Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

We’ve been partying it up here in North Carolina, and Friday morning was no exception.  My dear friend, Megan, had a Christmas open house at her new house (she moved a few months ago and has been hard at work redoing much of it), and she was kind enough to allow me to bring my camera and show the world her awesome Christmas decor.   Megan is my partner in crime at the Cameron (NC) Antique Fair twice a year, and hopefully she’ll allow me to show you some of her great decorating ideas after the holidays, too, but today I wanted to concentrate on her Christmas decorations.

Here’s her front door wreath–you know it’s going to be good with such an awesome wreath.  OF COURSE she made it herself!


LOVE the firescreen wrapped up as a present–that’s from our Junior League’s Holly Day Fair last year.  The magnolia leaves on the mantel are from my tree.  She came over and cut magnolia and cypress boughs and I went to her house and cut pyracantha berries.  They turn red instead of orange this time of year and are a great stand-in for holly (our holly bushes have been pillaged in the name of decorating for Christmas!).  It’s a great idea to swap greenery with a friend, so you can have a nice variety on your mantel, and everywhere else.

Here’s the dining room, and the table is loaded with awesome food (I could do a post just on her recipe ideas).   Meg and her family have lived all over the US, courtesy of the Army, and did a stint in Germany, too, so she’s got some great pieces in her home.

I just love the use of natural elements–the clove-studded oranges (courtesy of her husband and kids), the cranberries in the hurricanes, the cypress boughs, and of course the berries on the chandelier.


Megan has a great collection of transferware, and the red and white pattern is perfect for the holidays.  I also love the old mason jars filled with greenery–she’s got them scattered throughout the house.


It’s hard not to be jealous of this stained glass window–she’s got a couple–one day I’ll find one I can afford at a flea market!

I was scolded because I took the pictures before the peppermint bark made it onto the table (sorry!!), but it still looks great.  I never get tired of the apothecary jars filled with ornaments, and take a look at the antique goblet filled with peppermint straws.

A collection of vintage European Santas…


…and a tabletop vignette of clove-studded oranges and berries.  It smelled heavenly!

What better time to bring out the heirloom silver and demitasse spoons?

Thanks for opening your home to us, Megan!


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What’s the saying, if you are lucky enough to live in a small town, you are lucky enough? (OK, maybe that’s a liberal interpretation). We really are lucky enough because we live in a small town outside of a very big city, so we get the best of both worlds. But, no time do I appreciate where I live the more then at Christmastime.

The first week of every December, our Town has an annual celebration called “Gumdrop” Square. Folks from the town and surrounding areas bundle up and parade down Main Street  trailing behind Santa’s magnificent horse-drawn carriage accompanied by local children dressed up as Elves. Santa is transported down the spectator lined street to his special seat at Gumdrop Square where children can visit him and his kid-friendly “Secret Shop” throughout the month of December.  That night, Main Street is lined vendors offering wonderful goodies like hot chocolate and baked goods, and local musical groups perform carols along the way. It’s a truly magical night, one that I hope my children remember fondly for the rest of their lives.  This year was all the more magical because it started snowing shortly after Santa’s festive arrival! A rarity in Virginia early in December.

Despite the cold, the crowds and the millions of holiday “to-do’s” on the list, it’s a night that ushers in the Christmas season like no other.  It was truly a night to for all of us to treasure.

Local Children's Choirs Perform

Santa's Elves


Gumdrop Square

The Town was even more beautiful this year as our store owners are participating in a Window Decorating contest, I wanted to share a few of my favorites. It’s so nice to have local retailers who not only carry lovely things, but are also so nice to shop with.

Definitely a contender to win the decorating contest!

A gorgeous and creative window

A stop in the Wine Bar would cap off the night perfectly...(if only)

Yes... I would like one of everything here please...

Hope your holidays are also off to a magical start!

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By Terry

As most of you know, I am an event planner by trade and I have to admit, I really love what I do. I dream about celebrations throughout my day and find inspiration in clothing, furniture, paper, nature, jewelry, blogs and magazines. At times, I am attracted to color and I am instantly inspired to create an entire event around that shade or hue. With the holiday season underway and the New Year on the horizon, I have been searching for the perfect cocktail dress that I can jingle, mingle and ring my way into 2011. This dress has me dreaming of sugar plums, (well, maybe just the color plum) and party ideas are filling my head.

The deep, rich, regal shade of purple is what attracted me to this dress and has since taken me down a path of holiday inspiration. Purple has been a hot color on the runways as well as a top pick for weddings and events this year. I love the idea of mixing different shades of purple with metallic accents. Pairing both gold and silver is a must this holiday season as it adds a level of sophistication and sparkle. I personally think sparkle is a requirement for all holiday soirée’s.

This color combination has been such an inspiration to me that I am designing my holiday cards around it. Thanks to Amy Boyle Designs, I have found the perfect color match through their Envelopment line of paper. My cards are a trendy shade of “ruby” sparkle paired with a sophisticated “graphite” brocade border. I am really excited to share them with my friends and family, as it is an unexpected holiday greeting yet the perfect color twist for the 2010 holiday season.

Centerpiece: (http://www.projectwedding.com)
Cupcakes: (http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com)
Hors d’oeuvre: (http://veganyumyum.com)
Table design: (http://www.homedesigncorner.com)
Dress: Shoshanna, Bejeweled One Shoulder Dress (http://www.neimanmarcus.com)
My Holiday Card Inspiration:(http://www.amyboyledesigns.com)
Wreath: (http://Marthastewart.com)

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By Terry

I had to take a minute and share some photo’s from Bill and Kate’s November 20th nuptials.  Kate was such a classic bride but really wanted a non-traditional color scheme. We had a hard time finding the perfect mix of flowers and colors that would still correspond with the time of year. I reached out to my fabulous florist, Holly Hieder Chapple, and she pulled together a fall color palette unlike anything I have seen.  Hot raspberry pink roses, burnt orange accents and a touch of gold created an amazing theme for Kate’s fall event. The mix of bright fresh flowers and dried gold accents has me falling in love with this event.

I wanted to especially thank Pernell & Karen with Blue Square Photography for providing me (and you) with these beautiful photos. Enjoy!

Vendors who make my world go round:
Photographer: Blue Square Photography, http://www.bluesquarepro.com

Florist: Holly Hieder Chapple, http://www.hollychappleflowers.com

Cake: Cakes by Taylor Made, http://cakesbytaylormade.com

Event Location: Westfields Marriott, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iadwf-westfields-marriott-washington-dulles/

Event Planner: Terry Kaye, http://www.theposhplanner.com

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By Amy

Its Thanksgiving (already!?!). The day before Thanksgiving is for me, my decorating/table setting day (with some cleaning and last minute grocery shopping thrown in). I actually cherish the time when I can dig out my silver and even though its always in desperate need of a polish, I feel proud I actually use it every once in awhile. I have a cabinet of lovely things, like silver from both my grandmother, mother and generous wedding guests, as well as china and crystal that I adore. Its easy when life is so hectic to forget about these things, but this is the holiday I feel I must bring them out. For if not now, when?

I just finished my table and now must run off and start thinking about the actual meal, but here is how it came out this year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope its filled with food, family and friends.

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