Christmas Recap

Hi! How was your Christmas? Hope it was fabulous.


My Christmas took place prematurely on Christmas Eve. It felt so naughty opening the presents before Santa had time to come. But it was best because I was able to be involved.



Audrey Claus!!

I hosted both families for dinner.


In between dinner and dessert we opened Audrey’s presents with her. I got to say, My living room was transformed into a toy shop. I think they went overboard, but first grand kid on both sides would do that I think.


After dessert we opened the rest.


(How funny is this??? It was a gift from my Brother in law. Time to get into some serious gardening!)

Then after everyone had left hubby and I opened each others. There just wouldn’t have been time in the morning before I had to leave for work. And we wouldn’t have had time for the heartfelt “Oh you shouldn’t have. . .” Blushing, embracing etc.

And we got each other the same gift. Trivets. How RANDOM!!!!!! You can clearly see the difference in styles. We both like both.


In terms of the kitchen, I am pretty happy with how it is shaping up. I purchased a new cutlery set and I quite like it. But it is for 8 places and I hosted 11. How many place settings do you have at your place? Do you have 2 separate settings, Nice and everyday and just mix? Wondering if I should purchased another one so I have enough for 16!! That kind of seems excessive now.



(Husband went way out of his way to get me these mugs. They are so beautiful and exactly my style. So humbled by the effort he took upon himself)

I want to purchase another Christmas plate set. So I have enough for 12. We only had 8 for Christmas, and for all my lusting after it and obsessing, I wasn’t even fortunate enough to eat of it.


Audrey baked cookies for everyone! I loved this project. I designed the landscape scallop tags. I used my “Audrey” stamp, twine and a jingle bell.

I did Calligraphy on my envelopes partly because I need to practice and partly because the printer was snowed under. They served as place settings and I put Santa photos of Audrey inside them for the guests.

The place settings were my complete undoing.  For all my thought, hard work and stress rash, this still wasn’t enough to please some people. In fact piss them off completely, so much so, that simply sitting adjacent to the main table on the banquette would ruin the entire evening by someone constantly and unashamedly sulking. The only child in attendance was my daughter Audrey and we aren’t talking about her behaviour. Those antics placed a huge dark cloud over the evening and I never want to invite that person to my gatherings again.  I’m still waiting for an apology. (This isn’t the first or second time that this behaviour has surfaced)

I think now the only things my kitchen needs is a new dinner setting. But what?? I could never decide (And for how many for and what should be in it??). And a really nice glass pitcher for chilled water, ice tea, sangria etc. Ohhhh and I would LOVE crystal water goblets too. Got my eye on some. You can serve pretty much anything in them.


Villeroy & Boch Miss Desiree.

I didn’t get around to sewing the table cloth with my toile fabric  (nor the red ticking stripe table runner I was supposed to have. But I am not keen on that anymore, so wasn’t fussed)

But I did a really good iron job on it and folded it under and you couldn’t even tell.

It is so chic and I can use it year round.

I cooked lots of yummy food too!


A glazed ham! I have never done this before and have wanted to do it for the longest time. (I didn’t get an after shot. Bad me)


I made a fresh cherry clafoutis for dessert. Pretty easy dessert option. When it was in the oven cooking, I managed to sit down to a glass or two of bubbles.


So I am pretty obsessed about my kitchen and very pleased with my effort. Time to move my attention away from that and onto another part of my house, which will be our bedroom. Post on that coming soon.


Audrey enjoying cherries!


She looks like this baby! HAHAHAHH

7 Responses to “Christmas Recap”

  1. Rhiannon says:

    I have no idea what a trivet does..

    We bought all of our cutlery from a hospitality supply store, so we have enough for 12 settings (though would not be able to fit that many people). It’s restaurant quality stuff and exactly what we like without costing an arm and a leg. Best part is, if we need more we can buy the same from the store which is close enough to us.

  2. Heidi says:

    Love little Miss Audrey!
    Hilarious about the trivets. That’s so weird! Sorry you had a sulking guest. Someone always plays up at Christmas, and some people will never be pleased. Don’t take it personally. And try to avoid them like the plague.
    For dinnerware etc I have a set of everyday Villeroy and Boch (think you’d have seen it on my blog) in white with thin blue rim which was a wedding present. I try to do place settings for 12, although have probably enough for 14. I have a set of stainless steel cutlery for everyday that is v. nice (also a wedding gift) and it came in a set of 8, so I bought another set of 8 to make up for when we have casual bbq or whatever and more people over. Then we’ve been lucky enough to be given a set of stirling silver cutlery for 12, which jazzes up the whole thing a bit when we do a dinner party. But I think if you don’t do a dinner party then investing in good stainless steel cutlery is the go. Something that feels good in the hand and has a good weight to it. I’ve got blue water glasses from Villeroy and Boch, I like a coloured glass for water, but no crystal sadly… glassware tends to have a short shelf life in our house. And a nice water jug is essential. I have two, a Georg Jensen one in silver, and a clear glass one that was cheap, but a good shape from Wheel and Barrow ages ago.
    That Cherry Clafoutis looks delish, and your toile tablecloth looks gorgeous too. xx

    • Laura says:

      Yep, I bought stainless steel Royal Doulton set that is elegant and has a nice weight. I’m thinking of getting a second set. I think glassware will be a purchase in the very distant future, when kids are teenagers or something. Loving the toile table cloth. I still can’t even believe I love it. I still have it on the table. i just love it so much. I am on the hunt for a gorgeous pitcher. The clafoutis is a good easy dessert option.

  3. I personally don’t mind a bit of a mismatch when it comes to dinner ware/ cutlery. Although, when I like something I tend to get two sets- to cover breakage/ loss.

    Love that Claus get up. And that Wheelbarrow wrapping effort. Hope you have a happy new year!

  4. Carol says:

    Sorry just catching up from the masses of posts that have accumulated over the hols, but that first photo! OMG *dies* SO adorable.

    Look at you! So talented and creative. I love your place settings. Despite the experience you had putting it together, it looks stunning! And I admire a man who knows his exact wife’s taste in style. :)

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