Christmas Tablescape and an Appetizer recipe

Whether the celebration is on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the perfect menu needs a pretty setting.  This year I set my table with the Lenox Holiday Tartan china I inherited from my mother.  Red placemats embroidered with green holly leaves and cutwork are at each place, with matching napkins in holly berry metal napkin rings.

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Under everything is a Christmas quilted table runner I made to fit the table.  It is made of blocks that I did as tests for a Block of the Month several years ago.  It was suggested that we use red and green for our practice blocks so we would have a Christmas quilt when we were done.  I liked that idea!


There are twelve 8-inch blocks in the center, and two 12 inch blocks on each end.  Three 8-inch blocks and two 12-inch blocks both add to 24 inches, so they fit with each other.


Then a border was added with cornerstones.  It looks cute by itself, and looks nice with a solid placemat too.


Each place has a dinner plate with a rimmed bowl in the center.  Coffee mugs and small bowls for the salad course complete the setting.  I also have bread plates, but didn’t put those out this year.  I’ll probably be using them for the cinnamon rolls I plan to bake for breakfast.

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The center decoration has evergreen boughs with glittery birdhouses at each end next to the red candles.

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Small Christmas music boxes are nestled into the faux evergreen branches. Each one plays a different Christmas song.

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I used candle rings with gold balls and pine cones around the red candles.

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I will use the pretty rimmed bowls for the appetizer course.

Shrimp Avocado Remoulade

The holiday menu is elegant yet doable by one slightly obsessive, foodie home cook.

Shrimp and Avocado Remoulade

Prime Rib with Sauteed Mushrooms

Buttery Mashed Potatoes with Green Onions

Pear Salad with Mayonnaise and Cheddar Cheese

Steamed Broccoli

Crusty French rolls with Butter

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Here’s the recipe for the appetizer.

Shrimp and Avocado Remoulade

4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon paprika (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon horseradish sauce (optional)
12 medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined, chilled
1 medium avocado, peeled and cubed
lettuce leaves

Mix mayonnaise with next three ingredients, adding horseradish if some heat is desired.  Cut shrimp in half and add to a bowl with cubed avocado.  Add dressing by tablespoon, stir until the shrimp and avocado are lightly covered in the dressing.  The amount is variable by taste preference and size of the shrimp.  Serve on lettuce leaves.  Four servings.  Store the remainder of the dressing in a jar in the refrigerator, it will keep for a couple of weeks.

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We’ll enjoy our meal with a fire in the fireplace.  The table is set for four, with the end areas holding the serving dishes this year.

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The library is also in here, and has our Christmas stockings this year. It makes a large, high ceiling room seem cozy.

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Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday, full of love and laughter, family and friends.

Merry Christmas!!


10 thoughts on “Christmas Tablescape and an Appetizer recipe

  1. Debbie

    Oh my goodness! This blog post was a wonderful gift! Pardon me if you’ve provided the answer to this question and I just didn’t see it, but have you shared the table topper pattern? If not, can you either share it or from where you sourced it if it’s a copyrighted piece? Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Your table looks gorgeous. Our family is just too interested in the food, not how pretty things look. But I appreciate a pretty table too.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and here’s hoping for an even better 2015!

  3. Just beautiful Carole – I love all the fine details…. Lenox, Quilts, Birdhouses, Music Boxes… WOW. Not to mention the wonderful menu. You are really amazing. It’s a bit more crazy in this part of the world — just trying to get 7 kids 12 and under to sit all at the same time 😉 Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us — and the recipe too! Our Christmas is Jan 3rd with our children and grands and my Lenox Winter Greetings Everyday will adorn the table 😉 Hugs xo

  4. Absolutely lovely set table with a lovely quilt. I put quilts on my table too but remove them to eat (ha ha). I just can’t stand the thoughts of someone spilling on it. Too much work goes into them.

  5. This table runner really sets the stage for a festive and memorable meal! It is wonderful to have a piece like this to bring out for a short time each year. I think it becomes even more exciting and special when you have such a long period of time between uses.

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