Cloggers Xmas Luncheon Part 1 | Life and Linda

Cloggers Xmas Luncheon Part 1

The Clogger's luncheon was a great success.  Everyone had a great time.  My husband was a wonderful helper and bartender.  Getting the ladies more champagne or whatever they wanted.

My husband Paul with one of our guests, Mary.  She recently lost her husband.


A fun tree this year with black, white and red with a Mackenzie Child's look.

I left my tote, Miss Lola beside the tree, because she certainly fit in with the decor.



Keeping with the black and white with red, theme, I chose a solid black 
tablecloth. The plaid placemats pop with their festive colors.

Patti from our Tales Of The  Traveling Tote Group was so gracious to be my personal shopper for these lovely plates and placemats. The plates are from Certified International Susan Winget.  They were selling them in the Wegman's stores.

An harlequin table runner really pops against the stark black tablecloth.  The candles are also harlequin inside the black tall candle holders.
Two tall nutcrackers sit beside the Mackenzie Childs lamp shades.

For party favors, I made Peppermint Scrub.



For those who do not know, my father passed away the very same day I held the party.  I wish to thank those who have expressed their heartfelt condolences for my father. He passed away in his sleep that evening.  The party was held earlier.


Thank you for your well wishes.  It's difficult to lose a loved one at anytime, but especially difficult at Christmas.  My Mom shall be with my husband and myself for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.


I shall be partying here:




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Hello, welcome to LifeandLinda. I am from Northern California. I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging. I hope you enjoy your visit.

38 comments:

  1. Linda, I am so very sorry about your father. I have a little clue about how hard it is because we just lost my father-in-law on November 25th. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Thank you Stacey. yes, I know you realize how difficult it is. I remember reading about your dear FIY. Blessings to you.

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  2. What a beautiful table setting. I like the way you decorated the chandelier.
    So sorry to hear about your Dad. My condolences to you and your family.
    My Mom passed away on Dec. 16th. 25 yrs. ago this yr. I think of her every Christmas. She loved Christmas.
    Have a Blessed Christmas.

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    1. Thanks so much. So sorry about your mom's passing 25 years ago. You must miss her dearly.

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  3. What a fun thing to have at your home, Linda. I bet the cloggers' group just love coming there. That tree looks amazing and the table is always just perfect. You outdo yourself each and everytime.

    Again, I am so sorry about your dad but know he is at peace and no longer struggling with all his medical complications. God bless your mom and you, too, this first year without him. Those "firsts" are always hard. xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana, it was a lot of fun decorating our home with a different look this year. Yes, you are so right, this time will be difficult, but we shall move forward. My dad would have wanted us too. xo

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  4. Again, sorry to hear about your Dad - I hope you and your mom are doing well. I am happy your party was a success - Your table looks so festive and fun, and your favors were a perfect gift for your guests. So happy you like the dishes - they look fabulous with MC dishes - - - AND your TREE - love it, especially the pompom garland - where did you find that? Merry Christmas to you and Paul and your Mom!

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    1. Thanks again Patti, we are doing ok, staying busy. I am making sure mom will not be alone during the holidays. The garland was bought at shelleybhomeandholiday.com. Merry Christmas.

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  5. Dear Kinda,
    what a wonderful table setting! It must be heaven for your guests, to visit you! You always do everything with so much Love!
    HAve a happy Christmasweek, take care,
    Love and hugs to you , my sweet friend,
    Claudia xoxo

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    1. Thank you dear Claudia. I love to make our guests feel special. xo

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  6. Linda, every detail of your table shows your love of being a perfect hostess. I know your friends enjoyed every minute. The new dishes look great, and I love the idea of layering the tartan placemats over the black tablecloth.
    Take care of yourself. I'm glad your mom will be there with you and Paul. My heart breaks for each of you with this loss. Hugs to you, sweet friend!

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    1. Sarah, thank you so very much. I try to be the best hostess I can be with the help of my wonderful husband. I know you love tartan. Merry christmas dear Sarah. xo

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  7. Your table settings looks so wonderful, with so much eye for details. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you Liz, I am so glad you have enjoyed this tablescape.

