Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Breakfast with the Big Guy!

Click HERE to enter my giveaway for the Mrs. Christmas apron handcrafted by my talented sister Jacqueline, Purple Chocolat Home.  It would look fabulous on you!

Welcome to my breakfast with the Big Guy at Red Couch Recipes!  Every Christmas morning, before we open the presents, we eat a big breakfast which includes the traditional Christmas morning casserole served by my mother-in-law Geniel for many years. I may be posting this later; I have some pre-blogger pictures from last year.

Before I beginI want to extend thank yous as I have experienced Christmas Luck recently in winning blogger giveaways.

I want to thank Sherry from The Charm of Home for the wonderful giveaway package I received this week!  Sherry must have seen the condition of my Christmas hot pad and towels!  I immediately went to my bedroom and began to read this fun book stuffed with decorating ideas.  The candle smells and looks devine.

I also want to thank Beth, Food as Art, for the lovely Le Creuset tart pan -- in my favorite color.  I know a tart will taste better in such a pretty pan.  I had a red pie pan similar to this that I loved.  I took it to a church function and dropped it on the sidewalk after the function ended. I am planning the things I will bake in this beautiful new pan. Love this!

Breakfast with the Big Guy Tablescape!

My sister Jeannie gifted me these dishes about ten years ago.  I love the gold stars and gold rims.

Here is a picture of the backside of the plate.

The "Joy" salad plates are from Wal-Mart this year.  I also have plates that say Hope and Peace.  Can you believe I only bought six of these?  Now they are gone.

I added cream napkins with Style Sisters napkin rings and tucked in a candy cane.

Here's a close-up of the napkin ring.

For glasses I used the tall goblets bought at Costco years ago.  The smaller glass is a vintage Royal Crown goblet. 

My Aunt Ionia, who was our family's Christmas Angel, set the "adult table" every year on Christmas Eve with these glasses. In all the 27 years that I went to my Aunt's for Christmas Eve, I don't think I ever sat at the "adult table." My sisters and I loved those ruby glasses and they created a longing for ruby glasses in us.   Later in life, we all bought a set of the tall Costco glasses. This year Jaqueline gifted me these Royal Crown goblets as a remembrance of those magical Christmas Eve's spent at our Aunt Ionia's home.  My sisters and I didn't inherit the Royal Crown so you can imagine how special it is to have a set of these?

My Aunt Ionia, My Dad, Uncle Bob, and Aunt Mary

Here is a sideview of the table.

Here is an overhead view of the table.  I love the red balls in the ruby footed bowl.  I bought the footed bowl years ago at Tai Pan Trading.

I bought the Santa cookie jar at T.J. Maxx years ago.  He is so jolly and cute.

The Santa canvas is a Susan Comish print.  One year I bought this, and didn't tell anyone.  I brought the canvas out on Christmas Eve when everyone was in bed and told everyone that Santa had brought a picture of himself!  I love her pictures of Santa. 

My Love Affair with Santa

My mother said that as a young girl, I loved "Causie," as I called him, right from the get go. She wrote, "Causie  is the big thing in my life."  When I was only 18 months she wrote that "Causie came -- Ho! Ho! Ho!  Causie is my name for Santa Claus, who was so important to me."  After the Christmas when I was 18 months,  she wrote, "I talked of him for months and laughed like he does. " 

As a little girl, the only present I ever really cared about was receiving a stuffed Santa for Christmas; each year I would receive a new one.  I didn't care for dolls -- I just loved my Santa!   I would carry around my stuffed Santas year round.  When the black boots ripped, my parents would tape them up with electrical tape.  One year, I realized when all the presents were opened, that I wasn't receiving a new Santa Claus.  I was so disappointed!  Then my parents realized that "Santa" had left some packages in their closet.  To my relief, I received a new Santa.  They don't make Santas like that anymore and I wish I still had one.

The big red jingle bells were from a local craft store a few years ago.

I hope you enjoyed my Breakfast with the Big Guy!

Tablescape Information;

Tablecoth -- Can't remember where, maybe Wal-Mart
Placemats -- Wal-Mart
Gold Chargers -- Costco
Red Galaxy Plates -- Gift from Jeannie my sister
Peace, Hope, Joy Salad/Dessert Plates -- Wal-Mart this year
Silverware -- Damask Rose by Oneida -- Wedding present from my parents
Red Goblets -- Costco
Royal Crown Goblets -- Gift from Jacqueline, my sister
Napkins -- Wal-Mart
Napkin Rings -- Style Sisters
Large Jingle Bells -- Roberts Arts and Crafts
Red Footed Bowl -- Tai Pan Trading
Santa Cookie Jar -- T,J. Maxx

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Sue said...

