We are all set for Christmas! One of our favorite traditions is preparing for the celebration and we always enjoy setting a festive holiday table.
Typically, we use our Spode dishes and glassware, however, this year we decided to change things up and use some of our everyday china and crystal and add a few Christmas “touches”.
Our Dining Room Setting Features A Beautiful Santa
Our dining room table setting includes a Santa all dressed in white, topiaries, Ralph Lauren glassware, and Royal Stafford plates. The greenery, pinecones, and small tin birdhouse just add to the pretty scene.
Here in South Florida, we need to decide whether to dine inside or out, casual or fancier.
Since this is the case, we have the breakfast table set, the dining room table and the patio table.
Alfresco Dining Is Always A Possibility In South Florida
Our patio table features a small reindeer, lots of candles and a touch of tartan (in honor of my Scottish heritage). The tartan plates are from Williams-Sonoma and I noticed that they still carry them this year. They are so perfect with our tartan trimmed linen napkins.
We really love the fun “BELIEVE” sign on the patio table. We have found some really great signs at Homegoods and TJ Maxx. Both stores have amazing holiday decorations and these signs are a fun addition to our decor.
It happens to be a beautiful day here today after a recent rainy spell. We are hoping to dine outside on the patio and enjoy each other’s company. Even our outdoor grill gets a little Christmas makeover. Who doesn’t want to “Get Your Jingle On”?
In honor of one of our favorite Christmas movies, The Holiday, we are having Christmas fettuccini with lobster for Christmas Eve dinner. We just add lobster to one of our favorite recipes for Lemon Artichoke Linguini. We switch the linguini to fettuccini and eliminate the artichokes. A small apple and walnut salad with vinaigrette is a perfect starter with some fresh bread.
For dessert, we are having my Dad’s favorite pie. Strawberry rhubarb ala mode. His parents used to grow rhubarb in their garden in England and make pies and preserves when Dad was a young boy. So, he has fond memories of these times and loves rhubarb anything.
We will start off with some champagne and baked brie. Maybe a Kir Royale featured in a previous Luxe du Jour post would be a nice accompaniment to the brie.
This is the first Christmas without my Mom, and we want to continue with our traditions and enjoy the time with my Dad. He is 90 years young and will come here tonight, have dinner and sleepover. We always open presents on Christmas morning while enjoying traditional Christmas music and perhaps a Bloody Mary.
Christmas dinner will feature a delicious ham, cheesy potatoes, and green beans. Then, we make split pea soup with the ham bone to enjoy during the days after our celebration. Dad gets to take home lots of leftovers, and he really loves that.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a time filled with love, joy, family, and friends.