Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter Greetings, 2011

This is my second Christmas tablescape for this year. Again, I have to do it on the small square table in the breakfast nook. No tablescape on the big dining table this year because I just finished emptying that room so that they can work on the floor whenever they can get to it.

Centerpiece taken at daytime and at night with candle light.

I used my free bling tassels for napkin holders. I got them from my daughter Tina's in laws in Florida. They were giving them away and told me to take as much as I want so I filled a shoe box, lol. That's thrifty, right? I won't even tell you what else I took but between me and my other daughter, we filled a really big plastic bin, the size that one person alone cannot carry.

The napkins are part of an embroidered Christmas tablecloth set I bought from Grand Cayman.

My flatware is mahogany and brass "Siam" from Thailand. My cousin gave them to me. Someone had pawned them in her pawnshop and never collected them back. Their loss is my gain.

Don't you just love this Winter Greetings salt and pepper shaker set? I think it is so cute! The birdhouse, which is the salt shaker, comes apart from it's base, which is the pepper shaker.

Gold mercury silver glass balls and green mercury silver candle holders create my main centerpiece. And I added a wreath made with more holly berries cut from the bushes outside and tied with a bow.
I just realized that I should have hung some of the bling tassels around the candle holders too. I sure do have enough of them, lol.

I also added a small cloche on a tall pedestal and placed more holy berries inside.

I love my Mikasa champagne flutes. I bought them from Marshall's for $3.99 each last year, I think. I love the stems. But my thrifty green goblets were bought for $1 each from another vendor in the store where my booth is. I thought they look pretty together and the red ones make the green look more expensive.

Do you like the christmas tree name plate holders? Now, I can't say that I do not have any christmas trees, lol.

I also mixed more holly berries and rosemary, all from our yard, in a vase as part of the centerpiece.

This time, I used my favorite Christmas china, Winter Greetings. Right now, I have 8 dinner plates, 16 salad plates, 8 mugs and a S & P shaker in this pattern. But I just won a big set, service for 12 of dinner, salad, cup and saucer, bread, soup, luncheon or accent plates, plus extra serving pieces such as pasta, 2 large platters, sandwich platter, 3 relish, veggie and hor d'ouvres from Ebay for $665.51 plus $50 shipping, almost 100 pieces more, so they can be used for my big set next year. I know it is still a lot of money, nevertheless, I know I am getting a good deal because I have been prcicing them and they are very expensive individually. The seller said she paid $200 for 1 platter alone and I believe her. I think I will have a big party next year to make up for everything that I will miss this holiday season. Good thing I won cause I had to get up at 5:30 in the morning to watch out for the end of the auction because there were other bidders, lol. I can't wait to get them. I showed them to John on Ebay and he liked them too so he told me to go ahead and bid and they can be my belated anniversary present. But of course he already gave me an anniversary present, but doesn't that statement leave it open for another Christmas present?

The gold ornate plate chargers are from Horchow from years ago.

Just adding a few "effect" pictures from my camera.

Black and white with red accents.

Black and white with green accents.

Black and white with yellow accents.

Thanks for stopping by. I know how busy you all are during this Christmas season, which I hope you all are enjoying, so I really appreciate your visit.

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