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merry christmas & happy new year

Wishing you a season that is Merry & Bright!

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See you in 2015!

xoxo

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white christmas cocktail

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This is one of my favorite fool-proof holiday drinks.  They can be made by the pitcher, so it is easy for guests to self-serve.  No bartender needed!

I served this cocktail at my annual holiday open house last year and it was a big hit.  The rosemary has a wonderful fragrance and the drink is not overly sweet.  Even the guys loved it!

Check out the recipe here.

Cheers!  May your days be merry and bright…and may all your ‘Christmases be white.’

katherine Greene

meaningful holiday touches

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Some of my favorite holiday decor is simple and natural and can carry you through the winter months.  In other words, I like touches that are more wintry than “Christmasy”.  I think that holiday decor should also be something personal and meaningful.

Perhaps my favorite decoration in my home this year is my living room “bar” that features a vignette of meaningful items sprinkled with some burlap ribbon and a touch of greenery:

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  • my Grandmother’s typewriter is incredibly sentimental.  She was a typing teacher and it so I have many memories of her teaching me to type at her home on this machine.  Next to the typewriter is a silver framed photo of my grandparents taken on my wedding day, which was also their 60th wedding anniversary.
  • a few favorite bourbon bottles (of course, it includes Pappy and a lovely bottle of Rock Hill Farms—these are separate from my husband’s bar cart that showcases his extensive bourbon collection)
  • a Blackberry Farm wooden spoon (where we spent our honeymoon and vacation each year).  The beautiful wood is rustic and charming.
  •  a gorgeous set of monogrammed Moscow Mule copper mugs (my current favorite drinking glass).

All of these items are on top of my husband’s childhood dresser, which we have used (with new hardware) to store tablecloths or other linens for entertaining.  By grouping these small items together, they have a greater impact on the room.  I think that it is a sweet focal point in the room that tells a lot about our family.

What are your favorite holiday decorations?  Any ornaments or chatychkes with special meaning?

katherine Greene

last-minute christmas

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Each year at Christmas, I feel like there is never enough time to do all that I want to do!  It’s actually why I try to do so much early (Christmas shopping, etc.), so that I don’t get overwhelmed in December.  No matter how much I do ahead, ultimately there are extra holiday gatherings and out of town guests that get tossed into the schedule.  It’s important to remember that it doesn’t that you can’t have time for fun holiday activities or decorations.

It may be in the final countdown for Christmas with just 12 days until the big day, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy or make one of these festive holiday goodies!

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Need an easy centerpiece?  Fill a rustic bucket with holly or magnolia branches and add a few sparkly Christmas ornaments for a bit of festive flair.  Doesn’t get any easier!  Plus, this alternative to flowers will last a couple of weeks.

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Looking for a festive holiday cocktail?  This Jingle Bell is simply delicious and refreshing.  No bartender required.

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Love to craft?  This fun music pinwheels will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decor.

 

What are your go-to, last-minute holiday ideas?

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