by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

O.K. Gals, here is my annual Christmas ladies luncheon table setting for Monday 1st December. Trevor and I have been very busy today setting up the back room. He vacuumed it all down, washed down the back deck and I squeegeed the glass! I've placed all the things I've made on their place settings but the Casserole covers I've put on the coffee table. I'll hand them out individually as they are too big for the plates. Once the food arrives it will go on the little table in the corner. My theme this year is Snowflakes and the colours are blues, silver and white. Can you see the table cloths, they have snowflakes on them. Even the Champagne flutes have snowflakes on them, I was stoked when I found them.


I've added a picture of Judy's (killiecrankie) Santa Claus and a Koala - aren't they amazing. Judy sells her beaded work and I've also got some of her Christmas decorations hanging on the silver tree. Love and blessings Chris

1. 8 Casserole covers (these took ages to make as I put batting between the layers and machine quilted them!)
2. Long table shot from end of house.
3. Long shot of table from doorway to kitchen.
4. Meganne's setting.
5. Christine's setting
6. Kaye's setting.
7. Stasia's setting.
8. Valerie's setting.
9. Patricia's setting.
10. My setting.
11. Sue's setting.
12. Santa Claus and a Koala by killiecrankie (Judy)

This year Trevor has bought all the ladies Lavender hand made soaps. Meganne has allergies to certain soaps, so she won't be getting one.

I have a white tablecloth over the two tables, then the Snowflake cloths. Each person's setting is on a navy blue placemat with a rectangular 14inch x 10 inch paper doily. Under their plates is a beautiful silver plate holder. On their plates are the tea towel with snowflakes, a Sonia Showalter Snowflake angel, under their glass is a coaster, inside the glass is a money angel from Yoriko. Their names are tucked into the snowflake money/card holder that Yoriko made. All in all I'm pretty pleased with it all! Love Chris

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by katydid 01 Dec 2014

I had so take another look as this is so magnificent! You really out did yourself. Maybe you should be an event planner! Kay

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

Thanks Kay, for commenting. Love Chris

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by Shisha 01 Dec 2014

Wow! So very elegant! Excellent job! Thanks for posting!

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

Thanks so much for commenting, Love Chris

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by dailylaundry 30 Nov 2014

Oh, I just got back from our Thanksgiving trip and saw this - every year you do such a marvelous job with your Ladies Luncheon!!! I love the colors and especially the sweet Koala Bear and Santa!! Thank you for sharing with us and I hope you take lots and lots of pictures!!! Hugs, Laura*

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

HI Laura, yes, I took a few pictures and so did my friends. I'll post some up in a minute. Love Chris

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by kezza2sew 30 Nov 2014

As I write this, I can imagine you all laughing and having lots of fun at your Ladies Christmas luncheon. Your setting is stunning as always Chris. Look forward to the next lots of photos from today. And I must add, I have not had one of those Newcastle Pudding Lady's Plum Pudding's for such a long time...now my taste buds are envious....
Enjoy today, love and hugs Kerry

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

Hi Kerry, well my daughter and the girls have just left at 6.35. Bless her heart she cleaned up the whole back and the kitchen. The ladies before they left cleared the table and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Amy stayed till the end as she knew I was tired and unpacked the dishwasher and has put everything away. Daughters are great! The Newcastle Pudding lady's puddings were a big hit. Love Chris

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by gerryb 30 Nov 2014

Beautiful!! I love seeing your Christmas luncheon each year!

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

Thanks Gerry, I appreciate that. Love Chris

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by snowbird42 30 Nov 2014

Chris are you kidding this a showroom presentation lol is absolutely fabulos...enjoy your ladies lunchsoozieeon.........

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Dec 2014

Hi Soozie, thanks for the compliment! It was wonderful, love Chris

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by camylow 30 Nov 2014

This is beautiful....

