Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Morning Breakfast

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

A Christmas Morning Breakfast is a tradition Darrel and I have started for his immediate family. It's our way of doing something nice for his mother and sister and her family. His older sister, her husband and sons live out of town, so they aren't able to join us. We set the time for 8 AM so everyone could enjoy a leisurely Christmas morning.
This is how we greeted our guests
To the left we had a large poinsettia in a black, wrought iron plant holder and to the right there was a wreath on the French doors. I was in such a hurry, I forgot to take pictures of them that morning before the guests arrived.
Our den is just inside the door and I decorated the mantle with the same fresh greens I used on the baker's rack. We live in the country so fresh greenery is available all year. I used Leyland Cypress, pine, cedar, holly and variegated citrus. It smelled wonderful.

This was before we lit the fire. We haven't been able to have a fire at Christmas in years and we were thrilled to have a very cold, wintery Christmas day.
A closeup of the mantle.

Any time we have guests I want the table to be special. I used my Christmas dishes and a recent acquisition, my newest vintage tablecloth. I wanted to bring out the colors, so I used red, green and a touch of white in the dishes. I don't have glasses or coffee cups on the table because I set up a beverage station on the counter near the Keurig.

I absolutely love to cook and it makes me happy to share the fruits of my labor with family and friends. Our menu included bacon, grits, pumpkin muffins, sausage balls, fruit, monkey bread and breakfast casserole (out of view). I set the food station up on the bar and decorated it to match the table.

A few pictures of some of the decorations in the kitchen and den.

Our Bichon Frise, Keeper, has her own Bichon tree in the den.
The nativity in the living room.

It's so nice to spend quality time with family. Sometimes I wish life wasn't as hectic and busy and we spent more time just visiting and talking.
These are the times of which memories are made, to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with family and friends.

China: Christmastime by Nikko about 22 years ago
Chargers, Small Votives, Napkin Rings and Napkins: Target over the years
Flatware: Arlington by Reed and Barton
Tabletop Trees and Apothecary Jar: A local find
Red Candle Holders: Gift from a friend
Serving Bowls, Cake Stand and Platters: Carmen by Mikasa about 20 years ago
Santas, Gingerbread Houses: My own personal collection


Marlis said...

Your table is absolutely lovely. I love the tablecloth for sure. It's perfect with your Christmas china. It's wonderful that your provide such a treat for your family. Lots of memories in the making. Happy New year to you and yours, may the new year bring you plenty of blessings.


I love your dishes and tablecloth, just great, a very cozie table. Wonderful pics for the memory book, your family must be so happy that you fix them such beautiful table. Thank you for sharing. Hope you can visit my blog too, I'll be so honored.
Wishing a wonderful New Year and may all your wishes are realized in 2011.


Thank you Susan for visiting and your lovely coment...I'm American, I live in Ecuador for 35 years. The runner and the tablecloth I embroidered myself so many years ago. I also did a blue with burned orange flowers for Thanksgiving.
Thank you again and Happy New Year.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

You have everything looking so pretty and festive.
Beautiful christmasy table too.
Very pretty. Loved the gingerbread houses too, so cute!
Blessings for a Very Happy New Year!

Donnie said...

What a pretty home. Your photos are lovely and I'm sure everybody had a wonderful time. Happy New Year.

Mary said...

Happy New Year to you~ Your Christmas morning breakfast looks delish! I hope Santa was good to Keeper~ They are such great little dogs!

I would love for you to join us for Food for Thought...I see your bookshelf on your sidebar & with your love of cooking & your brand new camera you have all the ingredients in the making :-)

SavannahGranny said...

Love you Christmas table. We were alone this Christmas. Family in Illinois and Tennessee had to alter plans due to weather. You are right about family being so important. I so missed them. I am so glad your family was there. I like the breakfast idea. Seems quicker and leaves more time to visit.
I had that same dinnerware. Just gave it to my daughter last year. She is really enjoying said dinnerware.
Sorry I was so late. Hugs, Ginger