What Would Holley Wear: Merry and Bright

From a Bloody Mary to a glass of Prosecco…don’t you think it’s time to add a little “merry” to your holiday style?  That being said…what’s on your bar cart?  

Since we love entertaining on our patio, we repurposed a family heirloom into an outdoor “party cart.”  Which makes me wonder….have you been invited to an outdoor holiday party?  Even with heaters and fire-pits, its cold out….so think about warming things up in something metallic.  A metallic jacket or coat matched with Spanx faux leather leggings is definitely chill-proof!  And sequined metallic joggers paired with a sweater will positively warm up your party style. 

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What’s your favorite cocktail?  Mine is a “ranch water”…lime juice, tequila, and Topo Chico on ice….kind of like a skinny margarita.  Just like a delicious ranch water, a ranch hat is ideal for an outdoor winter gathering.   With hats from Madewell and Gigi Pip, you’ll bring style to an outdoor winter party.  Holley suggests pairing a ranch hat with a prairie dress or midi skirt and boots.  Hats off to your fabulous holiday style!  

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I can’t think of anything tastier than a Bloody Mary on Christmas or New Year’s morning!  Do you remember the character, Patsy, in the movie, An Evening Star?  We quote her often, “I’ll have a Bloody Mary…with lots of merry”!  A beautiful red or green cashmere sweater from J Crew pairs perfectly with a holiday brunch.  And if you plan to wear your pajama pants all day….a fun Christmas sweatshirt from Zazzle will complete your comfy holiday style.  

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I’m thinking anything jewel-toned is ideal for a “non-alcoholic” Sunday school class Zoom party!  Talbot’s collection of jewel-toned sweaters will add a bright touch to your Zoom style.  And what says “holiday style” more than a pair of velvet mules?  I have to admit, I’m smitten with Birdie mules…so fun and festive!  For less expensive copies my go-to is Amazon Fashion or Laorosastyle.  And if you’re attending a party hosted outdoors, wear a bright scarf and beanie from Abercrombie for the perfect party pop!

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Cheers to your festive holiday style and to your “merry and bright” holiday spirit!
  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: All the Jingle Ladies

“Whoa, oh, oh, oh…oh, oh, oh”!  Okay….I’m challenging you to bring out your inner-Beyoncé.  That’s right ladies…it’s time to add a little “jingle” to our holiday style! 

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Does all dressed up and no place to go ring some “jingle” bells?  No problem, because I’ve got a few ideas for you….even if you are dancing alone in your living room.  Faux leather leggings are perfect for living room choreography.  Just add a long sweater, blazer, or flowy blouse.  Nordstrom Rack offers moto leggings in eight fabulous colors, and their joggers make for a comfy option.  Everybody dance now!!!

Remember when you were a kid singing in front of a mirror using your hairbrush for a microphone?  Here’s my “adult” idea…invite your girlfriends to a karaoke Zoom party, and be sure to add Beyoncé’s greatest hits to your playlist!  Skinny jeans paired with over-the-knee boots will have you rocking all night long.  We’re loving all the ways style influencer, Fashion Jackson, styles over-the-knee boots.  Did I hear someone say…“drop the mic”? 

  I’m crossing my fingers and hoping you are able to spend time with family during the holidays!  You’ll definitely need a warm coat when “dashing through the snow” to a family get-together.  So what would Beyoncé wear?  I’m thinking a white puffer or a fabulous faux fur!  We’re loving a stunning selection of white coats and jackets from Bloomingdales and Dillard’s on our Pinterest board.  And don’t you think Dillard’s Gallery faux fur coat has “Queen Bey’s” approval?

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“Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it!”  If your “nice list” has a little bling on it, you will want to direct Santa to Kate Spade and BaubleBar.  We’re smitten with Kate’s sequin iPhone 11 pro max case….ring-a-ling bling!  And without question…you’ll feel like a celebrity A-lister donning her brilliant baguette ring!  If you want to be the shining star at a holiday party…show off in a pair of Callisto drop earrings from Bauble Bar!  

