November 29, 2016

"Mad for Plaid" Christmas Brunch Table


You are invited to a 
"Mad for Plaid"
Christmas Brunch

Come early. Stay late. Eat. Laugh. Hug. Be Merry!

Mad for plaid.

Welcome to brunch at my house. 
Here is your invitation!
This menu was made using Canva

Join me at the beverage bar...

Help yourself to coffee, tea, and orange juice. We can chat while the casserole finishes baking.

Mugs may be casual, but they hold more coffee or tea. :-)

Since this is a brunch for friends I am keeping things casual. You are welcome to hang out in the kitchen...seems like this is where everyone is comfortable. :-) 

Beverage bar in the kitchen.

We are eating in the breakfast room, to keep things casual, and to enjoy the view at the back of the house. And... some would say to be closer to the food. ha ha. 
Mikasa, Italian Countryside plate.
Plaid napkin from TJMaxx.

You all know how fond I am of white dishes. Here they are again. Italian Countryside is a pattern that can be dressy/casual. 

They are above everyday dishes but not fine china. I can put them in the dishwasher and not worry. 

I love English creamware / ironstone pieces. And my dishes work perfectly with those. If you do not have any white dishes you might want to put them on your wish list. You can find inexpensive ones here and there, and they work just fine. 

An overall view of the table. 

I thought about a fresh floral arrangement for the table, but I wanted to fill my tureen with fresh fruit to have it within easy reach. 

I considered several ways of dressing my table for you today. 

Red tablecloth. Red placemats. White tablecloth. Flowers. Pine cones. etc.

In the end, I chose to place my plates directly on the table.

My old pine table has nicks and gouges...some came on the table as part of the distressed finish, and some were made my us. plates will not hurt the finish. 

For Christmas I love traditional reds and greens, and especially red plaid. I have used other colors at Christmas, but this year I am feeling "traditional." 

I love tartans for the traditional flavor it adds to Christmas decorating.

After I added the plaid napkins I remembered that I had several black mugs so I retrieved them from the china cabinet. 

And they just happen to go with my black pottery barn chairs! Yay!

The tureen will be filled with fresh fruit...with an orange juice glaze.

White, black, and red plaid for us today!

Black is considered a neutral color, and I have lots of it around my house. 

Pottery Barn Queen Ann chairs from a few years ago. Holding up nicely!

I did not buy anything to make this holiday table except for the plaid cloth napkins. I am guessing they will pop up on more tables during this Christmas season.  :-)

The pups wanted in on the tablescape action.

Because my table was taking on an English look I decided to add my black and white pups to the table for fun. 


If I had more room I would have added some equestrian touches. It is a squeeze to fit six people around this small farmhouse table.

I love cute tea towels...and I have been known to hide them from my family so they do not grab them for dirty jobs. ha!
I love to decorate with seasonal tea towels! 

To create this table setting you only need white dishes, black cups, ...and red plaid napkins. In my humble opinion the red plaid napkins are the stars of this holiday tablescape!

If red does not work for your dishes or kitchen, there are other tartans from which to choose, or sew a few using your favorite tartan. 

Our family tartan is actually a royal blue plaid, but I like red for Christmas. :-) Maybe one day I will get some napkins that are our family tartan. 

The take away... simple and casual can be pretty by choosing the right details! You can do this too! 

I am so happy that you stopped by to visit me. I also hope you found some inspiration to use for a tablescape in your home this holiday season. 

I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. She is the always the "hostess with the mostess!"  A big thank you to Chloe for organizing this fun Holiday Tablescape tour with so many creative bloggers. 

Please be sure to visit the other bloggers on the days listed below, when their links go "live." 


And coming next week... my Christmas home tour. Hosted by Chloe. More fun!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Lovely post! The little dogs are the perfect addition to your pretty plaid themed tablesetting! And I like that you kept the setting simple with the plaid! Wonderful job on the invitations, too! I've played around with Canva some, but haven't quite gotten the hang of it! You've inspired me to give it another try! :) ~Rhonda

    1. Keep trying bows. You will get it. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

  2. It would be fantastic if those of us participating in the Blog Hop could pop by your place for what sounds like a delicious brunch! Some of us may have to stand and just admire your lovey tablescape but I'd be okay with that :) What I especially love about your tablescape is that you've shown your readers that you don't have to have/use tons of dishes/tableware to create a pretty table. Your use of the gorgeous plaid napkins in a simple napkin ring adds the festive look and is something anyone can do. OK, is the casserole ready to come out of the oven...I'm hungry!

