|This photo is from Veranda Magazine|
By Linda Calder Smith
The guests have arrived, and as they cross the threshold they are greeted by the soft, sweet sound of holiday music and the beauty of the seasonal decoration. The family evergreen, recently adorned with treasures from holidays past, fills the room with a calming scent that brings back wonderful memories. As guests make their way down the hall to see the holiday table, they are awestruck my what they see.
At each seat are small gifts wrapped in silver and gold which contain a gleaming keepsake ornament, napkins have been folded and adorned with ribbons and bells. The wax dripping from the flickering flame of white candles creates lace patterns as it trickles down the side, and the fresh flowers of the centerpiece add another incredible scent to the room. Visitors feel like children again as they wonder what is inside the little packages. Better yet, they feel the warmth of knowing that you took the time to welcome each and every one of them into your home. Little do they know that you were able to achieve this look with just a few stolen moments, and while you were relaxing. Read More....