Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Eve Blues

Welcome to our home.  I invite you in to
share our Christmas Eve celebration. 

For those who have been following 
Purple Chocolat Home 
for a while, you know that our family 
is growing and that I love to have them 
all together in the living room for big
meals.  We lovingly call it the Great Hall.
We move the furniture out and set up our
big parties here.

Christmas Eve is a formal event, and so the tables
are formal.  Tonight we used one eight foot table
for the adults,
and one six foot with multiple heights,
for the children.  The first time we used the
short table with child sized Chiavari chairs,
the kids were so excited.  They love their own

The white Chiavari chairs are great because
they stack so neatly in the basement.

The inspiration for our table this year comes
from my new salad/dessert plates by Noritake.

As soon as I saw them I was smitten.  They have a
raised effect on the ornaments.  They come with a silver
or gold rim.  I chose the silver.

I didn't realize until I received them, that they
also had pale aqua on them, notice the bow at
the bottom of the tree, so I decided to create
a stack with a sparkling gold charger and pale
aqua plates that I already had.

Gold flatware and aqua stemware were added to 
complete the placesetting.

I created floral centerpieces for both tables.
I love the use of fresh flowers on the tables.
It makes the tables extra special.

My flowers were all purchased from Costco.

The tables had white tablecloths with fur runners
going down the center.

You can see the Christmas tree tucked into
the corner of the living room.

I just love how the table turned out this year.'
I used these Willow Chair covers that I
already had.  They really add to the table to
make it special.

My aqua goblets with the twisted clear stems
were purchased in Cabo.

My favorite part of decorating for Christmas Eve
is creating a surprise and hearing everyone's
comments, so their wrapped pajamas
decorated the staircase.

There were lots of oohs and aahs for the staircase
and the tables.  Even my sons commented on
how beautiful the plates were - now that is something!

Before we begin, we always take everyone's picture.
With 23 of us, it is always a big undertaking, but
this year I heard more compliments than I usually do,
and that makes it worth it.

The menu has been the same for years,
King Crab, tenderloin, arugula salad,
and sourdough bread, along with
artichokes for appetizers and
sparkling cider.

Then comes the fun of pajamas!

Grandma requires photos before we
open a few gifts.  Most gifts are Christmas
morning, but we have some exciting gifts
Christmas Eve so they don't get lost in the gifts
of the morning.

And this year, we had a new special angel, only 
ten days old.  That was the best gift of all!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks for taking time to visit our family here.

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  1. Jacqueline, the family memories you create are truly special. I know you do many special things with family throughout the year, but your Christmas Eve dinner always amazes me. That's a huge family to have to dinner and you do it seamlessly. I agree with your sons, the table setting is exquisite. The soft colors and those new salad plates are perfection. The stairway garland with the wrapped packages is a showstopper for sure. It's no surprise that you received lots of compliments. Merry, Merry to you and your family.

    1. I loved it because this year they actually commented. Usually they just take it for granted. Made my night.

  2. Jackie - what a lovely table!! I adore the salad plates and the color scheme was so pretty! The PJs are great - I love when families post pics of this (it's something our family has never done) and it looks like a fun tradition! The pretty wrapped packages on your stairwell must have been very exciting for all the grandchildren to see....Hope you have a happy new year!

    1. Patti I have to laugh because I always make the PJ’s a little prettier and they get so excited even though they know it is just PJ’s

  3. Wow...your darling little grand who's only ten days old is quite the Christmas present! So adorable! Your party is lovely, and I absolutely love your color palette! The PJ's wrapped on the stairs: Brilliant!!! I love how pretty the wrapped presents look.

    Merry Christmas!
    Ricki Jill

  4. Wowwww jaqueline.....!!....That must be a Great all looks wonderful.....all in pyama’s Lol!! love love Ria x 💕

  5. Jackie, your Christmas Eve gathering is picture perfect. The table setting is stunning as the staircase with the wrapped gifts and garland. Love the special jams for the entire family and oh the best of all, the sweet precious baby. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us..........You simply amaze me!!!!! Well done sweet friend.........

  6. I keep repeating myself..unbelievable...You are wonderful grandparents.Such a beautiful big family..that's the very best part..And I read another wee one is coming♥
    Happy New Year~

  7. Wow Jackie, you must be exhausted after such a Christmas! My family always gets together with my sister in laws family, and together we are 24, they come for lunch on Christmas Eve and I am always wiped out afterwards, I can't imagine doing dinner, then Christmas Day too! Your pj tradition is spectacular! Your tables are gorgeous!! Sometime I want you to post an "after" photo of the chaos 🤣 Happy New Year!

  8. We have the formal meal then they spend the night and then we do breakfast the next morning so I am happy when they all go to their other families. I used to have extended family over for an evening meal and decided that was more than I could do. They all said they missed it but I didn’t - haha!

  9. Wow Jacqueline, you always out do yourself. The table looks so beautiful with your Christmas plates and so those stunning aqua goblets. I love the chairs adorned. Your family is blessed. Special memories are a treasure. You and your hubby are fabulous grandparents. I love how you dressed the stairs with gifts. Each one is beautifully decorated. What fun to have the whole family in fun jammies. Wishing you and your family a bright 2019.


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