Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Table Scape Tuesday!

Today I am sharing some table scapes from last years Christmas Tea and from our Christmas Eve Dinner. The pictures aren't that great, but I haven't had time to put together a table with my Christmas Dishes.

I usually host a Ladies Tea for one of the Ladies Bible Studies at my church called Tea and Comfort. These ladies are from all different backgrounds. They are typically in some sort of transition in their home life. Abuse, abandonment, teen pregnancy, financial, homeless and just all kinds of hard times. The tea is just a way to bring a little "special" to the Christmas Season for them. Every year there are about 20 to 30 ladies. It is a lot of work and my sweet husband helps me. I couldn't do it with out him.

Here is a cute table for two....My sweet Mom cross stitched this Christmas tablecloth.
The tables are always a little crowded.... and I have to serve it buffet style.
I didn't host it this year for the first time in 5 years. My Mom has been in the hospital and there just isn't the time for the extras. I really missed doing the party. I think that I always end up with the biggest blessing. That's the way it is with serving.

This is our Christmas Eve Table from last year. Pretty simple. But still special. I am so impressed at how chargers make such a huge difference.

I love the idea of place cards and place card holders, but I hate making anybody feel like they have to sit somewhere. So I used all the names of the reindeer.

Christmas Eve is simple but busy for us. Candle Light Service, light dinner, then PRESENTS!

What is your Christmas Eve Tradition?

Just in case you have been deprived, and don't know about Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, you should go there. It is full of beautiful table scapes and decorating ideas.


Bo said...

What a wonderful thing to do... hosting a special tea for ladies who probably haven't felt special in a long time, if ever. Your Christmas Eve table is so festive with all the pretty red. I hope your mom is doing well.
Merry Christmas, ;-) Bo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Liz, I hope your mom is better when you read this! I loved seeing all of your tablescapes, and I think this is a lovely idea. Some friends of mine do something similar each year, and everyone looks forward to it.

We are spending Christmas Eve with a large group of friends this year. Should be fun!



niartist said...

Liz! Thank you for stopping by and leading me to your beautiful table setting! I love the chargers! What a great shape they have, and that red color is spectacular. About 7 years ago, when I got my first place, I bought chargers that color for white square plates I thought were the bee's knees! Oh if only I thought to take pictures back then, I'd know how much my tastes have grown! LOL! This is beautiful, Merry Christmas, and what a lovely thing you and your church have done for those ladies who needed to feel special! It's a fantastic idea!

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Cami @ Creating Myself said...

How sweet you are to host a tea for those ladies! I bet you did miss it this year. Hope your mom is better!

I love placecards too...my family always switches them around to yank my chain. *rolls eyes*

Rue said...

Hi Liz :)

All your tablescapes are always so beautiful. You are such a sweet person to throw a tea for those ladies :)

I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Loved seeing your Christmas tablescapes. All of them are so pretty. laurie

a quiet life said...

very pretty! wishing you a wonderful holiday and i hope your mother is doing well.

ellen b. said...

Hi Liz! I love your tea tables! The tablecloth your mom cross stitched is just so pretty!! Love the idea of putting reindeers names on the place cards. The floating candles are great too. So many neat ideas here Liz!! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful job. I liked each of your settings!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Myrna said...

Thank you for sharing last year's tea party! What a lovely opportunity to be a blessing to those women who needed to feel nurtured and special--something that carried them thru the whole year, I'm sure!!
I pray your mom is doing better and that you have a wonderful Blessed Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz. Your Christmas tea looks beautiful. I'm sure the ladies missed you hosting it this year. Hope your mother does well. Your table is so beautiful and I wish you a merry Christmas,
Shelia ;)

Deb said...

Hi Liz! Everything is so beautiful! It's so stange for me to see Christmas outside,because at Christmas here it's always too cold. Thanks for sharing that. I would have never ever thought that it could be done, and it's so beautiful the way you've done it! Deb

Decor To Adore said...

I love the idea of using the reindeers names.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How special of you and your church to do this..and to have a DH that helps you are double blessed for sure..hope you have a safe and blessed Christmas...hugs and smiles Gloria

Unknown said...

Great tea party! Both of your tables are beautiful...but Christmas outdoors..LOL...cannot do that here in Indiana.
Merry Christmas!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I'm sure you make these ladies feel very special. Your tablescapes are wonderful. What a wonderful touch you've added to your chandy. Love the cross-stitched tablecloth..what a priceless thing to have.
From our home to yours,
Happy Holidays,
hugs ~lynne~

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Femin Susan said...

This is amazing!! I am so glad to found your blog!
You are welcomed to my blog…….
"A Merry X'Mas and A Happy New Year''

Lana G! said...

I hope your mom is better real soon!

I love the idea of the tea! Beautiful tables!

Merry Christmas!

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Beautiful table! Love the idea for the place cards...I may copy that! :-) The tea sounds very special. Hope your Mom is feeling better, now. Susan

Miss Janice said...

That's a lovely gesture, hosting the tea for the ladies...maybe next year you can host again! Your tablescape for Christmas Eve was is so nice! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Envoy-ette said...

Your kindness outdoes even the most beautiful tablescapes. How wonderful that you are willing to open your home and heart and help those in need with that little extra table gusto!

The Muse said...

May I join you for tea? Why, these are adorable displays! I have a big MUSE smile :)