents with us. Your Christmas looks like it was just divine. Thank you for sharing with us. Take care.


Vicki - December 29, 2015 - 10:34 am

Love this! And how did your son manage to get a map? I want one! Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing your charming life with us!
Thank you Vicki! Our son went to Jan Karon’s book tour stop in Bellevue, Washington where he lives. They were giving them away the maps with a book purchase. It was a 9 minute walk from his apartment to the library where she was speaking. I had asked our son to go for me since there were no stops near us on this tour. He told me he couldn’t do it that night since he had a “card game” scheduled. He totally fooled me!

mari1017 - December 29, 2015 - 11:21 am

Kelly, you saved the best til last! Isn’t the Christmas season wonderful in so many ways? Thanks for such a fun post. As a former elementary school teacher, I totally understand going into the mode LOL – and I love it!!! XOXO
p.s. If I wasn’t taking the decorations down today (on a rainy and foggy day!) I would have attempted a rhyming reply ha! mari

Donnie - December 29, 2015 - 11:21 am

Oh Kelly – what a delightful post – I must admit I am very envious of the map!! Have loved Jan Karon for many years.
Hope you New Year is full of all good things, can’t wait to hear how you start us off!

Gina - December 29, 2015 - 11:46 am

Oh my goodness, this is so cute!! You are very talented. I think it would take me forever to come up with something this clever. 😉 I love your son’s gift to you. How special. He knows you well! Enjoy resting and recuperating from the holiday!! :)

Ruth - December 29, 2015 - 11:57 am

A fantastic post! You really outdid yourself! The thing that possibly impressed me the most, though, was the thoughtfulness of your son in planning ahead so in order to get the most perfect gift for you! What a doll! And he obviously loves his mom!

Now go take that well-deserved nap. I expect you’ll need it in preparation for some fabulous New Year’s “do” you’re cooking up! :-)

Thanks for another delightful morning’s reading — indeed, for the year’s worth of beautiful, inspiring “escapes”! Wishing you all the best for 2016!

Karen Green - December 29, 2015 - 1:17 pm

I adore Jan Karon and her books! What an awesome present. I am new to your site and sure enjoy it! Karen Palmer Lake, COlorado

Jill Culbertson - December 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Glad you all got to be together! My daughter got the National Parks Monopoly too. We haven’t played yet though. We received so many games. We’re still wading through them all!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 29, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Perfect gift for you and such an enjoyable post! Happy New Year to you!

Cindy - December 29, 2015 - 6:59 pm

What a wonderful way to tell your story,it was precious. Isn’t it wonderful to have our children home for Christmas! Absolutely love all your decorating ideas, even though Christmas is over my daughter and I are working on the gingerbread house to put in my huge jar!! Love your ideas!!😊

Marianne in Mo. - December 29, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I loved the rhyming post. Knew you would be in the best spirits with having all the kids home, I know the feeling very well! My daughter and her boys joined us from Texas (her hubby is deployed and was not with us this year) Daughter brought a life-sized cut out of her hubby so he could join in with us in spirit…what a kick that was! Had a great Christmas, then the rains came, and now our area is having flood issues. We are all high and dry, daughter made it home to Texas today safely, so all is good.
Here’s hoping you and yours have a blessed New Year! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Garden, Home and Party - December 29, 2015 - 10:37 pm

What a clever poem and a very fun Christmas you had!
I’m relaxing and unwinding after a fun but busy Christmas.
Happy 2016 to you.

Mary Anne - December 30, 2015 - 2:23 am

Thank you Kelly! I so enjoyed seeing your posts this Christmas season and you provided me with much inspiration. You are a delight to so many of us viewers! Glad you had such a blessed holiday with your family!
Happy New Year!

Rosemary - December 30, 2015 - 3:50 am

Such a cheery post Kelly …loved the rhyme … It made me smile! You truly are a lady of many talents. It’s a beautiful picture of your daughter and a friends. I guess you both had such fun hosting the Bridal Shower.
Your family Christmas looks as though it was a very happy one …. merry and bright! My family love to play board games too!

