Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Post Christmas Update
This year I had Christmas dinner for ten. I did not have that many matching dishes, linens, or chairs. So we had to solve that problem fast. I found Christmas dinnerware on sale for $10.00 for four place settings. So now I have dishes for 12 for $30.00. I purchased a Santa fabric from Ikea in the fall. I had no plans for it when I bought it, but the colours match my new dishes.
To showcase the Santas , I carefully cut strips and pieced them with solid green ( also Ikea fabric from the summer). I backed the placemat with red cotton velvet from my stash. The velvet was an ever moving , shifting, growing nightmare that no amount of pins or walking foot could control. I used small strips of Steam-a-Seam in the seam allowances to hold the mats together while sewing.
I have to brag that Christmas dinner was fantastic. It was a family effort to produce a wonderful meal. But the real star was Gordon Ramsay. His recipes were fantastic. They are on my Food Pinboard if you are interested. I made his turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and brussel sprouts. The stuffing recipe came from someone else, also pinned. I also made a roast beef as a back up. My husband made his famous mashed potatoes. Oldest daughter made her grilled asparagus and green beans with almonds. Youngest daughter greeted guests, took coats, and served drinks while we did the last minute cooking.
I managed to make matching Christmas pyjama pants for all of us for Christmas. Plus a pair of pj pants for my daughter's boyfriend.
I have lots of plans for the new year to share but that can wait for now.
Hope you enjoyed the holidays and your families.
Thanks for dropping by,