Traditional Christmas Tablescape Idea

A Traditional Christmas Tablescape Idea

A Traditional Tablescape Using Lenox Holly Berry Fine China
Photo from A Perfect Setting Blog

This is a simple, yet elegant traditional Christmas tablescape. The table isn’t overly done, remains uncluttered, but it sparkles like magic because of the silver and gold elements used by Betsy when she decorated her table. She begins her traditional table setting with a white tone-on-tone damask tablecloth which will help to reflect the light from the silver candelabras, the crystal taper candlestick holders and the fabulous chandelier hanging over the dining room table.
 

Sparkly Christmas Table Runners

Becky adds glamorous elegance to her tablescape with a contemporary silver table runner placed down the center of the table on top of her white tablecloth. This is the foundation for her traditional Christmas tablescape creation.  

Even though the table runner has a more contemporary feel, it works well with her traditional tablescape design. Becky matches the silver table runner with her silver candleholders, candlelabras, finials, silverware, and a silver epergne as the centerpiece. Her Lenox china is banded gold and she uses gold chargers and gold votive candle holders as well.
 

Hime Silver & Lemon Table Runner
by Wildflower Linen

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I chose this silver and yellow table runner to recreate Becky’s idea. It is woven with gold and silver threads which will reflect the candlelight like mirrors. It will look stunning with the silver, gold and crystal pieces used on this traditional Christmas tablescape.

This holly print and gold border of this next table runner matches the Lenox holly pattern china with gold banded rim. It will look beautiful with the red, green, silver and gold used in this traditional Christmas tablescape. Perhaps even better as it does have a more traditional design.
 

Sheer Holly Ribbon Christmas Table Runner

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This sheer organza holly and Christmas ribbon print table runner comes with a gold satin damask print border and gold tassels. It will coordinate beautifully with the Lenox china and has an amazing low price. It will bring a rich elegance with a traditional design to the table at a bargain price.
 

Gold Charger Plates

For the first layer of her table setting, Becky chose a gold charger with scalloped edges and finishes the place setting layers with Lenox’s Holly Holiday fine porcelain china.  Lenox has several holly berry Christmas patterns, but this elegant set is one of Lenox China’s most popular patterns.  In fact, I have a set myself. I can recommend this pattern highly as an elegant set to use at Christmas gatherings.  The beautiful serving pieces bring elegance to the table with their 24k gold rims.
 

Gold Eternity Charger 6-Pc Set

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When I look for gold chargers to use on my tablescape place settings, I am looking for quality pieces made from glass or metals. I am not a fan of using plastics of any kind for any table setting, especially for a formal or special occasion table setting.

The Eternity charger plates featured here are handcrafted glass infused with gold foil for a gorgeous metallic gold finish. They will be a stunning first layer underneath the dinner plates from the Lenox Holly Holiday fine china collection. They are sure to reflect the candlelight making the table setting sparkle with holiday magic.
 

Gold Barcelona 6-Pc Charger Set

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The intricate details and decorative edges of this 6 piece gold charger set will be a stunning addition while providing a luxurious foundation under any of these exquisite Lenox holiday china sets. The Barcelona set is handcrafted from glass.
 

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Any of these gorgeous examples of elegant gold charger plates will enhance the glamor appeal of the Christmas table when placed as the first layer under the gold rimmed Lenox china place settings. You will use them over and over for many special occassions to come.
 

Lenox Christmas China Patterns

 

Lenox Holiday 5-Piece Gold-Banded
Fine China Place Setting
Service for One

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A classic Lenox Christmas holly pattern that has been around for years and is a fine ivory bone china accented with bands of 24-karat gold. This fabulous china is made right here in America. It is a beautiful Christmas set that will never go out of style. I have had my set since 1974 when they first came out and finally passed my set down to one of my daughters.
 

View the entire Holiday Collection by clicking the following link:
Lenox Christmas Holiday Holly China

Lenox Holiday Gathering Berry
12-Pc Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

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The Lenox Holiday Gathering Berry pattern is a casual stoneware Christmas dinnerware set which is much more affordable than their fine china and almost as beautiful. The stoneware is machine washable and mirowaveable.

Incidently, fine china should always be hand washed and hand dried. They should NEVER be put in a dishwasher or microwave.
 
I am featuring just one of the serving bowls from this collection below. Is just one piece from the many pieces available in the collection.
 

Lenox Holiday Gatherings Berry All Purpose Serving Bowl

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This beautiful serving bowl designed by Lenox for the Holiday Gatherings Collection is the festive winter holly & berry motif. The bowl is a 64-ounce capacity; the perfect size to serve a vegetable side dish at your holiday table while coordinating perfectly with the dinner set.

I can just see the gleaming red of cranberries nestled into this bowl or a fluffy batch of mashed potatoes with a well of melted butter goodness trickling through the mounds of parsley-speckled potatoes.

