White Christmas Dreaming – a Tablescape

After record high temperatures here last week, it’s very cold this week – almost record lows for this time of year.  On Tuesday, it looked like it would snow any minute.  But, it didn’t.

In Mississippi, we don’t have much snow.  We certainly can’t count on snow at Christmas.  But, we can dream of it.

White Christmas Dreaming

Have you ever had it snow in your dining room?  Just joking, y’all.  😉  I used a little special effects when editing the picture.

I pulled out anything white to use for this tablescape – and a little bit of silver.

Notice the white houses are paper cut-outs.

White Decorated Table

I made them for our table decor during Christmas of 2001 by using a pattern in one of my Southern Living Christmas books – Christmas with Southern Living 2001.  You can order that book for pennies HERE.  (I’m not paid by Amazon or Southern Living to tell you that.)

The houses fold flat between uses, so they take almost no room to store each year.  I don’t use them every year when I decorate for Christmas, but these houses are among my favorites.  Don’t you love the candlelight showing through the tiny windows?  I do, too.

Tea Lights Inside

The cut-outs have a front pattern, a back pattern, and the fireplace pattern to make two copies for the sides of the house.  You simply tape the sides together to make the house (non-glare tape recommended).

I used a straight-edge blade for cutting the windows.  It was a little tedious at the time, especially with my children under foot.  The time investment was so worth it, though.  Who would have dreamed these would give us so much pleasure over the years?   And who can argue with the cost of only a few photocopies?

For varying sizes, enlarge the page a little for each one.  The pattern provided in the book is for the smallest size.  Our houses include three different sizes – two small and medium, and one large.

Plate Stack

I kept the plates and silverware simple – since we’re having coffee and tasting sweets while we dream of snow on Christmas.

I’ll share about these sweats later to avoid making this post too long.  These dark chocolate truffles are rolled in powdered sugar to look like snow balls.  But, the sugar dissolved a little in spots.  Shall we call them muddy snowballs?  We do have a lot of mud during this rainy season here in The Land of Making Do.

Truffles in Powdered Sugar

These mint truffles are rolled in crushed candy canes.  The cookies are our recent favorite – cranberry oatmeal.

Peppermint Truffles

Along with silver chargers, we’re using HH’s grandmother’s Piggly Wiggly China and the rose-embossed dessert parfaits I found at a thrift store.  You may remember the parfaits from my post in May called Tablescape Red, White, and Blue.

Dessert Parfait

I didn’t know what to do with the napkins, so I rolled them and placed them inside the dessert parfaits.

Place Setting

I love these Battenberg lace napkins, embroidered with holly and berries.

Embroidered Napkin

I didn’t embroider these napkins, but I’m sure glad someone did.  Love that!

The angel that hung over our tree all my growing up years is now over this table setting, since she fits the white and silver theme.  (Thanks, PAM and HBD, for sharing her with us.)

Christmas Tree Topper Angel

I always loved this angel – sort of dough-boy-ish with her soft tummy.  When I was little, I wanted to poke her in the tummy like the dough boy in the Pillsbury commercial.

Christmas Angel

The angel made from a hymnal is poised at the piano.  If you want to find out how to make one, visit Hymn Book Christmas Angel.  They are really fun to make!

Hymn Book Angel

Our Christmas tree is ready for snow, too.    HH and I brought home this ski bear ornament from our honeymoon.  He’s actually an angel of sorts – see his wings and halo that’s sticking straight up and out of place (oops!)?

Ski Bear Ornament

We celebrated our 24th year of marriage on Monday.  After a Christmas wedding, we honeymooned in Colorado and learned to ski.  Skiing has become a favorite activity of our entire family, so buying this ski bear was more appropriate than we realized at the time.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for snow here soon – and dreaming of it.

Christmas Dining Room

Bing Crosby would be proud to hear us singing about dreaming of a white Christmas.

Have you had snow yet?  Do you think you’ll have a white Christmas this year?  Oh, I hope so!

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  1. says

    Charming tablescape with all the treasures. Your Piggly Wiggly china brings back memories of having seen family shop there and it is a lovely pattern. The elegant crystal compotes are a wonderful find. I enjoyed your sweet loved angel ornament and thanks for sharing!


  2. Penny says

    i’m a first time visitor to your blog……from BNOTP. Your table is just gorgeous, the paper house cut outs really caught my eye! Hugs, Penny

  3. says

    I love those paper houses Kim! I will have to check and see if I have SL 2001, very cool idea! I also love the hymn book angel! So different!! Thanks for sharing your lovely white scape!

  4. says

    I do NOT want a white Christmas here, so I’ll send all of it to you! I know it’s pretty and all, but people act like they’ve never driven in it in their lives and just make a huge mess of the roads!!! It’s crazy! I’ve lived here all my life, and every year I know it’s going to snow and that the presence of that snow will mean leaving earlier, slowing down, leaving more stopping space between cars, etc. A lot of people just don’t get that memo, and it drives me nuts!!! OK…I’m done complaining…for now! 🙂

    I LOVE THOSE PAPER HOUSES!!!!!!! I don’t have the patience to make them, but I love them!!! The hymnal angel is something I would love to have, too, to put atop my piano, but NO patience or skill to make it! You are SO good at that stuff!!! I NEED you here!!! 🙂

    Happy belated anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll pack that snow up that’s coming here tomorrow night into Saturday morning and send it straight to your doorstep! 🙂

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you. Thank you. And, thank you, Alycia! I’ll take the snow. We are ill equipped for it here, so life stops and we don’t drive in it much. Staying home by the fire and looking at it out the window is wonderful! It usually melts quickly, so our fireside viewing is short and very sweet! 🙂

  5. Sue DeMoss says

    Loved your White Christmas theme and such a lovely touch with the angel. w ish that could come true for Christmas.