Sandy - December 30, 2015 - 5:11 am

A+ on your rhyme connected to Christmas time,
May you enjoy a blessed New Year full of happiness and cheer.
A+ on your rhyme too! Thank you for reading the post and taking the time to leave your VERY clever reply. :)

Angela - December 30, 2015 - 11:20 am

I am sooo happy I found your blog!

When you have time could you tell me what font you used on the It was sweet of you to come and Cookies for Santa tags. You also use it on you chalk boards sometimes. It’s a slant to the left and to the right and the letters are also not on a straight line. I love it and would love to use it sometimes.

Happy New Year Kelly!!!
The font on the cookie tag was printed using Bombshell Pro. It is the closest font to my personal lettering – which is what the “cookies for Santa” was. (It was hand lettered not printed from a computer.)
Thank you for following the blog!
Happy New Year to you too! :)

Julia - December 30, 2015 - 2:56 pm

I loved reading about your Christmas week! How fun to have all your babies home with you. Blessing to you Kelly and your family in the New Year! - December 30, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Awesome poem!! What a clever way to share your fun Christmas events! Loved it.

Sherry Myers - December 30, 2015 - 10:38 pm

This is a delightful post. Such a creative way to share your wonderful Christmas with us. It is like an extra Christmas gift for your readers! Thank you! Just wish I could have grabbed one of those special favors from the shower. I am happy for you. It is definitely obvious great memories were made. I am looking forward to 2016 Talk of the House!

A Stocking Letter DIY and the Last of the Christmas Decorating

Christmas stocking initialsI hope your Christmas Day was filled to the brim with special time spent with all the special people in your life. We had a very good day with all the children here and visits with both sets of grandparents.  I will tell you more about it next week, but first, I want to share a few photos with you… that were supposed to be in posts earlier in the week to show you the last of our Christmas decorating.  I’m afraid I simply ran out of time for it before Friday.

Let’s start with the stockings hanging on the wall with care…

Christmas entryI added the children’s initials to them this year.

Christmas stockingsThey were super easy to make using these chipboard letters painted with antique gold Rub ‘n Buff.

stocking letters diyJust add screw eyes to the top of each letter and run a small piece of ribbon through each to tie them to the stocking loop.

Christmas stockings in hallIn that same small hallway, wrapped gift boxes sit on a chair with boots below.

Christmas chairAnd beside the hallway, the playroom has a Grinch theme going on this year.

Welcome Christmas chalkboardSanta got cookies and hot coffee for his trip.:)

cookies for Santa and GrinchDon’t you just love this message from the book?:)


Grinch chalkboardOn the other side of the playroom, the foyer has its sleigh full of greenery and a jar full of goodies. I’ll also tell you more about the treats in the jar next week. 

foyer with Christmas vignetteFrom the foyer, take a look around the family room.

Christmas family room treeOur tree is dressed a little more simply this year…no ribbon garland and no assortment of red ribbon bows….just lights, tinsel, and ornaments tied on with ribbon.

Christmas tree

 Of course there is a jar with sugar “snow” and a glittered reindeer.

reindeer jarThe mantel has a Letters to Santa theme this Christmas.


Christmas mantelOur old red mailbox from Pottery Barn fits in beautifully there, along with a magnifying glass and letter opener set from Hobby Lobby.

Christmas mantel with mailboxThis book was the inspiration for all of it.
The old letters to Santa in it are precious.:)

Dear Santa book

Dear Santa: Children’s Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 – 1920

Christmas mantel with letters to SantaBack in the bedrooms, the boys have a tree for their dresser.

boys bedroomI turned off the tree lights so that you can see all the letters on it.

Christmas tree with lettersTheir desk has wrapped gifts with more of the chipboard letters and a toy van with a bottle brush tree tied on.

Christmas vignette boys deskEarlier in the month, I mentioned that I was helping my mother decorate her dining room for Christmas.  Several of you asked if I would show it to you here on the blog.  So before this holiday season is gone, let me do just that.:) First, I want you to see that my parents have the same Willow Tree nativity figures that we collect.  They display theirs in the foyer by the front door.  (My mother did the painting of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s A Young Girl Reading.)

nativityMy parents dining room is much more formal than the dining area in our house.