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“Whoa, oh, oh, oh…oh, oh, oh!  All the “jingle” ladies…put your hands up!!!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

Let’s Make a Red Velvet Cake – Virtual Cooking Class

I am so excited about this month’s virtual cooking class.  In the spirit of giving, 100% of the registration fees will be donated to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC programs help alleviate some financial burdens for families with sick children, saving families over $930 million each year in lodging and meal costs alone. A Ronald McDonald House program helps reduces stress and financial burden for families when they must travel far from home to access medical care for their child. Research shows that patients whose families stayed at the Ronald McDonald House are the sickest, traveled the farthest distances, and spent the longest time in the hospital. Please take a moment to learn more about the impact this organization is making and see if there is a local chapter near you.

Nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous slice of Red Velvet Cake!  This quintessential recipe is oh, so Southern. Remember Steel Magnolia’s? Only our version won’t be in the shape of an armadillo!

If you are not familiar with my School of Gracious Living, I curate opportunities for women to gather virtually in my kitchen without ever having to leave the comfort and safety of their homes. Each class includes 90-minutes of cooking tips, instruction, and hands-on cooking. After you register you will receive an instructional email with the recipe to orient you to the classroom experience and the Zoom access link. At the end of our time together you will have created something spectacular. Ask a friend to join you, or host a group of your girlfriends. Since we meet virtually you can connect with your friend from around the world. You can read more about my School of Gracious Living here.

Red Velvet Cake may look intimidating, but it’s not. And, you will learn how to make the most luscious cream cheese icing to frost your cake. When you are finished you will have a bakery-style cake to keep or give as a gift. People love gifts made with love.

The class is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. CST.  The registration for the class is $35 of which 100% will be donated to RMHC. What a perfect gift to give to a girlfriend who has everything – the gift of helping families in need. Visit the Cooking School here to register.

I look forward to welcoming you in my home.

Homemade Hot Cocoa to Sip or Give

One of my favorite things to do each Christmas is unpack all my Santa mugs. I try to add a few new mugs each year. I like to place them on a two-tiered stand in the kitchen with all my hot cocoa supplies.  I tucked in a few sprigs of evergreen and filled one of the mugs with peppermint candy canes.

This year I will be mixing up a homemade hot cocoa mix courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

Here is a printable recipe card to download for your recipe box.

I found some cute things at Trader Joe’s to elevate the cocoa experience.  The hot cocoa sticks are basically a bar of dark chocolate that you drop into a mug filled with hot milk. The adorable, and great tasting, Gingerbread men mug hangers make the perfect dunkers into your sip. Top off with the lightest shade of pink peppermint mini marshmallows and you will be in love with the best hot cocoa in town! I even found a bag of Brach’s crushed peppermints to garnish on the top. And, if you are a whipped cream fan, don’t miss the Peppermint variety at Target. Who needs Starbucks?!

And, for when you want to fill a thermos full of cocoa to ride around and look at Christmas lights, I found these cute retro Christmas plaid thermoses on Amazon. I could just see one for each person’s place setting filled with wassail, hot buttered rum, or your cocoa recipe!  How about gifting someone with a thermos, a jar of cocoa mix, and the recipe card. What a fun hostess gift.

Nothing says the holidays like hot cocoa!

What Would Holley Wear: Four Stylish Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit

So I’m putting this out there…I’m finding it challenging to write about what to wear during the 2020 winter holidays.  That being said…I’m pretty sure I have a severe case of the “holiday hang-ups”.  Is anyone else suffering from this?

What are you doing to get into the holiday spirit?  At my house, we decided to stick with the basics…decorate the house…watch Christmas movies…cook and eat comfort food…and we started a new family tradition…“Santa Zooms”!