View the whole Holiday Gatherings Berry Collection by clicking the following link:
Lenox Holiday Gathering Berry Dinnerware

 

Lenox Winter Meadow
12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

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This gorgeous Christmas dinnerware set by Lenox is one of their newest Christmas patterns. The set includes the traditional Christmas colors of red and green crafted of fine white porcelain. Represented are the red flowers of winter including Poinsettia, Holly, Amaryllis and Paper White flowers. Along with colorful flowers, the pieces in Winter Meadow are accented with flower buds, pinecones and greenery. The plates, as well as other serving pieces, in this Lenox collection have lovely unique scalloped shaped rims.

View the Lenox Winter Meadow Collection by clicking the following link:
Lenox Winter Meadow Collection

 
Betsy placed adorable little red and gold origami paper gift boxes as place card holders on the salad plate of each place setting. I was not able to find any like them, but I did find several wonderful substitutes. You could always make your own. They are very easy to make. Click the next link for the instructions. They are called origami water balloons. Write your guest name on the side of the balloon with a gold or silver pen.

If you don’t have time to make origami water balloons, you may be interested in the place card holders I found. The Lenox Holiday Holly set matches the Lenox china dinnerware.

Lenox Holiday Holly 4-Pc Place
Card Holders

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Godinger Christmas Gift Box Place Card Holders

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Lenox Red Non-Leaded Crystal Tuscany Goblet
Set of 4

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The red wine glasses coordinate with the traditional red of the tablescape. Add this gorgeous set of red crystal wine glasses to the table setting of this traditional Christmas tablescape creation for a brilliant effect on this and any Christmas or special occasion dinner table. It is also a perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner setting.
 

Handmade Russian Red Cut Crystal Old-Fashioned Stemware Wine Glass Sets

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Becky used silver and crystal candlestick holders and finials to further enhance the table with elements to reflect the candlelight. Sterling silver can be very pricey when just starting out, but silver plate can look just as elelgant without breaking the bank.

Silver Plated Candelabras

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To recreate her traditional Christmas tablescape, place a silver candelabra at each end of the dining table as the anchor pieces. I am featuring 3 different sized candelabras in a 5-arm, 9-arm and 11-arm sizes. I believe there can never be too much candlelight on any Christmas tablescape and candelabras bring an elegance and luxurious warmth to any formal table setting. Select the size you like the best for your own table.
 

Elegant Sterling Silver Taper Candlestick Holder Pairs

 

Silver Plated Pair of Candlestick Holders
from the Sulgrave Manor Collection
by Reed & Barton

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It is important when recreating this type of formal, traditional Christmas tablescape to add in as many candles as possible without cluttering up the tables landscape. Place candles down the center of the tablescape in a row from each side of the focal point centerpiece.
 

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Drape crystal beaded garland around the silver candle holders for added Old World elegance. The crystal beads will also act as additional light reflectors adding even more sparkle and shimmer to the tablescape.
 

Elegant Silver Mercury Glass Taper Candle Holder

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Add in more silver, crystal, and glass pieces that you may already own to complete the look you want to achieve for an elegant traditional Christmas tablescape.
 

Gorgeous Crystal & Glass Pillar Candle Holders

 

Elegant Marquis by Waterford Verano Crystal
Pillar Candle Holder

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Gorgeous Solid Glass Baluster Pillar Candlesticks Holders
Set of 3

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Fill in any gaps around the table with gold votive candle holders for additional glam and sparkle.
 

Gold Votive/Tealight Candle Holder Sets

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Set of 12
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Set of 12
Click Here for Details
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Set of 6
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Light up the Christmas tablescape by adding gold votive and tealight candle holders at each place setting. For additional Christmas magic place them randomly about the table, filling in any empty spaces.

Any of these sets will make a thoughtful hostess gift, a house warming gift, an office Secret Santa Christmas gift, or a last minute gift for one of those unexpected times a gift is needed.
 

Gold Holly Berry Christmas Votive Candle Holders
Set of 3

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A perfect match to the holly themed Christmas dinnerware sets. I would place these long stemmed votive candle holders at each end of the tablescape. Mix a few in between the larger candleholders and next to the silver centerpiece.

Becky’s centerpiece is a sterling silver epergne filled with a natural arrangement of fresh greenery, calla lilies and red berries, sitting on a mirror base, to further reflect the light from the candles.

Personally, I do not believe in using massive items as centerpieces. You don’t have to put the tallest piece in the center of the table, as many people tend to do. I like a variety of heights and sizes of vases, plates or bowls along the center of the table. It makes it difficult for guests to converse across the table if there is a massive centerpiece.
 

Silver Centerpiece Bowls

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Instead, I would use a silver or gold piece lower in height with a longer length like any of these this silver bowls. I would still fill it with the seasonal greenery and florals, then build around it and down each side of the centerpiece.

All you have to do is cut a piece of florist foam to fit inside the base of the bowl. Soak the foam in water until completely saturated. Put it back into the bowl and arrange the seasonal greens and florals by sticking the stems right into the foam.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different metallic pieces along with antique and contemporary pieces. Add the pieces you love, stand back and see how they work together on the table.

