Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

It wouldn't feel like Christmas unless plaid was happening somewhere in our house . . . This year, right on the Dining Room table . . .


I filled glass cylinders with pinecones and silver balls . . . Thanks for the inspiration, Alycia!  If you want to see some amazing tablescapes you HAVE to visit Alycia Nichols at Tablescapes at Table 21.  She uses those glass cylinders in so many creative ways it'll make your head spin!


I never seem to tire of white roses . . . they are so lovely . . .


I bought the green raffia ribbon on impulse, but I love how it brightens the little packages.  Sometimes, the best decisions come on the spur of the moment.  The little pinecones came from The Dollar Store.


The floral arrangement was created by my friend, Robert, who has been doing flowers for us since our wedding, 28 years ago!


I used my Lenox, Federal Platinum bone china . . . The tablecloth (Carson plaid) and the napkins (Kirkwood plaid) are both from Pottery Barn, as are the silver-plated napkin rings . . . The crystal glasses were my mother's . . .


The flatware is Woodland, by Spode . . .  Here's the detail from the knife and teaspoon . . .  I used them at Thanksgiving, too - click here for that post - but I don't think I've gotten them out of my system yet . . .


Somebody, get this camera away from me!  I can't stop shooting!


How many flower pictures are too many . . . ?


The table is set . . .  And the Christmas tree is lit . . . I love that hour before a party starts when the house looks just beautiful, and there are a few minutes to relax and enjoy it . . .


 Here's the family, in a dignified pose . . .


And here's what happened when the antlers came out . . . My son suggested that the title for this table should be “A Nutty Little Christmas.” 


After all, nuts could be found everywhere . . .


The picture of the entire dessert buffet came out blurry, unfortunately, so I'm doubly happy to at least have been able to capture some of the treats!  Here are the Snowmen cookies (from Starbucks, alas, I didn't bake them!)


Vanilla chocolate chip pudding parfaits . . . These were so delish!


Cointreau mini-cupcakes with buttercream frosting and sprinkled with sugar crystals . . .


They are looking pretty cute, considering that this is what happened a couple of hours earlier . . . What would Christmas be without a few bloopers . . . ?


 And what was inside those little red party favor boxes . . . ?


I hope your Christmas Eve was as much fun as ours!  May you have a blessed Christmas day! 

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Kathleeen at Cuisine Kathleen.  Please stop by to see too many fabulous tablescapes to count!

18 comments:

Alycia Nichols said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MARIA!!! I went to bed around 8:00 last night, so I didn't get a chance to check your site until now. WOW!!!!! What a gorgeous table! (Thanks for the shout out, too! ) It truly is a dignified table, worthy of the "dignified" AND "nutty" photos of your family! They seem like really good sports! The flowers are beautiful! No, you can NEVER get enough of white roses! They are just too beautiful to ignore! Robert did an excellent job! Wow...a LOT of great desserts going on there! And this was just for Christmas Eve??!?!?! I wonder what Christmas Day will bring! I hope it's all good and that you and your family enjoy it to the fullest! Gorgeous table, gorgeous family...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

Nicki said...

Very Merry Christmas Maria. I love your tablescape and flowers as always, but I absolutely love the antlers shot (you have a darn good looking bunch there) and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with kitchen bloopers (whole tray of decorated cookies - right on the floor....alas, cursing too much to pull out the camera - ouch!).

Fondly,
Nicki

the cape on the corner said...

all those squirrels and acorns, i love them! and no no no-never too many pictures of pretty flowers, right? it looks like you had a wonderful holiday!

Entertaining Women said...

I know what you mean...once I start shooting my tables, I have to eventually make myself stop. I think that we feel like we're painting a canvas of what our eyes see through the view finder. I don't think there is ever a stop command. I just finally can't think of another shot to take. Your table and your white rose centerpiece are beautiful! Your family looks so happy...what fun you must have had. Oh, the Haviland Twelve Days of Christmas plates are often available on eBay. Right now there are two auctions for them. One is for $200 for all of them, and the other is for $60.00 for all 12 of them. Hmm, $60.00 sounds pretty good! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

kitty said...

Hi Maria, it's so nice to meet you. I agree with you about Alycia's tables and those magnificent cylinders. Your cylinders look awesome and I love the plaid. You need to link up to Let's Dish! at Cuisine Kathleen's on Wednesday evenings. It looks like you had a wonderful party.

kitty said...

I'm your newest follower!

Designs By Pinky said...

Your table was beautiful, I love tartan ANYTHING:) Thanks for the suggestion to share the pick machine. I am a retired floral designer so that is why I have one. It is worth it's weight in gold if you do alot of flower arranging! I used to do around 20 arrangements a day.... Wishing you a VERY happy and healthy new year. XO, pinky

The Tablescaper said...

Love the table, love the plaid!!!

Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

TiKiMOOSE said...

Maria, Thanks for stopping by with such a nice comment. I must say your Christmas tablescape is wonderful! I love the plaid table cloth. You are right, Pottery Barn seems to always have very nice things. One thing I really love is your woodland flatware, it's just perfect. I have been looking for Christmas flatware but it just doesn't seem to be out there at a decent price. Thanks again and have a Happy New Year.
Adam

Marigene said...

What a fabulous table, with all the plaids.
Happy New Year, Maria.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Maria, Your table is wonderful!! I agree that we can all learn from Alycia--she just never stops! I hope you are going to share some recipes for those scrumptious desserts. Anything with chocolate, that's my motto. Looks like your family would fit right in around here. We have antlers too ... Your flowers are gorgeous! And I love that moment before the doorbell starts ringing and the party guests arrive. We always think our house looks best at Christmas and especially when it's neat and tidy for the party. Have a wonderful Christmas week and Happy New Year! Linda

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh goodness my friend, you had a fabulous Christmas, along with your beautiful family...we Latins, are so happy with family and lots of food, lol..and Nutty, Dignified too, heheheh...Your gorgeous table with the beautiful white rose centerpiece is perfect! All those desserts are making me hungry right now..wow! I love your pretty flatware Maria. Now that I know you all had a happy C'mas, I wish you a happy new year, with good health and prosperity. Big hugs,
FABBY

Reds said...

Merry christmas Maria!! I just love your table setting!! So pretty!!! And the flowers, wow!!

Crystal Grandeur said...




Thank you Maria for the stop and for the lovely comments.i am so happy.your table looks gorgeous.love your checked table cloth.white rose with red berries so very pretty.delicious table spread too.hope you had a great time and my Wishes for 2013....Sujatha.:):):)

Linda Primmer said...

Hello Maria, I have thoroughly enjoyed your pictures. Your family is awesome. Love all of those decadent yummies. Chritrmas looked like fun at your home. Happy New year from your newest follower, Linda

Kathleen said...

Maria, I love your table, and all the "dears" with antlers. The plaid is fabulous! I just posted my plaid dishes. I treated myself! :)
Happy 2013 and thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

So good to hear from you, Maria!! I was thinking about you recently, so what a nice surprise to have you visit! Tell me, did you get your Lenox Winter Greetings for Christmas? I hope you did! Heavens, I saw it at Marshall's before Christmas and almost died--hard to pass it up! I absolutely love your table (the crystal...just beautiful; I think I've mentioned it before). And love the nutty nature of the evening--great!! I also saw your post on the cupcake pen--yep! need one of those too, for "la crema de chocolate" and "natilla." Will need one for my mother too! :) I wish you the best in 2013--especially health and not too much of the rat race. Thanks for visiting!! ~Zuni

xinex said...

Your table is stunning, Maria. I love everything about it, from the tablecloth to the centerpiece....Christine