Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Luncheon - Seasonal Sundays #131

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Welcome to The Tablescaper.

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This week I held my annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon.

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Despite how busy and crazy we all are,

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…particularly at this time of year, each year I carve out a special day in which I celebrate my friends.

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The theme of this year’s table was The Nutcracker.

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Each year I start my luncheon with a special cocktail.

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This year we had Ginger Snaps (one part Bailey’s, one part Butterscotch Schnapps, one part milk and rimmed in crushed ginger snaps).

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I love to pause from all of the Christmas preparations and…

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…take the time to celebrate my special friendships.

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This year my table was surrounded by old and new friends.

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For so many years I’ve served chicken, so this year I splurged and served individual filet mignons with BĂ©arnaise sauce.

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I made individual potato gratins (a combination of Yvonne and Kathleen’s recipes), hmm… this one seems a bit brown but they were delicious with melted cheeses between the slices of the potato. Green beans with red pepper added some festive color.

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One of my newest friends, Tina, made this amazing Chocolate Walnut Tart. It has to be one of the best tasting things I have every experienced. I’m trying to get her to share her recipe!

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Much champagne flowed (Nancy took on the role of the official sommelier)…

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…as we laughed and chatted the afternoon away.

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Wishing all you a most Merry and blessed Christmas.

- The Tablescaper


Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Gorgeous table, Cocktails look like heaven, wonderful menu...what fun!

Alycia Nichols said...

Absolutely exquisite! This is the kind of table that I love to see when I visit people's homes during the Christmas season. Lots of drama going on without being a Paramount production! :-) I am sitting here nursing a glass of eggnog right now, but that Ginger Snap sounds pretty doggone good. I'm kind of scared to mix different alcohols, so I'll hold off on trying it until tomorrow. parents are coming for dinner, so that will be the perfect after dinner drink!!! I think even Mr. Tea-totaler Ramon will enjoy that!!! You set a gorgeous table, Alma, and I have no doubt your friends enjoyed every detail of it. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and have a safe and fun New Year!!!

kitty said...

What a wonderful lunch for friends! The Ginger Snap drink sounds dee-lish! I need to try that one. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Barbara F. said...

I guess I do love the Spode Christmas Tree dishes after all! Love the nutcrackers marching down the center of the table. Your menu sounds divine. And the tart - oo la la! Merry Christmas! xo

kitty said...

I'm back to say that I just fixed myself a Ginger Snap because we had everything! YUM and CHEERS !

Cindy Adkins said...

Everything looks lovely! Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting.

Alison said...

I love the nutcrackers on the table! What a fun way to display a collection. Merry Christmas! Alison @

Mary said...

Oh what fun! I love your festive nutcracker table and your martini looks like it would definitely get a holiday party started! Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...and food!
Merry Christmas, Alma!

Sarah said...

Sharing time and celebrating friendship during the holidays is my favorite part of the season. I enjoy visiting in other's homes and having friends to our home. It's always so festive! Special times indeed.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful nutcracker table. Every detail is a delight.
Merry, Merry ~ Sarah

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

What a gorgeous table, just love the nutcracker theme. My hubs has a collection of them. Yum, I will be trying the Ginger Snap. Finally joining in this week. Have a Merry Christmas!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

First, I must say thank you so much for this party! I have so many more comments thanks to you!
Second....WHERE ARE THE RECIPES FOR THESE FABULOUS ENTREES AND SIDES? I'm hoping I get these recipes in my stocking for Christmas!

AshTreeCottage said...

Your table is fantastic! Love all the nutcrackers. Your menu is delectable. I am serving filet mignon for Christmas dinner and I may just try the individual gratins as well. I'll be trying the Ginger Snap cocktail for sure. Thank you so much for hosting. I have enjoyed this party so much over the past months. Wishing you and yours the Merriest Christmas!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Kathleen said...

Your table looks wonderful, so festive and fun, with a touch of elegance.
Lunch sounds delicious! You didn't show us the white bean soup!

Dianne said...

I love the Nutcrackers marching their way down the table! So festive. it is so wonderful to share the holidays with friends isn't it? Merry Christmas to you! Dianne

Cottage and Broome said...

Oh my, I wish we all could have attended your luncheon! Love the red and green glasses and the nutcracker theme was just delightful. The food look wonderful, I hope you can convince your friend to give up her recipe for the torte! Thanks you for hosting again this week. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Laura

Lizy said...

What a delightful tablescape! Love the color combination of reds, greens and golds and your collection of Nutcracker is divine! Thanks for hosting. I also share a passion for Nutcracker! Mine are sweet related ones..maybe mine and yours should have tea together. Happy Christmas to you!

Jann Olson said...

How sweet of you to host such a beautiful luncheon for your friends. I am sure they look forward to it every year. Your menu looks and sounds delish! I collect red glassware so I oohed and aahed over your beautiful stemware. Especially loved it wtih the gorgeous green. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Christmas!

Dining Delight said...

You are so smart to "CARVE" out some time to share with your friends and how fortunate your friends are that you do! Would love to have been able to share in this fabulous luncheon! The nutcracker theme and the food are marvelous! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas!


SavannahGranny said...

Awesome table. You have created a Christmas fantasy. I know all you ladies had a blast. Your table is perfect to the last detail and the menu sounds delicious.
Thanks for hosting during this busy time.
Merry Christmas, Ginger

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a wonderful party, oh my word!

What lucky friends you have, indeed!

Your tables always amaze me - and I love your Nutcracker theme.

The dinner itself: heavenly!


Patty said...

This is breath taking! How lucky are your friends to have you in their lives. You are so special. I wish you a wonderful and blessed Holiday! Love Patty

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table is beautiful! Fun theme and I love the pretty glasses! Merry Christmas to you and yours-enjoy:@)

Diane said...

I love every tiny detail from that wonderful nutcracker tablecloth to the color sugar around the cocktail glass! What a treat it must be to be your friend and have the pleasure to sit down at such a gorgeous table. Merry, merry Christmas!!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely ladies luncheon with a fabulous, over-the-top menu. Your table is gorgeous as always. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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

Beautiful Table and sounds like a great time was had by all!!

Thanks for hosting each week!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!


Designs By Pinky said...

What a gorgeous table!!! I love the nutcracker theme. Where did you get th tablecloth? The glasses are GORGEOUS!!! Wishing you a VERY merry and blessed Christmas!!! XO, Pinky

Dani said...

What a beautiful and festive tablescape you've created. I love all the nutcrackers! Thank you for hosting. Have a Merry Christmas, Dani

Denise said...

Your table is just beautiful! I especially like the tablecloth, and the red and green crystal stemware is GORGEOUS!! Your meal looks so tasty. :D

Thank you for hosting Seasonal Sundays; I hope you have a Joyous Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Denise at Forest Manor

Pat said...

A tad late to the party.

Your Nutcracker table is exquisite! J and I like the sound of that cocktail, too.

Merry Christmas!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

How beautiful. What lucky ladies. Your table is just stunning. Merry Christmas and thank you for hosting.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your table is just gorgeous, love nutcrackers. You have displayed yours so well. The food looks scrumptious!
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year.

Deanna said...

Love the colored stemware with red and green glasses. So pretty. You did a super job displaying a colorful and cheery table.

Enjoyed your festive post.

God bless and may you have a super duper new year!
d from kansas

Darah513 said...

A little late to the party because of a broken computer..that table setting was so festive. I always feel at home looking at your tables.

Happy New Year

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I had to pop over and see this, I guess I missed it last year! This is great! Love all the Nutcrackers, what fun! The food looks yummy too!