Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Holiday decorating safety tips can come in holiday handy and gift you with peace of mind at this holiday decorating time of year.  There is now a direct link between holiday decorating safety tips and year round electrical safety in general.  We got a big lighting up the holidays shock last week which explains my radio silence last week.

Fire is the one thing I am deathly afraid of.  Let me share with you several situations and events over my lifetime that have caused and stoked this dreaded fear.

When Places In The Home was being built, a group of delinquents neighborhood kids set the entire order of roofing shingles on fire.  The sight, sound, and smell of the roaring pile of burning shingles scared me almost to death and scarred me for life.  I was three years old, I remember the scene vividly to this day, and it’s this event that set a lifelong fear of fire into motion.

When I was five years old, my precious great-grandmother lit her gas stove with a match.  She thought she blew the match out, but she did not.  Prior to lighting the stove, she had emptied a pot of melted hot grease into the garbage can.  You can almost be guaranteed that when a lit match hits hot grease, flame and fire is close behind.  With expert precision and quick hands to rival Drew Brees, Mama Two grabbed the flaming trash can, used her foot to kick open the back door, and ran with can in hand into the backyard where she extinguished the fire with a can lid.  Mama Two innocently marked me for life.

In 1974, my grandmother’s house suffered severe extensive smoke damage throughout from a lightening strike to a television left in front of a window in her kitchen.  The television burned up and through the floor.  My grandmother was on vacation in Florida at the time of the strike.  With no one home to notice, the television smoldered for several days.  Every wall, surface, furnishing and floor was completely covered and caked in soot.  The soot was so thick it measured close to one inch thick inside closed drawers.  Determined to face my fear, I insisted on going with her and my parents to meet the insurance adjuster for the initial walk through.  Horrible sight that only served to exacerbated my fear of fire.

My parents and I were at the original MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on the day before the horrific fire in 1980 that killed 85 people and injured 650.  We were visiting with family who were guests at the hotel.  Thankfully, they all survived the fire.  They have rarely discussed the tragic ordeal with anyone for understandable reasons.  The details they have offered are as awful as one would imagine, and haunt me to this day.  Dave and I have been back to the hotel (now Bally’s) several times since, but I absolutely refuse to stay at the hotel.

My parents were staying at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981 when an arsonist set fire to the hotel killing 8 and injuring approximately 200.  Tragic details with the less shared with me the better caveat.

Last week, our electrical panel-service-wiring placed a bulls eye right in the center of my fear of fire and plans for the holiday budget.  Two weeks ago I discovered there was no power to the master bedroom sitting and dressing area.  The A/C would come on (welcome to November in Louisiana) but the compressor would not kick on.  I called the electrician, he came out and replaced a breaker in the original and antiquated electrical panel, and power was restored.

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Two weeks to the day same problem arises.  Call the electrician, he comes by that afternoon, and within thirty minutes three electricians, two city utilities supervisors, and one scared to death homeowner stood in our kitchen discussing how soon Dave the Builder and I could vacate the house.

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The electricians and supervisors got straight to the point; “Ma’am, your house is in danger of burning to the ground in its present state.  We are going to pull the electricity panel and the electrical service to your house is being disconnected immediately.”

Fire.

Electrocution.

Arc.

Rewire.

I’m usually strong- the “I’m a willow, I can bend” one in the group however, this was not the case in this particular situation.  I completely lost it in front of all parties present.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I cried worse than I did when my daddy died.

Straw, meet camel’s broken back.

I’ll spare you the details of shock, inconvenience, and scrambling to figure out how to pay for the unexpected heavy four figure expense (does anyone really have thousands of dollars stashed and saved for emergency home maintenance repairs).  Dave the Builder is a maintenance master at much, but electrical is not his forte.

My fear is fire.  His is being electrocuted.

I got it together, found the silver lining, peace of mind, and good will toward electrician men.  The new service is in, and power is back up and running, and it’s time to get back to normal (our normal anyhow).  All of this got me to thinking a post about holiday decorating safety tips may be as cathartic to me as it is useful to some.

