|Dalmatian Frost got to play Santa for Christmas!|
This year I originally intended to do a woodlands pinecone-themed table for Christmas, but a couple of fortuitous finds at HomeGoods made me change my mind. A red and white chevron-patterned table runner and some cheery red napkins with white snowflakes put me more in the mood for a wintery design in red and white. And when I discovered that this was the 15th anniversary of Williams-Sonoma's Peppermint Bark Christmas candy (which has a barking Dalmatian on the anniversary tin), I knew that a Peppermint and Snowflakes Christmas table was our holiday destiny!
Here is our festive table for Christmas 2013:
Please ignore the fact that two of the plate designs have eight-pointed snowflakes when everyone knows all snowflakes are six-pointed (the napkins have the same problem)!
|A simple centerpiece adds sparkle to the table.|
| Peppermint puffs, Andes Peppermint Crunch Candy, and|
Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark Cookies on a three-tiered
|This is the first Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark tin I got|
several years ago, with two barking Dalmatians.
|This is a more recent tin, bought a couple of years back, with|
one Dalmatian tugging on the ribbon instead of barking!
|I love this view of the table, with the center looking all shimmery|
and both sides standing out in bold red and white.
Our Christmas dinner was supremely easy. We started off with cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy sent by a dear friend, and they were absolutely delicious (thanks, Ann!). The main course was a Maine Lobster Seafood Bake from Lobster Gram. It was very good and simple to prepare, but it did not include sausage like other seafood bakes I have had, which I think adds incredible extra flavor to the meal. Everything else was purchased at our local Publix Supermarket (the Kale Salad is a prepackaged kit from the produce aisle which includes poppy seed dressing and a cranberry-pepita mix). In years that I prepare the Thanksgiving feast, as I did this year, an effortless main meal for Christmas is my subsequent gift to myself!
Christmas 2013 menu:
Assorted Cheeses and Crackers
Maine Lobster Seafood Bake
Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pepitas
Holiday Spice Loaf Cake
Peppermint candies abounded on our table this Christmas, but the foil-wrapped Riegelein Santa, his Lindt Chocolate reindeer, and the Lindt Lindor Truffles are all simple milk chocolate:
Frost the Santa Dalmatian was not the only Christmas Dalmatian in the dining room:
On the credenza, Dalmatians Snow and Flake flank a lovely candy cane plate from HomeGoods a few years ago, as well as one of my favorite Christmas decorations, a small wooden reindeer that we have had for decades:
I hope everyone had as enjoyable a Christmas feast as we did this year!