Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gingerbread Kisses Tablescape

Gingerbread kiss and Christmas wishes,
that is what this table is made of.

I am in love with little gingerbread houses
and gingerbread accessories, which bring
such magic to the home.

This big gingerbread house was one I found
years ago, and because it isn't edible,
it lasts year after year.

We made gingerbread houses with the grandkids
Thankgiving Evening.  I have always loved
the magic of making gingerbread, and I
actually tried storing some of my creations
over the years, but they didn't hold up well.

I am in love with Department 56 North Pole
Series gingerbread homes, as they light
up my home.

They are so fun and the grandkids love to look
at them.  They are so good about not touching.

This little elf is bringing another gingerbread
man to make the fence around this house.

Of course nutcrackers are another of my
loves, and this gingerbread maker is really

Hobby Lobby had a collection of gingerbread
accessories this year - this lamp post,
a fence,

this darling mailbox and a bench, a tree
and gingerbread figures.  But if you didn't snag it 
early, it is probably gone.  I went in last week and
four rows of Christmas had been cleared out and
they were filling them with non-holiday wall
pictures.  Ahhhh!  I guess they start early and
clean out early!!  Glad I grabbed them when I

The table is set in pink and white with
candy cane napkins.

I made these years ago with my serger - 
cutting out a 17 inch square and serging the
edges of the fabric.  They are some of my favorite
Christmas napkins.

We even have a cupcake snowglobe with
a gingerbread house inside.

I chose my DuBarry sterling flatware,
as it is so intricate and ornate.  My friend Joanne
had this and I fell in love and was able to find
a whole set on eBay.

Of course gingerbread goes with
chocolates - displayed on darling 

My pink Fostoria was my mother's.  My 
darling niece inherited them and then
gave them to me 25 years later.  Mom 
has been gone a long, long time, but I
always think of her and wish she were here.

She was the first into computers and photography
in our family and would have loved digital
cameras, cell phones, and definitely blogging!
She would also have loved Home Goods - as
there weren't a lot of inexpensive kitchen and
dish stores then.  My dad always gave her a 
beautiful glass bowl for Christmas and they
collected cut glass bowls.  He had a fine
appreciation for beautiful things - but they
were only available in expensive department

What would she think of all of the lovely
things that are available now!?

Everything is placed on my snowy white fur
runner with a crystal garland.  Oh how I love magical
Christmas things!

My goal is always to create a little
magic at Purple Chocolat Home.
And do the grandkids appreciate it!

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  1. What a pretty and festive table - I am sure the grandchildren enjoy all of these magical decorations! Your flatware is stunning!

    1. Thanks, my oldest daughter says she wants to inherit this flatware!

  2. So many tiny details, and all so terrific! I bet the grands are just mesmerized. And yes, I bet your mother would have loved all that's available now, and all the blogs that showcase so much talent. You get it honestly, Jackie. I have a fondness for Nutcrackers, given mine and my girls' dance history. That gingerbread Nutcracker is super!

    1. I love nutcrackers too, and I used to just collect the expensive ones, but I love the inexpensive glittery ones even more now! More affordable too!

  3. I bet your grandkids want to come over to your home all the time because it's so magical. I love the gingerbread theme. I love the little lighted houses! Everything is so adorable.

    1. I think most of what I do is to create magic for the grandkids! I try to change things up all the time to surprise them!

  4. You sure did create some magic here!! I am sure any child would be facinated by all the tiny details you have put together to make this wonderful table. How great is it that you share this tradition with your grandkids, something they will have fond memories of just as you do about your mom. So special!!

    1. Ann I decided this year to create a book from every Christmas to help them remember the fun we have!

  5. What pattern of Buttercup is your flatware? When I look it up it doesn't look like yours which is beautiful! Love your tablescape.

    1. When you asked that, I realized that I made a mistake. I have corrected it. It is DuBarry by International Silver.

  6. Love, love your table. Can't find gingerbread house series in Dept. 56. How many houses did they make?
    Thank you.

    1. Go to eBay and search Dept 56 Gingerbread Houses. There are a few of them.

  7. I am in love with this magical post. So many pretty decorations and I love how you display them. The Dept 56 gingerbread houses are adorable and the nutcracker. I have a collection of Dept 56 Dickens Village, but it takes so much time to put together it hasn't seen the light of day for years but the nutcrackers ususallly come out every year. I love how you remember your mom during the holidays. I also think of mine and how she would love all the new stores, she loves dishes. Your pink candy cane napkins are gorgeous! Thanks for all this magical inspiration.

    1. Haha I was that way too, until I decided I didn't have them for resale - so I threw away the boxes and store them in plastic bins and then they are easy to set up!

  8. I love the magic of gingerbread houses and they always bring back memories of my mom. She made a big gingerbread house for me and it was amazing! I am trying not to dash over to Dept 56 and buy something! Your table is adorable, I"m crazy about the candy cane napkins, they look like they're made of spun sugar! Yes, I think our moms would have loved the prices of Home Goods! I will remember your advice about Hobby Lobby for next year and try to scoop up goodies early!

  9. You are making me swoon over the gorgeous gingerbread decor. Your table is stunning too! My heart flutters over dishes with scalloped or curvy rims. Those types are my all time fave!

  10. Your home is always magical, Jacqueline! I love that you collect non edible gingerbread houses, and the grands are so good about not touching them. Your mom's pink Fostoria goblets are a treasure and so sweet of your niece to give them to you. Your napkins are making me wish I had a serger!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us.


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