|Table planned for Christmas Eve Dinner.|
My friend Boguska was here and she reminded me of the Christmas Dishes we bought last year. She and I were at a thrift store not long after Christmas last year and there was a 12 place setting of Christmas dishes with several serving pieces on sale for $60.00. These dishes were made in Poland and Boguska came here from Poland many years ago. She wanted the dishes but didn't want to sink that much money into them. I offered to buy half of them and then she and I would each have a six place setting and if we ever needed more we could borrow from each other. I never thought it practical to invest in dishes that could only be used at Christmas, but for $30.00 I thought what the heck.
I decided the dishes were "fancy" enough to be the focal point of the table so I tried to keep other things simple. For the centerpiece the grands had given me three small poinsettias that fit in the center of the table perfectly. Those with a couple of silver candlesticks and green candles both of which I had and a string of silver beads was enough.
My white napkins I use only on special occasions so I washed and ironed them. I looked around at several places for napkin rings with holly to match the holly on the dishes, but in the end I decided to use some silver ones that I already had.
The dishes are trimmed in gold, and I usually use silver rather than gold decorations, but if I can find a strand of gold beads I will add them to the center piece. Actually I think mixing gold and silver is rather nice. I used my rattan chargers to not detract from the dishes and to keep things simple. The champagne glasses with the green stems will add a little color and will be perfect for the bubbly wine that I will serve.
|Champagne glasses with green stems.|
|A place setting with dessert dish to the right.|
|I like the simple holly design shown on the dessert plate here.|
|The finished table.|