To help get us in the Christmas frame of mind, our first plan of action was to decorate the house.  Even though I didn’t go to the woods to cut down a tree, there’s nothing more “holiday-ish” than a plaid flannel lumberjack shirt….perfect for tree trimming!    Lucky for all of us, plaid shirts and jackets are trending big time.  Be sure to “check out” our amazing selection from LL Bean and Amazon on Pinterest!

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Once the house was decorated, we were ready to binge-watch some of our favorite Christmas movies…White Christmas, Rudolph, and A Christmas Story…just to name a few!  And don’t you think a green Grinch sweatshirt is perfect for watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas?  So what pairs well with popcorn and Diet Coke?  That would be sweats.  Did you know matching sweat-sets are a thing?  From TJ Maxx to Dillard’s, you’ll look stylish…even when you’re just “hanging out”! 

I’m very fortunate to have men in my family who love to cook.  From my son’s firecracker chicken to my husband’s pecan pie with a homemade crust…there’s nothing like comfort food to lift my spirit!  And speaking of comfort, I always have luck finding cute pajama pants at TJ Maxx….so easy to top off with a fun Christmas sweatshirt.  And if you’re a Hallmark Christmas movie junkie….you’ll definitely need/want a Hallmark movie watching sweater.  

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So, “Santa Zooms” are something I actually came up with!  I bought Santa hats for everyone in my family to wear each time we zoom in December.  Like almost everything else I’ve purchased this year, I ordered our hats from Amazon.  And with the little ones, hearing jingle bells in the background adds extra excitement!  

Oh my goodness…is it just me, or is it really “beginning to look a lot like Christmas”?

  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

How to Receive a Letter from Santa and Do Good Will

It’s time to get those letters to Santa in the post. What a fun way you can engage the littles in your life by helping them write a letter to their favorite couple – Santa and Mrs. Claus.  I even have a free printable letter you can download and use to pen your greeting.

First, thank you to our northern friends in Canada – the Canadian Post and their Giving Back to the Community Program. Sacks of letters are arriving at the North Pole and the Canadian postal elves are busy helping Santa with his mail. If you want to hear back from Santa you must get your letter in the mail by December 10  – a week from tomorrow. Here’s how…

  1. I’ve made you a free printable here for your cheerful correspondence.
  2. Put your letter into an envelope, affix a stamp, and be sure to include a self-addressed  envelope so Santa can write you back. Santa’s elves pay the return postage so it’s free.
  3. Mail your letter to: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0h0, Canada

Here’s the super cool part – Santa answers letters from all ages, in more than thirty languages, including braille, and sends a response to every country. Here is a tips for parents page with helpful suggestions on how to help your little pen their pal Santa along with free printables.

Can you imagine your child’s delight when a letter from Santa arrives airmail!

Feeling charitable this season? Each year hundreds of thousands of letters sent from children and families to Santa arrive at United States Post Offices around the country. Most letters ask for toys and games. Some ask for basic necessities. Some ask for help for themselves and their loved ones.

The USPS Operation Santa makes it possible for individuals and organizations to adopt these letters and send responses and thoughtful gifts in Santa’s place.

The Postal Service — then the Post Office Department — began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 100 years ago. In 1912 Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters — a program that eventually became known as Operation Santa.

In the 1940s, the mail volume for Santa increased so much that the Postal Service invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate by providing written responses and small gifts.

Through the years, the program grew and took on a life of its own. Today, customers can go online to browse through the letters and if one touches them, they can adopt it and help the child have a magical holiday.

The mission of USPS Operation Santa is to provide a channel where people can give back and help children and families — enabling them to have a magical holiday when they otherwise might not — one letter to Santa at a time.

In many Postal Service facilities around the country, postal employees respond to the letters with a handwritten response signed by Santa, while other offices might purchase gifts for the children.

How to send letters to Santa:

  1. Santa’s mailing address should be placed in the middle of the envelope. Letters can be addressed simply to SANTA CLAUS, but we prefer his official Postal Service address:SANTA CLAUS
    123 ELF ROAD
    NORTH POLE 88888
  2. Write your full name and address in the upper left corner.
  3. Then, apply a first-class stamp in the upper right.

