Just a few days before Thanksgiving, we hosted a friends dinner. It was freezing but it was so much fun! It all started when I decided to take a random Tuesday off in early November. I spent the day watching one of my favorite movies, The Holiday and spend the day refueling my creative tank. In this one specific scene they were eating Christmas fettuccini and I thought, “we should totally do that” and then I looked at the calendar. Out of town every weekend from Thanksgiving to New Years. Major Bummer.
Just looking at all of the commitments piling up could have totally derailed the entire plan but I thought, “no way, not this year, we’re doing this even if it’s on a school night.” We settled on the Monday before Thanksgiving and having it on a school night made it that much more memorable.
I had decorated the house and the front porch already in preparation for the Christmas Tour of Homes 2015 thanks to a little help from my mom so decorating the back patio in a White Christmas theme didn’t seem too far a stretch. Besides, Christmas fettuccini is already white so everything pretty much fell into place.
I started out layering the table with things I already had on hand at home like a white dust ruffle and cream colored lace curtains.
Then I added chargers I painted grey and a mix of white and snow covered tree china.
These little sleighs were unpainted when I bought them so I decided to paint them with silver metallic craft paint. I made these snowballs from cotton balls.
I knew in advance we were going to be eating outside by the fire so I chose to keep it really simple and have lots of candles burning too.
I love the way this Texas Sage adds a little bit of interest with the palest color of green.
Of course, we have to have little bubbly.
This worktable turned outdoor buffet has made such a difference in our outdoor entertaining. Even though it’s not typical to serve fettuccine in soup tureens, I like to keep all of the food covered when I’m eating outside.
Those wood beads, I can’t even.
My sister gave me her white tree last year and I was just as excited to use it on the back patio this year. I “planted” it in this basket I picked up at a thrift store over the summer. All of the decorations are from last year’s tree too. Totally low key.
This area is really close to the fire pit so I wanted to make sure the s’mores and hot chocolate bar would be handy since it was so cold.
We love to keep it cozy in this house, which means we always have blankets. Always.
I think the best part of the whole night was just being able to relax and laugh the time away.
We all could use a little more of that this season, am I right?
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a Christmas inspired booth update!