Happy Holidays, readers and friends! On that note, may I present the annual Places In The Home Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Guide 2021.
Taking all things house that make a home into consideration and mixing in gifts for her and for him, this year’s gift guide is a balance of personal style finds and home decor accents and accessories for the decorista minded all I want for Christmas list.
According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, holiday shoppers are planning to spend $977.73 on holiday gifts and non-gift purchases with an emphasis on gifts for family and friends and food or décor purchases.
Bring on the ooh la la factor by placing cake stands and serving pieces inside fresh or faux greenery wreaths both Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty and set about the table or countertop at various height levels.
Take advantage of this time to style the dining table to your liking. Place, stack, and set out the items you can now.
Cover serving bowls, utensils, and cake stands with a clean dish towel, label with a sticky note what dish goes in what bowl, and. mark this part of the process off the list.
Let those kitchen countertops pull serving table duty. I work with a salads and sides to the left, desserts and drinks to the right, keep it moving on down the line plan.
Space is one hot commodity in the Thanksgiving kitchen and dining room. Going with a dessert table frees up space.
Debates questioning the glossing over of decorating for Thanksgiving in a rush to get the fa la la la lovely Christmas decorating party started and when exactly is too early to begin decking the halls is a hot topic of conversation this time of year.
News reports are giving new meaning to holiday rush with all the get it before you can’t get it turkey talk-bah humbug chatter, which may be the reason for the early decorating season push.
In a recent article of decorating interest, a group of psychologists weighed in on the subject in the affirmative stating decorating for Christmas early appears to make people happier.
Curious bee that I am, I conducted my own study by asking roughly thirteen (a decorator’s dozen) fellow decorating enthusiasts if decorating early for Christmas makes them happier.
Results proved what I thought the answer(s) would be with this select group.
Decorating for any holiday, occasion, event or reason makes us all happier.
Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories, in terms of decorating, is an extension of fall and a preamble to Christmas.
Here’s an idea; incorporate all three onto the canvas through balance and blending.
Dining accents and decorating ideas themes that easily make the leap from Thanksgiving to Christmas include:
Colors in rich and deep shades of green, red, gold, orange, purple and the forever favorite neutrals
‘Tis the time of year to let your personal style light shine delighting and dazzling the eye, and since the entire season only comes once a year and is short lived, I say seize the moment and decorate.
I keep my eye on the price and the ball by utilizing what nature supplies for free, reduced for quick sale finds, and decor goodies already in the decorating portfolio.
Many harvest moons ago my family and my best friend’s family spent Thanksgiving week in a lodge at a local state park.
Our holiday lodge home away from home came complete with a huge fireplace and mantel ready for cozy gathering and Thanksgiving themed decorating.
With coffee and hot chocolate in hand, we would walk the woods on Thanksgiving morning in pursuit of greenery cuttings, leaves, pine cones, berries and branches to use for decorating the fireplace mantel.
Decorative deer antlers and pillar candles from home found their way into my bag of decorating tricks to complete the holiday masterpiece.
Simple things often bring the most joy to an occasion, and our hunt and gather expedition became an anticipated, integral, and memorable part of our Thanksgiving in the woods tradition.
Decorative preserved wheat bundles remind me of the season and the set of dining chairs I so wish I still owned.
The chairs were brought into the shop and within the course of an afternoon sold to a fellow interior designer-decorator-antiques dealer for a client who she was working with who, let me see how to put this, was known for both her discriminating taste and difficult to please disposition.
Both designer and client were pleased in the end which delighted me, but in hindsight I wish I would have kept the set for the Places In The Home abode.
The Amazon Echo calls up Alexa the answer machine, now we’re cooking playlists, recipes, and the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® (connect with the Talk-Line through social media, live chat, texting — even Amazon Alexa).
I usually add a stalk of celery cut into three equal parts and ½ peeled and sliced onion or 2-3 cut green onions.
Add 1 ½-2 cups of chicken broth or white wine to roasting pan to keep the turkey moist during baking.
No turkey roasting-baking is complete without butter (Julia Child would be so proud).
Rub 4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter over turkey breast meat under skin. Next, add 4 tablespoons butter to the turkey cavity. Finish up by rubbing a generous amount of butter over the outside of the turkey.
Sprinkle turkey with seasonings of your choice of seasonings such as salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, garlic, rosemary, or Creole seasoning.
With supply and demand a hot topic of conversation of late, today’s post offers a cornucopia of Thanksgiving kitchen information, sources, and tips to help plan, prep, and plate the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
You’ve got questions (demand).
I’ve got Thanksgiving kitchen information answers (supply).
As they say about the holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Wonderful, delicious, and busy.
Let’s show and tell Thanksgiving kitchen information.
In my recipe book, culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchenware essentials that make the plan-prep-cook-bake-serve process a whole lot easier on the cook qualify as the consummate ingredient to a successful spread.
Sweet and savory seasonings flavor the taste of fall dishes.
Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and meats glazed, infused, and enriched by the addition of jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, spices and seasonings combinations put a delicious twist on the traditional.
Lock & Lock canisters are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.
Holiday gift guide inspiration kicks off this second week of December.
With the shopping and shipping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is primed and ready to lend an idea or two for your deck the halls gift giving needs.
We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, entryways, bedrooms, home offices, nooks, places and spaces that make up house and home.
Let’s begin with the gift of home as in a hand drawn house sketch of your home sweet home.
Folks, Dave and I did this for my brother and my parents several Christmases ago and it was a huge holiday gift hit.
The local artist also created custom notecards from the images based on the photo shoot(s) of their homes.
Winter cold and holiday stress play heck with our skin.
Pamper yourself with a holiday-at-home spa treatment of sorts with the Estee Lauder Life & Glow Skincare Gift Set.
I personally use all these products, and absolutely love the performance and scent of the entire Resilience Multi-Effect product line- aroma therapy, if you will.
Christmas is the holiday for the senses.
We see, touch, hear, taste, and smell the beauty, love, joy, excitement, c’est si bon, and scents that nudge a cherished memory from Christmas past as well as serving as the catalyst for new experiences sure to become traditions.
Traditional holiday parties may be out of vogue this holiday season, but I say seize the holiday moment, dress up in sparkle and shine finery, and throw a ’tis the season soiree for you and yours at chez moi.