“Let’s Play!” Whimsical Yuletide tablescape featuring MacKenzie Childs!

“In busy days, we might lose track of what brings us holiday joy, but our spirit holds the answers. Look for what makes you smile! Notice the small wonders! Embrace what lightens your heart! Choose play when it’s offered! Listen to the whispers of your spirit and respond!” ~ Jeanne McElvaney Late December seasonal celebrations offer […]

Winter Holiday Table Setting: Playful & Peppermint!

  With so many religions and cultures celebrating meaningful moments at this very special time of year, December Solstice is a magical time for a family festivity!

Joys of Gingerbread: Gingerbread cookies!

“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”~William Shakespeare What a wonderful way to share holiday joy! Gingerbread cookies are warm, aromatic, and delicious traditions guaranteed to add color, playfulness, and joy to your seasonal celebration. This year, I chose to focus on minis, and even found […]

Yule Party Crackers!

Watch your guests’ faces light up when they first notice these festive favors. Seasonal party crackers usher in fun with a snap! And handcrafting them truly multiplies their impact. You get to choose the colors and the contents: the toys, the riddles, the themes,… everything creating instant holiday favorites, anticipated and treasured celebration after celebration. […]

Yuletide Dining Table Décor: Gingerbread & Angels!

This stylish table setting is based on the traditional seasonal color palette of red and green. Though this year I got the urge to shake it up a bit… I decided to add multi-colored mini gingerbread houses to each place setting, and also, and perhaps more daringly, a bit of black in the napkins, the […]

Seasonally Inspired 5 Course Yule Menu!

 Winter Solstice is the day with the least amount of sunlight. It is a day we huddle close to friends and family and rely on hearth, home, laughter, and good company to provide light and cheer. It is with these inspirations in mind that I have created a delicious celebratory menu with selections designed to […]

More Joys of Gingerbread: Mini Gingerbread Houses!

  “The Sugarplum Fairy herself could have made no grander gesture.”~Shana Alexander …More for the love of gingerbread! A month or so ago I had a vision regarding my holiday table… tiny, decorated, edible gingerbread houses elevated on Victorian cupcake pedestals adorning each place setting. This was a challenging endeavor, but I was so pleased with […]

Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

A tablescape reflective of the late harvest season almost feels as though it requires the care, thoughtfulness, and diligence commensurate with the awe inspiring power of this season of deepest reflection. Accordingly, I have put great care into developing a variation on last year’s theme, and I am most pleased to share it with you […]

Late Harvest Festival Dining Table Décor

The end of October, the last of the pumpkins… the late harvest is upon us. What an amazing time of year this is. A time of endings and a time of beginnings…

Seasonally Inspired 5-course Mid-Harvest Menu!

I just adore harvest season, so crafting this feast was a true labor of love! With squash, pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and the like in such plentitude, creating a meal kind of felt like turning out the contents of the cornucopia onto my kitchen counter and going to town! Here is my 5-course menu with optional […]