Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

I hope everyone is having a lovely and relaxing day-after-Christmas!  I plan to sit with my feet up all afternoon, if I can get away with it. We had a wonderful couple of days with our family.

Our daughter and her family arrived Christmas Eve morning, and our son flew in that afternoon.  My father-in-law joined us that evening for dinner.  Here are a few photos of the table I set for that meal.

I've had the plaid tablecloth for years.  I really like the emerald green glasses with it -- they first belonged to my husband's grandparents, then his parents, and now they've been passed down to us.  I believe they were originally a grocery store premium, but they have a lovely shape and wonderful color. The pattern is called both Inspiration and Burple, from what I've read about them.

I used my Christmas china, Dansk Winterfest, again for this table.  I have napkins that match the tablecloth, but they get lost in a sea of plaid, so I used some white ones tied with red and green cording. You can also see the tree-shaped placecard holders I featured in an earlier post.  My granddaughter wrote our names on the placecards when she arrived.
The centerpiece is almost the same as the one in my last tablescape, with the addition of some fresh greenery and some glittery green ornaments. 
Here's a view with the candles lit.
My adorable grandchildren posed for the obligatory Christmas pajamas photo before going to bed that night.

The men of the Dull and the Dutiful family opened matching shirts on Christmas Eve, which they wore on Christmas Day. From the left, my father-in-law, my husband, our son, and our son-in-law.

The grandchildren also dressed festively for Christmas Day.
My wonderful daughter gave me some gorgeous placemats and napkin rings for Christmas, so I quickly incorporated them into our table for Christmas dinner..

The centerpiece was simple -- just evergreens with white mums and green hypericum berries in a glass and silver bowl.
The new placemats are sparkly silver with ruffly edges, and the clear acrylic napkin holders have a small opening to hold flowers or other small items. I used more of the white mums and greenery for this table, and I'm looking forward to using these special holders on many tables in 2011!
Here's a look at the placesetting, with my wedding china, silver, and crystal. 
Here's another look at the table.
And here is my family, all waiting for pie after the meal!  We were blessed to have four generations around our table this year.  Clockwise from left are my father-in-law, our daughter, our grandson, our son-in-law, my husband, our granddaughter, and our soon-to-be-married son.  The wedding is now just a few days away!
Thank you for visiting! I hope you'll leave me a comment before you go!


  1. Loved your pictures of family! What a neat idea with the matching that! Loved the plaid table setting all ready for Christmas - wonderful green glasses and those trees are just delightful! Your new napkin rings are wonderful and we'll enjoy seeing the ways you will match them to your always lovely tablesettings. What a beautiful family to spend your Christmas day with. Happy New Years blessings to you and yours and looking forward to seeing your son's wedding posts here soon as well.

  2. Hello Tricia. what a lovely tablescape, Although both the tablscapes are great, but specially I love the red checked table clote... its one of my favourite and in this chilled weather it looks so warm and inviting....... And what great plates you have in white and silver, so unique... really I love it... the delicay of white china cant be explained and the chargers . great, beautiful...
    Wish you a very Happy New Year
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  3. I just love the matching shirts - how cute is that! Your table settings are beautiful. The plaid with the green glasses are just stunning! I always love to see how other people with red dining rooms decorate. Mine has been red for about 8 years and every now and then I think I want to change it. Then I see a pretty room like yours and think, wait a minute...I still love the red, I will keep it longer! Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a happy new year!

  4. Oh what a beautiful family. Love the men's matching shirts, and those grandchildren are adorable! Your tables both look so pretty. How beautiful your china looks with those silver place mats and the pretty flower holder napkin rings. You know I love the plaid, and such cute place card holders. laurie

  5. Both tables are beautiful, Tricia! I love your new napkin rings, so pretty! The men look great in their shirts, and the kiddies are just darling.
    I haven't seen you around...hope all is well, and Happy 2011!

  6. wonderfull job. love it so much!!