Tablescapes, Winter Warmth & Wishes

Oranges have long been a traditional gift or food offering for the New Year.   They symbolize life,  new beginnings and wishes of good fortune              see source here

dinner with friends

Rosemary is symbolic of love and friendship and features strongly in the mythologies of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and the Egyptians                  see source here

oranges and rosemary

I set this simple table for 4 with these thoughts in mind for a winter Saturday night supper with friends

oranges and rosemary

I got out my favorite summer plates to symbolize the warm weather to come

initial place card

and for dreaming of ripe summer tomatoes and sweet fresh corn

winter warmth 2

Topping the plates were colorful bowls, each bearing a fresh clementine and a rosemary sprig

winter supper

to bring our dear friends good fortune, new beginnings and best wishes for the New Year

gift tag napkin ring

I made initial napkin rings from leftover gift tags for a personal touch


The centerpiece is a grapevine tree with some tiny gold sparkle stars and fairy lights

simple winter supper

We still have white lights twinkling for winter warmth and January sparkle

winter mantel

It helps brighten dreary days and icy nights

winter warmth 2

James the butler is standing by in case some one wants a martini

martini butler

Shaken, not stirred…


The menu was all about warmth and comfort too~

simple winter supper

HH cooked the pork all day long so it was ready when our guests arrived and he didn’t have to grill in the sub freezing temps after dark.   I made a creamy dip, a quick  potato casserole and roasted some veggies

final menu

Dessert was a treat brought my our guests, Mama’s Mississippi Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake with Cinnamon Swirl~ and guess what, it was great for breakfast the next day too!

It was a treat to spend a quiet Saturday night with simple food and good friends~

Juicy Details

see Monogrammed Frame Mat  for lettering info

click on the names for the recipes  Tator Tot Bake

Tater Tot Bake

Honey Roasted Maple Carrots & Green Beans

roasted carrots and green beans

Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake with Cinnamon Swirl

Mississippi pound cake

Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork was slow cooked all day then pulled and placed in a slow cooker with BBQ sauce to hold for serving

You can get the recipe for Creamy Corn Dip here.  I modified the recipe by eliminating bacon and serving it with celery to lighten it up a bit


I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and:

Between Naps on the Porch

The Style Sisters

The Scoop

Posed Perfection


16 Responses to “Tablescapes, Winter Warmth & Wishes”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, I wish I had some white lights still up for some winter warmth and January sparkle! We’re getting freezing rain this morning that should taper off in a couple of hours. Your menu sounds wonderful and I can only imagine how tempting Mama’s Mississippi Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake with Cinnamon Swirl must be 🙂

  2. Lynn says:

    I like the little lights adding a pretty warm feeling Jenna! Nice to see you putting James to work:@)

  3. Candy S says:

    Lovely! I feel warmer just looking at this winter warmth table. I love the Summer veggie plates, they are perfect to symbolize the seasons ahead. The mantel is very attractive with the sparkle lights and the greenery to remind us that Spring will soon be here again

  4. mleewest says:

    I awoke to a dusting of snow and a scrubwater sky–your post brightened my morning! Love your sparkling white lights. I’ve got some, too, and they add a little fairy dust to winter, don’t they? What a beautiful, inviting tablescape and a delicious menu! Love the orange lore (I’ll tell Mama–she’ll love it) and your butler table–he’s adorable.

  5. Marigene says:

    I love that table,…the orange and lime are so cheery. Jenna, the last photo reminds me of the old game show, Let’s Make A Deal…3 doors to choose from!
    Pulled pork sounds delicious, one can never eat too much of it. Will anxiously await the recipes for the other part of your yummy sounding menu.
    Have a great week.

    • thanks so much Marigene! That is too funny about the doors! I always forget to close them when I photo this table, you’re right it does look like Let’s Make a Deal! Next time, they will be closed 🙂

  6. cozinest says:

    So pretty.

  7. Vicki says:

    We had a very fun evening with ya’ll. The meal was so very delicious! HH cooked some fabulous pork! Love your blogs everyday!!

  8. plutrell says:

    Love this post…your ideas…what you said about Rosemary…I want to go put together a winter dinner now. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Such a pretty table and I laughed when you said james was on standby for anyone who wants a martini….I’ll be back at 5 for mine! lol

  10. Kim says:

    Your table has all the perfect reminders of warmer weather. Aren’t we all ready for that?! The vegetable plates are beautiful…can’t believe I’ve not seen them before. Or, maybe I’ve seen them in a completely different setting that made them look completely unlike they do here. So glad you and your guests enjoyed your time together. 🙂

    • Thanks Kim, I found those plates on a couple of years ago, and just love them! They are especially good for BBQ ribs and corn on the cob when you nee a BIG plate! We actually did have ribs on Sunday, it was so mild here 🙂 I hope you are having a great week in “The land of making do!” 🙂

  11. This table feels so cozy and James is adorable!

  12. lulu says:

    I did not know the little tidbit about oranges. I like small gatherings with friends and make an effort to have a foursome almost every week. It’s so much better than going out as so many places are too loud for conversation.

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