‘Tis the Season to be Jolly


Nothing makes me jollier than

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

and a little sunshine in December!

Well maybe a little shopping at HomeGoods :) 


While we typically use our porch nine months out of the year, it’s been unseasonably warm and perfect for porch dining this December!


Only pine cone and boughs-of-holly napkins,

along with plaid ornaments tied with ribbon

are new additions at the table~


The lanterns, plates, flatware, goblets and coverlet

have been previously used to Deck the Halls

or in this case, the table.


Even pine cone-studded ribbon was

found in my stash of yuletide treasures~


The St. Nick plates are 3-dimensional,

providing a little raised area to tuck

 greenery and pine cones under Nick’s hat.


The sun, like ‘a blazing Yule before us,’

is warming up the table and highlighting the

texture of the red matelasse coverlet used as a tablecloth.



Santa Plaid & Pine Cone table1

My lanterns are filled with ornaments,

pine cones, nuts and greenery~

and for additional merry measure~

 some candy canes.



The greenery~ Leyland Cypress~ will not leave a sticky or sappy residue while donning your gay apparel, tablecloth, placemats or napkins at the table.




Wishing you a Jolly Season!


‘Tis the Season Table Details:

St. Nick Plates/ Fitz & Floyd, last used here

 Plaid Salad Plates/ Target several years ago, used here

White Dishes/ Oneida Westerly Basket

Flatware/ Horchow

Napkins & Goblets/HomeGoods

Chargers/ World Market

Matelasse Coverlet/ Kohl’s

Santa Plaid & Pine Cone table

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Table Top Tuesday~

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Feathered Nest Friday~

Seasonal Sundays~

Favorites on the First~ Plaid Tidings~

  56 comments for “‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    December 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

    This is such a pretty and fun setting Mary! Love the plaid plates and your new napkins! This table brings big smiles-enjoy:@)

  2. Carole
    December 12, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Mary, I love reading your blog but have you made some new addition at the bottom? A bar keeps coming up and blinking. It is very distracting. Just thought you’d like to know.

    • December 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Carole, I can’t imagine what that would be. I haven’t added anything & don’t have any advertising. I don’t see anything when I open my new post from my email notification.

  3. Mary from Virginia
    December 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Beautiful table! You are so clever!

  4. December 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

    This one is jolly and fun all on its own. When you add the splashes of sunshine playing on it, it bumps it up yet another notch. I love it.

  5. December 12, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I tell you what pulls everything together on this tables cape: the wonderful wine glasses….LOVE them. Where did you get them?

  6. December 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I just knew the Santa plates were F&F!!! Love the goblets — three cheers for Homegoods! Where to do you store all of these goodies? Wait! I know! Santa stores them for you! Ho-Ho-Ho … Merry, Merry!

  7. December 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Those Santa Plates are so pretty and sweet. I love the plaid ornaments and I love any tablescape with lanterns.
    Happy Holidays,

  8. Anon
    December 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Walking in another winter wonderland~

  9. December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful! My mother has those Santa plates and they make me smile year after year. I love the new additions of the napkins and ornaments, and the old favorites like the plaid plates. The matelasse is a great idea for a table covering. You now have me looking with new eyes at my recently acquired Pottery Barn red chenille throw. ;-)

  10. Margie Anders
    December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Just beautiful! :-) What a fun way to start my day! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  11. Pondside
    December 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

    What a pretty table! The long winter shadows make an interesting play of light and add to the wintry scene.
    I had may first Home Goods experience on the weekend – I’d be addicted to that store if it were nearer!

  12. Lulu
    December 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What a very fun table done with your usual flair! We are so lucky to continue useing our porches during the winter months when others are fstaying warm by the fireplace.

  13. December 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Another beautiful and FESTIVE table! I just did my table last night for the tablescapes party too! I love those Santa plates. BTW, there is a video for the U. of Phoenix at the end of your post. Never saw that before. I see that someone else said something was “blinking” at the end and maybe that is it????

  14. December 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Mary, now the video has disappeared??????????

  15. Susan
    December 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Mary, you have done it again, this table is absolutely beautiful! I love the ornaments in the lantern, the napkins, santa plates…everything!! Your eye for detail is amazing and I always learn something new from every table when it comes to decorating a table. Have a blessed Christmas.

