Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Very Vintage Christmas!

My mom puts so much thought into every single detail of Christmas, and every year has a "theme". This year, it was Vintage Christmas! It was absolutely incredible. The table was bedecked with every retro toy that you could ever remember, along with old candies and other goodies. It was just to die for!!

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The dishes were even vintage! Take a look at how adorable!! This is only one scene from one plate, but they were all similar to this and just darling.

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To top the table off, every guests party favor was a stocking FULL of vintage toys like a slinky, silly putty, paddle ball, jacks, cards, etc. I'm just amazed by what she comes up with!

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We were set to have 25 guests on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, a massive ice/snow storm moved into our area and drowned the grounds in treacherous traveling conditions, but a gorgeous White Christmas for those of us snuggled in safely. Because of the storm, no one could make it to our celebration, so the ones of us who were already there (me, Husby, Levi, my brother, his wife, Maxwell, and my grandma - plus mom and dad) celebrated together! Mom fixed the most elaborate feast for just the few of us and we continued our traditions by having a beautiful evening together. I kind of hated it for Mom though because she put SO MUCH thought, time, effort and money into this table, and no one could show up to enjoy it. But we definitely enjoyed it. And had so much fun playing with all of the toys. It was just too cute for words. Truly!

Mom, your hard work did NOT go unnoticed!! And I know that if you KNEW it was just going to be the 9 of us, you still would have created the same masterpiece. Because, that's just who you are....always making everyone feel like a King and Queen.

Also, every lady who was set to come to Christmas Eve was going to receive one of these gorgeous baskets that Mom created!

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It was filled with all kinds of kitchen goodies! A gingerbread man rolling pin, vintage inspired aprons from Anthropologie, and also the cutest measuring spoons from there as well. There was a set of dessert plates and a cute mug, dessert mixes, bowls and a bread pan. It was AMAZING!

My parents trees are beautiful. First, we have the big elegant one that sits in the formal living room. It is breathtaking, really.

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And then there is the traditional Old World tree in the den. This one is spectacular. It puts me in a magical Christmas trance every time I lay eyes on it.

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Just beautiful!!

Here are some other pretties that are scattered around the living room.

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This table represents our Savior. The reason for Christmas!!

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The day that we arrived, this was what greeted us on the bed:

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This was Levi's tree. It was just precious. Every ornament on there was nursery rhyme characters!! So sweet!! (And under the tree was a Little People Nativity!)

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This tree was set up in one of the bathrooms for all of us to enjoy!

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It was filled with shampoos, soaps, body washes, cleansers, moisturizers, lotions, etc. This tree is incredible! :)

Mom outdid herself, as I say every year. When you walk into her home, you are greeted with the aroma of pure sweetness, your eyes are dancing with the sparkly sights in front of you, and you are blanketed with the warmest feeling of love. No one ever wants to leave her house. It is the epitome of relaxation and the feeling of being "welcome" in every way. This was a beautiful intimate Christmas. One that I will never forget.

47 comments:

  1. I am IN AWE of your mom's Christmas!! The vintage, the incredible baskets, the bathroom tree--um, can you invite me next year? I'll brave the snow if it means celebrating Christmas like that. Seriously, I'm wowed.

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  2. Oh, and also, the tree for Levi? I die.

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  3. You could quite possibly have the cutest family in America, LOL! Your mom did an AMAZING job with her Christmas decorating and thoughtfulness. I hope you all had a wonderful, blessed Christmas.

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  4. Wow, I loved everything.. Your Mom is amazing. I love the tree in the bathroom! How cute and thoughtful is that...Everything was absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  5. True, she would have done it for just the nine of you. She is amazing.

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  6. Your mom needs a blog!

    Love it!

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  7. WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
    My goal for 2010 is to be invited to your parents' house for Christmas!

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  8. I am just amazed at how much thought and effort your mom puts into making her guests feel welcome! You and your family are lucky to have such an incredible mom/host, and I am sure everyone who couldn't make it b.c of the weather were truly dissapointed. I'm glad that yall had a merry Christmas!

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  9. I have been reading your blog for a while, and I love the posts about your mom's entertaining. She is amazing! I agree with "d"--your mom needs a blog. I'd make my follow her blog! :)

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  10. This is the first time to your blog, but I wanted to comment on how beautiful everything looked. Wow - your mother is amazing!! How incredibly inspiring. The table was absolutely beautiful. I'd love some of her creative juices. Have a great New Year.

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  11. Your mom should have her own show on HGTV. Or at the very least, she should have an article written about her in a magazine or something. She is amazing! The vintage tree and amazing centerpiece on that table was unbelievable!!! The trees were stunning and I love all the love and care she puts into everything to make you all feel so at home and welcome.

