I'm a little late to the party, but I've finally started pulling out the Christmas boxes. I usually use a tablecloth at Christmastime, because we're a messy family, but I just couldn't bear to cover up our gorgeous new-to-us table. Check out the story of our new furniture here. So this year I'm going with just placemats and no tablecloth.
I found these ivory damask placemats with wintergreens & berries at Pier 1 a few years back.
I love that the placemats don't cover up the burn on the table.
That burn makes me smile. CG's great aunt was a woman who lived life and never compromised or made apologies for who she was. She enjoyed a cocktail and nearly always had a cigarette in her hand. (No cigarette lectures, please) I see that burn and think of her.
My Christmas tables have run the gamut from playful to elegant to downright gaudy. This year I went with silver & gold ornamental as sort of a theme. My choice of place card holder helped me to narrow my focus. I don't often have dinner parties, but when I do, I like to use place cards. So I had a number of place card holders to choose from. I love my nutcracker ones, but used them last year.
I have these silver based ones in both red & green which my MIL gifted me one year. She knows I love to set a formal table. So pretty. I think I may use the green ones for my New Year's Table.
I ended up choosing these gold ornament ones. Combined with my platinum rimmed china, I could do silver & gold ornamental as a theme.
I wanted candles as a centerpiece and filled the bowl of one candle holder with tiny glass ornaments. I placed a tall column wrapped in gold and a small jar candle with a greenery & poinsetta collar next to it. The candles didn't have quite the presence I was looking for so I grabbed the wall mirror hanging in my foyer and placed it underneath the candles. I love the added height, and reflection it gives to the candles. I'll find something else to put in the foyer.
I pulled out my ornament salt & pepper shakers
and popped my forks into some quickly folded silver & gold threaded napkins.
That's all the touches that went into my Christmas Table this year. As a side note - How great did that table shine up? I just love it!
Thanks for popping in and check out all of the other tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday.