Friday, December 4, 2009

Tartan And Table.

Seems my table this Christmas will have a distinct Rabbie Burns flare.
There is something so warm and inviting about the color of Tartan, not as "stuffy" as some of the more formal tablecloths I've used in past Christmas's.

I'ts still a work in progress, needing the Christmas Crackers and few more pieces from England, which are a must have each year.

''Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thanket.''
~Robert Burns (1759-1796),


Dave Pie-n-Mash said...

You need the expensive Marks & Sparks crackers. 50 quid a box. YOu cant go wrong!

Andora said...

That is very pretty!!!!!I love that pattern..Looks very festive on your table..

DeniseinVA said...

Your table setting looks absolutely festive and just beautiful Jo. Love the look of the tartan. I'm hunting for the Christmas Crackers too but know where to get them so it's on the shopping list for this weekend. Lovely Rabbie Burns poem. Have a great weekend.

PurestGreen said...

That is one fine tartan tablecloth! Oh, you would love the christmas market in Edinburgh. It's ever so festive.

Michael said...

Oh, I absolutely love the table settig and, yes, quite agree about Tartan. I love my own family tartan which is mch like yours except with not such big squares of green. How perfect for Christmas!

I love this music playing as well whislt I type but can't figure out what it is?

BTW, I'm not sure these are mean tto be links but the blue text isn't working as such if it is meant to be so.

your blog is looking so christmassey with my fave sidebar image of yours now on the top--the lights on the window with the xmas tree lit up behind. So warm and inviting. Ahhh.

DJan said...

That's a beautiful plaid. If I'm not mistaken, it's a Stewart plaid (I am not sure because the differences between them are not obvious to the uninitiated). But do you know which one it is? Lovely, in any case, and I'm thinkin' it's a wee bit fancy.

JPT said...

Tartan for some reason always reminds me of biscuits!

Patsy said...

I do like it the color is so beautiful.

Delchick42 said...

I just love love love the picture of the window at night with the Christmas tree and votive lights shining out! What a great photo. Thanks for sharing a bit o'Britain with us Americans.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Dave-pie: Be a 'dear' and sen me a box or two of those Marks and Sparks crackers... mine are mere Tom Smith substandard.
I've just placed my Christmas order, Plum pudding, hard sauce, trifle makings, mince pies, Bird's custard, Cadbury's biscuits, Scottish shortbread...oh the list goes on, and on.... :)

Andora: What colors are you using this year ? I seem to change every year!

Denise: Do you have a Homegoods store where you live ? They carry all kinds of English crackers, teapots, dishes, food items. I bought my Tom Smith crackers there, at about one third the regular cost.

PurestGreen: Welcome ! Oh, I'm sure I would have a blast. The outdoor markets are always my favorite!

...mmm...Hello Mr. Toast ! Sorry about the blue links, well I think I just liked the color of blue/purple, changed that, but forgot to add the's the Bailey's you know :)
How's that ! We share Tartan's, well almost.

DJan: I'm not sure, but think it is the Grant Tartan. Looks very similar to the Stewart Tartan.I like the colors, our family Tartan is not as pretty.

JPT: Yes...Crawford's shortbread, they have that Tartan all over the box ;)

Benny and Patsy: Thank you, I think it is a warm, and cozy tartan.

cmluvs2stamp: Glad you like it, it has a lot of feeling doesn't it ?
Thanks for stopping by, I will do the same at your place.

donna baker said...

Jo, do tell me about the crackers from England. The ones I have bought stateside are a little disappointing. I'm looking for more exciting trinkets. Are the English ones better? I'd sure like to come to your house for some of the goodies you've ordered, though I have yet to try plum pudding. I have some pudding molds but have never used them. Have you a lemony pudding recipe, or butterscotch pudding recipe to share? I love tartan plaids. My husband and children's lineage goes back to Robert the Bruce.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love your plaid, Jo... Those colors are what makes Christmas so special to me. Gorgeous!!!!

Get the crackers.
P.S. Snow coming tonight... Who knows????

Michelloui said...

What a beautiful table!! Yes, the Christmas crackers will make it complete--I was so surprised by Christmas Crackers when I first moved to the UK. I love them, what an excellent idea. Looking forward to the updates on this table!

JPT said...

Brit: That's it!

Unknown said...

Beautiful tartan and how grand to celebrate with a touch of culture.

Unknown said...

Oooooh I love the tartan, so much in fact I may have to try that myself next year.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I'm loving that tartan! Beautiful! C

Sunny said...

So lovely and festive. The tartan is perfect.
I found Christmas crackers at Home Goods...yeah!
Sunny :)

Anonymous said...

Tartan is so Christmassy - I hadn't really appreciated how much before. When we were Brits abroad in the USA at Christmas we really missed mince pies, Christmas pud, proper brandy cream (clotted), and the kids craved real Cadburys chocolate (the American version tastes a bit odd to my palate) ..... oh and crackers of course. I did love how so many American houses had so many outside lights .... that's only caught on here in the last few years.

cheshire wife said...

Your table looks beautiful. Very festive!

Anonymous said...

I could not resist commenting. Veery well written!