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks Deanna - I'm glad you like it. Love Chris

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by justsew 30 Nov 2014

You must be so proud of such an excellent presentation. I would not want to spoil it. well done.
Hugs Pam.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks Pam, it's a pity to mess it up, isn't it? Love Chris

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by lidiad 30 Nov 2014

Wow, how elegant! Congratulations, Chris!
Hugs, Lidia

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Lidia, it's fun to do. Love Chris

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by crazystitcher 30 Nov 2014

Lovely pictures - hope you and your guests have a wonderful time; you never cease to amaze me with all the things you manage to do so well - where do you find all that energy??

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks, I love to sew - but I'm nowhere as prolific as Carolyn! I've got 2 embroidery machines and an overlocker! I think from seeing Carolyn's sewing area she only has 1, so to do all she does is amazing! Love Chris

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by marianb 30 Nov 2014

Beautiful table setting again this year Chris! You are allowed to be fussy, enjoy yourselves..

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks Marian, well I certainly am that! Love Chris

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by nonna57 30 Nov 2014

Another stunning setting Chris. Have you banned Meg from looking????. Hope your day goes off well. Enjoy . Will be thinking and wishing and hoping Heh sounds like a song eh? Anyways Have a great day . Hugs Pauline :)

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks Pauline, no I haven't! If she looks she'll see it, it won't matter. Once all the food is set on the table it makes it look so beautiful. Hope you had a great time in Q'ld! Love Chris

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by graceandham 30 Nov 2014

This is so beautiful and the stitching is awesome, as well as the beautiful koala and Santa. Are some of these named ladies Cuties? I seem to recognize some first names. I hope you all have a wonderful time together and nobody gains any weight!

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Hi Grace, no, the only one who is a Cutie is Meganne from the Central Coast. I've just had a call from my best friend Sue from Sydney and she can't make it. She has 6 Sharpeis and one of them has Sharpei fever - as her "heart" dog Maddie died this year from it, she is understandably worried sick and wouldn't be relaxed being an hour and a half away! I've sent her pictures of her setting. She will love the goodies. Love Chris

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by crafter2243 Moderator 30 Nov 2014

This going to be a very festive get together. You put a lot of effort into this and it turned out wonderful

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Angie, I hope it all goes well. Love Chris

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by lbrow 29 Nov 2014

All so very beautiful Chris. You've created a beautiful tableau for a Christmas luncheon for a group of good friends. You have much talent my dear. I do so admire you/Lillian

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

Thanks my dear Miss Lillian! I really appreciate your kind words. Love Chris

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by christracey 29 Nov 2014

It all looks stunning Chris, well done. I'm sure everyone will enjoy the day.

So do you dress the table with such elegance on Christmas Day too? or do you go elsewhere?

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Hi Tracey, I set the table the same for Christmas Day except we don't have all the little goodies. The family love it! Love Chris

christracey by christracey 30 Nov 2014

Oh good to know the family get to enjoy it too. I try to dress up the table for our family too. (not quite on your scale with little ones) We have 2 days of it, my side of the family on Christmas Day & hubby's on Boxing Day. Also 2 days of Baked dinners!

pennifold by pennifold 30 Nov 2014

We've got a household this year! On Boxing Day we are all going to Dana and Jason's place. They've got a beautiful swimming pool, so we may take a dip if the weather is hot. Enjoy your two days of good food, fun and family. Love Chris

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by toogie 29 Nov 2014

Chris, your table setting photos, look like a magazine shoot. Everything is perfect and looks so inviting. Hope you have a wonderful time with your guest.-Toogie

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Glad you notice Toogie, I go round and make sure the plates are all the same way, the cutlery just so etc.! Talk about anal! Love Chris

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by sdrise 29 Nov 2014

Very *retty!!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Suzanne, love Chris

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by katydid 29 Nov 2014

I love your table setting! What is in the champagne flutes? The decor will lower the temp in the room accordingly. Kay

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Hi Kay, these are snowflake napkins! Love Chris

