Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Christmas Table

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.


  1. Sparkly and beautiful! Love those placemats and napkins!

  2. very pretty table. Love the way you used the mirrorand all the sparlly ornaments. Have a happy holiday

  3. What a lovely table! Great job!! I live the ornaments.

  4. It looks gorgeous! I love seeing everyones decorations.


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