Christmas dining roomMy mother and I mixed their Macy’s Holly Christmas china with Lenox Maywood salad plates for their Christmas table.

Christmas tablescapeThe centerpiece is a large pot of poinsettias with maidenhair fern sitting inside a berry wreath.

Christmas poinsettia and berry centerpieceMy mother has a collection of ivory angels and nativity figures displayed in the china cabinet.

dining room hutch

dining room cabinet

 On the opposite wall is an old dresser below another piece of artwork painted by my mother…

Christmas tablescape with poinsettiaand another arrangement of poinsettias and maidenhair fern.

dining room cabinet for ChristmasYou can see my parents’ Christmas tree sits in the foyer right outside their dining room.

Christmas place settingAnd that brings us to the end of all the Christmas decorating for this year…but I am not ready to jump on New Year’s Day things quite yet.  I have a party and our Christmas Day to share with you.  So if you are still interested in a little more Christmas, please be sure to visit here again next week. We are going to continue celebrating right up to New Year’s Eve.:)

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Until next time…


Louvina - December 27, 2015 - 1:32 am

Sitting on my screened porch listening to the raindrops quietly falling on our green tin roof–jumped over to your site and what a blessing I received– a post Christmas suprise! Not only some more of your sweet decorations but a most beautiful calm and serene decorations of your mama’s home! Just took my breath away!! Thank you for sharing with us and all I can say ” the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” What a wonderfully talented mother you have and she taught you well in homemaking and making each detail so important! All IS calm– all is bright!! Sweet Dreams and looking forward to a peaceful New Year! ❤️ Lou

Margaret - December 27, 2015 - 5:42 am

Hi Kelly what a lovely homes both you and your mom have. I see the gingham curtains in the dinning room !!! Your’s was the first blog that I ever signed up for and it is such a treat to read your posts. Best wishes for 2016 to you and your family from sunny and hot South Africa. Wouldn’t mind some snow!!

Anne Boykin - December 27, 2015 - 5:54 am

Hi Kelly, Yes, more Christmas please! Thanks for sharing your Mom’s dining room – it’s beautiful. I noticed the gingham curtains too. Always enjoy your posts!

Sandy - December 27, 2015 - 5:55 am

Morning Kelly, Louvina may have had raindrops quietly falling at her house earlier today,but unfortunately I was awaken by the pounding of raindrops on our roof. Glad to receive today’s post from you and loving your mother’s dining room and her beautiful artwork. We had a wonderful family Christmas Eve celebration at my sister’s home, and Christmas day the family spent at our house. Yesterday, I sat and read a book, watched a Hallmark movie, ate leftovers, and nibbled on cookies. Christmas 2015, and so far all 27 days in December, without snow in my part of Ohio. I know I’m not the only one loving this.

Nan, Odessa, DE - December 27, 2015 - 6:53 am

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Been waiting for this post. Please send more.
Everything is lovely as usu
Thanks to your parents for allowing our visit.
I see lots of Kelly in this home too.
All the the lovely art work and writing is visible at your parents’ home as well. The art is beautiful! I also notice the check drapes. Both homes show us a family that loves and is caring! Thanks!

Sandy in FWB - December 27, 2015 - 9:17 am

I never tire of seeing your Christmas decorations. The tree is gorgeous as always and I love the Grinch chalkboard. Your mother is very talented. The paintings are very pretty as is her dining room. Thanks for sharing in this very busy time of the year!

Garden, Home and Party - December 27, 2015 - 9:42 am

As we were touring the final touches of Christmas at your house it reminds me of James Farmer’s house you shared with us some Christmases ago. You do such special touches to each room you style. Your mom’s house looks lovey. Such a pretty post.
I’ll look forward to reading your next one! :-)

Katrina - December 27, 2015 - 10:20 am

Merry Christmas Kelly! I just love this post! Your Christmas house is such an inspiration! I love how you always have a theme that is continued through each room! I want to read the Santa Letter book. Your tree is so big and gorgeous and of course I always like that you use fresh greenery and a real tree!🎄
Wow.. Your mom is so talented and now I see where you get your talent from! Lucky you! Her dining room is so pretty all dressed for Christmas. I always look for that pretty fern y’all used and I can never find it in western NC.
Like you, we have had a great holiday with family and friends. Emery (5) and Tripp (15 months) made everything magical for all of us. The week before the 25th Emery could hardly contain herself!
I am already looking forward to 2016 and more great posts from Kelly.