Do they flow into a magical traditional Christmas tablescape full of glimmer, shine, sparkle and glam? Is the tablescape too cluttered or too bare? Add or subtract pieces as needed for a stunning presentation your guest will adore.
 

Crystal Chandelier Lighting Fixture

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If you have always wanted a crystal chandelier hanging above your dining room table, I can’t think of a better time to install one then at this magical Christmas time of year. This gorgeous chandelier won’t break the bank, as it is very affordable, but it will add timeless classic elegance to any room.
 

Be Sure to Have a Merry Christmas and …..
Remember to Relax, Have Fun and Keep It Frosty!

 

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Traditional Tablescape

A Traditional Tablescape for Christmas

Traditional Tablescape for Christmas ImageSetting a traditional tablescape for Christmas can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, depending on the country you or your your ancestors are from.

Here in America, and in the British Isles, it usually means using red and green as the basic color scheme. Then we add metal elements to the design in gold, copper, brass, silver, or pewter. Often mixtures of all the different metals are incorporated into the design for a highly charged table setting.

Bringing natural floral and fauna elements from the outside in to create our tablescape centerpieces are also considered to be part of traditional Christmas designs. Nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds are often painted with metallic paint to add to the designs.

Pine boughs, pinecones, holly, mistletoe, Christmas berry, bittersweet, walnuts, apples, and oranges are just a few of the most popular natural elements used to decorate American homes and dining tables.

Adding figurines of natural fauna such as reindeer, elk, moose, beavers, polar bears, and a wide variety of birds are also considered traditional on American tablescapes. These animals can be made of a variety of materials from hand carved wood to metallics, and add interest to the Christmas tablescape.

Immigrants to America from every country in the world have brought in many cultural ideas which have been added to the melting pot. This has made our American traditions a bit muddled as we adapt to the many traditions brought to this great American country.

Pineapple designs brought in from the Caribbean were a sign of wealth during Victorian times and continue today in many “traditional” table settings. Tartan plaids from Scotland, crystal from Ireland, English fine bone china along with sterling silver are all considered part of the traditional mix as is Saint Nicholas from the Netherlands.

In America, a traditional tablescape can also border on rustic or primitive, depending on the point of view. There are many who think of the pioneer days using primitive folk art with rustic, primitive decorating styles are the makings of a traditional Christmas tablescape.

Others will mix in traditional Native American Indian, Mexican, and Latino decor.

Just for the sake of argument, I am calling Traditional Christmas Tablescapes as those using green and red as the traditional color scheme.

Click Here Next to See >>>>A Traditional New England Christmas Tablescape Ideas

 
Remember during this Christmas season to ……
Relax, Have Fun and Keep It Frosty!
 

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Winter Greetings Tablescape

 

Winter Greetings Tablescape
Lenox Fine China Collection

This was supposed to be a traditional Christmas tablescape using the classic Lenox Winter Greetings Fine China. Unfortunately, the tablescape is too cramped and overcrowded. This Lenox Winter Greeting tablescape is a good example of when more is too much. Instead, it should be a case of “less is more”.

Keep reading to discover ideas with which to simplify and unclutter this table while using this beautiful fine china as the tables focal point. We will turn it into something simple, yet festive and of course, fabulous.

This tablescape was originally decorated for a women’s ministry Christmas luncheon. Cindy, the creator of this table, had limited space, money, and resources with which to work. When Cindy first decorated this small round table she had to squeeze in 8 place settings. Since most of us don’t have to do that for our Christmas dinners (well, sometimes we do when we get last minute guests) we can space our tablescapes out a little better. She was also using table decorations meant for a much larger, long rectangle dining table.

I will show you what I have found to help you recreate this tablescape into a simple, elegant design for your own intimate Christmas dinner feast. Just keep in mind not to overdo it. We don’t want the table to look cluttered. We want simple and festive with lots of sparkling candle light.

Cindy started her table with a crisp white tablecloth. White is an excellent choice for a table setting in an otherwise dark room with dark wood. A white tablecloth will help to lighten up the room as the light reflects off of it. If the room has light colored walls and furniture, then I would use a darker colored tablecloth. Pulling from the colors in the china, I would use either a dark green or burgundy tablecloth.
 

Dark Green or Wine Red Damask Holiday Tablecloth

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Cindy keeps her layering minimal with simply a dinner plate placed upon a shiny red charger plate. Since it was for a ladies luncheon it was a simple setting of just the dinner plate with a bread and butter plate and coffee cups.

There is nothing wrong with a minimalist approach, as so often “less is more”. However, even when I am creating a simple tablescape, I still want my dishes layered to create visual interest and to serve more than one course elegantly.

Have a look at the following examples of the different decorating possibilities just by changing the color and style of the charger as the first layer under the Winter Greetings fine china.
 


Keeping it simple, all Susan (from Between Naps on the Porch) did here was layer her dinner plate and salad plate on a red charger.
 

