Monday, September 5, 2011

Christmas in July


Last weekend my family had our Christmas in July. We were running a bit late as it's so hard to co-ordinate everyone but those that could attend did and we all had a great time.






























This year we hosted the 'event' at our beach house and I set up the tables in our theatre room (which still has no furniture so came in handy!!) and set them with cream damask cloths and napkins tied with baby pink tulle.


I placed the crystal and glass candle holders on antique crystal cake plates. All the candles were cream and I scattered fake snow all around the table.



I used three tall glass vases (leftover from DNo 1's wedding) and filled them with pink and silver balls. Can you see me in there too? I was quickly trying to take photos before everyone arrived.





























Tealights with vanilla candles gave the room a lovely perfume without being too overpowering.




Silver placemats and baby pink menus were set for each guest to enjoy.





















I loved using the fake snow. Christmas here in Australia is usually so hot that it's a lovely change to have a cool Christmas!  We had Cream of Chicken Soup with crusty rolls, Roast Turkey, Pork and Chicken with baked potatoes, sweet potato crumble, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, cauliflower au gratin, steamed vegies and fresh greens. This was followed by Traditional Plum Pudding and brandy custard or Sticky Date Pudding with caramel sauce.  That's the hard part - I love all the decorating and organising but get a panicky with the cooking but I delegated a lot! LOL




See no furniture in the room except for the tables. We did have chairs but as they were of the green plastic stacking variety (classy!) we didn't bring them in until the last minute.

























A small table was set up in the corner for extra glasses (trestle tables are too narrow to add glassware) and red wine for later.

                                     Suzyq

PS We did serve tea and coffee later but I didn't get a photo of that so I haope I can still be included in the Tuesday Tea Parties!

TablescapeThursday@BetweenNapsonthePorch






38 comments:

shirley said...

How beautiful! A wonderful tablescape and formal setting.

Cindy said...

Beautiful tablescape! I've been unsure if I am ready for the fall season, but you've given me a bit of excitement for Christmas. Visiting from Mosaic Monday :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks lovely...the color scheme is fantastic!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I love the idea of doing a Christmas in July. I do understand how it doesn't feel like Christmas when it's super hot out. Here in CA we have had a few of those. One downfall of always having the sun shinning here, you never know what season it is.

We have had such a mild summer this year that I'm worried this will be a year of hot hot Christmas time weather. Sure hope not.

A Garden of Threads said...

A beautiful table, love the colours. Hope everyone had a wonderful. Menu sounded so good. Take care and have a great week:)

Snap said...

Lovely table. What fun ... Christmas in July! Sounds like a wonderful time.

cindy said...

So beautiful - what a soft, clean table setting you had.

Have you ever been somewhere at Christmas time where there was snow?

Pondside said...

What a fun thing to do! Your table is very pretty - love the fake snow and have thought of trying it out one of these days - perhaps next July.

HHL said...

Looks beautiful .. and though autumn is my favourite season - Christmas is my favourite holiday - seeing your lovely table setting ... I'm already starting to think Christmas... Wishing you a beautiful day , xo HHL

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. What a fabulous idea for Christmas in July and the lovely pink and white is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a pretty tablescape, Suzy, and a very yummy menu! I love Sticky Date Pudding as well as Plum Pudding. But my waistline doesn't! I like your pink and silver balls in cylinders too. Lovely touches. Thanks for sharing and Happy Tea Day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Wanda Lee said...

Dear Suzy Q,

What a delightful teascape vignette! Such yummy delights and such pretty pink and silver balls in cylinders for Christmas in Summer!

Many thanks for joining me for the celebration of my 100th, Tuesday Tea For Two', as well as for our 71st, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'. Two'.

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Lavender Cottage said...

I think it would be fun to celebrate Christmas in July! Your menu certainly covered all the traditional dishes and you set a pretty table.
Judith

Mary said...

Oh how lovely!!! Such soft and delicate colors, and beautiful bling! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Deanna said...

absolutely charming!

Dreamgoddess said...

How beautiful! I love using pink to decorate for Christmas, so this table setting was perfect.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Everything looks so beautiful. I love the colors. Christmas in July! A great celebration. Blessings, Martha

S said...

Wow, lavish and light all at the same time. Wow!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Very soft, lovely and elegant, love the pink, silver and white theme. What a fun thing to do....have Christmas in July! We used to celebrate my brothers birthday in July because he was born 3 days before Christmas, and my Mom felt like he got short changed, so she moved it to July 22nd. He didn't seem to mind..........
Charming post!
Blessings, Nellie

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Suzy! It took me awhile to make it over here today, but I'm glad I finally did! Your long table looks fantastic! I just LOVE long tables! They just make everything look so cool, and your pink confection is no exception. I really love the pink Christmas balls. Don't worry about not getting snow....I will send you all you need of the real deal! :-) Not only did you set a beautiful table, but you had one heck of a dining experience going on there with all that food!!!!!!! Happy Christmas in July!

Kathryn Griffin said...

I love all the crystal and glass! Beautiful table and love the soft colors. Found you via My Romantic Home. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

AAaah perfection, cuz pink is the perfect color for Chrisitmas....it was beautiful!, perfectly pink!

~~Wendy

Shabby Chic Sandy said...

So Pretty--I actually can't wait to decorate for Christmas!

Marigene said...

Beautiful!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Such a great setting for a gathering. I'd love to try the sweet potato crumble! Thanks for linking to Open House Party!

pinkkandy said...

It's another Pink Saturday...and I pray each one of you will have a great week-end..and even some pink sugary fun! God Bless you
Kandy

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

What a beautiful tablescape. I found your page over on a French country Home what a beautiful blog you have. I am presently hosting a prize give away to celebrate Finishing touch Interiors 1st birthday pop on over

Entertaining Women said...

It took me a few moments to wrap my head around the thought that your Christmas in July was the winter event. A down under take! Thank you for sharing your delightful design. Cherry Kay

Sarah said...

What a beautiful setting!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

Sherry said...

Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Noelle said...

Very very pretty, I love the silver and pink. Beautiful colors and I love the faux snow too!!!Visiting from Centsational girl's tablescape party!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Love the soft color combination. Very pretty!

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

Visiting from Cents - love your Christmas in July.

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

love the pink and silver!

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

It is superb, Suzy! The colors are fabulous.

I'd love it if you'd share it at our Christmas Linky Party going on right now.

Happy December!

Centsational Girl said...

I absolutely love to see uexpected fresh color on the tabletop during the holidays, the pink is divine! Thank you for entering the contest!!!
Kate

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your tablescape is so lovely! Adore those ornaments!
What a great way to celebrate Christmas in July!

Hugs,
Deb

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I love it that your family celebrates a Christmas in July! That sounds like something my mom would have organized! Thanks so much for joining us at our Christmas in July!...hugs...Debbie