Our Christmas Home Tour & Annual Holiday Party 2018

One of my favorite events of the year is our annual Christmas party. It’s a time of the year we get to celebrate the season with those closest to us.

You have heard me talk about our fabulous neighborhood and our great community of friends. Celebrating friendship and love during the holidays warms my heart and makes me appreciate all we have, so I’m sharing a few photos of our home decked out for the season and our annual Christmas party.

fullsizeoutput_94bbI start prepping and decorating for the holidays in late October, and it takes me until mid December to have our home ready for guests. This event marks the end of my decorating for the season, and from now on I can enjoy all the blessings of Christmas. Enjoy the tour and welcome to our home.

Christmas Kitchen

fullsizeoutput_9495Our flocked Christmas tree made its way into the kitchen this year, having been moved around the house in prior years…trying to find the perfect home. I think the kitchen may be the winner 🙂

If you have a flocked tree, you may want to check out Tips and Ideas for Decorating a Flocked Christmas Tree 2018 and 3 Tips to Setting up a Christmas Tree Like a Pro.

If you’re looking for new ways to make the holiday season easier, check out How to Remotely Control Your Christmas Lights from Anywhere…game changer right here folks!

As I mentioned, the flocked tree was located elsewhere last year, check out “Modern French Country Christmas” Sunroom Tour and Remodel.

fullsizeoutput_9496The kitchen table is set for guests to sit down and enjoy a meal. We served a buffet style dinner. The backs of the chairs were adorned with hanging sprigs of red berries, greenery, and frosted pinecones. The middle of the table is lined with lighted birch garland HERE and white poinsettia plants. The centerpiece is an arrangement I made in my floral design class, all the details in my next post.

fullsizeoutput_9497We have extra tables set up to serve desserts in the kitchen.

GYuYkVnwSmqCu7fWxoW8qgGuests brought a variety of decadent desserts to enjoy.

fullsizeoutput_9498I made this centerpiece with roses and greenery. I used a silver punch bowl for the container…check out other ideas on arranging centerpieces below

Christmas Foyer

dLWL5bhdTe2ZUHPQ9bJJDQTwo trees in the foyer add beautiful color and look so pretty side by side. Wish me luck as I am planning on a foyer renovation in 2019.

fullsizeoutput_9479These trees are decorated with favorite family ornaments we have collected over the years, from our wedding, the birth of our children, trips we have taken, through present day. I try to collect a few every year that have a special meaning to our family.

c1tDQ3znRDOmy969Hid6lQOur kids get most excited about unpacking the ornaments for these trees and they always search for their favorites, the teddy bears win out.

OPhDFqjBRxiPATvCOwTkNAThe foyer was set up with a few cocktail tables. I gathered the skirt of the tablecloth with a thick piece of wired 4 inch ribbon.

fullsizeoutput_94a4The cocktail table centerpieces are a simple glass container HERE with floating candles HERE, real cranberries, and a bit of live cypress.

C0b5hUOHT0afTqrQLX%njQThe view from the foyer into the family room where guests will gather.

Christmas Family Room

fullsizeoutput_94a3My Paperwhites are in full bloom! They were planted at the perfect time, check out PaperWhite Blooms for the Holidays.

fullsizeoutput_94a2The Christmas theme for this room is soft blush, I added roses and greenery to my favorite ginger jars HERE.

fullsizeoutput_949bThese blush pillows from Home Goods can be used all year long, Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter, for more information about the pillows check out How to Easily Transition From Summer to Fall Decor in 2018.

The family room has a beautiful view of the kitchen tree. I decided not to put a tree up in this room like I did last year Family Room Christmas Home Tour 2017.

Remember the plantation shutters I had on these windows, check out Window Trend for 2018 – Let in the Light. I like the look so much better without the shutters. I am getting ready to remove the shutters in the kitchen as well…I mean my hubby is getting ready to do this 😉

Sunroom Christmas Tour

fullsizeoutput_949fMoving to the Sunroom, the garland hanging on the mantle from Mackenzie Childs HERE is adorned with gold, silver, and copper pinecones.

fullsizeoutput_94bdThe garland is attached with a bow I made, check out How to Make a Simple Holiday Bow with a Tail. The black velvet ribbon is also from Mackenzie Childs.

SMunuraXTAqeBu+jTrthewI brought additional seating into the room for guests to gather in front of the fireplace.

fullsizeoutput_94beThe bar was set up using three folding tables and these tablecloths HERE that fit perfectly. I don’t have any pictures on the wall in this room as it is getting ready for an overhaul too 😉

COCuaURVSuOi5TKMCuf%tQThe bar is set up in the adjoining room with an assortment of wine, champagne, whiskeys, vodka, tequila..you name it. My husband handles the bar and does an outstanding job:)

Christmas Powder Room

fullsizeoutput_94a1Bright colored towels and a floral arrangement are all this bathroom needs for Christmas. Have I mentioned how happy I am to have this bathroom project completed? If you missed the renovation, check out Powder Room Remodel – Modern French Country Design (Final Reveal)

Christmas Dining Room

fullsizeoutput_94baBuffet style dinner was set up in the Dining Room. The decor in this room included lighted birch trees similar HERE, HERE and HERE. I used a banquet size tablecloth HERE and added 4 inch ribbon around the top of the table. I secured the ribbon to the tablecloth using tape HERE and added a few pins for extra security. I placed bows on the corners and at the center of the table.

a8Don18SRSmy+8Tx%UGhXQ With all the decorating preparation I do for Christmas, it is essential for me to have this party catered. My effort goes into the decor, and I have others handle the food. It works out perfectly and I am able to enjoy the party. The delicious dinner included Chicken Picatta, Beef Brisket, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Pasta Primavera, and Pasta with Alfredo Sauce.

For more Christmas tablescape ideas check out Christmas Dining Room Home Tour 2018.

And the highlight of the evening was our dear friend who sang for us and brought tears to my eyes, his voice is amazing and really moved us all. It was the perfect ending to a great evening.

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas tour of our home and picked up some ideas for your next party. Thanks for following along, would love to hear from you, drop me a line. I wish each and everyone of you a joyous holiday season.

You can see a video tour of our home decorated for Christmas on my Instagram Stories HERE.

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10 thoughts on “Our Christmas Home Tour & Annual Holiday Party 2018

  1. Whoa! Always enjoy your posts. This is just so warm and inviting but let’s face it, your friend surely stole the show – that voice! Your guests must have been thrilled. Sandy A.

    1. Hi Sandy! Yes he did, he gave us all goose bumps, it was a holiday treat for sure! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! Happy Holidays!

  2. Wow Denise……your home tour is simply stunning! I’ve already picked up some great, yet simple ideas, the wide ribbon and bows around the tablecloth, the cranberries and greenery with the floating candles, the swags tied to the chairs. Sometimes when I tour open houses I find neutrals can look too neutral and blah, but you really have a way of pulling everything together, and adding just the right amount of color. I’m sure your guests had a memorable evening, especially with the entertainment, and you look lovely in the red dress! Joan PS. And I’ll be checking out that white birch garland in the after Christmas sales.

    1. Hi Joan, I am so glad you picked up some ideas! A few simple touches can make a big difference in the look of your decor and add the perfect amount of color. I’m so glad you like it. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Hugs!

    1. Thank you! It does feel very festive, we are enjoying it a lot. Taking it all down..that’s another story…but I won’t worry about that now 😉 Happy Holidays!

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