A Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner table setting

I never did find chocolate and cream gingham napkins.  I looked everywhere I could think of online. I’m determined, though. I want brown gingham napkins for Christmas dinner. I’m going to have to buy the fabric and sew them myself. Not difficult, just time-consuming. Actually, I bet I could persuade a certain daughter to sew two squares together, turn them right sides out and then stitch a border. She’d only have to do it 20 times. No problem, right?!

Christmas dinner table setting

Have I mentioned how much I love decorating? Have I mentioned how I adore moving things to and fro, from room to room, to create new spaces and vignettes? Have I shared how extremely spectacular I find decorating for Christmas? I do. I LOVE IT IMMENSELY. One of my most wonderful times of the year is any given Saturday in early December when the hubby takes the kids somewhere. I turn on the Christmas music, light candles and sing my way into glitter and ornaments and garlands. And occasionally I’m outside at the crack of dawn snipping branches from evergreen trees and holly bushes. Strike while the iron is hot, I always say … even if it’s cold and I’m wearing a pink bathrobe.

Homespun wreath with tan bow and greenery

I don’t like to follow the traditional colors of the Christmas season, either. I mentioned a “bruised” color scheme. Blue and brown dishes sparked my desire for a softer, cozier look this year. It’s expanded to include cream, tan, rusty metals, and navy blue and black. (That’s my favorite scarf hanging above the wreath!) Every once in awhile I throw in lime green for shock factor. Somehow it works, at least for me!

Now … to create a kids’ table. How about covering it in brown paper? I’ll put crayons at each place setting (and they’ll use paper plates, paper napkins and quite possibly their fingers!)

Have you decked your halls? What colors do you use in your holiday decor?
I’d love to know!


P.S. I know, the water glass should go on the right.






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    Kris December 11, 2012 (7:16 pm)

    Very nice! I wish I enjoyed decorating, or sewing, or crafts……

    I really love your color scheme. The browns and blue really do seem more cozy and relaxed. I get teased by my friends because I am a huge fan of brown. 🙂 Everything goes with brown, right? It’s easy.

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      Farmgirl December 11, 2012 (7:32 pm)

      I think brown definitely goes with everything! It’s the perfect neutral, not harsh like black. I’m not sure I enjoy sewing so much as it’s a necessity on occasion! ha!

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    Grace December 11, 2012 (7:42 pm)

    I love the colors together, they are so pretty. I love sewing and decorating too.

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    rebekah December 12, 2012 (6:50 am)

    You cut them and Ill sew them.

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    Melissa December 13, 2012 (2:30 pm)


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    Alyssa Teer December 15, 2012 (11:03 am)

    Love the blue and brown combo for the dishes!