12.23.2008

My Christmas Table!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe it is December 23rd!  As a kid, I always thought this day had a little magic all it's own.  Today I will be cleaning the house in preparation for some family coming to stay on Christmas Day.  Magical, right?

Yesterday I managed to put the Christmas table together, mostly because it is more fun than cleaning the house and I wanted to see how the new Christmas china looked.  What do you think?

I am really happy with it!  This is the first year that I am using my wing back chairs as part of the seating for the dining table, and I love how they look on either end.  Now just imagine this whole scene at about 7 p.m. with the lights down low and the candlelight glowing.  I hope it will be as pretty in reality as it is in my head!
 
I also wanted to show you my water goblets.  I bought these at Cost Plus World Market, and I love them because they have little bees on them.  Very French, no?

My menu for Christmas dinner is pretty simple.  We're starting with rosemary roasted cashews and an old family favorite, artichoke dip and bagel crisps.  For dinner, it's beef tenderloin with two different sauces on the side: a sour cream blue cheese and a mustard horseradish sauce.  Both can be made in advance, so yay for that!  We're also having roasted asparagus, creamy scalloped potatoes, and Parmesan and thyme popovers.  Of course, lots of Christmas cookies for dessert!

Now if I can just get the dog hair and dust bunnies off the floor before the guests come, I will be all set!



60 comments:

Christy said...

Everything looks so beautiful and festive. Yes, I do LOVE those bee glasses... they are perfect!

Have a blessed Christmas Carrie! I have so enjoyed getting to know you and becoming blog friends. I look forward to all of your posts in the New Year- ones with all those creative and fun ideas that you have.

Merry Christmas!

Wendy said...

Looks lovely... I love the bees!

Lisa said...

Everything looks beautiful! I'm hosting Christmas eve...I better start getting my table together! Have a very Merry Christmas my friend! Lisa

daniella said...

Carrie, you never sease(sp?) to amaze me with you nifty decor style; it's simple yet warm and chic. LOVE IT! I MUST go get some of those glasses with the bees on em.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I think today has magic! But, it's my anniversary! haha

The table looks amazing! I think the guest will love it!

Jboo said...

Oh wow -- yes, it does look so beautiful and magical!! I love your plates and the bees on the glasses -- so sweet!

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas with your family!

Janet

duchess said...

You are so good.
It's beautiful. I love the dishes & of course the glasses with the bees.
The menu sounds divine - now get some rest before the crowd gets there.
Merry Christmas!

coco said...

Your table looks beautiful...I love the wing back chairs being used at the head, so warm and cozy! Your menu sounds delicious...have you ever posted the popover recipe? I do think there is still something a little magical about today even with all the cleaning and cooking! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Angie said...

Love your Christmas table!! Esp. the plates...so pretty!!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Just beautiful girl ! Love it! Merry Christmas Carrie to you and your sweet family!

The Arthur Clan said...

You are way more motivated than me Carrie! Your table looks marvelous...they will be very lucky to get to eat dinner in that beautiful setting.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

~Angie

Darlene said...

Did you say dinner is served at 7:00??? I'll be there....lol

It is absolutely GORGEOUS! You did a fabulous tablescape! Your menu sounds fabulous!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

The table looks beautiful and the menu sounds devine!!

Merry Christmas my friend...I am so glad to have met you this year!!

Lisa

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

Your table looks beautiful & your menu sound divine! Have a wonderful Christmas :)

Inspired Kara said...

It is absolutely stunning. Jaw dropping!!!

AJ said...

Carrie-Your menu sounds so yummy! The new Christmas china and your table look gorgeous! Don't overdo it on the cleaning today!!! Do the minimum-you know you're going to want to clean again after everyone's gone. Enjoy your time with your family and have a Merry Christmas:)

Christie said...

It looks great, and the menu sounds delish -- it is making me hungry!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Gorgeous! What time should we arrive?

Have the merriest of Christmases!

Amy

Shilo said...

Beautiful Carrie! Have a wonderful time!

Joanna said...

The table is gorgeous and oh my the menu sounds so yummy!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Your table is gorgeous and your Christmas menu sounds divine. Have a beautiful time and blessings to you this Christmas.

Shannon said...

Your menu sounds great- especially the sauces for the tenderloin. And the glasses are perfect for you ( :

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

jennykate77 said...

The table looks beautiful! I love the little bee water goblets! Too cute and so you:) I'm sure it will be even more beautiful with all your family gathered around!

Nikki said...

Your table is beautiful, and I love the bee glasses. I hope you make many memories at your table this year.

Shannon said...

I want to come! :) You have made it so warm and inviting! I'm sure everyone will love it! The meal sounds absolutely delicious!

LOVE the bee glasses! I've seen some similar ones in Ballard. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Stacey said...

It's beautiful and your menu sounds awesome!