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Christmas Tree Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

A real live Christmas tree is part of many Deck the Halls Decoristas Christmas tradition.  Safety takes first place over real tree beauty so let’s start there.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Christmas Tree Safety – National Fire Protection Association

Placement is key.  Place a live Christmas tree at least three (3) feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, space heaters, heat vents, radiators, or candles.

Water a real Christmas tree daily to prevent or at least slow the drying out process.

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Use lights with the label of a recognized testing laboratory approved for indoor use.  A green holographic UL label means indoor use only, whereas lights with a red holographic UL label mean the lights may be used indoors as well as outdoors.

The look is lovely, but never use lit candles to decorate a Christmas tree.

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Replace lights that are worn, have broken cords, or loose bulb connections.

Do not overload strands connections.  Use no more than three standard size sets of lights per single extension cord.

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When we were kids, one of the neighborhood families left their outdoor decorations on while away.  The way too old and unsafe big bulb Christmas lights decorating one of the Oak trees in their front yard snapped, crackled, popped, and caught fire.

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The fire quickly spread and engulfed the entire home resulting in a total loss.  Don’t second guess decorations or discount warnings.  If your going to be away from home, turn off and unplug your outdoor and your indoor decorations.  Always turn off Christmas tree lights before going to bed.

I don’t want to pour cold water on the holiday parade, but water and electricity do not mix.  Make sure to keep your hands dry and never, ever stand in water when touching holiday decorations or gadgets powered by electricity.

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Warm and cozy times spent round the Christmas tree go perfectly with the holidays.

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For the many who use space heaters as a heat source, there’s a safe way to do so to ensure all is well.

Turn off and unplug space heaters when going to bed. Turn off or unplug space heaters when left unattended.

Use extreme caution to keep the three (3) foot radius around a space heater free of contact with any flammable item, combustible liquids, blankets, sofas, paper, toys, rugs, drapes, and soft goods.

Do not place a space heater on rugs, furniture, or countertops.

Never use extension cords or multiple plugs with a space heater. 

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Do not cut corners with worn out extension cords or Christmas lights. Never run an extension cord under rugs, carpets, or furniture.

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Vintage Christmas decorations bring back old memories, and more times than not come with the original wiring.  Check for frayed cords which run a high risk of lighting up the holidays in the call 911, the house in on fire kind of way.

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Practice caution with garlands draped over a fireplace mantle or close to lit candles.

According to National Fire Protection Association, the top 3 days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.

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Do not burn evergreens, pine, gift boxes, or gift wrap in your fireplace.  Dry greens and cardboard act like tender- burning hot and fast.  The flames can quickly flare out of control, cause a flash fire, and send sparks out into a room and/or up the chimney igniting creosote deposits.  Make sure to keep the screen before the fireplace while burning a fire.

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Plan for safe indoor and outdoor holiday decorating with these holiday decorating safety tips.  Let’s all have a safe, stylishly decorated, and happy holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Is Home For The Holidays

If The Places In The Home kitchen and dining room walls could talk, they would certainly join in a collective chorus of Thanksgiving is home for the holidays, and it’s gettin’ busy in here.

The cling and clang of china, crystal, stainless, and steel keep thyme with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, oranges, and vanilla doing its smells like the holidays simmering thing on the stove.

Suffice it to say, the look, scent, taste, and style of Thanksgiving is home for the holidays.

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I could not get happy with the Thanksgiving scheme I originally envisioned for our Thanksgiving dining room holidays on style parade.

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Knowing the rule of there is no hard and fast holiday decorating rule, I cleared the canvas and decorated from the heart.

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Less is more soon became more mission than motto.

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The statement have nothing in your home that does not please, delight, or reflect a sense of you and yours delightfully set the tone, table, and sideboard.

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Thanksgiving is home for the holidays

My grandmother’s blue hobnail cake plate, vintage plates, and silver knives found on eBay tap into traditions, memories, and timeless treasures.

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Color born from nature is visually captivating, but there is something to say for the dramatic effect of the black and white option.

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Birds, family and friends of a feather…

From our family to you and yours, the Places In The Home gang hope y’all enjoy this holiday week.

Eat well.

Travel safe.

Count your blessings.

Shop friendly and local when you can!

