Every year, one of the first ornaments I put on our tree, is an ornament given to me by David's Mother. Prior to her illness and eventual passing, we would share the joy of the Christmas season. Hanging this ornament on our tree each and every year, always reminds me of her unselfish love. How I miss her...
Our tree is pretty much red/white/silver (I know, Mike... SO last year..). A mix of vintage ornaments, and newer ornaments cover the tree. With my love of all things retro, I found some plastic icicles from the late 50's that just hook over the tree branches. I spruced them up a bit with a fresh coat of fine white glitter. I love them! I remember my Mom and Dad having those same icicles years and years (and years) ago.
Another treasure that was found this year.. glittered pine cones. These pine cones were 'decorated' (and a couple painted teal green) by David's Mom, years ago. David found them recently while cleaning out a few things. These have to be at least 20-30 years old. I placed them in a beautiful metal basket I bought during our trip to Sharon Springs last spring.
Making it merry, but keeping it simple. Since the color scheme is red/white/silver, I decided to take this antique red/white pitcher, place it on a white square plate, fill the plate with faux cranberries and VOILA! Festive, but subtle. As we get closer to Christmas, I'll fill the pitcher with fresh evergreen boughs.
I have these large canisters in my kitchen and one always seems to stand empty. I filled it with blue/green ornaments.
We inherited Davids Grandmothers Hoosier cabinet a few years ago. Here, white cake stands, red/white holiday plates, and a large white casserole are displayed. I'll be cutting pine boughs for decoration in the casserole. It makes a wonderful display piece!
Shades of blue ornaments fill apothecary jars on our mantel shelf in the kitchen eating area.
In honor of Martha's 20th anniversary, I pulled out the Jadeite cake stands to create a nice centerpiece for the kitchen table. The snowmen were purchased at Kmart several years ago (Martha Stewart Everyday) The tablecloth is a vintage (50's) table cloth with a beautiful retro print.
Except for adding some fresh greens (likely next weekend) the house is ready for the holidays. Now, I need to start working on the over sized decorated sugar cookies!