Over the weekend my family and I went to Williamsburg, Virginia for our annual holiday retreat. My mom and dad have been taking us there for the last few years and this year was possibly the best trip yet! We went for three days and two nights, Sunday through Tuesday. We love (love!) visiting Christmastown at Busch Gardens but in years past we have learned the hard way that on the weekend it is c-r-a-z-y busy, like a 2+ plus hour line to see Santa kind of busy, but on Monday you can practically walk right in to see the jolly old Elf. So, this year, we spent Sunday visiting Colonial Williamsburg. I love the decorations and natural beauty that is the signature style of a Colonial Christmas, and I of course snapped a few photos to share with you!
In Colonial Williamsburg all, and I do mean all, of the decorations have to be made from items that the early settlers would have had access to. You might think that would lead to boring and blah decor but as you can see from this wreath it can be quite the opposite! Look at the vivid yellows and oranges here, and how perfectly the pale grey frames it all. Wow, right?!
I really like the mix of bittersweet vine berries with the evergreen, artichokes and gold – it’s a mash up of summer, autumn, and fall… and yet, it works, you know?!
Two simple round wreaths are TRANSFORMED by red berries, apples and raw cotton into a striking “S” monogram wreath on this door. At first glance I would swear that was an actual “S” but it is only an ingenious illusion. Something that would be quite simple to make your own.
Walking around, you see many decorations accented with apples like these attractive, but rather straightforward, accents shown above…
…to more elaborate creations like this apple/pear/pineapple arch spray. Pineapples are the symbol of welcome and play a pivotal role in not just the seasonal decor but also in the architecture of this beautiful city. (Tip, if you need a game to entertain your family during any lulls just see who can count the most pineapples around you – trust me this is practically endless hours of entertainment because there are so many. They are the “Waldo’s” of this town).
Inspired, but don’t want to make these yourself? No worries, their markets are full of ready-made decorations for you to take home and enjoy today! Here is a wall of wreaths and baskets that are for sale at one of the open air markets. I really like the magnolia leaf/boxwood square wreaths. I especially like how they purposefully use the brown side of the leaves to accent the boxwood.
Here’s another striking combination of colors and textures!
Here are a few more wreaths as well as a few tabletop arrangements…
Of course I like the pheasant feathers incorporated here…
Hello orange slices!! (remember my tutorial on how to dry orange slices here?) I so want to use some of them for this type of arrangement! Simple but they add the perfect pop of color to all that green!
We turned down one side street and I spied this sweet little cottage and an unusual decoration. Naturally I had to investigate. Do you see what I’m talking about yet?
It’s a charming horse decoration! Needless to say my daughter and I loved this one the most! Everything we saw was beautiful and creative, but this stole the show for us!
It is made from burlap and is accented with thread and nuts – this is a really creative use of natural resources.
I find the Colonial part of Williamsburg to be very peaceful and restful despite the sometimes larger crowds. I think it’s because everything is moving at a slower pace there and you are just walking along taking it all in. In this very busy holiday season, taking the time to simply meander down a garden path with my family is a very special gift and one that I will remember for many years to come and I pray that my daughter will too.
I have many more photos to share with you from the trip, so please come back tomorrow to see more highlights from Williamsburg.
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