Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I know that Christmas is over, but....

I never had the time before Christmas to post my Christmas table for 2009,, I link with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch. In addition, I'm also linking with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville because many of the items shown are thrift or consignment bargains. Thanks ladies, for hosting such fun blog parties! This is a warning that there are alot of photos ahead.
Each year, I like to change things around, and being that I have more decorations than I have room to display them all neatly, I usually display too much. If you remember my Christmas table last year, as seen here, I used greens and browns because my dining room had been painted an orangey-red shade and reds seemed to clash with the paint color. This year, I didn't care, and went with a plaid theme. Let's take a look.
Tablescape items were purchased:
Santa salad plates -'Twas The Night Before Christmas by Noble Excellence were purchased at Dillard's last year after Christmas, but they had them for 2009 too.
white dinner plates - aren't marked - TJ Maxx last year
chargers - Z Gallerie after Christmas in 2007
red silverware - seen in Dillard's last year, but they were too expensive, so I purchased it at Tuesday Morning this year
margarita glasses - Pier 1 in 2006 or 2007
napkins - no clue
table runner - BJ's for $15 this Christmas
red candle votives - Cracker Barrel this Christmas
Believe sign - Big Lots, last year, I believe
placecard holders - Bed, Bath & Beyond, last year, I believe, but Michael's carried similar ones this year
placemats - Target years ago
placecards - old Christmas tags
The centerpiece is a red/crystal ashtray. The elves were sitting high atop it. I bought it at an antique store earlier in the year, and thought it would also be pretty for displaying ornaments.
This etagere' is new this year, and it quite frankly, makes my dining room look cluttered, but I have no where else to put it, so here it stands. For fall, I displayed fall items on it. For Christmas, I displayed some of my Santas.
This is a music box, I found at either a thrift store or a church yard sale. It plays "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".
This is my newest favorite thing, as I found it right before Christmas for $1.61. Woo hoo! How could anyone get rid of that? It's a music box, and it works. It plays "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
The thing with thrifting is that I want to bonk the people on the head for getting rid of such cool stuff, and yet I want to thank them, at the same time, for donating it!
We won this music box from a charity event that benefited the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. It has the Biltmore house at the base, and plays "Carol of the Bells".
A cousin passed along this Santa to me after going through a divorce. My husband and oldest daughter gave this one to me 5 or more years ago.
A look around the dining room. Bought the runner just before Christmas at a thrift store for $2. For the longest time, I've been looking to buy vintage ornaments. Because I'm too frugal to pay $7-$8 an ornament, I've been keeping my eye open for them at the local thrifts. I found a bag of them, as seen in the bowl below, for 80 cents. And yes, I did squeal with glee!
The thing with thrifting is that I want to bonk the people on the head for getting rid of such cool stuff, and yet I want to thank them at the same time!
The Santa and sleigh is new from our trip to Biltmore this year.
In this picture, the 2 smaller candy dishes came from Goodwill this fall. I saw the taller one over Thanksgiving, and my mom was kind enough to buy it for me for Christmas. The 3 sleighs are all thrift store finds.
I collect bells and the one on the left and middle are from thrift stores this year.
All of these items are from thrift stores this year.
I've had the cookie jars for a few years, but the Santa tray is new from a thrift this year.
All of these came from thrift stores or flea markets except the Santa second from left.
As you might have heard, we had snow move through the south the weekend before Christmas. The only good thing about it, other than it being pretty, was that I was able to take some Christmas card photos. So, I thought I would share one of them with you, since I didn't get to mail one to each of my blogger friends. The baby is now almost 4 months. Where does the time go? I hope you all with have a safe and happy 2010! Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I always seem to get in type over mode when doing a post. Does anyone know how to get out of it?