Decorating the Farm for the holidays fills me with joy and gratitude. Our property is blessed with holly bursting with red berries, hundreds of boxwood bushes and tall pine trees. I use them all to ‘deck’ both the inside and outside of our house. There’s nothing prettier than fresh greens – and for us, it’s wonderfully economical to cut our own.
And today – now that my tree is finally trimmed, and garlands are sufficiently swirled….
Next week, I’ve invited neighbors, family and friends to my annual Caroling Party.
It’s always a sweet party
Monsieur Caspari plays carols on the piano – we sip champagne and nibble on homemade cookies — singing from songbooks long ago created by my grandmother for her own parties. My favorite song? ‘The Holly and The Ivy’.
As our guests float out the door – humming their favorite tunes , I’ll hand out Christmas crackers for them to enjoy in their own homes this season. I can’t seem to collect enough of them at Caspari. Our children — no matter how old they get – love wearing the little paper hats and sharing the enclosed jokes and toys – all found inside each cracker.
Here are a just a few more of the many darling Caspari crackers available this season.
On to Christmas Eve – our family night.
The Christmas Eve table Caspari created for their Charlottesville Shop was a show stopper.
The china and serving dishes, flown in from Au Bain Marie Paris —-featuring pheasants, stag’s heads, ducks and acorns—are so festive. So of course, I had to have them — and will cart them up to our ski house in Wintergreen to enjoy after Christmas.
Can you see how the Caspari ladies used rolls of wrapping paper to line their table? Brilliant! What a perfect way to add a pop of holiday pattern without investing in costly linens.
I already know how I’ll set the Christmas Day Brunch table. With ‘Farm to Stable’, of course!
Did you spy the wrapping paper ‘table runner’ again?
And I think the Vista Alegre lettuce plates really add the perfect touch to this cozy table – so I bought a few of them too — my early Christmas gift to our kitchen!!!
With a bit more shopping, and lot more cooking, I think I’m holiday ready. Hope you are, too!