The minute I read Susan’s post at Between Naps on the Porch, I knew where I was headed – Wal-Mart! Susan displayed her “expensive” Christmas dishes, $2.98 each at Wal-Mart, so of course I had to check them out!
There are four patterns to choose from, and I fell in love with the Redbirds. At first, I stacked six salad plates in my buggy (yes, I’m a Southern girl, and we call it a “buggy” – you can laugh at me and call it whatever you like – wink).
After surfing through the stacks of plates, I spied this one.
Who isn’t calmed by a farm scene? In the snow, even better! (Patting foot…decisions, decisions.)
Three Redbirds went back on the shelf, three farm scenes into the buggy. Mix and match is good.
Wal-Mart also had plates with deer and the bunny pattern I saw at Between Naps on the Porch. But, I decided we have enough deer around here that we see every day – and bunnies galore, too.
I chose to go with the two patterns in my buggy. Snow is a rare treat here, and I love farm scenes. As for the Redbirds – we have plenty, but I can never see enough of them!
Do you have questions that stay on your mind for days? Should I have gotten two each of the four patterns? Since deer and bunnies are so much a part of our lives, why wouldn’t I include them on our table? My next trip to Wal-Mart, only two plates remained – deer. No bunnies. No more questions as I snatched them up!
Something about a limited supply really motivates me. (That peculiar Econ 101 professor was right about supply and demand!) Next trip to a different Wal-Mart, I’m shopping for two bunny plates. Final.
The Redbird Salt and Pepper shakers were only $2.98, as well. I shattered a pepper shaker recently, so I can justify these. 😉
The plaid tablecloth is one I’ve had for a long time. I think PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave it to me, but I’m not completely sure. It’s one I use every year at Christmas, and I love the added stripe of navy.
I used the reverse side of my Pimpernel place mats again. Cork. The red chargers came from my stash, and the white china dinner plates you might remember from the Piggly Wiggly China that debuted earlier this year. So many grandmothers of ours are represented on this table!
The crystal stem ware is from our wedding registration selection. I hope you’re not tired of seeing it, since I use it regularly for my tables. Who has room to store multiple stem ware sets?
I bought the deep red stems a long time ago at an after-Christmas sale. Red is a wonderful color that can be used for many occasions throughout the year! (See? I can justify any purchase – a female trait that few husbands appreciate.)
Every Christmas I use them to hold candles. Last year, they held the snowball candles in my very first tablescape post (Nolstalgic Christmas Table). Those were some blurry pictures back then – had no idea how to use my new camera!
The bronze ware came from Pakistan many years ago when my grandparents lived there briefly. My grandfather had a construction project in the area for a couple of years – before I was born. I liked the teak handles with the twig wreath in the center arrangement. The wreath reminds me of a bird’s nest.
PAM gave me the glittery gold doves and greenery while we were visiting last week. I love birds.
The place card is sitting on what is normally a napkin ring – my Christmas ones.
The white napkins came from Pottery Barn a long time ago. I had them monogrammed and have used them a thousand times, it seems.
The dark tan/light brown thread color goes with most everything. Those napkins have proven to be one of my best investments for our table. I have a green set with our monogram that I use often, too, but the white ones are so classic and versatile.
Mom 2 gave us the deep red hurricanes. Did you notice the glittery snowflakes on the glass?
The cake plates are used often for tablescapes and not so often for cakes. I love cake plates!
The angel violinist came from PAM – she has a beautiful set and shared one with me. This angel sits on top of the china cabinet year-around but gets center-stage exposure every Christmas.
This Fitz and Floyd candy dish was my grandmother’s.
I never use it for candy, but maybe I should.
The silver chest (that I recently moved from the kitchen) holds the bronze ware and also belonged to my grandmother. I was with her when she bought the chest specifically to house her bronze ware. She told me at the time she wanted me to have it after she died.
But, I’d rather have her here. She was the grandmother who taught me to sew. We would have so much fun if she were still with us! Well, what am I saying? We will have so much fun – when we’re in Heaven together. It’s a good thing you can’t get kicked out of Heaven for cutting up and laughing too much. Is loud allowed in Heaven? 😉
This is one of my favorite Santa Claus’s. Another gift from Mom 2. (Yes, I have been blessed with many giving people in my life!)
I moved my Willow Tree angels from the kitchen window sill recently. Just in time for the celebration – singing and rejoicing over Jesus’ birthday coming up.
Each angel brings a special memory – of the friend or relative who gave it to me and the story behind it of why.
This Christmas, I hope to inspire you to use the gifts you’ve been given. No need to go out and purchase everything new (except maybe a plate or two – or six or eight..). With a simple addition, you can mix the new with the old and enjoy your memories – and share their beauty with your guests! Since we can’t take things with us when we leave this earth, we can certainly get full enjoyment from them while we’re here.
Do you have Christmas dinner plans? Have you set your table yet? I’d love to see the treasures you’ll be sharing!
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