Stand back and admire your beautiful handiwork.

Personal style and Thanksgiving is home for the holidays.

Lift a glass of your favorite beverage in celebration of blessings, joy, traditions old and new.

Turkey and dressing traditional times is Thanksgiving for some where a homemade hamburger with a side of fries is a gather together food fest for another.

There is no right or wrong way to set the tone and taste for a day or evening  in celebration for what and who you are grateful for.

I am grateful for you, my readers who are like family, and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Day Simple Solutions and Suggestions

Almost here, never fear Thanksgiving Day simple solutions and suggestions is exactly what we’ve got going for today’s one week until Thanksgiving post.

Are you ready?

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Simple makes a tasty appetizer plate, and a make ahead recipe for a simple yet impressive appetizer is an absolute appetizer must.

Thanksgiving day is a culinary marathon.

I don’t want to gloss over a step or course, nor do I want to give up one precious minute to the tedious or the trying.

Enter the recipes for a trio of cheese balls that can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

Guess what I’ll be doing the Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving Thursday?

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I’ll be in the kitchen with my Now We’re Cooking Thanksgiving playlist turned to holiday volume whipping up a trio of cheese balls for Thanksgiving appetizers.

Everything Cheese Ball

¼ cup sesame seeds

2 tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tbsp. dried onion flakes

2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

¼ tsp. salt

2 8-oz. bricks reduced-fat cream cheese

Savory Dill Cheese Ball

1 8-oz. brick reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill

2 tsp. lemon juice

Spiced Cranberry Cheese Ball

1 8-oz. brick reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

8 oz. goat cheese, softened

¼ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

“Everything” Cheese Ball: 

Combine sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion flakes, black pepper, and salt.

With mixer, beat cream cheese with 2 tablespoons seasoning mixture. By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls. Roll in remaining seasoning mixture, pressing to coat.

Savory Dill Cheese Ball: 

With mixer, beat cream cheese, feta cheese, dill, and lemon juice. By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls.  Roll in 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill.

Spiced Cranberry Cheese Ball: 

With mixer, beat cream cheese, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and nutmeg. By 2-tablespoon portions, scoop and roll into balls.  Roll in 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped, pressing to coat.

Refrigerate cheese balls at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.  Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.  Serve with crackers or bread.

-Good Housekeeping

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Tree Branch Coasters- Country Living

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Give the cocktail crowd something to ponder with these Jane Howard cocktail napkins from Sugarboo & Co.

Thyme-Pear Gravy

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Use an insulated coffee carafe to keep the gravy hot and a burner ready to go for the next dish.

Pre-warm the carafe by filling it with hot tap water allowing to sit for a couple of minutes.

Empty out the hot water and add the gravy.

Thanksgiving Day Simple Solutions and Suggestions

The closest my iPad gets to the kitchen is the accent table in the dining room.

I’m still recovering from the great spill debacle of two years ago when Dave the Builder “cooked” my tablet with a spilled Dr. Pepper.

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Thanksgiving day is stressful enough without the extra worry of liquid vs. tablet.

Tuck your tablet into a Ziploc slider bag to protect it and worry no more.

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A scent of the season scented candle is a holiday greet the guests essential.

I don’t depend on pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to carry the weight of the waft throughout the house.

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Presentation is key at the holidays.

A vintage ironstone bowl filled with ice and topped with pine cones is natural styling for chilling wine.

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I love the unique styling and look created with a vintage bowl filled with ice and topped with miniature pine cones.

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Miniature Pinecones

Miniature Pinecones

Tie a loose knot around the neck of a wine bottle with the ribbon material and color of your choice.

Tuck the stem of a pinecone into the knot and- voilà!- a befitting embellishment.

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Grab a marker and personalize take home boxes.

Another suggestion is to ask guests to bring their own containers to tote their take home Thanksgiving leftovers in.

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Continuing the embellishment theme, tie a ribbon around the take home box and adorn with a house or cabin Christmas ornament with a from our house to yours card.

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As they say, it’s the little things that mean the most.

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We Gather Together Holiday Table Ideas

We gather together holiday table ideas help to set an impressive Thanksgiving holiday table.

