For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
I guess that over 2 weeks might be the longest period of time that I have gone between posts. Where have I been? Believe it or not, I’ve been right here at home…just swamped with Christmas preparations and festivities. I’ll start with the kitchen table that I did not show a couple of weeks ago and move one from there.
I started with poinsettia placemats and topped them with my Lenox Joys of Christmas dinner plate. I love this china and this post tells how I got it. It’s been so long since my last post you may not remember that I decided to use the more formal china in the kitchen and the casual china in the dining room.
I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate. I love the way the design on the rim of the dinner plate frames the smaller plate.
I also used the matching napkin rings and Chateau flatware.
For glassware, I chose the matching mugs. I love these! I always feel like it’s a special treat when I sip tea or hot chocolate out of this mug.
I also used my forest green goblets. I love these glasses, an antique mall purchase from last year. I have gotten a lot of use out of them this holiday season.
Of course, I had to use my great wine charms.
I don’t do a centerpiece on my small kitchen table. I purchased the Yankee candle brand of crackling fire candle recently, and what a dud! I can remember my husband and I making fun of the first Woodwick candle purchase years ago. We had to lean very closely to hear the faint sound of the “crackling fire.” A few years later, I purchased the Woodwick brand again (I still love the scents even though the sound was a joke), and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the crackling fire sound had been greatly improved and it was actually more audible now. Hope Yankee will get that formula right soon! Anyway, it is a Yankee candle, so the scent is great.
I put my Lenox candlesticks on the end of the table with my holly tapers, an old purchase from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
I really liked our festive kitchen table, but had to take it down a couple of days later in order to prepare for hosting the holiday party for the newspaper that I work for.
We always do a casual family party with spouses, families, and significant others. Everyone brings snack foods and we just eat and visit. I cleared off the kitchen table for whatever kids wanted to sit there. I put the ice chest with ice and drinks out in the laundry room.
I cleared the tablescape off the dining table, and left the tablecloth with a great Christmas runner. Because I wanted to have plenty of room to set out the food, I decided to keep the centerpiece simple with some candles and salt and pepper shakers.
I accented the Lenox candlesticks with some votives and selected several sets of shakers to add to the setting.
I love these candles. I found them in Bed, Bath and Beyond a couple of years ago. I intended to get some more this year, but never got there. Where does the time go? Anyway, that is the reason that my tapers look a little worse for wear.
I also used the matching small votive holder as one of the accents. I never get tired of this china pattern and love it more each year.
These cute snowmen are welcoming everyone to the party.
I am happy to report that even though I left lots of room for food, we had so much that we had to use the extra table that I had placed in the dining room.
Everyone ate and visited, and we all had a great time. There were even a few tears shed as we bid farewell to a coworker who is moving away.
I have a lot more to say to catch up with over 2 weeks of not posting. However, this post is long enough and I have miles to go before I sleep. Hope everyone has a merry Christmas and remembers the true meaning of the season!