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Carrying On Holiday Traditions with Vietri

Choosing the perfect holiday pattern to grow year over year
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Growing up during the holidays, one of the things I remember most is my mother setting the table on Christmas Eve. Dressed up in her Christmas best, she would carefully remove each piece of Christmas China from the cabinet placing it all around the table in preparation for the big day.

Every plate was rimmed in gold with a hand painted Christmas tree and holiday snow scene at the center.  And I would watch her with anticipation, knowing that tomorrow, we’d all gather around the table and for one day eat off the fanciest plates I had ever seen.  Yes I had an obsession with table settings even back then.

Year after year we’d gift my mother new pieces to add to her collection, a collection that still graces her China cabinet today. As I grew older, and adopted my own holiday traditions I knew this was one I wanted to keep.  But choosing a collection; which pattern, which brand…seemed daunting.  How do you choose?

I had actually been putting off choosing a pattern for years now.  That was until the Vietri Lastra Holiday collection, and like a fine wine or a great piece of art it just spoke to me.  When I saw those hand painted trees I honestly gasped out loud…honestly.  And I just knew this was the collection I had been waiting for. The Lastra Holiday collection was the perfect mix of lighthearted whimsy and pomp and circumstance.

Complimenting the Lastra, or any bar cart, the Drop Glassware Collection is mouthblown in Veneo, Italy.  I first spied the Drop Glassware Collection during The Southern C Summit this past summer and added them to my cocktail cabinet right then and there.  The collection is both playful and classic, plus look how beautifully it shows off my favorite holiday sangria recipe.

Lastra Salad Plate

When starting a collection salad plates and baking pieces are a great way to go.  You can easily layer salad plates on top of your everyday tableware and still get the look you’re going for. Then each year you can slowly add in the additional pieces to complete your collection.  How gorgeous would these Lastra Salad Plates look on a red dinner plate!

Lastra Salad Plate | Lastra Square Platter | Lastra Baker

So this year, for the very first time, I’ll begin my own Christmas Eve tradition and my Lastra will be the star of the show.  Tell me friends do you have a holiday table tradition?  Truly, MKR

P.S. My friends at Vietri want to help you start your own collection this year, so use code WOM50 and take $50 off any $200 purchase.  Happy collecting!

Photography, Kathryn McCrary | This post is in partnership with Vietri.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Apple, Citrus & Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri

An easy way to fill your home with the smells of the season
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Stovetop Potpourri, Waiting On Martha

If you’re a Pinterest addict like me then I’m sure you’ve seen the dozens of pins boasting large pots of seasonal goodness that is stovetop potpourri.

I hadn’t thought of making any DIY potpourri myself because I’m an avid candle lighter and essential oil diffuser.  But recently when faced with an over abundance of fruits that would likely spoil if not used I decided to give it a whirl.  And I’ve got to say, I was impressed.

Easier than easy, stovetop potpourri is basically a giant diffuser filling your home full of whatever citrus, herbs, spices and possibly even vegetable smells you choose to use.  Based on what was in my refrigerator and pantry, I decided to go with a harvest-esq potpourri vibe combining crisp granny-smith apples, grapefruit, lemon, orange, cinnamon sticks, and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary from my garden.  

After the potpourri began whirling I noticed it wasn’t quite hitting all the fall fragrance notes I had hoped so I grabbed my favorite essential oils to lend a hand.  By adding just a few drops of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, orange, and rosemary we were now officially in business.  I mean, the smell…I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful, and festive, stovetop potpourri is!  I’ll definitely be making this before entertaining guests this season.

I’ve included the recipe below, but feel free to mix up the ingredients and play around with the recipe.  I do highly suggest adding in some essential oils though if you have them.  Not only do the essential oils really amp up the smell, they also allow you not to have to add as much of each ingredient which in turn saves money. Cinnamon sticks aren’t cheap people!  Enjoy! Truly, MKR

P.S. If you don’t have any essential oils my question is why not? Read about why I love them HERE and check out the other ways I’ve used them HERE, HERE and HERE.
 


