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Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas
I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to decorate for Christmas this year, I love a classic green, red and white Christmas, it’s usually my default holiday color scheme. I have this weird aversion to all other christmas color combos, anything else so often seems too serious, fancy and traditional for me. Traditional? What? I know, I know, red and green are the most traditional Christmas colors, so what the heck am I talking about? For me, there is something more light hearted and casual about your classic red & green Christmas decor. Plus, I’m a total sucker for a vintage Christmas and those are its signature colors. I often think that a white or silver color scheme (for example) can sometimes come off as highbrow and stuffy and does not suggest fun and whimsy, part of the key elements to a cool Christmas celebraish. I’m not trying to say that using more modern christmas colors makes you a rich square, it just reminds me of the suburbs from when I was a kid, where everyone used white twinkle lights, always. You get me, guys? It’s me, not you.

All that crazy rant being said, I just felt like I had to do something different this year, I guess I’m growing up, or getting bored, or something. So I went through ALL of my Christmas stuff and picked out all the ornaments and decorations that were blue, tealy blue, dark blue, yellow-y green and red. I also went through all my dinnerware and set out every piece that was white or blue. I then started the task of hanging, re-hanging, arranging, re-arranging, setting and re-setting the items before me. And guess what??? I’m really loving the results. The table is pretty, and well presented, my favorite part are the blue chargers, which I picked up at Michael’s for $1.00 a piece. These colors look totally great in my house, it still is fun and whimsical but just a bit more grown up. Blue ornaments and decorations are scattered throughout the house and are offset by green & white flower arrangements and candles. I think it all works so well, I’m really glad I decided to try something new this year.

Now I need to figure out how to cut myself off from my love affair with teal blue but that’s a conversation for another day.

We’ll be hosting Christmas Eve this year, and I’m planning on making it a casual and cozy affair. I’ll be serving a spread of aged meats and cheeses (you know us midwesterners love a good meat and cheese spread) followed by a white chili dinner. I love entertaining the fam in my home and I can’t wait for the chance to do it again this year. I’m taking suggestions on white chili recipes as I don’t have a go-to. Let me know if there’s something that I NEED to try, I’d love to hear what you have to suggest.

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

in Decor, Dining Room
10 comments… add one
  • Sam December 17, 2012

    OMG -did you make the wreath?! It’s GORGEOUS! I’m not Christian – but my hubby’s family is, would love to do a non-denominational wreath sometime…. this one is so cool!

    • Scoops December 17, 2012

      No way, I wish I could do that! I got the wreath and the chargers for the table at Michael’s, everything else was found around the house. I totally wish I was a better crafter and could just whip that sort of stuff together but it’s not always my forte.

      I think wreaths can be pretty year round. Hope you find one you love :)

      **I don’t even own A glue gun, let alone many guns to necessitate an entire rack… Wayne’s World puns, couldn’t help myself.

  • Carrie December 18, 2012

    Hi Alison. This is my go-to white chili recipe, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/turkey-and-white-bean-chili-recipe/index.html
    I love it, and it always gets rave reviews. I use canned beans (I’m scared of dried) and have used less chiles, when serving those with low ‘heat’ tolerance, with great results. It is extra yummy with cornbread! It’s also fun to mix your own spice blend.

    Love your decor choices and look forward to hearing how your holiday hosting goes.

    • Scoops December 18, 2012

      Carrie! What are you doing up so late?? You’re crazy!

      Thank you so much for the link, I was actually looking at one very similar to this, I think I might combine the two. Thanks again for the recommendation!

      • Carrie December 18, 2012

        Let me know how it turns out. I love playing around with recipes…especially chili…it’s so forgiving and soooo tasty.

  • Keri December 18, 2012

    My favorite white chili is Wee Willy’s white chicken chili. It’s a starter pack that you add broth, beans and meat to, and it’s SO good. You can use ground or pulled chicken or turkey. I’ve only been able to find it at Lund’s, but it is our all time fave chili (well, second favorite to this much more complicated seven chile chili- http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/09/lisa-fains-seven-chile-chili.html ) Good luck and Merry Christmas!

    • Scoops December 19, 2012

      Hey Keri!
      Thanks for the tips! I’m super curious about this white chicken chili, I’ll have to try and check it out.

      Sometime before the winter is over I’m gonna make that seven chile chili recipe, it sounds so good and looks amazing! I also like a recipe with lots of steps :) Happy Holidays to you too!

  • Meg@ourwaytoeat.com December 18, 2012

    I love the vintage-y blue Christmas decor! It is simply the best to pull together things you have with a few new items to have a completely new look. I hope I’ll start doing more of this in years to come. I also love the fact that Erika O. (of Fox and Owl) was featured in your Minneapolis gift guide post. I am friends with her sister and just hung out at their Mom’s condo last Saturday night. These Twin Cities are one small world.

    • Scoops December 19, 2012

      Hey Meg!

      That’s awesome! Although I’ve never met Erika, she lives right near me and we have kids pretty similar in age. She is so inspiring and her bears and other huggable creations are just about the best. It IS such a small world, I love it!

  • Maricela September 11, 2014

    I know its a little early to be thinking about Christmas right now, but I stumbled upon your site and have been just clicking on all the amazing stuff you’ve done. I love the idea of a blue themed Xmas and I also have a very strong love affair with a good teal blue, peacock feathers are a favorite! I was hoping to find out where you got that white bubbly bowl in your place setting…?

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