Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Luncheon

Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun party every Thursday. I am so excited to invite you in for my luncheon today. We’ve been building towards it all week! On Monday I showed how I was making part of the centerpiece here. On Tuesday I showed you my decorations in the dining room. On Wednesday…I set the table!!


Tomorrow I am having a luncheon for nine friends. I saw a similar tablescape in early October in my Christmas with Southern Living and I’ve been plotting ever since. This will be a casual soup and salad for a dear group of friends.


I found these oversized mugs for soup at Kroger for $1.25 each. They match well with the Christmas china and carry out the red and green theme. It is supposed to be bitterly cold here tomorrow---just right for a big mug of soup!


I am using red chargers and my Christmas Tree china by Cuthbertson. I collected this as a young bride. I pull this out the minute I put away the Thanksgiving china and we use every day all season long. It is casual enough for just us and can be dressed up for more formal dinners! The glasses are by Spode. These two patterns are so similar. They mix well. The napkins are more of those 99 cent bandanas from Hobby Lobby. I found the napkin rings at Old Time Pottery this year for 99 cents also!


Salt and Pepper shakers tied up like candy!


Here is one of the moss ball projects I showed you on Monday—set in a martini glass and tied with red and green satin ribbon. That’s a dog gate in the background—I’d retake the picture, but I am busy cooking!


Here is the centerpiece idea from Monday also. I added the red carnations from Kroger to the moss balls and Gibson cup and saucer.


Each person will get this favor. Really Rainey at The Project Table showed us here how to make bath salts. I made a batch of red and a plain batch. These happen to be votive containers a friend gave me. She owns a candle business and passed them along to me. You could do this in a small jar for the same effect. Of course, everything has to be tied up with a ribbon…It’s Christmas :) Here is tomorrow’s menu:

Hot Cider and Cheese Straws

Baby Blue Salad

Crab and Corn Bisque

Wild Rice and Chicken Cream Soup

Herbed Muffins

Susan’s Cranberry Trifle

Red Velvet Cookies

The trifle recipe is from the “Between Naps on the Porch” Susan and you can find it here. I will be linking to Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday with some recipes. I hope you will come back. Thanks for sharing this with…I’ve had S0 much fun doing it! Click on the TT button on the sidebar to see more festive tables at Susan’s!


  1. OMGoodness...this is just BREATHTAKING ! You have done a magnificent job on this beautiful table. If your food is half as good as this table, you are going to be the talk of your town.
    I love every single thing about it....just stunning and so so festive and Christmasy!
    hugs, bj

  2. This is such a beautiful tablescape! Oh how I wish I could come to the luncheon ~ it looks yummy and the menu sounds yummy! Love those moss balls and the candy striping theme you have going on here! Those Cuthberson plates are a fav of mine, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  3. Lucky guests to share such a pretty table at your home and the delicious menu too.

  4. This is such a festive and fun table. Soup and Salad sound wonderful. You did a great job!!

  5. Susan, The ladies you are having over are in for the treat of their Christmas season! What a fabulous table- full of wonderful and creative elements and tons of Christmas personality! It just makes me happy looking at it! Beautifully done. ( Sorry, I'm gushing!)

    I love your menu- soup is perfect for this get together. And all the other great sides- yummy! I hope you will post some of the recipes ( like the baby blue salad).
    I know you will have a wonderful time with your friends. Thank you for I believe my invitation has been lost in the mail!

  6. What a beautiful table setting!! Your guests should be honored to sit there and have lunch. I love meals of soup and salad, casserole and salad, etc., and a thin, crisp tasty bread. Have a wonderful luncheon!
    If you get a chance drop by - having a giveaway.

  7. It turned out so is great to see the finished table. Your menu sounds delicious, I envy your friends. Have fun!


  8. It makes me joyful to just see such a fun Christmas-y table! What blessed friends to share fellowship and a delicious lunch with you. Enjoy!

  9. Hi Susan ~
    I just saw those oversized mugs at our Kings Soopers aka Kroeger for a buck each...but, they only have white...someone bought all the red.....that's o.k.....I have alot....LOL !
    Love your setting , really love those mossy cups !

  10. Beautiful table! And your menu sounds perfect. I would love an invitation to a holiday luncheon like the one you are hosting! Have fun and enjoy!!

