December 16, 2015

Our Christmas Buffet

I don't know if you're like our family, but on the holidays, we eat all day!  Especially on Christmas!

We eat breakfast and then start cooking.  We make all the hor d'oeuvres first so we can eat them while we fix our big dinner.

I love having this counter space in our dining room area. We hang out in the family room and in this area all day long, watching TV, playing games and eating.

But this counter is the place that we fill with hor d'oeuvres and punch and desserts and snacks.

I'm planning on sharing some of our favorite Christmas recipes with you in a future post.
I bought this Nativity several years ago at Hobby Lobby and have put it in this place of honor every year since I've had it.  It's within your view when you're in the kitchen, dining and living room.
This year I discovered that my star fit perfectly here and makes a great back drop for it.
I bought these deer plates, by Better Homes and Gardens, that coordinate perfectly with my Christmas dinner ware.  I bought 8 of the dessert size just to use on our buffet.  On Christmas day, they'll be filled with shrimp cocktail, crab artichoke dip and baked brie.

My plate holder usually holds a variety of pies.
And a rum cake will fill the covered cake plate. I've had this cake plate for about 20 years.  It was a gift from a dear friend.
I promised you several posts ago that I would share with you my husband's Christmas decorating and here it is!  Our cow has reindeer antlers!  Haha!  He was SO pleased with himself that I had to leave it.  It is pretty cute!

A little wheel barrow filled with evergreen and cinnamon sits next to the stove.  My mom in law sent us a box last week filled with Christmas memories and this little box of evergreen.  
I added a holiday bow to the topiary that usually sits here and surrounded our cow deer with jars of candy.

Need some great recipes for Christmas? Visit my Christmas Cuisine pinterest board.

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!  We have had rain instead of snow here and no indication for a white Christmas, which is very unusual here in Michigan.  I hope we'll get some 'bad' weather the week of Christmas!

love and blessings~

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2


  1. Luv the Nativity. So beautiful . But I am giggling at the 'cow deer' Hahahahaa...
    We usually eat a latish brunch... open gifts and take a nap. Hahahaha. Then we get up and do a shared meal with my kids ,parents and siblings. We all make something. Then more gifts and to our respective homes as we take turns hosting between mother and I.
    Happy Christmas.

    1. Thank you, Gee! It's always wonderful to be with our families at Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas day this year!
      love and blessings~

  2. Lynda,
    Absolutely gorgeous, dear friend!!!
    I adore your nativity!!! The star made a 'perfect' backdrop, indeed!!!
    I can almost, imagine the look on your sweet husband's face when he decorated the cow!!!
    Too, too funny!!!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home!!!

    1. Thank you, Pat! My husband loves to "decorate!" I find his little touches all over the house and have to clean them up - lol!

  3. what a wonderful space, Lynda! I love having one big area when family is celebrating the Holidays! I think your Hubby did great with the antlers on the cow! too cute! Have a great Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Debra! My husband is ornery! lol Have a wonderful Christmas!
      love and blessings~

  4. Beautiful Lynda! Love your Nativity with a star! Everything looks so festive!
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