Holiday Entrée

Show-Stopping Holiday Entrée

Phyllis Lifestyle 10 Comments

I’m already planning my holiday entrée’s for this year’s gatherings. When every seat at the table is full, the menu preparations are all the more important. If you’re from the South, you’re sure to make enough food for everyone to be able to go back for seconds and take home enough leftovers to feed them for the next week. No …

Crafty Card Keepers

Phyllis Inspiration 2 Comments

These quick and easy made-in-the-hoop gift card holders are so fun to spiffy up. You can make them cute and clever or elegant bits of art. These crafty card holders make it fun to give the gift that never gets returned and always is appreciated—gift cards! The free embroidery designs come with the purchase of a Classic Sewing Holiday issue. …

Christmas Tree Theme - The Ribbon in my Journal

Find The Perfect Christmas Tree Theme

Phyllis Décor 8 Comments

I can’t help but get a thrill when the perfectly themed Christmas tree steals my attention! Dressing up your tree with the same collection of ornaments can become exhausting. I love the practice of using a whimsical theme to guide your selection of tree decorations. You can combine a beautiful mix of holiday pieces to create the perfect Christmas tree for …

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

When you’re headed to a holiday party this season, remember to bring a hostess gift. These notions of gratitude don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, the gift is just a nice gesture to say thank you for their hospitality. Although you don’t need to break the bank, you should make sure these gifts are sincere and thoughtful. I’m excited …

Christmas in St. Augustine

Celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine

Phyllis Lifestyle 2 Comments

I just love the traditions and beauty this time of year. Although I don’t often get to travel during the holiday season, I so enjoy seeing the different decorations and holiday magic of each city. When I do travel I tend to head north towards the cooler weather. Neal and I had the best time when we went up to …

Christmas Tablescape - The Ribbon In My Journal

A Taste of Christmas

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

It’s that wonderful time of year, where we warmly welcome family and friends with the glowing lights and fresh greenery of traditional Christmas decorations. If you are playing the role of host this Christmas, try coordinating dishes of different patterns to create a curated look instead of setting the table with a perfectly matching set. The mixture of patterns and …

Hoffman Media's Best Sale for Black Friday

It’s the Best Sale of the Year!

Phyllis Inspiration 1 Comment

It’s the best sale of the year! I can’t believe we are talking about Black Friday again already. Yesterday was the first day of Hoffman Media’s Black Friday sale. You’ll find great gift options in our holiday sale selection. All of the selected current or past issues and books are marked down to this year’s lowest price. Plus get up …

Green Bean Side Dish

Last Minute Side Dish Inspiration

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Thanksgiving is a big holiday at my house! I love the magic of autumn leaves falling and the crispness in the air. I especially enjoy savoring all of the extraordinary foods prepared with traditional recipes passed down to each generation. Grandmother Norton’s dressing was always a favorite. My all-time favorite was her icebox fruitcake; I still have her handwritten recipe. …

Seasons of Williamsburg

Worth the Trip to Williamsburg

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

I love Williamsburg—as you all know! Always on the top of my list, it is a fabulous place to go for inspiration and restoration. I make Seasons of Williamsburg a part of my trip anytime of the year I am lucky enough to be in Virginia. This year Neal and I planned a trip to be at the Christmas Open …

Crown Jewels

A Crown Jewels-inspired Setting for the Holidays

Phyllis Décor 13 Comments

Growing up there was nothing more luxurious than gemstones, especially the crown jewels meant for royalty. Maybe it was my fantasy of becoming a princess or the luster and hues that intrigued me, but when I saw this lovely tablescape on the pages of Southern Lady’s Holiday issue, my inner schoolgirl was giddy with excitement. This lovely holiday table setting …