Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are having a wintery weekend.
Are you all prepared for the big day?
Here is our Christmas tablescape ready to go.
Join me on a tour of our formal dining room.
The table is set with our green tree dishes from Cracker Barrel.
This festive tree setting is called Peace On Earth.
Ornament name holders are from BB& Beyond.
I added a berry ring from Michaels to each one.
Look at the precious pinecone and redbird ornament made
by my sweet blogger "Mom" Gloria at Happy To Be.
She is very thoughtful to have mailed this to us.
Thank you Gloria!

The candlesticks and red candles are from Target.
The poinsettia table runner is from BB& Beyond.
Red jingle bell placemats are from Pier 1, the flatware
is Reed & Barton and the green goblets are from Target.
The centerpiece is an amber glass urn filled with
red balls from Ross and a few more poinsettias.
The view from the kitchen.
I added a garland of winter berries to the chandelier.
Thank you very much for visiting this past year.
Merry Christmas!

105 comments:

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Just beautiful Melissa! I am in love with those gorgeous green Christmas Tree dishes!! Your home looks so Christmas-y and warm and inviting! Merry Christmas!!

Lori said...

I am in love with those dishes! Everything looks beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!

bj said...

O, my....those tree dishes are awesome..everything looks so so pretty.
MERRY CHRISTMAS..

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Melissa! I love those dishes! We don't have Cracker Barrel here, but they seem to have such pretty things.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Very pretty Melissa! Looks like your all ready for Christmas! Did you get any snow there in N. Carolina? My daughters are both hoping we will have a white Christmas...but that would be a miracle if we did!

Karen said...

What a beautiful dining room and tablesetting. Isn't Cracker Barrel amazing. I love to eat breakfast there... and shop! I bought ornaments for all of my nieces and nephews there. Really cute one!
Merry Christmas,
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Moments of Grace said...

Melissa,
I cannot believe how beautiful your table looks!!! I love the dishes most of all.
Thank you for all your hard work this year to make your blog so warm and inviting to read. I read each and every entry and view the photos again and again.
Thank you also for your kind comments left on my blog as well. It means so much to know that the words I write are an encouragement and blessing to others.
I pray the richest blessings are yours in the coming year and that your Christmas is filled with joy and peace.

In Grace,
Marie

Anna said...

Dear Melissa,your Christmas Eve table is fantastic!I love everything!Merry Christmas!!!

Tara G. said...

It's so pretty! Those plates are lovely!! I did not even take out the Christmas china this year. I had no energy after the change of assignment- getting some trees up was about all I could do!

I love the tree in the dining room! I've never had enough room to do that before!

ceekay said...

Merry Christmas to you and your hubby....have a marvelous day! And enjoy that beautiful home!!

Shelia said...

Oh, Melissa! Your dining room table is so lovely! I adore your new dishes! Your home is so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Dear One,
Shelia ;)

PAT said...

Beautiful Christmas dining room Melissa! I love the green dishes!

Merry Christmas!

Sandy said...

Merry Christmas Melissa, Your dining room is gorgeous! I love the red and gold on the walls. Your home is so very lovely and you have done such a good job decorating it!!

Brandi said...

So lovely Melissa, your home is so charming and beyond inspiring. :D

And I agree, 2009 has been amazing. :D

fairfieldhouse said...

You share the same name as my niece! Your home is beautiful! I think I am the only person in the Land of Blog that doesn't have a tree yet!

Merry Christmas.
Deborah

Denise said...

