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A Silver and White Christmas Tablescape

Inspiration to set an elegant Christmas tablescape

Today I am sharing an elegant Christmas tablescape and a few tips for setting your holiday table in style. I have shared many Christmas tablescapes with you over the years, but my love for a white and silver tablescape is strong this year! It reminds me of the Colorado snow and how much I miss home! Although we rarely get snow here in Dallas, my table will be set for the occasion. 




When I was a kid, I was in awe of how my mom set a beautiful table for our family to gather around at Christmas time to enjoy all of our favorite foods. Now as I design my own, I want to stick with the tradition of gathering my family together around the dinner table because I think the table should be a reflection of the celebration! 

I like designing my table with both old and new pieces. For this table I started with a beautiful white tablecloth, which makes a good foundation and incorporated a lot of texture on top - runner, napkin rings and plate decor. Each place setting is a combination of a smooth antique silver charger and my go-to classic white dinner plate, while my grandmother's stemware adorn the table setting beautifully. I chose a shimmery silver runner and ran mini berry bushes along it to add color and movement to the table. Keeping the centerpieces low is key when setting a table, this way guests can see and converse with everyone. The mini berry bushes add a pop of color, but it's not overwhelming. 

As you know, I joined a few talented blogger friends to share 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration, so make sure you take a look at all their posts at the bottom of mine!

TIPS:
  • Bring the outdoors in - on every table I design, I always add in greenery or flowers or some type of outdoor element {faux or real}
  • For this table I used a soft silver palette to keep everything grounded
  • Adding pops of color throughout your table keeps the design festive yet polished
  • Think about lighting - will your dinner be lit by daylight, overhead light or candlelit? There is something about flickering candles that adds instant warmth to a table
  • Set your table before your guests arrive - this helps your guests feel welcome and frees you up to mingle with them
I hope these tips have inspired you to set an elegant Christmas tablescape of your own. 

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration: 



Make sure you join me for the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration blog hop along with Brianna of Parties with a Cause; Sarina of Joy in the Commonplace and Jordan of Jordan's Easy Entertaining! 

I hope you have enjoyed our ELEVENTH day of Christmas inspiration, please make sure you come back each day for more!

As a lifestyle blogger, it is my hope BellaGrey Designs continues to be an inspiration for you!





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{Recipe} Caramelized Pears with Cinnamon Ice Cream

I like pears anytime of year, but there is something about this time of year, that I really enjoy a good pear recipe. This one will make you want to curl up on the coach with a good book with the warmth of the fire warming your house. 


I love cooking fruit with cinnamon and brown sugar, it seems to warm me from the inside out! This recipe is definitely one of those recipes for a cold fall or winter day. 

Ingredients: 

Caramelized Pears: 
  • 2 Medium sized Bartlett Pears cut in half with seeds spooned out
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon per pear Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon water
Cinnamon Ice Cream:
  • 1/2 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
Directions: 

Caramelized Pears:
In a large skillet, melt butter on medium high heat, then add pears cut side down. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn pears over and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Turn temperature down to medium and add water to skillet and let the brown sugar melt into the water - making sure to swirl these ingredients so they don't burn. As the brown sugar and water melt together, carefully spoon this liquid over the tops of the pears. Cook for additional 4 minutes. Remove for heat. Place one pear on dessert plate and pour a small amount of brown sugar mixture onto plate. Add cinnamon ice cream. 

Cinnamon Ice Cream:
In a large bowl spoon out the entire contents of the ice cream, add the ground cinnamon and mix together. Place ice cream into freezer for 15 minutes to harden. Once it has hardened, scoop out into bowl next to caramelized pear. 

As you  know, I joined a few talented blogger friends to share 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration, so make sure you take a look at all their posts at the bottom of mine!









Enjoy! 

Be ready to drool over these amazing recipes. They look and sound so good. I can't wait to try them with my family.

Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration: 

Make sure you join me for the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration blog hop along with Brianna of Parties with a Cause; Sarina of Joy in the Commonplace and Jordan of Jordan's Easy Entertaining! 

I hope you have enjoyed our SEVENTH day of Christmas inspo. please make sure you come back each day for more!

As a lifestyle blogger, it is my hope BellaGrey Designs continues to be an inspiration for you!

Happy Eating! 


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Under $30 Gift Ideas for Women

Today is Day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration where we are all sharing gift ideas. Mine is focused on gift ideas for the women in your life - whether that be you, your mom, sister, best friend, daughter, teacher or aunt. I have rounded up some great beauty and fashion finds and provided links for everything. Find the rest of the Inspiration at the bottom of this post.


