We are having some family over for dinner this weekend which is the motivation I needed to finish putting a few holiday touches in the dining room. My decorating had stalled after the initial burst of getting it done early. Is there such a thing as decorating fatigue? Yes, I think it’s a thing.
But there is nothing like having company to get me going again.
The greenery on the mirror is new this year. Having that swag on the top of the mirror does draw your eye to this side of the room.
And the centerpiece on the table varies from year to year. This one is more simple than in the past. I used faux greenery with some pillars and ornaments. I dried the artichokes back in the fall which is pretty simple to do. You basically just leave fresh artichokes out on a counter and they dry, retaining their shape perfectly. When the Christmas season rolled around it seemed that they needed to be spray painted gold. What a budget friendly item they have turned out to be!
My sister gave me this Spode Christmas china. I look forward to using it every year. Traditions give us the continuity and unity of the past. But I do like to update and tweak too.
Honestly I did not have much going on over here on the sideboard. But I decided it would be a good place to stage my dessert plates. I usually use this area for wine and side dishes when we have guests over.
The chandelier is always the same. I found that hanging ornament at TJ Maxx a few years ago and this has always been the perfect spot for it. I keep those gold spray painted hydrangeas from year to year.
And here is another new variation: some greenery and lights on the armoire. This end of the room is always dark and it finally occurred to me that a few lights up here would remedy the situation. I might just leave those up year round. I don’t think it would be weird.
What’s on the menu, you ask? I am making Jamie Oliver’s recipe for lamb shanks. It’s really good!
Ten days until Christmas! Are you ready?
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