Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve Table

I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas with loved ones!   My family gets together for Christmas at our house on Christmas Eve.  I like Christmas Eve because it is cozy with the fire going and the lighted decorations.   We no longer exchange gifts, but pool "gift" money...we each choose a charity close to our hearts and randomly select one to receive the gift money.

Christmas Eve dinner!
The table set for four

Top view to show JUST how crooked everything really was!

I removed the soup bowl and underplate so you can see the Christopher Radko salad plate...I thought they blended well together

I know there are beautiful new color schemes for Christmas,
but I am VERY traditional and
still love red and green the very best!

I love the way the dishes layer. 

The centerpiece is made of  roses, carnations., pine, boxwood,
baby's breath, and REAL holly (very prickly!!)

This is my Damask Rose sterling...I don't have a lot of it, so I fill in with other silverplate patterns.  The placemat is part of a set given to us by my husband's cousin.  I LOVE these

With such a huge guest list of four, we definitely needed place cards and holders! ;-)

Our dining room looks into the living room.  It always looks so much bigger in photos!

Dessert was set up on the buffet...Lots of home-made goodies and plenty of chocolate!!!

So warm and tempting...

We popped our Christmas crackers...

A tradition that my English hubby brought to us...
we have been doing this since we've been back in my home city

My sister L. (no feathers tonight!)  She ALWAYS puts on her crown.  My sister P. won't so we don't have a silly crown pic of her!

This is what was going on in the living room during dinner!!  Prime sleeping real estate!

The fire was going and the lights were lit...

This is the thing that sold me on our house and believe me, it gets a work out all winter!

Well...that's it!  Dinner was delicious (if I do say so myself!).  We had cream of spinach soup, salad, pork roast, roasted potatoes, green beans, peas, italian greens, rolls and those sweet desserts!  

I hope you all had a warm and wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • Christmas china is by Gibson from Winterthur catalog AGES ago
  • Christopher Radko salad plates-ebay
  • Damask Rose and contrasting silverplate "fill-in" pieces-ebay
  • Waterford Marquis "Brookside" iced beverage glasses-TJ Max
  • Tablecloth-Linens'n'Things (when they had actual stores)
  • Red hemstitched napkins-on line (don't know what company)
  • Holly and berry napkin rings (the berries are little jingle bells!!)-ebay
  • Table runner and placemats-my DH's cousin sent to us from England last year
  • Ornament place card holders-ebay
I can't wait to see all of the lovely tables on Susan's blog "Between Naps on the Porch".  Visit her by clicking on the icon up on the right!

Thank you for stopping by...I love reading your comments and knowing that you were here!!


  1. The dishes are all lovely and yes, they layer just perfectly don't they. I love the cutwork placemats too! Christmas Eve is my favorite too, it gets so exciting once the sun goes down. I have the best memories of Christmas Eve at my Aunt's house every year and I try to recreate that now. Have a wonderful New Year too Tess!

  2. Beautiful table and that yummy sideboard took my breath away.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  3. A lovely Christmas table. The green and red are just perfect for the occasion and it looks like you had a lot of fun! I like your solution to the gift exchange, too.

  4. Those Christopher Radko salad plates are sooo beautiful! I love your table. I went with a red tablecloth this year for Christmas Eve, and now I'm checking all the red tablecloths I can find. Everything looks wonderful! I haven't done Christmas crackers in a few years. Maybe it's time to have them again!

  5. That looks so lovely! I love those plates. Everything looks so nice and cozy at your place!

  6. Hi Tess, I do love the Christmas reds and greens. Your table is very festive and beautiful, I love the Christopher Radko plates. Everything looks so inviting and lovely!! Happy New Year!

  7. I love the red and green as well...your table is just beautiful...the plates go so wonderful the setting...

  8. Everything looks beautiful. I'm with you. Even though I might toy with new and different color schemes at Christmas, inevitably I always mosey my way back to red and green. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  9. Hi Tess! The entire table and layered dishes are just perfect. I love the cutwork placemats too! Thanks for sharing photos of your family too. Have a wonderful 2012!

  10. Hello Tess, Just love your tablescape! I love the traditional colors too - they're so festive! Your dishes, silverware and table runner are wonderful! I appreciate your visit and look forward to more! I hope you have a blessed New Year!

  11. I'm with you -- red and green ARE the Christmas colors! Your table is wonderful -- love the china and especially your beautiful Damask Rose! Are you ready for the new season of Downton Abbey? Can't wait!

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    I'am so sorry I had miss your Beautiful home for Christmas !!! I love your tablescape looks Beautiful with the Gorgeous china you have..
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year with your family sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  13. Those china patterns really blend beautifully together. Your table looks wonderful.. my kitty loves the back of the couch too.. same position! Wishing you warmth, good cheer and many, many blessings in the new year.

  14. Tess, I drool every time I see your dining room is gorgeous. I can just imagine how your beautiful red, green and white looked against the deep cobalt walls.
    The Radko salad plate is a lovely match with the Gibson dinner plate.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of the web and leaving a sweet comment.

    I love your Christmas Eve tablescape, but even more I love your story of how your family does not exchange gifts but donates money to charity. How wonderful!

    Your table is beautiful and your home looks so cozy and inviting. I love the picture of the roaring fire!

    I'm looking foward to following your blog.

  16. Thank You for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment!

    I just LOVE your dinnerware! So rich and elegant looking. I also like how you donate money to your favorite charities at Christmas, what a wonderful thing to do!

    Your entire post is just grand...
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  17. The two dinnerware patterns look great together. Love the placemats. It's all very pretty.

  18. I love the traditional colors too! Your tablescape is beautiful and your home is lovely. Glad I stopped by to visit - and thank you for visiting me.

  19. Beautiful Table! What fantastic dishes you have and I love the way you have mixed them together. I'm coming over to have a slice of cake ;). Happy New Year! XO Cindy

  20. Gorgeous table and your dishes are stunning and I love how you mixed them. The dessert buffet is making me hungry, wish I could just grab a piece a cake! Your home is lovely too. Thank you for all your sweet and generous visits this year and for all you've shared with us. Have a wonderful New Year 2012.

  21. Hi Tess! What a beautiful table you've set and love your tradition of the crackers of poppers! ;)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and happy new year!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Hi Tess. Your red table is so pretty. I love the unique placemats and the Christmas Crackers! I loved the picture of your cats...It brought to memory an old kitty we used to have that parked herself in the same place! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such sweet comment!