Autumn is such a special time for us. So, what does the Fall mean around here?
Even though my son Graham is a teenager now, we still enjoy getting in on the holiday fun. My personal favorite part of holiday decorating is unpacking the pieces that hold memories- especially those passed down from sweet Momma. I’ve also framed some of my favorite pieces from Graham over the years and can still remember the story behind each decoration- some he made and some we picked out together. I must admit though, when he was little I did help him gravitate to the hipper stuff!
2. Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Alan and I had our first date over pumpkin spice coffee years ago and still get so excited to make it our weekend coffee in the fall.
3. Fall Recipes
I love using pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes and spices that smell like fall. My happy place is definitely coming up with interesting ways to incorporate seasonal flavors and ingredients.
4. Giving Back
Graham and I have a tradition where we use his Halloween candy to make treat bags and hand them out to the homeless with a note. We also make “candy cookies” and popcorn balls and deliver them to folks we know who need cheering up and company.
5. Fall Regattas
We always travel to Augusta for the Halloween Regatta. The club is decorated and the event is totally geared towards the whole family.
Welcome to Mod Squad Martha! In true fashion, I’m launching my business during the chaotic holiday season so it’s only fitting that my first blog is about the balance of keeping entertaining simple but also keeping it beautiful and true to your personal style.
Perspective is always important, so no matter how hectic things cans be always remember that this is the joyous season – making memories with loved ones and doing for others is what is important.
A few tips so you’ll spend less time stressing and more time with those who matter most
1. Keep your spread simple, healthy and interesting. After catering countless holiday parties, I have learned folks love a break from the ordinary holiday spread which tends to be heavy. Serve up just a few healthy, unique dishes and listen to the conversation! You will find my suggestions under recipes.
2. Create a great holiday playlist and have it going when guests arrive. A playlist with traditional songs and offbeat artists from all different genres is always a hit! A great playlist makes everyone feel welcome, puts a smile on their face and can make friends out of enemies and strangers. Pairing this playlist with great food is a gathering that will be talked about at other happenings! Check out my holiday playlist to get you started!
3. Keep your table uncomplicated with plenty of room for your spread and people to put their drinks and plates as they mingle? Make your table a reflection of you and your style. The holidays are sentimental and decorating with something meaningful and personal is always more interesting than the most perfect store bought tabletop. I use a really modern white tree decorated with family ornaments. It may not look perfect but love radiates from it and when coupled with small bundles of white cotton and white candles, it becomes elegant.
Happy Holidays Sweet Friends old and new. I pray they are filled with crazy amounts of great fellowship, food, music and kind deeds for those in need.