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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: Christmas Dinner for Six

It's been awhile since I put together a tablescape for Tablescape Thursday and I was very excited to have some time to do one for this week. I didn't get a chance to do one for Halloween because I was so busy preparing for our costume party, but I was determined to do one for Christmas, even if I had to do it after the holidays.

This table is sort of a re-creation of a table I did many years ago at my mother's house for Christmas Eve dinner. I used plaid ribbon to "gift-wrap" the table itself.

A beautiful poinsettia plant, a hostess gift from my mother, forms the centerpiece of the table. I placed the plant in a silver wine bucket and decorated it with red berries. It is probably too tall to have on the table during an acutal meal, but it is easily removable.

An elegant holiday dinner calls for my formal china, the good crystal and formal silver plate flatware.

Taking a look at the cover, I have placed the cup and saucer to the upper left, with the bread plate at upper center. Just below it, a crystal salt dip for each guest.

Dark red damask napkins have been folded into a simple, yet elegant fold called the Chloe, and placed to the left, under the forks. Vintage linen hemstitch place mats have also been used. I have used several layers of linens on the table. A festive red tablecloth that was a $5 find at Goodwill, is underneath a vintage crocheted tablecloth. Over the top of those, a white table runner with a red embroidered monogram down the center.


A water goblet with matching wine glass, each with a platinum edge, are placed to the right of the cover. These are made by Mikasa and are called Jamestown Platinum. The platinum edge on the crystal matches the platinum edging on my formal china.

Small ball ornament place card holders are on each bread plate, with a name card.

Santa salt and pepper shakers with snow globe bellies.

A be-ribboned candy cane as a sweet after-dinner favor.

Thanks for joining me! I'll be linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
  Formal china: Noritake, "Knottinghill"  ,1996
  Crystal goblets and wine: Mikasa, "Jamestown Platinum", 1996
  Silver flatware: "Baroque" by Godinger. Nieman-Marcus, 2010
  Tablecloth/linens: red damask napkins, Boston Store, 1997.
    red tablecloth, Goodwill. Crocheted tablecloth, vintage.
     Monogram hotel linen table runner, Pottery Barn, 2007.
     linen hemstitch place mats, vintage.
   Individual salt dips:  vintage, antique store purchase, 2010
   Silver wine bucket: Unmarked, pattern and maker unknown.


Heather said...

Your table looks so pretty. My favorites are the silver candelabras and the wine bucket. I love the layered linen look too. Great job!

Mariette said...

Dearest Katie,

That was such a feast to the eye... So well balanced and matching your walls in the dining room, with the plaid ribbons trailing down from the ceiling light.
Those place mats with the pulled thread embroidery are gorgeous; what a treasure to come by!
Likewise the fine crocheted tablecloth over the red underground. You choose your china, crystal and flatware also very stylish. But we knew already that you got great taste!
A regal setting and for sure your Christmas Dinner was perfect and delicious.

Mariette's Back to Basics

Bead and Needle said...

Oooooooooooooooooh - love the red plaid ribbons - love the beautiful china with the red and white candy canes - LOVE EVERYTHING about this post. Happy New Year, Katie - may it be wonderful and safe! Tanya

Carolyn said...

Your tablescape is very elegant-so much attention to detail!

Happy New Year,


Anita said...

Katie, everything is just gorgeous as always! I love the ribbons--what a great idea that is. Love your silver and the silver wine bucket. It is all beautiful!!

Marlis said...

Lovely table. Love the idea of gift wrapping the table. Your silver is outstanding. It's a wonderful gathering spot at your table. Happy New year to you and yours, may the new year bring you plenty of blessings. thanks for dropping in and leaving your kind comments.

lady Estelle said...

I am speechless. All I can say is spectacular.
Lady Estelle

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hello Lady?

Wow! such a preparation. Love the flatwares, S&S shakers & your centerpiece in silver... drools...

Happy TS & NY to come...

Greeting from a freezing Stockholm,

Donnie said...

What a pretty table. Your decorations are lovely. Happy New Year.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how beautiful you very Victorian table is! I love your style.

Entertaining Women said...

The ribbons from the chandelier effectively create a canopy for your wonderful tablescape. The Santa S&P are precious. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Johanna said...

Hi Katie,
your china with the silver trim look so elegant. Red, white and silver is so classy and beautiful.
I wish you a very Happy New Year full of Health, Luck and Joy.
Greetings, Johanna

Miss Gracie's House said...

This is simply gorgeous! It reminds me so much of all of the victorian holiday tours I've seen...
And thanks for the sweet comments on my dd's wedding...her dress was inspired by audrey hepburn...
Happy New Year!

MessyMissy said...

Gorgeous tablescape!! Love the silver, the salt and pepper Santas, and the candy cane cameo.