I simply love traditions. It's not a tradition to frost your own birthday cake but that's exactly what the *Farmer's Daughter* did. Look at how fast her hand was moving.
A birthday celebration shortly before Thanksgiving is a good excuse to have a practice run creating a tablescape.
That's the Other Mother's dining room furniture. It's not my taste but it's precious to her. The dinnerware is a brown English Royal Staffordshire called "Stratford Stage". The entire set of service for eight was under $20 at my local Goodwill Store. I was surprised that my family all commented on these dishes. Perhaps they were just astonished to have something other than my plain old white. These just seemed so perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.
I also took the opportunity to begin placing decorations for Christmas. In this case I've draped the dining room chandelier with a pewter colored fabric. Clear crystals of different shapes will be suspended from the arms.
As the holiday approach I'll pass along some of my decorating ideas. Baking Christmas cookies is a big tradition, and so is entering the local Gingerbread House Contest. Here's our 3rd prize winning entry from last year:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Gingerbread Haunted Mansion
A close up:
Would you like to see a gingerbread house tutorial in the near future?
I'd love to hear about your holiday traditions. Anything unusual?