Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas, Y'all!!

From my southern home to yours - I am wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!!!

With all of the sights and sounds of the season -



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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Obsession Number Five

Do you have a Christmas china pattern that you absolutely love? My obsession is “Christmas Tree” by Spode.  I first bought pieces of the pattern years ago, when I had moved into a new house that had a very strong wallpaper pattern in the dining room.  I realized one day that “Christmas Tree” would actually look pretty good in there and saw on television that QVC had a set for sale. I excitedly ordered the set, which included eight dinner plates, salad plates, mugs and wine glasses. Over the last 20 years, I have added to the pieces and, even though the wallpaper is long gone, this pattern is still my favorite. I, now, have enough place settings to feed an army – well, at least a couple of squads!!

Every year, after Thanksgiving dinner, I change all the china in my china cabinets to “Christmas Tree” and some pieces of Villeroy and Boch “Christmas Toys” that my husband and I have collected through the years.  Did I ever write how much I miss those wonderful Villeroy and Boch outlet stores???

This year, I thought it would be fun to show a few different settings with “Christmas Tree”, since I have decided that it really almost goes with everything.

The first setting is the one that I use most years on my dining room table.  I use a Vera Bradley tablecloth, gold chargers and the “Christmas Tree” china.  I add Gorham “Strasbourg” flatware, since I usually have a crowd on Christmas and I have the most place settings of that sterling pattern.

For stemware, I use some of my “Christmas Tree” wine glasses and a gold-rimmed water goblet from Maxim. Green napkins and gold and silver napkins rings complete the setting.

In the center of the table, I use a collection of Villeroy and Boch and Spode pieces – a Christmas tree, a rocking horse and jack-in-a box sugar and creamer, and a Teddy Bear teapot. My grandchildren have always enjoyed these.

For the next “Christmas Tree” setting, I used a red and green plaid Linex tablecloth and napkins that I purchased at Old Time Pottery. I added green place mats and put pieces of “Christmas Tree” china on top.

The red, white and green flatware is made by Cambridge and is called “Holly Jolly” – so festive!!

The crystal stemware consists of a Concentrix dark red wine glass from Tuesday Morning and a green Tiffin “Killarney” (stem #17453) water goblet from Replacements.

tried two different centerpieces. One is a ceramic Santa cookie jar given to me by a friend and one is a Christopher Radko Santa that is a music box and plays “Jingle Bells”.  Which do you like the best – I think I prefer the Radko, but it is difficult to see your fellow diners over him!

For the last table setting, I used a white tablecloth and plaid placemats. The big secret here is that these are the same placemats used in the last table setting, only reversed. Two for one – don’t you love something that can do double duty??

On top of the placemats, I used a white charger from Maryland china, a red Biltmore “Louisa” dinner plate and a “Christmas Tree” salad plate. I used white, even though the “Christmas Tree” pattern is cream, to show that you can use this pattern with either color.

The sterling flatware is “French Renaissance” by Reed and Barton and the napkins are a mixture of red and green ones that I purchased many years ago.

The green crystal balloon glasses were interesting purchases.  I own six of these.  The first four, I bought at Goodwill and sometime later, the other two showed up on eBay!  I have no idea who made them, but I love the emerald green color and the etched design.  The water goblet is by Schott-Zwiesel in the “Delilah” pattern.

The centerpiece was made from a small faux arrangement of holly in a gold container with real holly added, along with a couple of pine cones sprayed white.  I put a large glass cloche over the arrangement.  Another secret here is that I was worried about putting the damp holly on my white tablecloth, so I cut a round piece of white freezer paper that exactly fit inside the cloche and put the paper down first, before I added the real holly.  No harm came to the tablecloth and it was almost impossible to see the difference between the tablecloth and the paper.  Problem solved!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a few “looks” with my favorite Christmas china. I would love to see your Christmas china obsession! Hope your holidays are fantastic and I will leave you all with my burning question for Santa…

P. S. Some of you might have been wondering why I have not been blogging for the past six months.  After the holidays, I plan on posting a blog about what I have been doing.  I have missed all of you!!