Saturday, July 18, 2009

From Sand Castles to Snow - Christmas In July

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.

See ya!


  1. I feel so Christmasy after looking at all today's wonderful tables. Your wonderful church centerpiece is so pretty and added the perfect touch to this group of tables. I had never thought about using one of my village pieces on the table! I will have to borrow that idea. You re-created a wonderful full setting for a snowy Christmas Eve service. I really like the plates. I have lots of snowmen dishes in a variety of colors and styles and some after Christmas deep discount Farbarware dishes with ornament that are in more of burgandy color and then some generic dishes featuring a large Christmas tree in the center. However, I have always wanted some with a nice holiday border. I really like these of yours. I will be looking for something similiar. (as if I need more. LOL)

    Thank you for participating today.

  2. What an amazing tablescape-
    Your Christmas things are lovely.


  3. Oh how gorgeous. This really gets me in the mood for Christmas. I have a few Christmas houses and churches, but I havn't put them out the last few years, such a shame, because your tablescape is just stunning. I love your little church and your dishes are beautiful. You did a fabulous job. It really does look like Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  4. I am cracking up. It is 103 out. I so envy your energy to do this.
    And for it to be gorgeous just takes the cake. I love the salt cellars. I've never seen a red spoon! And your idea to use the wine bag is wonderful! I m stealing that idea Girl. Sorry - but tell ya what, when I have everyone over for dinner and use your idea, I'll make sure everyone here knows it was YOUR idea. :)
    Great job! HAGD! Karen

  5. I love that table and I have the same tablecloth! I am getting so many ideas for Christmas, my head is reeling! Wow, I love that centerpiece and your dishes are so pretty!

  6. Hi Martha! How are you? I love your Christmasy table! You have so many lovely things! The little church is adorable and I'll bet it's proud as punch to be making an appearance on your table! Your dishes are very pretty! But those little salt cellars with the red spoons ~ I love those! Very nice job. I think I best get my sweater now! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Hi Martha,
    Charming CIJ table! Very nice.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the nice comments. You're always so kind and thoughtful!

    Hope your Sunday goes well.


  8. I can't believe you were able to put this together from things that didn't get put up from Christmas! It looks like a magazine spread!!!!! I love the church and the view from Santa's sleigh. How special to inclued family heirlooms like the salt cellars and the crystal.
    That is neat how the shape of the crystal inverses the trees! Merry Christmas in July! :D Jewel

  9. Hi Martha,
    What a darling idea, I can't believe you came up with such a lovely table without going to the attic. We are having some triple digit weather here, but I think I feel a bit of snow coming. Very fun...

  10. OH, I really just love this! Beautiful table , love the church, the cute little trees and those gorgeous dishes! Cindy