A Christmas Breakfast Table ~ Tablescape Thursday

Welcome! I'm serving up a Christmas Breakfast in the dining nook.
It's so chilly outside, but the fireplace is crackling and warm ~ please pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable.
Lots of pictures today, so the page may take a few moments to load.
Thank you for your patience ~ I'll keep the chit-chat to a minimum. :)

Here we are in the cozy dining nook, again at the antique claw-foot table.
This round table has inserts (leafs) which convert the table from round to oval shape. Then 10 to 12 can be seated comfortably around the oval, and I much prefer taking meals here than in the formal dining room.

This time I went with a red and white theme, and kept it casual ~
skipping tablecloth and place mats.

Little jingle bell wreaths and candy canes as favors.

The cabinet is made by a local artist and furniture maker Chris Hart, she designed this one around the antique paned window, latch and hinges.
I'm a long time collector of her pieces. In fact, much of the furniture and art objects in my house have been made by Chris.
I adore her work, and you can see evidence of her one-of-a-kind pieces all throughout my house. :)
Please see the link at the bottom of the page to visit her on-line studio.

Throughout the year I use this particular cabinet for display and storage.
During the various holidays I add a few additional decorative touches;
Hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments for this time of year.

Santa in his gift laden sleigh, a little silver vase with faux red berries, and a little glass Christmas stocking ornament.

Some antique copperware, espresso cups and saucers, a coeur à la crème mold, and fresh linens.

It must be Frosty himself. :)

We live out in the country, in the wooded forest, so a pick-up truck for the "Country-Themed" tree seems essential!

It's by Christopher Radko and displayed here
in French creme brulee ramekins, of course!
It's the kind of pick-up truck you see around here frequently.

Santa taking a rest.

Simple and inexpensive centerpiece ~ a battery operated pillar candle in
glass hurricane vase set atop a white charger. Decorated with Douglas Fir branches from the property, candy canes and a few more hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments.

Some years we decorate several themed trees and place them throughout the house ~ this year only one tree and a small one in the kitchen.
But I still pull out some of the other ornaments for decorations around the house. This wooden Santa usually graces the Country Christmas Tree in the I love the hand pounded stars and moon on his hanger.

The silver-plated antique pitcher is very special to me.
It is a water pitcher from the restaurant my grandfather owned and operated in
San Francisco in the 1930's and '40s. My father worked as a server there through high school, and when I use it I like to remember that their hands held it long before I was born.

The silverplate flatware is from the old Martha Stewart by Mail online store (from about 9 or 10 years ago.) She always offered such high quality merchandise,
I was sad when the online store ceased operations some years back.

I forgot to mention that the candle is a plain one, I just wrapped red ribbon around it to suggest a candy cane pattern, carrying out the theme.

Tablescape Thursday is hosted by
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Please click the link to visit Susan's blog and find a list of all of this weeks participants.

Merry Christmas plates/chargers: Nell Hill, as well as Home Depot
Red and White Scalloped Bowls and Plates: Crate and Barrel
Silverplate flatware: Martha Stewart by Mail (about 9 or 10 years ago)
Napkins: April Cornell
Ruby Red Goblets: Pottery Barn
Clear Pressed Glass Goblets: Dollar Store
Art Deco Silverplate Pitcher: Family antique
Trifle bowl, holding Red globe ornaments: Neiman Marcus
Glass Hurricane: Inexpensive, I believe it was from Big Lots
Handblown Glass ornaments ~ Collected over the years
Silverplate napkin holders: P.O.S.H. Chicago
Red Jinglebell Wreaths: Crate and Barrel
Red and White Cabinet: Chris Hart Studio
Click link, then left sidebar on her homepage to see examples of Chris' fabulous work.
Fair warning though, if you see something you like, BUY it now because her works are one of a kind, and extremely popular.

Thank you for stopping by today, I'm so happy you could make it.

Please remember, there is always a place at the table for you so please come back often. ~ m.


  1. You have so many beautiful pieces, Mari! Your table looks so festive and cozy, as does the rest of the room. Tres beau!!

  2. Your photos are all so pretty and your table is adorable, Mari. I love all the bright colors and accessories...Christine

  3. It all looks so pretty - I love the white and red plates and bowls. I'm off to check Crate & Barrel to see if those were from this years collection. Love it just love it!!

  4. Your table and your room are both so pretty. I love the pretty red and white and all the wonderful accessory pieces you have used. Such a beautiful and inviting table. Hugs, Marty

  5. Great photographs!
    Beautiful tablescape!
    I love your cabinet, you were fortunate to find such an artisan, I love one of a kind pieces. I am so turned off now by recently manufactured furniture, I am always searching for unique pieces or 'tattered treasures' from years gone by.
    I will visit Chris' studio, thanks!

