Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lunch with Santa

Before the holidays are over, I will probably have set four or five different tables. Essentially, it's a variation on the same theme. In each new setting, I'll swap out one or two things to give the table an entirely new look, make the table bigger by putting a sheet of plywood on top of the existing table in order to more comfortably seat six, substitute a dish or two, or add additional grandness to the centerpiece.

This first table is called "Lunch with Santa." The Santa plates are very special. They belonged to my mother for many years. I didn't want to disturb dad's household after she passed away, so I didn't mention to dad that I really wanted to have them. Five years have now passed, and I really wanted to see Santa's sweet face once again, so asked dad, and he was only too happy to give them to me. So this table is very near and dear to my heart.
Because I like to mix the old with the new, I bought the leafy placemats from Pier 1 just this season. In the past, I would get fresh greenery to spread out on the buffet beneath the serving dishes, as well as run it down the middle of the dining table. The problem with this is that it dries out rather quickly, and can become a bit of a mess. When I saw these placemats, I knew that they would make a wonderful substitute for my fresh greenery, and they do. I love the look. I also love the red bells on each one of them.

The reindeer I've had for many years, and use them time and time again. Because they are so simple, they go with absolutely everything.
The silver houses I made a couple of years ago, and you can see them here. There's a set of three, but the biggest one was too big for this table, so it will be a part of a new centerpiece on the expanded version of this table.

You may (or may not) have noticed the black plaid placemats. I love these. This is a purchase I will never regret, because I can use these for almost every holiday. Let's face it, if I can use them for Christmas, I can use them anytime. They provide a wonderful backdrop for my colorful place setting, and look equally good with the plaid napkins, also new  from Pier One this year.
You may be able to see my new hutch in the background. I am absolutely in love with this wall unit, and been having a wonderful time decorating each one of the shelves. It is exactly what I needed and wanted, and I couldn't be happier.

Red plates, placemats, napkins, and red truck - Pier One
Flatware - Target
Green glasses - Villeroy & Bach
Pillow, twig reindeer - Pottery Barn
Santa Plates - Fitz & Floyd

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gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Your table is lovely, festive and creative- Hope you have lots of enjoyment with all your table settings and a very Merry Christmas

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

What a gorgeous table, Pattie! And yes, I did spy that hutch, I'd love to see more of it - perhaps you'll share your home in another post? Merry Christmas from one foodie to another!

sandy said...

wow, looks great.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I love this- and the black placemats really set the greenery and dishes up nicely. I love the silver houses you made- how fun! Those Santa dishes are wonderful and I’m glad you were able to use them. I see you and I are sharing sentimental feelings this Christmas. It looks like your new hutch is going to be an important part in your future decorating! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!