I would love to be at the table for your breakfast with the big guy! Love your stories:) That is so cute that you walked around with your beloved "Causie" doll all year long!:) Thanks for sharing the sweet memories, and your beautiful table.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Joni, I have never heard of any little girl asking for a Santa doll! I remember my younger sister asking--almost insisting--that Santa leave a picture of himself, probably because she wanted proof! Too bad you didn't find more of the peace-hope-joy dishes! I'm going to Walmart tomorrow and I'm going to look for some! Your table is beautiful and I would love to have a meal wit the big guy! Linda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a pretty table and yes breakfast with the big guy sounds like fun! Love your Royal Crown goblets. I bought some last year at a antique mall and I love them!

Kelly Massman said...

Congrats on your winnings! My mom has the Royal Crown goblets and we use them every year! Your post brought back a lot of great memories! TFS!

The Charm of Home said...

Love your tart pan. That is wonderful. I love too how you tucked the candy canes in the napkin rings, very pretty. I think I had a stuffed red Santa too, but he is long gone. I don't see them anymore either. I love Chrstmas memories like that. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Lynn said...

What a fun table Joni! Lovin' the plaid tablecloth and your cranberry colored glasses! And Santa is "the man"!
Congrats on the great tart pan, don't mind telling you my fingers, toes and eyes were crossed hoping for that one myself-enjoy:@)

Clements Family said...

Great table...and that picture is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love this post! Beautiful table!

Marlis said...

What time is breakfast??? This table setting is lovely. I love the glasses and congrats on winning those lovelies. Merry Christmas.

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful napkin treatment!!! VERY stylish! Also love the mammoth jingle bells!!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Yes! I enjoyed your Breakfast with the big guy! The tablescape is so beautiful! I also enjoyed your stories about Santa! The Santa print is pretty, the details of his face is wonderful!

You have a very nice blog!


Bonnie said...

I would love to sit down and eat breakfast at your table. It's lovely. What a meaningful and thoughtful gift from Jacqueline.

Jacqueline said...

What a fun post. Your Susan Comish print is wonderful and your picture of him really does it justice. I wonder why he never left a picture of him at my house! I love the glasses and the plates are incredible. If I see any at our Wal Marts I will pick you up a couple. I remember the year we were at a school concert and you were home with Dad and Ionia in the basement doing laundry and you saw Santa. Do you remember that! What a lucky girl you were then and it seems you have been really lucky lately too. What fun prizes.

Julie Harward said...

It's all so beautiful but I so love the Santa...awesome! ;D

Holly said...

Love it all!! You could check Walmart online to see if you can get more of those adorable plates:)

Tricia said...

What a beautiful, festive table! The Joy plates look wonderful on the pretty dishes from your sister, and the candy cane tucked into the napkin adds a sweet surprise! Thank you for your comment on my table this week. To answer your question, I'm helping with centerpieces for the wedding reception tables -- should be fun!

Anita Diaz said...

Oh my goodness those royal crown goblets!! I have to have them! Even my mom does not have any for me to borrow. Beautiful. I did not see those salad plates either, cannot believe I missed them. Beautiful table!! Thanks for stopping by!! Now we have freezing rain on top of snow, but temps are warming up to 32!! It's like a heat wave!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm sure that Santa himself would be delighted to join you for Christmas breakfast at this beautiful table. Love your pretty ruby goblets.

Marigene said...

I love your festive breakfast table...what a delight to sit there with a cup of coffee!

Sue said...

Seeing the Royal Crown always reminds me of home. They are one of the items we left with dad, because they remind him of all of our holiday meals too. Your table is beautiful and I love the Santa picture. We actually have a stuffed Santa that was my husband's as a child. I should take a picture of it to see if it reminds you of any of yours.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful table! I have blue plates with stars that look just like your red ones. I just loved seeing that old photograph. I think Santa would love having breakfast at that festive table!

Tess said...

This is a beautiful table and that is so nice that your sister gave you those glasses. Your tablecloth is gorgeous and I love your Santa portrait story.

Karen said...

Now that is a festive table, indeed!! Love the big red jingle bell and the holly berry napkin rings. Congrats on your giveaway wins...looks like Christmas came a wee bit early for you! :> Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :>