Joyeux Noël Decor and Brunch

Years ago, when we lived in Paris, our son, Tommy surprised his Uncle Billy by 
coming to breakfast as a French guy with savoir faire.
We've loved France ever since our time spent there.
And I miss those herringbone wood floors.
This year, I simplified decorating at the beach since we will be spending 
Christmas Eve and Day at my mother's and sister's home in San Diego.
Then we are coming back to Mammoth for some family skiing.
I hope I get some new ski gloves in my stocking.

Having a small tree this year was so quick and easy to decorate!  The roses are from
our garden and smell divine.

Our family has divided up the holiday meal responsibilities and Tommy and I are preparing a French Christmas Brunch.
Place settings
Here is the same table cloth that is in the first photo.  We bought it in Paris and
I like that it's reversible.

Le Menu
While opening gifts...  
Café au lait and Chocolat Chaud
Mimosas and Perrier with Orange Juice
Freshly Baked Croissants* and Jam
Mixed Berries with Orange Zest
Nutella and Banana Crepes (Tommy's favorite)
*Frozen from Trader Joe's, defrosted the night before and baked in the morning
Joyeux Noël
from our family to yours.
Participating in


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  2. Your brunch sounds wonderful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Sorry, I apparently can't type well.

    Just wanted to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  4. You have such a gift for the smallest details! Very pretty, Maryann! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas :)

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Mary Ann. I hope you and your family have an amazing holiday. Your decorations are beautiful.

  6. Lovely, Mary Ann! Have a wonderful holiday. See you in 2012!

  7. Everything looks amazing! I've never tried frozen croissants from TJs! They look delish! Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas my dear blog friend! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Hugs and kisses! Go GATORS!!!

  9. Your home is stunning of course even decorated simple. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  10. Bonnes Fetes, Mary Ann! Your table and brunch and decor all looks fantastic & festive!

  11. Merry Christmas, Mary Ann! Your decor looks so beautiful!

  12. really beautiful!! i love the mini tree. it adds just the right touch of christmas, and you don't have to move all the furniture for it!
    merry christmas! enjoy the week.

  13. It looks wonderful. The whole feeling is French and lovely! xo Diana

  14. Mary Ann-
    You home is decorated beautifully.
    Have fun skiing. The brunch looks divine. I love quiche, and this looks fabulous, as do the crepes
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  15. LOVE how FRESH the greens look with your whites!! Merry Christmas Mary Ann and have a Happy New Year!

    xo Lynda

  16. Have a very Merry Christmas, Mary Ann!! Your home is so beautifully decorated! Your menu sounds delicious! Hoping you wake up to gloves in your stocking!

  17. It looks like you have a picture perfect holiday lined up! Merry Christmas Mary Ann and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  18. *** H*O*N*E*S*T*L*Y, YOU DOOOO HAVE "THE MIDAS TOUCH", dearest Mary Ann!!! It's just, well, "M*A*G*I*C*A*L" here...all the clean & sooo refreshing whites n' silvers are simply g*l*o*w*ing... And as always, your editing is just SUPERB, keeping it elegantly simple, beautiful, perfect and in keeping with your dreamy surroundings!!!

    And may I say, that fantastic BRUNCH y'all made looks deeelightfully edible to me right now, while I'm taking a brake from TRYING to finish up all I hope to do today!!!

    As always, am sending my warmest friendship & good wishes! I KNOW your holiday will be uber-fab!! (Oh yes, and I ADORE your tree & the "special area" with packages... it's BETTER than a BIG tree... in MANNNY ways!!! I mean, I reeeeeally love it~~~ Kudos, kiddo!!!)...!

    Linda in AZ *

  19. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas, Mary Ann! So glad I found you- I always enjoy my visits here. Christmas hugs, Sue

  20. Hi Mary Ann

    Wishing you and your family a very special Christmas.
    Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring posts, friendship, support and comments

    Helen xx

  21. everything looks so beautiful! merry christmas!

  22. Your Christmas decorations and table setting are très élégant and the brunch sounds delish. I hope Santa brings the new ski gloves.
    May your day be filled with laughter, love and joy.

  23. I will be right over for when the crepes are served:) What a scrumptious and perfect brunch menu and your decor are just beautiful, so light and ethereal and elegant!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Mary Ann and a joyous 2012!

  24. Merry Christmas, Mary Ann! Your decor is beautiful and the brunch sounds totally delish!We love croissants on Christmas morning, too!

