For the Lunch Bunch Christmas Lunch
I had to move the big poinsettia off the dining room table
for a more proper centerpiece.
I didn't move it far . . .
Just to the server in front of the windows, where, I think it looks smashing!
Much better than as a centerpiece!
I scooted the tray of decanters over a bit, and put both candles together
leaving room for the rather large poinsettia
(which was a gift -- a birthday gift -- not a Christmas one -- but poinsettias are often gifted for my birthday since it falls in early December -- but that's fine with me!)
The light was coming in the windows this afternoon and I loved how it lit the poinsettia.
I'm thinking that after the holidays, that I shall permanently (or at least during the winter)
keep a plant here -- it would be good for the plant and makes for a better tabletop, I think!
(Note the Asian stand under the plant -- I find that it's the best solution for plants on table -- it elevates the pot away from the table and you don't have to worry about water rings!)
We do exchange gifts -- The Lunch Bunch and I.
My gifts are always part of the table decoration
And for the last year or so, it has included a homemade treat
(pain d'epices, the French gingerbread this year)
And my gifts . . .
A tin of Gunpowder Green Tea. Which actualy is my favorite green tea.
A jar of Sally's aunt's homemade mustard. It is sooo good that recipients often hide it from their husbands -- and I could eat it from the jar with a spoon!
A Santa ornament . . .
And . . . the lead birds
Which have a story . . . .
I think they make a nice addition to the centerpiece --
The silver bowl full of pinecones and greenery . . .
The crystal sleighs full of vintage ornaments
And the two little lead "snow birds"!
The Story Of The Birds . . .
This summer, The Lunch Bunch did our annual road trip
to a lovely French restaurant in an area of Kansas City called Crestwood
And after lunch, we did the shops of Crestwood.
A favorite of mine is The Pear Tree . . .
And at the shop were these cute little lead birds.
I lusted after them but they were too dear for my purse
And so I had to leave them.
But I've thought about them . . .occasionally.
And to find them Thursday in the gift bag.
I was gobsmacked!
How thoughtful of these lovely ladies and dear friends!
They won't live permanently on the dining room table.
I'll find a better home than that.
But every time I see them I shall think of my dear friends
And their thoughtfulness!