“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”
As many of you who celebrate a birthday during December know, it is often hard to give the birthday the attention it deserves! The day can be minimized and often overlooked as the year long anticipation of Christmas draws near! Our son, Seth was born on December 11th, and for several years I would wait until we had his birthday party before I decorated for Christmas! I also noticed something I had never paid attention to prior to his December birth-people often wrapped birthday presents with Christmas wrap. That would never happen for a July birthday! In other words, we really tried hard to keep his birthday and Christmas separate. But now as he turns twenty-nine, his birthday dinner is a Christmas setting- and he doesn’t care as long as I prepare some of his favorite foods! The menu he always requests: manicotti with lots of Italian sausage and bechamel sauce. Hope you enjoy Seth’s birthday (Christmas) tablescape!
And while we are talking about Seth’s birthday, be sure to check back on Thursday for Butch’s post!
It is a breathtaking sunrise on the first Sunday of December. The sun cast the most beautiful light on the raspberry walls of our dining room!
The table is set with a natural and rustic theme, since we are celebrating Seth’s birthday!
I didn’t use a tablecloth, but allowed the warmth of the cherry table to set the tone of this tablescape. The placemats are red and green plaid with a metallic gold thread running through the pattern. I have had them so long, I can’t remember where they are from!
The Nikko “Happy Holidays” pattern is my oldest Christmas china, and I still love to use it! I often use the rattan chargers for texture.
I totally love the pair of antler candle stands that Seth made me-aren’t they perfect for the table?! I found the “Christmas Lodge” snack plates by 222 Fifth last week at TJ Maxx and used them as a bread and butter plate. They really work in the theme!
Freshly cut pine!
The center of the table was an assortment of rustic elements: small birds nestled in the pine, pine cones scattered, a pair of tall birds! I used tartan plaid napkins found at TJ Maxx with ornaments from Wal-Mart as napkin rings!
I used 4 decorative cones filled with pine
Picture ornaments from Wal-Mart used as place card holders-very inexpensive idea!
The sunlight provides a spotlight on one of three rustic candle lanterns on the table, purchased at TJ Maxx this season!
Ruby red stemware found years ago at a department store
The mint julep cups are often used for greenery or flowers…today they are filled with short-needle pine!
Morning view of the large Nativity sitting in the dining room bay window.
Since we were celebrating Seth’s birthday, I made his favorite…red velvet!
Candles are lit and it’s time to celebrate Seth!
“Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!”
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