Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Eve Lunch

Well here we are at Tablescape Thursday once again. Since it falls on Christmas Eve this year, this is the last tablescape before Christmas. It just so happens that I have lunch at my house on Christmas Eve for us and my daughter and her family. It seems to quickly becoming a "tradition" to have lasagna, salad and bread for this lunch. My mother always served an Italian meal for Christmas Eve dinner, so I guess the tradition is now restored in a new way.

Here we are approaching our Christmas Eve lunch table in the kitchen. It won't be quite like this since there will also be twin grandgirls who are 16 months old here too.

My centerpiece is a vignette I borrowed from the dining room. Two snow bunnies and thier woodlands Christmas tree.

I've layered a small square muslin tabletopper over a red checked tablecloth I purchased from Walmart back in the Spring.

Here's a look at our red and green place setting.

I found four of these green glasses at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $2.50.

These little Santa plates will be perfect for the garlic bread. They were at Walgreen's for 99 cents ea. (I saw these on the table of another blogger earlier this month and went right out to get the last four at our local Walgreen's. Don't you love the shopping tips from other bloggers?)

Shell flatwear I've had for ages -- came from a restaurant supply store on line.

These red napkins were the ones that my parents used for their Christmas Eve dinner every year -- another tradition restored! The bow napkin rings came from a thrift/antique store back in the Fall.

The salad plates also came from Goodwill a few weeeks ago -- I think they were about $1 each.

These are Gibson China -- so they were probably part of a set at one time - but all I saw that day were the salad plates (and that's probably a good thing.)

These were purchased at the end of summer sale at Cracker Barrel -- for 80% off! I think they ended up being a dollar and some change each -- they're really heavy plates!

Each one of the ornament plates is a little different.

I kind of like this heart shaped ornament.

They each are tied up with a golden bow.

I don't think you can see it well, but each plate also is rimmed in the same gold.

An overview of the Christmas Lunch table.

Santa's view of the snow bunnies.

Tablescape by light of Christmas tree. After lunch we'll give them all their Christmas PJ's and ornaments to hang on their tree (sort of goes with the ornament themed plates). Later on that evening we'll go to Church services -- I love the candlelight Christmas Eve service! Then on Christmas morning we'll go to their house to eat breakfast (that was our tradition with my husbands parents when the kids were small and now handed down to our daughter). Then we'll see what Santa brought and I think there will be a few more goodies from "Nana" and "Papa Daddy". I wonder what traditions these girls will keep as part of their Christmas when they grow up.

I hope that your Christmas, whether it's full of old long standing traditions, or if you're starting some new ones...will be a wonderful one!

To see lots of fun tablescaping this week be sure to visit Susan of "Between Naps On The Porch" -- you'll be amazed at what you'll find there.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

See ya!


  1. Very nice! I saw those same Bunnies at our Goodwill yesterday. Another example of people getting pets and then discarding them! (Ha Ha) I'm glad yours will be joining in the festivities!

  2. It looks so festive, Martha! I love it! Those plates are SO cute, and I like your check cloth with them. I need to check WalMart for cloths. I have a quilt from them that I use every Christmas and just love. I have it on a table in the family room.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


    Sheila :-)

  3. It makes me happy to know that your family carries on family traditions! I almost bought the green glass plates at Cracker Barrel when they were having their Porch I'm kicking myself for not getting them!!! Love your bunnies and every festive detail on your table! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Absolutely beautiful!
    I love your blog and I appreciate that you tell where your "finds" were gathered.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. What wonderful traditions! That's what makes it a real holiday. Love your table. I think the napkins have to be my favorite-they really make your table pop! And how nice that they were handed down. Your napkin rings are just perfect for them. I am sure the little ones will enjoy the Santa plate, the bunnies and all of your attention to detail.

  6. Love the green plates, and the Santa ones. Too bad I can't get out shopping! lol I love the tradition! I have the same napkins! Got them at Peir One second week after surgery, after a Doc vist hubby let me off at the door and I told them I wanted 12 and I was gone. lol They look wonderful on your table. I'm using them with my gingerbread men and peppermint table setting.

  7. Martha-You scored big time at Good Will! I love that you are incorporating old traditions--somehow that just makes Christmas more special. Italian food is sounding really good about now! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. The woodland bunnies are adorable! Your table is so festive - I love the red check tablecloth - it pulls everything together! Happy Holidays!

  9. Terrific salad plates and flatware but my fav are the snow bunnies with their Christmas ribbons! So cute and they look perfect next to the little tree!

    Merry Christmas!


  10. Hi Martha! Love the little tree and the bunnies! Merry Christmas!!


  11. Martha, I remember those green glasses from years back. You got a great deal! Merry Christmas!

  12. Hi Martha! Just passing by before my busy day begins! Your table is definitely one of my FAVORITES today, so I just HAD to take the time here to tell you! Very charming and inviting! LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! ~tina

  13. Martha,

    Your traditions are very special. Love your table and lasagna is perfect for Christmas Eve.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  14. Love your bunnies on the table. I have some almost like them. Your other Christmas decor..the village and the dancing snowmen are adorable.
    Merry Christmas

  15. I am a rabbit gal. So I love this tablescape. I have one particular white rabbit that I use quite often.
    Merry Christ mass to you and your family Martha. God bless.

  16. Love the napkins and that tablecloth. You know, Walmart has some cute stuff! I saw some pretty red glass goblets at a Walmart in Georgia this past month and am now kicking myself that I didn't get them!