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Christmas Coffee Bar

A year ago, I was just dreaming of and making plans for a coffee bar in our little kitchen. Now, this favorite corner of mine is getting a festive touch. So many of our Christmas traditions include a hot cup coffee or cocoa in hand — whether it is decorating the tree or driving around town to see the lights. 

Christmas Coffee Bar -- with vintage flair

Our coffee bar is fully stocked for the season — coffee, tea and cocoa, flavored syrups, candy canes. Anything you need to make a cup of cheer! 

Christmas Coffee Bar

I add a red snowflake platter to corral a few necessary items. The Christmas themed sugar and creamer set were a thrifting find. The sugar bowl is full of raw sugar, while the creamer holds onto tiny ceramic stirring spoons and the milk frother. I would love to find some Christmas-y milk glass mugs to hang from those hooks next year. 

Christmas Coffee Bar

 

Christmas Coffee Bar

I had so much fun adding some vintage elements to the shelf above the coffee cabinet !

Christmas Coffee Bar

The plant in the coffee can {my favorite coffee!} was already sitting on the shelf, but I paired him with a cutie deer plate {Target a couple of years ago} and a vintage Santa mug. I spotted that winky face at a Goodwill last year. He was so cute, and for 50 cents…I just could not pass him up. I was shocked when I saw some similar mugs at antique store last week for $10 and up! I officially call that a thrifting score! 

Christmas Coffee Bar

My vintage thermos collection transitions from fall to winter seamlessly. They moseyed on over to the kitchen from my fall mantel and a couple found their way to the coffee bar shelf. A fitting place, I think. :) 

Christmas Coffee Bar

I, of course, included one of my faux-globes from Christmases past. I can’t resist tiny deer and bottle brush trees! 

Christmas Coffee Bar -- with vintage flair

Our whole house has a very vintage Christmas feel to it, but our kitchen feels very 1960’s lake house. The kind of Christmas decor Betty Draper would approve of. I’ll show you more of the kitchen when I do a whole house tour next week! 

Christmas Coffee Bar

Now, the burning question. What is your favorite hot beverage to sip on at Christmas time? 

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Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

Merry Christmas, y’all! Can you believe that we’re already to this point in the year? 2014 has been nothing but a blur! It feels like we just did the whole Christmas thing, yet here we are again…December 1st. Craziness!

I’m super excited to be kicking off the Christmas Traditions Blog Tour today. We have such a great line up of amazing bloggers….and I can’t wait to get an inside look at their family traditions!  If you’re looking for new traditions to start with your family, or are just interested in how other celebrate….this tour is for you! I’ll be posting a round up each day of the tour, and I’ll also be updating this page so you won’t miss a post.

Christmas Traditions Blog Tour 1

Most of our Christmas traditions involve our tree. Decorating the tree is an event in itself. We pour our favorite hot drinks {for us, that’s coffee, of course!} into our Christmas mugs and turn on our favorite Christmas tunes before we begin trimming the tree. 

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

We usually like to start a fire, but temps were in the upper 70’s, so we went with the more practical “Yule Log” on TV this year. It’s not quite as cozy, but it did the job. :)

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual PhotoOur tree decorations are simple. There is no theme or color coordination. I threw up the music sheet garland and paper cones I made last year, but the rest is just filled in with our personal ornaments. 

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual PhotoOne of my favorite parts of the season is unwrapping our ornaments each year. They all hold so many special memories and each has a story. We buy ornaments to commemorate big life events {like our wedding and first Christmas together} and all of the trips and vacations that we take together. My two best friends and I also swap ornaments instead of gifts every year. 

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

Once we get all of the ornaments onto the tree, we finish sipping our coffee, enjoy the glow of the tree and admire our work. It is a visual reminder of God’s goodness in our lives. Life hasn’t been perfect, and we’ve certainly had our trials….but each of these ornaments is a monument to something amazing that we’ve been blessed with. It just makes this season all that much sweeter when we are reminded of that and can respond with gratefulness. 

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

Another favorite tradition is our annual Christmas photo. We usually snap a photo by the tree. When I was in college, our College pastor and his wife would invite everyone over to their house for a huge Christmas party before we left for the semester. Their home was decorated beautifully, but the thing that stuck out to me the most was their yearly family Christmas photos. It wasn’t anything fancy. Just photos taken with a point and shoot camera and stuck into an acrylic frame with the year written on it. It was so cool to see how their family had grown and changed over the years. I knew then that this was a tradition I wanted to do with my own family.

Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

We frame our photo every year and display them all together at Christmas. I can’t wait for next year when we can take a photo with our new little one! It’s so exciting! :)

Next up on the tour is Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog….and I’ll be posting the rest of today’s line up a little later. 

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? 

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Christmas Traditions : Trimming the Tree and Annual Photo

 

Neutral Fall Table

The official first day of Autumn is next Tuesday! We got a little sneak peek of the weather to come this past weekend. I am so looking forward to it! The fall seems to always be a busy season for us; especially this year. The programs and groups we are a part of relaunch in the fall, there are a lot of birthdays, holidays to plan for…there is just a lot going on! I think it is so important to be intentional about slowing down and carving out time for quiet or to be with people you love. 

I can think of no better way of doing that than to gather around the table and “break bread” with your loved ones. A little warm comfort food and a pretty fall table never hurt anyone, right? ;)

Neutral Fall Table

This year’s fall table is a modern take on the lodge look, with warm neutrals, textures, patterns and layers. It has a cozy feel that can only be made better by a bowl of butternut squash soup. Yes please!

The first layer is my drop cloth table runner that I made for last year’s fall table. I’ve kept it on ever since. It’s a perfect neutral background for any centerpiece with just a hint of texture. My antler candelabra steals the show and sets the stage for a “modern lodge” look. You can find the tutorial for these here {Spoiler alert! They’re crazy easy to make!}. 

Neutral Fall Table

Vintage cloth napkins with a crocheted edge and brown transferware plates sit on top of our every day dishes. I love the contrast of the vintage elements against the more modern bronze-edged plates. 

Neutral Fall Table

On top of each place setting sits a couple of sprigs of rosemary, clipped from the garden and tied together with baker’s twine. It adds a natural element, more texture, and it smells great! :)

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

It’s simple, but warm and inviting. What will be on your table this fall?

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