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

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 unique challenges as well as opportunities. As the winter solstice approaches the amount of daylight dwindles. Historically this often proved frightening, and many ancient seasonal celebrations aimed to use fire to coax back the sun. Although we no longer fear this natural cycle, it can still create an energy of uneasiness. Many are affected by the increasing lack of sunlight and the seeping chill in the air. Celebrating this season, however, offers the unique opportunity to unite with friends and family and create our own warmth and light as we support one another and indeed laugh, even through the darkest day.

With the idea of actively choosing joy, I created this holiday table. It is designed to accentuate the natural colors of the season with a touch of black representing the prevailing lack of sunlight, but then to turn these elements on their toes with whimsical patterns and frolicking harlequins that invite us to face fear and choose to play! Specifics are listed below. Enjoy!
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Plaid Yuletide Tablescape Featuring Nutcracker Charm!

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“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.

For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;

Spice it with love and stir it with care,

And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.”

~Minna Thomas Antrim

Winter Holidays are such warm and merry affairs! Seasonally, most celebrations fall on or near the winter solstice, the day with the least sunlight. The lack of warmth and lack of light outside invite us to gather together and create our own. Time to snuggle with loved ones by the hearth, tell stories, sing songs, light candles, and look forward to the dawn…  [Continue reading…]

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Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

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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 […]

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Reflective Late Autumn Celebration: Featuring Deco-Inspired Table Décor

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Autumn is nature’s gift for aligning with the energies of contemplation, for even as the season’s are indeed cyclical and therefore without a true beginning or end, they also exhibit undeniable patterns uniquely their own, and some of these patterns are of termination. Autumn leaves blaze forth in glorious reds, oranges, golds, and yellows, but […]

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Late Harvest Festival Dining Table Décor

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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… Please follow and like us:

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Seasonally Inspired 5-course Mid-Harvest Menu!

Gluten Free Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls with Mulled Cider and Whipped Maple Butter Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog Mabon Autumn Equinox Harvest Season Season of the Witch September Thanksgiving menu wine pairing squash apple soup gluten-free pumpkin ginger rolls cheddar maple cotton candy apple salad viognier pot roast red potatoes carrots broccoli cauliflower indian pudding double espresso gelato

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 […]

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Harvest Tablescape Featuring the Apple in Luxurious Grandeur!

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 Though we enjoy our gardens all summer long and perhaps, in some cases, all the way into October, September is the ideal time to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, for it is the month most bursting with the fruits of the vines. The following tablescape is inspired by the magic of the harvest, […]

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Harvest Dining Table Décor

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Autumn Equinox! It’s Harvest time! This is the true seasonally-sensitive time to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the season (by late November the harvest is well over). On a personal level, it is a magical time to celebrate your own accomplishments large and small. A wonderful symbol of this time of year […]

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Giving Thanks & Sharing Love ❤❦♪♫

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Though I adore sharing holiday meals with friends and family, I frequently yearn for additional ways to celebrate and bond. And harvest get-togethers with their focus on thankfulness are wonderful opportunities to do just that! The following activity offers a simple yet delightful and touching chance to appreciate and share on this special day your […]

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August Rustic Berry Brunch!!

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“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” –  Henry David Thoreau In August, the sun is sizzling and the berries are bursting! If your looking to celebrate […]

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