Dawn - December 27, 2015 - 10:33 am


Thank you for sharing more of your Christmas decorations with us. It all looks so nice. My favorite is the playroom of course. I love all of the green in there and the saying you wrote on the chalk board is my favorite one from the French movie. My daughter and I had to watch them both this year again ( the original cartoon and the newer Jim Carey one).

We have been enjoying the time off and hanging out with family. Take care.


Ellen - December 27, 2015 - 10:47 am

Your mother is quite an artist! I think her home is beautiful.

As always, you take a theme and run with it. I am not so good at that, but you do it wonderfully.

Happy Christmas!

Donnamae - December 27, 2015 - 10:51 am

Oh…thanks for the pics of your parents dining room. Lovely…..but then I would expect nothing less! Your mom is a great artist! Must be where you get your talent from! I’m not done with Christmas yet either….so I look forward to another post or two! 😉

kathy - December 27, 2015 - 11:25 am

What a treat to see a peek of your mom’s home! What a talented artist she is! I had remembered that you said she was an artist and that you helped her decorate her dining room, so I was very excited to see this post! Her paintings are beautiful! Has she painted portraits of your children? I always get so many ideas from your posts. I just watched a movie on Netflix called Dear Santa. Then I saw this post. My husband always writes a letter to each of our children from Santa. I have saved all of them so I think this is a sign to put the letters into a book for each of them. I guess it would have to be called From Santa though. Nevertheless, inspired! I also love your Grinch chalkboard. That is one of my favorite book quotes as well. I am looking forward to your 2016 posts and more inspiration. Thank you, Kelly!

Sherry Myers - December 27, 2015 - 11:28 am

Everything is always so busy before Christmas, it seems I love the actual day and the week following so much. This post is a treat. Your home embellishes a Christmas welcome without a doubt. What child young or old would not feel special receiving those beautiful stockings? I love the addition of the initials. Your tree is gorgeous, the theme of the playroom is just right, and the lettering is perfect, of course! Your fireplace mantle theme grabs the spirit of childhood wishes so well. Love the book! Thank you for sharing your mom’s home. I know wonderful memories are made there. I can tell you have her heart for home and family. Thank you, Kelly, for once again making my Christmas season merry and bright!

Jeanne Bell - December 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Your home is precious. Thank you for sharing your Mom’s home. I can see where you get your talent from. I am a
wannabe artist but your Mom does a beautiful job.
Merry Christmas from my house to yours.

Cindy - December 27, 2015 - 2:56 pm

I absolutely can not wait for new posts and this one was great! Loved seeing your Mom’s home and art work, I too am a wannabe but your Mom has great talent!

Jayne - December 27, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Your home is beautiful as always! Pinning loads of ideas for next year! Your mother’s home is beautiful, too! Hope you have a wonderful New Year and may the Lord bless you richly in all kinds of ways! Happy New Year!

Cynthia - December 27, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Kelly everything is so beautiful for Christmas! I loved getting to sneak a peek at your mom’s house. Wow, I knew she was talented, too! I did not know she painted. Her work is amazing!

Lynne - December 27, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Beautiful as always. Gosh you are good! You and your themes and how well they work without being obnoxious, are something I envy! I just love your creativity! Can you believe it’s all over now? We keep our tree up until New Year’s Day, but it always makes me sad to see it go! May you have a blessed New Year!

Vicki - December 27, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Your mom’s home is lovely – and she is a wonderful artist! Amazing! So beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

julia walker in Cincy - December 27, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Kelly, Your mother’s paintings are so beautiful! I see where you got your artistic/creative eye. Remember to get some rest now. Your friend, Julia

Brenda Kula-Pruitt - December 27, 2015 - 8:26 pm

I love your sense of style, and especially your use of colors!

