BambiniWare at Home for Christmas
Welcome to Christmas at our home, which we lovingly refer to as "Grant Central." I like to describe our Christmas style as warm and inviting, with a focus on family traditions. As you'll see, our decorations are one big glorious mix of old, new, handmade, borrowed and store-bought--all reflections of who we are, how we live and what we love.
Come on in...
This year, I really wanted make my own wreath, but it just didn't happen. Hubs and I settled instead on this one from Lowe's, which was the perfect look for our door.
I bought these when toddler boss was a year old, around the same time that I took her to see the Nutcracker ballet for the first time. This year, I initially placed them on the buffet in our kitchen (see below), but toddler boss had something completely different in mind. After moving them around in different positions over the course of a week, she finally settled on this configuration.
One day, I turned them (just slightly), and she noticed, so they've stayed this way ever since. After all, she is the boss.
These are the stockings that my mom used to hang in our house when I was younger. It meant so much to me that she gave them to us this year to hang on our own fireplace at Grant Central.
This tree was another gift from my mom after she down-sized. I have no idea how tall it actually is, but what I do know is that I had to borrow my neighbor's 8-ft ladder, and it still wasn't tall enough for me to reach the top.
Fortunately, my mom (in her infinite wisdom) had the foresight to put sliders on the bottom of the tree when we first put it up, so we slid it to the catwalk over our family room, and I reached between the railings to put the star and doves on the top.
The rest of the tree is decorated with beautiful ornaments that we've collected over the years, including a "Season's Greetings" needlepoint craft that I made when I was 9 years old and a "Faith" ornament that a friend gave me the year I decided to put a baby on my vision board. That same friend delivered toddler boss in October of the next year.
I made these Christmas tree cones and hand-painted ornaments for MarthaStewart.com last year, and this year, I decided to display them (I'd actually forgotten that I made so many!) on our kitchen buffet.
I love a gorgeous tablescape, but I don't believe in spending a ton of money to create it. I hunt for bargains and I use lots of coupons! I made our Frozen-inspired centerpiece for less than $100 with some great finds at Pier 1 Imports and AC Moore Arts & Crafts.
With the exception of the silver glass beaded charger plates at the ends, each of the remaining six place settings came to about $25 each, feauturing two sets of napkins and a napkin ring from Pier 1, a dining plate from Home Goods and two charger plates from Target.
I can't wait to serve Christmas dinner (pumpkin + crab bisque, maple-glazed cornish hens, roasted Brussels sprouts, wild rice w/mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and warm apple crisp w/a bourbon cream sauce) at this table!
Thanks so much for stopping by Grant Central, and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Hey Haute Mamas! I'm Riche Holmes Grant, a modern mom + mompreneur who designs smart + stylish products that make your mommy gig easier.
When I'm not busy taking orders from my toddler boss, I'm contributing to MarthaStewart.com or in the kitchen whipping up delicious baby + toddler gourmet creations in my BambiniWare Apronini.
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I live in the Washington, DC area with my husband and daughter. Follow our adventures on Instagram via @BambiniWare!
- Riche Holmes Grant