    Your dishes are very pretty, I love the scallop dishes especially.

    All the best,

  6. Your tablescapes are always a treat, Mari. I love seeing your treasures and the wonderful way you combine them to make a stunning table. Red and white is my favorite color combination any time of year.

  7. Beautiful table, Mari!

    I love the cabinet. All the images are incredible!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Everything is gorgeous! I especially like the goblets and cabinet, but it's all pretty!

  9. I enjoy having friends over for a pretty breakfast. Your table is festive and lovely

  10. Just gorgeous with all the red and white...and even that gorgeous cabinet matching. i LOVE the little jingle bells. As always, your photography is amazing, soooooo crisp and eye catching!

    Hugs, Lana

  11. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this beautiful post!!! Everything is perfection and human...what an oxymoron that statement is...just thanks for an inspiring Christmas memory!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  12. Those plates are just too cute. I love all the pictures you posted...with your ornies. Great job! Enjoyed the visit!

  13. Your table is so pretty. I love the mixture of the plates that say Merry Christmas with the scalloped plates and bowls. They really compliment each other. Everything looks happy and fun.

  14. so cute! how did i miss that cute red hutch?

    i NEED those xmas plates, home depot? for real? omg i am off to shop...

    did i spot snow outside too?

    i almost bot those c&b plates, but scott was with me... do the math!

  15. How beautiful! A perfect place for one of your delicious meals..
    And are you kidding...Home got table things there? I may have a renewed interest in that store...I usually can't wait to leave! :)
    Merry Christmas, you and yours and good health!

  16. The red and white is so cheerful and festive! What a delightful table for Christmas breakfast!

  17. I love your handmade cabinet. I am certainly ready to sit down and have breakfast at your pretty table.

  18. Mari-I would never have guessed that your cabinet was not an antique--Chris Hart is very talented! I love the story of the pitcher and what it means to you..can you imagine silver water pitchers in restaaurants now :)? Thanks for sharing this--beuatiful!

  19. The whole scape is adorable. I love those dishes and chargers.

  20. I love the red dishes, but the peek into your cupboards was a dream.

  21. Your table setting is just beautiful! I like the way you have stacked several different plates together. I just love all your cream heart molds. I decorate with candy canes too. It's so simple.

  22. everything is just beautiful love the dishes and love the little red and white dishes, so cute, thanks for sharing, I loved looking at everything....

  23. Hi Mari, what a wonderful post! I love everything you have done here and of course the photos are stunning! I admired the same plates from C&B, I thought they were SO cute, they could even make their way into a Valentine's Day TT! :)
    Beautiful job!

  24. A festive visit and delightful way to begin my day ... Happy Holidays!

  25. Beautiful and a great idea to put ornaments in a trifle bowl. I must get mine out to fill. Thanks for sharing the idea! Peace to you and your family this Christmas.

  26. Lovely Christmas table. Happy tablescape day!

  27. Whata festive corner of your home. So inviting xoxoxo Clarice

  28. Hi Mari with an I,
    I love this tablesetting. Those white dishes with the red scallop treatment are terrific. They just pop on your table. Your pictures were lovely, this was such a pretty post. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Holidays.

  29. Beautiful! I love the pitcher and it makes it so nice that your father and grandfather have held it. I love things like that!

  30. It looks beautiful!
    At what time should i come for breakfast? :)

  31. beautiful! I love the cabinet and all the stuf inside :)))

  32. This tablescape is the stuff that Christmas dreams are made of. It is so very very beautiful that I am choked with tears of delight and joy at the sight of it. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's just wonder-full.

  33. everything looks so beautiful! You are so creative as to where you placed things! It all looks so warm and inviting! Enjoy :)

  34. Hi Mari,
    What a spectacular setting! It's all very warm and inviting, and you've including so many thoughtful touches. I'm so glad you told us about the silver pitcher being from your grandfather's restaurant. It caught my eye immediately; you "had me" without the story, but I liked it even more knowing its history.

    Wishing you the happiest of Holidays!


  35. I love the red and white color scheme. Your cabinet is also Beuatiful.

  36. Your tablesetting is wonderful, red is a favorite color for me so this really catches my eye. I will definiately be back!

  37. What a beautiful place to share a meal. Everything is just lovely.

  38. Mari, you have such wonderful pieces on this table. Absolutely adore the white red trimmed plates and footed bowls from Crate and Barrel. Are they from this year? Love the art deco pitcher. Wow! Thanks for sharing all this beauty so skillfully. Your photos are amazing!


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