Tis the Season

Since all things Christmas have a chance to shine only once each year, I make the most of them during December.  Without question, my favorite thing to do is dress the places we eat.

Always I start with a centerpiece.  Here it is a most traditional one using an antique mold and a variety of artificial accessories.

No dishes are more traditional or recognizable than these by Spode.  Getting them out of the cabinet year after year is like welcoming an old friend.

The placemats and napkins are almost as old as the dishes, and if memory serves me correctly, they, too, were a gift from mother.  Eventually they will be passed on to the more traditional of my two daughters.

Playful and fun are the flatware that I found a few years ago at Ross and the holly berry napkin rings that give off a happy jingle.

Adding a bowl for a soup starter and a holiday popper completes each place.

Thinking about who will join the hubby and me at this table makes me smile as I know there will be lots of shared memories and laughter.  That is what makes the holidays special.

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One Last Time

If you are familiar with my tablescapes, you know I like to get a lot of mileage out of centerpieces.  Planning ahead takes a few steps out of preparing a table which is especially helpful for multiple dinner gatherings.

For the last at home dinner before Christmas, a different set of dishes is the major change.  This time they will be the traditional Spode.  They remind me of my mother who started the collection and added to it over the years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEven the placemats are in the Spode design.  Not only that, the holly sprigs duplicate the leaves of the trees in the centerpiece.

The holiday flatware is a given as it works with all things Christmasy.

A quick trip to Joann’s provided fabric for some quickly cut and serged napkins that are tucked into Santa napkin rings.  These, too, evoke a memory as they were a gift from a long time friend.

The Spode glasses were perfect, but at the last minute I switched the water glasses for green thumbprint ones.  I wonder if the hubby remembers giving those to me before we were married.

That’s it for one last preChristmas dinner, and I hope you have seen how easy it is to have one centerpiece last through the season and work well with different accessories.  It’s just one of the little ways to avoid stress during a time so many of us find hectic.

Oh, someone asked if the trees got in the way during dinner.  The answer is a simple no because they were moved to the sideboard giving way to the candles and bells that were among them.  Easy enough!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is still some last minute shopping to do and presents to be wrapped, but the table is set for Christmas dinner.  I’m not sure what that says about my priorities!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was easy to get this one ready  because, as shown last week, one centerpiece is common to all the tables prepared for the holidays.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll that has to be done is exchanging one set of dishes for another.  This time the tableware is the traditional Spode Christmas tree pattern sitting on chargers on sale at Michael’s for 70 cents each.  If you have a store nearby, the Christmas chargers are a great buy!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did change out the napkins for some hastily made ones from fabric that had been in my studio for some time.  The edges are serged with gold metallic thread that matches the stitching on the table runner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the pronounced holly berry pattern in the napkin, this napkin ring is perfect.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs with all the holiday tables, stemware repeating the Christmas tree pattern is used and for water my favorite cranberry thumbprint glasses that seem to go with most everything I have.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, there it is, a table full of Christmas cheer.  The only thing missing is you, and I do hope you enjoy your table wherever you are.

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Out With Pumpkins & Gourds

Once the calendar hit December, I knew it was time, time for the pumpkins and gourds to be bagged and put out with the trash.  I could do that without too much regret because I got a lot of mileage from them.

Next, it’s out with the traditional Spode Christmas dishes that  only appear during the holiday season.  Taking them from the cabinet where they hide for the better part of the year is like finding an old friend.  I am going to use these or other seasonal tableware every day from now until the end of the year…really!

Let’s start here at the bar where most nights the hubby and I share our evening meal.

Simple it may be, but with a touch of holiday flair, it’s a pleasant place to enjoy dinner at home.

And, if you want to come by before dinner, I’ll pour you a glass of eggnog, plain or with a little spirits.   Come in the morning and you’ll be invited in for an eggnog latte.  Tis the season!

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