MY CHRISTMAS TABLE

Greetings from Lake Arrowhead and Happy Holidays! Sorry I haven’t been my usual blogging self lately. I got myself a terrible respiratory infection at Thanksgiving and I’m still fighting it. All the while I’ve tried to carry on as though I feel fine, (when I don’t) because who can afford to be sick during the holidays? So, I went ahead and hosted my annual Book Club Holiday Tea last week, which is always a good thing because it forces me to have the house decorated and my Christmas table set. So today, I thought I’d share with you my Christmas table, all ready for my Christmas Tea, which I will share with you in my next blog post.

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First off, I came up with an idea for a festive napkin decoration using wired raffia, cinnamon sticks and sprigs of cedar cut from my yard.

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Using plain white napkins that I sewed a while back for my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, I simply rolled them up, tied them with the wired raffia, and slipped in a cinnamon stick and a sprig of cedar.

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And voila… I had an easy, festive, holiday napkin.

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I set the table with my gold chargers, onto which I placed the napkins.

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Since my Christmas Tea was going to be served buffet style, the plates were placed on the buffet table, instead of the place setting. I drape a tablecloth over acrylic risers to add height and interest to my buffet table. I try to stage as much as I possibly can ahead of time, making things easier on the day of my event.

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But getting back to my Christmas table, down the middle of it I added a row of candlesticks, gold mercury glass votives, and golden Christmas trees, all of which became my centerpiece.

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I used my Lenox Eternal Gold Banded Bone China, my Dublin Iced Beverage Glasses, and my Dublin Crystal Wine Glasses. These crystal glasses look elegant but are very affordable and dishwasher safe, so they are perfect for large parties. Buy them in sets of 12 for your next party by clicking on the links above. They are a great alternative to expensive crystal when you need service for many.

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In designing my home I added a fireplace to the dining room, one of my favorite features in the house. I think it is so cosy and intimate to host a dinner party fireside, lit with candlelight and a roaring fire.

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So it’s always fun to decorate the dining room mantle at Christmas.

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

And since this was a Tea Party, out came my silver tea service, with a tray of milk & sugar for passing.

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY CHRISTMAS TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My girlfriends arrived and we had a wonderful afternoon tea party. My talented and beautiful friend Nancy, who I featured previously in this post about wreath making, arrived with a lovely wreath she made just for me.

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It added yet more Christmas cheer to my home. I hung it over a mirror and above an antique Bombay chest that graces the vestibule to our Master Bedroom.

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Stay tuned and I’ll be sharing the Tea Party with you soon!

So there you have it: MY CHRISTMAS TABLE

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Comments

  • Oh, what a beautiful event. I love a great tea and this looks so lovely. I’m sure a great time was had by all. Thanks so much for the tip on the affordable crystal. I might go this route since I couldn’t convince myself to spend the money on something I would use just a couple times a year. Your pictures are beautiful and I might have to *borrow* the napkin idea
    Feel better soon…