Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By now, you are getting that we like to mix and match textures, elements, and colors.  We pulled out all the stops for this tablescape, and pushed it a bit to see what how it would come together.

We used real pine cones atop each place setting to get a woodsy feel.  We are in Ely, afterall, and enjoy using the natural treasures we find in our yard.

We love tartan plaid for Christmas

The jute runner was draped in and around the candle centerpiece

 We first tried gold goblets with a red bauble in the stem, but didn't get the impact nor the botanical feel we wanted

A tartan plaid placemat in just a slightly different pattern worked - sometimes it's fun to mix and match patterns, sometimes it's not.  This time, it worked.

To keep with the organic, woodsy theme, we added the fern runner.  Using something bright and patterned like this breaks up all the plaid and adds a botanical vibe to the table.

A few berries with the pine cone to add some color

A cute little porcelain bird (which happens to be a Christmas tree ornament) is nestled in the centerpiece

The red headed woodpecker adds a touch of whimsy

We took a cue from the pattern in the bowl and added the pinecone - use what you have, or can find in your yard

We love using place card holders - how perfect for a Christmas table!

We carried also the bird theme through the table by adding this pitcher

Adding yet another pattern, we opted for paisley dinner napkins

We like to group things in odd numbers, here we used five

We loved the way the cut outs in the charger were mirrored by the dessert plate

We changed out the gold goblets, and thought that red and green wine glasses tie in with the tartan plaid throughout the table AND give us that botanical feel we were looking for

Portuguese white stoneware charger - personal collection
Charter Club "Grand Buffet Classic Red" dinner plate - Macy's
Christmas Plaid salad plate - 222 Fifth
Poinsettia Plate - Bordallo Pinheiro
Charter Club "Grand Buffet Classic Holly Berry" dessert plate
Soup bowl - "Holiday Wishes" 222 Fifth
Bridgitte Paisley Dinner Napkins - Ralph Lauren
Holiday Plaid Tablecloth - Holiday Wishes
Tablerunner - Pottery Barn
Red wine goblet - Pier One
Green wine goblet - Artland Iris
Silverware - Costco
"Cardinal in Holly" pitcher - Hautman Brothers
Handpainted blue jay and red headed woodpecker ornaments - Marshall Field's 2005 collection

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  We have two more Christmas tablescapes coming, because, after all, we love entertaining and do it often.  

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