  11. Susan it's absolutely fantabulous! I must have lost my invitation!!! Those bath salts look so festive! love the whole table girlfriend! You really outdid yourself, if that can be done, and the menu looks wonderful!!! God Bless! Laurlau :)

  12. Hi Susan, WOW...WOW... What a great job you did on this table Love it...
    Merry Christmas

  13. Wonderful, beautiful, incredible. The bath salts are too cute, your menu sounds great. In fact that soup sounds pretty good right now.

  14. Just beautiful and the bath salts is such a cool thing, I like to always give something to remember the evening as well, I loved all the pictures,I am gonna go back and look again...

  15. Your table looks beautiful and what a delicious menu.

    I just made cheese straws and they were a little 'crisp'. I would love your recipe.


  16. Oh, I just adore your table! Although I like all of the new trendy colors for Christmas, red and green will always be my favorite, and you've used these colors so beautifully. I really like all of the candy cand striped candles. I know your guests will have a great time just sitting at this table. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  17. Oh I just love your table! Cute Cute Cute!!!

  18. so pretty, its not often i get to say i love your balls!

  19. You outdid yourself with this one, Susan! I like that you use your dishes throughout the holiday season. That is getting your money's worth!! And you are using bandanas's again~didn't you do that in a tablescape lat summer?? I love that idea!!

    Great job! :-)


  20. Your tablescape is just beautiful! I love the red and white combination, and the candy cane candles are marvelous! I know your guests will take a memory with them when they leave the table. You have done a beautiful job of creating a place to enjoy fellowship and food in an elegant atmosphere.

    Merry Christmas...God bless!


  21. Wow! I really enjoyed your tablescape. You southern ladies really have a lot of style!

  22. What a festive table! I'm loving all the red and green!

  23. Your table is gorgeous, and I didn't even notice the dog gate until you said something because I was admiring your moss ball projects! The menu sounds delish. I wanna come!

  24. This is all so pretty! And what is so extra special is that Spode is mixed with Hobby Lobby and Krogers, etc. That makes it all so fun. Your moss balls are festive and add a touch of nature. You guys are going to have fun!

  25. Wow, beautiful!! Love the china also. We use our Christmas china all through December too.

  26. Susan, I love your table girl. The moss balls in the martini glasses is a wonderful idea. Love your china. Your luncheon is going to be marvelous..... hugs ~lynne~

  27. Susan, I would be pleased to be a guest at your gorgeous festive table! I ♥ the candy cane candles, they are so cute.

  28. Very festive and cheery. The salt & pepper shakers are too cute! Rosie

  29. I love it! Those Kroger mugs are perfect to serve your soup.
    The whole table is Christmasy! Great job!

  30. Fabulous really fabulous!!
    My fav so far this week!

  31. Love those mugs. I have the same Spode plates and wish I had the mugs to go with them. Very pretty table and the candy cane candles were fun too.!

  32. This is a wonderful tablescape! I love the greenery centerpieces..just beautiful and different.
    Wow! I must go back and check on the moss balls.
    Yikes! I have missed a lot...
    Your blog is WONDERFUL! I think I must follow you! Can I? :)

  33. WOW! I am impressed!Ceck out my blog if you get a chance.

  34. This is so festive! I love your creative uses! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Susan, this is such a wonderful table. I wish I'd been at the party! Those bath salts are so clever and pretty, and your wonderful, creative ideas for the centerpiece just knocked my socks off! You are so smart and obviously a fabulous hostess. laurie

  36. What a fabulous job you did with the tablescape and your menu sounds divine. Hope you had a fun time!


  37. I think I've counted three Bonnie's out there today. Susan, I love the martini glasses with the moss. The Cuthbertson Christmas tree pattern is my favorite because I like the touch of blue and most especially the star on top of the tree.

  38. This is a beautiful table! Something about the balance of color and shape catches my eye and I feel like I could look at it all day. Thank you so much for sharing the inspiring pictures of your table.

  39. A fabulous gift idea that any mom & grandma links of london sale would be glad to accept is a mother's ring. There are countless styles to pick from london links charms and every one permits each of a mother's children's birthstone to be placed in the ring so mom & grandma can remember her children wherever she goes.Jewelry links london bracelet that is personalized or engraved makes great jewelry gifts for mom. You can have a particular word or meaningful expression engraved inside a ring, necklace or bracelet links of london earrings to demonstrate to your mother the depths of your feelings.Stylish watches are an additional idea for great jewelry gifts for mom. Your mother sweetie bracelet needs a stylish watch to go with her favorite outfit and perhaps even a few to go with her entire wardrobe.Another example of mom's & grandma's jewelry that makes a great gift is mother's earrings.