Christmas Brunch, Christmas Traditions – Terra Nyce Photography & Mahler Ridge Farm

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Photography by Terra Nyce Photography, terranyce.com/blog. 

Terra Nyce Photography is based in Kennewick and available in the Inland and Pacific Northwest as well as destination weddings. I love Terra’s wedding portfolio. Terra is a skilled indoor as well as outdoor photographer – perfect for weddings and other catered events!

Visit Terra Nyce Photography, wedding and portrait photographer at: terranyce.com/blog. I love the softness that she adds to her photos. She works hard to capture the lighting and ambiance. I love how she incorporated the Christmas lights into this tablescape shoot.

Christmas brunch is a tradition in my family. As long as I can remember as a child, I would wake up to the smell of fresh oven rolls and the sound of my mother whisking, stirring, and the dishes clanking as she got the table ready! My mom is a gifted hostess and I love that she shared that talent with her children.

The tablescapes she created are fixed in my memory: quilted place mats in rich, Christmas colors, beautiful dishes and silverware, glasses and coordinating napkins. We had a tradition of eating shrimp cocktail with warm rolls with butter and delicious jelly. The main course was typically chicken or fish with rice pilaf and vegetables.

I didn’t realize until I became a mother myself that it is a lot of work to put on a spread like that! Over time I realized that the reason for all of that labor in the kitchen is to create a special meal for those we love and cherish so dearly to gather together and celebrate that love for each other – you never know how precious a memory you can create for those you love with a little effort beyond the every day.

My creative team on this Christmas Brunch shoot wanted to show that with a little, you can make an elegant and inviting tablescape. Our hope is that you see this styled shoot and get inspired! Whether you are traveling or staying home this Christmas, look around at what’s available at home and in the garden and get creative and make a simple and inviting look to share with those you love during your Christmas meal!

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Mini wreaths for the back of the chairs were hand-made by Mahler Ridge Farm and made with locally grown: Cypress, Dusty Miller and Spruce greenery. Greenery centerpiece includes the same with the addition of painted silver branches for accents. I love how Evangeline incorporated the sliver branches. Spray paint is inexpensive and you can forage for branches and add some sparkle and contrast to your table.

Mahler Ridge Farm is a small family farm growing flowers and produce in Eltopia, WA. Seasonal flowers are available for events, here. During the growing season (June – September), in addition to selling at the farmer’s markets, Mahler Ridge Farm sells loose flowers by the bucket! Buckets start at $35, providing an affordable option for decorating anything from a family gathering or small party to weddings and corporate events.

Mention you heard about Mahler Ridge Farm on When in Tri-Cities and get $5 off your bucket order for events during the June – September 2018 growing season. E-mail: ekmahler@gmail.com with your event date, request pick-up date, and number of buckets you would like.

I love this traditional, Swiss Jelly Roll made by local bakers at Decadent Delivery. Christmas is a time to bring the world together by sharing traditions and the easiest way to share traditions is through food! There is nothing as festive for your Christmas tablescape than a traditional dessert! Orders for desserts must be submitted before December 23rd. Fill out a custom order form for specific days, here.

Decadent Delivery is a husband and wife duo with a combined forty years experience in professional baking. They use new techniques, flavor profiles and textures to make their desserts delicious and memorable. Decadent Delivery is based in West Richland and delivers delicious desserts to your doorstep! Shop their “Dessert Bar” at decadentdelivery.org and also check out their “Weddings” menu!

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Black Currant Creative is most well-known for her signature watercolor family portraits. She also creates watercolor florals and a variety of hand lettered goods: prints, cards, invitations, etc. Black Currant Creative will take custom orders and will work with clients to create their ideal product like these canvas place holders with Christmas greetings! I love the idea of place cards, but I loved even more that she wrote Christmas messages on them for each guests to take home as a favor.

Black Currant Creative, hand-lettering and watercolor artist, E-mail: hello@blackcurrantcreative.com. Visit blackcurrantcreative.etsy.com and use code: TRICITIES10 for 10% off anything in the shop! Code expires May 31, 2018. Follow Black Currant Creative on Facebook and Instagram.

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Special thanks to Amy Rene @amyrenemua for sponsoring this post. Registration is now open for her makeup class, “Slay the Look,” which will be held at Blankspace Saturday, January 6th from 1 – 3 pm. This would make a great Christmas gift for any lady on your list! Blankspace is a beautiful venue where people can gather and be social and learn something new!

Sometimes we put so much focus on the holidays that we forget to plan something to look forward to in January! This class is the perfect remedy. Amy Rene has fifteen years professional experience as a makeup artist. Her goal is to help others learn makeup techniques that will help them start each morning with confidence and “Slay the Look!”

Thank you so much for reading When in Tri-Cities! This concludes my official content for 2017! I started this blog in 2015 and am so appreciative of the local support you guys have given it! Thank you to those who have sponsored content this year. I couldn’t do it without you! 

I am currently mapping out content for When in Tri-Cities and Instagram @whenintricities as well as pitching article concepts to magazine editors within the Inland and Pacific Northwest for Spring 2018. If you want to work with me, send me a DM on Instagram or E-mail: aliciawalters99@gmail.com. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May all your days be merry and bright! -Alicia Walters 

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