Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breakfast with Santa

Now I wouldn't admit this to everyone....but this year I've started my Christmas decorating....with setting the table. Most people hang the lights, the wreath on the door and put up the tree....not me! I'm starting with the dishes!

What could be a more delightful way to start Christmas than Breakfast with Santa!

I've layered one of my Christmas cloths over a plaid one.

Sorry about the glare....I was late getting started this evening. Please join us.

Looks like quite a gathering of Santas on the table.

Each year I add another Santa mug to my collection.

They're all different.

A few are antique (like me)...but none of the ones on the table today.

I believe all of these have been found over the years at Goodwill. Perfect for some hot cocoa.

I found these Santa candy dishes at CVS a couple of years ago. They're perfect for a breakfast muffin....or perhaps some cut fruit.

White salad plates....perfect for a stack of pancakes. When our kids were in high school....their choral groups always did a Santa Breakfast as a fundraiser. The little ones were always so cute. Now I have four grandgirls of my own....wouldn't they have a fun time at this Santa table.

Target flatware.

Pewter Santa napkin rings.

A view from Santa's sleigh.

And now for our guests of honor...

.....making a list....

....checking it twice.....

.....gonna find out.....

....who's naughty....

...who's nice!

Hope you'll have a chance to stop by "Between Naps on the Porch" to see all the pretty tablescapes hosted each week by Susan....I'm pretty sure she's ALWAYS on the nice list!

See ya!


  1. Martha,

    those santa mugs and plates are so sweet.. what a festive Happy table you've set. I know anyone who's invited will be Smiling.


  2. I love your Santa collection - what a fun table! I agree with you about starting to decorate with setting the table! The most fun and the least work!

  3. Santa comes in many forms and you have put them together beautifully. Dropping by from Tablescape Thursday.
    Carolyn xx

  4. Great minds think alike! Santa is popping up all over, but you win it hands down for the cutest collection. I would never thought of collecting different Santa mugs! What a treasure. Does everyone have their favorites? Everything is just perfect. (I am with you, I could start with the table too!)

  5. Lovely - I especially love your santa's. I think starting with the table is the perfect way to begin your holiday decorating! Thanks for sharing - Jennifer

  6. Howdy Martha!
    May you have a sweet Holiday.

    These Santas are darling and I like the candy sprinkled on the table!

    I can hardly believe that Christmas is in 25! Best that I keep things simple and enjoy the Season.

    God bless,

  7. What a fun table. I love your collection of Santas...cute mugs and plates!!!

  8. I just adore those santa plates from cvs..your table is so pretty...I really love the whimsey of it all...thanks for sharing..

  9. Your table has me feeling all Christmas-ey!

  10. Martha,
    I adore your table with all the Santas. I love seeing all the mugs you have collected over the years.

  11. Cheery and bright tablescape! I love your santa collection ... and the cutlery from Target is wonderful!

  12. Adorable! I love the grouping you put together for the centerpiece (may be stealing that idea) and the santa dishes...this table setting made me smile!!

  13. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

  14. Cute table, Martha! You have a wonderful Santa collection, which makes for a great centerpiece...and Santa mugs. I love the Santa napkin rings.

  15. Heck, YES, your granddaughters would have a blast at that table!!! The parade of Santas is so could they resist? :-) I completely understand you starting your decorating with a table. I did the same thing for the most part. It just seems like a much less demanding way to ease into it all. But now we have to get crack-a-lackin', Martha! You and me...this weekend...let's do it!!! I'll check back with you next week! :-) Have a fun weekend!!!

  16. Adorable table!!! And I think it's a GREAT way to start the season!!

  17. What a super cute table! Love your collection of Santa figurines and mugs. The pom-pom napkins are adorable, and what great napkin rings! I think your granddaughters would have fits of giggles, like only girls can do.

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  18. I love, love your Santas! I have a bunch I put on my stairs each year...all the way up and all the way down! I'd take your beautiful table all decked out for Christmas before any old lights or tinsel! It looks like a place where a family would have the best time!

  19. Oh I would love to have breakfast with Santa, Martha. Your santa collection is beautiful and the table is very cheerful...Christine

  20. What a cute Santa table! I know your granddaughters will love it! Such cute mugs.

    I also started my decorating with a tablescape! LOL! (I didn't get it posted, it's still missing something.)


  21. Hi, Breakfast with Santa looks so delightful! Love the idea of the different mugs. You have some fun Santas there checking their lists. Hope I'm on the good one! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Now a new follower.

  22. Your table is so cheerful and sweet Martha. What fun!!!

    Jocelyn @

  23. Your Santa collection is just wonderful, and I agree that waking up to breakfast with him would be a festive way to begin every day during the season.

    I didn't put my kitchen table up first, but it was pretty high on the old list here, too.

  24. I can see why you started HERE! So many fun Santas! Makes a great table!

  25. Hi Martha! This is such a fun tablesetting. Love all the Santas. I would enjoy having breakfast with Santa... who wouldn't?!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  26. I just adore this Santa~fyied tablescape. What a cute fun settin' and I just love those Santa plates!!!

    'Just makes ya feel like a kid again!!

    God bless ya and have a wonderful weekend! :o)

  27. What an adorable collection of Santas and I love the layered cloths.

  28. Hi Martha! Oh, your table is simple delightful! I love your collection of Santie mugs and those cute little Santie head plates! Now I would have to be extra good to sit at your table since there are so many Santies and I'm sure they have a note pad and a pen! :) You know, makin' that list! ;)
    Be a sweetie,

  29. Morning Martha,
    what an adorable table you have here, anyone would have fun sitting at this table. So cute
    and Clever! That was a good idea to start with the table, cause I find sometimes as I amdecorating I think certain pcs. would make such a cute tablescape, but once I get the house all done I don't want to undo it to make a tablescape with it!! Only if I am desperate!! lol

    Blessings for a Wonderful Christmas Season,

  30. Hi, Martha...what an adorable Santa table...just love it.
    xo bj

  31. I love the Santa table. I have four of those santa face mugs. Two were my brothers and mine and the other two I have picked up over the years for my kids. I used to have 5, but broke one last year. I have to say the green table cloth over the plaid one was a real dramatic effect. I loved it. Have a great week my friend.

  32. What a festive Christmas tablescape, Martha! Love the Santa colletion in the centerpiece!Enjoy your Sunday!...hugs...Debbie

  33. This is such a fun tablescape! Love it all :)

    Oh, and if you have a moment, I'd love for you to come enter a giveaway I'm having!

    Jenny xo

  34. Martha I found you at my friend Artie's and I adore your table. The Santa collection is so wondrous!!

    Please Come and enter in My 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways. There are so many exciting & special Gifts! Tis the Season!


    Art by Karena

  35. The napkin rings are wonderful! I have so few napkin rings. We never used them before tablescaping and in fact, we don't really use them now! I look at them in stores, but they tend to be so expensive. Our Goodwill is large, almost new and has just junk.

    I love the way you layered the solid over the plaid. It is very "Christmasy" and yet unique. Your Santas are darling and the candy really adds to the look!

  36. I always start with my pyramid of Santa mugs and then a tablescape, too! Great minds must think alike. Thank you for inviting us for a peak at your wonderful Christmas treasures. Cherry Kay