Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas with friends

Kimberly put on a Christmas feast that was 
earthy and elegant, juxtaposed in such a way
to evoke a homey, sophisticated, northwoods feel.

 The very holiday vibe from the Ralph Lauren tablecloth
was complimented by matching napkins, enshrouded in a
green shimmery napkin, and surrounded by a
gold embellished napkin ring.

 The accent color this year was copper,
as evidenced by the shimmering copper runner
down the middle, the copper-hued leaf garland,
the copper wine goblets, and copper candles.

The stage was now set for the clay and rattan Pottery Barn chargers,
topped with Christmas china in the 'holly berry' pattern.
The Artland Iris red water glasses add
a touch of casual, which I liked in 
contrast to the fine china place settings.

And then, there was the dinner itself.  
A masterpiece!

  A seared, then roasted beef tenderloin, stuffed with 
blue cheese, thyme, and panko crumbs,
atop a bed of pearled barley spinach pilaf.

A red wine/shallot reduction was drizzled over the tenderloin
just prior to serving.

Accompanying the beef was a trio of marinated, bacon-wrapped
scallops that were broiled at the last minute and 
served hot.

 The salad was carmelized pears on top of mixed greens, blue cheese,
red onion slices, and pomegranate arils.

 A light dressing of apple cider vinegar, honey, and shallots
was splashed on the salad before serving.

 Each end of the table was adorned with a fresh balsam, 
pine, and spruce arrangement in matching 
silver cachepots.

Dessert, a supper club throwback,
was grasshoppers, served with crushed
Oreos on the bottom of the glass, after which
we reclined in front of the fire
and reminisced and chatted
until bedtime.

We're partying with Christine at Rustic and Refined
for Table It Link Party #33
 Rustic and Refined

for a linky party.


  1. Gorgeous table! Love the chargers...and that pear/bleu cheese salad looks delicious!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too Marigene! We love those chargers and use them often. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Loved all of these Christmas posts and beautiful decorations! Thanks for the work of sharing! I hope to see you and Kimberly soon but if not, have a very Happy New Year!


    1. Tracy! We hope to see you soon, too!!!!! Miss you and your store :-)
      After all, we couldn't do it without you! Happy New Year to you, Kimberly and I will be celebrating with the hubbys tomorrow night chez Kathy. Look for the NYE post coming shortly. Take care, see you soon.
      XOXO Kathy