Check out the Christmas Eve centerpiece, more than 15 days later, revamped for another family get-together . . .
I removed the wilted roses, calla lilies and hydrangea, and inserted white carnations, alstroemeria, and, since the pickings at the supermarket were rather slim, I found an alternative to a third flower right on our Christmas tree - royal blue balls with silver swirls . . .
The blue/white/silver theme was reinforced with a navy tablecloth - a more forgiving color for such a casual dinner; blue and white York peppermint pieces in the white ramekins, and Lindor truffles resting on top of the napkins . . .
This was a very informal affair and everything was served buffet style, but buffet-style can still be organized, and welcoming, and, hopefully, a bit charming . . .
And here's the gang, two of my husband's sisters, their spouses and our rambunctious niece and nephew, who are growing up way too fast! For some weird reason, my brother-in-law, Jim, ended up wearing my pink, sequined cowgirl hat . . .
I have now officially closed the book on Christmas 2010 . . . but I'm still putting away the decorations . . .