Wexford is a lovely red tartan pattern by 222 Fifth, and their Christmas Dogs rendition is a charming addition.

We had our Full Family Christmas dinner yesterday, which included all four kids, their spouses and offspring, so it was a full house. Nine adults at the table in the kitchen, a small Ikea table (at dog-grazing height, to the delight of the multiple canines) with four child-sized chairs for Maddie, Emlyn, Juliana and Hannah alongside and Riley in the high chair. 

A casual, kid-friendly setting was called for, and what could be more heart-warming than traditional tartan with the added fillip of adorable dogs. The Wexford Dog pattern includes four of them:

The scarf-clad Lab,

The Pug in a toque,

The sweater-sporting Dachshund and 

A napping Golden Retriever, wearing a Christmas hat (my favourite, of course).

A simple homely runner of burlap set the base for the table, with rattan placemats, twisted stem wooden candlesticks, pine cone candles and a large wooden single candle. 

The dinner plate is Kent Green Vine by Wedgwood for Williams Sonoma. I’ve had a whole whack of dinner plates in this pattern for donkey’s years. They’re great for the entire fall and winter season – durable, dishwasher safe, and easily replaced in case of mishaps.

Tartan napkins from Pottery Barn a few years ago and festive napkin rings from Pier 1 echoed the tartan trim on the plate and the greenery and pinecone backdrop to the dogs.

Antique wheel-cut glasses from Elise Abrams Antiques added some quiet texture to the table.

I originally set the table with two pairs of green glass open salts, before I remembered the Bull Terrier salt & peppers I had picked up from World Market.

The more the merrier, I thought. Come join the dog party.

They’ll be perfect with Trouble. I must set a table with them next year.

So we invited in the Pier 1 dogs from the porch, where they’ve been welcoming us home for the last few weeks. The little girls re-arrange them happily at each visit. I’m never sure exactly where I’m going to find them when I go back outside after they’ve been visiting.

It was a work day for a couple of the adult kids, and I opted for an easy-to-prepare meal, so we had time to visit. We had Roasted Root Vegetables with Almonds and Parmesan Cheese with beef tenderloin and pan-roasted skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts. It all went down very well.

Emlyn was introduced to the Playhouse Under the Stairs, and we heard shrieks of laughter all afternoon as little girls busily prepared pretend meals, chased away monsters and snuggled in sleeping bags for hours.

Christmas comes but once a year, but the memories it builds last a lifetime. We are indeed very fortunate to be able to celebrate with family and friends.

I’m a bit behind with picture processing and posting, and will catch up on our Christmas Eve dinner in the next day or so.  I hope everyone had wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a healthy and Happy New Year.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.