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December 21, 2015

Christmas Morning Dining at the Kitchen Table

There is something special on the morning of Christmas. Perhaps you'll open gifts first and then prepare breakfast.  Enjoying the aroma seems extra special Christmas morning.
I wanted this to feel old fashioned.

 The silverware was my Mom's and we used it for every gathering at the formal dining table.  I chose this for it's sentiment and I wanted silver as an accent.  I crisscrossed two table runners (Kohl's-marked down now) and layered a charger and two dishes.  I've seen runners laid across on a formal dining table going from side to side and dishes placed on them which can look really nice.  They act as a placemat.

I know a few of us have this set- I love these!  The green dish came from One King's Lane a couple of years ago- no name.  The wood chargers are from Pier 1- a classic. Napkin rings from Pottery Barn from a while back.

The tartan napkins match the tartan tablecloth I used in the post last week from my "2015 Department Store Styled Vignette"  I like that pattern so much I bought 8 of these (Sur La Table)!  Since my table is so small I added the fork to the napkin ring.

I kept this cloche on the table for a centerpiece and all we have to do is remove it for dining.  The wood pedestal serving piece will hold a platter with food.  There will be just three of us this year.  The 4th place setting will be removed and we'll use that area for extras food items at the table.

I put straws in there for a festive look but we won't likely use them.  They could be stir sticks though for hot chocolate!  

I had to use the tripod for these pictures and put the camera on manual again since it's so dreary out.  This causes the outside to become nearly whited out but it's actually not that way in person.

I've been running the lights on the globe frequently and they seem to be lasting a long time.

You can see my amaryllis has shot up and there is actually a third stem coming up.  It should be blooming very soon!  I turned the light on behind the etagere for the full affect.  

If you want to make a luxurious form of French Toast try this recipe!  I've made it before and it's very delicious.  It's fairly sweet all on it's own and you likely won't need any syrup for it. 

*Prepare this the night before so the bread can absorb.*
Bake it in the morning and it's wonderful!  You'll need a bottle of Grand Marnier so plan ahead! 
Add some other things like hash browns, eggs, bacon, sausage and you've got a very nice breakfast!

Crème Brûlée French Toast


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • an 8- to 9-inch round loaf country-style bread
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.
In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.
Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve hot French toast immediately.

                                          Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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  1. So pretty Liz, you have convinced me that next some chandeliers are getting dressed for Christmas. Fingers crossed I find what I like to achieve the look. Love your dishes. I used my tablecloths folded and crossed over for a pretty look.


  2. Beautiful old fashioned tablescape. Love those plates. The centerpiece is charming! The recipe sounds yummy and perfect for a lovely breakfast. xo

  3. Hi Liz, what a beautiful table set for Christmas morning. I LOVE your dishes and the centerpiece is perfect. I like how you added the straws for a bit of fun too.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sure sounds delicious. Enjoyed view your round up of Christmas decorating too. Your home is beautiful!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. xo

  4. Liz,
    What a beautiful table , just perfect for Christmas!! Love those stunning dishes!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Merry Christmas!!


  5. Great tablescape, Liz. My tartan dishes are scheduled to get here today.

  6. Beautiful table Liz! And a great sounding recipe too. I am making banana bread loaves today...which makes me feel like it is Christmas time. Merry Christmas! Sheila

  7. Liz, a beautiful table! I love a Christmas morning breakfast and the recipe sounds perfect!! Merry Christmas! Pam @ everydayliving.me

  8. What a perfect table to have a wonderful Christmas breakfast. A lovely way to celebrate the day. Your plate stack is so very charming. Love the napkin rings. You are amazing with decorating the chandelier. That get neglected at my house. Merry Christmas!

  9. Your Christmas breakfast table is perfect. The "plates so many have" are in my stash, too, and they do look so nice on your plate stack. Love the criss-crossed runners. The chandelier decor is the cherry on top!

  10. Hello there! Beautiful, and you definitely achieved the old-fashioned look you were going for. This was a year that just seemed to beg for the nostalgic look.

    You get your drink on with the Grand Marnier first thing in the morning. I LIKE your style! :-) French toast sounds fantastic right about now. I think I know what I want to cook for dinner now! Breakfast for dinner...the best! And with this recipe, I can combine dinner and cocktail hour all in one! ;-)

    Happy New Year!

  11. Very, very pretty. I like the idea of criss crossing the runners.

  12. I've always loved those Christmas plates! Love how you chris crossed the runners too.
    Happy Holidays! ~Delores

  13. I have not seen your dishes so it's fun to see a different look. They certainly lend themselves to an old fashioned setting which you have done very well. Merry Christmas, Liz.

  14. Such a beautiful table setting. Great job!

  15. Beautiful and welcoming table Liz. Loving the cloche centerpiece. You plate stack is lovely as well. I love those green dinner plates. Merry Christmas


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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