Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Traditional Holiday Table - Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends.  As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving, the Christmas fun begins in our home.  Time to bring out all the holiday decorations and to begin planning for all the holiday gatherings with family and friends.

With the holidays in mind, I am excited to be joining a group of very talented bloggers that Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate has brought together for this fun blog hop focusing on inspiration for your holiday table.  If you are visiting my blog for the first time, I welcome you to Rosemary & Thyme! Please feel free to browse.  It won't be long before you discover that I have a passion for setting a pretty table and Christmas is the perfect time to set our tables with our finest.   

Today, I am sharing a table using traditional Christmas colors of red, green and white with accents in silver to that give it a more festive.

My inspiration came from these adorable plaid ornaments that I found in Michael's a few weeks ago. I knew they were going to play an important role on my holiday table and since I have been wanting to stick to a traditional holiday palette lately, they were the perfect find.  


The table begins with a white linen tablecloth while a red and white table runner and placemats add a pop of color.  Typical white plates with a dotted pattern take center stage.  I added a simple white linen napkin trimmed in red.  I then placed some fresh greenery on one side of the dinner plate and placed the plaid ornament inside the soup bowl to bring it all together.

For a centerpiece, I used a glittery and delicate reindeer which is pleasantly nestled on top of fresh holidays greens and adorned with a few pretty ornaments.

Simple glassware holding sparkling wine with a few fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary add color and a festive touch to the table.

I baked a simple boxed vanilla cake and added a few fresh cranberries to the mix.  I decorated the cake with a powder sugar glaze and added home made sugared cranberries to the top and fresh greens for that festive, holiday magic that we all love during the season.

A vintage silver cake server gives my dessert a nostalgic feel.  

For ambiance, sparkle and added elegance, I used silver tone mercury glass.

I would like to thank Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view all the bloggers participating.  I hope you will take the time to visit them all this week to get ideas for setting your holiday table.  Just click on the links at the bottom of my post to visit each one.  Enjoy the tour!

Thank you for joining us for the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop.  I wish you all a blessed and happy holiday season.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Few Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces

Hello everyone.  Thanksgiving is next week!  I can hardly believe it, every year it seems to come around quicker and quicker.  This year, my parents will be visiting from Florida so Thanksgiving will be extra special for me.

I usually go a little nuts decorating and cooking for the holiday but this year, I plan to keep things simple. To enjoy cooking with mom, to watch a movie or two with dad and to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary with hubby next week.

I have already shared plenty of fall tablescapes which I hope inspire you to create a pretty table for your family and friends this holiday so I thought of posting a few ideas for your Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  Whether your taste in centerpieces is traditional or modern, formal or fuss-free, I am sure one of these beautiful arrangements will help you create a stunning centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table this year.  All photos came from Pinterest.

Remember to put old pieces to work.  Anything that can hold flowers can be a flower vase. 

You can also create a centerpiece that is flower free.  Candles layered with nuts make a beautiful autumnal arrangement and it is maintenance free.  

 Fresh fruits mixed with a few pretty flowers can also make a fabulous centerpiece.  

You can also opt for a rustic vase to put together a show-stopping arrangement.

I will be taking a little brake for the holiday but I will be back to take part in Celebrate & Decorate's Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop which begins on November 28, 2016.  I hope you can join us!  There will be plenty of creative ideas and eye candy.   



Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Woodland Tablescape

My goodness friends, can you believe it's November already!  How quickly was that.  And you know once November comes around, the holiday season arrives in the blink of an eye.  If you are visiting me for the first time, Welcome!
Our home is always busy but it is extra crazy during the Holidays....It is when family and friends come from out of state to stay with us for the Holidays.  It is also when we go a little over the top to decorate our homes and set a pretty table.  And as all of you already know, I LOVE to decorate our dining room table.

I also realize that the Holidays can be very very stressful.  Especially when we see so much perfection on many blogs and magazines.  And just thinking about the decorating, cooking, baking and cleaning the house can be overwhelming.  But keep in mind that the true meaning of the season is about spending time with family and friends.  As much as I enjoy setting a pretty table, the most important thing to me is the people gathered around our table.  

Setting the table is something I truly enjoy to do but you can keep things simple.  An everyday white plate can go a long way too if you combine it with a festive napkin or accent plate.  The main goal is to give our entertaining stress free.  

Today I am sharing a table inspired by these gorgeous pheasant salad plates I purchased on Ebay. Such a quick way to add drama to a table.  I began by using a simple light taupe tablecloth.  I then place the wood chargers on the table and placed the brown and white dinner plates on top.  I started adding layers by placing a white and gold accent plate on top and then finished my place setting with the pheasant salad plate.  The rusty brown goblets were a perfect match and the gold flatware gave the table sparkle and elegance.  The napkins picked up all the earthy tones on the table.  For the center piece, I just used one of the wood chargers and added a few brass candle holders and faux fall picks that I had laying around the house.  A few feathers and velvet pumpkins completed the look.

I hope that enjoyed my post today and are inspired the table setting I shared. 

Thank you for stopping by.




  • Wood chargers:  Home Goods
  • Gold Flatware:  Target
  • Goblets:  Christmas Tree Shop
  • Napkins:  William Sonoma
  • Pheasant Salad Plates:  Pottery Barn/Ebay
  • Brown Dinner Plate:  Kate Spade by Lenox (Pattern:  Laurel Canyon)
  • White and Gold Accent Plate:  Lenox (Pattern:  Federal Gold)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Enchanted Rose Tea Cup Exchange

Good morning friends.  I hope each of you has a lovely week.

The day has finally arrived for those of us that participated in the 9th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange hosted by our sweet Stephanie of The Enchanted Rose blog.    I can't believe that there are over 200 participants this year.  What an incredible achievement by our lovely host.

I can't wait to see what everyone received.  I know that we all love to receive presents in the mail but I also find great joy in gifting and making new friends.

I had the pleasure of sending Cynthia of A View From A Garden a tea cup along with some added goodies.  Cynthia was so sweet.  I am so glad I have met her through this tea cup exchange.

So now for the big reveal.  I am excited to share the tea cup I was given by Deb of Garage Sale Gal blog.  Another sweet and wonderful blogger I had the pleasure of meeting through this tea cup exchange.  

Deb really spoiled me with her pretty gifts!  The tea cup was just perfect.  Decorated with delicate flowers in soft pastel colors just like I prefer them to be. 

I was also very happy with the lovely assortment of teas which Deb selected for me.  All packaged beautifully.  Can you see the detail of the sweet card holding some of the tea bags?  Isn't this presentation lovely?  The crocheted pink doily touched my heart.    


And look at these stunning note cards!!  How beautiful and charming.  How did she know that I LOVE note cards but I am not sure if I want to use them.  They are too pretty.  I may keep a couple to frame and display in my office.

I am thankful to Stephanie for organizing this exchange because it allowed me to meet two wonderful bloggers that I would not otherwise have met.  I truly consider this event a blessing and I am honored to be part of this amazing group of bloggers that came together for this unique and lovely tea cup exchange.   

Wishing you all a wonderful week.