Red Beaded Round Charger Plates
Set of 12 by Charge It By Danny®

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This set of rich, vibrant red charger plates is similar to the ones used by Cindy in her Christmas luncheon tablescape. They are a good buy as they are only about $3.00 per charger and if you are a Prime Amazon member the shipping is free.

I do have a set of old red metal charger plate similar to the ones that Cindy used in her luncheon tablescape but, wouldn’t it be so much more fun to go with a red charger or a gold charger like these ruffled edge chargers?
 

Red or Gold Reef Glass Charger Plates

Red Reef Glass Charger Plate by The Jay CompaniesRed Reef Ruffled Edge Glass Charger Plate
by The Jay Companies
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Gold Reef Ruffled Edge Glass Charger Plate by ChargeIt by JayGold Reef Glass Charger Plate
by ChargeIt by Jay
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I really, really love these reef ruffle edge charger plates. I love the uniqueness of them and think they will add another elemental layer to the Christmas tablescap when placed under the Lenox Winter Greetings china plates. The ruffle edges of these chargers takes the tablescape design to a higher level of style.
 

Gold Christmas Charger Plates

Ornate Gold Charger Placed Under Lenox Winter Greetings Fine China

The gold rims on the Winter Greetings china makes them the perfect candidate for gold chargers. They can be as ornate or simple as you like. Any of the examples featured below will be an elegant match for the Winter Greetings dinnerware by Lenox.
 

 Gold Edge Orizzonte Design
Glass Charger Plate
by IVV Glassware
Click Here for Details
 Gold Vintage Style Charger Plates
Set of 4
by Koyal Wholesale
Click Here for Details
 Gold Beaded
Round Charger Plate
by P.O.C. Supplies
Click Here for Details
 Gold Rim Charger Plates
Set of 4
by Charge It By Danny®
Click Here for Details
 Gold Gilt Fall Leaf Chargers
Set of 4
by Cynthia Rowley
Click Here for Details
 Gold Rim White Charger
Set of 6
by 10 Strawberry Street
Click Here for Details

 

White Charger Plates

 
White charger plates are another color option that will look beautiful as the first layer under the Winter Greetings china. See the next example of a beautifully layered table setting from the Stone Gable Blog website. Yvonne created a very attractive table using an ornanate white ceramic charger as the base with a mix of green serving plates in between the Lenox Winter Greetings plates.
 

Berry & Thread Whitewash Scallop ChargerBerry & Thread Whitewash Scallop ChargerClick Here for DetailsArte Italica Bella Bianca Scalloped Charger PlateArte Italica Bella Bianca Scalloped Charger PlateClick Here for DetailsArte Italica Bella Bianca Rosette  Charger PlateArte Italica Bella Bianca Rosette Charger PlateClick Here for Details

 

Lenox Winter Greetings 24k Gold-Banded
Fine Bone China

This is the Lenox Winter Greetings pattern used by Cindy in her Christmas luncheon tablescape. It is a gorgeous set of fine bone china, ideal for any winter gathering. I am showcasing a 12-piece set for a service of 4, however, many more serving pieces are available to complete this collection. Pick and choose what best suits your own personal needs.
 

Lenox Winter Greetings 24k Gold-Banded China
12-Piece Dinnerware Set
Service for 4

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This gorgeous set is one of Lenox’s classic winter designs edged with 24k gold rims. The winter Christmas motif includes images of a green garland of spruce pine along with mistletoe, pine cones, and holly. Red ribbons, cardinals, and chickadees grace the evergreen motif. The original design was created by Lenox artist Catherine McClung.
 

Lenox Winter Greetings Scenic 16-inch 24k Gold-Banded
Fine China Oval Serving Platter

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This is just one example of the stunning servingware pieces designed for this Lenox Winter Greeting Collection. Use this beautifully detailed, hand painted serving platter on the holiday dinner table or at a holiday cocktail party to serve hors d’oeuvres.

Featuring a beautiful, serene winter scene of a cardinal and chickadee pair perched on a garland of pine, holly, and mistletoe. The platter is beautifully edged in a band of 24-karat gold for a luxurious finishing touch.

Give this platter as a gift piece to someone really special who already has the starter set and is trying to complete their collection. It would also make a lovely housewarming, wedding or Christmas gift to an avid bird lover!

Gold Plated Flatware

In the original luncheon tablescape, Cindy used plain stainless steel flatware. Coordinating with the gold banded rim of the Lenox china, I feel gold plated flatware is a more appropriate choice. Because the Winter Greetings china is considered to be a traditional pattern, I have chosen several affordable traditional gold flatware patterns better suited for the table setting of this tablescape.
 

