Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

OK, I know, day late.....dollar short. I hope that each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas!
Things here in WV are starting to settle down. We did the Mother/MIL exchange yesterday and had a wonderful time just spending time with families. This year I hosted both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so I was quite busy!

I didn't get to share with you the rest of my Christmas tour, so please, grab a libation and enjoy the pics.

Be safe for the remaining holiday season and Happy New Year! (in case I am a little LATE in telling you)

 During the fall if you remember, I had decided to clean out my china  hutch and had found a NEW decorating place. Here it is all displayed for the Christmas Season. I am really glad I decided to do this. You can find that post HERE.

This mushroom soup tureen was a new added item to the collection. I think it is just adorable. It blends well with the Hope, Peace. Believe and Grace plates along with the Morgantown Rub Red Golf Ball Stemware.

This year I had decided to do a more casual, simple table. All of the elegance was in the living room and my family are solo cup/plastic plate type of people. When they had seen the plates, it put them in the world of "tense moment". Growing up is what my family used and really didn't understand why the china was put away...why we didn't use it. For that matter, why have it if you are not using it. I use mine all the time.

These are Christmas Ornaments that I used as place markers. This one was for Mother (MIL). I also used them as gift tags. ( I did these cut outs with my cricut machine. It is an awesome machine..great investment)

 Their place marker was around a bottle of olive oil that I covered with jute and this was their gift.

I found these acorn ornaments at PB and thought they would make  some sparkle to the napkins. You girls know I like bling!

Everyone had a cheese board that had an appetizer on it. Each plate from Johnson Brothers "School House" was sitting on a 12 x 12 tile. Click HERE to see the cheese plate idea.

I had some red wind stemware that I also frosted to match my brandy snifters. Click HERE to see the tutorial of frosting stemware.

 A Christmas Ornament was used at each place setting to hold some fresh greenery. Here I used Rosemary.
I hot glued a washer on the bottom so the ornament would not roll around once filled with water.

My Christmas Tree in the dining room. It is a candy theme and will use this theme until the lights blow, and then I will change the theme on it.

 Appetizers for Christmas Eve was my Cheese ball Snowman and Cajun Crab Dip......

 ..... and a Cheese ball Tree

Lots of fresh veggies....

 and some Bacon Wrapped Bread Sticks..  YUM YUM!

 Dinner we had Ham and Turkey, Mac n Cheese, Cocktail Meatballs, and Green Bean and Potatoes.
On Christmas Day I added a Stuffed Pork Tenderloin wrapped in Puff Pastry and Roasted Potatoes.

A little blurry but the salad and dessert table and beverage station.
There were potato salad, deviled eggs, water gate salad, jello salad, home made cookies and candies AND a coconut cake. With lots of wine and eggnog to tantalize our taste buds to the max.

 AND some mini shots if you dared.... (did you notice that once we got to the drink pictures that they got blurry?)

This little vignette is by the coffee station. I didn't do a whole lot on the counters for the simple reason is that I don't have much room here. Just something a little simple.

Phew!  I think that wraps up the kitchen/dinning room tour. If you missed the living room tour. please click HERE.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and took time to enjoy family and friends. We all are so blessed that we have each other for there are so many who don't.
I have a few days before the New Years so hopefully I will get the outside pics posted.

I am joining:   Marty's party Tabletop TuesdayThe TablescaperTablescape Thursday

Until the next time,

Keep Inspiring!


The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful celebration!

Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Red Rose Alley said...

The "GRACE" and "PEACE" plate are beautiful, and I loved the frames with the initials. I hope your New Year is filled with joy.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, everything is just gorgeous. Love the China cabinet and your beautiful display. Your tablescape and all of your decor is stunning. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

CJ said...

You have been busy! So much to like about your designs; my favorites are the cheese boards for each plalce setting, use of mints along with greenery, and the candles nesting in nuts. Everything looks elegant and inviting. Lovely design. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

Barbara F. said...

Andrea, I have missed you. Everything here is just absolutely beautiful. I love your decorations and your menu. What are those pretty red white blue drinks? Do you have recipes?? I know I know but I am so taken with everything here! Happy New Year to you. xo

Dreamgoddess said...

Wow, where to begin? What a gorgeous home you have and it's so beautifully decorated! The food all looks delicious and the candy tree is a delight. Your tablesetting is lovely and I saw several ideas I'd like to borrow from you. I'm going back and study your photos again...I'm sure I missed bunches the first time around. Visiting from TTT.

Robin said...

I tried to be your newest follower but nothing happened when I clicked! I will try again later. I absolutely love changing out my china cabinet. It's as much fun as setting a table. Yours is just beautiful with those plates and tureen. You have some great ideas that I will be sure to "borrow". Happy New Year!

Robin Flies South

Tess said...

Great table and great commentary!! Looks like a good time was had by all!!!

Happy New Year!

Marigene said...

Everything looks so festive...
Happy New Year, Andrea!