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by noah 29 Nov 2014

oh how i wish i could come :):)So think of me at dessert time lol hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Don't worry you will all be there with me - well in spirit! Dessert is a beautiful Plum Pudding and those little Cornflake meringues I make! We'll raise a glass or two to you! Whilst it's going to be about 30C here tomorrow, you've got snow! Love Chris

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by aussiequilter 29 Nov 2014

just beautiful Chris ,have a fantastic day

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Monika, I plan to! Love Chris

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by RockyB 29 Nov 2014

Everything looks gorgeous Chris! What a wonderful job you did. I know you put in a lot of work and time! I hope you have a wonderful luncheon!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Roxanne, wish you were all here to celebrate with me too! Love Chris

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That would be lovely :)

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by brendalea 29 Nov 2014

Your table is very pretty. Your friends are lucky to have you as a friend.
Have a fun day enjoy your lunch. Merry Christmas & Happy Stitching

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Brenda, I hope we all have a wonderful time. Love Chris

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by Lilas 29 Nov 2014

Wow, beau travail félicitation

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Merci beaucoup! amour des Chris

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by shirley124 29 Nov 2014

An absolutely beautiful table. I don't know how you do it. What a wonderful lady you are to go to all this work for your friends. They are such lucky people. Have a great day. Hugs Shirley

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by joansatx 29 Nov 2014

"Sparkle, Shimmer, and Shine!" We can almost hear the oohs and ahhs and talking and laughing! It's going to be a wonderful time!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Joan - I hope it will all go well. Love Chris

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by mi30kaja 29 Nov 2014

I didn't get an invite?????. Seriously Ladies have a great day with lots of laughs.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Oops! sorry Lyn, love Chris

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by shirlener88 29 Nov 2014

Chris, you are so wonderful - you sure know how to dress a table & make everything look so festive. Thank you for letting me know you had uploaded the pictures - so I could view it again, this year. You & your guest are blessed.

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michemb by michemb 29 Nov 2014

nice to see you here Shirlene, miss you
hugs
Michelle

designgirl by designgirl 29 Nov 2014

Hi, Shirlene. Glad to see you posting here. We all miss you and are hoping you are okay.Take care. Hugs Lynn

mi30kaja by mi30kaja 29 Nov 2014

I agree with Michelle. Nice to see you here again Shirlene.

pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks darling, I'm sure it will all be a wonderful day. Love Chris

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by sewdeb 29 Nov 2014

Oh, Chris this looks like some royal gala! Sure wish I was invited! You've done a wonderful job!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Debbie, I try my best to make sure it all looks co-ordinated. Love Chris

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by gerryvb 29 Nov 2014

wow, you did an amazing job, it's gorgeous !! I wished I could join.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Gerry and you can come over anytime you like! Love Chris (P.S. you will be there with me in spirit)

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by lilylady 29 Nov 2014

How stunning is this. Love the colors and decor. What a treat, they much wait all year for this and then talk about it the rest of the season. Have a great time and smile when its over. Love it all Sandy

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Sandy, everyone oohs and aahs when they come in and by the end of the day it looks like a bomb has dropped - but you are right we all smile when it's over! My feet are aching today as I was on them so much yesterday and so I'm just resting at the moment. We are off to see our grandsons Chase and Cooper - it was Chase's 1st birthday last week and we couldn't go. So I'm dropping off the quilt I made him. Love Chris

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by dordonc 29 Nov 2014

very beautiful and elegant

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much, that's what I aim for! Love Chris

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by zoefzoef 29 Nov 2014

What a nice table ! If I ever need decoration advise I know whom to ask !

