Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas in the Kitchen

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I had such a great time with my family and friends!  The last few days have been nothing but eating, laughing, shopping ... repeat ... eating, laughing, shopping ... repeat!  I was more than sad to say goodbye to everyone as they headed back to Virginia. :(

Soooo, to take my mind off of missing my family, I kept busy adding a few last touches of Christmas around the house.  I thought I'd share a little bit of my kitchen, decked out for the holidays.  My goal was to keep it fun, festive and filled with whimsy.  Hope I succeeded!

As you enter through our mudroom, you're greeted by this whimsical tree, filled with cookies, candies, cookie cutters and other fun ornaments (click on pic to enlarge if you'd like):

Mr. and Mrs. Claus have fresh, gingerbread cookies all ready for you:

And, for those of you who remember my love for these cute cards from KariCraft during the Fall, I loved adding a few to this tree, as well:

I found these sweet, festive lollipops at Cracker Barrel ... thought they'd be fun tucked in the tree:

My wonderful elves are perched on top ... they are busy stringing gumdrops, which then cascade around the tree.  They are such wonderful helpers:

I filled my kitchen canisters with calorie-filled yummies, except for the middle one, which I filled with fake snow, ivy and ornaments, topped with an elf:

The other counters have festive touches, as well.  A polka dot bowl of *faux* fresh bread:

A Christmas cookbook tempting you to make something yummy:

This little vignette has a tiered tray of *faux* goodies sitting next to the sweetest picture of my little fella taking his first walk with Santa a few years ago:

Lastly, I topped my kitchen cabinets with garland, snowflakes and red and white ornaments.  Annnnd, I added a "Holly Jolly" note to my chalkboard:

The only thing missing from my kitchen is the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, which I hope Jax will help me with this weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by ... I'm off to see everyone else's touches of Christmas!

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Traci said... Reply To This Comment

Everything looks great!

Sailing Simply said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful! I love it! I can't wait to get started on my kitchen, I just finished the den. Love your elves and Mr. and Mrs.Claus, they are wonderfully whimsical! How can you not be happy with that tree around? It's fantastic!

Liz said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca, you've done it AGAIN!! You're kitchen is so festive and warm that I just want to run right on over and help you bake cookies. I could sit in your kitchen and stare for hours at all your beautiful things. You definitely succeeded in fun, whimsy and keeping it festive, it's SPOT ON!!! Mr. and Mrs. Clause are adorable and I may have to run to Cracker Barrel for some BIG lollipops, great idea. Love the colors you went, love, love it! Thanks a bunch for sharing, I've been awaiting this post! =) XO ~Liz

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

YIPEE! Girl, I was so excited to see a post pop up from you today! I absolutely LOVE just how fun and whimsical you have made this space, really capturing the "magic" of it all. When my mom was here we "stalked" your house together
:-) and drolled over all your gorgeous decorating! I cannot wait to see more of your wonderful creations!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said... Reply To This Comment

Love the tree with the red and white colors. I will definitly have a tree in my kitchen next year! The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at

Sharon said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I smell the cookies baking in Ohio, better check your oven. Your Christmas tree is just to cute. Love the gingerbread man and the suckers in the tree. I will have to enjoy every one's decorating this year. We leave the 21st for Fl. so no decorating in Ohio this year. Many blessing to you and your family.

Blondie's Journal said... Reply To This Comment

How merry and bright your kitchen looks with the gorgeous tree! I love all the little ornaments! The picture of your son with Santa just melts my heart! Nicely done! :-)


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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, that is the cutest tree in your kitchen. I just don't have that much stuff even though my house looks like I do. I wasn't going to do much this year, but once I start getting inspired I just keep on going.

Nancy said... Reply To This Comment

The vote is in. You, Becca, are the author of my favorite blog tonight! There's Lindy, Melissa, and Kristen. The four of you decorate beautifully and still manage to make it a home where people live and not just stand in for magazine shoots :) Tonight, you take the cake and have inspired me to make more of an effort to decorate as I did when our daughters were younger. As empty nesters, and then a horrific accident, I had drastically scaled back. Just not having the energy or wondering if anyone noticed. Well, they noticed but said "mom, it's okay". It's not okay, Becca, I want it to be as it used to be. And starting tomorrow it will be. You have inspired me. Thank you for that. God speaks to us through so many different ways, and he's spoken through your printed words tonight. I already feel 'more like me' and excited about seeing the looks on my family's face. Again, you take the cake tonight!

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said... Reply To This Comment

LOVING your kitchen decorations!!!

Liesl :)

Cheri said... Reply To This Comment

I love your kitchen Christmas decor - especially your tree. I can't imagine it in person!

Cheri said... Reply To This Comment

New follower, btw!

Lori said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! Looks great! I also have a kitchen goody themed tree...but yours puts it to shame! I may to add to it now!!!

Pam said... Reply To This Comment

I LOVE it! I can't wait to see what's next! Your house is beautiful! I too am a new follower.
Pam :)

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

That is so funny that you posted this today because I went back this morning and looked at your pictures from last year to get some inspiration!!! Brilliant minds think alike! Your kitchen is just wonderful. I love all the trees and the whimsy! That is what Christmas is all about!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Your decor and tree are gorgeous!

Take care,

Linda@Coastal Charm said... Reply To This Comment

Such a cute kitchen Christmas the ornaments!


I’m hosting a CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE on 12/9…would love to have you join in on the FUN!!!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... Reply To This Comment

Love EVERYTHING!! You're kitchen Christmas tree is my all time favorite. Did you buy it with that base? The photo of your little one with Santa is pulling at my heartstings.... how do you not just wall paper with that photo? Adorable! You are amazing and thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

ps do not just love Cracker Barrel ornaments? I never thought to use their candy to decorate but that's why you keep inspiring me. thank you.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, this is so cute! I love the candy theme, great job!

Terry said... Reply To This Comment

All sugar plums! So cute! Terry

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

This is great, Becca! I love it! Wow, what a tree ~ I added a little one I got on clearance at Michaels last year to my counter. First time I'm doing a little tree in my kitchen, also with a kitcheny type theme and a Baker Santa. I love the candyland quality to it!

Melanie said... Reply To This Comment

You make me want to decorate for Christmas and that is a huge feat! Since I am not even unpacked yet and want to put up something else:) I guess I should say that I am unpacked but not put up yet.

Pattie T. said... Reply To This Comment

What a delightful kitchen. Your guests must never want to leave. You did a beautiful job here. I'm happy to have found your blog.

Cricket said... Reply To This Comment

Such attention to detail!! It is simply AMAZING!!!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said... Reply To This Comment

HI Becca...

Well my friend, I was just over visiting your fabulous Christmas mantel and wanted to check out what else you were doing in your home for Christmas! Ohhh my goodness...I just stand in awe! Your beautiful home is absolutely gorgeous all dressed up in its Christmas frocks!!! Love, love, LOVE your kitchen tree!!! It just looks sooo pretty on the island! And...Mr. and Mrs. Claus are simply adorable!!! This really has been such a treat, my friend!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

Warmest Christmas wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Creative Ambitions said... Reply To This Comment

Love your kitchen decor... especially Mr. & Mrs. Claus!