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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Dinner with Friends 2015

Christmas Dinner with Friends 2015

We love to open our home to acquaintances, friends and family throughout 
the year. However, one of the times I enjoy the most is our yearly 
dinner with friends. I try to choose a different theme each year so that 
the dinner is not only a feast for the tummy,but also a feast for the eyes. 
I do try to plan several years in advance so that should I choose to make any 
purchases,they aren't full price. 

This year's theme was the Night before Christmas. Luck was on my side last year
and I snagged the 'Twas the Night... tablecloth and dessert/salad dishes on sale from
Williams Sonoma.
Last Year's set of plates

This year's set. I sure wish we had a Williams Sonoma near us. I would have purchased
the Nutcracker plates!

I selected a red Thomson dinner plate to pair with the WS 'Twas... dishes. These were placed on
a Jay Imports gold charger. Gold flatware completed the setting.

I found the fun napkins at Home Goods and embroidered them with a big B.
I love to add the personal touch to our table. The color green in the embroidery
was selected from a very dominant green in the tablecloth.
For the life of me, I do not remember from where I purchased this embroidery font.

The Fitz and Floyd reindeer (found at an estate sale!) fit perfectly on the table
 as they repeatedthe colors of the tablecloth and kept the conversation 
flowing withtheir cheerful faces. Several years past, I had seen the idea to 
glue ornaments to a mirror as individual vases. I will admit it was
a bit tricky until I came across some circular foam with a center hole
from a CD stack.
 Another theme that paired well with the 'Twas idea, 
was an abundance of ornamental balls. I had them 
strung on the chandelier, in bowls, and outside in planters. 
With a venture of that undertaking, I made several trips
to our local Dollar Tree. You had to be there early to get
the ones with designs on them! Let's say I started in November.

I used a tureen to hold the flower arrangement, which consisted of 
eucalyptus, red roses, green buttons and white mums. An extravagance
that made the table feel sumptuous!

 Our Ajka Arabella wine hocks paired up with the Mikasa Parklane iced teas. Whereas
the clear crystal might have faded into the background, the red pop of the Ajka crystal
added a bit of color on yet another level.

On overhead shot. I just stand on my tippy toes and point down with the camera. 
My canon has a vari-angle lens so I can see the shot before I take it.

Each guest went home with an embroidered stocking. 
I designed and embroidered the free standing fabric 
holly leaves that had wire inserted in the embroidery process.
Not nearly as scary as it sounds. The names were 
embroidered on a ribbon that was knotted and then hand
tacked to the stocking cuff. Filling them was a blast!

In these last photos, you might notice that I decided that the napkins
needed a napkin ring. I love to add table jewelry when it seems to fit.

Thanks for stopping by, I know it's been a while, praying that the year
ahead will afford me more time to be more active on line. A family, still working
full-time, and being a BSF International bible study leader eats up so much of my time.
I would love to be able to spend some time with y'all.



Pat Cantwell said...

What a marvelous Christmas Tablescape, dear friend!!!
I love that you plan well in advance of an event
and then shop $ales to find amazing deals on accessories!!!
I adore your Fritz and Floyd reindeer!!!
I'd say your priorities are spot on with your busy schedule!!!
I'll admit!!! I was thrilled to find your post in my feed box!!!
May all your hopes for 2016 come to be!!!

Sarah said...

Marlis, thank you for sharing this beautiful table. Every detail is festive! Love the monogramed napkins and the stocking idea is the best. I like to do special things for my guests. Perhaps next year we will once again host our Christmas Eve. Stockings on each chair would be a wonderful idea!

We have two WS stores here. If there is ever something you need me to look for, just let me know. Happy to do that! '-)

Happy New Year!

Entertaining Women said...

First of all, I've already done an eBay search for your Williams Sonoma Nutcracker plates. There is an abundance of them. Be sure to scroll pretty far down if you go look. Some of the better prices with FREE shipping are pretty far down the line. Hope you get them! I love the myriad of fantastic ideas and beautiful personal details on your Twas the Night tablescape! So much to love...I had to zoom in on the individual ornament vases, so well done! And I love the napkins! You always make me wish that I knew how to machine monogram. Your red Arabella goblets look magnificent! And on and on...! Hope to see both of in blogworld this year. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

Dianne said...

Hi Marlis, I missed this post over the holiday, but I am so glad I found it now! Beautiful table and flower arrangement. I love the plates and you were so right about the pop of red from the wine glasses. Just perfect. I know what you mean about not enough time on-line, I can't find time to do most of things I want to do. Glad you took the time to share your beautiful Christmas table. Dianne


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