Christmas is Coming and We are Getting Ready! (many pix)
We spent five days before Thanksgiving getting ready for Christmas, as our first holiday party is this week! We did a few different things this year, including alpine trees on the patio decorated with burlap ribbon and cotton bolls. Many relatives who came for Thanksgiving are cotton farmers who not only noticed, but LOVED those trees :-)
The nutcrackers were a big hit with the children, as always, and I replaced the living room stair garland this year with a fabulous hand made faux magnolia garland that looks so real everyone was feeling it.
Those who may remember the coaster thread a month or so ago will see that this place setting just uses the plain 'ole crystal and silver ones. Never did find any that looked better with the place setting. The rectangular plate on the top left is glass painted with a vintage Christmas card look, I am using these as bread plates this year. The salad plates are a different pattern of Limoges with green and gold around the rim.
Magnolia on the bottom iron and crystal chandelier in the living room:
Magnolia Garland and closeup:
In the library, nutcrackers on top of the bookcases:
some of the nutcrackers on the piano:
On the table in the library hall, small glass nutcracker ornaments on the tree and nutcrackers from the Wizard of Oz and the Nutcracker ballet:
Front of portico:
Near the circle drive at front:
Close up of pine garland over door; the white bows are a heavy embroidered ribbon and the streamers are a narrower, lighter silk.
From porch looking out to circle drive: