I have made many of the dishes that could be made ahead including a pierogi lasagna, the dough for my pretzel rolls, cranberry sauce, shrimp bisque and some fun dippers for the bread... aioli and tapenade.
I got up this morning and had a few things to tick off of my list like vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms. So what did I do? Retreated to my sewing room to make a runner and some napkins for my table. This runner is made from upholstery fabric sample swatches from a furniture store. I just cut them up, backed them with brown corduroy and top stitched the edges. I did rolled hems on the fabric for the napkins. Easy peasy.
I pulled out my husband's grandparents' highball glasses with an R crest on them and their pretty flatware that we inherited. The wine glasses are from the dollar store and the placemats are from Walmart. The fabric on the table is just that... a large piece of fabric with raw edges. I love how it looks like burlap and kind of keeps the table from being toooo fancy. The glasses down the center makes a pretty centerpiece without adding too much STUFF to the table. As each person takes his or her glasses, there is room for food on the table. The pears are real and will be poached and wrapped in pastry tomorrow.
I decided to add one more thing to the table tonight, so I am updating this late. Hope it goes out to my followers with this cute idea. I printed some banners on photo paper, cut them out and hot glued them to lace ribbon and tied them around the napkins for napkin rings.
My 9-year-old made the acorns from an idea we saw on Pinterest this week. Doughnut holes, dipped in melted canned chocolate icing and then dipped in jimmies. A piece of pretzel stuck into the top makes a cute adornment for our dinner plates or around a pie.