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  8. I just can't believe that he passed away the same day as the party! It is so hard to lose our parents. Continued thoughts of you at this time. I hope you feel our love and prayers this Christmas season.
    The table is just stunning. I bet they were so impressed. Those plates are of course envy worthy! I can't get over your tree too! Everything is so well thought out and lovely as always!

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    1. Yes, it is hard to believe. We cannot pick our time. I know you must miss your parents so much. Thank you for your kindness in my time of need. You are so kind Jackie. I just visited your blog and I am always blown away by your decor and talents.

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  9. My deepest sympathies to you.
    You have been such a darling devoted daughter.
    I like the words above..of your dad being at peace.
    So hard ..so hard..and although there is no good time..the holidays are just so hard.
    Your mom is very fortunate to have you and Paul..and so are all your friends and family Linda.
    Such a festive mood set for that day in your home.

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    1. Thank you Monique. I have always tried to be the best daughter I can. Being at peace has a great meaning, no more suffering. Especially difficult at Christmas, but we are strong, so we shall move forward. Always a pleasure to decorate and entertain for family and friends.

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  10. What beautiful & fun décor. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. Merry Christmas.

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  11. Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your father, especially right here at Christmas. Your home looks so pretty for the party, and the party favors are so cute and thoughtful. I know everyone enjoyed themselves!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thanks Ricki Jill, a sad time for our family. The party was wonderful. Love the smiles on their faces.

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  12. Linda so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace. Your home was beautiful and what a fun tree. Take care

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    1. Thank you Carla. I hope you and yours are enjoying the holidays.

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  13. What a lovely party Linda, I know your cloggers group was much impressed and had a lot of fun. Your decor and table are so perfectly coordinated it should be featured in a MKC catalog! I am so glad you got to enjoy your party...prayers to your family and a peace filled Christmas
    Jenna

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    1. Hello Jenna, thank you for your sweet kindness. You are making me smile with your comments. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

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  14. Dearest Linda, I'm so sorry about your losing your father. My father-in-law passed 26 years ago two days before Christmas and it's a horrid time of year to lose a loved one. So glad your mom has you! Love party, as always your table setting and home are incredible. I know it will be a bitter sweet Christmas for you, but sending hugs and love your way.
    Noreen

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    1. Hello Noreen, So sorry to hear your FIL passed 26 years ago. He must be deeply missed.
      Christmas will be different this year. Blessings to you. xo

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  15. Your table setting is so pretty and festive! I know your friends enjoyed their party. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Zenda

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    1. Hi Zenda, thanks for your seet visit. I appreciate your prayers and thoughts.

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  16. Everything looks so beautiful and elegant! I especially love that tree with the top hat!

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  17. Dearest Linda, Ken and I are so very sorry for your loss. You were of great comfort to your father and mother, as his days began to diminish. I know your mother will find tremendous solace in you being there for her during your time of grieving and beyond. We are here for you if you need help.

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  18. Linda, once again let me offer my sympathy! I am so glad your mother will be with you during Christmas. Your table is just gorgeous and I know it was such a special time for you and your friends! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  19. You decorated your home so beautifully for your party, dearest Linda. I again want to express my sympathy at the loss of your dad. I know he is at peace, and that you will be there for your mom. She will be thankful to be with you and Paul for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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  20. Linda, I have been away from blogging and reading blogs. I was trying to catch up reading and have just discovered you lost your father. I am so sorry. He had a long struggle. Please know I am sorry for your loss and will be remembering you and your mother.

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  21. Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I didn't know. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I just lost my dad also this past June, so I know exactly what you are feeling right now. It has been so difficult. My mom can not get used to the idea. He passed away 15 days before their 55th wedding anniversary and had not ever been apart from each other in all those years. Take care, dear friend. I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything all you have to do is ask. xxx Maria

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. It is difficult to lose someone at Christmas. My prayers are with you as you begin the new year.

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