What a fun party this has been! I thought it would take me two days to visit everyone, but it turned into three. I didn’t expect so much company! But, as Catherine at Design Editor reminded us in this photo from her house tour, it’s impossible to have too big a party (and anyone who quotes Jane Austen gets extra points in my book).
I asked you to nominate some of your favorite house tours from the party. Thanks for the comments and e-mails, telling me which stops you enjoyed the most! Here are some of the highlights, according to you, the partygoers (and a few of my favorites, too, thrown in!):
At Lookiloos, we were treated to a tour of this gorgeous French Chateau in Saratoga, which had been professionally decorated for the Summit League Home for the Holidays tour:
At Lime in the Coconut, we saw this Florida home decked out for the holidays:
At Living Locurto, we saw some very cute and yummy-looking gingerbread houses:
At Cottage Magpie, the decorating was red, white, and romantic:
Springtree Road did a drive-by of charming older homes decorated for Christmas in a Southern town:
Everything was cozy and cheery at Kari & Kijsa’s–including this window seat:
At Chatting at the Sky, we saw some beautiful garland over her fireplace:
Chantilly Charm had a fun collection of Santa Mugs to show us:
The Bunnies’ Bungalow was beautifully decorated with some rabbits peeking out here and there to say hello:
The home at Our Life As We Wait for Lilly Rae welcomed us right from the front door as we were greeted by Brady and Chrissy. I love their big front porch!
The Crowned Casa had so many beautiful photos in her post, that it was hard for me to pick just one. But I did. Now you have to go to her site to see the rest!
At The Painted House, Angela got creative with her dining room chandelier:
At Montrealaise-en-Californie, we learned about the Portuguese tradition of creating a village underneath the Christmas tree:
At Rhondi’s Rose-Colored Glasses, it was hard not to feel cheery after looking at all of her red and white decorations, including these felt Christmas trees that she found at the Dollar Store:
Over at Rhoda’s place, Southern Hospitality, everything looked like it belonged in a magazine:
The Nester gave her boys a colorful tree in their playroom:
At Ame’s Snapshots, she created this cheery vignette on the windowsill over her kitchen sink:
Pat took us on not one but two home tours on her blog Back Porch Musings. Here’s a pretty table setting in one of them:
At Shoot Scoop, Laura took us on a tour of her beautiful farmhouse from the 1800s:
I love her entry:
At Historical Home, we were treated to some beautiful old homes in Connecticut, including this Cape from the 1700s:
So many bloggers participated in the party that I couldn’t possibly show scenes from all of their home tours, but I wish I could! I enjoyed every single one.
Angela (Cottage Magpie) says
Such a display of fabulousness! I loved them all. I’m touched and honored that you mentioned my red and white tree — what a nice thing! Thank you so much. I’ve also got a silver/white/gold tree up now too. Thanks again to you for hosting these great tours! They are so much fun and bring great new visitors to us all!
Cali Girl says
this was so much fun. thank you everyone!
Amy @ Living Locurto says
Oooh, I love the highlight post because I missed some of these homes! What a great party it was:-) Look at this cute gingerbread house my friend is making me so I can decorate one myself… https://tinyurl.com/4bjn8u
I’m sure my kids and cat will have a blast eating it.
Thanks for hosting such a fun event. Looking forward to your next party. Merry Christmas!
Oh, thanks Julia for putting me in the running!! I appreciate that so much. There were some GREAT entries for Christmas this year. Everyone did a fantastic job. Merry Christmas!
Oh, I’m gonna tweet on this too!
Mary Beth says
It was a great party. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful hostess.
[email protected] says
Thanks for being such a great hostess. I truly enjoying getting a peek at everyone’s decorations – there are a lot of talented and creative people. Merry Christmas!
angela | the painted house says
Julia, you really out did yourself on this one–typing all those links in by hand! You deserve the prize!
Thank you so much for the mention–it warms this Scrooge’s heart. (Scrooge just for this year…)
There are so many wonderful ideas to be found in these links. So many beautiful homes. So much variety. LOVE IT!
Thank you again!
As Always we had a great time taking a peek into all those fabulous holiday tours. Thanks so much for hosting. You are the hostess with the mostest!
Jen R Sanctuary Arts says
Sheila - lookiloos says
Julia – The houses were even more beautiful than I imagined from trees to garland to vignettes. I was bowled over. Thanks so much for inviting us all into these gorgeous homes and bringing us together!
dolce chic says
These are all so beautiful. I’ve really loved participating, and checking out everyone’s homes
I missed it all darn it! We have had a heck of a storm come through and my internet has been hit and miss-mostly miss! We actually decorated and the kids wanted to particapate but seemed everytime I could get online it didnt last! made bidding on ebay tough too! I love seeing what other people do to celebrate the holidays- But I know it was a gorgeous party! I will get caught up eventually! LOL-maybe by New Years? Hope you have a great rest of the week! It least I got to take a peek! Smiles~Tam!
