I love Christmas, but it is such a crazy time. I have a million (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration) of photographs of my home that I would love to share with you, but time is short. I find it odd that our most beloved holiday, I know I speak for many, is crammed into 4 short weeks, when the season of Autumn is stretched across 3 months. It doesn’t quite seem right.
But here we are. I am crazed. Putting a post together seems to have dipped low on the list, but I must share these photographs with you.
I entertain a good deal and Christmas Eve is THE event in our home, but I have come to love my ladies Christmas luncheon. There are years that I have have thought about putting it off, due to the many demands of the season, but realize how much I enjoy it. And so it begins…
As my guests arrive I have a cocktail awaiting them.
Amongst the Christmas trees, toile and candles is a Cranberry Cocktail.
It’s 50% cranberry juice and 50% champagne, with a few floating fresh cranberries.
Just a little something as we wait for all to arrive – except those with car trouble that couldn’t make it – ahem Kathleen.
A little something awaited each guest at their seat. Yes, Kathleen, I have yours set aside.
Please join me for my Christmas Luncheon.
It’s when I pull out my best for my best friends to enjoy.
Ruby cut glass collected through the years from Barron’s and Century 21.
A special place for everyone amongst the amaryllis.
Grand mom Lillian’s cherub candelabra, that were antiques when she (who hasn’t been with us for over 25 years) purchased them.
It’s been a hard year. Many of us have lost a parent since our last luncheon. And so tragically we even lost dear Betty who was with us last year.
The gorgeous placemats came with matching napkin rings.
My husband bought me these beautiful beautiful compotes from Horchow several years ago.
A now discontinued Christmas Lenox place was our focal point.
Incredible Villeroy and Boch chargers, that I was so lucky to get on sale last year, were our base.
It was a stellar day when I procured these placemats from Century 21.
A medley of red and green and gold.
And now, it’s time for lunch.
I couldn’t decide between shrimp cocktail or crabmeat cocktail and so I did both!
The roasted asparagus were tied as little Christmas bundles.
We dined on Chicken Marsala (a post to come), asparagus and a touch of cranberries atop the fanned Clementines.
I hope you enjoyed my luncheon as much as I did. It’s a special time to share my best with my best.
Come see a ton of lovely Christmas tablescapes at Susan’s Merry Christmas
- The Tablescaper