Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Celebrations!

 Aunt Sue brought glam cupcakes from Ditzie Bakery in San Clemente.  Oh to die for! We stacked a vase and extra cake plate on top of a cake plate to show them off!  Lovely arrangement by cousin Carlee, such the divine decorator!
After stockings, we moved to the living room for breakfast in front of the Christmas tree - Strata, OJ with champagne (it's Christmas!), coffee and GIFTS galore! 
Purchased a remnant of this plaid fabric at a drapery store called Off the Bolt, $3.95 yard (gotta love the bargain).  The fabric is heavy, shiny and has a lovely watermark.  I sewed a 10" gold border around the 117" inches in order to cover the extended table. Really liked the way the soft greens and pinks set off the transferware Romantic England dishes and the pink water goblets.
Found this winter white reindeer at Z Galleree, antler needing repair so I got it at 70% off!  Extra strip of tablecloth fabric added a festive bow to the centerpiece. Greenery came from the Pink Lemonade Lemon Tree in the backyard.  Lemons striped with green and yelow, pink inside.
 The buffet included au gratin potatoes with bacon, cream and asiago cheese (decadent - it's Christmas!), ham, turkey, broccoli, Caesar salad, rolls and Great-Grandma's deviled eggs!
As my sister Sue always says, "It's not as important what is on the table, as who is around the table."  This group reminds me of the truth of that statement.  What a blessing to be surrounded by family.
Prayer for Christmas
As we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, we thank you for the blessings you have given to us, freely and undeserved.  We thank you for friends, family, safety and security. Thank you for the bounty of food you have set before us, may it nourish us as you do. Help us to see those less fortunate and aid those in need. We are your hands and feet on earth. Teach us how to be your servants. Please guide us in our lives and forgive us.  Amen.

Did you notice that the small plate has three grazing deers? That is the detail that transports these plates into CHRISTMAS china!  The deer and the cranberries!  I love this set given to me by my gracious mother-in-law who used them as her daily dishes during the 1960s. 
Hope your day was filled with family, friends, love, joy and lots of delicious food!
Merry Christmas to all!


  1. The table is lovely. You do have a lot of transferware! How lucky to have so many settings. Everything looks so nice. But the best part was having the 16 people you love so much there on Christmas.
    Happy New Year.

  2. Oooh, I would have so bought that fabric if I had arrived ahead of you. I love the tablecloth, and the spliced gold fabric is a great idea! Also was caught by the pink goblets and the beautiful transferware...aren't family treasures just the very best. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  3. Love that fabric. Your transferware is really wonderful. I love it. Happy New Year to you and yours, may the new year bring lots of blessings!

  4. What a wonderful table! The pinks and greens look wonderful together and the transferware just pops. Have a Happy New Year!!!

  5. Love your pink and green table -- it's beautifully put together -- Looks like a wonderful family gathering for Christmas.

  6. Such a grand table, I am sure that it was absolutely wonderful to be surrounded by so many loved ones. What a fabulously large table and to have enough place settings to fill it. I adore your choice of fabric, and at a bargain. It really makes the table pop. Hope you also have a wonderful New Year.

  7. Beautiful tablescape for Christmas. The fabric looks wonderful with the dishes and centerpiece!

  8. Looks like you all had a great time with great food. Hope you have a Happy New Year.

  9. This is just gorgeous and the pink/green color scheme for Christmas is wonderful. Your pink goblets are to die for and I am in awe of that HUGE table that seats so many. Christmas at your house looks loving, wonderful, inviting AND delicious!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  10. This is beautiful. Love your dishes and the family and food looks wonderful too! Have a Happy New Year!

  11. What a wonderful table! We had 20, and I know a crowd is a delight, but special challenge. I am in awe of your tablescape. Just beautiful! The food looks delicious and you have a lovely family. What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.


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