    Thanks for sharing all of this - I am super WOWED!!!

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  12. Wow that's amazing! You are going to have a lot of work to do when it's your turn to host.

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  13. Wow...I don't know ANYONE like your Mom! She is so special, the house looked so special!! She should be on TV or something. Seriously, I don't know anyone who would go to that kind of effort, or who is so good at making things look so wonderful!! :)

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  14. Oh and yes, can I be invited next year? I'd be willing to make the trip from Maryland.

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  15. What an incredible Christmas! Your mom is seriously the most amazing hostess I have ever heard of. She puts so much thought and generosity into every detail!

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  16. W-O-W. I can definitely see where you get your good taste from. Amazing. And PS - I die for those aprons from Anthropologie...seriously don't you LOVE them?!

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  17. Question... is your mom famous or something? Or an heiress? Wow. I can't even imagine the price tag on this Christmas feast. NO, I'm not being a hater... just really, wow! It seems like she could be a famous actress or inventor of some amazing thing because of the sheer extravagance and loveliness of this Christmas feast!

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  18. Wow! Your mother's decorating is incredible! Everything was absolutely perfect!!!

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  19. Everything is simply stunning. She reminds me pf my Memaw, always thiking of others before herself.

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  20. That's amazing! Your mom seriously has to be the most thoughtful hostess ever!

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  21. Wow, your mom is amazing! I love it when you write about her, because that is the kind of mom I only hope to be someday. She has set such a wonderful example for you, so you can carry that on to Levi and your other future children :-)

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  22. OH HOW INCREDIBLY SWEET OF YOUR MOM!!! I bet little Levi LOVED it!!! WOW!! Tons of Christmas trees-each one very neat!!!

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  23. Unreal! It's always beautiful, but this time she really outdid herself, didn't she?! Definitely something to aspire to ;-)

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  24. Wow, so beautiful. What a great mom! I am so enjoying all your Christmas posts.

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  25. wow i wish i could experience Christmas at your mom's one year!

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  26. All these people are right about my sweet aunt! I'm still sad that we weren't able to make it! It was probably nice for you guys to just enjoy your little families! Terry- even though we weren't there, we truly appreciate the magic you put into it every year!!! Love you guys!

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  27. I love it all! Your mom did a fantastic job with everything!

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  28. I'm always amazed at your mom. She's beautiful inside and out. You are a lucky girl.

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  29. Also...has your mom thought of starting a blog? She could make a really awesome decorating/entertaining/hostessing blog or something. Just a thought! (o:

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  30. GORGEOUS pictures!! Very classy!

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  31. I am speechless. Utterly speechless. What a magical Christmas for you all!

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  32. Your mom's Christmas seems amazing. I hope she gets a lot of enjoyment for all that effort.

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  33. So, so gorgeous! Yes, she most definitely outdid herself! And by the way, if your mother need to find an owner for one of those gorgeous kitchen baskets, I might be able to help her out!

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  34. Your Mom did such an amazing job!! WOW! Everything from all the decorated trees, vintage toys, and goody baskets. She is so thoughtful! You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family!

    I look forward every day of checking your blog and see little Levi grow!

    Hope you have a great New Year!

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  35. Your mom has impeccable taste. I definitely see where you get it from! I think you should do a tour of your mom's home (if you and her would not mind). I hold my breath every time I see pictures of your family's home!
    THANK YOU for sharing!!

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  36. All of these decorations are great! We don't go all-out like that, but we usually put up some nice stuff. :D

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  37. Oh my gosh!!! Your mom is simply amazing. You've got to be kidding me! She did all that? And does that every year???? I can only aspire to be like her.

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  38. Everything is so beautiful! I want to throw a party like that one day, wow!

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  39. I always wondered where your great style came from and NOW I see! Can your Mom please do a guest post? I am really interested in if/how she plans such great parties without spending her entire savings? I would love to shower people with blessings and hospitality, beauty and warmth when they come over but have no idea how to do it without spending my bank on them.

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  40. Love the vintage theme and all the goodies! your mom is too cute!!

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  41. Invite me over next year, will ya?! What a talented and beautifully giving woman your momma is!!! That is exactly the kind of mom I want to be. Thank you for sharing all of this!!!

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  42. Your mom is truly amazing...She should have abblog just about her house and all her crafty goodness. :)

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  43. What an amazing display of Christmas spirit! I'm surprised you ever left home! lol You are so blessed.

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  44. WOW! All the decorations and trees are just absolutely gorgeous! It looks like you have one special mom!

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  45. OMG! Martha Stewart needs to start taking notes from your mom!!! Seriously, she is amazing. The guests may not have been able to enjoy her table, but all of your readers did!

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  46. Can I join your family? I've never seen a more beautiful place!

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