The kitchen isn’t the only room in our house with gingerbread houses for Christmas. They are back in the dining room too standing in their jars of sugar “snow.”
Decorated gingerbread men (bought un-decorated from Fresh Market) are once again in a jar on the dining room cabinet shelf.
Another jar simply has bottle brush trees standing in the sugar “snow.”
And now to the table.
Several people asked about the dishes when they saw them in the recent Christmas in the Kitchen post. I bought them all on Ebay a few years ago. They are a Williams Sonoma pattern from 2010 called Christmas Icons. I actually thought about selling all of the pieces this year and buying the Spode Christmas Tree pattern again. We had it years ago when the children were very young. I tried out a few pieces of it on the table when I was contemplating going with a red and green color scheme. (My mother in law must own every piece they have ever made!) In the end, I liked the WS pattern better, so it’s staying. 🙂
Another gingerbread house is part of the centerpiece. I store the ones in the jars in the cabinet (with plastic wrap under the lids) during the year, but the ones on the cake stands go in extra large ziplock bags and then into the freezer.
They normally last very well, but the one in the kitchen must have had an earthquake today. I came in this morning to find half of its roof fallen off! (It was easily repaired with hot glue though. 🙂 ) I’ll keep my fingers crossed this one doesn’t meet the same fate.
Remember I said I decided to go with a red and black color scheme this season? (And not a red and green one.) The whole decorating world seems to be plaid and check crazy these days, and I told myself I was NOT going to use any plaids or checks for Christmas. (Truly!) You see how long that lasted, right? Those black and white checked napkins just looked too good with the red dinnerware to not use them. So… I eat my words.
And the red check egg cups came out of the cabinet as well.
(I need 2 more if any of you know of a source.)
It’s an addiction folks.
Those egg cups worked perfectly for holding the little bottle brush trees.
I just cut out a circle of florist’s oasis foam and pushed it into the egg cup, sprinkled more sugar “snow” on top of it to cover up the green, pulled the base off the tree, and then stood the tree in the foam. Easy peasy.
They would make wonderful place card holders. I started to tie small ring tags with everyone’s names on them around the base of the trees, but then I decided the table was “busy” enough without them….maybe next year…or perhaps when we have a large crowd at the table.
I always feel like the dining room is the most “Christmas-y” room in the house, so it is fun to decorate for the season. I helped my mom with her dining room today, and it is coming along very nicely…much more formal than mine because she has fine Christmas china, and it’s a separate formal dining room. A couple more floral arrangements and we can call it finished. She can leave her table set up because it is a separate room, but our table is the only one at which we eat. That makes for a problem if I want to leave it set between meals. If you have Christmas china, do you leave your table set through the season, or do you just set it at meal time? I’d love to know, so please talk about how you handle it in the comments below. 🙂
Thanks so much for your input!