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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Red and White Christmas Table.....

reposted to correct address ! sorry!!


A CHRISTMAS TABLE....
I so love this time of year...just like YOU do.
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Every year, as I grow older, I think THIS Christmas has been the best...
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Then, when Christmas rolls around again, I know in my heart that IT is the best Christmas....
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May you have the gladness of CHRISTMAS which is HOPE....

The spirit of CHRISTMAS which is PEACE....

The heart of CHRISTMAS which is LOVE.

ADA V. HENDRICKS

......the colors, the sights...sounds...smells and tastes..
it all makes for such a magical time of the year....
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MERRRRRRRRY CHRISTMAS.....
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...in the lane......snow is glistening......
Each little CHRISTMAS plate has a different, whimsical scene....
Holly napkin rings from clearance bin at Walmart,
after Christmas last year.....
FOUR for A DOLLAR..
ain't life grand....!!
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my red and white Christmas....
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As my readers know, there is nothing fancy at SWEET NOTHINGS...nothing at all...
I use the same dishes over and over and over again...
but how fun it is to pull out all the CHRISTMAS dishes and add them to my normal setting....
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Just a few CHRISTMAS items can make a table just SPARKLE with excitement...
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ESPECIALLY when there's a lot of RED.....!!
....do you suppose there is ANYone, ANYwhere, that doesn't LOVE the color RED...??
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My sweet new blogging friend, PHYLLIS over at AROUND THE HOUSE
has the most beautiful tables. Not long ago, she showed us her beautiful
CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE table setting and I just about had a hissy fit...
I mean, I actually dreamed about that beautiful table of hers...
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she had everything all done up in RED and WHITE and it was
deliciously beautiful....
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I, loving red so much, and having quite a bit of it in dishes and etc..
decided right then and there to go with a RED and WHITE theme in my dining room
and on my CHRISTMAS table...
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Not having fresh pine greens to use, I just cut a few cedar greens and, they have worked out just great...I do like the looks of them ALMOST as much as the pine....but they surely don't smell as wonderful as fresh cut pine boughs......
*note...."bj, pick up some of that wonderful PINE air freshener next trip to town!"
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I am going to spend this next year, searching out good sales on pretty dishes,
"suck-in-your-breath" flatware and other pretty table items...
so that next Christmas, I can really "do it up right".. :O)
but....for now....THIS Christmas....
I AM HAPPY !!
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I did have fun with this table...
THANKS, PHYLLIS, for the inspiration !
*note...to see one of the cutest blogs and get some of the BESTest ideas,
will you tell her bj said HEY ?
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Phyllis told me where to find the candy cane stripe candles...
WALMART...who woulda thought !!
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CANDY CANE cookies always look festive...
Why didn't I drizzle a little white icing on, too ?
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They are in the freezer, waiting for CHRISTMAS EVE..so..I still have time to spruce them up a little...
a drizzle of white chocolate with CHRISTMAS sparkly sugar dust...
O !.....the grands will love 'em....
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These little wintertime goblets, with snow scenes on them are just perfect
for our CHRISTMAS table...
These came from somewhere like McDonald's or Burger King, several years ago.
Very cheap..urrrr... inexpensive and I have really and truly enjoyed using them...
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See those silly little girls in that photo...
They were about 5 years old there...they are all 12 now...
Just the perfect age !
Funny how ANY age kids are...
it's PERFECT !!
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If you haven't tried these PEPPERIDGE FARM turnovers...

O HONEY !
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I spread them with butter, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar,
pop them in the oven and DIG IN...
Couple them with COFFEE ice cream and you have a WINNER, DELUXE....
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I keep these in the freezer all the time and when I am rushed, like right NOW...
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they make a fantastic dessert...
and to think that all the work was done for me, back there at PEPPERIDGE FARM...
I LOVE IT !!

53 comments:

Love Bears All Things said...

Well, I do believe we have much in common. Thanks for coming by my place and all the nice things you had to say. I love your table. I think I spy a "Heritage" pattern creamer with candy canes inside and a bow on the handle. I have a set of that pattern.
I love the striped candle. Please visit again soon. And so will I.
Mama Bear

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

It's all the little touches that make a table magnificent. Thanks for the hint about the turnovers... I'll be trying those!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, your red and white Christmas table is PERFECT! I love, love, love everything about it. Those candy cane cookies look yummy!

About fresh pine greens...some other blogger - I don't remember who, said they go to Lowe's or Home Depot...both of those stores sell fresh cut trees and they always cut some of the lower branches off and toss aside. All you need to do is ask for them and they give them away FREE!!
xo
Penny

salmagundi said...

I love red, also! Too much probably - is that possible? I haven't even thought about a Christmas table yet - I need to get crackin' on that. You've inspired me to do red. Sally

Joanne Kennedy said...

Love you table. I adore the red and white for Christmas too! Very classic!

Hugs,
Joanne

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The gorgeous candy strip theme of your tablescape is so pretty. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful Bj...and don't you just love Phyllis's beautiful home...I drooled all over my key board when I first seen it girl...You out did your self once again my friend...Many Blessings to you today....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jackie said...