Getting the look, style, balance, and theme suited to your holiday dining and entertaining scheme requires a certain amount of planning and prep, and that’s where these we gather together holiday table ideas come in.

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Design inspiration is often the driving force of my blog content, and I’m amazed at where it comes from at times.

Yesterday, somewhere between trying to locate what bedroom the cat was hiding out in and trying not to lose my religion over the cat and mouse game he loves to play with me, I stopped in the hallway to regroup.

Looking down the hall into the foyer, dining room, and kitchen in more than a glimpse and less than a stare, it dawned on me I truly liked what I was seeing.

Isn’t that the point of the design and decorating grand scheme of things?

I sometimes forget to just stand back and take in the look.  My vantage point allowed for a comprehensive viewing from foyer to dining room.

The vintage bamboo chandelier in the foyer.

The wallpaper selection.

The yet once again painted lantern pendant.

The decision to lighten up the dining room color palette.

The placement of artwork.

I like to try new things and new looks, but the traditional personal design style choices I come back to time and time again prove to be the ones I am most satisfied with.

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Stay true to your personal style and design, decorate, and holiday table set accordingly is advice I not only give, but practice.

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The absolute best holiday table ideas begin with a sense of you.

What suits your style, taste, and personal preference is what best fits the occasion and sets an impressive holiday table.

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Scandinavian Dining Room

Create a backdrop with touches sure to resonate with the crowd.

Sure, most of us try to emulate moms-grandmothers-aunties side dish or dessert recipe- that’s a given.

I like to use decorative accents and tabletop pieces that make a shared memories, experiences, and regional commonalities connection with my guests.

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Magnolias in glass cylinders cover the Southern aspect of our holiday table.

Fresh flowers or an heirloom bowl filled with fall leaves native to your area set a home for the holidays tone.

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Wooden turned candlesticks instantly become I remember these conversation pieces.

Antique Blue Transferware Platter

Antique Blue Transferware Platter

A handed down from generation to generation family recipe served in a handed down from generation to generation serving piece is wow factor certified and guaranteed to tug at the home is where the holiday heart is heartstrings.

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The heirloom crystal water bottle makes it way from the china cabinet to the Thanksgiving table.

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Vintage Etched Coupe Glasses  ||  Plymouth Birds Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Cocktail glasses in a similar pattern as the ones my dad served holiday spirits in, and goblets in the style of the ones my grandmother used at holiday time to serve her famous orange fluff salad in become a must have addition to the we gather together holiday table.

give-thanks-napkins-embossedGive Thanks and Celebrate Your Blessing Embossed Beverage Napkins

I don’t give a second thought to using paper cocktail napkins.

Rest assured, the holiday table ideas police will not be hauling you off to tablescape and place setting jail.

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Chipmunk Courtship Beverage Napkin by Paperproducts Design

I go with the best of both worlds option and use a traditional and a zippy paper cocktail napkin.

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Pinecone Coaster Set

The pinecone coaster set from the Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia line at Target is perfect for the holiday bar cart or sideboard.

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4pc. Velvet Trim Napkin

These 4pc Velvet Trim Dinner Napkins pair beautifully with the Gather, Merry, Joy, Peace Pewter Napkin Rings.

Napkin Ring Pewter - Set of 4 - Gather, Merry, Joy, Peace - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Napkin Ring Pewter – Set of 4 – Gather, Merry, Joy, Peace – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

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Fresh pears in white bowls is a simple and elegant suggestion.

I pick up gold-rimmed white stoneware bowls from Dollar Tree and keep an eye on the produce section selection of seasonal pears.

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For approximately $2.00 per place setting you can add a fetching look to the Thanksgiving holiday table.

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Gold-Rimmed White Stoneware Bowls, 7 in.

I take into consideration the cornucopia of styles among my decorista friends, family and readers when offering holiday table ideas.

Modern tiered layers of clear acrylic complemented by alternating negative spaces make up the ultra chic Collins Acrylic and Metal Taper Holder from Williams-Sonoma Home.

Collins Acrylic And Metal Taper Holder

Collins Acrylic And Metal Taper Holder

An impressive holiday tablescape does not have to be expensive or difficult to achieve.  Place the focus on folk, food, fresh, flavor, and fun.

