Friday, December 19, 2014

Burlap and Gold Christmas Dinner

When I was asked to do the center of a buffet table for an event, I knew just what I would do.  I had found this tablecloth at Homegoods.  It was 124" long, and I cut it into a runner for the buffet.  It's a Ralph Lauren cloth and you can't tell by this photo, but it is touched by a bit of gold paint.  It's  a high/low look, right off the bat.

Then I used this wonderful old wooden sled as a base for the flower arrangement.  It's a little large for just this dinner table, but was a great scale for the four banquet tables we used for the buffet.

This is what I used.  The gold on the Santa's coat picked up the gold in the cloth.

I used a piece of styrofoam as a base for the greenery and the Santa.

This sled top was made from one piece of wood.  I think it's a special piece.

He could be used in a very fancy, elegant display, but I wanted to bring him down to a more rustic look.

Strangely, the poinsettias in water tubes still look great, but the white roses have already faded and been removed.  The kryptomeria was cut fresh from our yard. 

I love the height this faux birch tree gives the arrangement.

If I were doing a dinner with this centerpiece, I would have chosen this table setting.  

You can barely tell here, but the napkin is a burlap-like material with gold threads woven in.  The napkin ring is one my mom gave me years ago.

The gold charger and gold rimmed china was an easy choice, and then I used this cream handled flatware.

The Waterford stem looks good, but I'm afraid that this stemless gold wine glass might look a bit strong for the table.  I guess it looked better in person than in this photo.

Mr. Pressed Pants thought that this Santa looked a little hung over.  What do you think?






Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Bar Area for the Plaid Luncheon

Yesterday, I posted about a luncheon I had for my bridge group.  You can see that post here.  Those ladies are a delight to entertain, and I always try to give them something a little different.  Since that post became a little long, I thought I'd save the bar/cabana area that held our drinks and appetizers.  This is the "behind the bar" area.  I repeated the themes of Christmas plaid and stags.

These wonderful napkins were a gift from my daughter's mother-in-law and my dear friend.  Not only are they beautiful and sophisticated, but they are a wonderful quality. I think she brought them to me from England.  Thanks, Ann!

I rimmed these high-ball glasses with green sugar.  Love this etching!  They held our Christmas Kiss cocktail.

The ice maker is always busy and this stag handled scoop is another gift from a friend who knows me well.  You can see the ultrasuede and velvet runner that matches the bridge tablecloth in the breakfast room.

This room never photographs very well, due to the black granite backsplash and the reflection from the undercounter lights.  

I bought a pair of Santa-themed watercolors many years ago.  I just googled the artist, Harriet Elson, and found that she is now deceased.  I know that when we lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, that she was a local artist who showed in many of the top juried art shows.

Here's the other one of the pair.  

Another gift to us is this book on mixology.  Since our last name is Peterson, it always has a place of honor this time of year.

Bar towels are always a fun way to add interest to the area.  We use these all year around.

Old canvas Santas and Nikko Christmas tree plates fill the antique wood shelves in this room. 

You'll often find this resin pheasant as part of our decor and this is the season when he especially shines.  

Don't know why this looks like the floor is tilting, but you'll see one of the most precious parts of our Christmas decor.  They are painted Santas that my  Daddy cut out and my Mom painted. This room has doors to the pool, so those are rolled up beach towels and chair cushions in this cabinet.    

A  few deer join the tableau.

And this cloche full of real and glass pine cones also joins the party.  I used it for the centerpiece of a lovely luncheon for this same group.  You can see it here, and there is a tutorial I did on how to make it here. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Plaid Lunch for the Bridge Buddies

My sweet group of bridge buddies came for lunch yesterday.  I've been in Ohio with my grandsons, but as soon as I got home, the entertaining began.  We have several back to back to back events here, but these women are so wonderful to have over, that I love the planning and the cooking for them.  I decided to feature this sweet fawn salad plate and lots and lots of plaid.  

Their first taste of plaid was at the front door.  It's just about the same way I decorated last year with these vintage sporting goods.

This wonderful old sled was made of one piece of wood, but over time it has split a bit.  I actually used this at on a buffet table at a women's event.  I'll do a quick post about it in a few days.

The wreath has vintage ice skates.

And these very old skis usually hang out in our terrace level family room, but they are fun here for the season.

Inside is festive and seasonal.  I love to mix plaids and I went to town on this table.

This deer salad plate from Walmart sits on a plaid dinner plate from Target and a wicker charger from World Market.  Who says you can only set a Christmas table with your "good stuff".  You can see the red handled flatware.  It's so old I can't remember where it came from.

The bread and butter plate was a plain textured red glass.  I can't remember where I got them, either.

The glassware was a mix of formal cut red glass, and an etched tumbler with a regal stag.  The red ones are from Homegoods, and the tumblers are from World Market.

This plaid napkin was held with a napkin ring that is really an ornament from Walmart.  I saw this idea on "Between Naps on the Porch" a few weeks ago.  I can hear you asking, "What is that black thing?????  Well, my friends....that's the ditzy photographer's slipper!  Just keeping it real!

I love, love, love this chachepot that is presently holding a small cedar tree, pointsettias, and pepperomias.  I change it out often but this worked just as it was, so I plopped it on the table and was done.

Here's another ornament from Walmart.

And here's how I used it!  Isn't it cute?

These candlesticks were a no-brainer, too.  They sit in our entryway most of the year, but I love them on this table.

I love to make interesting invitations and paper details when I entertain.  I didn't have time for invitations this time, but I did make a menu.  It makes me feel so flattered when my guests take them home to remember the event.

Here's a close-up of the quote that I chose for this menu.  

I love to send my guests home with a small gift.

Here's the plaid ornament I chose in hopes that they would remember this plaid luncheon when they hang it on their trees.

Also in the dining room, I have a small chest that has a little deer vignette, 

and a woodland Santa on the sideboard.

His colors are perfect for this room.

We played bridge in the breakfast room, and I used this ultrasuede cloth trimmed with brown velvet trees and stags.

We really did play several games!

It was a beautiful day outside, so I moved this pot of amaryllis and paperwhites out to the pool area.

I think this needs some red berries in it, don't you?

And what was I wearing as I pulled this table together?  Well, what else?  My red plaid sneakers!


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