BJ, I just love coming here to look at all the beautiful ways you decorate for the holidays. Heck, you decorate beautifully all the time.

God bless.

Tardevil said...

Sounds delicious, BJ! Love those candy canes, the Santa, and all of your red & white. Merry Christmas!

Marydon Ford said...

Your table settings are fantastic ... warm, inviting & love the accessories to celebrate the festivities.

Yes! the pepperidge farm turnover overs are divine. Hadn't thought about touching them up a bit tho. Give it a try.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
TTFN ~ Marydon
**NEW BLOG**
blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Everything is so pretty and festive, BJ! I LOVE the whimsical plates with the different scenes, and the napkin rings! Red and white schemes just scream CHRISTMAS! ...and you did a wonderful job putting everything together!

They also have red and white round and smaller pillars at Family Dollar Stores. I really like the ones you found at Wal-mart! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

susan said...

Bj-Just on Tuesdays..but I go with the flow :) You can link at BNOTP too! You may have noticed I too love candy canes and stripes! I love your table!!!

Kathleen said...

I think you did it up grand THIS year!
It all looks wonderful! And I bet your home is filled with lots of good cheer and LOVE this time of year!

arkie said...

I love all the red you use in your Christmas decorating! It really gives off a happy feeling! I haven't made my candy cane cookies this year. (They are on the schedule for next week.) Yours look very tasty! Thanks for sharing all the pretty pics!

jeanne said...

Hello BJ, you may use the same dishes over and over but who would know. You always make everything beautiful and festive in a different way for every holiday. Honestly BJ, a beautiful table is an art form with you. Always a perfectly delightful fast for our eyes. Mmmmm and the desserts. Our store doesn't carry the Haaggen-dais coffee ice cream anymore. Sigh. It is soooo good.
Christmas love, Jeanne

jeanne said...

Oops, 'feast' no errors allowed.
HA!, Jeanne

Sarah said...

BJ, your red and white table is so festive. I'm a fan of candy canes and that's just what this table reminds me of. The plates are cute. The cookies and pie and ice cream made me wish for a bite tonight. Looks yummy! Speaking of ice cream, do you ever crush up peppermint candy and mix it into vanilla ice cream? Oh so good! ~ Sarah

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Sweet BJ, I love your candy cane red and white table you sure did it justice...Thank you so much for mentioning my blog I try to make it nice for people to see and I am happy it made an impression, you can't ask for more...I have a couple more Christmas things to show and i know you will want to see the kitchen bay window filled with large jars full of all sizes of candy canes, I know you will love it...don't know if you have a dollar tree store where you are but they always have the old fashioned large thick straight candy canes 2 for a dollar...Thanks again sweet bj for being so nice to a new comer...Phyllis

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love your red and white Christmas table bj. Those plates are wonderful. I know I've said it before, but you make everyone feel welcome!
Blessings,
Marcia

Bearly Sane said...

BJ everything looks delightful, but that candy cane candle really caught my eye!
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just really love this table! Red and white, candy canes, the plates, the glassware and that AWESOME SANTA!!! Cindy

Barbara said...

Well Lady, awesome...the glasess, the dishes, napkin rings, your candy canes...just everything. I can always count on you putting a smile on my face when I cometo see you AND putting pounds on my already too large hips with your wonderful food, especially the sweets.

If I don't get back, Iam sending you warm wishes for you and your family for a Blessed Christmas.

Barbara

Theresa said...

It's not about what you use to decorate, it is how you use it! And dear BJ... your sure know how to put it all together. Whether it came from Walmart or the Dollar Store, you make it all look so beautiful and hey, I hear Pepperidge Farms wants to use your pictures:) Have a blessed day!

My name is PJ. said...

As you know, we have the serious love of RED in common....and your table is THE TABLE that I think is prettier than all of the other lovely Christmas tables I've seen in Bloglandia this year because it's very much my taste.

I could scroll your photos all day long and daydream. Just beautiful!!

♥Mimi♥ said...

How totally lovely. You know, as much as I enjoy the themed decor of some blogs and homes I always feel so cozy when surrounded by the traditional Christmas colors. Your home wraps me in happiness...

Stacey said...

BJ, how do you do it! You set the prettiest tables and serve the most delicious down home food. I bet everyone just loves to come to you home.

Julie said...

Oh BJ - I want to come over and spend the day with you! Your Chrismas decor is PERFECTION!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

BJ it is all so pretty! I love every single bit of your Christmas home!

Darlene said...

Your red and white Christmas table is FABULOUS!! I LOVE it. Also those little candy cane cookies are so CUTE! Your decorations are so wonderful....it just looks magical at your home.♥

Adrienne said...

Good morning, my friend - Your table is wonderful and such an inspiration to me. I have the same napkin rings, also found on clearance at WalMart last year. They are special because I live on Holly Street and I try to feature holly in my decorating (my sweetheart's idea a few years ago!). Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us. I'll be back soon to see more.
~Adrienne~

Betty said...