My comical husband suggested I call this hosting tip “f” the holidays.

Holiday hosting humor is a fabulous stress buster. Dave is in charge of levity, and is brilliant at it.

We’ve still got the December holidays to decorate, entertain, and tablescape to and the holiday budget to manage.

Items that pull double duty justify the initial price of admission to the holiday tablescape party.

This is the exact reason I go with white plates with gold rims and serving pieces in November to December holiday friendly colors and patterns.

Holiday Table Ideas

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My Place Louisiana Appetizer Plates (Set of 4)

My Place Louisiana Appetizer Plates (Set of 4)

I’m embracing the home is where the holiday heart is theme with these Magnolia drinking glasses and Louisiana appetizer plates.

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Wood Pattern Plate Charger

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Gold-Rimmed White Stoneware Dinner Plates, 10.5 in.

The combination of a natural wood pattern plate charger gold-rimmed white dinner plates, and the look of vintage antique silver sentiment flatware makes a striking statement.

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Make new serving pieces friends, but keep the old.

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One is traditional silver, and the other, Millennial gold.

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I love a holiday twofer, and a Merry Thanksgiving gift draw is a fun and giving family and friend activity to partake in at the end of the Thanksgiving meal.

For many years, Dave the Builder and I along with another couple and their daughter spent Thanksgiving week at Chicot State Park before the kids got to the age of I’m bored.

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Three bedroom, 2 full bath lodge with fireplace, satellite television, cellphone and WiFi service second to none, scavenger hunts, hiking trails, midnight runs to spot deer, owl and raccoons, stay up and sleep in as late as you want boring.

Not exactly what I would call roughing it.

Striving to keep things new, fresh, and in the holiday spirit, I came up with the hot cocoa and hat draw holiday kick off.

The moms would make hot cocoa, and the dads would light up the fire ring late Thanksgiving day afternoon.

While we were enjoying hot cocoa and getting back to nature, we would pass a hat around with each of our names in it.

Each of us drew a name from the hat, and the planning began.

When we drove into the neighboring towns to antique and Black Friday shop, each of us would buy a kick off the holidays gift for the person whose name we drew from the hat.

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We set a $5.00 limit, and the rule was the gift had to be something the recipient talked about on Thanksgiving day or night.

Part of the fun was seeing how attentive and creative we could get with our gift selections.

A quick stop at the dollar store for a small Christmas tree, gift bags, and reindeer bells to ring round the campfire completed the process.

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The kids loved it, and the big kids got into it as well.

Our kick off the holidays hot cocoa and hat draw gifted each us with a great memory.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

– Dr. Seuss

I’ve tweaked the tradition a bit, and now it’s the We Wish Family and Friends a Feast of a Happy Holidays Season favor gift give.

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Brass Wishbone Decor

Brass wishbone figurines stay in theme and make a lovely We Gather Together holiday keepsake.

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Dave the Builder votes for giving each guest a decorative walnut box and calling it the we’re all nuts favor.

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Wills 3-D Rooster 1.31-qt. Vegetable Bowl

Home is where the Holiday heart is, and ours beats strong here at Places In The Home.

Our holiday celebrations are all about honoring traditions old and new, making meaningful memories, sharing the holiday love with family, friends, and readers, and offering holiday table ideas, holiday decor finds, suggestions, stories, and sources.

Join me throughout the holiday season for all things house that make a holiday home.

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Design, Create, Greet, Announce, Invite, and Impress with Paperless Post

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Places In The Home is in full-on this is not a drill, the holiday season is here mode.  When a shopping network host announced Christmas is less than two months away, it brought it all home.  This end of October-beginning of November week kicks off the whole let’s holiday plan and prep shebang, and I’m inviting and celebrating family and friends, thankful feasts and fêtes, seasoned and Seasons Greetings, ’tis the season of soirees and open houses, New Year’s Day supper, and happy birthday greetings with a little help from my friends at Paperless Post.

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Pheasant Plumage – John Derian

An invitation to gather together with friends to eat, drink, celebrate, and be grateful for one another on the third Thursday of November is but a custom design and email list away.

