Over the past 20 years, I have collected Lenox Holiday China. Due to the expense, it takes a person that long to collect a complete setting for 12. Just between you and I...I didn't find all of my china, but there was enough for us to enjoy.
Being the oldest daughter, I was lucky enough to inherit my mother's sterling silver. I have been known to have as many as 3 forks and 3 spoons, but this year with all of the unpacking going on, I scaled back.
The linens on my table were gifted to me by my mother in law. I couldn't have selected a more perfect pattern if I choose it myself.
The red water goblets were purchased years ago at Crate N Barrel. Over the years a few have broke, but two years ago, my daughter and son in law found a couple of glasses that were a perfect match.
The plate chargers were a gift from a dear friend. The deep cranberry red perfectly compliments the entire table. My wine glasses were a gift from my dear sister.
In years past, I usually have a complete candle extravaganza as my table scape. It is so elaborate that we keep a phone near by in case we have to call 911! Since there are at least 8 boxes of "dining room" not unpacked yet, I was not able to bestow the table scape I had imagined. Don't worry, there's always next year.
This year, my entire menu consisted of Tyler Florence's Prime Rib, Cornish Hens with Sage Butter, Roasted New Potatoes with Rosemary, Cream of Spinach and Cream of Pearl Onions. This was all topped off with Pioneer Woman's delicious Rum Cake.
I guess you can say I am one of those cooks who is a risk taker. (or is it whom?) I'll try a new recipe for a crowd anytime (except risotto..which I will never master).
Don't forget the Christmas Give A Way. There are less than 20hours left to enter.