Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Past

I hope you are finally having some time to sit and relax while you peruse the wonderful Christmas tablescapes linked to Between Naps on the Porch hosted by the seemingly never-tiring Susan. The kids and significant others' have all gone back to their respective residences and I'm looking forward to some "me" time!

I haven't had a chance to upload my pics of this year's Christmas Table so am showing one from days of old (before I had a blog).  This was the 'scape I created for Christmas Eve last year when I hosted a family dinner for numbers that stretched the confines of my dining room table.

Mr. Delight created a plywood platform (hidden by tablecloths) that sits on the table top.  It extends width and length-ways allowing for a bit more elbow room - and room to create a centerpiece!

Although I seem to be acquiring lots of different Christmas salad/dessert plates, I actually only own one complete set of Christmas dishes and they don't even have a "name" on them.  They were just a cheap set I got at a local hardware store a few years back as I liked the pattern on them.  

The napkin rings are poinsettias made from red & green felt.  They are special to me as my children purchased them years ago at a sale at their elementary school as a gift for me. I've dressed them up here with some acrylic crystal napkin rings my sister-in-law gave me.

This Santa beside the Christmas Tree is actually an old Partylite piece.  The top of the gift box opens allowing a square votive to burn.

Excuse the mismatched chairs but this is a given at our house when guests number above 6. Do you have to resort to a mish-mash of chairs for large gatherings? 

Best wishes for the New Year! Are you planning a quiet evening at home or heading out for a night on the town?  Either way, I hope you have fun and 2010 has lots of good things in store for you!


Martha said...

A pretty table! Those are pretty dishes and I, too, like the pattern!

Kathleen said...

Very pretty DD! I love the special memories that come with the napkin rings!

When we built this house and bought a new dining room set,(son and dil have my old one which looks wonderful in their older home with all the big mouldings etc.) I bought 8 chairs that matched my breakfast area I have 12 that match. Then I have 6 cheap version of them when we have a large number. I make sure the thin people sit on those though!
Happy 2010!

Treasia said...

What a wonderful idea to enlarge the table space. Beautiful table settings.

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Beautiful table! That's a great idea to get more elbow room-no commitment! :) Happy New Year!

Liz said...

Very Pretty for sure!

Happy New Year!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your holly dishes -- I have holly dishes too and you have lot's of sweetness on your table - thanks for sharing the stories behind your treasures.

Happiest of New Year's to you!

Sarah said...

I like your Christmas dishes with the ring of holly. Very sweet and easy to use with accent plates for salads. Great idea to add the table top to enlarge the table. Wouldn't help me though. I simply need a larger dining room. LOL
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

once in a blue moon... said...

very pretty, your little tree is so cute. i love the holly dishes too! thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog, VERY touching... have a wonderful new years eve and thank you~

Dream Mom said...

Beautiful table. Love the centerpiece. Very pretty color scheme-very Christmasy!

Maryrose said...

Great table. What a great idea to have the plywood over the table. I was thinking it would be nice to have something to add to my table since I always have a few more and throw a card table on the end for that little bit more. I love the rich red and the napkin rings that mean so much. Also sometimes the best dishes are the ones we just pick up. Your table is so Christmasy and lovely

Rettabug said...

Such a festive table with all your beautiful items! The Santa votive box is darling & I think its wonderful that you use the children's napkin rings year after year. Imagine how wonderful that makes them feel...and YOU, too! Memories of those precious young years are sooooo special.

Happy 2010!!

Pearl Maple said...

Pretty table, looks like a lovely place to sit together and enjoy the company.

xinex said...

Everything is so pretty. May you and your family be blessed with much happiness, health, peace and prosperity in the coming new year!...Christine

The Tablescaper said...

Looks so fun and festive!

Happy new year!

- The Tablescaper

Sonia said...

Such a pretty and festive table! I love your blog header too! Happy New Year! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great tablescape. I love how your hubby made the table bigger. Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous tablescape. And thanks for visiting mine.

Eileen said...

Very pretty Christmas table! And I love the centerpiece, unique little tree!

Happy New Year!
All the best,

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, DD! Your centerpiece is stunning.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful tablescape, love the centerpiece!

I've enjoyed your posts in 2009 and look forward to more neat ideas in 2010!

We always spend New Year's at home, hubby even goes to bed way before midnight! LOL!

Happy New Year!


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a lovely traditional table you've set! Although I love all of the "new" color for Christmas, you've used my all time favorite and traditional colors of red, green, and gold. It looks beautiful. Love the trees! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Carrie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my tablescape. I LOVE your table, it's so festive and beautiful!