For letter writers: Letters requesting clothes and shoes should include sizes and colors. Letters requesting toys, games, and books should be specific.

These letters will populate the USPSOperationSanta.com website, which opens for letter adoption on Friday, Dec. 4.

For adopters: Customers are encouraged to go online and adopt a letter to help a child or family have a happy holiday when they otherwise might not.

There will be no in-person letter adoptions this year due to COVID-19.

Letters received before Dec. 15 will be uploaded and made available for adoption, though the sooner your letter is received, the more likely it is to be answered. More details for writing letters to the USPS Operation Santa program can be found on the USPSOperationSanta.com website.

I hope you can spend time with your littles this season to share these experiences with them. It’s a full curriculum – history, writing, reading, learning how to write a letter and address an envelope, learning how the post office works, and learning the spirit of philanthropy by giving back to the community they serve.

Happy Holidays!

It’s a Colorful Life Christmas Tour – The Family Room

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I am thrilled to be included in this year’s It’s A Colorful Life Home Tour 2020 Holiday Edition.  My friend Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles invited me to participate in the tour she hosts with Jeweled InteriorsI have followed Jennifer for many years and I love her flair for design.

Several times a year Jennifer and Jewel gather color-loving bloggers, like me, to share their holiday homes. Stay tuned at the end, I will introduce you to two of my co-hostesses for today so you can take a virtual tour of their lovely homes to see all their beauty and creativity!

This week I am sharing my family room holiday decorations. My love of color comes from my mother. She adored white flocked Christmas trees, and I remember many a Christmas that I helped her decorate the tree with turquoise ornaments. I went with a monochromatic theme this year and stayed with all turquoise so it would pop against my new mantel garland. I do like a skinny tree for the ease of putting it up and taking it down. Plus, it fits anywhere I want to display the tree. I sourced the ornaments many years ago from Pier One, but this year I added the larger 4-inch turquoise balls from Target. I love how they give the tree a retro feel.

Let’s see, what else catches your eye. How about the mantel?  I added the multicolored ornament ball garland from Amazon.  I used two strands of faux boxwood garland I already had (similar here), and laid them so a little hang off each end of the mantel. I added white lights and placed the ornament garland on top. I wanted the mantel to look filled with ornaments, so three garlands were plenty. I took two clear, tall vases I already had and added faux boxwood balls on top. I love how it turned out.

Remember the post I shared last month with the milk glass bowl filled with pink velvet pumpkins? Well, Miss Milk Glass is back again only this time she is filled with hot pink, sparkly ornaments. I placed her on the same white tray with the most delicious Christmas candle from Sweet Water Decor I discovered on Amazon.  It’s a beautiful white jar with a simple, hand-written label. The scent is a blend of Christmas tree, apple cider, and cinnamon.

I added a few new things to my decor – Christmas pillows!  I love the whimsical feel of the watercolor print pillows from Etsy.  She also carries lovely art, prints, and wrapping paper.

The second set of pillows is from friend Judy’s shop Keeping Up with the Joneses. Her gorgeous boutique is filled with exquisite clothing, accessories, and home decor.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram to snap up beauties. That’s how I found my favorite holiday pillows. One says Merry and the other fa la la la with big stripes of all my favorite colors.  Don’t you love how they go with my neutral animal print sofa!

It’s about time to wrap things up on this tour of my family room holiday decor – with wrapping paper from Ruby Stripe on Etsy. OMG – this paper is extremely high quality and stunning. I had such fun wrapping packages and adding white satin ribbon with touches of greenery and hypericum berries. The turquoise cane pattern reminds me of wallpaper mother hung in the entryway of my childhood home. And I love the soft, vintage pattern of the pink and green pinecones. They coordinate perfectly together.

