Thursday, January 6, 2022

MacKenzie-Childs Santa's Sleigh Table


Before everything gets put away 
I have to post my exquisite MC 
Santa's Sleigh table.  


This beautiful piece was the center 
of my kitchen table all through 
the holidays and it was where we 
ate Christmas morning breakfast.


I chose a hot pink petalled tablecloth 
to go with some of the ornaments in 
Santa's Sleigh and chose a stack of plates 
starting with a clear beaded plate, a 
scalloped MC plate and topped it with 
a delicate Christmas Tree plate. 



It was magical in my magical kitchen. 


This is the first time we used the MC goblets 
that I got at last year's Barn Sale.  


The sleigh is filled with vintage style ornaments 
and was a splurge from Mrs. Claus last year. 


I love the little deer tucked in and 
the beautiful ribbons.  


Everything is unbreakable, so although they 
look like glass ornaments, they are plastic. 


I know the sleigh will be coming 
out every year to grace our home.  


We always leave everything up until after 
my birthday in January.  
It is always sad to put everything away.  
The house always feels so naked, but 
soon I can decorate for Valentine's Day. 

Thanks for stopping by 
Purple Chocolat Home. 

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Friday, December 24, 2021

A Snowy Christmas Eve Table


Oh the magic of Christmas Eve at 
Purple Chocolat Home!  

How I love to set the tables and 
change them up just a bit each year.  
This year it is all white and with 
snow out on the deck and mountains 
behind, it is just perfect.  


The furniture is moved out of the living room 
and if you have been following me 
for years, you know that it then turns 
into the Great Room.


You can see that the table 
on the front is the tall table 
for adults and teens, and 
the short table in the back 
is for the smallest elves, 
but Papa and Nana Claus 
will be sitting with them for 
a special night.  


Everyone gets a goblet.  
I bought these at Dollar Tree, 
so there isn't a worry about them 
getting broken.  White and silver 
chargers sit underneath 
the crowned plates - one set 
that I have enough of for 
this fun crowd.  

I ran silver sequined runners 
down the table and added 
white and silver feathered trees 
(new this year from At Home).


The beautiful silverplate was from 
Horchow years ago and is no longer 
available.



With the candles lit and the fireplace going, 
everything just sparkles.


The candelabras were from my oldest 
daughter's wedding and were purchased 
20 years ago.  They have been used 
over and over and over. 






We are all set and ready for guests.  
Hoping for a Merry Christmas for 
everyone.  And we hope you are all 
healthy and happy too.



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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tales of the Traveling Tote Cabo Thanksgiving


Welcome to our 29th quarterly 
Tales of the Traveling Totes. 
It's that time again where our Traveling Totes 
share where they have gone this last few 
months.  

This was an off-year for our kids for 
Thanksgiving, 
so as we were having a dinner with 
friends, they said they didn't have their 
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kids coming this year either.  We all 
decided we would spend Thanksgiving, 
or Friendsgiving together in Cabo.  

The first thing they noticed was our new gate 
to the driveway of our home.  Miss Madi K 
decided to grace the gates with her presence.  

We added the gates because other cars were 
using our driveway as a turnaround and sure 
enough, someone ran into our garage doors.  
We quickly called our builder and asked him 
to add gates.  


The builder, MarCor, designed the gates to 
coordinate with the interior railing.  We thought 
he did an amazing job with his design. 


Miss Madi K also wanted to show off 
my master closet.  Certainly nicer than we 
have at home!  She feels so comfortable 
and relaxed in this fabulous closet.  


As always, going out to eat is one of 
our favorite activities here in Cabo.  
We love The Office for breakfast. 
It is down on the beach and you 
can take your shoes off and dig 
your feet into the sand.  


This year we discovered La Lupita, a new 
taco shop.  These are Wagyu Tostadas 
served in a mini smoker.  Of course, I would 
love to have mini smokers like this for entertaining. 
I did a search for them immediately online 
but didn't find anything!  I am sure they 
are custom made for the restaurant.  