Amazon gift ideas
  1. The Living Proof Dry Volume Blast is amazing! I take this everywhere I go, perfect size for your purse. 
  2. I love this Living Proof Dry Shampoo - I typically only wash my hair twice a week in the winter and this product not only removes the oil from your hair, but also any odors! 
  3. I recently purchased this Professional Ceramic Curling Iron and I love it! My curls last all day long! 
  4. During the winter months, I like to use this Vitamin E oil with my face moisturizer. 
  5. Eucalyptus Body Scrub is a game changer! I use this once a week in the shower, it not only exfoliates, but cleans, nourishes and moisturizes! It comes in 14 different scents. 
  6. I love these Clear Drink Pouches especially during the summer out by the pool! They are perfect for adult sippy drinks! 
  7. These Camo Leggings - come in 18 prints and colors - are so comfy. These are high waisted so they control your tummy area while flattering your figure.
  8. This Off the Shoulder Sweater - comes in 6 color choices - and is perfect for date night or a day of shopping with your bestie! 
  9. Who doesn't need a Long Camel Colored Sweater this time of year?  comes in 6 color choices
  10. Being from Colorado, I love Chunky Turtleneck Sweater that aren't restrictive. This is one of those sweaters! Comes in 5 color choices
  11. Leopard is all the rage right now and this Leopard Sweatshirt  does not disappoint! It is lightweight and not bulky like some sweatshirts are. Comes in 4 color choices.
  12. The length of this Long Tunic Top - comes in 9 color choices - is not only perfect for leggings, but can be tucked into jeans or a skirt. Has great reviews.
See more gift ideas on Amazon for women here

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration: 

Make sure you join me for the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration blog hop along with Brianna of Parties with a Cause; Sarina of Joy in the Commonplace and Jordan of Jordan's Easy Entertaining! 

I hope you have enjoyed our SIXTH day of Christmas inspo. please make sure you come back each day for more!

As a lifestyle blogger, it is my hope BellaGrey Designs continues to be an inspiration for you!

Create Happily!


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Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar

Hello friends! I am super excited to share our Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar with you today!

A few years ago, I styled a Hot Cocoa Bar in our house and it instantly became a hit, not only with our family but with friends who would visit too!


So, when I was planning our Hot Cocoa bar this year, I knew I wanted to kick it up a notch and style the one I have had dreams about. You dream about hot cocoa bars too right?! Ha


In the past, I have set up some great hot cocoa bars {you can see them here, here, here and here} but this one, I think is my favorite! You know when you have an idea in your head and you style it, but it's still missing something? I tried to style this a few years back when copper became all the rage, but I was still missing something. So I tried again this year, at the beginning of the season to see if it would all come together and guess what? It did!!! I could not be happier. I even did a little dance! 

Don't forget to join me and a few talented blogger friends as we share 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration, so please make sure you take a look at all their posts at the bottom of mine!


I really love how it turned out! I love how the copper and black stripe accents mixed with the fur, wood and evergreen details!

Doesn't this hot cocoa just call your name? Even though I made it from a simple cocoa mix, I added some serious flavor that can't be beat with dark cocoa powder and cinnamon, which you will find inside of the mini white reindeer! 






A simple store bought naked cake, placed on this beautiful cake stand, topped with a fancy reindeer, greenery and berries kept with the theme. 



I love the simplicity and elegance of our new hot cocoa bar. I hope you love how it turned out too and I inspired you to style one of your own!


Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration: 




Make sure you join me for the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration blog hop along with Brianna of Parties with a Cause; Sarina of Joy in the Commonplace and Jordan of Jordan's Easy Entertaining! 

I hope you have enjoyed our FIFTH day of Christmas inspo. please make sure you come back each day for more!

As a lifestyle blogger, it is my hope BellaGrey Designs continues to be an inspiration for you!

Happy decorating! 

Cheers! 

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All the details of my Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar

Creative Stylist || Jennifer Kirlin ~ BellaGrey Designs
Reindeer salt and pepper shakers {I used as cinnamon shakers}

{Recipe} Cream Cheese Pesto Crostini Appetizer

Cream Cheese Pesto Crostini Appetizer's are great for a party of any size. They are easy to whip up and taste great. I recently made these for a girls night in I hosted and they were gone in minutes! 

5 ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare -  Crostini bread slices are topped with whipped cream cheese, fresh basil leaves, pesto and grape tomatoes. They make a great finger food and are easy to eat. 

Don't forget, I joined a few other talented blogger friends to share 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration, so make sure you take a look at all their posts at the bottom of mine!


Ingredients: 
  • 8oz Cream Cheese - you can also purchase whipped cream cheese if you prefer
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil leaves
  • Pesto {you can make this fresh or purchase it} I purchased the rustic basil flavor
  • Toasted Crostini bread {or fresh Italian bread}

Directions: 

Whip cream cheese until smooth {I added a tablespoon of lemon juice} and spread on top of crostini. Cut or tear basil leaves into pieces and scatter on top of cream cheese mixture. Next spoon Pesto - you can as much as you'd like and add as next topping. Place sliced grape tomatoes as the top ingredient and you are done! It is that simple! 







This appetizer is full of bold flavor and is visually appealing to the senses. It will not disappoint your guests, in fact, they will be asking for more! I love the bright colors of reds, greens and whites they make your taste buds dance, which is perfect for any holiday or party! 

Day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration: 



Make sure you join me for the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration blog hop along with Brianna of Parties with a Cause; Sarina of Joy in the Commonplace and Jordan of Jordan's Easy Entertaining! 

I hope you have enjoyed our FOURTH day of Christmas inspo. please make sure you come back each day for more!

As a lifestyle blogger, it is my hope BellaGrey Designs continues to be an inspiration for you!

Happy decorating! 


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