I finally have at least a little time to post about our Christmas get together. We met at my house the weekend before Christmas, and everyone was able to make it. We all share in the preparation of the meal, and my vanilla wafer cake turned out so pretty that David insisted that I take a photo of it.
I mixed up the china from usual, putting the Wal Mart china in the dining room and the Lenox china in the kitchen at the “kid’s table.”
I used pretty sparkly round placemats as the base. Instead of moving out the small kitchen table and putting in a larger one like I usually do, I decided to just keep it there since a larger table takes up so much of the space that we need for food prep. Therefore, the round placemats were perfect and did not take up to much room.
Did you notice these cute Christmas tree ornament place card holders? I found them at our flea market for a great price, $1.50 for all 4. Of course, I had to get them.
Of course, I had to use the holiday wine charms on my Christmas tree glasses.
Grosvenor silver, Bed, Bath, & Beyond napkins, and Lenox Joys of Christmas napkin rings complete the place settings. Obviously, there was no room for a centerpiece on this table.
For the dining room, I layered a small white cloth over a red one, but I needed something to break up the white plate on top of the white cloth, so I chose the gold chargers. I love these Wal Mart plates!
I used my new salad plates, a perfect choice since I bought a set of 6 and there were 6 of us at the table.
OK, this next thing is going to shock you. I know you are used to my using the salt and pepper shakers as place card holders, but this year I wanted to do something different. I found David’s small collection of Hallmark collectible old truck ornaments and thought they would make perfect place card holders. Cute, right?!
Everyone seemed to like them and we actually rolled them back and forth to each other after we ate so that everyone could get a closer look at the different ones.
I actually am pretty proud of the brainstorm that I had for napkin rings. Since my mismatched silver napkin rings made out of vintage silver are the only ones that I have more than 4 of, I had to use them. However, I thought they looked a little uninspired; then I remembered my plethora of wine charms.
I decided that these would be the perfect things to make the napkin rings say Christmas and be a little more festive.
My vintage green goblets were my choice for our stemware.
Of course, more wine charms dress up the glasses.
Grosvenor silver and white napkins completed the place setting.
I was a little uninspired when it came to a centerpiece, but I finally came up with something that I like. My holiday candles and the trucks that I had left after making place card holders were perfect for this table.
This Christmas dinner table was pretty much a departure for me from my usual holiday table, but I did end up liking it. Everyone was complimentary and the truck ornaments were a big hit.
So what happened to the salt and pepper shakers? I moved them to the laundry room. They made a really cute display out there.
On the buffet, I placed the platters and bowls that I would need when the food arrived.
I put all the vegetables on this platter and put the spinach dip in a bowl that I centered on the platter. It was a big hit, and everyone loved the dip.
On the kitchen counter, I placed out drink choices: tea, lemonade, and sparkling water.
I used the counter on the other side of the kitchen, I place the dessert choices: cake, 4-layer dessert, cookies, and candy.
I used my green dish (which I now know is Indiana glass) to hold the dessert forks.
I love the opulent display of fruit in my white Vietri bowl.
Lenox candle holders completed this vignette.
For our sparkling cider, Santa stood guard over the glasses on the Hoosier.
Of course, more wine charms were needed.
On the hutch, I left everything pretty much the same as usual, only adding a Laurie Gates pedestal bowl with frosted fruit and Lenox vase to the display.
For our appetizer table in the living room, I placed a St. Nicholas table runner for decoration. I used the Laurie Gates platter for a cheese plate and the small tray for crackers. Sugar and spice pecans are in the vintage urn.
Everything looked festive, but more important, we all had a great time. We had a nice night of food and fellowship.
We had fun playing our Christmas gift exchange game with the “silver and gold” theme. We ended up the night by donating some money to Russell for his new canoe fund at Camp Cedar Crest. Overall, it was a wonderful and memorable night.
Hope your family get together was wonderful also and that your New Year is happy as well.