Monday, December 5, 2011

Setting the Table

Hey guys, I'm joining the party over at The Lettered Cottage  today for Holiday Tablescapes, 
and wanted to share with you what I came up with:
 I'm so glad I finished painting my dining room table (post on that project later) 
in time to dress it up for the holidays. I inherited my china set from my Auntie Karen, 
about a year before we got married
{husband had no CLUE why I was doing this}
but I knew the value, and was not going to pass this opportunity up :)
It's a b-e-a-utiful set with a platinum band around the edge of 
From the dinner plates, down to the coffee set, and 
after dinner glasses.
So, basically this is my go to every christmas. 
I love the excuse to use dressy things, 
and plates are no different.
I started off with my centerpiece first.
Grabbing an un-used twig wreath, and throwing some clippings from
our tree in them. I then grabbed a large
square vase and filled it with 
silver ornaments, and pine cones, and placed it in the middle.
I then added some silver and ivory
twig-like berry clusters, and tucked them in
throughout the wreath.
Next up, the place settings.
I grabbed this little diagram to help you out with the formality.
Because lets face it, we just don't do
things the way they used to :)
So while I didn't put everything on the table the did, I came pretty close.
I grabbed my chargers first.
Silver to match the platinum band on the plates.
Then I just stacked away, until it looked how I wanted it too.
I added the silverware, a water goblet, and a wine glass.
Also added a shallow bowl, and a small side plate for bread or appetizer.

Then gave each plate a different ornament.
Now time to add the fun stuff.
Keeping with the silver, I grabbed my silver reindeer, my candle sticks,
some silver votives, and some smaller silver ornaments 
for the table.
With the candles lit I was pretty much done.
Unfortunately we didn't have the best lighting today for photos,
but it gave the room such a pretty
angelic glow.
I love dressing the table up for the holidays. It was so pretty I wanted to leave everything
out all the time. At least just for December.
But in fear the kids would run into the table, I put the majority of it away.
Ohhhh, some day :)

Well hope you feel inspired to set the table, for whatever guests you
have coming, or for your most important guests,
Your FaMiLy.

~Happy Holidays~


The Lettered Cottage


  1. Your table setting is absolutely gorgeous - VERY warm and inviting!!!


  2. So pretty! I never got to use the china and am thrilled that you can. You did it so well!!! Luv, Auntie Karen


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