Looks beautiful Melissa, I love those green plates, the christmas tree on them is gorgeous. It's sunny here today but my friends back on the east coast have had a ton of snow... I'm rather jealous!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Daughter this is beyond beautiful....you really out did yourself once again girl...Now I wished we had a Cracker barrel here but we don't have them in Calif also no Hobby Lobby or Pottery barn...Maybe they think we have no money here ha ha!! Hey sweet girl THANKS for the shout out now I know why I have had peeps come by today that I never met before ha ha!!
Well I didn't get my video of Kyra's first BD as Josh got called to work so they were having her party today...So needless to say I'm so hoping today I will get a video of her...Jacob from Ft. Hood just got into town today...I will see them on Christmas eve and day...Girl I just love coming by and seeing yours Chestneu and Alex's beautiful home...you just have that magic touch with everything you do...I also loved seeing your picture on your card yours so beautiful girl...Tell that man he lucky to have you ha ha!! of course I'm sure he knows what a prize you are...Many Blessings to you My Dear NC daughter...Love ya girl...Gloria aka Ca. Mom

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

You are all ready for the big event! It looks so pretty, Melissa. Created with much love.
Brenda

Jenglamgirl said...

Beautiful, organized, and neat. Love those green tree plates.. way to go!

vegaia said...

Peace on Earth???

Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."


~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo

PJ@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Hi Melissa
Simply stunning!!!
Merry Christmas Blessings!

Blondie's Journal said...

A stunning and beautiful table for Christmas Eve. I love the Cracker Barrel dishes. I wonder if they know how popular their things are in Blogoworld! lol!! Everything is SO pretty. I love your dining room.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

xoxo
Jane

Patti said...

Your dining room is beautiful!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!! I love those Christmas plates. As always, everything looks so rich, warm, and inviting. I hear people talking about painting over their red walls that became all the rage a few years ago. Don't you touch those red walls! They are so pretty.

Painter's Place said...

This is just beautiful! I saw the dishes at Cracker Barrel and now I'm definitely going to buy them. Thanks for sharing.

Betsy said...

You are moving! Got everything ready and waiting. I wish I had your energy. Beautiful table set with such pretty dishes. I shopped Cracker Barrel friday and everything was marked down. I love that place. Gorgeous pinecone ornament.
Merry Christmas!
Betsy

kimmcl said...

Melissa your home is so warm, cozy and inviting. You have a way of making us all feel like we are right there in the room with you. It's just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you my sweet friend. Kim

Jennifer said...

Wow... everything looks so pretty! You are all ready!! :) I LOVE your green dishes!

Lisa said...

Melissa,
Your post is so lovely! I was in Kirklands the other day and thought of you! Your dishes are amazing and I should have known they were Cracker Barrel! I LOVE that place. I have so much holiday from there is isn't even funny!! It's great to live near so many of them here!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us once again, it is always a pleasure to visit!
Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Lisa

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Dinner will be beautiful at that table!

Wow, it did go fast. I can't believe we'll be saying 2010 already! Have a safe and happy holiday!
~Michelle

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Melissa, it is just gorgeous. You have added your special touch to each and every detail. Enchanting!

Blessings,
Barb ♥

Jo said...

It's beautiful! What a wonderful welcoming to Christmas.

Jo

Lynette said...

Melissa - Everything is so beautiful! I need to stop by CB on my way home (soon)! Tardevil mentioned they had some pretty reindeer also in there stores too - need to check them out as well!

Have a Happy Holiday -

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Melissa,
Your home is gorgeous and reflects such warmth and love. I adore all your decor and your dining table is so inviting.

Blessings to you and yours for a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

hugs, Celestina Marie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, your table looks so elegant and absolutely beautiful! Those plates are so pretty! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

squawmama said...

Wow Melissa what a GORGEOUS dining room... The table is so elegant and every detail done to perfection... Have a wonderful HOLIDAY my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Pat said...

Melissa,
You are so talented and everything is just beautiful! I love those dishes ~ seems we all do. :-) I'm not sure if there is a Cracker Barrel still open in this area, I don't think so. Of course, I love all the red and Gloria was quite creative too wasn't she? Thanks so much for opening your lovely home to all of us.

Wishing you & your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

Love the Decor! said...

Merry Christmas my friend!
Your table is beautiful Now... what time is dinner? lol!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Melissa- my you will be dining in style!! Such a beautiful table and the room is just gorgeous!! Love your plates!

Merry Christmas friend!

blessings
mary

Suzanne said...

Oh I just love red and green together! Very beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

Nancy said...

GORGEOUS! I love those dishes! Everything is stunning. Merry Christmas to you and your husband. PEACE ON EARTH Nancy from OHIO

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, Your tablescape is just beautiful!! Love your Cracker Barrel dishes, they are so pretty!You outdid yourself on this one.

I had a busy weekend! I went shopping on Friday, Saturday and today. I finally got everything done, now for the wrapping. My mom has gone with me and laughs because I keep finding stuff for myself! lol...I was at J.C. Pennies until midnight last night! I'm a night owl...

You should recieve your frame tomorrow! Let me know when it arrives. Have a great week! Kristen

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Absolutley Beautiful...It has been such a blessing to meet you in blogland...You have enriched my life. Blessings to you and yours....Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many blessings.
Teresa
Grammy Girlfriend http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/
and
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi Melissa! I just loved the colors and palette of your dining room and table! So very rich and elegant! I am very partial to the colors you used. Your green tree dishes are so pretty! Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Years! Hugs!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Ohhhh Melissa, this is just breath taking!!! I have never seen those gorgeous dishes before!! Love the adorable ornament place card settings and stunning candlesticks too!
I would be so thrilled to dine at this lovely table! What time did you say to be there for dinner? hee hee...

Hope you have the warmest, most wonderful Christmas my sweet friend!

Sherri:)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

It's beautiful Melissa! Your dishes are so pretty... sniff, sniff - we don't have a cracker barrel...
Gloria is so talented. I love the bird & pinecone ornament.
☺♥☺

Chris said...

Oh Melissa,everything is stunning. You must have some vision, because I go to the same store you do and I never see the beautiful things you buy. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Holiday.

Merry Christmas,
Chris

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your plates! Your room looks amazing.

Happy SITS Monday!

GWENDOLYN said...

Your dining room is gorgeous and so is your tablescape. I love those green plates. Blessings!
Gwen

Angela said...

Hello Miss Melissa,

Your dining room looks incredible! I love those dishes! Everythings looks so warm and inviting.

I hope you and your Hubby have a wonderful Christmas!

Kisses,
Angela

call me crazy said...

Just beautiful! I love your dishes too. And the red bird with the pine cone. :)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Melissa!

I LOVE those dishes! I tell ya the Cracker Barrel store has the cutest things! I don't really care for the food (too much for me) but I love that store!

Your dining room looks so elegant and beautiful!

Thanks Sweetie, Amber did my blog design. She did your's right? I will grab your button and put it on today.

I'm taking the rest of the week off so I'll say Merrry Christmas now. I hope you have a lovely one!

Manuela

Jenny said...

OK, it's official. I need to move into your house. Man Melissa. You are ready to write a book about decorating I think. Very gorgeous and inviting. I love your use of textures in all aspects of your room design.

Marla said...

Melissa, thanks for visiting me. I love your Cracker Barrell dishes, they are perfect. I think Crcker Barrell has some great stuff, I have some ornaments fro there that I have had for years. Your home is very beautiful! Hope you have a blessed Holiday season. Marla

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

You set a beautiful holiday table. And I love that you got the dishes at Cracker Barrel!

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

The Blonde Duck said...

I bet you have the most festive holiday dinners!

The American Homemaker said...

I love your plates... so pretty :)

cmluvs2stamp said...

Lovely Melissa! The Christmas tree plates are perfect. Cracker Barrell does have some great finds. Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Be safe.

A Hint of Home said...

Your dining room is just stunning!!
Your dishes are so pretty on your red placemats. I like what you did with the name card holders. The ring of berries really adds to them. Love all your warm colors.
Merry Christmas!

Sue said...

Melissa, Your holiday table looks just lovely! I've never seen those dishes before- are they a current item in CB? The chandy looks so festive and the entire dining room is so pretty. Hope you enjoy your dinner in there. Have a Happy Holiday Season! Merry, Merry my friend. xo Sue

Marydon Ford said...

Melissa, your presentation is awesome, warm & welcoming.

May your celebration be joyous ...
Merry Christmas,
TTFN ~Marydon

Kimberly said...

It looks like you love your house as much as I love mine.

Decorating is so much fun.

I love your table. It is lovely!

Warm wishes for a bright and cheerful Christmas for you and your family.

Cathy said...

Your room is beautiful Melissa!!! I love it!!! Your dishes are amazing!!! You have done a wonderful job decorating for the holidays!!!

Thanks so much for your sweet visit...I always love hearing from you!!!

Have a wonderful evening!!!
XOXO
Cathy

xinex said...

YTour tablescape is so beautiful, Melissa, as is your whole table and your whole dining room. Merry Christmas!...Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, it's lovely! You did a wonderful job on this, Melissa. Very Christmasy! :-)

jenjen said...

So so beautiful Melissa! Those Christmas dishes are to die for!


I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad to know you through blogging!

XOXO
Jen

Melanie said...

Melissa, I have to say that the dishes are gorgeous! It all looks beautiful.

Merry Christmas

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am always awed by such tablescapes...it's beautiful, Milissa! Just beautiful!
Merry Christmas, my friend!
Mona :)

"Blossom" said...

Your china is wonderful; don't they just have some unique things at Cracker Barrel. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Your dinning room is to die for. I just love your home. And as we all know it even looks more georgous in person.

Tootsie said...

awesome!
just a quick visit to say Merry Christmas to you my friend and a very happy new year

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Melissa, I'm finally off work for a few days and getting to visit in Blogland. Yipee! :-) Love your beautiful tablescape! I think I could live just driving between Cracker Barrel, HomeGoods and Marshalls. LOL Don't they have wonderful things. I love your beautiful Christmas tree plates. Merry Christmas to you and your DH and thank you both for your service to this great country. Love,
Susan

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your table is so pretty. I love the dishes. Your tree and all your poinsettas are so pretty, too. May you have a Merry Christmas.

Dreams and Decor said...

What a beautiful tablescape! You have a gorgeous dining room! And your green tree plates are awesome! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Patti

Rita said...

Oh my, what a beautiful room and table setting. I love the green Christmas tree plates. Merry Christmas!

Jules said...

The tablescape looks so festive and beautiful! It looks like you’re all ready for Christmas Eve. I absolutely love the ornament name holders and the ornament that your blog friend made for you is really pretty and that was so sweet of her to send that to you! The tree looks beautiful in the background. The green goblets look great too! I really love everything about it.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Hugs!

Kathy said...

Your dining room is just beautofil, Melissa, and your table is gorgeous. And may I saw, I am in love with your dishes! Beautiful!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and new year.
xo...Kathy

Together We Save said...

You set a beautiful table. Hope your family has a very Merry Christmas.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Everything looks so beautiful and festive Melissa!

Wishing you a very blessed and merry Christmas and a happy healthy 2010!

Hugs, Pat

Connie said...

Melissa,
Such a beautiful table and may I add, I love your ceiling over your table!
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

Those dishes are stunning Melissa, really beautiful. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas, keep safe and see you in 2010. 2009 did go quickly didnt it whoosh :-).
Kathy xx

♥Georgie♥ said...

BEAUTIFUL!
Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas

Shauna said...

Hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ HUGS ♥

Christian Mommy Writer said...

I love those plates!! One year, I'm going to buy some nice Christmas dishes.

Ginger said...

Hi Melissa:
I'm so glad you stopped by my blog to say hi. It's been crazy around here the last few days...trying to get everything done and moaning and groaning every minute with my low back pain. I'm too old for all this house cleaning. lol.
Your table looks beautiful and well thought out. I like your ornaments with the name tags.
Also I looked back at your other post, Doors of Welcome. You and your hubby really did a great job with the decorations and the lighting.
Merry Christmas to you and your hubby and Mr.Chestnut too.
Ginger

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, you should feature more of your tablescapes! This is absolutely beautiful I love the green Christmas tree dishes. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Chari said...

