Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Entertaining



With cooler weather upon us, and yet a longing to connect with one another, after what may have been a summer full of fun travels. We switch our focus from outdoor entertaining, to gathering around a table in a cozy room, perhaps with a warm fireplace, and comfort food filling the air. Entertaining can some times feel like a daunting task. To fully capture the term “hostess with the mostess” may feel impossible, or perhaps like something that isn’t capable at all so we don’t attempt it. Some of you however may be obligated to host a holiday meal or family get together because you just might be the only one with a table! Or perhaps your like me, and jump at the opportunity to entertain? Whichever category you fall into, I believe this look is something that anyone can create, and on any budget. As a host, I like to engage whomever comes into my home by including as many of the 5 senses as I can. I also like to share a bit of our family with them. And I’ve found whether it’s friends or family coming over, that this tablescape works nicely for both. I layered our table with a coordinating color scheme, but with an extra special touch.


 Picking a color theme, not only makes any space look pulled together, it also helps you make decisions when decorating your table. I love the classic look of black & white. It has truly held to the test of times, and also remains neutral so it doesn’t clash with the rest of the rooms decor. To add my special family touch, I chose some of our favorite family photos, that are near and dear to us, priceless moments captured, and took advantage of a great deal on Shutterfly to have them printed, so I only had to pay dollars for shipping.




To carry the theme throughout the room, I also used simple bakers twine and paperclips, and strung up a few photos above our buffet, we often use as a drink station.



 It is such a personal touch that allows our guests to see what we’ve been up too, and catch up quickly on highlighted moments we’ve had in the past.




Using family photos to create this tablescape, is not only an easy way to keep friends and family in the loop, it can serve as a great conversation piece throughout the entire night.

Need help coordinating ideas for your next holiday party? Along with Interior decorating, I love helping clients plan for an event or social gathering. Need a few extra ideas to make that holiday entertaining go a little smoother? Email me at doucettedesign@comast.net and we can discuss your design needs further.


Happy Entertaining!


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Free Christmas Stag Printable

I'm so excited to be sharing my free christmas printable with all you today, along with some of my favorite blogging friends! If this is your first time here, Welcome!!! If you want to see more of our house, you can view this tour here. And if you want to know more about me, click here! Now onto the goodies!! Like I said I'm joining a fantastic group of ladies, to give you some great christmas inspiration!

Last year, I started making my christmas a bit more neutral, and plan on adding to that this year. I love mercury glass, and pine cones and greenery. So everything else falls in around that.


I love chalkboards. Like L.O.V.E.!! Did you hear me, Love! So for this printable I was dying to make one with a chalkboard looking back ground.


The glitter deer is new this year. I picked him up a few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby, and love how quaint and little he is. 


I'm still not over the whole "deer craze", so I hope you aren't either. I have plans to add some more antlers to this years christmas decor, and can't wait to show you, but it was a no brainer for me to want to incorporate a deer silhouette in this printable. 


"I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" is my favorite christmas song, it just gets me in the christmas spirit instantly! So I chose "Merry & Bright" from the lyrics of that classic christmas carol.



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Make sure you stop by and check out these other fabulous bloggers to see their
 beautiful vignettes and free printables!!

Joy to the World Christmas Printable from The Lily Pad Cottage
God Bless Us Everyone Printable from Sweet Cs Designs
Red Buggy Christmas Printable from Craftberry Bush
Simple Christmas Wrap with Printable Gift Tags from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Keep Warm and Drink Cocoa Printable from Top This Top That
Free Christmas Stag Printable from Rooms for Rent
Cocoa and Cookies Party from Migonis Home
Hot Chocolate Bar and Free Printable from Finding Silver Pennies
Elf Movie Free Printable from Eclectically Vintage
Free Christmas Printable from My Sweet Savannah
Free Christmas Printable from City Farmhouse


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas Inspiration

 Happy Friday Friends!!! The weekend is upon us! I know that most of you probably haven't started decorating for Christmas yet. There once was a time where I thought it was absurd to even see Christmas decor before Thanksgiving, but without shame I can say those days are long gone. I don't quite view it as rushing the season, or skipping over Thanksgiving, and honestly if I hosted Thanksgiving I would wait to decorate for Christmas. But I don't host Thanksgiving, and I really love to decorate for the holidays, so I more view starting early as a way to soak in all the Christmas magic I can. Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite Inspiration via Pinterest for Christmas this year. I started swapping things out yesterday, and have all sorts of ideas swirling in my head, I can't wait to share this years decor with you!
via: Better Homes & Gardens

via : Traditional Home


via : Better Homes & Gardens

via Golden Sycamore

via: Dreamy Whites



via Country Living

So I have to tell you, every August I always wish I had my own pumpkin patch, because I would use pumpkins everywhere in my decor for fall, you can never have too many! Well every November I always wish we had our own Christmas tree farm! Oh my word, I would go crazy!!! I love all the little trees and fresh greens throughout the house. It's my absolute favorite. Someday I keep telling myself, someday! Til then I will vicariously live through Pinterest, 
and all the lovely photos with fresh greenery!

You can catch all my sneak peaks on Instagram before the 
full Christmas Home Tour on December 9th!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hot Chocolate Bar

Last week you got to see a sneak peak, during the Grand Finale of Thanksgiving Tablescapes, 
of my new 3-tiered wood and tin tray from Painted Fox. 
Can I just tell you it is every bit as lovely in person as it appears to be. 

I was surprised by how much room it actually had in each of the trays, and pleasantly surprised because that meant I could fit more things in it. While it has many functional uses, with the holidays right around the corner I thought it would be the perfect spot to set up my hot chocolate bar.


I had plenty of room on each tier for my tea kettle with hot water, stirring spoons, all of my cups and saucers, my creamer, of course the hot chocolate and extra goodies too!


It is so convenient having everything in one spot, and ready to use. 
Talk about a time and space saver. No, hustling after dinner to offer a hot beverage, it's all right there, and guests can help themselves if they like.


Of course what caught my eye with this wood and tin tray, was the weathered finished and the tin detail around each tray. It matched my style perfectly.


I absolutely love the Painted Fox's tag line "Farm House Swag", I knew instantly I was going to fall in love with everything I had seen, and I sure did. If you haven't visited their website yet, 
 check them out here. You can follow them on Instagram, where they announce special deals, like currently all trays are 20% off, just like mine, using code : TRAY20 at checkout, but it's only going for a little bit more. 


Happy Entertaining,