Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tablescape Thursday-It Isn't About The Dishes



     Life is getting back to normal and that means it is time for Tablescape Thursday. Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch is our hostess. Please take a moment to visit her and some of the other participants. You will be amazed at how creative people are in Blogland.

     I've barely had time to get the laundry done from our trip and put away the Christmas decorations. Playing with my dishes has taken a back burner this week. I thought I'd share with you my "tablescape" from Christmas Eve.



     The dinner plates and salad plates are Hallmark, as are the napkins. The flatware was black plastic. The relish tray and fruit bowl are from Publix. Note the creme brulee' cheese "ball" in the back right corner. It was much easier to make it into a spread rather than a ball, considering I whipped it up in a Styrofoam cup in the hotel room. I served it with graham crackers. The tablecloth was white plastic and the cheese board is from a travel bag that goes with us everywhere. My mom's ham loaf was in the microwave at the time I took the picture.




     This was the first year we decided to open gifts on Christmas Eve. My daughter worked on Christmas Day. Last year we waited until she was off work, went out to dinner and ended up opening gifts until midnight. It wasn't all that fun. So, this year she had Christmas Eve off and we decided to eat in our hotel room, open the gifts and have time to have fun!




     Of course we had to decorate our patios at the hotel. Sorry about the pictures, this is the best we could get!




     Now before you think, "I could never do Christmas like that" and feel sorry for us, I want to share a few pictures from Christmas Day.





     This is the view from my chair by the pool. It was close to 80 degrees.  When my daughter got off work, we went to the Walt Disney World Beach Club for dinner.




This is made out of gingerbread.












     Traditional? Not at all. But, we had fun with family and great food...that is really what counts! I've learned that as my children have gotten older, I have to "go with the flow" and be open to new traditions. I hope the new year is starting out great for you all.

25 comments:

xinex said...

This looks like so much fun, Sue. I love spending Christmas in a different way. The food looks delish!...Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I agree - going with the flow makes for a much happier less stressed Christmas -- It's the family and love that matters most of all!

Jeanette said...

I enjoy doing different things during the holidays also. All that food just looks great. I am glad you had a wonderful time.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks good to me! Sounds like you had a great time!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Forgot to say - Like your new header.

dee dee said...

Sue,
We're joining you next year! 80's and Disney! Love it! Dee Dee

Jenglamgirl said...

Oh' Sue~

I have to say that I love this! You know, you make Christmas where ever you go or travel. I love that you made a tablescape (and made me laugh) with what you had, and did it well. You made Christmas special the best way you new how, love that. Great food shots and that giant tree, and the pool... all of it, fab.

Lexie said...

what wonderful holiday pictures! i especially love the dessert shots!

Lyneen said...

Looks like a great time to me!!! Christmas is about traditions old and new. Maybe you are making some new ones! TFS

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words!

Maria said...

I am sooooo with you on 'going with the flow.' Looks fabulous, Sue!
I was just telling my sister ... that I don't want them to ever feel pressure around holidays and birthdays. Whenever we are together...it's cause for CELEBRATION!

love all the food!
Joyfully, Maria

Maria said...

ps. 'Them' = my three kids and all the rest of the family!

Life Laugh Latte said...

I think it looks totally delightful. Good for you for making it lovely. Hope you just had the best time. Happy New Year. Holly

Kathleen said...

I love Disney World. We spent Easter there one year.
It was so hot the chocolate eggs for the egg hunt were all melted when the kids went to pick them up! LOL..
Looks beautiful!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sue, I am so impressed that you actually had a spread in your hotel room, and you used very pretty plates and napkins! Sounds like something you would do.
Yvonne

Barbara said...

Sue, How Wonderful! Warm weather for Christmas, wish I was there now. You are right...go with the flow. just as long as you are with your family.

Barbara

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Wow! Everything looks so lovely. I surely would have had to wear elastic pants as I would want to eat everything.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Now that's my kind of tablescape (grin)...
Now to choose between the pool and the food - pool wins!
Three Rivers Daily Photo

nannykim said...

Before I forget, I love the pictures on your header! I loved your Christmas eve tablescape--it reminded me of a fun work of fiction. ..possibly something that Debbie Macomber might right about for a Christmas story. I love how different Christmas experiences make for neat memories! Plus the dinner the next day (was it?) looks wonderful!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is the most elegant tablescape I have seen today, Sue!! :-) How funny you are!! We spent last Christmas in Florida, so I hear you. The condo did NOT come with a Christmas tree!! But we were in paradise and together as a family and that is all you need!

xoxo
Janie

Dining Delight said...

Though I would hate to be away from home for Christmas, I totally understand that you do what you gotta do, when it comes to spending it with your children! And when I saw all the beautiful decorations you got to see, that would be fantastic to me!

DD

Pat said...

As long as you were with family and had a great time, who cares about the little things? I think you had a beautiful table, wonderful food and lots of presents. The dinner the next night looked delish too! Thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

Well it sounds like you came prepared for fun! Sometimes you just have to find Christmas where your at! :)

~Liz

Relyn said...

I must say, you made a hotel room look festive and happy.

g said...

Looks fun and looks like a no-pressure holiday - the best!

You Are My Fave said...

One time my family went on a cruise for Christmas and even though it wasn't traditional, nothing could beat it. I'm not a fan of winter.