Friday, December 23, 2011

Sweet cookies!

Today I set the table with some very special guests in mind.

I brought out my newest Christmas tree plates....

Red goblets for the "big" girls....(my daughter and me)

Santa cups for the "little ladies - (our twin grandgirls)

Our centerpiece with Santa and three cups....

....of Christmas tree.

An overview of the luncheon table. I think this is the first time the girls have eaten at the dining room table. We had the kitchen table all set up for the after lunch activities.

They were so cute and excited about our "ladies luncheon".

Some "tree" sandwiches. Olive/cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches.

Lunch is served....

....we had sandwiches, Christmas jello salad, pasta salad and chips. And the girls had their first taste of "Christmas milk" (egg nog) which they both loved as much as their mother did as a little girl.

After lunch it was time to get down to the business of....

...baking cookies!

Getting everything ready to roll out the dough, cut and....

decorate with sprinkles.....

.....and more sprinkles!

We made several batches of sugar cookies....

....and molasses cookies. This worked out just about perfect for a three year old attention span.

After the cookies were done the work station was a mess....

....but these two sweet cookies were happy to each have a full cookie tin to take home and share with Daddy....and a few to leave out for a special visitor on Christmas Eve too!
Wishing you sweet times with your family this Christmas season.

See ya!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tabletops of 2011

I've packed up all of Christmas except the Nativity. So everything is in "flux" at my house right about yours? I usually leave things up longer, but I won't be having as much time off hanging around the house this next I thought I would go ahead and tackle the task. In the meantime....while things don't look "picture perfect" around here...I thought I would review 2011 tabletop style.

This January tablescape of blues and oranges was the "copy cat" of a picture on an old calendar. I liked the simplicity of style.

Then came this February Valentine's tablescape that was full of reds, a cupid, red ribbons and vintage style postcards.

Along came March and a family table set for our traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Set with a little leprechan fun.

Spring sprung in April with my bunny and cabbage setting.

Pink and green are just my style for my Mother's Day May table.

June's table was classic blue and white.

Hooray for the red, white and blue for the 4th of July!

How about a trip to the beach for August?

Along comes autumn in September.

A fun trip to the pumpkin patch in October.

We were counting our blessings at Thanksgiving in November.

This table setting brought sweet memories of Christmas with my traditional Christmas dishes.

Looking forward to 2012 and tables set with love for all who gather at our home.....wishing you a joyful and joyfilled 2012! I'm joining Tablescape Thursday over at "Between Naps on the Porch".
See ya

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tablescapes of Christmas Past

Wow! Between working and all the extra Christmas activities at church and with family ......well I can hardly find the time to set the table! This year I've already shared a children's table and one with my holly dishes I've had for lets have a look at the tables I've set the last couple of years since I started blogging.

This was my very first Christmas tablescape in 2009.

In fact, I believe it was a "Christmas in July" party and of course, I pulled out my favorite holly dishes and antique stems that were from Mr. Mid-Atlantic's grandmother. Bless her heart, she lived to celebrate Christmas 100 times!

My first Christmas dishes and tablecloth.

My church in the snow came from Garden Ridge ages ago.

One last peek before we move on to.....

....a Christmas luncheon setting.

Bunnies aren't just for Easter you know. My snow bunnies are all dressed up with their plaid bows and posing by their little Christmas tree.....

....enjoying the Christmas glow.

How about a romantic Christmas dinner for two?

A silver tray filled with candles, frosted greenery, antique ornaments, and a cute little angel.

The same holly dishes I've set on many a Christmas table. Silverware in sheer bags from the craft store set on top of antique lace trimmed napkins.

All mixed in with ruby goblets and bowls. A very romantic Christmas eve dinner.....wouldn't you agree?

A fun table set with my four grandgirls in mind.

Santa is just opening his sack so he can fill their.....

....Christmas buckets!

A cheerful and bright setting just for four little giggling girls (and Santa of course!)

On to a Victorian Christmas table.

A centerpiece of bottle brush trees and Victorian children.

These are my other Christmas dishes. I love transferware and they jumped in my cart a couple of years ago when I was at Marshall's.

The cups and saucers are from a different transferware pattern....but they all blend together quite nicely.

Or....How about a trip to Williamsburg for Christmas?

My Williamsburg inspired fruited centerpiece. Greenery and fruits....some real and some faux.

Pewter accents of soup tureens and mugs add to the Colonial tavern look.

My Colonial children decorating my "china"....this is actually a paper plate underneath a clear glass plate. A very thrifty way to add to your Christmas china.

I think the Spode Christmas china was the first Christmas china pattern that I ever saw in a store and lingered with longing (and an empty wallet).

A simple Santa centerpiece.

These fun napkins came from Tuesday morning last year....I saw them there this year as well.

It was fun to set my table last year with that Spode pattern I fell in love with years ago....even if it was paper plates under glass again!

What could be more Christmasy than holly (my mother made these napkins for me years ago) and nutcrackers?

One of my Santa mugs.

Nutcracker centerpiece.

An overview of a table filled with traditional reds and greens.

And here we are at our last table of Christmas past.

I did finally get my Christmas tree china (not the Spode, but I do adore these) and after last year, I added salad plates in the same pattern.

Centerpiece.... final lingering look at Christmas tables from the past.

I hope that you've enjoyed this tabletop tour. I was so pleased when one of my co-workers came to me last week and said that I had inspired her to set a special Christmas table this year after visiting my blog! She has a two year old daughter and said that she wants to start a memorable tradition for her. What a dear compliment that was and I made her promise to take lots of pictures. My twin grands are coming over for lunch Friday and after lunch we'll bake cookies for them to take home and a couple of "special" ones for Santa. Making tablesetting at a time! I'm joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch"

See ya!