I had so take another look as this is so magnificent! You really out did yourself. Maybe you should be an event planner! Kay
Thanks Kay, for commenting. Love Chris
Wow! So very elegant! Excellent job! Thanks for posting!
Thanks so much for commenting, Love Chris
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*
HI Laura, yes, I took a few pictures and so did my friends. I'll post some up in a minute. Love Chris
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
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
Beautiful!! I love seeing your Christmas luncheon each year!
Thanks Gerry, I appreciate that. Love Chris
Chris are you kidding this a showroom presentation lol is absolutely fabulos...enjoy your ladies lunchsoozieeon.........
Hi Soozie, thanks for the compliment! It was wonderful, love Chris
This is beautiful....
Thanks Deanna - I'm glad you like it. Love Chris
You must be so proud of such an excellent presentation. I would not want to spoil it. well done.
Thanks Pam, it's a pity to mess it up, isn't it? Love Chris
Wow, how elegant! Congratulations, Chris!
Thanks so much Lidia, it's fun to do. Love Chris
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??
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
Beautiful table setting again this year Chris! You are allowed to be fussy, enjoy yourselves..
Thanks Marian, well I certainly am that! Love Chris
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 :)
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
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!
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
This going to be a very festive get together. You put a lot of effort into this and it turned out wonderful
Thanks so much Angie, I hope it all goes well. Love Chris
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
Thanks my dear Miss Lillian! I really appreciate your kind words. Love Chris
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?
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
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!
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
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
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
Thanks Suzanne, love Chris
I love your table setting! What is in the champagne flutes? The decor will lower the temp in the room accordingly. Kay
Hi Kay, these are snowflake napkins! Love Chris
oh how i wish i could come :):)So think of me at dessert time lol hugs
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
just beautiful Chris ,have a fantastic day
Thanks Monika, I plan to! Love Chris
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!
Thanks so much Roxanne, wish you were all here to celebrate with me too! Love Chris
That would be lovely :)
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
Thanks so much Brenda, I hope we all have a wonderful time. Love Chris
Wow, beau travail félicitation
Merci beaucoup! amour des Chris
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
"Sparkle, Shimmer, and Shine!" We can almost hear the oohs and ahhs and talking and laughing! It's going to be a wonderful time!
Thanks so much Joan - I hope it will all go well. Love Chris
I didn't get an invite?????. Seriously Ladies have a great day with lots of laughs.
Oops! sorry Lyn, love Chris
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.
nice to see you here Shirlene, miss you
Hi, Shirlene. Glad to see you posting here. We all miss you and are hoping you are okay.Take care. Hugs Lynn
I agree with Michelle. Nice to see you here again Shirlene.
Thanks darling, I'm sure it will all be a wonderful day. Love Chris
Oh, Chris this looks like some royal gala! Sure wish I was invited! You've done a wonderful job!
Thanks so much Debbie, I try my best to make sure it all looks co-ordinated. Love Chris
wow, you did an amazing job, it's gorgeous !! I wished I could join.
Thanks Gerry and you can come over anytime you like! Love Chris (P.S. you will be there with me in spirit)
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
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
very beautiful and elegant
Thanks so much, that's what I aim for! Love Chris
What a nice table ! If I ever need decoration advise I know whom to ask !
Thanks Zoe, it's just a matter of matching everything! Love Chris
Your table looks stunningly beautiful. I know you have worked on it for months and it really shows. Your ladies will be so pleased!
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
How beautiful! What a treat for everyone and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Thanks so much, everyone loves coming to my luncheons and yes it's a good way to begin celebrating Christmas. Love Chris
Elegant. Enjoy the day. You have put so much work and love into it!
Thank you so much, yes, I have! Thanks for noticing - Love Chris
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.
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
How wonderful! You've out done yourself, enjoy your day :)
Thanks so much Loosie, I try! Lpve Chris
This is so beautiful and festive. The blues and silver should help with the illusion of cooler. Enjoy yourselves. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Leaha, I hope that it will at least look cool! Love Chris
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!
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
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
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!!!
No wonder you are pleased, it is fabulous. Wish I could be there lol.
Have a super time!
Thanks Edith, I wish you all could be here with me, love Chris
WOW, Chris! Your table is stunning! Looks ready for a King and Queen to show up! :) SO very beautiful!!!!!! ***4all***
Thanks so much, I'll do my utmost to keep the standard up! Love Chris
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~
Thanks so much, I do get lots of thanks for all the work I do.Love Chris
stunning work.... you should all have a glorious time...
Thanks so much Kathy, I hope to. Love Chris
Lovely work. This is all beautiful.
Thanks very much, I appreciate the comments. Love Chris
Looks beautiful Chris. Your ladies will be thrilled to have so much care and attention to detail bestowed upon them.
Thanks Sarah, I try my best every year. Love Chris
Just beautiful Great great work!!!!
Thanks so much for commenting, love Chris
sew pretty the blue really sets the table off.
Thanks I think so too. Love Chris
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.
Thanks Jerrilyn, they are a great bunch of women. Love Chris
Just beautiful. May I come?
Thankyou and of course you can come. Love Chris
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!!
Thanks Judy, I do my best. Love Chris
I have always wanted a Silver and Blue Christmas Wonderland décor!!!!!!Now I see You can.....Awesome..Great great work!!!!
Well now you can do it yourself. It's easy to colour co-ordinate things. Love Chris
My goodness, Chris, it looks like a Christmas wonderland right out of a magazine.........truly amazing job!
Thanks, that's what I like to aim for. Love Chris
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!!
Thanks so much for you kind words and I'll do my best. Love Chris
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.
Thanks Lynn, I will post piccies later. Love Chris
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.
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
I love this. I am definitely a silver and blue fan!!! Well done!
Thanks Angelique, it's a wonderful combination. Love Chris
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!
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
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
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
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