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
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.