Friday, July 17, 2009

Christmas in July

I have had a very busy week with work and trying to get ready for a 2 week vacation coming up so am resorting to posting my Christmas in July tablescape from the meme "Playing Dishes" had last week. Be sure to stop by Between Naps on the Porch to see many more tablescapes.


Felecia over at Playing Dishes is hosting a Christmas In July Meme. There will be a lot of "ho ho ho" going on over there so be sure to check it out. Being a Christmas lover, I just had to join in the fun!



This is what I came up with.....




I had a great day in the sunshine decorating for CHRISTMAS! I really wanted my tablescape to look like Christmas in JULY so I set it up outside. I'm sure my neighbours think I've gone crazy! Mr. Delight is at work and I'm wondering what he will say when he gets home!




My daughter gave me these wonderful black/red poinsettia plates last Christmas but I never had a chance to try them out then so it was great to have the time to plan a tablescape I'll be able to use this Christmas.






I did dig into a couple of my Christmas bins to get out some things to decorate with. Reminder - must clean up basement!



I even decorated the four corners of the cabana. Here I put out a couple of gold trees.



These are candle holders I just got from Partylite. I made them a bit Christmas-y by adding the Santa pinecone wreath above and some decorations at the bottom.





This lantern is also always in the cabana so I dressed it up too





I keep these Christmas trees out all year in the living room. I add little birds to them and make them seem more like just evergreens which we have a lot of in our neck of the woods. I even hung a stocking.....do you think Santa is on his way?

Mustn't forget the candelier!




Christmas by candlelight....my fav!








Hope you enjoyed my Christmas in July...seemed very strange to decorate before there is snow on the ground! And it's way too hot to turn on the oven to cook a turkey...do you think roast weinies go with my tablescape?

25 comments:

D said...

Wow, Beautiful. Can't get into the Christmas thing in July, though. :)
Do you like your cabana? I'm thinking of getting one. How are they in the winter? Do you take them down? Thanks.
D

Eileen said...

Good idea for Christmas in July, these things are all too pretty to keep under wraps all year long!
Love the poinsettia dishes, and love the idea of those little trees out all year too!

Beautiful tablescape, beautiful surroundings!

xinex said...

OMG, you are so ready for Christmas. This is gorgeous and so festive!...Christine

Ruth said...

Love that centerpiece! Is that new and available somewhere, or is it from your "in-house stash"? Very fun table setting, and I envy you the white chairs!

Chandy said...

Wow, that's one gorgeous table and being outside, so CIJ! Your table is so pretty with the black tablecloth and I like how you decorated the rest of your gazebo. Wonderful!

printersdevil said...

I LOVE, LOVE this tablescape! Those poinsettia plates are so striking. I am so glad that you got to play with them for CIJ since you didn't last year.

The use of the black tablecloth adds a wonderful touch to this elegant table. I don't even know what I like the best. I enjoyed getting to see the whole gazebo decorated with your holiday things. I definitely think that Santa should put something great in your stocking THIS week.

Thank you for participating this week's CIJ Tablescape Party.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks great! And I do love those dishes - they're the best! (but of course, I am a dishaholic! LOL)

Kathleen said...

You are too funny! I can't imagine dragging all that outside...hope the neighbors didn't see!
It looks beautiful!I love the new plates, they look great with the black!
I didn't get time to do it this week as I did the Garden Party table Fri, and Sat the kids arrived for the weekend..
Hope I can join in next week!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you so much for visiting me at the Garden Party! I love how you actually set a Christmas table outdoors. It's beautiful! I've been looking at all of your other beautiful table settings and I am very impressed. You do a lovely job!

~Susan

santamaker said...

Christmas is fabulous any time of the year, isn't it? Lovely tablescape, especially love the gazebo.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a beautiful tablescape! You did a great job on this. I enjoyed it SO much!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila (If you'd like please enter my giveaway!)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all just beautiful! Love those black and red poinsettia dishes!

Katherine

Bill said...

Hi DD,
You did a fine job interpreting Christmas in July (by making it obvious it IS July!). It all looked very fun, festive, and inviting!

Thank for stopping by and leaving such nice comments!

Bye for now,
Bill

Frugal Fine Living said...

This is beautiful! I love the outdoor setting and the dishes.

Jane

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, this is so pretty! I love the black tablecloth, although I would never have thought to use it. It's just lovely with all your layers and dishes. Happy TT to you and Merry Christmas! :)

Cathy said...

I am so glad that you re-posted!!! I missed it the first time!!! So pretty and what fun to celebrate Christmas in July!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Janie's World said...

You've done a beautiful job setting that Christmas table. I love those black and red poinsettia dishes. Love it!

Pinky said...

Oh my goodness, this is terrific! I love it all but I am especially in love with your cabana! It is terrific! I have a deck and a table for only 4. Someday I hope to have a patio where I acn have a larger table and a CABANA like yours! Thanks for sharing this beauty! Plese come over to see my table! Thanks, Pinky

Lori E said...

How beautiful. I love Christmas but I would be darned if I would lug out all my stuff buried in storage for one tablescape. You deserve an award for that much work. You should leave it up for a while.
I collect old fashioned Santas and was usually given one in August when my husband returned from a trip. I didn't have the heart to put him away (the Santa, not my husband) so I always had one Santa out on the mantle through the summer and fall.
And yes my friends thought I was nuts.

Cindy said...

OMG, just gorgeous!! I love the beautiful plates and the all the fabulous touches! What a lot of work, I certainly admire you for that much ambition in July! Cindy

denisemarie in Houston, TX said...

love the chandy...love the poinsetta dishes and love that your daughter got them for her momma!! Looks even better by candle light.

Oh what fun it is to play in the sunshine making a Christmas dream scape!!

Mary said...

Hi DD! Thanks for peeking in at my blue and white table, and you are invited to come by for tea any time! I really enjoyed your beautiful Christmas in July tablescape! That's my favorite time of year, and always enjoy decorating for the family and for entertaining. You did an outstandinging job of bringing the season to the summer - I could almost see the snow!

Martha said...

Very pretty tablescape -- love the dishes and the black and the red -- it's perfect!

Blue Creek Home said...

Everything looks lovely. I love the poinsettia plates, the gold trees and partylite candelholders are great too.
Thanks for visiting me.
Rhonda

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a delightful tablesetting.. full of ideas.. I love your chandy..and partylites.. Your black and red are so elegant.. I hope your Friday is all that you want it to be..
hugs ~lynne~