"Christmas Cheer" from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: Gatherings, Meredith Books, Des Moines, Iowa, 2006
Anyway - Pat and I thought it would be fun to copy one of Sandra's tables for Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" December Challenge (http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/) . Several years ago, Pat decorated her kitchen tree like the one in the picture (which you can't really see in my crummy copy of the picture, but if you go to Sandra Lee's "You Tube" video - there's a link at the end of this posting- you'll get the idea.)
Here's what we came up with for our December challenge (not as glitzy or gaudy, but you get the idea....):
Over view of the table
Close up of the place setting
Neither Pat nor I liked the way Sandra Lee's napkins looked so we "took liberties" and folded ours this way......that is - I ironed and Pat folded.
Here's another item we changed just a bit (and saved thousands of calories in the process.....) We used a wooded ornament instead of a candy sled for the plate decoration.
The table looked dark and dated without this bright blue metal charger
OK - it's not Sandra Lee's cheese balls....but trust me, it taste a lot better
One last look from the other end of the table
Tablecloths - from Pat's collection
Blue Metal Chargers, Gold Dinner Plates, and Red Salad Plates - Pier 1
Gold Flatware - by Rogers & Son Silversmith (pattern unknown)
Blue Goblet - by Artland Glass from Replacements.com
Champagne Trumpet Glass - "Selection" by Cris d/Arques
White Napkins - Pier 1
Wooden Sleds - Ornaments from Michael's
Glass Centerpiece - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Nutcrackers - everywhere and anywhere I go......
We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" Wednesday: http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/
Also check out "You Tube" to see all of Sandra Lee's "Christmas Cheer" table: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCU1Nuct0t8