Sunday, December 31, 2017


Thank you dear friends

As we approach the end of 2017 I want to thank all of you who visit The French Hutch, those who leave comments and those who visit with me through emails and telephone calls. I am truly grateful for your friendship, encouragement and support. I was so blessed this year of 2017 to get to meet more of my blogging friends. I look forward to seeing you in 2018!

December has been a busy month for us. Since it is so cold this New Years Eve we plan to welcome the new year by staying in for a cozy dinner. I've set a table for two in front of our Christmas tree. On the menu, eggplant parmigiana and green salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette. And, of course a glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight!

The Tablescape

One of my favorite places to shop for Christmas decorations is Pottery Barn kids. I found this exquisite peacock made from real peacock feathers half price after Christmas. Funny how collections begin, I have bought peacocks made with feathers for the last three or four years and just realized I have a collection! I plan to use this peacock under the white tabletop tree. After using it here for a tablescape I will place it under the tree since it's still up. We leave our Christmas decorations up until the day after New Year's Day.

China and stems are from Anthropologie
Napkin rings from Pottery Barn
Gold and silver runner from a local garden and gift shop
Flatware Louisiana by Oneida

After sunset

These next photos and paragraph are from one of my favorite New Year's Eve tablescapes and post.

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.

I always have 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 2018!



  1. Happy New Year Emily! Your peacock table is simply over the top Elegant with a capital E! Collecting peacocks is so unique and they are so beautiful! When I lived in Southern California we had them strutting around everywhere, one of Mother Nature's best creations! I think staying in for a cozy dinner for 2 is the best way to celebrate New Year's Eve, especially this year, BRRRR! I loved seeing photos from the archives, so many beautiful vignettes, I especially love all the silvery trees. I am looking forward to seeing you often in 2018, and maybe someday we can get the Tote gals to visit the South!

  2. Happy New Year to you and Jim! Your two tables are just so beautiful. I love your peacocks...isn't it funny how collections begin? Your stemware is so pretty - is it vintage? And your tree looks so pretty, too. Hoping 2018 brings us together again!

  3. Un billet magnifique !
    je te souhaite à mon tour une très belle année 2018; remplie de jolies surprises, de doux rêves et de beaux projets.

  4. Wow Emily, your table is gorgeous! That peacock is so it. Your dishware and glasses are so elegant. What an inviting table for two. A perfect way to bring in the New Year. I wish I could see it in person. Your decorating style is so beautiful. Happy New Years to you and Jim. Cheers. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table at Dishing It & Digging It.

  5. What an elegant table you've set, Emily! The peacocks are so beautiful, and to think that you found that at Pottery Barn Kids! Your silver table is so enchanting, too! I'd love to be a guest. Thank you for the music that you've shared in the background...beautiful! Happy 2018 Blessings to you! xo

  6. Oh Emily, every detail is exquisite! I love your gorgeous four-star, perfect tree, the beautiful peacock, the wonderful flutes and your elegant tablesetting. I can't think of a lovelier spot to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another! Happy New Year, my friend!

  7. Quite beautiful! I find PB Kids a fun place to shop for ME! Happy New Year!

  8. Emily, a gorgeous new peacock and table to go with it! I love how one thing can inspire such creativity. Your evening looked to be wonderful. Happy New Year!

    I have spent the entire day (3rd day) breaking down and organizing Christmas. It's all well and good until you end up with a stack of things not put away...the result of accumulating more stuff, lol. They say how you startthe new year is how you'll spend the bulk of your my case, I suppose I'll be reorganizing and squeezing things in all year. 😉

  9. Stunning and elegant, and I declare . . . the napkin rings remind me of the broach I wore on my wedding dress! Woo-hoo! Happy New year to you, and I hope to get to visit with you sometime in 2018!

  10. Happy New Year to you and Jim! I’ve never shopped at Pottery Barn Kids for Christmas decorations but will check it out next Christmas. Your table and tree looks so pretty! It would be a pleasure to be seated at your table on New Year's Eve :-) Meeting you and Jim was a highlight of 2017! Hoping we can get together again in 2018. Loved the beautiful music you have shared with us.

  11. It's fun seeing your new Year's Eve tablescapes, but I think I like this year's best! I love the birds!!! So festive. Are y'all going to Atlanta for the National Championship Game next week? We're debating, but I just hate that it's so late at night.

    Roll Tide Roll, and Happy New Year!

    Ricki Jill

  12. Your table is breathtakingly beautiful Emily! You've outdone yourself, and I hope your evening was everything you hoped for.

    Many blessings to you and yours for the new year ❤️

  13. Your wild white peacock table is over the top wild and gorgeous, love it

  14. This is just a stunning post. Your white peacock table is so gorgeous. Love the chargers too and the table runner. I never would have though to collect peacocks but yours sure are fun. I can see why the second part of your post is one of your favorite New Year's Eve posts. Gosh your pics are great and love each one. So much detail and so much glitz and glamour. I never tire of it. Happy New Year.

  15. You do set a glamorous table, Emily, and those peacocks certainly help welcome the new year in style. Well done you.

  16. Beautiful pictures. Happy New Year.

  17. Oh that white peacock is to swoon over! She really sets the mood! I don't think I would put her away for the whole month! Why not leave a few remnants around!
    I have some jewel colored ones, but she is the queen of all peacocks. When my oldest daughter did her bridals - we went to La Caille and took photos (the restaurant I just posted) and they have live peacocks roaming the grounds. There was a colorful one and a white one and they both came right up to her and ended up in photos. They both dropped a feather for her! It was so cool, so I have an affinity to your gorgeous white one.

  18. What a beautiful post. I love all the mercury glass and I am in LOVE with your beautiful napkin rings. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  19. I hope this new year will be as nice as your tablescapes are pretty.




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