Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Perfect Setting's Christmas Greetings

As Karen Carpenter said, 'Christmas cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through, but I still have one wish to make, a special one for you..."  Our wishes may be different, but the meaning is the same--to find happiness, peace, and joy with the ones you love.  Someone asked me last night what I had planned for 2011.  I rambled on about this project or that, but after taking some time to reflect, I hope to take more time to spend with my family and friends--whether it's just a simple phone call, an email, a special visit, or a planned celebration.

My day was exhilarating, yet exhausting.  A special Christmas Eve dinner with family, a big Christmas morning breakfast, and a party Christmas evening with 25 family members.  Our celebrations always revolve around food--no surprise there--so I spent a lot (an awful lot) of time washing dishes, cooking, setting tables, washing linens, and preparing for rounds 2, 3, 4, etc.  It was worth it, if years from now my children will look back and smile!

Come on in and enjoy!

Our table in the dining room is ready for the festivities to begin.

Gold chargers are layered with Holly Holiday china, purchased at Hecht's department store over a period of many years.  It's still available at Replacements.

Red napkins and red wine goblets give the silver and gold table a shot of color.

Silver candleholders and candlelabras, silver finials, and little presents that light up adorn the silver table runner.

My epergne holds arrangements of calla lillies, cypress, seeded eucalyptus, and nandina berries.  The epergne is removed right before dinner and the top bowl is placed directly on the table for a lower arrangement.

Sideboard . . .

Table setting is reflected in the sideboard mirror.

The garland was decorated with glitzy silver and gold...

Chest in dining room.

Snowmen candles on kitchen table...

Downstairs guest bedroom is right off of kitchen, so it gets a dose of holiday cheer as well!  Corner cupboard was in our house when I was growing up.  Ok, here's a blooper for you--if you look at the reflection in the glass you will see a pile of presents :)

Merry Christmas to all!  May your heart and home always be filled with the happiness and joys of the Christmas season!


  1. Looks like a beautiful home to spend Christmas -- both of our kids have carried on some of the traditions from thier growing up Christmases to their own homes -- new PJ's for Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning breakfast casserole. It's fun to see that -- I guess you find out how much these things mean to them after they're gone and carry the traditions with them.

  2. Betsy, I am glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas. It is a lot of work to put all of that together but I know your family must appreciate your effort. Your dining room is gorgeous.

  3. Wow, the table was so all the special accents, finials, candelabras, and the centerpiece, just lovely. I added new ruby red water goblets this year and I was so happy with the look it brought to the table, and it sure looks pretty on yours too. I can't imagine the marathon of cooking and cleaning up you did, I only served for 4 and was on my feet a long time on Christmas Day and that was enough for me! They will remember these great gatherings, I know I still remember some of ours at home with my parents..I made a Creme Brulee French Toast recipe for Christmas morning and it was wonderful.
    I love that you have such gorgeous wallpaper too, so many people are afraid of it these days!

  4. Hi, Betsy! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, with a house full of loved ones. Our house was also full of family, sharing each other's company ... and a LOT of food. Perfect!

  5. What a festive table!! Soooo pretty!

  6. Just gorgeous...breathtakingly so.