My Holiday Table Setting, Cara Cara Oranges Are In Season & Defining My Style at 61

Today on Weekend Meanderings my holiday table setting, Cara Cara oranges are in season, defining my style with Allison Bornstein’s three word method and shopping local for unique and special gifts.

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Snow covered traditional house Everett Washington.

Grandma’s House

Last year for Christmas I bought myself an Epson scanner.

I still haven’t finished my photo scanning project.

But I did figure out how to use it (winning) and scanned some of my most treasured memories.

Like these black and whites from my grandparents house at Christmas.

It was a rare occasion when it snowed and when it did we made the most of it.

Two children standing on either side of Snowman in the 1970's.

With my sister and our snowman. Is that a flower pot on his head?!

I know you’re busy so let’s get into it.


I’ve put together a simple winter holiday table, very similar to the one I set for Thanksgiving. I picked up these Christmas tree dessert plates at Pottery Barn. They come in a cute, round box that I’ll hold onto for storage.

Overhead shot of winter table setting.

Other than the dessert plates, I pulled everything else out of my cupboards. Getting the napkins through napkin rings to form bows wasn’t easy and I wrestled with them for quite a while. They’re far from perfect, and I struggled to get the ends even. I should probably just say I meant them to be uneven and leave it at that.

Christmas pacesetting.

Christmas Eve was my family’s big night of celebration followed by a more low key Christmas Day. I’ve continued that tradition throughout my adult life although we don’t make quite the big to do we once did. In fact, it’s pretty low key. That said, prime rib is always on the menu with mashed potatoes, of course, Ina’s green bean gremolata  and Ree Drummond’s buttered rosemary rolls.

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Do you know about Slow Horses, the British MI5 spy drama starring Gary Oldman, Jack Bowden, Kristen Scott Thomas among others. It’s on Apple TV. The Morning Meeting podcast says it’s the best thing on TV and Jim and I don’t disagree. In fact, we’re enthralled and zipped through the first two seasons, 6 episodes each, in no time. We’ve seen the first four episodes of the current, and third season, but it’s being dribbled out one episode at a time and with the last two episodes coming this Wednesday and next. Maddening. A fourth season is coming!


On Wednesday I had a long-scheduled virtual wardrobe consult with Allison Bornstein. I’ve talked about Allison a little bit here and mentioned her new book, Wear It Well, several times. I’ll share more about my hour-long consult when I’ve had more time to absorb her sage advice and outfit ideas using pieces I already own. If you’re familiar with Allison’s three-word-method, my words are casual, comfortable, and classic. I can’t tell you how helpful these words are in pulling together outfits from my closet and also for making new purchase decisions. My Alo trousers are a recent purchase that I love but hadn’t figure out how to wear. Allison suggested sneakers and a sweater. When we finished our call I pulled together this look with a basic white tee, gray cashmere sweater and my Addidas Superstars. Then I added a strand of pearls just for fun. I think it checks all the boxes … casual, comfortable and classic. If you’re not already, be sure to follow Allison on Instagram and sign up for her monthly newsletter.

Woman taking a closet selfie wearing black trousers, adidas and gray cashmere sweater.

Trousers | T-Shirt | Cashmere Sweater | Addidas Superstars



Last week I mentioned The Sister Market, a family farm in Visalia, California that I learned about from Ina Garten. This week I dispatched several of their wonderful Holiday Gift Boxes. And I was the lucky recipient of one as well. Thank you, Molly at The Sisters Market! When I mentioned the Holiday Gift Boxes last week, the Cara Cara orange harvest wasn’t yet available. It is NOW so get them while you can.

Anyway, I got out my juicer and there will be Cara Cara margaritas in my (near) future … this is my favorite recipe.


Even though it’s a jungle out there, I’m taking time to get out and shop my favorite locally owned shops. It always results in unique and special gifts.

If you’re local, these are a some of my favorites. They never fail to come through with perfect presents for my family and friends. Not to mention their display tables runneth over with fun stocking stuffers. My theory is that a stocking can never be too full so I always make a last-minute dash for more, more, and more. Oh, and a stocking is not a stocking without an orange in the toe like my Swedish grandmother did. Preferably a Cara Cara!

Orinda ~

Garden Nest

Orinda Books


Lafayette ~

Walnut Creek ~


Alamo/Danville ~


Odds & Socks ~

The week’s adventures in Bartesian holiday cocktail making … the Gingerbread Martini, Mrs. Claus Nightcap, and Santa’s Punch.

While we’re on the topic, Bartesian’s ice cube and ice sphere makers are awesome and make a great, affordable gift for cocktails lovers. They take up a bit of space in the freezer but they produce the biggest, clearest cubes and spheres so we’ve made room.

Current Favorites ~

And that’s what I have for you this week.

If you missed last week’s post you can catch up here.

Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …



This will be my last post of the year.

I’m taking a couple of weeks off and will rejoin Kim and Elizabeth on January 6th.

I’m so grateful to you for your support of my little blog.

You create a community that makes this such a fun and creative outlet for me.

Wishing you and your family the most wonderful of holidays.

I can’t wait to see you back here in the New Year!

