Winter Holiday Table Setting: Playful & Peppermint!

 Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity blog festival celebration seasons nature blog winter solstice yule angels wooden pyramids Steiff teddy bears natural candy canes table setting Spode Woodland Grove formal fantastic tablescape table decor table centerpiece ideas December Christmas burgundy French quilting burgundy Boutis placemats silver Shaker lace tablecloth Piccadilly and The Fairy Polka

With so many religions and cultures celebrating meaningful moments at this very special time of year, December Solstice is a magical time for a family festivity! [Continue reading…]

Yuletide Dining Table Décor: Gingerbread & Angels!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December yule handcrafted homemade Yuletide Dining Table Décor napkins placemats table linens favors tablecloth dishware glassware centerpiece chair covers chair sashes personalized wine charms place cards hurdy gurdies

This stylish table setting is based on the traditional seasonal color palette of red and green. Though this year I got the urge to shake it up a bit… I decided to add multi-colored mini gingerbread houses to each place setting, and also, and perhaps more daringly, a bit of black in the napkins, the party crackers, and the chair sashes. This black added a new and interesting degree of elegance as a counterpoint to the playfulness of the gingerbread. At the center of the creation however, and never to be overshadowed, a lovely, lit, fresh arrangement of red roses, peppermint-toned, fringed tulips, kale, crabapples, greens, and cones stole the show! See all the details below! Enjoy! [Continue reading…]

Plaid Yuletide Tablescape Featuring Nutcracker Charm!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog winter december winter solstice yule christmas tablescape decor decorations table nutcracker nutcrackers beeswax candles plaid tartan silver knife rests gingerbread trees Clara Marie Drosselmeyer tablescape table setting Boston Ballet Christmas Yule

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.” ~Minna Thomas Antrim Winter Holidays are such warm and merry affairs! Seasonally, most celebrations fall on or near the winter […]

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Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn october samhain halloween family bonding harvest reflection introspection raven ravens journal journals personalized favors placards tablescape table setting

A tablescape reflective of the late harvest season almost feels as though it requires the care, thoughtfulness, and diligence commensurate with the awe inspiring power of this season of deepest reflection. Accordingly, I have put great care into developing a variation on last year’s theme, and I am most pleased to share it with you […]

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Reflective Late Autumn Celebration: Featuring Deco-Inspired Table Décor

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Samhain Halloween Day of the Dead art deco 1920s Knorr beeswax candles table setting Mikasa lead crystal calendar favors ravens Carl Sorensen Antique Covered Bronze Bowl Vertigris Finish fairy formal fantastic tablescape table decor table centerpiece art sculpture ideas October November fall autumn reflection black lace tumblers black gold Fitz & Floyd Phoenix d'Or Mintons gilded china gilt Victorian Trading hurdy gurdies menus Gaelsong vintage Sunrise in Gold Franklin Mint Moonlight in Platinum

Autumn is nature’s gift for aligning with the energies of contemplation, for even as the season’s are indeed cyclical and therefore without a true beginning or end, they also exhibit undeniable patterns uniquely their own, and some of these patterns are of termination. Autumn leaves blaze forth in glorious reds, oranges, golds, and yellows, but […]

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It’s apple season! A brief photo essay ❦

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“I brought home the traces: the breeze on my cheeks, the sun on my skin. But the longing lingers. I am home now, yet my heart snuck a few extra moments in the orchard.” ~Lisa Novelline Harvest Magic! It’s all around!! In my neck of the woods that means apple season! What a wonderful day my […]

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Harvest Dining Table Décor

Table setting for autumn equinox Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog Mabon Autumn Equinox Harvest Season Season of the Witch September Thanksgiving tablecloth red apples cornucopia autumn lollipops maple sugar candy

Autumn Equinox! It’s Harvest time! This is the true seasonally-sensitive time to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the season (by late November the harvest is well over). On a personal level, it is a magical time to celebrate your own accomplishments large and small. A wonderful symbol of this time of year […]

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Harvest Tablescape Featuring the Apple in Luxurious Grandeur!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn september mabon autumn equinox tablescape table decor apple apples luxurious elegant formal lace dinner wine pairings crystal

 Though we enjoy our gardens all summer long and perhaps, in some cases, all the way into October, September is the ideal time to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, for it is the month most bursting with the fruits of the vines. The following tablescape is inspired by the magic of the harvest, […]

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August Rustic Berry Brunch!!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage roses blog festival celebration seasons nature blog summer august lammas lughnasadh tablescape table decor berry berries cottage charming rustic burlap brunch

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” –  Henry David Thoreau In August, the sun is sizzling and the berries are bursting! If your looking to celebrate […]

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August Family Fair Sample Menu

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration summer seasons nature blog berries menu wine pairings salmon chocolate blackberry blueberry vignoles pairing chardonnay potatoes colcannon oatmean bannocks three sisters soup native american raspberry muffins lemon curd honey vanilla cream gluten free august fair Lammas Lughnasadh

Creating seasonally-inspired menus during harvest time is perhaps one of the greatest joys of meal planning! In August plentiful fresh vegetables, grains, and berries make this delicious task almost too good to be true! As always, I cook with gluten-sensitivity in mind though I still have yet to hear my guests complain ;-)  As with the […]

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