Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Holiday Kitchen 2012

Hey!  Welcome back!  As I promised it's Christmas time in the kitchen today.  

Last year was the first year I went with a large tree in the kitchen.  I have to say I just love it!  The Candyland theme is back too.  Hey, when it works why change it right?  I am hoping to add a few more items from work to the tree this year because we actually had a whole Candyland theme in our Christmas merchandise this year.  I've got my eye on several ornaments but am waiting on just the right sale.  Waiting and hoping they will still be available and not sold already that is.  LOL!

My cute little elves are back.  They were purchased from Hobby Lobby last year and I have seen that they also have them again this year.  I used an inexpensive fleece throw purchased from Walmart for only $2.98 for my tree skirt.  I think it's a wonderful substitute don't you?

The tree topper that I used last year came back up again. I decided to move one of the elves up higher into the bow this time to give it a little more whimsy.

On the island I have brought out my Candyland Santa purchased from Kohls after Christmas last year.  He is surrounded by a few gingerbread men and my Christopher Radko Christmas tree cookie jar that I've had for quite a while now.  

Look closely at the chandelier.  Do you see my old elves hanging with the berries up there?  


I have had these guys ever since I was a child.  They are so fun and just make me smile every time I see them.  

Even my oven gets a little decorating too.  Hehe!

The bar got just a few tweaks since you've seen it recently.  I added holiday napkins and brought out Mr. Jingles.  He is actually a bottle topper purchased many years ago from a Christmas Around the World party.  Then a bowl full of peanuts and I was done!


The bakers rack was moved from the corner of the kitchen where the tree is to a spot over by the coat rack.  Since it's in a very prominent location it got a little Christmas makeover too.

However I just couldn't bring myself to totally convert it over to Christmas.  So.... I left a few things that were already on it and decorated around them.  In other words, the roosters stayed!  Cock-a-doodle-do!!!

I tried to go with a more country look here since the roosters stayed.  Luckily for me, I already had several Christmas items that lent them selves to this look.

I was pretty thrilled to see this was a perfect spot to add my dishes for Santa.  We have put this set out every year since my children my toddlers.  And yes, we have actually put out milk and cookies for Santa each year too.  You have to have proof of eaten cookies and milk that has been drunk for for inquisitive children you know.  Now days they get a kick out of eating the cookies themselves and leaving a few bites on the plate before going to bed.  LOL!   We have trained them well and I know they will make great Santa's one day.

Speaking of these days, this old Mr. and Mrs. Claus are some of my favorites, unfortunately they really do reflect how I feel lately.  Haha!

Well, that's a wrap!  
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my holiday kitchen.

I have quite a kooky schedule this week and I am so happy I am able to get several things done. I'm also very happy to be able to share it with you too.  A little bit here and little bit there and eventually you'll get there.  Now on to the dining room!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a great day too!


10 comments:

  1. Mary.
    its all so adorable, I wouldnt know where to look first.. what fun~!

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  2. Hi Mary! Your kitchen is a winter wonderland. I love your sweet tree and all the cute little elves. Love the ones you've had since childhood too! I've just been messing with my baker's rack trying to figure out how to Christmas it up - yours is gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  3. Mary- Your kitchen is darling! It looks like Toyland to me and I'll bet the kids just love it- xo Diana

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  4. Everything looks great Mary-Love the Candyland tree in the kitchen! Hope the ornaments are still there for you when they go on sale:@)

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  5. Beautiful, Mary! I especially love the kitchen tree.

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  6. I love your whimsical holiday kitchen, Mary! Your elves are too cute (love that you've had them your childhood) ... your Santa and Mrs. Claus are so sweet, and I love your tree! What a happy space!

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  7. So cute and fun, Mary! I think kitchens are probably the most fun room to decorate for Christmas, because you can pull out all the whimsy-ness and it still works. I adore your little elves.

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  8. I love it! I'm doing a candy cane theme in the kitchen this year, and it has made me so smiley. My favorite part of yours of all is the way you have the elves playing about the room. So cute!

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  9. Oh I love it all, how perfect. The elves on the chandy, that darling tree in the corner and of course your Santa Chef on the bar. Way too cute and so much fun. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Mary - How darling your kitchen looks. Love all of the candy and the elves. It is truly a magical place. Enjoy!

    Judy

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