Friday, December 30, 2016


Thank you

As we approach the end of 2016 I want to thank all of you who visit The French Hutch, leave comments and visit with me through emails. I am truly grateful for your friendship, encouragement and support. I look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Since we will be going out for dinner I will not be setting a table this New Year’s Eve. I wanted to share this post again, it had a high number of page views. I hope you don’t mind and enjoy one of my favorite party tables.

I’ve set a place for you tonight at my New Year’s Eve table, along with places for loved ones and friends from long ago. So please join us for a toast at the stroke of midnight as we remember days gone by, and look forward to the start of a new year. In the words of Robert Burns, "let’s sing that sweet song:"

For Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

New Years Eve Tablescape

I love to use mercury glass and all that glitters. It shimmers and sparkles with candlelight. Glitter is my new favorite color!

A touch of blue for a pop of color.

A centerpiece using my glass ornament wreath. I filled it with silver baubles and starry string lights.

Coffee anyone?

A silver tray filled with champagne flutes for ringing in the new year.

Welcome be ye that are here,
Welcome all and make good cheer,
Welcome all, another year.
                             ~author unknown 

And here’s to you, old friends and new alike. Saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in 2017!


Thursday, December 8, 2016


It's finally looking a lot like Christmas! I started decorating before Thanksgiving and working on this post early, made a few photos to share with you but only recently pulled it together. I still need to decide on a centerpiece for the dining room. Last year I broke the big antique crystal punch bowl I always used to hold a maidenhair fern. It was used so many times over the years and was my go to piece for easy and elegant. Well, I won't dwell on that, it can be replaced with something different.  
Get a cup of hot chocolate or your favorite cup of tea and I'll show you around, warning, a lot of photos!

The Foyer
Silver and a little tinsel tree

Lodge Clock with it's usual mice and critters

The Living Room

This is a little white flocked tabletop tree. I decorate it with special things I love and gifts from my family and friends

The table is covered with a Patience Brewster Peace and Love tree skirt

And underneath the table a lot of special little critters and dolls

The Study ~ off the living room
Where we have our big tree

My desk, where I keep and display vintage Christmas keepsakes
Cards and a tiny music box

 Our tree holds many treasures from our travels

And very special pieces, here, a little cub scout made by our son when he was a cub scout

The kitchen and family room

The French Hutch

Sarah, we need to go back to Paris, soon!


Jim says I decorate until Christmas Eve. It's true! I will add little vignettes throughout and maybe change a few things. My favorite time of year and I always enjoy old traditions of decorating, I love vintage ornaments hanging on the tree, big colored bulbs on the outside trees and my favorite Christmas carols and music, everything about the holidays. So do tell, what is your favorite holiday tradition?
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