Thursday, December 24, 2015

Annual Christmas Party at Home

It has been a very busy week. We had just arrived after hauling more furniture and stuff from Natchez so I was busy unloading, unpacking and organizing. We already scheduled a family Christmas party at home so I started decorating for Christmas, shopping and wrapping presents for over 40 people. Thank goodness for Amazon cause most of the presents were bought on line while we were in Natchez. Then the baking, cooking, setting the table came....so much work but so much fun and all worth it. It was wonderful to have everybody together. Aside from my daughter and her family who live next door, everybody came from out of town. Even my sister from Illinois made it.
I set the table ahead of time and labeled each serving pieces. It helps me and people assisting when chaos begins, of what to put where. My son in law laughed when he saw the sign 'Rice" thinking why wouldn't people know what it is when they see the rice, lol.
I used plastic cups here for the punch meant for the kids. You should try it, just 7 Up and vanilla ice cream. It is easy, good and pretty!


Lenox "Winter Greetings" was my china of choice this year because I have a big set, enough to serve more than 40 people. Good thing I was able to haul them from Natchez on our last trip in 3 trunks, which is where I always stored them. I did not even have to repack them and they got here safely. I found a corner in the family room to store the trunks permanently in our new home.
 
 
Spode "Christmas Tree" teapot, paired with Lenox "Winter Greetings" cups and saucers. Yes, I have complete sets but I like to mix and match.

The large Winter Greetings serving tray was perfect for my sister in law's egg rolls. Yum! Thanks, Girlie!
Fitz & Floyd "Bellacara" soup tureen for my gumbo.
I bought these square Mac Kenzie Childs paper plates from Horchow on line for the kids. They are really nice and sturdy.
I love these Winter Greetings blue bird luncheon plates.
 
 

The sleigh holds Santa and Snowman S & P shakers.
I just kept the centerpiece from my last tablescape and just tweaked it somewhat.

This little Winter Greetings elongated serving tray was perfect for my Blueberry loaf.



And now comes the food!



And here is the happy bunch! Not everybody made it to the picture cause you know it is a real challenge to gather everybody together in a big group.
The celebration has not ended yet. The next day, we celebrated my granddaughter, Reese's 4th birthday next door. It was a great decision since her cousins were already in town.
Aren't they just the cutest? I call them my quads. As you can see, Rea is doing very well. Thanks to all your prayers. Reese is the second from the left. The other 3 are all sisters. They are all so happy when they are together.
 
 
Thank you all for your visits. I would like to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a JOYFUL, PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS coming NEW YEAR!!!!
 
Linking with (thanks to the graceful hostesses!)
 

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Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
 
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Making Memories Monday www.threekidsandafish.com
 
 
Sally's Blue Monday

Christine's Table it Monday
 
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Cindy's Amaze me Monday

Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday

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Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
 
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home

Paula's What's It Wed

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Sarah's Homemaking party

 
 

29 comments:

Bernideen said...

Dear Christine:
You are a totally organized person. I love the clearly defined buffet here. Your photos of without food and then with food show the plan. The trunks are so attractive and provide wonderful storage! Thanks so much for sharing and "teaching" really! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Everything looks wonderful!

Marigene said...

I can't imagine doing everything you have done while trying to bring loads from MS...you must be the original Wonder Woman, Christine!
Your table is everything I would imagine...all that delicious looking food.
The girls are getting so big...Rea is looking great.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Vulpita Calatoare said...

Merry Christmas, Christine!e!

sweet violets said...

You are an amazing woman!!! Merry Christmas......take a nap!!! xoxoxo

Bonnie said...

Such a happy group picture. I know it is a thrill to have your family together.
Your table has your special touch with your lovely dishes and serving pieces. The food looks like a great feast. Merry Christmas to all.

Salmagundi said...

Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your happy family; and of course, your wonderful table setting. Merry Christmas!! Sally

SmilingSally said...

Hi Christine,

Oh how perfect everything looks! I love that striped chest that holds the drinks. Did you paint it?

And, what a good idea to have the eating utensils in a cloche!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Every thing is so pretty and festive. The food looks so good.
Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!

xinex said...

Thanks, Sally! I bought it painted like that. Have a Blessed Christmas with your family.,.Christine

tablescapesbybev.com said...

Everything looks both beautiful and delicious! I am so coveting your lovely Christmas dishes, especially the winter greetings. Score!

Bernideen said...

This post will be one of featured links Saturday from this week's blog party! Merry Christmas!

Sarah said...

Christine, you are amazing. You never skip a beat. Beautiful Christmas dinner setting and wonderful family photo.

Merry Christmas!

Valerie Roberts said...

Gorgeous everything. Love all your dishes and that stunning tureen. What a glorious setting. I am sure you had a wonderful celebration.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's

Dana of The Stone Rabbit said...

What a wonderful table......beautiful dishes and great food!! Good job....that's hard work, but like you said, very enjoyable as well. I'm sure your guests loved it all!

Merry Christmas and Happy Pink Saturday! Dana

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wow, what gorgeous family and a large bunch too, Christine. Only you can concoct and prepare such an amazing table and I'm sure a lot of cooking as well and yummyyyy!!! I love all your pretty dishes and all your C'mas d├ęcor.
Your new house is so warm and inviting with your elegant and wonderful taste.
Merry Christmas,
FABBY

PS: We are featured together too! Couldn't find her feature button... did you?

Margie said...

You're definitely the hostess with the mostess, Christine! The tablesetting is beautiful and your delicious food made my mouth water. Happy Holidays!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas party at my party today and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Blessings,
Linda

SmilingSally said...

Hi Christine,

Thanks for playing today.

Happy Blue Monday and a Happy New Year!

Sandra Lee said...

Wow this is great! Everything is presented beautifully and you are extremely organized. Happy New Year!

Martha's Favorites said...

I can not believe you have so many dishes! It is a plate lover's heaven! Have a wonderful week with your family. Blessing for the New Year dear friend. Hugs, Martha

Snap said...

Goodness, Christine! I don't know how you do it ... moving and have Christmas dinner! You are super woman! Lenox Winter Greetings is one of my favorite patterns. I'm always on the look out for a piece (or two) when I'm out thrifting. Everything looks lovely and I bet dinner was delicious! Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

Ruth W said...

Hi Christine. What a perfect Christmas dinner! I have a Winter Greetings teapot for and I love the Cardinal on it. Good thing you are organized! Amazing! Happy New Year! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Traci said...

Everything looks gorgeous!! I just love all of the Christmas china. Those girls are just too cute! So glad that Rea is doing well!

Scribbler said...

Are you sure you are not Wonder Woman? I am in awe of your organizational skills. What a fabulous family picture!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Christine, your table settings always look beautiful. How you ever choose from so many pretty patterns I'll never know! I love how you mix and match some. Gorgeous family. Wishing you and yours a blessed and Happy New Year!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Everything looks so pretty, Christine. You are amazing! Such a lovely family!
Have a happy and blessed new year!
Hugs,
Patti

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Christine, what a layout! The dishes are gorge and the menu sounds fab! Gumbo? Yes, please! Have a Happy New Year!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Christine, HOW do you do all that???? I want to hire you to cater my next party! You are amazing. LOVED the picture of the littles. They are all so adorable. Wishing you a VERY happy new year!

Rue said...

Wow, Christine! That is one BIG group! You did a wonderful job pulling all of it together.

Great to hear from you! I sent you an email, but I definitely wanted to stop by to catch up and say hello :)

hugs to you,
rue

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