I only had 2 things I needed to do today - set a pretty Christmas table and swim (way too many Christmas goodies are being consumed).
I will swim after dinner because one thing led to another and I ended up, as Steve calls it, "playing house" all day.
When I was getting my red plates off the top shelf of the cupboards the other day I came across my grandmother's silver cake plate and decided I need to use it at Christmas.
I love the detail on both sides of the cake plate and thought it would work in a centerpiece if I flipped it over to use as a candle holder, so I used a lot of elbow grease to make it shine.
But, as you will see, the cake plate didn't end up on the table.
For today's table, I chose large red plates, linen napkins and green handled flatware.
While looking for jute to tie the berries onto the napkins, I spotted a basket full of word cubes and I knew exactly what I wanted to do for today's centerpiece.
A little greenery, some red candles and word cubes - simple enough, but this table setting actually garnered a "great job" from my son - usually my kids just tease me about my table settings.
We are big on games in our family, but this word game didn't prove to be a favorite.
It has been in a cupboard for a couple of years so I dusted off the cubes and set out words that meant something about our family.
The table was all set by 9:00 so I had time to get creative and finally make a folded book page Christmas tree.
The little Christmas tree ended up on a dining room shelf alongside my grandmother's cake plate.
The stars from Tuesday's centerpiece ended up on a little table in the dining room.
While I was taking photos, Steve announced that we were having cioppino for dinner so some green bowls were added and we are ready for dinner.
One thing led to another today and I made a lot of "little" changes.
And now, I need to focus on bigger things - like shopping, baking and most important, enjoying the season.
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season too.
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