A Groom for Mama, author Catherine Castle, Catherine's Comments, Christmas table settings, crafts, dishes, essay
Today’s table setting will be short and sweet, since I don’t yet have any Christmas decorations up, except for my front door wreath and silk holly and poinsettia in the pot on the porch. And yes, I have no shame over filling my porch pots with silk flowers, no matter the season. But I digress.
The items you’ll need for this cheery table setting are a red tablecloth (I used a vinyl tablecloth) preferably printed with hollies; four contrasting placements (I used green since 2 of my plates are red and I wanted them to pop against the red tablecloth), red and green napkins; a square, or round, printed Christmas gift box; four silk holly flowers; four battery operated tea candles; a white taper candle and a low, secure candle holder for the taper; and of course your mismatched red and white dishes, glasses, and eating utensils.
As always, these choices can be changed to fit what you might have in your cupboard. If you’re using white plates against a red tablecloth, there is no need to use a contrasting placemat to make the dishes pop. If you don’t have a red tablecloth, forego that item and use placemats. Like the dishes, mix and match the other items to create what works for your table. The main feature in this setting is the simple centerpiece using an unexpected item–the Christmas gift box.
This is one of the fastest table settings to put up. Just find your Christmas box, put your taper and candleholder in the center of the box and fit the silk holly sprigs around the candle. If you plan to light the taper be sure to use a bobeche to catch the wax drippings or put the candle in the freezer ahead to help prevent drips. Because the centerpiece didn’t show well against my red tablecloth I added one of the gold poinsettia placemats from last week’s table setting to give the centerpiece the extra pizazz I needed. Place your tea candles around the centerpiece, one candle at the head of each place setting, set the table, and wait for the compliments.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration in the Christmas table settings I made this month. I won’t be blogging about table settings on Christmas, but I’m planning one more winter table setting. Come back January 8, 2021 for my Winter Wonderland table setting. I can hardly wait to show you this one! In the meantime, take a peek at my romantic comedy with a touch of drama, and have a safe, blessed and Happy Christmas!
A Groom for Mama
By Catherine Castle
Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.
The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.
A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.
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About the Author:
Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.