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    • Get the smelling salts, I always feel a bit dizzy when I see Mrs. Clooney has paid me a visit! Wishing you and the Mister … and entire family, the most joyous of holiday seasons. Looking forward to a New Year of fun over on the Preppy Empty Nester blog. On OG and my favorite. xoxo

  • Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Loved seeing your sweet family photos.

    • Thank you, Barbara! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas as well. Thank you so much for being here and supporting my little blog, it means so much. And Happy New Year … I’ll see you soon. xoxo

  • Good morning, Juliet! I love your simple table, and I think the bow napkins look great! What a clever idea! Your casual outfit is fab — I think you are incredibly stylish without the help of a stylist! Thanks for the streaming recommendation. I will need something to watch once the Hallmark holiday movies end, ha!
    Bartesian holiday cheers to you! Thank you for all your support of my little blog this year. You are an inspiration to me! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Good morning, Molly! I don’t think I’ve watched my fair share of Hallmark movies this year, I’d better remedy that. Another great series is Foyle’s War. It’s older, but so good …and there are 8 seasons available so entertainment for a long time to come. I love your blog, Molly. You came out of the gate on fire and I look forward to even more inspiration from Maine in the New Year. Merry Christmas to you, my friend! xoxo

  • That is a great outfit you pulled together. And I love the rug in the closet (the things I notice 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

    • MA! Of course you noticed the rug. Caitlin Wilson. You probably noticed my messy closet too. Ugh. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Howard, Chief and the family. Your an Original Great blogger, and my inspiration … and of course my treasured friend too. xoxo

  • Thank you for another year of fabulous content and inspiration! 🙂 Your blog is one of my most favorite reads. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2024. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your much-deserved break. Cheers to a joyful Holiday Season!!

    • Pamela … I’m sitting here reading comments while the fragrance from your beautiful Cranberry Prosecco candle is putting me fully in holiday mode. Thanks for being here from the beginning and all your support of my blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xoxo

  • Thank you for a year of interesting information. I look forward to your design ideas, cocktails ( I do this too) and what you are watching. I just finished the book, Lessons in Chemistry and loved it. My book group will have a great discussion! I will watch the series next. Happy holidays… Greer

    • Hello Greer … and thank you for your sweet words. You remind me that I want to watch the Lessons in Chemistry series, but first I need to get through the book. I had a hard time getting into it and gave up, but you and others love it so much I’m going to go back and finish it. Wishing you the Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year! See you soon. xoxo

  • Merry Christmas Juliet . Thank you for all your style advice and reviews ! Thanks to you I have a new Fleurette peacoat freshly arrived ! Jo

    • Oh my gosh, Jo! You got a Fleurette peacoat?! I’m sure it’s fabulous on you and I hope you have many occasions to wear it out and about this holiday season. Thanks for your kind words, for supporting the blog and just being fabulous you. Merry Christmas! xoxo

  • Juliet, your table with the cute dishes and gorgeous blue glassware is croon worthy! I can’t wait for your post on the wardrobe consult. The outfit Alison pulled together for you is perfect! Love the pearls too. It will be hard not seeing “Make Mine A Spritzer” in my mailbox, but I am glad you will be taking a break. Wishing you and yours a magical Christmas! Cheers! Xo Karen

    • Thanks so much, Karen … wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. I’m already looking forward to getting back on schedule in January. See you soon! xoxo

  • The table is perfect! Your closet must be ship shape! I will search out those Cara Caras. Fun fact—I met Captain Kangaroo and had him sign my copy of his book back in 1990 at Orinda Books! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Juliet I am sorry this comment is so late.. I’m behind after having my houseguest. Love your photos. I should get a scanner too. I have been trying to photograph many of the old pictures with my phone so we have digital copies. Where did your grandma live that it snowed? Such a cute pic!
    Pretty table setting and the bow napkin is a fun idea. Those Pottery Barn plates are cute. I love Christmas cactuses. My grandma always had them and had some amazing one.
    Very cool you did a consult with Allison. I love her book. The casual look with your pants is great. Chic and comfy.
    The Sisters are the nicest boxes and how great to support a women owned business.
    I bet you guys will have a lot of fun with your cocktail machine over the holidays! Love all those festive drinks.
    Hope you have a beautiful Christmas and some great downtime Juliet. You deserve it!
    Love doing this with you ladies.

  • Juliet, I came back to say something else but I cannot see my original comment.
    I will start again. Your table looks beautiful, as do the bow napkins. I love buying dessert plates for different occasions and then using my everyday white plates.
    My mom is here in town this week and we have stuff going on every day. But Christmas Eve we will be at my brothers for dinner and then back for brunch and to open gifts with the kids. Friday we are hosting a cocktail and appetizer game night and Christmas dinner for 5.
    I love the idea of someone to help put outfits together. You always look beautiful and this outfit is fabulous! I never would have thought of pairing of the Adidas.
    You look so cute with your sister. I love looking at old photos. We just got a scanner and are scanning boxes of photos of my MIL for the family.
    Local shops are the best, especially book shops!
    Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday Juliet.
    Looking forward to all of the exciting things you have on your schedule for next year.
    xo Elizabeth

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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