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Posted in Christmas, Decor, gift ideas, Home and Garden, Home Makeover, Place mats and table runners, table decor, Table Linens, winter decor, tagged bird placemats, christmas tablecloths, home and garden, placemats, table linens, table runners on November 24, 2015| Leave a Comment »
The weather out there is getting Brr Brr cold and if the winter season is anything like last year that means freezing temps and lots and lots of snow.
What gets everyone excited about this time of year is the Holiday season. It brings family and friends together for merrymaking and fun.
You may want to liven up your decor a bit. To brighten things up you may want to try one of our Holly Vine Christmas Tablecloths. This white or red Christmas tablecloth has Holly leaves all over the border and comes in rectangle, round, or as a table topper.
Another lovely item is the Winter Garden Cardinal bird placemats. Its design is a perfect cheer me up as you imagine the Cardinal hopping around and chirping merrily! Also available as a table runner. We also have Chickadee bird placemats and table runners-a beautiful option as well.
So let’s do our best to liven things up and spread cheer this wonderful Holiday season! Stay Warm!
This is delightful time of year! We decorate to put us in the spirit and everything shines so bright The walls, the ceilings, and the tables as well. Will it be Red and Green? Gold and Silver? Blue and White? Here are some great suggestions:
The Burlap Damask table runner is printed on 100% Jute (Burlap) in a choice of gold or pewter. Everyone will just love this classy and pretty addition.
Place your favorite Christmas tablecloth on the table and add a Glisten Round Table Topper to enhance it. Glitter is applied to the snowflakes to give it a glittery shiny effect. You can also try a Glisten Table Runner instead for a snowy Holiday look.
Don’t neglect the rest of your home! Add lots of greenery, ribbons and streamers to your staircases, mantle, and around picture frames. By spreading the exciting decorations all over your home you will be spreading holiday cheer to all those that see it!
For many people preparing for the Christmas Holiday started long ago. The shopping, the baking, and most of the cooking are all done and even the presents wrapped and ready to go. For others it starts now right before the Holiday. We searched for some easy to do projects that will make your house glow with the Christmas Spirit and no one will know that it was done in no time!
After spreading out a nice table cloth on your table you like to add some accessories. Here is a super easy festive DIY candy cane vase from Better Homes and Gardens. The nice thing about it is that you can use a plain vase you have lying around the house, an empty pickle jar, perhaps an empty can from cooking, or empty baby jars if you would like to make mini vases. You can make one big vase for the center of the table or a few little ones. Use a rubber band to hold the candy canes in place and then tie a pretty bow to cover it up! Here is the link for the candy cane vases: http://www.stylisheve.com/stylish-eve-diy-holiday-edition-presents-candy-cane-vases/
In keeping with the candy cane theme, roll up your pretty cloth napkins and tie with some ribbon. Then stick in a candy cane. Your table will look pretty and your candy cane vase will be intact from people wanting to take some candy from it!
Decorate your home with a wreaths made out of green clothespins. Clip onto some round red wire, tie it with red ribbon and hang up it up. Add some pretty family photos or Christmas cards. If there are children in the home they can draw some hand prints and can paint them or if you don’t want a mess have them draw hands on green cardboard and then cut them out. Paste onto something round (maybe a paper plate) and they’ll be delighted with their homemade wreath masterpiece.
Hopefully these quick and pretty ideas will free up some time so you can whip up some cookies and can be more relaxed when the holiday arrives.
Posted in Christmas, Home and Garden, Napkins, Table Linens, Wedding and Parties, tagged christmas napkins, christmas party, christmas tablecloths, cloth napkins, table runners, table toppers on December 10, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Celebrating Christmas around the World
People from all over the world have their own customs and traditions, and as we increasingly live in a socially mobile world we begin to share festivities between ourselves and pick up new customs from others. In fact, people around the world from a variety of religions – not just Christians – come together to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.
Unlike in the USA and the UK, Christmas celebrations in Poland tend not to start until on Christmas Eve (after the first star has been spotted) but they then go on to celebrate longer, generally until February 2nd. As Poland is primarily a Catholic country they tend to abstain from frivolity such as singing and dancing during Advent in the lead up to Christmas. Instead they like to party in the weeks afterwards. They make an exception for St Nicholas Day on December 6th when the children receive presents.
The decoration of house and table is taken very seriously in Poland. Traditionally the table is spread with straw to represent the manger. This is then followed by a snow white tablecloth that represents Mary’s veil and Jesus’ swaddling cloth. You can recreate Poland’s traditions yourself by laying fresh spruce on a plate of your finest china, and placing the plate on a white tablecloth or white cloth napkin. The Snowman Family a white tablecloth and is particularly cute and ideal for a family get together. Holly Glow Tablecloth is a sophisticated way to dress up the table. The table should then be decorated using lights, candles, flowers, apples, nuts, candies or home blown glass or crystal so that everything sparkles and shines.
Similar traditions exist throughout Eastern Europe. Color and warmth and good food and drink are what are required for a spectacular feast. The combination of food varies quite dramatically however. The Czech people eat fried carp and potato salad, and bake a splendid array of Christmas biscuits. Their houses must smell heavenly!
