~Christmas Past & Tablescape Tuesday~

A view from windows, at a home on the 2007 Garden Club Christmas Tour. We have our tickets for the December 14, 2008 tour. I'll have my camera, in hopes of taking a few photos.

My contribution for Tablescape Tuesday is all about Christmas past. Many of you have seen these photos, previously. I thought you might like to see them again and perhaps find an idea or two, to use for your tables, this Christmas.
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A beautiful mantel decorated for Christmas, in the home where I took the photo of the outdoor scene, in the top photo.
Our front porch, Christmas 2007. An old metal sled, child sized wooden skis, a wooden Santa, a lantern and rustic tree, are among the elements used. This year, the porch is done in a simpler style, using a greenery filled white wicker plant stand and greenery around the door, accessorized by red ribbon.
The dining room tree, as it looked in 2007. The gold ornaments will be used in the living room tree. We'll use the tree, shown in the breakfast room, in another photo.
A table, in J's "lodge", as it was set for the Christmas tour, two years ago. The postcards, under the glass are from our travels and those of family and friends
The dining room table, set for the 2006 tour, of our home. In many ways, I went over the top, in staging for the tour! The elements include, J's mother's stemware, a wedding gift to his parents during the 1940's. Plates from Wal-mart and garage sales and Santa bells from a shop at the lake, were also used.
I used twig placemats, bird houses, Jim Shore snow folks, birds and raffia on the breakfast room table, for the 2006 tour. The dinnerware is Lenox Winter Greetings Everyday. I've collected this pattern for several years, picking up pieces at after Christmas sales and outlets. Just the other day, I found a tealight lamp at HomeGoods.
I tied wreaths to the backs of the chairs, using red and cream gingham ribbon.
The 2007 breakfast room table is set with Mikasa French Countryside and red and green trimmed Christmas plates. I don't remember the pattern of the Christmas plates and since I'm posting from the lake, I'm unable to check.
The carved swan was used as the centerpiece. The tree is decorated in red, silver and white ornaments and the red checked ribbon, also used to tie the wreaths to the chair backs. The packages are wrapped in craft paper and tied with the gingham ribbon.
A glimpse of the hearth room, during 2006. Molly, lying in the sun, is wondering if we will ever cease to decorate for Christmas. As always, we hope to continue for a long time.

A collage of photos, from Noah's first birthday party, last Saturday. His mommy chose a cowboy theme. It was so cute! She made a vest and chaps, from felt. Noah wore them with jeans and chambrey shirt. There were cowboy hats for Gabi and Drew. Noah thoroughly enjoyed his own personal 1st birthday cake. Bet you would never have guessed that by the photo! Many gifts were enjoyed along with lots of hugs and kisses.