Gold Plated Stainless Steel Traditional Pattern Flatware Sets with Hardwood Storage Cases

 Italian ‘Averardo’ 24K Gold-Plated Stainless Steel 75-Piece Service for 12 with Cherry CaseClick Here for Details Gold Plate Stainless Steel 61-Pc. Flatware Set with Mahogany Storage BoxClick Here for Details Italian ‘Florence’ 24K Gold-Plated Surgical Stainless Steel 75-Piece Service for 12 with Hardwood CaseClick Here for Details

 

Gorgeous Ornate 24K Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Baroque Flatware Sets – No Storage Cases Included

 Michelangelo 18K Gold Electroplate 46-Piece Service for 8 Flatware & Serving SetClick Here for Details Wallace Duchess 24K Gold Plated Stainless Steel 65-Piece Service for 12 Flatware SetClick Here for Details Wallace Antique Baroque 24K Gold-Plated Stainless Steel 80-Piece Flatware SetClick Here for Details Cambridge Silversmiths Gold Plate Renaissance 65-Pc Flatware & Serving SetClick Here for Details

 

Contemporary Gold Flatware Sets

Even though the Winter Greeting pattern is a traditional china pattern, there are those of you who will prefer contemporary gold flatware rather than traditional settings. I have selected a few patterns for your viewing.
 

 kate spade new york Malmo Gold Flatware 5-Piece Place Setting Service for 1Click Here for Details Lenox Eternity Gold Trim 45-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service for 8Click Here for Details Reed & Barton Echo Gold Finish Stainless Flatware 5 Piece Place SettingClick Here for Details

 

Christmas Holiday Crystal Glassware & Stemware

Beautiful glass and crystal beverage drinking glasses to complement our Winter Greetings Tablescape.
 

Lenox Winter Greetings Cardinal Iced Beverage Glasses
Set of 4

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Christmas Tablescape Decor - Vintage Red Crystal Aromatic Balloon Wine Glasses Set of 4 by Marquis By WaterfordVintage Red Crystal Aromatic Balloon Wine Glasses Set of 4 by Marquis By WaterfordClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Brookside Red Crystal Old Fashioned Glasses Set of 4 by Marquis by WaterfordBrookside Red Crystal Old Fashioned Glasses Set of 4 by Marquis by WaterfordClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Brookside Red Crystal Champagne Flutes Set of 4 by Marquis By WaterfordBrookside Red Crystal Champagne Flutes Set of 4 by Marquis By WaterfordClick Here for Details

 

Let’s Recreate the Winter Greeting
Tablescape Centerpiece


I think Cindy’s centerpiece would work much better on a longer dining room table. The gold vases would be used more effectively as anchor pieces to the centerpiece. I would still decrease the height of the centerpiece even on a larger scale tablescape.

When using a longer and larger rectangular table, the only way it can be pulled off is by adding another element to each side of the centerpiece at a slightly lower height to add balance and depth.
 

Christmas Table Centerpiece Decorations Set of 2

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If using a long table the centerpiece can be stretched out longer rather than going taller, by placing two identical floral arrangements down the center length of the table.

When I am working with a small table, I would begin by completely omitting the too tall gold vases with the too tall artificial flowers and the tall glass candle urn in the center. In fact, regardless of the size of the table, I would still eliminate the tacky gold vases and flowers. Instead, we need a simple centerpiece which is much lower in height.

 Glittering Gold & Silver Lighted CenterpieceClick Here for Details Poinsettia and Berry Red Triple CandleabrumClick Here for Details

 
One center candle or three? Each looks equally as fabulous as the other and they are both lower in height. They add a better balance to the table while making it easy for guest to have cross table conversions.

Always keep in mind the decorator’s “Rule of Three”: The “Rule of 3” decorating guideline emphasizes arranging groups in odd numbers. The number 3 seems to be the “magic” decorating number, however, groupings of any odd numbers such as 5, 7, or 9 give the eye the same symmetry and balance. Our minds perceive odd numbers expanding and creating energy, while even numbers contract and condense.

The universal thought behind this rule is that odd number placement is more appealing to the eye, and makes a more memorable impression that a grouping of even numbers. They look more natural and less forced than an even numbered grouping. Odd numbers give the eye the illusion of symmetry and balance having a center with anchor points on the right and on the left of the center.

With this rule in mind we attempt to always use odd numbers; 1, 3, or 5 in a tablescape grouping. Perhaps placing one candle in the centerpiece for a small table and three candles in the middle of the centerpiece on a larger table. Below find a few good examples.
 

Large Christmas Evergreen Centerpieces

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These 3 centerpieces are all good examples of what could be used on a large dining table. An extra pillar candle may be used at each end of the centerpiece as anchors on a longer table. When dining on a longer table it will be necessary to add more pieces into the tablescape down the length of the table.

Add extra pillar candles (remembering to keep the balance of odd numbers) into the tablescape. Add votive candles, or tea lights, at each table setting regardless of the size of the table. Obviously, larger tables can handle more candles and more decorations.

Small Christmas Evergreen Centerpieces

Hand-Made Fresh Evergreen Christmas Centerpieces

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On a small round table, such as the one in Cindy’s photo, a small round or oblong centerpiece made with fresh evergreens or seasonal flowers will work much better than the taller pieces. Add a pillar candle or a decorative piece to each side of the centerpiece to create that “Rule of 3” symmetry. We don’t want to overwhelm the table, which is what happened at the luncheon.

