Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Cabo Birthday Table


Happy birthday to me!  
Since I turned 40 we have always gone 
someplace warm for my cold and dreary 
January birthday.  

Now that we have our home finished 
in Cabo, and since Mexico is so 
welcoming to tourists, we have been 
coming here for my birthday.  


This is my first tablescape that I 
have created at our Cabo home.  
This is out on our deck overlooking 
the ocean.  


If you follow me on IG you 
may have seen the surprise my 
husband gave me with a tub 
full of gorgeous roses.  


He was actually the one who suggested 
that I use the roses for a tablescape 
before they wilted. 


I asked him when he got the roses 
and prepared the tub filled with 
roses.  He had also gifted me a two 
hour massage at the house, so he 
slipped away to get the roses and 
filled the tub and the room with candles 
while I was having my massage.

What a guy!!! 


We tore down our old house and rebuilt on 
the same lot.  We had used the house for 12 
years and had originally planned on 
doing this within 3 years, but when the 
economy crashed in 2008, we put off 
the tear down and were glad we did.  


Friends drove a 15 passenger van down 
for us as the house was getting 
finished and we filled it to the 
roof.  That way I was able to bring 
down 6 sets of plates, glasses and 
flatware.  These plates were from 
Home Goods.  

I love the flatware, but I have to say 
that the white hasn't held up.  It has 
chipped off and now is actually peeling 
off and we have only had a year and a 
half of use.  


These gold glasses were purchased online. 


I placed the roses in gold 
plastic bins that I got from 
Home Goods.  They adorn my 
pantry shelves.  




The gold placemats were from Amazon. 


The built in granite table has 
soft blues and golds in it so it 
is beautiful near the ocean. 




And as a special treat for you, 
while I was taking my photos 
a cruise ship passed by.  

The marina has been filled with 
3 cruise ships at a time on most days.  

This time of year is whale season, 
so along with the cruise ships, 
we get a good show of whales 
with adults teaching young whales 
how to jump and to slap their fins. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit. 

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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 
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 Panoply 
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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