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Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

For my Christmas Breakfast Table this year, I decided to use a plethora of plaid. I was so charmed by the lighted plaid house ornaments which I used in my mantel decoration this year, I decided to incorporate them into my table design as well.

Red and green plaid take center stage in this festive Christmas tablescape --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Christmas Breakfast Table

The foundation of my tablescape is a vibrant red plaid tablecloth.

Red plaid tablecloth is the foundation of this Christmas table --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Down the center of the table, I created a runner of Leland Cypress, and Magnolia leaves cut from my yard. To the greenery, I added a variety of red and green plaid Christmas ornaments, pinecones, faux red berry sprigs and a festive red ribbon.

Red and green plaid ornaments, pine cones, faux berries, and red ribbon decorate a table runner of Leland Cypress and Magnolia leaves --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Large hurricanes filled with white pillar candles and mini red Christmas balls add height and a warm glow to the centerpiece.

Hurricane with white pillar candle and Christmas balls --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Hurricanes and holiday greenery studded with ornaments make a festive table runner --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

The place settings consist of a cream resin chargers topped with plaid napkins and dinner plates. Each plate contains a small preserved boxwood wreath topped with a plaid house ornament.

Plaid place setting --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Lighted plaid Christmas ornament tops a plaid place setting --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Plaid Christmas Table --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

I dressed up the breakfast room buffet with pairs of live Rosemary trees, faux cranberry trees, and chalkboard Christmas plates.

Breakfast room buffet decorated for Christmas with a red and green symmetrical display --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Live Rosemary tree, faux cranberry tree, chalkboard plate and candle sconce --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

In the center, I created a large floral arrangement of Leland Cypress, red roses, white alstroemeria, and faux berries.

Holiday arrangement with roses and altroemeria --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Christmas Breakfast Room --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

The chandelier is festooned with berry studded pine garland and red ribbons.

Traditional red and green decorations adorn this breakfast room --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Most of the rest of the Christmas decor in my home is the same as last year, but I did add a red plaid artificial tree and this awesome candelabra, which I embellished with more boxwood and ribbon, to this year’s family room decorations. And since the breakfast room is open to my family room, I thought I’d show them to you as well.

Red and black Christmas tree --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Red and Black plaid decorations and red poinsettias on this traditional Christmas tree --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table
I decorated my new artificial tree with red and black plaid, red and black ornaments, lighted red lanterns and poinsettias.

Christmas vignette --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

Candelabra embellished with three different sizes of preserved boxwood wreaths and red ribbons --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table
I embellished this candelabra with three different sizes of preserved boxwood wreaths and red ribbons.


Since I am changing some things up this year and going mad for plaid, I decided I would make something different for Christmas breakfast too. I usually serve Ina Garten’s excellent French Toast Bread Pudding. But this year I am making pancakes–and not just any pancakes. A hundred years ago, when my husband and I were newlyweds, we discovered this delicious oatmeal pecan pancake mix in a little shop in Princeton, NJ. Ever since we moved away, I have been trying to recreate those pancakes. After many years of trial and error, I have come up with this recipe. The key to the success of these pancakes is toasting the pecans in a dry nonstick skillet before putting them in the batter.

5 from 1 vote

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans toasted


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla and mix well.

  2. Fold in the toasted pecans.
  3. Spray a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and cook over medium heat. Cook pancakes until bubbles appear on the top layer, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until evenly browned, about 3 more minutes.

  4. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Give a plain candelabra some holiday cheer by adding 3 different sized preserved boxwood wreaths and some red ribbon --Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

I wish you a very Merry Christmas Breakfast and Bon Appetite!



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12 thoughts on “Pancakes & Plaid: A Christmas Breakfast Table

  1. Lisa,
    I love your kitchen table, it is so festive. The idea of using trees from your yard to make your center piece and floral arrangements is brilliant. The little red ornaments in the hurricane containers is an unexpected pop of color. I see creative ideas in my head. Thank you for sharing your recipe that you have worked so hard on. It does sound yummy.
    Merry Xmas breakfast

  2. Wow. I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to wake up to something like that on Christmas morning! Magical. Pancakes sound really good too

    1. Thanks so much Sandra. I agree, there’s no such thing as too much plaid. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  3. I LOVE your Christmas decorations! The plaid is beautiful! I love how you gave us a recipe at the very end. It was like a surprise waiting for it to not just be a regular pancake recipe, but it was Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes. That is a pancake I have never tried before. It sounds delicious! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Thanks also for hosting Party In Your PJs. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

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