This will give better balance and a better visual to our tablescape. Height is good, but there is a difference between tall and overwhelming, especially on a small table. I would also include more tea candles to add magic and sparkle without taking up a lot of additional table space.

Artificial Evergreen Christmas Centerpieces

 Artificial Pine Apple Berry Christmas CandelabrumClick Here for Details Christmas Poinsettias Pinecones Pillar Candle RingClick Here for Details Christmas Pine Berry Birdhouse Red CandelabrumClick Here for Details

 

White Reindeer Tabletop Decorations

White reindeer figurine tabletop Christmas decorations will be a lovely addition to this tablescape arrangement. I have found several winter white reindeer pieces for you to chose from. Imagine the gorgeous winter scene you can create by adding in a few white reindeer!

Any of these reindeer figurines can be mixed and matched for added elegant detailing to this Christmas tablescape. They are all beautiful in their simplicity and can be arranged anywhere you like on the table.

Winter Woods Standing and Sitting Deer Set

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I love the idea of placing the white reindeer around the table. They make a simple, yet elegant statement. Cindy used a pair of very large seated deer on her small table. I like this beautiful set which is smaller than Cindy’s and better scaled for a smaller table.

When setting a smaller, more intimate table setting placing a single pair of white deer around the centerpiece will suffice. Remember, we don’t want the tablescape to be crowded!

White Glittered Standing Reindeer Christmas
Tabletop Decoration

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On a larger table, I would suggest having at least two sets of deer, two standing deer and two sitting. A pair can be placed at each end of the tablescape centerpiece so that the guest on each side of the table will basically have the same view while keeping symmetry to the table.

Think of having a mirror setting on each side. Placing a pair at each end of the centerpiece will make a lovely arrangement. Several more can be nestled amongst the table’s evergreens. Below are several more reindeer styles to choose from.
 

Snowy White Glitter Embellished Reindeer Christmas
Tabletop Decoration

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Glittered Snow Covered Sisal Deer
Christmas Tabletop Decoration Set

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Red Cardinal Christmas Candle Holders

Next, incorporate red cardinal glass candle holders into the tablescape mixture. Place them around the tablescape to add even more sparkle to the table and to coordinate with the red cardinals in the Lenox Winter Greetings china.
 

Peace, Love and Birds Round Glass Candle Holder

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Crackled Glass Cardinal Hurricane Votive Candle Holders
Set of 3

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Red Cardinal Christmas Winter Scene Textured Glass Votive Candle Holder

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Our Fine Feathered Friends
Bird Christmas Ornaments

Add faux red cardinal and chickadee bird clip-on ornaments into the floral and evergreen table arrangement to coordinate with the Lenox Winter Greeting Collection.
 

Bright Red Clip-On Cardinal Birds Christmas Ornaments Package of 12

Christmas Tablescape Decor - Vibrant red cardinal birds clip-on Christmas ornaments will make any Christmas decor pop with colorBright Red Clip-On Cardinal Birds Christmas Ornaments – Package of 12Click Here for Details

 

Clip-On Chickadee Bird Christmas Ornaments
Set of 2

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Pulling from the Lenox Winter Greetings china motif of chickadee birds paired with cardinals, these little feathered chickadees are ideal pieces to nestle into the evergreen centerpieces along with the red cardinals featured above. The birds are hand decorated with plush fibers, feathers, and paint on styrofoam with attached clips.

Gold bird ornaments are another option to achieve a more elegant design while adding more sparkle to the decor. They will coordinate well with the gold rims of the Lenox Winter Greetings china. A few can be randomly mixed in with the cardinals and chickadees in the greenery by clipping them to the branches for a bit of magical sparkle.

Gold Glitter Drenched Clip-On Bird
Christmas Ornament

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Any red and gold holiday themed tablescape will benefit from the added sparkle this glittery gold bird will bring to the decor.

Keep in mind that we want to achieve a simple but elegant holiday table and we don’t want it to be cluttered like the tablescape in the photo. We want our guest to be wowed, but we also want them to be comfortable and not overwhelmed. I would only add the gold birds to the design of a large table setting. On a smaller scale, I would omit them all together.
 
 

    A Traditional Plaid Christmas Tablescape

    A traditional plaid Christmas tablescape using plaid table accessories is a very popular style in this country. Our Scot and Irish immigrant ancestors brought tartan plaids to North America and they have become integrated into the American culture to now be considered part of a traditional Christmas tablescape.

    I have selected a few gorgeous traditional themed plaid Christmas tablescapes along with resource suggestions to give you ideas and help with creating your own gorgeous traditional plaid tablescapes next Christmas.

    Lisa created a simple centerpiece on this traditional plaid tablescape by using a tall silver candelabra with very tall holly and plaid, red stripe, spiral candles. The candelabra is anchored on each end of the table with a fresh flower arrangement.

