Setting a Festive Table for Christmas with Vintage Finds

Every year, I try to come up with a new way to set my table for Christmas and, this past Summer, I found a really beautiful vintage tablecloth and matching napkins which I have been holding on to until now to break out.  I love how the red berries set off the green leaves in the holly and wanted to highlight that when I set the table. It was so much fun to put it all together and I hope you enjoy seeing how it turned out. I still can’t believe Christmas is here… I  have a pile of presents to wrap and some dishes to prepare. I am going to keep it simple so that we can all relax (that means me too) and enjoy the festivities.  If you need a last minute dessert idea, this is delicious, or, if  you are looking for a make-ahead breakfast, for Christmas morning, this is a favorite in our house and won’t take very long to assemble.  Have a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

 

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving

One of my favorite things to do is set my table for a party, family gathering or holiday.  I look for ideas all year long and buy vintage fabrics when I see them to make tablecloths for different themes. I have bins of decorative items like pine cones, faux branches, gourds and pumpkins that I can use as filler for my centerpieces.  It may be a bit excessive, but I try to get them at the end of each season so they are on sale, but sometimes I don’t have a choice and buy them full price. I love browsing One Kings Lane, AmazonPier 1 Imports, and Home Decorators Collection for ideas and to add things to my stash.  Here are 5 unique ways to decorate your table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving Inspiration
  2. DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  3. Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving
  4. Another centerpiece with the Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  5. Green and Silver Thanksgiving

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

Images top : Thanksgiving Inspiration  middle:  Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving  ( DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds) Bottom: Green and Silver Thanksgiving

 

Hot Ham Buns

Every Halloween, since we had children, my husbands’ family would come to our house to celebrate. The kids would come having already eaten dinner (otherwise we could never get them to have dinner once the had bags full of candy) and dressed to go trick or treating.  The guys would take the kids around the the neighborhood, while the ladies stayed at our house waiting to pass out candy. When everyone arrived back to our house, the adults would have these hot ham buns that my Mother-in-Law would make. They are individually wrapped and easy to pass around to guests, with little or no mess. I cannot think of Halloween without having them and we made up a batch this weekend to have on hand. They are perfect for a picnic or evening around the fire pit. I hope you like them as much as we do!

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Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
FOR 4 SANDWICHES
  • ¼ Cup Soft Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • 2 Teaspoons Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • ½ Pound or 12 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
FOR 24 SANDWICHES
  • 1½ Sticks Soft Butter
  • ¼ Cup Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • ⅛ Cup Poppy Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 24 Hamburger Buns
  • 3 Pounds or 72 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 24 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat Oven at 350F
  2. Combine softened butter, horseradish mustard, poppy seeds, and onion in a bowl
  3. Spread the butter mixture on the top side of each bun
  4. Put one slice of Swiss cheese on the bottom half of each bun
  5. Put 3 slices of Ham on top of the swiss cheese
  6. Cover the ham with the top half of hte buns
  7. Wrap each bun in aluminum foil
  8. Heat for approximately 20 mins or until the cheese has melted.
  9. Serve Warm
Notes
We freeze the uncooked wrapped sandwiches and when we want to serve them we remove from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat as directed.

For an appetizer, after heating we cut each bun in 4 and serve on a platter. YUM!

 

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Time to Order Your Holiday Cards

It is too bad the weather is calling for rain this weekend because it would be a great time to get some family pictures taken (if you haven’t already) and order your Holiday cards. Tinyprints is offering 30% off EVERYTHING this weekend plus free shipping (through Tuesday 9/6). I am so excited!!!!  I am in desperate need for some personalized note cards and know that our sons need some too. Which gets me to thinking of all the Christmas presents I can knock off all at once.  They have great personalized notepads, gift cards, return address labels and sticker tags…. I love stocking up on tons of personalized sticker tags. My all time favorite new find is their custom wrapping paper, it is so fun and what a great idea! I want to get it for every occasion!  It is probably a good thing rain is in the forecast, I am going to hunker down and get shopping.. at 30% off already great prices you can’t go wrong!

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A Very Berry Fourth!

Every Fourth of July my nieces make a pie, this year Gigi and, her best pal, Charlotte, made a Very Berry Pie.  They both love to bake and came up with the recipe on their own.  I was so impressed and loved watching them interact in the kitchen.  They used two pre-made frozen pie crusts; one for the bottom and the other one they rolled out to make stars for the top.  It took them all-in-all about 15 minutes to complete and the end result was to die for.  It proves that you don’t have to a master baker to create a prize worthy dessert! I hope you have a wonderful Fourth!

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Mixed Berry Pie | Ridgely's Radar

 

Mixed Berry Pie | Ridgely's Radar

 

Mixed Berry Pie | Ridgely's Radar

 

 

Mixed Berry Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Blueberries
  • 2 cups Strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • dash Lemon juice
  • 2 pre-made frozen pie crusts (Pillsbury is our favorite)
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F
  2. Leave out pie crusts while prepare berries
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mixed cornstarch and sugar.
  4. Add in berries to cornstarch/sugar mixture.
  5. Toss well and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  6. Let berry mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
  7. Add Berries to one of the pre-made pie crusts
  8. Use the 2nd pie crust to make a topping for the pie.
  9. Roll out crust and design top as desired.
  10. We cut out stars and layered fro July 4th
  11. Lay pie topping over berries and rush with egg wash
  12. Bake in the middle of oven for about 30 minutes or until bubbles and the crust is golden brown
  13. Cool to room temperature
  14. Serve with ice cream

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This is the Perfect Present..

I found the perfect present for you to give (and receive) for Valentines Day!  Actually, I found two present ideas from Monica Vinader; the diamond alphabet necklace and the Fiji Friendship Bracelets. The bracelets are available in three different finishes, with either diamonds, chain or braided cords in a multitude of colors. If that wasn’t enough to chose from, you can have it engraved on the bar and/ or on the toggle. It is a wonderful present and one that I would love to have (hint.. hint.)   If a necklace is more appropriate, the diamond alphabet pendants are gorgeous! Each letter is special on its own or can be joined with other pendants if you would like to create your own necklace.  I have bought several pieces from Monica Vinader to give as presents and the process was so fast and easy.  I received what I ordered before the scheduled delivery date and the packaging was so chic. The perfectly wrapped present!  For other ideas you can see additional pieces featured here and here..

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Monica Vinader Alphabet Necklace | Ridgely's Radar

Monica Vinader Alphabet Necklace | Ridgely's Radar

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

to buy: Fiji Friendship Bracelets / Diamond Alphabet Necklace