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Red Cardinal Christmas Table

Here's another Christmas tablescape.  I am giving a dinner party this Sunday night. I am using Mikasa's Red parchment dinnerware
I thought I would use red, since it's so Traditional.  I am using the Holly birds plates  from Certified International. I got them here, which is  They are less  than Pier 1

The napkins I found at Pier1.  They also have red and gold ones.  They are $3.99 each.
I am using my Gold Flatware I purchased from Horchow.

You can see the dinner plate from Mikasa...Red Parchment.
I am using a gold beaded placemat.

I even added  small bird cage for the Centerpiece.  I used greenery and red Cardinals.

 The Christmas tree hold the name cards I created on the pc.

         I added 2 Reindeer to the centerpiece

    Close-up of the napkins, ring and flatware.

 I wanted to create an entrance from the Family room into the Dining room.  I used a large swag, all decked out with bronze and gold, added a wreath and gold gauzy fabric on each side.

One of our sconces in the Dining room.   I always like to hang a wreath around them to make them festive.

Even the Wine Butler gets dressed for Christmas.

     A large gold urn sits in a niche in the Dining room.

                         Coffee Station, ready to go.........

I am making mini tastings for dessert. I am using small
glasses for a variety of desserts.  Bread Pudding....Chocolate Mousse....Peanut Butter Parfait.... and Cranberry Trifle.

I just took these pictures before I serve them tonight.

                                      Cranberry Trifle 

      Peanut Butter Parfaits & Banana Cream Parfait
I also made bread pudding with Cinnamon Caramel sauce

            Excuse the raspberries falling over...LOL.

This is a picture of snow on our back patio last year. We typically don't get snow in sunny California.

           A shot down by the pool.  Care to take a dip?

                         A Dessert buffet table 

                            Here's the family.......
I am linking up with Shari for Sunday Favorites.
This post was one of my favorites from last year.

Click on these links below to see more of my Christmas Decorating.

 Copper, Bronze and Gold Glitz

Mantel Glamour  

Christmas Decor

 Let there be more! Christmas Decor

I am joining The Nester for Christmas 2010 Tour Of Homes

I have linked up with Kelly-

  Also linking up with Susan over at Between naps on the porch
and Julia at Hooked on Houses. 
Thanks again for visiting!

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  1. Hi Linda,
    Your tablesetting looks so pretty and festive! Your cardinal dishes are adorable, and I love your sheer shimmery napkins and matching rings too!

    Happy Holidays to you!!

    hugs, Sherri:)

  2. Beautiful, Linda! Love all of the traditional Christmas colors ... the reindeer is so handsome, and I love, love the plates! Happy Dining, Becca

  3. Wow, I know your guests will be impressed and have a wonderful time.

  4. I love, love, love it. Everything is beautiful and elegant as usual. I know everyone will enjoy your dinner party.

  5. Absolutely stunning. YOu have a beautiful warm home. How I would love to be a guest.


  6. How beautiful and so the napkins and those napkin rings are the best!!! hugs...cleo

  7. You are going to get a ton of compliments on your is just stunning! I love the plates! Your desserts sound delicious as well!


  8. Hi Linda! Your dining room looks gorgeous, as does the rest of your stunning home. I really loved the place card holder and that pretty cardinal plate. Enjoy!

  9. Linda, thanks for commenting on my table so I could find your beautiful blog! Your cardinal table is really stunning -- so elegant, with every detail perfect. What a great idea, to use a bird cage centerpiece to carry out the bird theme! I saw those napkins at Pier 1 -- gorgeous!

  10. What a grand home you have! The dining room is stunning, and I'm sure your guests will have a wonderful time.

  11. Your table setting is beyond gorgeous, very glitzy! I love it, I would love to have a dining room like yours, it's very, very beautiful. I adore cardinals and your dishes are so lovely and special.
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. Fabulous table and home. Love the oversized chairs, gold touches and bejeweled swag into the dining room. I'm going to try something like that for my Christmas dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Lovely table. I'm sure that you guests will be thrilled! I love walking into a home for a dinner party and finding a beautifully adorned table. Speaks volumes of the fun to come!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. Your cardinal plates are gorgeous with your beautiful Red Parchment. Everything works really well in your tablescape. You have a good eye for design. Thank you for sharing your charming table. Cherry Kay

  15. "Beautiful Lind", Your home looks like you are set for Royalty! Just Gorgeous!!! I love the richness of it!
    Have a wonderful and fun week,

  16. Oh Linda, what a GORGEOUS table!!! I am sorry I haven't been here, I have been so darn busy but after tomorrow I should be that a word:) Your table and dining room look gorgeous! Love how you did the entry way too! I adore the bird plates and the red plates. I want so much to DO a darn table!!! Soon.... have a great week!!!!! XO, Pinky

  17. PS, where did you get the little holders for the desserts??? That is such a GREAT idea! How did you get all that made???????????? You are too much:):)

  18. So beautiful! I love how the chargers make the plates stand out so nicely, and the combination of the red plates and the cardinals is sooo nice! The swag between the rooms is really beautiful....all the beautiful food items are terrific. I'll be the dinner party was a hit! Kudos!

  19. Hi lovely lady,
    I love your Tablescapes for the Christmas Holiday and your Decorating of your Beautiful home ! and for the Dessert Buffet table just lovely. lol

  20. I can only imagine how much time and thought has gone into so many wonderful Christmas displays. So enjoyed seeing all you have done to make your holiday home beautiful.

  21. Hello! Nice to meet you! I came by to say hi and bumped into a very pretty tablesetting! I love the dishes! Everything is beautiful! You mentioned that you signed up to be a friend (follower)....I will do the same:) I hope you have a wonderful day full of blessings.

  22. Linda your home is just beautiful my friend..I loved seeing all this wonderful eye candy girl..who says us Calif gals don't know how to do it right? Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  23. Cardinals and poinsettias have been my theme for this year. I love how you coordinated the cardinals. I wanted a pair of cardinals as my topper this year, but I could not find a female. :( I didn't have time to make one, yet, either. Maybe next year...

    I love the stand you used for the parfaits, too. I want to reach into the pic and have a taste of them! LOL

    Merry Christmas! :)

  24. Hi Linda! Your tablescape is gorgeous, as is the rest of your home. So beautiful and festive. Thanks so much for stopping by my place a while back. Been meaning to pop over, but have had very little "blog visiting" time these days as you can imagine ;o)

    Look forward to checking out more of your blog. Merry Christmas!

  25. Hello Linda, your fur babies are precious!
    And your home looks like a christmas paradise! Very beautiful!

    Thank you for being a new follower!
    Lets keep in touch!

    Christmas Hugs,

  26. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  27. Hi Linda,
    Your table scape is perfect with so vibrant colours... love your napkins very much.. and the plates are beautiful... And I am sure your guest enjoyed your cranberries dessert... it looks so tempting...
    Wish you a very Happy New Year
    I would love if you come to visit me at

  28. So beautiful! I am SLOWLY visiting Nester's Christmas Home Tours (10 or 20 houses a day), and I came upon your house this morning. If you have the Cranberry Trifle recipe posted somewhere, I would love to add that to my Christmas recipes.

    Loved your home. Rich colors, so inviting and festive.


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