    1. Thank you Lori. A get together would be a blast!

  3. Shelia, I love your plaid napkins. Great napkin rings too. The plaid looks so nice on your white plate and the perfect touch to place them directly on your pine table.
    You can't beat white, black and plaid in your room with your wonderful Staffordshire Dogs!

    1. Thanks Bonnie. My dogs hop all over the house and are fun to use. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I LOVE plaid. I used to do plaid at Christmas but got away from it a few years back. It sure brightens up a table though, doesn't it? I love what you did here. xo Diana

  5. Everything is so pretty and festive! Love hanging out in your kitchen...I promise I'll help clean up... xoxo

  6. I'm another plaid lover! But I usually go for blue plaid-this whole table is so inspiring!

    1. I want to try a blue plaid sometime ...our family tartan.

  7. Beautiful table Sheila! I love the contrast of your pretty white dishes against the wood of your table. Very nice and inviting look, and it makes me want to sit and enjoy it with you for a nice long brunch.

    1. I was iffy about the plates on wood, but many of you seem to like it. Makes feel better about my decision. Thanks.

  8. Shelia, your brunch invitation and menu is so inviting and fun! I love your classic white plates paired with the festive plaid napkins; and the little dog figurine is delightful! The black mugs are the perfect touch! Love your "merry and bright" tea towels. Your house is always beautiful, and it's even more welcoming and elegant this time of year. Such fun playing with you, my almost-neighbor. xxoo

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Playing is correct. I drag out my table accessories and start experimenting. ๐Ÿฝ

  9. Oh I love your table. What an enchanting post! I loved all the
    plaid. I'd love for you to come over and link this and all your Christmas posts at The Count Down To Christmas party!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Oh my gosh, everyone is so mad for plaid this year! Even me! I love them on the napkins and they really pop with the all white plates and dishes that you have. Those pups though take the cake!

    1. Yes Emily plaid seems to be the big trend this year. And fun to see all the different interpretations. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. Hi Sheila, I'm back to tell you I enjoyed tablescaping this week! I don't see the comment here that I left on Wednesday, I wonder if it ended up in your spam folder? I'm always mad for plaid and your brunch menu looks delicious! I love your Staffordshire dog figurines too. ♥

    1. Thank you Mary! I will check spam, but I had a comments problem and some disappeared in trying to fix the issue. I am sorry.

  12. Oh my...the brunch was yummy.....I'm so thankful you invited me!!
    I am an all time "red plaid at Christmas" fan, so I think your table is absolutely perfect!! (It doesn't hurt that I have the same dishes....just makes it easier for me to copy you :^)
    Have a lovely and blessed weekend,

  13. This is also my second time here this week leaving a comment and I hope this one remains. Your setup here is so pretty and I want you to know how much I like it, I do believe I will be mad for plaid for a very long time.

    1. Hi Sandra. I had a comments yech issue...that I hope is fixed. I am so glad you visited!

  14. Sheila...I love your tablescape. The plaid and your little black and white pups looks so adorable. I think your guest will love dining at this lovely table.

    1. Thank you. It's fun to make a fun table. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Sheila,
    There is such purity in this table. It's so fun to see that just a little plaid makes a table look like a holiday. I use it all year around. Who wouldn't love to be invited to this brunch?
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  16. I'll be right over! Ha! Love the simplicity. Your white dishes are lovely and the tartan is just the right touch for the holidays.

  17. LOVE your pups. In fact I have them, too. Did you know there is a third dog to this set? He has one paw up on a green cushion. I think I will rearrange my dining room center piece to include these precious pups. Thanks for the great idea!!

  18. Such a pretty table. I love the plaid with the English Spaniels.

  19. What a fun brunch table! I love the invite! How cute!

  20. Everything is just lovely for the season. Thank you for joining Monday Social.

  21. I'm thinking I would very much like to be a guest at your table be it brunch or something else.

  22. Yes! I love how this looks! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. Sheila,
    Your mad for plaid table is beautiful. Regarding your post layout....I also love all your seasonal holly sprigs between photos. Where did you find these lovely photos?



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