Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Wishes and Dishes

With this season being what it is in terms of hectic days and endless "To Do" lists, I never thought I'd be motivated to complete a Christmas post this year.  However, I absolutely had to take a deep breath and take the time to share a table with you.  But, more importantly, I felt I had to send a huge "THANK YOU",  to my newfound friends in the blogging world who have taken the time to send healing wishes and words of encouragement since my last post when I explained the heart procedure I had to go through, coupled with its slow recovery during a most inopportune season!  I have treasured everyone's messages and cannot express my gratitude deeply enough to each of you.  I am stronger every day and you are partly responsible for my improvement!  The "Christmas Wishes" part of this post is to wish you and your families a wonderful blessed Christmas with a New Year full of happiness and good health.

The "Christmas Dishes" part of this post is as follows:

                            A Christmas table for four.

How It Was Created:

I started with a new plaid tablecloth from Home Goods.  I usually use a dark green Damask tablecloth, but I have been wanting to "change up" my Christmas look and a new tablecloth seemed like the easiest way to do this.  I then added my gold chargers from Big Lots.

Next came the dinner plate from my Christmas dish set I bought at the Best Product store 23 years ago! It is labeled Royal Magestic Fine China, Holiday Cheer.  I liked the pattern and thought that since there were acorns on it, I could use it for the holiday season when Thanksgiving started, but have yet to do that since buying my Johnson Bros. Friendly Village plates!

I added the salad plate from the set.  There are also cups and saucers, a platter, one serving bowl, and a tea set that consists of a teapot and a sugar bowl and creamer.

This is the table setting. I used my "Treble Clef" flatware from World Market because I didn't want to use my silver flatware since the dishes are banded in gold.  I have a request in for gold flatware, but I'm not sure it made Santa's list!  My stemware and water glasses are both by Mikasa.  I wish their outlet store were still open!  It used to be such a treat to go through that store and drool along the way! My red napkins are from World Market and my plaid napkin rings came from the May Co. many years ago.  The placecard holders were bought at Williams-Sonoma, I believe.

I kept my centerpiece simple.  My hurricane lamp is surrounded by one of the Christmas candle wreaths that actually adorned our reception tables at our wedding 25 years ago.  Getting married in December made decorating for the event easy!   It also means that whenever we go away for an anniversary weekend, hotels and towns are festooned in their finest!  There are lit trees and garlands everywhere and we feel like everyone is celebrating with us!

Some additional pictures of the table:

I wanted to share this take on "wine charms" for the holidays.  I got these little "wine scarves" from a fundraiser offered at a local elementary school.  There are 6 different pattern of "scarves" and they add some whimsy to the table!

                                                     Merry Christmas, everyone!

I'll be joining Susan at www.betweennapsontheporch.net and Kathleen at www.cuisinekathleen.com.

I love reading your comments! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!    Rosie