Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July

While visiting Marlis' wonderful blog, Creative Journeys, this week, I was inspired to pull together a post so I could participate in a few of this week's blog parties.  I was out of town last weekend, so didn't have time to create a new tablescape to post, but this is the next best thing!

I always enjoy setting special tables for Christmas Eve, Christmas morning breakfast, and Christmas dinner.  I try to vary them at least a bit each year, but there are also some constants.  I love the look of fresh evergreens, mixed with ornaments and candles or flowers.  So easy, but very festive!  I like this mostly all-green centerpiece I used last Christmas Eve.  (Click the link under the photos to visit the original post.)

Christmas Eve 2011

I used a very similar centerpiece for Christmas Eve dinner in 2010, using a silver sandwich tray to contain the greenery, green and silver ornaments, and white candles. 
Christmas Eve, 2010

For a more formal Christmas table, I simply removed the green ornaments and added a few more silver ones. 
White Christmas, 2010

This centerpiece is still one of my favorites -- so simple, yet elegant.  I just combined fresh greenery with white mums and green hypericum berries in a pretty bowl from my in-laws' collection.
Christmas Dinner, 2010

I continued the theme with the napkin rings -- a Christmas gift opened that morning! -- adding a mum and sprigs of greenery to each one.

I found one pre-blog photo from Christmas 2006!  You can just get a glimpse of another simple and monochromatic centerpiece using fresh greenery and lime green "Kermit" mums from the grocery store in my silver Revere bowl.

Each year I usually buy  one or two small live trees to use on a sideboard or in a centerpiece, as I did for Christmas breakfast last year.  With a couple of Santas from my mother-in-law's collection, they made for a simple but festive centerpiece.
Christmas morning, 2011
Here's one more Christmas breakfast table, this one featuring a wooden tree and red candles as a centerpiece. 
Christmas morning, 2010
Thank you for visiting this week!  I look forward to visiting YOU to see your great ideas for Christmas!
 I will be linking to:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish #19-- Christmas in July
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Yvonne of StoneGable for the Christmas in July blog hop

29 comments:

  1. Your Christmas tablescapes are so pretty! It's hard do decide which I like best. Your White Christmas one is gorgeous and I also like the Christmas morning 2011, too. They're all great!
    Babs

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  2. Beautiful Christmas in July tables! Actually made me feel cooler!:-)

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  3. Your Christmas tables are all so festive! Your Christmas morning table 2011 with your Joy plates is my favorite :)

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  4. Pretty Christmas tables, Tricia! Where do you live in Texas? I noticed that you wished we had a Christmas Tree Shop in Texas, on Kathleen's comment box. We do have one in Dallas, if you ever get this way, just to let you know. I went once, but didn't find all the wonderful things that everyone else seems to.

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  5. Tricia, I couldn't bring myself to do Christmas yet, but I've certainly enjoyed your stroll down memory lane!

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  6. Aaah Tricia.. thank you.. my gosh. I loved seeing all your pretty tables. And the notes on the centerpieces. I too love a good bunch of greenery in the center of the table. Doesn't it just smell so good? I am going to use the candles and ornaments theme somehow this year.. thanks for the tips. The Christmas Tree shop is in Dallas by the Galleria. However, as with Kitty, I didn't find all the goodies either.. Hugs.. xo marlis

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  7. Tricia, each of these holiday tables are perfect for the season. Love the white and silver details of your Christmas dinner in 2010.
    Reading Kitty's note above, I went to CTS in Dallas last time I was there. Sorry to say, it was a big disappointment. I think we need to make a trip to Long Island and shop with Kathleen and Alma. ;-)

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  8. Oh, so many beautiful and fun tablescapes...I couldn't even pick a favorite! :)
    Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  9. That chrysanthemum/hypericum berry arrangement is my favorite, too! It looks so elegant, and the fact that it's in a square rather than round bowl makes it extra cool!!! Uh oh....I'll be going to Pennsylvania later this year and hoping that I can score at a CTS there. I might have to take a side trip to Alma and Kathleen's territory!

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  10. Beautiful! I love how you go all out evening for Christmas morning!!

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  11. I love Christmas. I have the same crystal bowl on the silver base that was your in-laws. If you ever need a pair, we can meet some place on the H. E. Bailey, and I'll loan it to you. Beautiful tables. Thanks for the reprise. Cherry Kay

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  12. It is so much fun to look back at previous Christmas tables. I really enjoyed all of yours but my favorite is Christmas morning 2011...love those colors and fun plates! Hugs, Linda

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  13. I love to see the different tables you set up, always festive and beautiful. You have a real gift for creating a lovely space for guests. Reading an old Gladys Taber book the other day, she mentioned using fresh greenery in a long container with red geraniums in pots, that made me think of some of your combinations. Not to mention, Christmas in July takes us momentarily away from the Texas summer!

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  14. They are all wonderful! I thought it might be painful to look at Christmas tables, but I am actually enjoying them. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  15. Someday I will have a collection of Christmas tables, like you. I like them all but especially the all green centerpiece.

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  16. Very pretty Christmas tablescapes! I love the white mum centerpiece in the footed silver piece!

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  17. Love all you festive ideas. I will borrowing one of them, since I have that same footed rectangle bowl! Dianne

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  18. You have had some very pretty Christmas tablescapes!. Each so different, each so fabulous!

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  19. Your Christmas tables make me dreamof the coolness of winter. My favorite was the Christmas dinner 2010. The silver with the greenery and white mums was fabulous.
    Dawna

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  20. OH GOODNESS, I love all your beautiful tables. I am going back and pin all of them. Thank you for putting this together.
    xo, Ginger

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  21. Lovely table -- thanks for sharing -- looking at Christmas things when it was triple digits made me feel so much cooler!

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  22. Loved seeing your pretty tables, each one different and festive!
    The white is certainly cooling!
    Thanks for sharing at Let's Dish!

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  23. Tables for Christmas are all great. We have the same green glasses. My mom had a set but when I decided that I wanted them she had already sold them all in a garage sale. She got hers as a grocery store give away with tea. I now have many of each of the 5 differen sizes.

    Cathy,<;)

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  24. All these beautiful tables make me want cold weather to get here tomorrow!

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  25. Tricia, I've been so remiss with my blog but I had to take a peek to see what you had done this week. I just love thinking about Christmas this time of year. Seeing your pretty tables was just the thing! I too, love a simple table with some greenery. Thank you for a special treat on this hot summer's day!

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  26. I love easch and everyone of your Christmas tables, Ticia. So many neat ideas!...Christine

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  27. Great idea Tricia! I have been so busy with summer activities that I haven't done a table in a few weeks. It is fun to see all of the fun tables!

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  28. Tricia, You have certainly set some gorgeous tables with gorgeous centerpieces. I always short my centerpieces a bit, you real greenery and hypericum (sp?) are beautiful. Joni

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