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Zoe, it's just a matter of matching everything! Love Chris

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by mops Moderator 29 Nov 2014

Your table looks stunningly beautiful. I know you have worked on it for months and it really shows. Your ladies will be so pleased!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Martine, the longest things to make were the Casserole covers and because there were 8 things of everything it was time consuming. Love Chris

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by maggiecal 29 Nov 2014

How beautiful! What a treat for everyone and a great way to kick off the holiday season.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much, everyone loves coming to my luncheons and yes it's a good way to begin celebrating Christmas. Love Chris

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by kingmar 29 Nov 2014

Elegant. Enjoy the day. You have put so much work and love into it!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thank you so much, yes, I have! Thanks for noticing - Love Chris

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by highlandermom 29 Nov 2014

Love your theme such a beautiful table. Sure to be warm with love and look cool as it welcomes. Wishing you all a wonderful time as we all know you'll have.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Mary, I just hope it's not too hot. I do have an air conditioner in the back room, but some of the ladies don't like it too cool. Me, I hate the heat and love having the air conditioner on about 23C. Love Chris

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by loosie 29 Nov 2014

How wonderful! You've out done yourself, enjoy your day :)

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Loosie, I try! Lpve Chris

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by Leaha 29 Nov 2014

This is so beautiful and festive. The blues and silver should help with the illusion of cooler. Enjoy yourselves. Thank you for sharing.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Leaha, I hope that it will at least look cool! Love Chris

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by dragonflyer 29 Nov 2014

Stunning table settings...you have outdone yourself, Chris...I love the colors you have chosen...my favorites!!! But, there is just one tiny detail that you perhaps you have overlooked...I hate to bring it up, but...I don't see my place setting at the table...can't wait to hear about the menu you have chosen, too! Your friends are lucky...I know it will be a great day for all!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Ha ha ha! You can come over anytime you like Kim! We have a cold luncheon with Leg Ham, Pastrami, Roast Beef, Roast Pork and I buy a hot BBQ chicken on the day and pull it apart and place it on one of the platters loaded with green lettuces etc. We have a hot Potato Bake, (I make that tomorrow) a cold Zucchini Slice, (I made that yesterday so the flavours will be enhanced) and then my friends bring - a mixed garden salad, fried rice, potato, coleslaw and a pasta salad. Chris Munroe my ex-bosses wife always makes an unusual salad, so I won't know till tomorrow what she will bring.

For dessert we have the famous Newcastle Pudding Lady's Plum Pudding. I'm making those little cornflake meringues and then Plunger coffee with Baci chocolates and Tea! We have pink champagne and I'm making a beautiful Punch in the morning. Meganne is coming over early to help me with the last minute things! So I hope you can imagine yourself sitting down and eating this wonderful feast - the colours are amazing! I'll certainly take some piccies of all the food before we attack it! Love Chris

pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Oops I forgot the little bread rolls that I heat up in the oven. A mixture of cheeses and cracker biscuits for afters! Love Chris

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 29 Nov 2014

Oh stop!!! I can't stand it...I need to make my plane reservation...I need to learn more about those cornflake meringues...Big Dragonflyer hugs to all!!!

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by edithfarminer 29 Nov 2014

No wonder you are pleased, it is fabulous. Wish I could be there lol.
Have a super time!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Edith, I wish you all could be here with me, love Chris

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by shozo1271 29 Nov 2014

WOW, Chris! Your table is stunning! Looks ready for a King and Queen to show up! :) SO very beautiful!!!!!! ***4all***

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much, I'll do my utmost to keep the standard up! Love Chris

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by pldc 29 Nov 2014

Absolutely perfect! Everything looks professionally placed & beautifully colour co-ordinated! You have done a splendid job on everything here & I can see why you are thrilled with the flutes they are quite striking. I do hope that you have a wonderful luncheon. Now that we know what you are giving all of them will we know what you receive from them Please & thank you? All this wonderful talent in one room what a treat!~hugs~

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much, I do get lots of thanks for all the work I do.Love Chris

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by mysew1325 29 Nov 2014

stunning work.... you should all have a glorious time...