Christmas Greetings, sweet Girl...

Just making a few stops today to wish my closest friends a very Merry Christmas! The day is about to get busy with finishing up a couple of baking projects...the kids will be here late afternoon! Are you ready, my friend? Hehe!

Melissa, your Christmas table is gorgeous!!! I love your Cracker Barrel Christmas dishes...I'd love to have a set of those! Love that pretty shade of green and all the embossed pretties on them!!! they look stunning against the pretty red placemats too!!! It's all really, really pretty!!! Loved seeing the photos of your dining room all dressed and ready for Christmas! Your home is one of my favorites, of course you know that!!! I love your new red bird/pinecone ornament that Gloria made for you...it's sooo pretty! She's just the dearest and sweetest lady...isn't she!!!

Well my sweet friend, it seems that I always begin thinking about all of my many blessings...especially at this time of the year...and you, dear Melissa are one of my sweetest blessings!!! I just cherish you and our friendship!!! You always...always brighten my days and inspire me, Darlin'!!! Love you!!! Just didn't want to leave that unsaid...

Sending you & Aex, my very best and warmest wishes and blessings for a very Merry Christmas!!! May the Lord richly bless you both with good health, and fill you full of His love, peace, and joy!!!

Love you, Melissa!
Chari

Susie Q said...

It is all just too beautiful!!
What a special place to spend the holidays...the dishes are just so pretty and fun!
I will be thinking about you and am sending you lots of wishes for a sweet day...

Merry Christmas dear friend...
Love,
Sue

Calming Scents said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

The Stylish House said...

Melissa,
Your holiday table looks beautiful! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!
hugs, Cathy

mbkatc230 said...

Melissa, I love you table. It's beautiful! I hope that you have a joyous and blessed Christmas. I count finding you and your blog as one of my many blessings this year! Give Mr. Chestnut a big hug, and don't let him eat too many Christmas goodies. Kathy

Queenie Jeannie said...

Merry Christmas Melissa!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Melissa, your tablescape is beautiful. I love your dishes. I had "planned" to get a new set this year, but alas.. didn't happen...maybe after the holidays. I hope this finds you feeling better and better and your daddy having a good day or two... From our home to yours A Very Merry Christmas..hugs ~lynne~

Liz said...

Merry Christmas, Melissa! May you and your family have a blessed and happy New Year! =)

Hugs & Love,

Liz

Jill said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year.

Blessings,
Jill

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

I have so enjoyed getting to know you through the blog world.
Your home looks beautiful and inviting. The green dinnerset is lovely. Yes, Gloria is a very sweet Lady.
May you and your family have a blessed and joyous Christmas.

Hugs
Carolyn

sherri said...

Just Beautiful! Enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

Kristens Creations said...

Merry Christmas to you too Melissa! I hope you guys are having a good one! It snowed big time here and it is just beautiful! I'm just hoping my family can make it over later, the roads are very slick right now. Talk to you soon, Kristen

Lori said...

Melissa
What time is dinner?? Merry Christmas to my wonderful friend! Please give Chestnut a big hug from me! Love,Lori

Sharon said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Everything is so besutiful! Happy New Year!

Lynette said...

Merry Christmas Melissa - hope your day was wonderful!

Stopped in at Cracker Barrell the other night and all I came out with was a plate of chicken and dumplings and a pecan log (to go) - no dishes! Your's are so gorgeous!

fiberdoodles said...

Merry Christmas!

fiberdoodles said...

Merry Christmas!

Sandy said...

Your table is too beautiful to spoil with food! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! I love those dishes!
Hope you had a Merry Christmas..Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2010!

Sherri Blum, CID said...

Just found your lovely blog! Very pretty...I must find those Tree plates for next Christmas!