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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dining after Christmas

As in many families our Christmas celebrations extend after the actual holiday.  This weekend my children will gather at the house to celebrate the holiday.  Today's tablescape is a buffet table that of course doesn't have any food on it yet as we won't be gathering until tomorrow.  I decided to do a Woodland table for this day in mostly reds.

I haven't decided which dinner plates I'll use so for now I just put out a few dessert/salad plates.  The tablecloth is a quilt from Ralph Lauren.  When I took this shot I didn't have the little tree decorated nor the water tray covered but it did happen later.

Since the tree was my centerpiece so to speak I decided to use this wooden container, some sort of harvesting tool to make a tower of red apples on the opposite side balanced the table.

A tray of banana bread was set in the center of the table where the food will go on Sunday, I just didn't want to have the center empty for the picture.  I layered a runner on top of the quilt to break up the red a little.

These pine cone napkins were picked up this summer at Tuesday Morning in the Outer Banks.  I love the idea that they can be used all winter rather than just at Christmas.

The coffee mugs I got at Smith and Hawkins a few years back and my friend Sheila just sent me these cute little dessert plates that go very well with the mugs.

This large candle is a of course a flameless candle since my track record with real candles is legendary.  As you can see it has a remote which I forgot to remove from the table before snapping this shot.  The copper dipper will hold a bowl of fruit salad and the large pine cone bowl in the center will also more food on Sunday.

When I finally got the tree dressed which was a very simple garland of popcorn and cranberries I snapped this picture.  Stringing this was not a fun project and I'm on the hunt at the after Christmas sales to find a faux garland like this should I ever decide to use one again.

And the last element to this tablescape was dressing the chairs with boxwood wreaths tied to the chairs with burlap ribbon. 

Happy New Year everyone

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Dawn said...

Char, it all looks so pretty. I love the idea that the items can be used all winter too, and not just for Christmas. Have a wonderful time:)

NanaDiana said...

Miss Char- It all looks just beautiful. Our family days always spill over into the next few days, too. Love the chairs- xo Diana

On Crooked Creek said...

Miss Char,
I adore your Woodland Theme buffet table! We will host Thanksgiving On Crooked Creek in 2013 and I see some copy~cat ideas here!!!
I especially like the idea of the napkins spanning more than one holiday and/or Season!!! Clever idea of using a quilt for a table covering!!!
Thanks for sharing. . .and may you have a Happy New Year filled with good health and prosperity!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Very pretty. I love the wreaths especially.

Debbie said...

It looks warm and beautiful and like the perfect table to keep the season a little longer. I love it all, but my favorite part is the chair decoration of all things!

Rettabug said...

Happy New Year, Char!

Your table looks very festive & I love those boxwood wreaths on the chair backs. I always intend to do that & never remember. :/

We had folks in & out all week long, too & I loved it. Our tree is still up, although DH has plans to assist with the disassemble today.

I would love to get a flameless candle with remote, as I have the same track record as you. Horrified more than once, to find the real ones still burning come morning. Yikes!

Thanks for the warm welcome back to blogging & I hope you have a Blessed & Healthy New Year, Hon,

Maria said...

How pretty! I love the wreath on the chair, what a sweet idea, and love the pretty dishes! Hope you had a good Christmas! Happy New Year!

New England Girl said...

Very pretty. Your harvest tool is a cranberry scoop.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this woodland and nature filled tablesetting and the wreaths on the chairs are fabulous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sue said...

Hi Char- your woodland themed buffet is so pretty. I hope your buffet went well. Like you, I like to use some non-Christmas things as in my tablescapes. Just a lot more practical during a long winter. Happy New Year to you!

Crystal Grandeur said...

Very the way you have arranged the things.warm and inviting...:):):)