Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Sitting down for a Christmas breakfast

One lovely tradition that my husband and I have with his brother and family is to have breakfast together on Christmas Eve. We started doing it a few years back when we couldn't find another way to see eachother during the holiday and now it's one of the things I wouldn't miss for the world.

This year we met up at our place and despite being very busy the days leading up to Christmas I tried to make it the place nice and inviting.

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I went for a traditional look for the breakfast with a sand coloured linen cloth and a hugh mutha of a wreath that I tied with red satin ribbons and finished off with matte red balls.
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I used glass candle holders from IKEA, that are quickly becoming my favourite, with white candles. To keep it simple I used tea light candles in glass holders also from IKEA.
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I put a few matte red balls in clusters at the base of each candle trio to add colour.
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The white china (of course) was complemented by the napkin holders that I recieved as gift several years ago. The little girls dressed up in Christmas gear are perfect for a traditional Christmas setting.
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These last two photos were taken on the morning of, right before we sat down to eat. It was still dark out and with the candles, and the snow glistening outside, it was a perfect Christmas morning.
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7 comments:

  1. What a lovely tradition and a beautiful table! What was the menu?

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  2. Your photos are gorgeous and the table is so pretty.
    I would be intersted in the settings you used for the bright photos and the one by candlelight.

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  3. What a beautiful tradition and table. Gorgeous as always

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  4. Beautiful, as always!!! I love your table - how perfect does it look? I love white china as well, and yours is beautiful. I enjoy your posts when you have pictures of your tablescapes - it gives me ideas, and then makes me feel inadequate when mine aren't as gorgeous as yours! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

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  5. Thank you all for the compliments!

    @isaksmom; for the daylight pictures I used my 50mm lens set at ISO 400, white balance setting cloudy, and at F/1.8. I adjusted shutterspeed after light depending on how close I was focusing and which way I was turned. I shot in manual but this could have very well been shot in aperature mode as I didn't change aperature. My camera Nikon D80) is slightly prone to under exposing so I always shoot two frames of each; one with "the correct exposure" and one that is slightly on the over exposed side. Then I choose the one I like best. In post processing I have only corrected contranst and added a teensy bit of sharpening.

    For the candle light photos I set the white balance to bulb and stuck with the F/1. to let as much light in as possible. I changed shutterspeed accordingly. Again, contrast and sharpening was done post processing. I hope that helps you?

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  6. Verkligen superfint! Complimenti!

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  7. Stunning! So simple it sets my heart a beat.

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