Merry Christmas!

blueladybug said...

Your Christmas menu sounds so delicious! Can I come over? ;)) I love your Bee water glasses. so cute!

Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs said...

Yummm! You made my mouth water! Sounds so delicious!

Jamie said...

Wow, Carrie! Everything looks beautiful. And it sure sounds like you're prepared. I'm supposed to clean my house today too but, just can't seem to get going on it. But, I do like a sparkling house on Christmas day. Hope your Christmas is wonderful!

Glitter and Bliss said...

What a beautiful table. I have the same dishes (not with the tree) for my everyday dishes. I have admired these Christmas dishes for a long time. Your menu sounds so delicious!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Leslie

Kris said...

Your table looks beautiful!! I LOVE your bee glasses - Cost Plus is such a fun store!

Have a wonderful Christmas and hope you get some time to relax and enjoy!

My home - My life said...

Your table looks amazing! And your menu sounds just divine - thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

I soooo love those dishes! Everything looks just beautiful.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Journey on! said...

Awesome set up! Love those dishes! Which reminds me, perhaps I should get off the blog and clean my house and maybe get my table decorated! Love yours!

Juice said...

I heart the bees glasses!

asnipofgoodness said...

i love everything, but you didn't give me an idea for creative place cards......what is a girl to do????tee hee!

Ally0005 said...

Table looks wonderful! Love the bee on the glasses. Dinner sounds so good.
Have a great day.
Merry Christmas!

Julie said...

looks beautiful, I am so impressed!!! Have a merry Christmas :)

I have been praying for you with the housing situation... have I missed a recent update about that?

Michelle said...

Everything looks great!! Have a Merry Christmas!!

The Graves' House said...

everything looks so beautiful - very festive! the menu sounds great, beef tenderloin...hmmm!!! have a wonderful time!
~nicole

Life with Kaishon said...

Your table looks beautiful! I LOVE the glasses. Those bees are ADORABLE! Very chic! Your menu sounds amazing. My family is coming over too. I have NO idea what I am making. I need to go to the market tonight. I know that whatever it is, it will not be as impressive as your meal! WoW! Merry Christmas, Carrie!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

ILL BE THERE AT 8 PM OK FOR DINNER! LOL IT LOOKS SO GREAT GOOD JOB CARRIE, THANKS FOR THE E-MAIL HUGS TAKE CARE MERRY CHRISTMAS

tidymom said...

It all looks GORGEOUS and very festive!!

I hope you and your family have a VERY Merry and Blessed Christmas!!

~Tidymom

AndreaLeigh said...

It looks gorgeous! Love your bee glasses. Merry Christmas!

Amanda said...

love it - i have the same glasses and virtually the same menu planned (except we're doing port tender w/ cranberry glaze)...glad the dishes made it there, look slovely! merry christmas blogging friend!

Carolina Mama said...

You are ready! We love the artichoke dip too. Gee, that should be on our menu. :) Everything looks perfect and I am sure it will shine just as you planned. See ya soon.

Dreamer said...

My kids love Dec 23 because they can offically say, "tomorrow is Christams Eve!" I think I've heard that about 100 times, and counting!
Cute blog, Merry Christmas!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Your day sounds like mine - cleaning the dog hair and dust bunnies. My plan is to have it all spic-n-span for the next two days. Your table is beautiful! And your menu sounds lucious! Wish I could come! How fitting is it that your glasses have bees on them. Merry Christmas!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Looks and sounds simply divine! :0)

Ticklish Mermaids said...

Beautiful. I am doing tenderloin for Christmas too! I cannot believe you are so prepared..your table is beautiful. You are an artist!

Marci said...

Your table is so pretty! I love the dishes. Have a great time at dinner!

Denise C said...

Merry Christmas to your lovely family!!!
Hugs,
Denise

Sheryl said...

Oh, your table looks so pretty! I have my table partially set for Christmas Eve, but it won't look near as pretty as yours!

Sunny said...

Very pretty. I love cranberries in a candleholder! It looks so festive and pretty. Dinner sounds yummo!

MizFit said...

WAIT we're supposed to remove the dog hair?! :)
yes, I delurked to say that.


MizFit

Ms. Tee said...

So beautiful, Carrie! The bee glasses are sooo sweet!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

your table looks great. I love those glasses. I almost bought them too......but I want taller ones. I need to see if they have them.

Eloise said...

Your table looks beautiful and your menu sounds divine! Hope everything went well.

Amber said...

Carrie, your table looks perfect! I bet it looked gorgeous with the candles lit and lights dimmed on Christmas! You always pull together all of the little details that make it feel special!

I hope you had a wonderful & memorable holiday celebrating our Savior's birth with your family & friends!

Tasha said...

Gorgeous. I think I might make you my new best friend- I could use some help with my sad house! :)