What happens when I find 15-20 minutes of free time? Decorate my table, of course. Last year I kept the table very simple with a clean and crisp white theme. The year before we had a rustic tablescape with wood elements and traditional Christmas china. This year it started to come together after lining various metal candlesticks down the center of the table. That was more of an accidental start, because I used the candlesticks on my Thanksgiving mantle display and set them on the table when transitioning into Christmas, but I really liked the look of all them on the table and decided to build from there. I pulled out the beautiful gold and white pine cone paper table runner that I purchased last year at Hester & Cook’s annual sample sale at their warehouse. SO WORTH THE TIME AND WAIT!!!! Seriously!
Anyway, the rest of the table is layered with various gold and silver accents. I brought down my heavy duty Waterford goblets for that generous pour of wine when we host the dessert portion of our neighborhood progressive dinner again this year. I shined up my grandmother’s silver water goblets using Weiman’s Silver Polish Wipes that are seriously God’s gift to silver polishing! My friend Jenny shared this amazing discovery with me and I am forever grateful, because they work so well!
The place settings are simple with layers of silver and gold. A silver charger starts the stack along with vintage gold rimmed plates that I found years ago on Ebay. A crisp large white hemstitched napkin is tied loosely with gold and white bakers twine, a sprig of evergreen and a place card that coordinates with the paper gold and white pine cone runner from Hester & Cook. Their paper products are beautiful and so well-made. I love that their paper runners allow to change up your table without the expense of new linens or the time and trouble to launder them.
Being a professional collector of all things entertaining (or in my husband’s a hoarder of things that rarely get used) means that I can dig through drawers and cabinets most of the time to complete a table. In this case, I had just enough gold and white candles to fill the holders. I love that the tree sort of watches over us as we enjoy time with family and friends at the dining room table.
When I found the other gold plates on Ebay, there were only a few, so I was able to locate these gorgeous vintage plates to coordinate with them. I think it keeps it interesting to mix and match various patterns of plates for place settings.
Taking inspiration from this year’s House Beautiful Christmas issue, I hung a wreath over my Jennifer Moreman giclee print from One King’s Lane with gold satin ribbon. Simple gold holders are tucked into the garland to hang our family stockings for Santa.
White pine garland woven with gold satin ribbon covers the mantle. I splurged this year on these Carson glass pillar holders from Pottery Barn along with festive pine cone scented candles. I can no doubt use the pillar holders all year long, though. I think it adds something substantial to the mantle without interrupting the focus of the garland and stockings.
This guy has seen better days over the years, but a little repair keeps it hanging year after year. We believe in the spirit and magic of Christmas. This is just a gentle reminder to always remember the reason for the Season.
My little photographer’s assistant……oh, those eyes get me every time! Merry Christmas everyone from our family to yours!!
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