Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Winter Solstice Dinner

In honor of Winter Solstice I am having a romantic fireside dinner if you would like to join me. I love winter solstice as the days are starting to get longer again. This evening we can have dinner just the two of us by the fireside. Come in and have a comfy seat by the fire.

I have a lot of pictures so I won't waste time with words as I know you are busy.

The dishes we are using tonight are Friendly Village. I have been picking up a few pieces here and there. This 3 tierd plate was a lovely Christmas gift from my friend Heather.

Have a glass of sparkling cider

This is where I keep my Friendly Village and similar china.

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care

Well,I hope you enjoyed the evening and I will back for once more before Christmas and then I will take a little break for the holidays.

Take care,


Dirt Princess said...

Beautiful as always! I so enjoy my visits with you...it would be better if I was really there! LOL!! Have a wonderful day!

Becca's Dirt said...

You captured everything beautifully. Your place is so festive and inviting and cozy. Merry Christmas.

podso said...

When we started our married life using Johnson Bros "Old mill" a good friend of mine got the Friendly Village for her dishes. They are similar, but Friendly Village seems to have remained popular and I see it more frequently at antique shops, and even department stores. I enjoyed a visit at your house! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Deanna said...

Carolyn, Christmas Blessings!
Lovely pics.

Angela said...

Love everything about it. As I sit in my own space I try to envision how I can make it look as charming and inviting. You are very talented. I wish you a wonderful Christmas with those who touch your heart.

Shining Windows said...

i have friend villages dishes too and love them! wonderful cozy post! Merry Christmas!!!

MariaPar said...

Lovely pictures ! Marry Christmas dear Carolyn !

Cindy said...

Ohhh, it is so lovely by your fireside. I want to settle in for a long winter's lunch... and then a nap. Thanks for the invite. Have a very merry Christms. Hugs, Cindy S.

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

What a romantic dinner for two! Your made beautiful photographs. I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Tato said...

Beautiful, dinner.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hollydays to you and all your family.

* excuse my english

Suzann said...


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Christmas Greetings, sweet friend...

Ohhh my...what a beautiful dinner you have set in honor of us, my friend! Carolyn, I just can't imagine a more beautiful setting!!! A fabulous table set in a lovely room of your beautiful home...that beautifully decorated fireplace in the background...ohhh, it's all sooo lovely!!! Thank you, my friend!!!

It was such a treat to see your table set with the Johnson Bros. "Friendly Village" dinnerware! I just sent my dear mother a 7 piece place setting for four...for Christmas! She has already received it and was thrilled!!! It really is a gorgeous pattern...isn't it!

Well my friend...I am making just a few stops today! It's a busy time and I think it will only get busier as the days go by! We will have my husband's two children for their Christmas break from school. They always keep me busy! Hehe! During the Christmas season, I am always contemplating my many blessings...and you dear friend, are one of those blessings! I have really enjoyed all of our visits...and you ALWAYS inspire me!!! Thank you, Carolyn!!!

Just thinking about you...

Warmest wishes and Christmas blessings to you and your family, sweet friend!!!

Chari @Happy To Design

Marigene said...

What a nice intimate setting, in front of the fire...so warm and welcoming. Merry Christmas.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh how breathtakingly beautiful. -happy sigh-

Carolyn said...

How beautifully warm and inviting. I love the Friendly Village, it's one of my favorites and perfect for your dinner. Merry Christmas!

Ofelias Hus said...

So beautiful pictures!
It is always so nice to visit your blog.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely, Carolyn!

Christmas blessings,

Lynn said...

Thank you for inviting me. I had such a good time. Your home is just lovely and the fireside table is so romantic. Just what I needed during this week before Christmas.
Happy Holidays in case I don't get back. Is today "Boxing Day" or is that the same day as we celebrate Christmas? What is "Boxing Day"

Kathy said...

Carolyn, this is just lovely - charming. A beautiful table and gorgeous setting. As always, captured in your wonderful photgraphs.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas a new year.

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My name is Riet said...

Oh what a beautiful table at the fire. I love all your pretty dishes for Christmas. Your room looks inviting and festive, right for Christmas.
Happy Holidays

Erica (Irene) said...

Your home is beautiful as always, it amazes me how you can get everything done so beautifully.
Everything is so festive, cozy and inviting.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Monica said...

Oooh Carolyn! You inspired me a tete-à-tete dinner by the fire, even if my home is not so beautiful as yours... Everything is just perfect, and the atmosphere so romantic!
Have a very Merry Christmas with your dear ones!

Beverly said...

Carolyn, this is just like a dream. I will be off from work next week, and I think I will prepare a dinner by the fire for us. My husband will love it.

You are a constant inspiration to me.

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Enjoy every second.

Cass @ That Old House said...

OH it is just beautiful! So dreamy looking, and very romantic. I am flattered you invited me! :-)

Have a blessed Christmas, and a happy, healthy New Year.

All best wishes, from Cass and family at That Old House!

Bernideen said...

Carolyn ..thanks so much for the lovely, personal dinner by the fire!

Eileen said...

Beautiful! A Christmas dream come true!
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!
All the best,

Monica said...

Hi Carolyn,
me again. Just wanted to tell I mentioned you in my today's post.
Have a nice evening,

Miss Gracie's House said...

Now I'm not sure which is prettier...the fireside dinner or your white luncheon tablescape...both are just lovely. Merry Christmas!

Naturegirl said...

Carolyn it is a sheer delight each time I stop by! Your home indoors and outside is so warm and inviting! I am so happy that I have met you through our love of gardening and blogging.
I shall come by when I'm healing from my surgery on Jan 5th. I know this magical place shall soothe and comfort my spirit.
May you delight in the season of JOY!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
love and light Anna xo

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh if I could only step through the computer and into your lovely dinner. What a lovely idea. I haven't thought about celebrating Winter Solstice. I should as an evening without the rush and hurry of getting ready for Christmas.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Carolyn, Your home is truly lovely. What a cozy spot to have dinner and some sparkling cider along with a nice long chat. I always enjoy my visits to your home. You are always so gracious and so kind. You've truly enriched my life this past year. I'm so blessed to call you friend.
From our home to yours a Very Merry Christmas.. hugs ~lynne~

Ldy ~~ Dy said...


All I can say is....thank you for inviting me to share your beautiful table and decor. Everything is just lovely! A Merry Christmas to you! Stay cozy! Hugs!

cathleen said...

Everything about your home is magical, Carolyn. I think it would be lovely to visit you. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a lovely and cozy Christmas!

GwendolynKay said...

I enjoyed this Christmas dinner very much! Everything is so lovely and elegant. Have a very merry and blessed CHRISTMAS!

The Tablescaper said...

Just beautiful!

I've been thinking of adding Firendly Village to my collections and now I think I have to.

Come visit.

- The Tablescaper