Winding down

With the start of 2013, holiday festivities here wind down...with our New Year's Day open house that brings together friends, food and fun...

December can be a tough month for celebrating...for some its Christmas, others Winter Solstice, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa...but the Southern Man and I decided that you can't go wrong with New Year's Day since the calendar begins anew for most everyone. 

It is a Southern tradition to eat hoppin' john (black eyed peas and rice) and collard greens for good luck...the Southern Man was in his glory preparing these savory treats...I tended to all the other details.  Keeping in mind my holiday theme of simple and natural, here's a few ideas I used in setting the buffet table...

Two hefty candle holders and three ironstone plates make a lovely tiered dessert display...

The vintage letter holder that organizes my monthly bills found double-duty holding cocktail napkins next to the chex-mix...

The wire framework from a hand food mill holds a bowl of cherry tomatoes with room underneath for the broccoli florets while a wire colander rounds up the baby carrots...

the set of ceramic "thimble" flower pots that I received from my sister as a christmas present corrals the silverware...

Today's been a slow day of cleaning up, taking down the decorations and packing it all up for another year...after removing the lights and the ornaments from my grapevine tree, I put it in the garden to add a little winter interest...now that's double-duty!

The sun is shining brightly here, heightening my mood...and with my office all cleaned up and my work table totally cleared, it seems as if 2013 is filled with all sorts of possibilities...


  1. Happy New Year. What lovely ways to repurpose your pieces for a party!

  2. Gee, Amy, I must have missed my invitation! What yummy delectables and lovely pics to prove it. I really like the images you've chosen for your banner. Assuming IMAGINE is your word for 2013 -- a great pick. ;->

  3. Yes! 2013 is filled with possibilities!

  4. Possibilities indeed! I anxiously await your imaginings. Happy 2013!

  5. Amy,

    I love your approach to easy entertaining and using what you have on hand, your table setting is creative and fun.

  6. Hi Amy,
    You had a perfectly decorated New Year's table!!
    I wanted to let you know I pictured a couple of your wonderful notecards in my post today. I hope you don't mind....I linked them back to your blog.
    Happy New Year!!

  7. Amy, I love your grapevine tree. It looks great in the garden! You have a real talent for decoration. Happy 2013!

  8. Yes, Amy, 2013 is full of possibilities! May you dream big with a big smile across your face. xo Carole


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