Monday, December 26, 2016

Join us for Christmas Eve 2016

Have a seat at our table for Christmas Eve 2016.
It is set all in sparkling gold with white this year,
and angel wings decorate the chairs.

I found these dishes at Home Goods last year, featuring
creamy white with a gold trim.

The stack is topped with these individual
cupcake stands, topped with an Almond Rum Ball
in a gold foil cup.  These are the family favorite.

 This year we have a surprise, we have a little table
with mini chiavari chairs for the ten little ones.

I love to have surprises for them that they don't
know anything about.  We have always set up a really
long table for everyone to sit at, but after seeing these
mini chairs, I decided we would try a small table.

I just set the table height at the shortest for them.

They have inexpensive goblets from the dollar
store, so we don't have to worry if they get broken.

The adult table has more expensive goblets
rimmed with gold.

Gold flatware is used for every placesetting.  

 Both tables are adorned with gold sequined tablecloths,
and I used an icy looking runner down the center of the
kids' table.

The adult table center has a gold garland.
Both were adorned with large gold jingle bells.

Real gold and white striped candles
are on the adult table.

 Electric candles were placed inside the beaded
cones for pretty night lighting.

Here is a view of the children's chairs.  
Click here to find them on Amazon.
They are just like the adult chair, only mini sized.
They are white resin and stack, so they are easy to

One final view from up above, before the gala
dinner started.   

Appetizers began with a Petit Basque
made into ruffles with a Girolle Cheese Scraper.
I got mine years ago at our local Harmon's Grocery Store.

We always have to have steamed artichokes
as part of our appetizers.

Christmas Eve is always king crab legs

and grilled tenderloins.

Dessert was our Mango Ice Cream Balls,
set in a bed of whipped cream snow, with a
chocolate tree and a mini gingerbread house.

We always ask the family to dress up nice.

The little people went crazy over their mini table,
and proposed a toast all on their own.

After opening presents from Grandma and Grandpa, they 
open Christmas pajamas and we take a family photo.
We squeezed in all 21 of us.  What a joy to have them
all live close by and to be able to share Christmas
with them.

It was a wonderful evening.  
Look at my Instagram page.
to see the grandkids' reaction to their

I hope you had a magical Christmas too.
I will be posting with


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  1. I saw most on IG..I'll tell you's like a movie set..unimaginable ....Where do you even so many matching pjs:)?
    Quite the Christmas..I smiled when one of your little grandsons..said"gross" on the new bunk beds video..I thought..he's like ours!:)
    All the best for the coming year.

  2. Really beautiful tables. Thanks for sharing.
    From our home to yours, Happy New Year.

  3. Your tables are so beautifully elegant! Holidays are so magical at your home...your kids and grands must have wonderful memories from each one.
    Wishing you the happiest New Year, Jackie.

  4. Sheer magic Jacqueline! I must try angel wings at my children's table next year! The pjs are fabulous, and that dessert is a show stopper! I know you had a wonderful time! Happy New Year!

  5. Love the matching PJs photo! What a fun end to a beautiful evening :) Your tables are spectacular. I will look for you on IG!

  6. What a heavenly table! Lol! I'm sorry, I couldn't resist the pun. Truly, your children's table is every child's fantasy. I love, love, love the photo of the children toasting. Those smiles put me in an instant good mood. I would love your recipe for those Almond Rum Balls. Have you shared it before? Your post is a treat from beginning to end. Thank you for so much inspiration! Happy new year!

  7. What a stunning table with the angel wings and shimmer and sparkle of gold! I know your family and the kids had to thrilled to feast there! Your plated dessert is so fun and delicious too~ Happy New Year!

  8. You always have the most lovely holidays. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.


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