Loving your home, even if it’s not ideal it’s where your season of life is right now. Home is where the heart is and we have loved hard on this home for a long time now! It’s where we decided to live and raise our family, and as with every family there have been the best of times and some to forget. I’ve talked a lot lately about the renovations that we’ve been making, and truth be told we started them with the intent of selling this home. But I would definitely miss this place and miss my hometown of Miami. A place where the sun almost always shines, where we are tropical with lots of humidity, where in the winter I enjoy being outdoors!
Today I’m sharing another table setting (with tips, as usual) in the garden at the back of our property. My post is sponsored by Homesick Candles and I love the concept of a candle that evokes home. What home means to me is family and memories made here. Right in this same spot there once stood a swing set and play yard for the kids. A hurricane took that down but I still hear the laughter in this space and it’s special to gather here with the family when we are all together. I love sitting out here alone with my coffee in hand too. In this secret garden, under the lady palms and oak trees will be the perfect spot to entertain this winter with some twinkle lights and candles.
We have done so much back here as a family, from Easter egg hunts, to birthday parties, Girl Scout meetings, a wedding reception and lots of entertaining. Weekend life is a bit slower for us now with the kids grown and the house is often quiet in this season of empty nesting.
Scents bring back good feelings and I have candles burning almost constantly when I’m home. They are a small luxury item that anyone can bring in and afford and make such a difference! These particular candles conjure up tropical beach vibes and when the weather forces us inside we have that aroma with us. Each candle from Homesick Candles represents a country, state, or city and has a blend of unique scents native to those locations. Personally I love that idea and a couple of these will be winging their way to our girlie in San Francisco who is a bit homesick and misses our family home. I know that this gift that keep on giving will be so appreciated!
How did I start to set this outdoor holiday table? It’s Christmas time, so I grabbed some fresh cut evergreen from the local tree lot. Generally if you just ask they will let you grab some for free. I trimmed and draped the evergreen branches across the table to form a garland, starting in the center and working out in the opposite direction towards both ends.
For a rustic and romantic Miami coastal feel I brought out some items found near our beach home and saved for nostalgia. If we can’t always be at the beach at least we have it here with these objects found.
French plates with blue designs, family silver and ticking stripe torn ribbon fragments for a cozy coastal feel. I love to mix and match rustic elements with finer pieces for a unique look.
It can get chilly even down here as the winter evening goes on, so warmth and texture in throws and wraps.
It’s difficult to light dinner tapers outside, as Miami receives the ocean breezes and candles tend to blow out. I much prefer these jarred candles and the Homesick Candles give off a soft scent and stay lit.
Candles are what my daughters prefer for gift giving and they are always hard to buy for. I think that these make for really thoughtful gifts for the holiday as well as beautiful pieces of holiday decor. Anyone who misses home would truly love such a caring gift. Do you have anyone missing home on your list?
As a gift to my readers, Homesick Candles is offering you 15% OFF and free shipping on orders of $60 or more. If like me…you have kiddos in another city or state that are hard to buy for I’m pretty sure that they would love a candle. Just go here – HOMESICK CANDLES and enter the code SHABBYFUFU at checkout for your discount until December 5th.
All opinions voiced here are my own and I thank Homesick Candles for reaching out to sponsor this post.