 

Easy Apple, Citrus & Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri
An easy, DIY Stovetop Potpourri perfect for bringing in the warmth of the season.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Granny Smith Apples, sliced
  2. 2 Lemons, sliced
  3. 2 Oranges, sliced
  4. 2 Grapefruits, sliced
  5. 2-3 sprigs of Rosemary
  6. 3-6 Cinnamon Sticks
  7. 3 drops Clove Essential Oil
  8. 3 drops Orange Essential Oil
  9. 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  10. 3 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  11. 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large pot add fresh fruits, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary. Fill the pot with water till it's 3/4th full.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low/simmer. Add essential oils. Allow to continue to simmer to fill your home with an amazing smell.
Notes
  1. **Do not leave the stovetop potpourri unattended.
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A Colorful & Approachable Easter Tablescape

A Cheery Holiday Table & Spread with Plenty of Signs of Spring
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When I think spring, my mind automatically goes to Easter, one of my absolute favorite holidays to celebrate.  I love setting the table for an Easter dinner with family and friends, and find myself looking for ways to always incorporate those sweet pastel tones, floral anything-and-everything, and all around spring feels onto the table. 

Like any styled table, this year’s Easter tablescape leans on my secret trick of layering, layering, and more layering.  I don’t believe that you have to have a different place setting for each and every holiday or turn of the season.  I mean who has the space?! What I love doing is leaning on my everyday place settings and switching out the salad, appetizer, or soup bowls to match whatever we’re celebrating.  That’s where the fun pattern play always comes in; varieties in colors and designs of your dinnerware can create just the bright, joyous effect you’re hoping to achieve this time of year.  

For example, I started with my traditional, everyday blue and white Sophia dinnerware and serving pieces from Pottery Barn and mixed in these playful  holiday Bunny Bowls, and classic check napkins that can be used all year long.  Along with the place settings I added in plenty of Easter details like bunnies and baskets full of festive candies, and Majolica bird salt and pepper shakers and serving set.  

You’ll also spot some usual suspects on the table: gold flatware, festive drinking goblets, statement Sophia serving pieces and fresh blooms in the form of pink parrot tulips and green hydrangea.  I had fun incorporating the small Easter details too; I added egg cups and small baskets with speckled chocolate eggs to each place setting, and of course candies from Williams Sonoma around the table.  The end result, a home run look that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

And because it’s not quite Easter without sweet treats, I ordered these gorgeous, drool-worthy cakes from Sugaree’s Bakery.  Thanks to The Southern C Summit, I recently discovered this small batch bakery that’s based out of Albany, Mississippi, and I immediately fell for the classic, not fussy flavors (I will love strawberry cake forever and ever).  

While I know what you’re probably thinking; there’s no way these cakes could be shipped to me in Atlanta in one piece!  I mean who even takes the risk to get strawberry cake delivered?!  But alas, each cake arrived perfectly which even I’ll admit was a bit shocking.  Sugaree’s knows what they’re doing because while the cakes did arrive frozen, they don’t freeze them long; the flavors are fresh and vibrant and OH SO GOOD.  Not to gush or anything, but the cakes were so light, fluffy and moist that I couldn’t believe they came all the way from Mississippi.  While I was lucky enough to sample all of the flavors, I would have to say the coconut, strawberry and caramel were my favorite…all of them were so large, well priced, and absolutely divine.  So to answer the previous question, I say heck yes to  getting a caramel and strawberry cake delivered!

Along with the cakes, for the food I decided to try my hand at garlic garlic and herb rubbed lamb chops, fresh asparagus, baby potatoes, and my mother’s favorite spinach salad with mandarin oranges and warm bacon vinaigrette.  I’ll be sharing all the recipes tomorrow, but it was the perfect meal and table to welcome spring and celebrate Easter. Truly, MKR

P.S. Check out everything we’re eyeing for this joyous time of year in our Easter Shop!

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Pottery Barn, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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