But this year, I filled it with lots and lots of red.
I found this whole set of red plates and mugs at a yard sale this summer for only $5 and bought them before I remembered I already had a red set. They're not the best quality and chip very easily, but I thought they'd look great on my hutch for Christmas.
I mixed them with the few pieces of red transfer ware that I own and peppermints and candy canes.
I added my glass cookie canisters that I've had for over 25 years and some gingerbread men that I made at least that long ago.
These little guys have been part of my kitchen decorating ever since I saw the idea at the Carter Grove Plantation in Williamsburg, VA. A few have broken over the years, but with good care, they mostly still look like new.
I haven't gotten around to filling the canisters with Christmas cookies thus far. Haven't decided yet it I'll fill them with cookies or candy or skip the calories and leave them empty.
For some reason unknown to me, I love decorating with candy canes. To match the canes on the hutch, I made a peppermint wreath that I have seen on a few blogs this year.
Because it was a little smaller than I wanted the finished product to be, I added a faux wreath behind it to make it fuller and contrast better against the wall.
I finished off the table with what else but a red candle, surrounded with peppermints and greenery.
Looking forward to festive meals this season in my bright and very red dining room.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.