We’ve come to the end of this week’s tour. I will be back next week for more surprises, so be sure to sign up to receive my weekly email. Want more inspiration? Visit two more of my blogger friends who have their open houses today – Pender and Peony and Mimosa Lane. Please visit our Instagram accounts, too.

Here’s the tour schedule for the week ahead –

MONDAY

Dimples and Tangles || Jeweled Interiors || Haneen’s Haven || Monica Wants It || SKG Designs and Style || Pender and Peony

TUESDAY

Home With a Twist || Mimosa Lane || Kate Decorates || DIY Decor Mom || Mum Little Loves || BD Interior Design

WEDNESDAY

Blue Agate Abode || Serene & Co. || Zig and Company || Jeweled Interiors

THURSDAY

Southern Hospitality || Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss || Our Fifth House || Carla Bethany || Dimples and Tangles- Tour Wrap Up

FRIDAY

Instagram It’s A Colorful Life Party!

Post your Christmas decor in your feed this week with #ItsAColorfulLifeTour for a chance to be featured in IG Stories by IACL Tour bloggers!

Happy Holidays!

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The Season of Advent

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. This year Advent begins Sunday, November 29.

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward to anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

Growing up in the Methodist church it was always a treat to see the lighting of the Advent candles each Sunday.  Something about jewel-toned candles and the smell of the wax candles still brings back fond memories.  This is the traditional representation of the Advent wreath:

I rounded up some clever ways to celebrate Advent – including a shopping list here for all my favorite Advent calendars available. You’ve got plenty of time to place your order and open the first door to reveal the treasure inside.

Here are some other ideas for a twist on the Advent candle…

And, there’s always the Advent calendar which teaches people of all ages to join with the church in anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ–the true meaning of the Advent season. They come in all shapes, sizes and varieties from traditional to modern.  Miss Bee enjoys getting one each year that she can lift the numbers and a piece of candy is inside. Some calendars focus on doing a new activity each day with the family or acts of service for someone else. Be sure to visit my LiketoKnow.it here for inspiration.

There are all sorts of fun twists I found to create your own. I’ve pinned them to my “Feeding my Soul” Pinterest board.

Ann Voskamp has a “Night before Advent” activity on her blog full of fun games and activities to do with children including a printable Advent calendar.

And here are some more examples of clever ways to put together an Advent calendar.

Adorable Woodland Inspired Advent Calendar using an over-the-door organizer. livelaughrowe.com
Don’t you just love brown paper bags!

I purchased this “Christmas Countdown” from Target years ago.  You can slip these downloadable activity cards and candy inside each pocket.

How do you like to celebrate Advent?  Do you have family traditions passed down through the generations that are special to you?  I’d love to hear them so be sure to leave a comment!

What Would Holley Wear: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this month at a vacation mountain home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma…perfect for our family of 9.  We also celebrated the oldest and the youngest birthdays…Pop’s 67th and Elias’ 3rd!   Be sure to check out all the photos on our Pinterest board!

Ping-pong, billiards, and indoor Snowball fights…oh my!!!  Playing pool and ping-pong were super popular with the big kids (ages 11 to 67).  A snap-up pullover from Abercrombie paired with leggings is ideal for indoor activities.  We’re also loving a look from “The Everygirl” Pinterest board….leggings and boots from Nordstrom’s topped with a camel turtleneck and Abercrombie Sherpa jacket.  All you need to add are indoor snowballs.

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Playing outdoors, roasting S’mores’ on the fire-pit, and enjoying friendly corn-hole competitions were some of the outdoor activities we enjoyed.  Layering with a vest is ideal for this scenario.  If you’re tall and long in the torso, my recommendation is LL Bean’s long pack-away vest.  If you are partial to a waist-length vest, Amazon’s toggle vest is super cute and preppy.  To give your vest some extra style…wear it over a plaid shirt and cable sweater with jeans and hiking boots.   