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Kathy, I hope to. Love Chris

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by gwillmann 29 Nov 2014

Lovely work. This is all beautiful.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks very much, I appreciate the comments. Love Chris

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by airyfairy 29 Nov 2014

Looks beautiful Chris. Your ladies will be thrilled to have so much care and attention to detail bestowed upon them.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Sarah, I try my best every year. Love Chris

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by olymphe 29 Nov 2014

Just beautiful Great great work!!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much for commenting, love Chris

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by jenne 29 Nov 2014

sew pretty the blue really sets the table off.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks I think so too. Love Chris

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by jrob Moderator 29 Nov 2014

It's so beautiful. What a labor of love you share with your friends. You are all very fortunate to have each other and to share your love.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Jerrilyn, they are a great bunch of women. Love Chris

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by suziequee 29 Nov 2014

Just beautiful. May I come?

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thankyou and of course you can come. Love Chris

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by judyoake 29 Nov 2014

What a lot of work getting this ready but well worth the effort as it looks beautiful!! The ladies will love it!! --and the gifts !!! Wow!! You are amazing!!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Judy, I do my best. Love Chris

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by sonjapotgieter 29 Nov 2014

I have always wanted a Silver and Blue Christmas Wonderland décor!!!!!!Now I see You can.....Awesome..Great great work!!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Well now you can do it yourself. It's easy to colour co-ordinate things. Love Chris

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by basketkase 29 Nov 2014

My goodness, Chris, it looks like a Christmas wonderland right out of a magazine.........truly amazing job!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks, that's what I like to aim for. Love Chris

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by laffma1 29 Nov 2014

Oh Chris - your table is quite elegant!! Well worth all your hard work bringing it all together. Sonia's Angels are beautiful. No doubt they will be displayed in prominent places on each of their own Christmas trees this year. You've done a marvelous job. Love the idea of using the snowflakes as name card holders. This luncheon of yours is a wonderful tradition. Enjoy your day, your friends, and this holiday season!!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much for you kind words and I'll do my best. Love Chris

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by designgirl 29 Nov 2014

All I can say is WOW, you have outdone yourself this year. The table settings are just gorgeous. I love blue and silver at Christmas. Enjoy your luncheon., the guests will be amazed when they see your table. Hugs Lynn
P.S. don't forget to post pictures of your luncheon.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Lynn, I will post piccies later. Love Chris

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by lhart 29 Nov 2014

Absorlutely Beautiful!! You really have captured the "Winter Wonderland" feeling. Those are my colours and theme as well, I may have to borrow a few ideas. I am sure your ladies are going to LOVE their gifts as well, you really did a wonderful job on everything.

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks for your kind words. I suppose I should be making it red and orange as we usually have such hot Christmas Days down here in Australia. I hope the ladies like the work too. Love Chris

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by lique 29 Nov 2014

I love this. I am definitely a silver and blue fan!!! Well done!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks Angelique, it's a wonderful combination. Love Chris

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by baydreamer 29 Nov 2014

A Winter Wonderland Feast! You may just have to turn up the AC to really give the effect of the snowy table. Lovely, it's now a tradition on this site to see your "Ladies Christmas Luncheon Table", I for one love to see your festive settings, a labour of fun and joy for all!
Beautiful work!

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Hi baydreamer, well with the weather we've been having here in Newcastle the air conditioner will be on. It's supposed to be 29C here on Monday - very warm for me! I love this tradition of mine and hope to keep on doing it for years to come. Love Chr

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by michemb 29 Nov 2014

WOW, wow,
Just beautiful Chris,
Love your choice of colors, that is one that I have not tried yet, maybe next year in my new house.
Lots of work but I am sure everyone will be over the moon,
Have a great one
hugs
Michelle

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pennifold by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

Thanks so much Michelle. My whole home is in blue's, lemons and white and my garden has mostly Purple. You are right there was a lot of work in these items, and yes, I know they will love them all. Love Chris

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by pennifold 29 Nov 2014

The silver cutlery is in the kitchen sink soaking. I had to clean them all today! What a job, but I love having a silver service! Love Chris

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