There is nothing to prevent you from offering your own feast on a richly seasonal tablecloth to match the flavor of the foods you’re serving. For example, if you were partaking in a Caribbean feast where they serve Sorrel punch, you might not want a white tablecloth at all. Sorrel punch is made from hibiscus flowers mixed with cloves and cinnamon and is steeped overnight in water, resulting in a bright red liquid that is delicious served with rum. But not something you want to spill on your best tablecloth!
Solid Color Elegant table cloths may prove useful as an under cloth for your Christmas table display. Choose something in Holiday colors such as red or burgundy. Christmas tablecloths don’t have to be white after all. Alternatively place a Christmas table topper on top of the table cloth fro a dazzling effect. Try Christmas Glisten table runners to dress up the table.
A glamorous under tablecloth and Christmas topper combination is perfect for anyone celebrating with a huge feast, the likes of which you can experience in France, Italy and Finland. In France Christmas is celebrated with a long dinner known as a réveillon (from réveil meaning waking because you have to stay awake a long time!). The French serve umpteen dishes including goose, turkey, foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon, duck and lobster. In some parts of France, 13 desserts are also served to represent Jesus and his disciples.
In Finland, celebrants are offered a Christmas food board that will include Christmas ham served with fresh bread and mustard, fish (usually gravlax), casseroles, potatoes and vegetables. In Italy, traditional Christmas fare will include the offer of seven fish dishes. The dishes vary according to what is available and personal preference but can include eels, clams, salt cod and of course calamari.
Whether you will be incorporating some new Holiday recipes this Christmas, or keeping with your traditional ones, a Christmas tablecloth will delight you and fulfill your needs. Remember that Christmas traditions are always evolving and so a Christmas feast should relate only to you and your loved ones. Serve up your favorite foods and the finest drink you can afford and enjoy your holiday.
Posted in Christmas, Decor, Home and Garden, Napkins, Table Linens, Wedding and Parties, tagged christmas food ideas, christmas history, christmas table linen, christmas tablecloths on November 19, 2013| 1 Comment »
When you sit down for your Christmas day lunch, do you congratulate yourself on how well you have retained the Christmas traditions handed down by your forefathers and mothers? Do you always go for the turkey or beef because that is what your family has always done? Well, if you do, you may be surprised to learn that Christmas dishes have been, and probably always will be changing.
All over the world, groups of family and friends sit down together, just as you will this year, to celebrate Christmas. The best Christmas tablecloth is ceremoniously removed from the cupboard, freshly pressed and then a feast fit for emperors is laid out on the table.
If you are looking for inspiration to make your Christmas extra special this year there are so many different styles of Christmas tablecloths, Christmas napkins, table runners and table toppers to choose from. For a traditional look, the Biltmore table cloth come in many rich colors and you can top it with a pretty white Glisten table topper or Holly Glow. For something a little more family oriented, the Snowman Tablecloth has an adorable snowman family design that will bring cheer to all who see it. The decor on the table not only brightens the room and brings holiday cheer, it also makes the food (which we worked hard to prepare) that much more appetizing and appealing.
Certain menus are rolled out year in and year out, and for as long as you may remember you have tucked into turkey and all the trimmings – but turkey is actually not traditional in a historical sense because what we consume for Christmas dinner has changed over the centuries.
Turkey has been a Christmas staple for many years, research however suggests that it first started to gain popularity in the United Kingdom in 1527, and even then it would only have been one dish among many at an enormous feast. For the wealthy, peacock and swan roasts were a particular preference for the main meat dish and the feast would last for days.
Celebrating Christmas over just one or two days is in fact a fairly new-fangled idea. During Medieval times in Europe, the well-off held a twelve day feast to celebrate Christmas, the most popular dish of which was a Christmas Pie where three birds were deboned and roasted inside each other. This dish is now making a comeback to the Christmas table. That was all well and good for the wealthy of course; poor people had to make do with bread and ale.
Mine pies containing meat and suet were introduced to Christmas in the fourteenth century and at this time a boar’s head was also a very popular meat feast dish, as was gingerbread made from breadcrumbs rather than flour. By the sixteenth century, there was a more widespread use of sugar, marzipan and molded foods such as jelly and blancmanges. In the 1570s there is mention of plum porridge (also known as pottage) which went on to develop into the Christmas pudding we know and love today.
Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, game birds and geese were popular for the Christmas table, but by the nineteenth and early twentieth century turkey was finally becoming more popular as the Christmas dish of choice. This was thanks in no small part to the writer Charles Dickens, who had toured the USA to give readings of his books, popularizing the dish in A Christmas Carol. Remember this delightful scene?
‘It’s Christmas Day!’ said Scrooge to himself. ‘I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow!’
‘Hallo!’ returned the boy.
‘Do you know the Poulterer’s, in the next street but one, at the corner?’ Scrooge inquired.
‘I should hope I did,’ replied the lad.
‘An intelligent boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there? — Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?’
‘What, the one as big as me?’ returned the boy.
‘What a delightful boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘It’s a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!’ ‘It’s hanging there now,’ replied the boy. ‘Is it?’ said Scrooge. ‘Go and buy it.’
So it was down to the Victorians that Christmas tradition was standardized in the way that we now recognize it. We can also thank the Victorians for Christmas cards, mince pies made with fruit, trees and Christmas carols. The Victorians reused old words but created new tunes and the first noteworthy collection of carols was published in 1833 for everyone to appreciate.
Make your Christmas table is a memorable one whatever Holiday food you choose to prepare. Happy Christmas from us all!