Felecia over at "Playing Dishes" has been getting us in the mood for Christmas with her Christmas In July tablescaping memes. Today is her third Saturday of posting and invites us all to "play along". I had no idea what I could get my hands on without going into the attic or out into the shed -- but I did come up with a few things that had gotten left behind when I was clearing out the Christmas decor.
Here's my Christmas In July tablescape called "Christmas Eve Services in the Forest" I ususally put this lighted Church under my Christmas tree in the dining room each year. That tree is always decorated with churches, angels, snowflakes and white candles. I couldn't find this Church last year until after Christmas, that's why it didn't get put away. The snowy trees were some I kept out all winter in different winterscapes through February. (before blogging) The tablecloth is one I've had for years from Walmart. And the Gibson Christmas dishes were found, I believe at K-mart -- when our kids were still very young.
Here's an overview from "Santa's sled."
View from the forest.
A closer look at our Church, found many years ago at Garden Ridge.
A side view of our Church scene. This all brings back a memory of a Christmas Eve Church service I attended with fiance, (now my husband) in 1974. My father and sister where singing in a combined choir from several churches. We rarely get snow in December here, so we weren't expecting to leave the Church that evening only to find that it had been snowing hard during the service and everything was Christmas card perfect. It was a lovely Christmas that year.
I put the flatware in a sheer wine colored bag over a layered white and wine napkin.
Gibson Christmas dishes mixed with "Gollum" dishes. The holly theme is also picked up in the tablecloth.
My mother's antique salt cellers she used every Christmas with the little red spoons.
My husband's grandmother's crystal wine glasses. The shape of them is an upside down version of the snowy evergreen trees.
A place setting by tea light.
Our centerpiece by tea light.
A starry night look at our table. After I took these I realized that I should have tried to light the Church with some battery operated tiny lights. The battery tea light just isn't doing the trick.
Merry Christmas in July!
Be sure to stop by "Playing Dishes" to see the other Christmas tablescapes.