Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I only do one holiday at a time, so I had to scramble to put together a table for a late night dessert this week. Most of our Christmas decorations are still stored away, but luckily I could easily get to Christmas china and linens.

Because we would serve both coffee and our signature holiday champagne cocktail, I chose the All the Days of Christmas set.


We have collected all twelve of the salad plates, each with a different pattern. We have four mugs with the seven swans a'swimming design.

"A Partridge in a Pear Tree"
"Two Turtle Doves"

"Three French Hens"

"Four Calling Birds"

"Twelve Drummers Drumming"

"Eight Maids Milking" and "Three French Hens"

I have had the plaid tablecloth since the mid '80s -- everything old is new again! Since it is rectangular, it doesn't quite cover the round table, and the wood top is showing in a couple of the pictures.

I paired the tablecloth with red napkins. Gold colored napkin rings that I bought years ago and heavy brass candlesticks play off the gold thread in the tablecloth and on the rims of the china.

The centerpiece is a simple grouping of faux pine branches and pine cones, vintage candlesticks and ceramic reindeer. I added red ribbons to echo those on the plates.

I love the details on the reindeer -- I think they're realistic, yet fanciful.

On a chilly rainy day, the red and green tablescape felt comforting. With a scrumptious dessert, flavored coffee and the Husband's signature champagne, I believe our guests will feel "tidings of comfort and joy."


Thank you for coming to dinner at eight!


Plates, mugs, coffee pot, sugar creamer| Royal Gallery 'All the Days of Christmas'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Wine glasses | Marquis by Waterford
Napkins | Lenox
Deer | Fitz and Floyd (from Wayfair)

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  1. Love your dishes...........so neat, have never seen any like that before. Pretty tablecloth
    as well.......nicely done.
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thank you! The dishes were from Macy's years ago, but can be found at Replacements and ebay.

  2. I love your dishes and that plaid tablecloth is beautiful. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. I love having you.

    1. Thank you, it's fun being part of such a talented group!


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