  16. December 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Lovely table setting! I must get over to Home Goods. We recently had one open near by (finally!) and I can’t wait to visit. Your Santa on the plate is darling.


  17. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    December 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Love the colors in this tablescape! The lanterns look awesome and I love the rich red matelasse coverlet/tablecloth! Those St.Nick plates are the best and they look great paired with the plaid salad plates. I just prepared a tablescape with similar colors and a lantern! When the sun comes out I have to work fast! Looks like you have beautiful weather where you are- we’re in snow already!

  18. December 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    One of the most festive Christmas tables I have seen to date! If you’re so inclined, you can pack the whole thing up and send to me post haste…;-)
    I love using plaid at Christmas time and would love to have those plates!

  19. December 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I love the greenery and ornaments spilling from the lantern! Of course, I love those Santa plates too. Gorgeous!!

  20. December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    omG i’m just in love! I have always liked those Santa plates and this is a perfect setting to show them off. Love the plaid dishes, too. and the ornaments in the lantern. and the cypress branches. It’s just all perfect. We ate outside last Saturday evening… and then had snow Monday morning! xo marlis

  21. December 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    How nice that you are still able to enjoy your porch area!!! I don’t think we were able to get out there on our deck but a couple of times this past summer because of the heat. Then once it cooled down, it was crazy windy which kept us inside. Now, of course, it’s cold. This just fuels my case for getting a closed in porch in place of that deck!!! :-) Your table setting is beautiful! I remember those Santa plates, and I love them, love them, love them!!! They have a cool 3-D look that just can’t be beat on the table! LOVE what you did with your lanterns!!!!!!! The whole setting is just gorgeous! Say hello to Home Goods for me next time you’re there. It has been AGES since I visited!!!

  22. December 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wow, as usual, Mary! Those Santa plates sure add a festive touch to your beautiful table. I love that table covering from Kohls and the lanterns filled with greenery and ornaments.

  23. December 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Lucky you that you can enjoy your porch into the holiday season – your table is so festive and merry!! Love the ornaments in your stemware!

  24. Pam
    December 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I am new to your blog, I just discovered you last week and have become obsessed! I absolutely love this table setting, especially the table cover! I am inspired, thank you!

  25. December 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    What a beautiful setting. I love the lanterns and the santa plates. So so pretty..

  26. December 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Those Santa plates are cute!

  27. December 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I feel like I’m always GUSHING over your wonderful tablescapes, and yet, here I am again, ready to gush some more. :)

    What’s not to love about this table? It is a joy to look at, truly. The second picture in your post caught my eye because the blue sky and water are reflected in your glass doors. Lovely! Your plaid ornaments are giving me ornament envy. :-D I do love me some plaid, and I’m seeing it everywhere this year — yay! Your centerpiece is gorgeous, and I love that you added the candy canes; I always like to see those this time of year.

    Your coverlet is such a pretty shade of red, and I love the napkins. I have the same flatware in ivory; they look so pretty on a table, don’t they? My favorite thing of all might be those Fitz and Floyd St. Nicholas plates. They’re beautiful!!! I’m pretty sure we saw those on our excursion to Replacements, Ltd. last December.

    You’ve done a great job, Mary — this is so creative and pretty. Thanks for your kind wishes for my dad’s health; he is actually doing great. :) I hope you have a wonderful week.


  28. December 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Mary, I LOVE, LOVE everything about this table! Fitz and Floyd always makes the cutest Santa pieces and they work perfectly with the plaid plates and ornaments. OMGosh, do I love this. You always find the cutest things.

  29. December 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Delightful and fun table. I love how you filled the lantern. You do make us feel jolly with the tiny snowflakes falling and such a festive happy tablescape. Glad you enjoyed your porch this long in December but I think it’s getting a little cooler soon.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  30. December 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    so rich! Love the dimension of the red cloth.

  31. December 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I love everything! Especially the santa plates — too cute!

