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!