I so look forward to the arrival of December as it means once more having a Christmas table every day for a month. The seasonal dishes stay in the cabinet all year so it is their time to shine.
For years this very fun set of pottery by Bella Ceramica has been my favorite. Every piece has either a smiling Santa or a Christmas tree, each of which appeals to me because of its slightly irregular design.
They lend themselves to adding fun accents like this flatware and to using traditional reds and greens as well as their variations.
For napkins, Santa’s smiling face is the perfect way to hold them in place.What I especially like about these dishes is they work well with a variety of looks. Here they are paired with burlap and an antique wooden mold for something of an old timey feel. Thanks to inspiration from the flatware, candy canes with candles to match are part of the centerpiece. When the kids are here what do you bet the candy canes will disappear?
Not all meals will be at the big table. Lucky for us in Houston, there are still nights when the hubby and I can eat on the porch, and the Christmas pottery works as well outside as in. Nothing could be simpler than this table with the main attraction being a quilt made oh so many years ago by my grandmother and great aunt. I can close my eyes and see them sitting in front of the fireplace that heated the room stitching and watching The Guiding Light! They probably never gave thought to the notion that one of their quilts someday would be on my table rather than a bed or that it would be so special to me. It is such memory that makes the Christmas season so special.
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