  25. Love the little tree and love the tablecloth. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  26. It sounds like you're going to have a wonderful Christmas Mary Ann. Blessings to you and your family. Enjoy!

  27. Love your mantel and your Brunch table setting!! Merry Christmas ~

    xoxo Laura

  28. Thank you for all your beautiful posts and have a lovely family holiday.
    All the best...Victoria

  29. I am so hungry right now after looking at all that wonderful food. Love it!!

    Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!!

  30. Everything looks beautiful! Merry Christmas to you!

  31. Merry Christmas! I've enjoyed getting to know you this year and truly love your design style and sense of priorities. Best to you in the year ahead!

  32. Your home is beautiful! The French Christmas brunch sounds delicious and your table setting is gorgeous. Enjoy the Holidays!!

  33. We are having a marvelous time in Georgetown with my brother but... I would not have turned down an invitation to your French brunch , ohh la la!

  34. Mary Ann, You had me at Nutella banana crepe..my newest addiction! Your home looks beautiful and the brunch sounds delicious. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your family.

  35. Lucky you to get to go back to Mammoth...do you have a home or condo there?
    We had a great time in Breckenridge and celebrated Christmas last week with all the family. I must say though it's too quite with just hubby and me here this year, first time in 26 years without at least one of our sons' home. I have to say I don't like it one bit.

    The merriest of Christmas' to you and your family...emjoy.

  36. Oh My, you have such a beautiful Home, love the little table tree..and the fireplacemantel...and the sofa..and the...well..everything..sign..happy christmas..to you

  37. So glad to have found your blog this year, Mary Ann. You are a great support and cheerleader and I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family. My Mom had gotten me the holiday edition of Coastal Living and as I was browsing I thought of you. Very excited about what 2012 will bring! Enjoy!

  38. Love your Christmas decor and I'm drooling over that food! Hope your Christmas was a fabulous one, Mary Ann!

  39. Thank you for sharing your home with us during the holiday season. It all looks so beautiful! Love the menu for your brunch.
    Happy New Year and looking forward to more wonderful posts in the coming year.

  40. Your home looks so elegant and the brunch looks wonderful! I have enjoyed reading your blog this year and am happy that I have gotten to know you. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

  41. Your home looks beautiful...so hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all the best in 2012!!

  42. Everything looks beautiful Mary Ann and your menu is fabulous! Now I'm starving - have to go get coffee!! Hoping you had a lovely Christmas with your mother and sister and wishing you a very happy New Year's!!

  43. I do look forward to knowing you better! I am following you too!

  44. Beautiful!! SHaring this at the party tonight~ Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

  45. Tommy sounds like he's always been so much fun...can we introduce him to Madeline?? I love seeing your house anytime, but the holidays are no exception. Love that you showed your tablecloth on one side when you lived in Paris and now the other side in Newport Beach....both gorgeous...as are those herringbone floors!! Happy New Year!!

  46. Looks like Christmas must have been beautiful! I hope there was some snow at Mammoth, I heard there hasn't been much. Happy New Year!

  47. Looks fantastic Mary Ann! Happy New Year!

  48. MaryAnn,

    So glad to have found you/your blog in 2011 and won't live without in 2012
    may all the best come to you, your family, and your blog family in this new exciting year ahead.



  49. MaryAnn, I love your Christmas Stories from the past!! Paris and your little guy is so cute!! The table for brunch looks gorgeous!

    Wishing You and Yours all the best in 2012!

    Art by Karena

  50. What a great post!
    I love how your cozy home looks decked out for the holidays!!!!
    Just gorgeous!
    Wishing ou a very Happy New Year Maryann.
    I sincerely hope we can finally meet in person in 2012.

  51. Your holiday decorations are beautiful and so is your brunch tabletop. Hard to believe holidays are over. All my decorations come down tomorrow. I wish I could keep some up. Happy New Year!

  52. Adore your Christmas decorations. It's simple, beautiful and very chic! By the way, love those herringbone floors, too. They are so gorgeous!

    Happy New Year, Mary Ann!


  53. Everything is beautiful! The food has my mouth watering.......hope you had a wonderful New Years! Look forward to reading more great post this year.

  54. I am so in love with your Stockings.
    The fabric is beautiful and all the
    decorations around the mantel is
    my kind of design.
    Happy Holidays to you and your

  55. Your mantel is so pretty with the greens and whites. And your brunch sounds divine!!
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  56. What a beautiful post! Your decorations are lovely and the food looks scrumptious!


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