It’s a Holiday Mantel Party!

I’m finally, finally starting to feel caught up after moving in my house with all the little things that were left to do.  And I’m about finished with my Christmas decorating too, so now I can sort of relax the rest of this month and actually enjoy the holidays.

Today kicks off our annual party, my blog girls and I.  Layla starts off the festive fun with a mantel party and since I don’t exactly have a mantel right now, I decided that a flat surface would do, so my sideboard in the dining room is my mantel for the moment.

Can’t wait to share it with you!

DR sideboard at Christmas

It was fun taking the lids off my Christmas storage boxes and getting out all my pretties again.  This year, I decided to go really natural and neutral in the dining room, since that room doesn’t have a lot of color.  Love the different textures of the metallic grapevine swagged along with a faux green spray with pincones and lights.  At night, I’ll turn on the lights for some additional sparkly and shine.

Cloche with angel

And as usual, I love to layer and make it interesting, with metallic bronze ribbon and some metallic beads draped in there too.  My huge glass cloche comes in handy at the holidays and I put it on top of my white cakestand and added this pretty bronze angel. I think she is a collectible, but I don’t know the name.

Angel in Cloche

My spray painted metallic acorns and nuts are perfect to surround this cute little angel under glass.

mercury glass ball on urn

On the other side, I just added a simple large mercury glass ball to the top of a white urn.  My metallic bronze birds are fun to perch too.

faux tree in soup tureen

This little faux tree with pinecones was picked up a few years ago after Christmas and makes a nice tree display for Christmas.

green spray with bronze ribbon

And all I did was weave beaded garland and metallic ribbon through the faux greenery spray, along with the lights.  Dropped in more of my mercury glass balls for shimmer and glitz, that that’s all that’s needed to create a pretty tabletop.

soup tureen with tree

Love the mercury glass I’ve picked up along the way.

sparkly bird

And this cute shimmery beaded bronze bird is a cute addition to the little tree.

Here’s a shot with the lights on at night, so sparkly and twinkly.

dining room sideboard at Christmas

And that’s my sideboard/mantel display this year!  I’m running around like crazy trying to finish the rest of my house and should be ready for my girl’s party on the 14th.  Since we go to the trouble of decorating our houses, it sure is nice to have folks over to help us enjoy it.  Can’t wait to have my first official party in this house!

Now, I hope you have a mantel to share too and if you do, just click on over to Layla’s  for the link party and link up your mantel too.  If it’s not there yet, it will be soon!  Kate will be crafting some festive pretties on Thursday and I actually have something to share for that. 

Merry Christmas!!

Another fun event is coming up today and tomorrow with me and several of my blog friends.  We are participating in the first ever Ballard Designs blogger event, right here in Atlanta and we are getting a behind the scenes look at how the catalog orchestrates their photoshoots and lots of fun stuff planned.  Can’t wait to share all that with y’all too!

- Rhoda


  1. Love your tablescape Rhoda, the rustic elements with the glitz, you certainly have a knack for accessorizing. Enjoy the holidays, you deserve to relax after all your hard work this year.

  2. I’m running behind on my decorating this year, but hope to have my mantel up today. If so, I will post a picture for the party! Love the natural look of your sideboard vignette; the little metallic bird is so sweet. Is he a recent purchase, or from your stock? Would love to find his brother to put on a forged iron tree, which holds bird ornaments that were presents to my dear mom, who passed away about 2 years ago. So glad you’re going to enjoy your house for the holidays. Enjoy, enjoy!

    • Hi, Rebecca, all of that is from my packed up Christmas decor, those birds included. I found them in Birmingham at some point, but don’t remember where or when. I’m sure you can find more out there, I usually look at Target for some good stuff.

      Thanks so much!

  3. Rhoda, your sideboard “mantel” looks fabulous. I love the mix of the rustic with the glitz! The beautiful birds are the crowning touch!

