Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Eve Dinner

This Christmas, I am looking for warmth and comfort at my table. A vintage feel of long ago. A marriage of red and white, mismatched patterns and different decades all coming together with hints of candle light and greenery.

 Mismatched plates and decades alike work together to set the mood...
                               Victorian crackers giving us a Dickens feel...

A different transferware-inspired entree plate tops off the Antique Rose, Churchill. Bringing together a sense of unison.

Pretty etched wine glasses are coupled with the old style Champagne Coupes.

 In the background, sits my little tree in the vintage coal bucket. This was a present from Lucie. She's such a generous girl.

               Rogers, Magestic 1928 silver-plated flatware adorns each plate.

My centerpiece is simple and low. A pine garland with vintage sheet music holly and pine cones. I love the look of all things over the top, but find myself all too practical, will they see each other? Where will they place the food? They will surely remove the centerpiece before dining, right? I catch myself and laugh...I am just too practical aren't I? Someday, I will try to do over the top. I promise.

This year I am hosting on Christmas Eve. I'll be serving traditional turkey, stuffing with chestnuts, mashed potatoes, baked squash, brussel sprouts, rolls, and pumpkin pie.

Only three more days of my long term 7 Th grade English class. There could be no better Christmas present....

I am linking up with:

Happy Rednesday!


  1. Hi Karen. You do not need to do over the top. Yours is too pretty just like it is. You truly are having a wonderful dinner so the table is perfect and you are right to think of those questions. Could you really see me putting all the food on my table if it wasn't only make believe. No way! I really admire the holly made from sheet music. What a pretty and original idea..Hope you are having a good week..Judy

  2. The tablescape is beautiful & perfect for celebrating Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!


  3. Everybody will be so elated dining at this table. It is stunning!...Christine

  4. Karen, your dinner table is just wonderful. You did a great job. I love the garland centerpiece with the sheet music, and the candles add a special touch. I like the splash of red on the table too. It looks very festive and perfect for Christmas. You amaze me with all your creative ideas, and on top of that teaching a 7th grade class! Have a nice dinner party, and Merry Christmas to you, dear Karen.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  5. Your table is beautiful. I love the long and low centerpiece. The plates and silverware are lovely!

  6. Karen, Your table looks absolutely beautiful. I love the way you ran the garland down the center of the table as a runner. It is really simple but elegant and pretty. Great job. I am glad you are almost done with your teaching stint. xo Diana

  7. LOL. My family never lets a holiday centerpiece stay on the table. They can pass on the fluff and get right to the food. I love the red transferware and silverplate flatware.

  8. what a beautiful job you did in decorating the table. Very festive, yet simple and classy. Well done

  9. Beautiful. I love the mismatched transferware. Sometimes simple is better.

  10. Beautiful!! I love your plates and crackers. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Found you through a comment you left on my blog, and now I'm following you back. :) Your table looks amazing. I love that flatware, too. You truly know how to dazzle.


  12. Your red transferware is so beautiful and perfect for Christmas! Love your vintage flatware! A lovely way to celebrate Christmas eve! Merry Christmas to you!

  13. Hello Karen, your table is beautiful. Love the dishes and flatware.
    The crackers are so fun and festive. Have a Merry Christmas.

  14. I love mismatched dinnerware also. Just seems so fun! My family usually always removes the centerpiece. You know me, I can never go practical. lol! We will have everyone here on Christmas Eve. One of my daughters has to work until 7. It will be 7:30 or so before she gets here so we are going with appetizers this year. Have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  15. Your table is lovely!! I love all the vintage touches you've utilized.
    I have the very same crystal pattern-it was given to me by my MIL 38 yrs
    ago. I'm not sure how long she had it. And I also have red Churchill transferware, but my pattern is a bit different. I don't have any of your lovely silverware though:( Maybe someday.I'm sure your family will have a great time together sharing your yummy Christmas feast!

  16. that dinner table looks awesome! i hope i get invited :)

    your newest follower, huggies***
    rea @

  17. Oh wow, now I didn't receive my transferware red dinner china...caz they send it to you!!!!!!!!! I love it, wish I already had them, as your table looks gorgeous with them. The crystal is lovely and your silver ware is stunning! Have a great Christmas along with your family.

  18. Your table looks lovely and practical is good! I will be using my red transferware too.

    Hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday.



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