A Simple Winter Table, Plus Time Away

Our holidays were a little unusual this year as we had all of our family, both nuclear and extended, celebrations all done by Dec. 24. Because of the way Christmas fell this year, David had the day after Christmas off (he normally doesn’t); therefore, we had a long weekend. We decided to take a few days a get away to one of our favorite state parks.


We left on Christmas day and arrived in plenty of time to get settled and even bring in some firewood by dark. We very much enjoyed the fireplace in the cabin each evening.


We did not do a lot…which is exactly what we had planned! We read, watched a little tv (a very little…it only picked up about 3 or 4 stations, but I fell in love with Create while there and hate that I can’t get it on Dish), took some nice long walks, and did a lot of resting. We knew that rain was predicted while we were there and planned to take that day to shop and eat out.

We went to a few flea markets, and I will tell you about my purchases later. We definitely decided to splurge on lunch since we rarely do that and Weidmann’s it was! If you’re ever in Meridian, MS, it is a wonderful place to eat and we thoroughly enjoyed it.


It was hard to leave, but, paradoxically, we were glad to get home. It was nice to be offline for a few days…I had over 100 emails when I got back. I could have checked email on my phone while away, but I made the deliberate decision not to. Sometimes I just need a break from technology, and, with the exception of texting a few pics to friends, I did that and did not miss it at all.

Speaking of texting, my sister texted me a photo of her Christmas table and it had some wine glasses with red ribbons that I really liked. She said they came from Pier 1. I actually got on the Pier 1 website and looked at them…they were priced reasonably, but we all know that I need more glasses, right? I put them out of my mind and began packing for our trip. 100_8848 At the first flea market that we visited in Meridian, I was amazed to find a set of 4 of these wine glasses with red stripes for half the price of the Pier 1 glasses. I almost did not get them, but I knew that I would regret it if I walked out of there without them. 100_8850 When the man checked me out, he said that he hadn’t seen them or he would have gotten them! I am so glad that I purchased them. I think that they are prettier than the Pier 1 glasses, and I am so happy that I found them. These glasses lead me into telling you about my simple winter table. 100_8842 I am glad to have the Christmas things put away and to go back to simplicity. I put my square red Wal Mart plates on top of my brown striped placemats at the kitchen table. 100_8844 I decided on the square Friendly Village salad plates. 100_8845 I have always liked these on top of the red plates to bring out the little bit of red in the design. 100_8846 Still keeping it simple, I chose my taupe plaid napkins that have a small brown stripe in them and my tassel napkin rings. My photo does not really show up the design of the napkin at all. 100_8849 I used my everyday Chateau flatware and, of course, the new glasses to finish the place setting. 100_8852 Because my kitchen table is small, I normally do a small vignette at one end of the table instead of a centerpiece. I looked through my pitcher collection and chose The Friendly Village, of course. 100_8853 A vintage Johnson Brothers one also blended well on the table. 100_8857 I added a small pillar candle on a casual stand, and I was done. Then I got to thinking about salt and pepper shakers…and, yes, it did take me quite a while to put up all the Christmas ones! 100_8854 Santa had put a hedgehog and pine cone set in my Christmas stocking…the perfect neutrals for this table. Cute, right!? 100_8858 So there is my casual winter table, using The Friendly Village once again (one of my favorite china patterns). We will enjoy simplifying this week from all of the Christmas china, but still managing to eat at a pretty table. 100_8856 After being away for 3 nights (in the woods, no less), you can imagine the laundry pile that I have. So I’m off to work on that as well as a few other things that need to be done before I go to work this afternoon. Hope everyone has a great week!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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6 Responses to A Simple Winter Table, Plus Time Away

  1. Rosie M. says:

    Very pretty, Bev. I LOVE your new red-ribboned glasses! What a find! They are colorful, delicate and unique. I’m glad you had a few days of rest. My hubby and I did the same thing. We got out of town for the weekend and then I could come back and face the mess in the house from our family Christmas gathering! It made quite a difference. Have a wonderful New Year’s!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. Very pretty, and I agree the Pier 1 glasses aren’t as pretty as the ones you found. Have a lovely New Year!

  3. Zenda says:

    I always enjoy seeing your Johnson Brothers dishes!! Glad you enjoyed your time away. Happy New Year!

  4. vickyhunt says:

    Your simple table is just lovely Bev! I am a little envious of those gorgeous glasses! Don’t you love it when things like that happen? I’m glad you enjoyed your little trip. Sounds so nice…I would love a mini vacation! Anywho, have a blessed last day of 2014!

    Hugs, Vicky

  5. plutrell says:

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Have a happy New Year! http://www.over50feeling40.com

  6. Danielle says:

    Love your table setting. I have been fortunate to inherit my Grandmothers ‘Johnson Bros.’ collection. We have used it everyday even when the girls were growing up. Now just being the two of us on most occasions, having an easy yet decorative table setting is a very nice break away from the daily mundane..here is your plate and utensils.

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