Your table does look so pretty and the food so yummy! That picture is just the cutest.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I would love that bj, I would havek a button that people could pick up but I don't know how to do that...anyway I would love to see one of my pictures on your sight, someday I will figure out that dang button thing lol...Thank you my friend. Phyllis

Mimi said...

What a festive table. I love the Santa...the candy cane candle is another of my favorites.
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Justine said...

Ooh, now this is what I call a tablescape! I LOVE red and white together. Just love it to pieces and you used cedar on your table just like Gloria did! All I have in my hard is these really ugly, tall pine trees... don't think I can do much with them. Hrm...

Can't believe those glasses came from a fast food place!

Justine :o )

Bill said...

Hi BJ,
Your blog has to be one of the happiest places on earth! Your table is so colorful, cheerful, and inviting; your philosophy of life, love, friendship, and family is truly heart-warming and inspirational. Thank you for all the visits and encouraging comments during the past six months.

Happy Holidays!
Bill

sissie said...

Oooo....I love your red table and I think it's great that you keep adding to it year after year....that's what makes it all so special.
I know what you mean about those Peppridge Farm turnovers, they are great. I keep them in the freezer too. Yum!

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

g'day sweet BJ

love your blackboard, in fact I am going to copy that, fa lala, as I have been thinking of something to write on my own but Merry Christmas and all the other stuff is too big, but this is just right...don't you just love blogland?

and of course the table rocks, as usual I'd like to stop by for a drink (or two!)

S
x

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi BJ- Your home is all ready for Christmas. It is so beautiful. What a lovely red and white table! Great attention to detail. Love the cedar greens, they look so "frilly". Your post was like reading a design magazine!
Merry Christmas, my friend.
Yvonne

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Those plates are so pretty! My mom always brought out "Christmas Dishes" to use during the holidays and that was one of my favorite traditions.

Sage said...

Good morning. you have such beautful pictures. you have inspired me to dress up my table this year; haven't done that lately. I am a new blogger and trying to learn from someone who knows the ropes.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh BJ! Nothing could be more beautiful than your tablescape and holiday decorating! Everything is charming, cozy, and creative! Warm and wonderful! Happy Foodie Friday! Enjoy! Hugs, Coralie

sissie said...

Hey BJ!
Thanks so much for your very sweet comments on my livingroom. Yes, I think that if you start adding some whites and cremes with your brown leather, that you can create a lighter affect. Try adding a creme colored throw with some creme throw pillows and some burlap pillows, then gradually bring in whites. I think white, creme and brown creates a very pretty look.
I have a feeling that soon we will be looking at your newly decorated room.
No, I don't have a button, I need to get one. I'll work on that.

hugs~Sissie

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning BJ...
Oh my gosh sweetie, you have inspired me to create, at least something in red and white for Christmas dinner. How beautifula dn festive your table looks. I just love it. What a wonderful job you have done. I love those candy cane candles. How devine is that?

All the beautiful little happiness pieces that you have added to this setting. I love the white Santa, he is adorable and looks so much like WINTER. Lovin it.

Thank you so much for sharing today. What a wonderful treat, and I so love it. Thank you also for stopping by and saying hi. I so love it when you visit.

I just wanted to share a few of my friends with each of you all, this way you all get to know them too. I am still going to showcase a few as they season goes on. I thought it would be nice. So glad you enjoyed.

Have a beautiful day sweetie.

Country hugs...Sherry

Beverly said...

Girl, your table is drop dead gorgeous. It looks wonderful. I love, love, love it.

And, I love, love, love you, too.

Chris said...

That is one of the prettiest tables yet. I just saw those candy cane candles at Walmart this morning, I almost bought them, now I'm going to go back there before they are gone. The only thing I saw missing on that table was your famous pecan pie. :)

Merry Christmas,
Chris

Cynthia said...

Lovely table. My husband loves to have one of those turnovers just about every night. I will have to try baking them your way with the butter and cinnamon. Have a great day!

Kathleen Grace said...

BJ, as usual your table makes me want to collect every dish I can get my hands on just to copy you. It is all so beautiful! I MUST get to Walmart and get some of those candles. You make everything just glow :>)

The Fajdich Times said...

Your table is lovely. I do believe you are ready for Christmas. Cookies look wonderful! Merry Christmas:)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Your table looks perfect to me, but the best part about it is the love that went into it. Why mess with perfection?

santamaker said...

BJ, you are so sweet to stop by and say hi. I'm doing fine, just busy and my blogging "duties" have fallen behind. I did get a chance to do a post on my kitchen last night, so please come on over! Happy Holidays!

Michael Lee West said...

I'm sorry I'm late for the party! An asthma attack hit and I've been operating at half speed. My husband prescribed a new inhaler so I'm good to go.

Now to your beautiful Foodie Friday post. I love the candy canes and your red theme. And that striped candle has to be the most festive touch ever. The Pepperidge Farm turnovers are my favorites, too. Your Christmas salad plates and tablescaping ideas are perfect!

Sweet Wishes,
Mlee

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your Christmas reds looks so pretty -- love the candy cane look of things -- and that dessert! Yum!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your table is so pretty and festive. I have Arby's goblets I found at a thrift shop. They have a holly design on them.