 From an easy hike searching for crystals to more challenging hikes…there are trails for everyone in the Ouachita Mountains.  Hiking boots definitely make a difference when you are on a difficult hike.  Back Country, offers the best in hiking gear.  Their Merrell waterproof boots are perfect for a day of hiking!  A Madewell backpack is another great option for mountain hikes and easily transitions to your everyday style.  

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Games, movies, and comfort food mean one thing as far as style goes….ultra-comfy.  Sophie, age 13, is our family’s self-designated “Taco Queen”!  So of course we celebrated “Taco Tuesday” in honor of the queen!  She looked adorable in a taco t-shirt from Amazon Fashion paired with plaid sleep pants from Target….as did her three brothers in their comfy Target pajamas.  

So something I’ve learned in 2020…even though change is inevitable, with it comes immeasurable blessings.  Something to be thankful for….indeed!  

The Williams Clan Thanksgiving 2020

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving Three Ways

I love to set the table for Thanksgiving. I thought it would be fun for you to decide which of the three I styled you most think I should use for my dinner table this year.  Most all of the pieces came from my party pantry and are either vintage or not new to me. The only purchase I made to put these place settings together were the flowers from WholeFoods – other than Trader Joe’s one of my favorite places for unexpected varieties and colors of flowers.

First – Very Vintage

This is Mother’s wedding china. Mother and Daddy’s wedding anniversary is in November so I think this is a special way to honor my parents during the holiday.  I paired it with Cherry Brandy roses in a fluted vintage vase. The linen placemat and napkin are vintage, but new to me. My friend Mary Lane from TCU messaged me one day and said she had a collection of linens – placemats, napkins, and table runners purchased in British-owned Hong Kong in the 70s while she and her husband lived in Japan. The embroidery is exquisite. I am so thankful Mary gift me with such treasures. The crystal glassware is also from my mother’s wedding registry. The pattern is so delicate.  The silver pieces were from my mother’s friend Marion whom she knew since my mother was a young girl. I am not sure where the hobnail pitcher came from but I love it and I thought it would be perfect for a personal iced tea serving or creamer for the china cups and saucers. I picked up a set of place card bud vases at Magnolia Home in Waco. Here is something similar. I found a place card with mother’s name on it – a sentimental touch.

Place setting two – Mood in Blue

I love blue, so I had to find some way to do a classic and sophisticated setting. I used my white everyday dinner plate and topped with a piece of bavarian handpainted china that belonged to Mr. Bee’s mother. I added blue glassware I purchased several years ago during a visit to Sister’s house in New Mexico.

I purchased two small topiaries from Amazon here and placed them in a blue and white cachepot topped with reindeer moss. I placed a velvet pumpkin in the center for contrast against the blue border of the accent plate. It adds personality. I added a vintage linen white napkin folded in a triangle and topped with the same silver from the Very Vintage photo. I think it would be fun to collect vintage salt and pepper shakers so each guest can have their own set, like the cream and gold birds in the photo.

For a place card consider using childhood photos of your guests. I bet you can’t guess who is in this frame? I like how the gold roses on the frame highlight the golden edges of the plates.

Finally, we have Textures of Fall.

This place setting features my collection of Johnson Brother’s Friendly Village. Mother already had a set and she inherited her mother-in-law’s collection, so I have a pantry full of these cherished dishes. When I was little I used to stare at the images on the plate and imagine riding on a wagon through the snow.

Don’t be afraid to mix your plates. You can see I have a green glass plate on the bottom, then a square salad plate, topped with a small fruit dish. I tucked the golden linen napkin under the dish holding the oranges. Of course, I had to add whole cloves to the oranges – remember when we used to do this when we were little? It made the table smell just like fall. And I love the pop of orange. The eucalyptus sprig came from the flowers. I filled a vintage green drinking glass with flowers – which you could do for each guest. I used my Pioneer Woman flatware. It all sits atop water hyacinth placemats. This place setting brings in color, texture, and scent.

What is your favorite of the three? I hope this inspires you to bring color, nature, and vintage touches to your Thanksgiving table this year for #HolidayswithaTwist.