I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving weekend! After stuffing myself with all kinds of deliciousness and then indulging in a little bit of vampires and werewolves, I got started decking the halls! Here is a little tour of some of my favorite Christmas decorations.
I love changing that lantern for the different holidays and seasons, and I'm loving it right now filled with snowflake ornaments. And how cute is that little bowl of snowballs? It's my candy dish filled with styrofoam balls and I think it's just adorable.
This is my simple centerpiece for the kitchen table. I love to walk by and hear the bells jingle :). The snowflake platter has a big bowl that goes with it too. Love love love.
A cute snowman in a little forrest on top of my kitchen cabinets. I love the Dr Suess look of those trees!
My mantel in the daytime without the lights on. I am in love with this mantel. The wreath is 3 feather boas wrapped around a styrofoam form (I got that idea on Pinterest, but the pin doesn't link to a blog). I've been collecting those trees for the past few years and this year I found the one on the far right. I love that they're all basically the same shape but none of them match exactly, and I think I now have the perfect set. That doesn't mean I won't buy more though...
I added some picks to the garland to fill it out a little bit...this one with red berries, and in the back you can see one with pincones on it. I love adding pinecones into my Christmas decor.
Similar, but with frosted berries. Love it.
The mantel at night with the lights on. So pretty. You can also see on the left that I replaced my regular purple curtains with red ones for Christmas. Just some $4 sheets with one end folded over and sewn to make a pocket for the curtain rod to go in. No hemming, and I didn't even cut anything! Love easy stuff like that.
A few other things around the house:
This is the front (white side) and back (red side) of a quilt my mom made me. So cute.
and these cute framed snowflakes that you've seen before
Just regular candles with double sided tape and glitter
One set of Christmas dishes (I have 2). Now I just need snowflake silverware...
and a tiered dessert stand
Now for the tree!
These 2 little snowmen are new this year and they just make me smile. So cute.
Santa's round belly
I love ornaments that are different shapes. I have so many round ones and it's fun to add in some funky shapes to mix things up a little bit. These are a few of my favorites:
And snowflakes...of course
But my very most favorite ornaments are the ones I've gotten in other countries during my travels.
Like this one from London (kind of hard to see in the picture, sorry)
this one from Venice ~ frosted glass with snowflake cutouts
a set of 12 of these from Prague
this one's also from Prague
and this one from China
After I get all the ornaments on the tree I like to go back and fill in any spaces with pinecones. They smell good and I love the homey feeling they add.
I don't have any good pictures of the full tree. I just have a point and shoot camera and it takes good pictures, but I don't know what setting to use to get good tree pictures. I messed around with it a little bit last night but could only get pictures that are all lights. But it's basically red, silver, and white with lots of snowflakes! It's really pretty and I love to watch Christmas movies with just the tree and mantel lights on. There's nothing more cozy than that!
I took a little blogging break over Thanksgiving and now that I'm back and I can't wait to see all of your Christmas decorations!