Sunday we always cook at home and I 
made these Tomahawk Steaks which we 
served along with shrimp and cheese on 
mini raclette machines.  


Our big adventure this trip was a 
dune buggy ride out in the desert. 


We had a lot of fun, but they weren't as fun 
as side by sides.  They struggled in anything 
that wasn't hard-packed sand.  We thought 
we were going to get to ride them on the 
beach, but they had us stop and walk to 
the beach - haha - that wasn't what we had 
in mind when we signed up for the ride.  


But the star of any of our trips here is 
the home itself, with its beautiful 
sunrise and sunset vistas, 


and of course the pools. 
 
Now we are off to race home to 
begin all of the Christmas parties.  
Miss Madi K and I have a full month 
of fun ahead of us!  

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Thanks for stopping by.  Now hop on 
over to visit our other Traveling Totes and 
enter a drawing for our prize this month.
Deb at Mountain Breaths is hosting this 
month, so leave a comment on her blog 
to enter to win. 




Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box  
Rita with Miss Luna C WingCap Adapter 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 


We will be back in March for another adventure. 



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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board


Does this Hot Chocolate Charcuterie 
make your mouth water?  I know it did 
that for my grandkids!  This was a huge hit!!!


So I put it right in their reach on my 
Patience Brewster table.  


The number one hit were these 
itty bitty tiny freeze dried marshmallows.  
I found these on Amazon.  

Everyone loved the stir sticks also, 
and you can find the sticks here.  
Just dip several times in chocolate 
and then roll in crushed candy canes. 


I also freeze dried small scoops 
of Peppermint Stick ice cream.  
They just melt into your hot chocolate.  
Right next to them I have Oreos 
dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled 
with crushed candy cane.  You can't 
imagine how good the whole board smelled! 


Ghiradelli Santas, candy canes and a 
new favorite - Gingerbread Oreos! 
I loved the board as much as the kids.  


We served the board at our 
Christmas Cheermeister Event, 
where we give the kids their 
Christmas money.  We asked them 
to wear pajamas and we served 
a Christmas breakfast of crepes.  

We also celebrated a few birthdays.  
It was a great evening to kick off 
Christmas! These sparkler candles 
are everyone's favorites, so we had 
to light one for each birthday! 


This was a huge charcuterie, but 
you can put one together on a 
much smaller scale.  This fed 
30 and we had a lot leftover. 

Thanks for joining us in a little 
family fun! 

Enjoy!




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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween 2021


Maleficent and Diaval were out in full 
glory last night for trick or treating.  

Here in Utah when Halloween falls on 
Sunday we trick or treat on Saturday 
night.  We were blessed with a warm day 
and perfect weather.  



The catalyst for this year's theme was 
this Maleficent throne that I got 
last year from Throne Kingdom. 

I decided since Maleficent had her 
wings stripped from her that her 
detached wings should hang on the 
chair above her head. 

We decided against hosting 
trick or treaters with Covid last year, 
so Maleficent's throne finally came out.  
It was featured in my entry last year 
and some of the grandkids posed 
on it.  It stands 92 inches tall and 
is quite magnificent.  We ordered a second 
one to put in our theater room if we ever 
get started building our new home.  


The costume was ordered off Amazon 
last year also.  I didn't wear it to the two 
Halloween dinners we hosted as it is huge 
and heavy and the headpiece is heavy also, 
so I used an old one that was lighter weight.  
Since I was just sitting on my throne, the 
dress was perfect for the evening.  


Everyone wanted to know how we got the 
green glow.  That was achieved by two 
green light bulbs I purchased off Amazon.  
We shot two fog machines at the doors and 
the green reflected off the fog.  

I was surprised how many people didn't 
know who Diaval was - her sidekick crow 
that she turned into a human when she 
needed his help and then turned back 
into a crow, a horse and a bear when 
she needed.  
If you want to see a movie of 
Maleficent's outfit check out 
my IG post at
Jacquelinekayes

We had 600 kids (and parents)
come to the door - 
whew - that's a lot of candy!



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