December 27, 2010

Holiday Festivities Recap

by Shelly

The in-laws just left about an hour ago and of course there are now loads of laundry, lots of cleaning, beds to be made, dishes to be put away…etc. etc.  But we had a lovely time all together celebrating and eating way too much!  I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog because not only did we host Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities at our home, but we also hosted a big Christmas party for 35 a week ago.  So to say I’ve done a lot of cooking the last two weeks is frankly a serious understatement!

Here are a few shots of our home just before the Christmas Eve dinner took place.  I was really excited to finally use all of the Etsy, Ebay and estate sale finds I’ve been collecting the past few months on our holiday table.  Take a peek….

Mixed with our wedding china and flatware are the first finds of what I hope to be a large collection of mother of pearl vintage flatware.  I like a clean simple table for Christmas  since I usually serve such a colorful meal.  It really lets the food stand out!  I used simple wood letters from Michael’s spray painted with metallic silver paint at each place setting.  The flowers from Trader Joe’s are set in my collection of milk glass vases and the candlesticks are all vintage silverplate from estate sale finds this past year.

The ornaments are a mix of flea market finds and Kmart.  And the little glittery stars and snowflakes on the chandelier are from a craft supply store. The water glasses are milk glass found on Ebay.

I hung this wreath in the dining room at the last minute.  It had been in our bedroom the whole month, but I wanted to really deck the room out.  So I brought it down and added the Joyeux Noel sign I made for our French Christmas party a week earlier.

Oh and if you ever wondered what a crazy woman looks like cooking Christmas Eve dinner, here she is…

Behind me chopping area, in front of where my recipes are…three pans on the stove going, pork in the oven. It was CHAOS I tell ya! But I did it.  And it was good!

Of course I forgot one important thing as I was right smack dab in the middle of cooking…a trussing needle to make my crown of roast pork. Opps. Well, thank goodness for bamboo skewers in a pinch!  TOO funny!

Yummy goodness I tell ya! Highly recommend this recipe!

The wild rice dressing was divine to say the least and so colorful!  I used most of the menu I found on Martha Stewarts’ website.  We started with a roasted pear and shallot salad, and with the pork we had the wild rice dressing, homemade popovers, and glazed honey ginger carrots.  Everything (if I do say so myself) turned out delish!  We finished it all off with another Martha recipe, Gingerbread Cheesecake. Again….yummers…it was a hit!

The evening was a success as was Christmas Day brunch.  The whole weekend was a great time spent with family, but we are now looking forward to some quiet evenings just the three of us. It’s been a BUSY month.  Wednesday I will be packing up all the decorations since I have housecleaners coming Thursday to help out with the mad mess my house has become. So, I figured the day before would be a good time to take everything down. I forsee a ton of glitter… everywhere.  Here is a last look of the house all decorated in her holiday best.

Hope you and yours had a wonderful joyful holiday as well!

Merry, Merry Christmas to you all!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue Barnes December 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

You are a true hostess and cook – absolutely beautiful.


Marianne - Style For Living December 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Your home is beautiful decked out for the holidays! Your pork roast looks so good, even if you had to use bamboo skewers! Happy Holidays!


Shelly December 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Thanks Marianne! The pork WAS still delicious despite the way it looked. :)


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