YOU are the hostest with the mostest!! WHAT a partay, Julia! I’m going back to look at even more. Thisis soo much fun. Thank you for your hard work…and for putting my post in the running! You’re the best!!
Ramona Owen says
Good Morning Julia ~ Oh My Good Golly…these homes are gorgeous!!!Such a lovely party. I will be tagging along later today…late again…I have had a bit of a health scare over the last week…but the season keeps moving along it’s merry way and I don’t want to miss out completely.
Bravo to everyone for such beautiful decorating…I love the holidays! Thank you Julia for such a delightful party!
Smiles ~ Ramona
Julia, thank you so much for testing my blog link. I really enjoyed this, everyone did such a fine job on their homes. Sadly it was not a malfunction! Merry Christmas, Julia!
i agree with angela – you definitely deserve the prize!
thanks again for a great tour.
I’m still visiting, Julia!!!
Thank you so much for hosting this event!
Better Late than Never!
Wow, there were so many WONDERFUL homes to look at it…I know I haven’t made it to some of them…so many homes, so little time! Thank you for hosting this home tour, Julia!
Thanks for another wonderful blog tour! I could not get over the beauty and imagination in the homes I was able to visit! Blogland is so wonderfully talented.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs, Pat
Thanks again for a fabulous party! I’m hoping not to wait until next Christmas for another! ~Arleen
I love that tree with the ribbons flowing down, and I can’t believe how great Rhondi made those $1 trees looks. Just proves it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a great centerpiece.
[email protected] Restyled Home says
Love it all!! I think Angela’s red and white room is my favourite. I love her take on traditional… that feels anything but stale!!
They are all beautiful. Thanks for the round-up!!
Julia – thanks for the mention. I loved touring all your links. I does make me feel a little guilty though. I’m in the hospitality industry and this time of year I am flat out with work. My poor tree is only half decorated and will be competing with the laundry come Saturday morning!
Fifi Flowers says
GREAT tour once again! When is our next party… hmmmm…
[email protected] says
It was so much fun! I’ll be back next year!
Joni Webb says
you have the best partys!!!! I love the Best Of’s -!. OK, I’m going to the one where they won’t let you take their pictures. I guess they’ve never heard of hypersnap??????
WOW! I am honored, all the homes were just wonderful and I could not have even imagined beig part of the 20 highlites..thank you so much!
Everybody is so amazingly talented! I didn’t get to all of them, so thanks for the highlights.
Julia, you are not only talented but very kind! Thanks again this was a great experience for me! Bonnie
laura @ the shorehouse. says
You know how to throw a party!
There are so many great houses and I need to play catch-up this weekend…I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a few days. I did see Laura Bruen’s Shoot Scoop and I loooovvvvveeee it! I wany to move in (and maybe can…she’s in NJ, too 🙂
Visual Vamp says
This was such a great fun (and exhausting) idea.
I didn’t have time to participate this year, but I have seen dozens and dozens of the bloggers’ Christmas decor on their blogs.
A few have been kind enough to visit me and see my Holly Goes Lightly fun!
So I thank and salute you for your super blog effots in organizing this fab party!
Great tour. I especially liked the house with the bunnies. :p
Wow! Those are some beautiful entries! I can’t wait to get started looking around.
BTW, your Christmas picture of the kids is darling 🙂
Merry Christams Julia!
Um …. that would be Merry Christmas …. lol
[email protected] Journey says
Thank you for hosting this wonderful party Julia. I loved it !
Laura B. says
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this house tour! I loved everyone’s houses, thanks Julia for doing such a fabulous job 😉
Alana @ Gray Matters says
What a great recap – hopefully next year I’ll have it together to participate.
Julia, every one of your house tours outdoes the one before. Congrats on a hugely successful party, and thank you for letting Canyon Wren Cottage be a part. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family. 🙂
Bella Casa says
Thanks for the beautiful recap! I did not get to participate in the Holiday tour, so this was a great post for me. I love all of these ideas and I can’t believe I didn’t see those Felt trees at the Dollar store, lol 😉
Merry Christmas, Julia!
dolce chic says
Thank you so much for allowing all of us to post our home tours on your blog. I have really enjoyed the new readers on my blog, and love the homes which you showcased!