  4. Love the mix of mercury glass, bronze, and rustic!

  5. GORGEOUS!!!

  6. GORGEOUS display, Rhoda! And oh what fun it’s going to be at the Ballard event! I would have loved to attend that with you. I’ll look forward to reading your post about it! 😀

  7. Your decor looks great! 🙂

  8. This just gorgeous with all the touches of greenery. Noticed a touch of mercury glass one of my favs. I love it.


  9. Can I tell you how happy I am for you that you are back in your element and are able to decorate and design. I know your heart is at peace too. Your sideboard is elegant and woodsy and just gorgeous. I love those vintage ornaments.
    What a fun event at Ballards. I can’t wait to read about it. Hope you have a wonderful time. xxoo

  10. So, so pretty Rhoda! You must be thrilled…your first Christmas in your forever home! I’m not doing much decorating this year (long story), but I’m loving living vicariously through you and all the other awesome bloggers!

  11. A beautiful tablescape/mantel, Rhoda! I love the spray-painted nuts and your beautiful lamps, along with all the amazing mercury glass and the cute birdies! I used some birds in my decorating this year, too. Have fun at the event today–looking forward to seeing your post about it!

  12. Please take pictures of your Girl Party on the 14th and show us your party display. I LOVE to see party set ups. I really have a thing for dishes and stemware. When I go shopping, I’m drawn like a calling Siren to the china department of the department store, my eyes glaze over and I clutch lovingly every piece in the place. Most times my husband has to drag me outta there! 🙂

  13. Rhoda,
    You have a beautiful buffet/mantle display. You do such a wonderful job mixing textures and metals. Love the mercury glass and cloche with the rustic. I enjoy your posts and am sure you are happy to have the things you love surround you again.

  14. Your display is gorgeous! Love the natural elements…..that’s what I’m hoping to do this year if I can get my act together and start decorating. Amazing that with all you’ve been doing with your beautiful new home you are ready for the holidays! The Ballard event sounds so fun! Wonder if you will find another deal like your light fixture earlier this year?

  15. Rhoda,
    I love the colors you used and all the natural materials. I used a lot of naturals this year as well and I am loving it.
    May you enjoy many Christmas’s in your lovely home.

  16. I love your “mantel” and that you are getting to pull all your Christmas decorations out this year. Enjoy relaxing this month and celebrating your new house as well as the the true meaning of Christmas.

  17. Rhoda-
    I LOVE your sideboard! It is so good to see you decorating again!! I have truly missed getting inspiration from you – your accessorizing is the BEST! Enjoy your first Christmas in your lovely new home!

  18. Rhoda,
    What a pretty sideboard/mantel you have here. Looks like we have both used the same colors this year. Luv that little tree you have too. Thanks again, for MMS ‘s book…just called my daughter and told her to take it off my Christmas list:) Looking forward to reading all about the Ballard event.


  19. Rhoda! Your mantle is absolutely beautiful! We don’t know how you have moved, decorated and filled your home with holiday spirit so fast! You are superwoman and our inspiration on so many levels!

    Meredith & Gwyneth

  20. Mary Beth Schwarz says:

    Your sideboard display is stunning! Who needs a mantle when you have this (ha!)? I enjoy your posts very much and the natural with birds look is more my style. Mercury glass is one thing I would love to add to my collection for more old fashioned bling. Mary B.

  21. Everything is pretty and festive.

  22. yes, that cute bird is icing on the cake – I LOVE bird decor at Christmas…..not sure why, I just do 🙂 Pier One had some amazing woodsy looking ornament birds, I want them all (of course all on clearance at the end of this year for next – ha!)

  23. Beth Morrow says:


  24. Rhoda…your vignette is gorgeous…I so love all the beautiful textures that you so carefully layered…the color scheme is one of my favorites….I can’t imagine how you must feel to be decorating your own home again for the holidays…such a celebration. Have fun at the Ballard event!!

  25. I adore that angel! Everything is lovely. I think I would like to have that cute little bird as well. Beautiful!

    Christmas Blessings,
    Christi @ A Southern Life

  26. Your sideboard, oops, I mean temporary mantel, looks beautiful. I really like all the bronze colors. Well done!

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