Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas in the Pines

Join us as we celebrate Christmas in the vast boreal forest of Northern Minnesota!
The only thing necessary for a fragrant pine centerpiece is a trip outside my front door.
This year, I chose balsam, red pine, spruce, and cedar.
 The little birds on my Lenox Winter Greetings china look right at home here amongst
the snowy pines and frozen lakes.

 The birds on these plates are all familiar faces to us....nuthatches and chickadees visit our
feeders just outside the dining room and want to join in the festivities.

The only 'foreigner' is the beautiful cardinal, that prefers to winter further south of here
where the weather isn't quite as brutal.  Funny, as the smaller birds survive and thrive 
here, despite their diminutive size.  
Did you know you could mail three chickadees with a 
first class stamp?  They weigh 1/3 of an ounce.  Incredible!

I love my etched pinecone glasses and used them to echo the 
pine theme throughout.


For this dinner, I've chosen beaded round placemats in red, white china chargers with 
the dinner plate, salad plate, and dipping bowls.  The dipping bowls were a 
timely and much appreciated birthday gift from my sister, Sue.  

 There are many complimentary pieces available in the Winter Greetings pattern.
The serving platter was a gift last Christmas from Kimberly.

Cardinal pitcher for iced water. 

These cute little reindeer flew in from way up north to help us celebrate. They'll act
as salt and pepper shakers until they are called back to the North Pole for duty.

 I never, ever, ever thought I would use battery operated tapers, but these seemed to 
fit the bill perfectly in the highly flammable evergreen arrangement.

A bird's eye view of a place setting.  The tablecloth is Ralph Lauren, 
as are the dinner napkins.
 The runner is wool with crewel detailing that we picked up in a consignment shop. 

Sitting down to our traditional and delicious Christmas dinner.

Merry Christ-Moose from Minnesota!

We're linking up with Christine at Rustic and Refined
for a link party:
Rustic and Refined Link Party

HONORED and flattered to be the #2 most
viewed tablescape on last week's 
Table It Monday party.
Thanks Christine for hosting the party!!
See the post HERE


  1. Wow - my husband would be so envious of that moose head over the mantle! I love your pine theme and china! We have some of your cardinals here for the winter, saw one just an hour ago on my fence. Have a warm, wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Jewel! Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas as well. Thanks for checking in and for the nice comment! Kathy

  2. Beautiful, inviting table. Love the pine cone glassware.
    We have cardinals year 'round here...they are so beautiful, especially when they come to the feeder when there is snow.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Thanks, Marigene! I stopped by your blog the other day and LOVED it!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.