Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Report # 3 - The Dinner Table

Behold, my sister's Christmas Eve dinner table.
The 8 year old niece selected the plates and the chargers
and then helped mom set the table.
The 5 year old niece determined the seating arrangements.
Attendees were The Sister, The B-i-L, 8 year old niece, 5 year old niece, 
The Husband and myself.

Pretty, isn't it?

2011 has been the year of the knife rest and the salt for The Sister and me.

I love these martini glasses.

A complete place setting, with place cards written by the 8 year old niece.

(Please don't comment on the chipped green trim on the salad plate 
in the lower right hand corner. 
A little imperfection at the table is acceptable, correct?)

Our family portrait before proceeding to the dining room.

The little girls love dinner parties that involve 
dressing for the occasion and setting a pretty table. 
The big girls love them also. 
The men secretly enjoy them, I'm almost sure.

Tomorrow, details on the menu and recipes!

China: Spode Christmas Tree, Estate sale 
Chargers: Hobby Lobby
Wine Glass: Waterford Lismore, Estate sale 
Martini Glass: Unknown pattern, Estate sale 
Water Glass: Pier One
Silverplate: Unknown pattern, Estate sale 
Salts: Estate sale 
Knife Rests: Estate sale 
Napkins: Spode Christmas Tree, Dillards
Table Runner: Kohl's
Brass Candlesticks: Estate sale
Centerpiece Santa: Hobby Lobby

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  1. Love the beautiful dishes and the crystal is simply stunning...love your table...the candleholders and santa are so cute in the center...I am a new follower of yours...I will be back again

  2. Everyone's contributions add up to a beautiful table!!! Get 'em started young! ;-) Your nieces are adorable and everyone looks like they were having a great time!

    Happy New Year to you all!

  3. It's so good to involve the little ones early on. The table is quite pretty. Love knife rests and salts too. Here's hoping the new year brings much warmth, cheer and many, many blessings. xo marlis

  4. How nice you can get the little ones to get involved along with you, this creates wonderful memories. Your tablescape is beautiful, I so love your stems and dishes, stunning! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year 2012. I'm also your newest follower and I just dropped from Tablescape Thursday.

  5. I love that the kids were involved in designing such a beautiful table. Please, give them my compliments. The Spode is known for those paint chips. If it's still available, there is a Spode office in New York City where you can send them your chipped plates, and they'll replace it with a new one. You might look into it on Google. Don't know if it's still available since Spode went through bankruptcy. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  6. Nice that the nieces are involved in table setting. So many of them don't know how to set a table properly. You are giving them a gift for their lifetime. Your photo taken above the table is quite dramatic. Happy New Year! ~CJ

  7. Such a beautiful table setting! Love the overhead view. The crystal is really pretty...so elegant! So wonderful that the children helped with this lovely setting. I know they must have felt so proud of their hard work.

  8. Your nieces did a fantastic job on the table, it is so nice that they are interested in what is becoming a lost art.
    Happy New Year, Cindy!