Island Living…

 

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Jean Randazzo Photography

Good morning, our wonderful friends! We are counting down the days until the family gathers and we are surrounded by people we love.Until then, it’s time to get cooking!  When it comes to cooking and prepping and organizing, few things are as useful as a beautiful kitchen island.

 

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Williams-Sonoma

 

It’s where we’ll prepare Christmas Eve dinner, our traditional “Company Chicken,” brown rice (the kind with the butter and consumme, not the healthy kind), biscuits, marinated asparagus and yummy rocky road fudge.

It’s where we’ll prep breakfast casseroles to pop in the fridge for cooking Christmas morning.

It’s where we’ll decorate gingerbread houses that are far from masterpieces but full of memories.

It’s where we’ll sit and have a morning cup of coffee when Santa arrives far too early…

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Williams-Sonoma

And where we’ll finish off Christmas Day with a heaping helping of whatever leftovers we can find.

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Shop Terrain

Maybe most fun of all, the island is where we’ll create cookies for Christmas Eve and beyond.

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Simply Suzanne’s

They won’t look at beautiful as these. No doubt about that.

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Simply Suzanne’s

 

But there comes a time when we all have to realize that, sometimes, looking good isn’t the most important thing. To that end I had the pleasure of visiting Your Carolina yesterday to talk about creating a wonderful kids’ table for the holidays. We had the best time! Take a peek!

 


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Setting the Christmas Table

the-beachBeaufort Dining Room – Smith Hardy Photography

 

Good morning, lovely readers! Can you believe how incredibly close we are getting to Christmas? Is it beginning to look like it at your house?

This is our holiday table, all set and ready, with Christmas ornaments at every place. (If you peek into the bookcase, you’ll see our favorite Christmas decoration: A felt nativity from Wisteria that is too sweet for words!)

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Photography: Erica George Dines

 

Do you set your table the same way every year? Is it a bit of a tradition?

 

Or do you come up with something new and different every year?

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Suzanne Rheinstein Design

 

Do you fill your table with delicious treats, buffet-style, so that all your guests can mix and mingle?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you set each place full of good things for guests to enjoy? Do you go all out with the Christmas accessories and decor?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you keep the table simple and beautiful, suitable for any season?

One Kings Lane

 

The perfect flourish in a napkin makes each guest feel special. We love a sprig of something fresh at each plate.

We hope that our favorite holiday tables have given you a bit of inspiration for your own. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!


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