Marijean Jenson - December 27, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Everything is so pretty. I so love the Dr.Seuss quote. On another note, your Mother is extremely talented. Talent runs in the family I guess. Happy Holidays to you.

Design Chic - December 27, 2015 - 11:10 pm

It’s all so beautiful, Kelly – warm, inviting and festive. Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me, and your mother’s dining room is lovely – adore the centerpiece. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and wishing you all the best in the new year!

Ruth - December 28, 2015 - 2:13 am

Checked curtains run in the gene pool!!! And I love that Fragonard painting, too… keep a refrigerator magnet of it on my fridge. All of the DR greenery looks beautiful!

Claire @A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - December 28, 2015 - 4:37 am

So beautiful, as usual! Love the idea of the stockings waiting for your children to come back home :-) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas together!

Arlene@Nanaland - December 28, 2015 - 9:34 am

Can I come and spend Christmas with you next year Kelly? Everything is so pretty. And I noticed your Coke Life cans in one glass container. We tried them this year but can’t say they are worth the price. Just give me plain old Coca Cola. I am beginning to put everything away today. Ready for the New Year and new projects.

Kathy P. - December 28, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Thanks for finishing showing us your decorations. Your Mom’s paintings are beautiful. What a talented lady.

DiAnne - December 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Oh Kelly! How I love this post! First of all your mother is soooo talented. What a treat to see her work and her beautiful dining room at Christmas. I love the small Christmas trees in galvanized buckets. The Grinch table and chalkboard are great. One thing I remember from your blog is you having a telephone in your closet so you could talk to your mother as you got ready for school. Soooo special and how special that you help her decorate for Christmas. This, I would say is a blessing for you both. I look forward to whatever you write about.

Gina - December 28, 2015 - 2:06 pm

I love taking in every little detail of your posts. I love the initials. I have been wanting to do this. I love how your’s turned out. Your chalk boards are always so cute and I love the trees in buckets. We cut a little cedar sampling, but I couldn’t find a small bucket stored upstairs. I’ll definitely find the bucket for next year since I love yours so much. :) The icicles on your tree are so pretty and nostalgic. And how lovely is your mom’s dining room. I see you may have influenced her curtain selection. 😉 What talent she has!! Her paintings are beautiful!

Debbie from MountainMama - December 29, 2015 - 8:57 am

Your home is so warm and welcoming and your Christmas decor is just perfect! By the way, I’m in love with your bookcases – little jealous, not gonna lie! :)
You are too sweet. The bookcases are really nice. My husband built them, and we were inspired by some at an inn we stayed at a year before building the house. If we ever move, all those books are going to be VERY heavy!

Paula B. - December 29, 2015 - 10:49 am

Love all the seasonal décor and you must have had fun expanding the decorating over to your mom’s. I am intrigued by the book of letters to Santa and just know I would love to read that. I see where some of my friends have already taken their tree or Christmas decorations down – I just don’t get that! Now, is the time when things have calmed down a little to sit back and enjoy it all. I am baking cookies (still) and staying warm indoors now that our spring like temps have been replaced with snow, sleet, and cold. Brrrr!

Rosemary - December 30, 2015 - 3:40 am

Your mum is such a talented artist Kelly and has a beautiful home! Her collection of ivory angels is stunning. I found myself wondering if you draw or paint? Other than your furniture, I mean :)
Thank her for sharing her home with us all. Your family room tree and the boys room as always look great …. bright cheery and welcoming. I think it stands out that as beautiful as your rooms always look, first and foremost it’s a home and not just a very stylish house.
I enjoy the time after Christmas Day to relax and enjoy all the decorations …and really appreciate them!

Pat Corcoran - December 30, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Your home is so lovely. I love all your attention to detail and
your thoughtful decorating. I love the room above the garage
for games and just visiting. How nice to have a getaway spot
as well decorated as that! Is your tree real? It is breathtaking.

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