Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Table

The inspiration for this year's table was the set of darling Santa placecard holders my sister sent me as an early Christmas gift. There are four different poses.  Just love these!
The glittery red and green of the Santas reminded me I had some glittery green candles and a red linen table runner.
Instead of my "good" china, I used my Christmas china, Dansk Winterfest.
 Here's another view, showing the emerald green glasses that first belonged to my husband'a grandparents.  I love the shape and color, and the pattern name -- Burple.
The monochrome centerpiece is simply evergreen clippings with the glittery green candles and some ornaments.
Anchoring each end of the centerpiece are poinsettia "blooms" and more evergreens in silver julep cups.  I'd been wanting to try clipping the poinsettias after seeing the technique in Southern Living.
Here's a closeup!
A view down the table. . .
Time to light some candles!
The candlelight view.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cozy Christmas Breakfast

Our daughter's family will be arriving later Christmas Day, so we'll have just four around the breakfast table that morning -- my husband, son, daughter-in-law, and me. The simple centerpiece includes two miniature live evergreens in pots topped with "snow" and two Father Christmases handed down to me from my mother-in-law's collection.
 These cute salad plates were the inspiration for this table.  I bought them after Christmas last year at Crate and Barrel Outlet.
I added my red glasses and green placemats, and we're using the silver flatware at breakfast since it's Christmas! 
I've had the napkins, also from Crate and Barrel, for several years, but they seem made for these plates.  I like the lime green mixed with the more traditional green and red in the Joy design.
Here's another view that shows my silver pattern, Lunt Belvedere.
Here's a closer look at one of the Father Christmases.

In the background of this view is our 30+ year old Advent calendar, made by my mother when our daughter was little. The chair back blocks the little candy-filled pockets for each day.  You can also glimpse our living room Christmas tree on the left.
 Here's one more view of the table, looking toward the baker's rack.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you will leave a comment before you leave.  I will be linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Such Sweet Sisters!

I am blessed with two wonderful sisters, both of whom are EXCELLENT at gift-giving.  Last night, the UPS man delivered a box that held a beautifully wrapped gift from my sister in Dallas, with a tag reading, "Open NOW!"  I was happy to oblige and found these adorable Santa place card holders inside!  I can't wait to use them in a tablescape, and they'll also be cute holding cards to identify dishes for a buffet. 

Earlier this month my other sister in Nashville sent me a box with six different types of Jeni's ice cream, including such amazing flavors as frankincense and almond cake and smoked tea and plum pudding.  They are AMAZING, and it's been lots of fun to sample the different flavors.

I am thankful to have such fabulous sisters!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

You Know It's December

When your husband brings home the long-awaited Haagen-Dazs peppermint bark ice cream!  Our Sam's had it this year.  If you haven't tried it, you are really missing something!