But I did decorate the tree, after assembling it out on the front porch and carrying it inside. I went slowly, with the hand-vac close at hand, glitter contained. The only other decorating I did was bottle brush trees, ornaments and candles scattered amongst the china displayed in the pie safe which is something new, and therefore more interesting from a creative standpoint.
Then I duplicated my favorite arrangement from last year which took all of three minutes, the amount of time it took to place batteries in the candles.
One thing I'm totally drawing a blank on is the table centerpiece. That is usually my most creative idea of the year. Sometimes I do the same one two years in a row, but never more than that. I usually find something online for inspiration.
For several years I used the centerpiece form I got from the Colonial Williamsburg catalog. This is a neat cut iron form which holds a hurricane lamp glass or a pineapple in the center, and has rings to hold pears or apples, or just ornaments after your pears get over ripe. You place a foam or oasis disc underneath to hold your greenery and I always made the effort to find fresh greens.
Sometimes a new collectible purchase inspires my centerpiece, This oval enamelware roaster base is a great beginning and I replicated this arrangement at least once. Again with fresh greens.
Sometimes I find an inspirational photo online and have to go looking for the components. This sometimes leads to whole new collections. My Campfire Marshmallow arrangement brought a lot of fun and the following year I amended it to add the mini-marshmallow tin.
In the kitchen, my cheery red colander is my favorite starting point
|Double Decker Marshmallows 2016|
Last year's simple wooden bowl base is my favorite I think. I may duplicate this. I also bought a lantern for my autumn decorations this year so maybe I'll use that instead.
Or maybe this year I'll just go buy a poinsettia....