Planning For The Holidays

Now that the calendar has turned to November I am no longer under obligation to avoid the elephant in the room.

I’ve contained my excitement long enough.  By all accounts we are in the presence of the Holidays, and I’m ready to get the planning, decorating, baking, cooking and tablescaping underway!

I don’t know about you, but I would have no problem settling in, getting cozy and planning for the holidays in this gorgeous space.

Laurel NestAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

Holiday oversaturation is something I guess we all come in contact with in one way or another.

I came to better understand the commercial aspect of holiday shopping when the subject of holiday open house planning and prep rolled around.

A beautifully crafted holiday celebration complete with decoration and culinary delights does not just happen overnight.

Planning and budgeting for holiday gatherings and celebrations begins weeks in advance.

When the first leaf hits the ground so do my feet.



I’m running full speed ahead straight towards fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I find what works best for me is to evaluate what decorative and tabletop items will transition beautifully from holiday to holiday.

Take color palette choices for example.

A red vase filled with black roses used at Halloween can reinvent itself as an appropriate accent in complementing holiday color on both the Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescape.

Another wonderful option is to go with gold and silver accessories for the all important touch of elegance.


I refer to the metals as the holiday neutrals.

Orange goes a long way as a color consideration for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating, but have you noticed the different shades of orange being used in all forms of Christmas decorating?

Verdant, eggplant, mocha and curry are also finding a place on the holiday color wheel.


The Kerr jars I used on my fall tablescape will soon be filled with homemade pear preserves and a dual decorative purpose for Thanksgiving.

These chalkboard style fall food gift labels designed by Lia Griffith and hosted by are designed for your own text.


I’m giving the pear preserves in decorated jars as “I’m thankful for you” gifts, and the labels will serve as the place cards for our Thanksgiving tablescape.


Click on the image below to download the PDF.

chalkboard labelsLia Griffith

Over the next few weeks I hope you will join me for the Places In The Home For The Holidays series.


I will be featuring  new and classic posts full of  home decor accessory resources, ideas, tips, talking all things turkey, recipes and helpful holiday suggestions for feathering and decorating your home for the holidays nest.

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