Saturday, December 30, 2017

Magical Memory Maker

I live in Austin, but it was Katie @ Preppy Empty Nester
who gave me a heads-up on this amazing venue
right here in downtown Austin.

 Kudos to the Weston Downtown Austin
for creating this life size gingerbread house as the perfect
spot for brunch with these two cuties.

 I arrived a few minutes early to add some special touches
to the table before the girls joined me.

The Weston had covered the tabletop with the perfect plaid
wrapping paper, black napkins, and white dishes.  I added
Courtly Check chargers, red gingham napkins with tartan napkin rings, a tabletop tree, and party treats as take home favors.

 A tabletop tree from Bethany Lowe was embellished with
Courtly Check glass balls, miniature lighted gingerbread houses, tiny tin hearts, Santas, snowmen, and candy canes.

It was three days to Christmas,
and the littles were filled with excitement.

I filled pink tins from Target's Dollar Spot
with candy for the girls to take home to enjoy later.

I also found the darling 2017 snow globe with the gingerbread
boy and girl at Target, a music box that plays Toy Land.

Special gingerbread cookies in a tin and gingerbread boy
and girl headbands were waiting at their spot.

 The little girls were beyond excited with 
all the sweets and the details of the gingerbread house.

Festive boxes of caramel treats and a
Starbucks gift card waited for the "older" girls.

We ordered off the brunch menu, 
and the food was delicious!

Curren, our waiter, was both attentive and engaged.
Outstanding service!!!  Thank you, Curren!

A big thank you to Weston Downtown Austin for offering this
creative venue that was perfect for making magical memories.

They say that the best gifts to give children 
are experiences that provide lasting memories.
In this day and time when many children have an abundance
 of toys, electronics, etc. it makes sense to give a gift 
that creates a magical memory for years to come.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, this was such a special occasion for these girls, I feel certain they will remember this long after they're grown adults. As the little's shirt says, "Oh what fun!"

  2. OH Sarah
    What a wonderful memory I loved the detail , it must have been fun planing it .
    I will remember it and was not there .The black white checker dishes look like my favorite store I never buy there but sure look at there catalog. It is so nice to see your party Laura

  3. I am sure they will always remember this special day - you made it very festive with all of your "touches"! They are all lucky girls to have you as their aunt! Happy New Year!

  4. Sarah, how sweet this is. I love the idea and the kids look so happy. You are so wonderful with the family. A very special memory indeed. Happy New Year.

  5. This could not be more fabulous. I know this will be part of their memory bank to the day they die, telling their own children over and over about their magical Christmas treat!

  6. Dearest Sarah,
    WOW, that was indeed a very special treat offered by the Westin, Austin TX.
    Love the fairytale like ginger bread house and than you even beefed it all up with extra touches that those girls will never ever get off their retina. So sweet of you for showing them the magic of table setting to a theme.
    Hah, had to laugh at the word Cookie as it did derive from New Netherlands, it is Dutch! So many Dutch words linger still with us today.
    Wishing you and your Chef and all your loved ones a Happy New Year and hope to enjoy many more adventures around Table Setting with you!!!

  7. Last year was a great year for you, and I know you’ll have an even better one this year.

  8. Sarah, what a memorable and fun eve t that you created for these girls! You were also teaching the art of a beautiful thought out table. Happy New Year to you and the Chef

  9. Oh Sarah, those little girls will never forget their special brunch in the gingerbread house! How fun that you brought all those special touches to create such a magical environment! The perfect way to celebrate sweet season! Happy New Year!

  10. I love this post! Such a thoughtful, insightful thing to do, treating the girls to an experience they will always remember. You don't say who your guests are, but the older child certainly looks a lot like you!

  11. How absolutely fabulous Sarah. It would have been memorable just to have seen the gingerbread house but what you did is so much more special. Yes, you made memories to last a lifetime.

  12. OMGosh, Sarah! How fantastic is that!!! I do believe that the best thing you can give as a gift to your grandkids is special memories like this. Those memories will warm their hearts when they are grown.

    I hope you have a blessed, special 2018. Happy New Year- xo Diana

  13. That is so adorable! What wonderful and fun memories for you all.

  14. Sarah,
    What a wonderful holiday outing for both little and big girls. We never get too old for a magical time with loved ones.

    Happy New Year,


  15. Sarah, this is the cutest thing I've ever seen! Your luncheon must have put you in the Christmas spirit. You did such an amazing job sprucing up the table and putting together the treats. Everything is adorable, and so are you and the girls.

    Happy New Year!
    Ricki Jill

  16. Adorable Sarah! What a fun idea for little and big girls alike! All your extra special touches at the table make brunch in a life size gingerbread house and even sweeter treat. Happy New Year to you! ♥

  17. Sarah, you know how much I love this. A very special memory and with all your beautiful Sarah touches. Happy New Year dear friend!

  18. Sorry I'm late Sarah, it's been a busy month. This is such an adorable venue to hold a memory making occasion for these sweet girls. The table is gorgeous and perfect for "the girls" and I'm sure will be tucked away in their minds for a lifetime. For a fun time for you creating this Christmas table. Happy New Year!

  19. Sarah... the girls (and you) will remember that special day forever. I love all of your special touches. Enjoy your week.

  20. Sarah, how fun was this for you and your granddaughters? Our Grand America creates a giant gingerbread house at Christmas, but it's just one to look at. This is such a great idea! Love how you dressed the table. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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