    Ordinarily, I would never use a tall or massive centerpiece in my tablescapes as it blocks the view of the guests who have been seated across from each other at the table. Instead, I like to always layer things around it and then stagger them down each side of the table. I think, however, that Lisa got it right on her tablescape. Her candelabra centerpiece is tall but her guests are still able to see and talk with each other across the table.

    On this table setting, the simple tablescape is not the actual focal point. The red in the beautiful Waterford Stewart tartan plaid placemats placed on the dark green tablecloth is what really makes this table setting pop!
     

    Waterford Stewart Tartan Plaid Placemats
    Set of 4

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    Lisa used this exact same plaid pattern on her traditional plaid Christmas tablescape. Unfortunately, the Stewart Tartan Plaid pattern has been retired by Waterford. I did manage to find these placemats, but you must act quickly if you want them, as the matching Stewart Tartan Plaid napkins have already sold out.

    Update:
    Unfortunately, the Waterford Tartan Plaid placemats and napkins have sold out. Of course, you could always substitute another plaid set. I have found several different tartan plaid placemats to substitute for the Stewart tartan plaid. I have featured them below.
     

    Tartan Plaid Christmas Placemats

    This next set of Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid cotton fabric placemats are similar in plaid style and colors to the discontinued Waterford set above. They make an excellent substitute and they have matching fabric napkins available too.
     

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic
    Nicolas Tartan Plaid Placemats
    Set of 4

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    I would use a solid black tablecloth as the base setting underneath these beautiful red, black, and white plaid placemat and napkin sets by Ralph Lauren. The colors in these classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid sets will stand out beautifully against the black background!
     

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic Nicolas Tartan Plaid Napkins
    Set of 4

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    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Timely Tartan Red Plaid Christmas Placemat Set of 4Timely Tartan Red Plaid Christmas Placemat Set of 4Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Red Christmas Holiday Plaid Design Placemats Set of 4Red Christmas Holiday Plaid Design Placemats Set of 4Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Leafy Plaid Tartan Christmas Placemat Set of 4Leafy Plaid Tartan Christmas Placemat Set of 4Click Here for Details

     
    It is perfectly fine to mix and match plaids on the table, so a red plaid, a black plaid or a green plaid napkin set would be perfectly fine with these placemats. However, I prefer using a solid color napkin set with plaid placemats; using either dark green, black or red.
     

    Tartan Plaid Ribbed Christmas Holiday Placemats
    Set of 6

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    This is a beautiful ribbed red plaid Christmas holiday placemat set that will look beautiful placed on a dark green table cloth.
     

    Christmas Tartan Double Layers Holiday Placemats
    Set of 4

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    Matching cloth napkins are also available for this red and green plaid Christmas holiday placemat set. See below.
     

    Christmas Tartan Holiday Napkins
    Set of 4

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    Traditional Christmas Napkin Rings

    I could not find the same jingle bells on leather straps napkin rings, but I did find these other jingle bells napkin rings which are adorable and so festive!
     

    Jingle Bells Christmas Napkin Rings

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    I think any one of these napkin rings will fit in nicely with a red and green tartan traditional plaid themed tablescape.
     

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Gorgeous jeweled red christmas holiday bell napkin rings - Set of 4 - Set of 4Jeweled Red Christmas Bell Napkin Rings – Set of 4Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Traditional Lenox Nouveau Plaid Napkin Rings - Set of 4Lenox Nouveau Plaid Napkin Rings – Set of 4Click Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Gorgeous jeweled enameled Christmas tree napkin rings - Set of 4Jeweled Christmas Tree Napkin Rings – Set of 4Click Here for Details

     
    For all of you DIYers out there, it is possible to make napkin rings like Lisa’s. You can buy Black Leather Napkin Rings and tie or glue on large jingle bells.
     

    Tall 5-Arm Gold and Silver Candelabras

    Lisa used a tall silver nickel plated candelabra in her tablescape with silver goblets and gold-banded china. Using either silver or gold is entirely up to your own taste. You may want to use whatever metal you already have on hand. Mixing metals is also fine. There really isn’t any right or wrong way when it comes to precious metals on a Christmas tablescape.
     

    Tall 5-Arm Silver Plated CandelabraTall 5-Arm Silver Plated CandelabraClick Here for DetailsTall 5-Arm Gold Brass CandelabraTall 5-Arm Gold Brass CandelabraClick Here for Details

     
    These beautiful candelabras are taller than the nickel plated candelabra Lisa used on her tablescape which is a good thing as it means less view obstruction for your guest. Silver plate is much more affordable than sterling silver and much more beautiful than nickle plate. Silver plate will last for years as long as taken care of properly. They need to be cared for as if they are sterling silver. I would use a silver candelabra with silver goblets and platinum-banded china.

    The gold candelabra is finished with a distressed brass texture giving it an elegant gold appearance. I think a gold candelabra will look better when paired with gold goblets and gold-banded china.