  32. December 13, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Oh my goodness Mary!! What a wonderful holiday post!! The santa plates are so cute!! I have recently discovered HomeGoods!!! My daughter took me there and I thought I was going to have to be revived!!! I saw zillions of things that I loved!!! Of course, immediately, I thought of you!! Merry Christmas to you and your family…and of course, hugs to Chloe and Gracie!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  33. December 13, 2012 at 6:20 am

    It’s gorgeous, I love the way you made traditional look updated with the candy canes mixed with pine cones in your lanterns and the zillion other touches! I have sworn off Home Goods until March…well, maybe February…or late January…

  34. December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

    So beautiful and fun. Santa is surely making his presence know. All your pieces are fantastic. Love the idea of using the quilt for the tablecloth. It certainly made a lush base for the lanterns that you have decorated so beautifully.
    I must go now, I am drooling and it is not a pretty sight.
    Merry Christmas, Ginger

  35. December 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Mary, Your Christmas decorations are terrific and I wondered if you would be open to having them photographed for a magazine? I work for a wonderful couple who are professional photographers and looking for special homes like yours. I couldn’t find your email on this blog, but if you are interested, I’d love to talk to you more.

  36. December 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I always love seeing your Tablescapes. They are so beautiful and wonderful whatever the season is.

  37. December 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Your table is so festive and cheery. Perfect to put us all in the holiday mood. Wonderful!

  38. December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Love it Mary, bit of whimsy but so pretty. You know how I love Fitz and Floyd. You always include lots of detail to make it interesting.

  39. December 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Wow!! Is that gorgeous! So festive and elegant…

  40. Vincette Hubbard
    December 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    love love love all the plaid and red and Santa..I actually have the plaid plates ,The are year old but stili a favorite as I can use them all winter, not just Christmas. The whole scene is just delicious!!!


  41. December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Just lovely, Mary. I would love that coverlet since red is one my favorite colors! I need to remember to check the bedding department for my table too :)

    Re you reader who had the whole ‘blinking’ thing – I think it must be the browser she is using. Firefox doesn’t give me any issues.

  42. Pam
    December 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I love all the texture in your tablescape from the red tablecloth to the Santa plates. The addition of the plaid plates and ornaments creates even more party feel! Your lantern is dressed for a Christmasy centerpiece . Very pretty. Thanks!

  43. December 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    WOW! My absolute FAVORITE tablescape of the season…absolutely GORGEOUS! The Santa plates….what are they named exactly? I would love to find some.
    THANK YOU for taking the time to put this masterpiece together and sharing with all.

  44. December 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Mary, not sure how I missed this one when you posted it. Sorry to be late. This is another delightful table. You know I like the mix of tartan here. So nice to be able to dine on the porch this time of year. Those Jolly St. Nick plates are stunning with their raised details………Sarah

  45. December 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    What a beautiful table. Your coverlet is gorgeous!! How love your lantern filled with all that Christmas goodness! Merry Christmas, Mary!

  46. December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Mary, this is sooo pretty! Love all the rich color and beautiful details. Someone just emailed me today to ask where I found my plates. I had used them in a tablescape last Christmas…the same Santa ones you have. Does HG have them again this year? I need 4 more (I only have 4) so just wondering if you found yours recently. Happy Holidays!

    • December 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Susan! No, I found mine two years ago at HomeGoods.

  47. December 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

    My eye went right to that gorgeous cloth, then to the plaid, and then to Santa. Oh heck, I was eyeballing it all! Wonderful, and on the porch, what a bonus!

    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

  48. December 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Just gorgeous, Mary. I love too that in all your red and green holiday loveliness I can still see a little glimpse of the water off the porch in the background to tie us right back to your love and your blog’s namesake!

    Your camera and your professional looking imagery always makes it a treat to come by and see your posts! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us at Favorites on the First~

  49. December 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    What a gorgeous table! I love the plaid ornaments and the dimensional Santa plates are so fun! Visiting from Polohouse.

  50. December 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Mary, those Santa plates are absolutely adorable. They have such depth and are perfect on the tartan plates. The red matelasse is yummy with all it’s textural details. Your beautiful tables and lakeside setting make offer exquisite ambiance. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  51. December 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Can anyone tell me where you could get the Santa Plates and the plaid ones also? Thanks

  52. December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I love the tablescape! Those Santa plates are adorbz.

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