Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking Back At The 2009 Tablescape Thursdays

Song: Auld Lang Syne
Kenny G

A little slideshow I put together of all the tablescapes I set throughout the year 2009. Many of the settings were arranged specifically for Tablescape Thursdays which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps On The Porch. Please visit Susan's blog(or click on image at right) for more unique and creative table settings by her readers from all over the U.S.,Australia & Canada. I joined Susan's tablescaping event at the beginning of this year which became one of the joys that stood out for me about 2009. Looking forward to many more good times with my fellow tablescape bloggers in 2010. If you'd like to view more photos of the latest tables, Christmas Eve & Day dinner tables, click here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve & Day Dinners

Christmas has already come and gone. Our household thoroughly enjoyed the holiday but are relieved it's finally over. We celebrated the holiday this year at home for a change. We were joined by Dan's twin sister Dana,husband Steve and their baby boy, Sammy. Very close friends Kerri & Leslie joined us for Christmas eve dinner. I decided to set the table in our back yard under a pavilion I purchased at ZGallerie a couple of years ago. It was fairly chilly so we used 2 outdoor heaters which made the climate perfect. I originally planned a table setting with only white and silver. I purchased all white flowers, Peonies,Hydrangeas & stock. I embellsed the arrangements with silver balls. For the napkins, I used a beautiful silver gray satin ribbon with crystal buckle clips. As nice as it looked, I just couldn't resist adding more color. So, a few hours before dinner, I ran into the garage storage and pulled out 4 pre-lit garlands to string them inside the canopy. I then replaced 2 of the clear cyrstal stems for the red wine hock and green champagne glass. I then included fresh loose cedar to bring more green to the table. The menu was to die for. Pappa Dan made an over the top delicious entree, crab imperial served with roasted asparagus,butter lettuce salad with lemon juice,olive oil and fresh ground pepper.


The following photos are of the white and silver setting I started out with before going color crazy.


For the following Christmas Day dinner, I reused the same floral arrangements but transferred them to different vases and bowl. I also reused the fresh loose cedars. I added the miniature red apples to compliment the dining chairs and plate chargers. There were only 4 of us for this meal. Dan and I with his twin sister and her husband. Dan made prime rib with mashed potatoes,green beans tossed in bleu cheese and butter, whipped cream with horse radish and warm pugliese bread.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you enjoyed the photos. It's 8:45 am Pacific time at this moment and we are about to have breakfast then off to the movies to see Avatar.

On a side note, the two miniature porcelain figurines on the Christmas Day dinner table were purchased from a fellow blogger friend Judith of The Paris Atelier's Etsy shop. Visit her store for more beautiful finds.