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Holiday time is open house time, y’all!

A customized invitation to join you to celebrate not only fits the occasion, but reflects your personal style.

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Plumier (Welcome)- Paperless Post

Paperless-post-rifle-paper-merry-and-brightHoliday in the City – Rifle Paper Co. 

paperless-post-A Tuesday TippleA Tuesday Tipple by Charlotte Olympia invites holiday style to the holiday mix and mingle.

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The Lady It’s Cold Outside invitation is decked out in faux fur holiday finery for a festive evening of holiday spirits, decorating, and dancing.

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So sipping cocktails-Dino on the hi-fi-Cherries Jubilee-1960s throwback swanky.

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The Peas on Earth invitation is perfect for our Creole black-eyed peas and Southern buttermilk cornbread Peas on Earth, Good Eats for Luck New Year’s Day supper.

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Peas on Earth

A Louisiana birthday celebration deserves a snazzy and snappy birthday card.

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Grand Old Flag Pop and Splash Style 4th of July Bash

Plans for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash are coming together.

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Traditional Home

You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom.

Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.

More on that further down the post.

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Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home.

I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.

red-white-blue-pillowsDisplaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.

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Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.

I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this…

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but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.

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Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.

Now that’s smart party planning.

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My new waterproof bluetooth speaker will make its inaugural debut.  It’s not a party without the grooves and tunes of summer.

bose-speaker-poolBose SoundLink Micro Speaker

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My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American.

His love of country was rooted in the American flag.

He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him.

In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.

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What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece?

I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.

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Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention.

I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.

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I’m staying true red, white, and blue with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.

Real china plates?

Yes, real china plates.

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Summer fabulous cotton towels as napkins.

 

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Red Solo cups.

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A pop of color, a splash of farmhouse style, and a party staple.

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Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu.

Some want it roasted.

Some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions.

Some want it boiled, or as it was put to me, the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.

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Summer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu.

Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.

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From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair.

We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style.

We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July.

If things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.

Until next time.

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Knocking On The Door of 2018

Where did 2017 go?  I swear I blinked on January 1, 2017 and here we are knocking on the door of 2018.  New Year’s resolutions aren’t my thing, but the plan for 2018 is to become brilliant at keeping a promise to self to appreciate more and more the value of time.

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Like most of the Lower 48, our New Year’s Eve and beyond forecast is for frigid temps and funky conditions.  I whined waited all Louisiana summer long for the arrival of Louisiana winter (basically what most of you call fall). Be careful what you ask for.  You just might get it.

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Cold.

Dreary.

Ugly.

Our Canadian snowbird son chuckles at our winter on steroids dilemma.  The newlywed couple is less than thrilled to be arriving back home from a sunny warm week in Mexico to home, sweet home Winnipeg and the blistering Canadian temps of -33°C /-27.4°F.

Ah, Grasshopper.  He, who chuckles first, chuckles coldest.

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Edible provisions for our knocking on the door of 2018-New Year’s Eve-hunker down at home holiday weekend include Southern deviled eggs, pork tenderloin, oven roasted potatoes, the New Year’s Day traditional trifecta of black eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread, several pots of strong Louisiana dark roast coffee, and a fresh carrot cake.

deviled-eggsDuke’s mayonnaise is the preferred mayo of many a Southern cook and chef.  Southern Living explains our love of the stuff, and why it is the preferred mayo of test kitchens in the article Why Southerner’s Have an Obsession With Duke’s Mayonnaise.

Great taste, good read.

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A glass or two of wine to toast the New Year and chase away the chill will top off our midnight revelry.

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I look forward with great anticipation to the beautiful and stylish things to come in 2018.  In vogue interior design and decor trends for 2018 run the gamut from terrazzo to color in the kitchen to velvet fabrics.  Gorgeous is in the forecast, and the look is hot.

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Here’s to celebrating your knocking on the door of 2018 New Year’s Eve in  style.  Happy New Year!

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A Most Fetching Friday: In Glorious Bring The Holidays Home Fashion

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of December in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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Holiday wishing you all a most fetching Friday and a lovely first day of December.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we trim the trees and deck the halls in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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