    Lisa anchored the tablescape on each side of the candelabra with beautiful rose floral arrangements accented with pine cones. I love roses (what woman doesn’t?) however, for an elegant traditional plaid Christmas tablescape I would rather go with the winter seasonal florals of pine greens, red and white winter berries, pine cones and a few white or red poinsettias flowers. Lisa’s flower arrangements, as pretty as they are, seem more appropriate for a spring Mother’s Day celebration rather than a winter Christmas celebration.

    You could easily make an arrangement yourself using fresh white or red poinsettias, pine boughs sprayed with white flocking (or not), twigs, branches, pine cones and gold floral sprays for added interest. If you don’t feel like you have enough time to make an arrangement yourself, tell the florist exactly what you want and have them make it for you. Otherwise, you could get one of the examples I have found and featured below.
     

    Handmade Gold Christmas Table Centerpiece

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    Gold will match the dinnerware used in the table setting better than the Mother’s Day floral arrangements that Lisa used as tablescape anchors. If you chose to go with a gold candelabra and gold goblets this gold faux floral arrangement will look awesome.
     

    Christmas Table Arrangements

    On the other hand, red really makes the table pop when placed against the dark green tablecloth.
     

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Nearly Natural Red Poinsettia and Berry CandelabrumNearly Natural Red Poinsettia and Berry CandelabrumClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Nearly Natural Evergreen Pinecone Teardrop SwagNearly Natural Evergreen Pinecone Teardrop SwagClick Here for DetailsChristmas Tablescape Decor - Handmade Red Christmas Floral Table ArrangementHandmade Red Christmas Floral Table ArrangementClick Here for Details

     
    The faux evergreen and pine cone teardrop swag, featured in the above center photo, was actually made to hang on the front door in lieu of a wreath. For a more natural tablescape design, lay it down flat on the table. Buy two and place one on each side of the candelabra with the larger end facing the candelabra and with the tail of the teardrop swag flowing towards the end of the table.

    I love fresh over faux any day, but the plus side of buying or making a DIY faux floral arrangement is that it can be packed up and stored to be used again next year, and many more years in the future. I do have some silk flowers, Christmas swags, and garlands stored, but I usually try to use fresh evergreens and seasonal flowers. I want to decorate with something different every year, however, I will repurpose items with a new décor theme design.

    Here is another swag example which is a beautiful choice as a replacement for the floral arrangements. The great thing about swag designs are that they lay closer to the table keeping the visuals for my guest open.
     

    Nearly Natural Red Apple and Berry
    Evergreen and Pine Swag

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    The red apples and berries in the faux table swag above, as well as the red poinsettias and berries below, will pop against a dark green or black tablecloth.
     

    Nearly Natural Red Poinsettia and Berry Centerpiece

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    How to Make a Christmas Swag at Home

    This video hows you how to make your own Christmas table using faux greenery and poinsettias. Gold or silver pieces can easily be worked in for a more elegant, formal design.

    This video uses all natural greens for a round Christmas arrangement
    with a candle in the center.
    I think it is very pretty, it is festive, and I love fresh!

     

    Plaid Christmas Tablescape Place Settings

     
    I have been asked if it is okay to mix metallic pieces on a tablescape and I say, “Yes! Absolutely!” Lisa shows how lovely the table setting will look as the candle light reflects off of the silver wine goblets and gold rimmed china. By all means use what you have!

    I am a bit of a chinaholic and have collected many beautiful china sets over the years so personally, I usually use gold serving pieces when I set traditional tablescapes, but not always. It depends on the mood I am in. I also like to mix and match my china sets by layering each place setting.

    If you are just starting out with your own collections for entertaining on special occasions, I have selected some gorgeous examples you may like to add or to begin your china dinnerware collection.
     

    Noritake Gold Banded 5-Piece Crestwood Place Setting

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Noritake gold banded 5-piece Crestwood place settingNoritake Gold Banded 5-Piece Crestwood Place SettingClick Here for Details

     
    I own several sets of gold banded china, one of which is a Lenox Westchester Gold Banded China which is similar to Lisa’s Minton Porcelain set. I like to layer them with sets of white china and with sets of Lenox Christmas Holiday China. This Noritake Gold Banded set is much more affordable than the Lenox sets I own, but is just as elegant for a Christmas table setting and no one will know the difference.
     

    Lenox Holiday Gatherings Plaid Stoneware Dinnerware
    Set of 12

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    This is a very casual plaid set of stoneware dinnerware from Lenox that is much more affordable than the Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid fine china featured below. It is perfect for a Christmas breakfast or brunch. It can also be used as everyday dinnerware. It is a small service of 4 with only 3 pieces to each service; a dinner plate, an accent plate and a coffee mug. Stoneware is both microwaveable and dishwasher safe.

    Remember, fine china should ALWAYS be washed and dried by hand and NEVER put into a microwave oven.
     

    Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid China
    5-Piece Place Setting

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Lenox Winter Greetings plaid china 5-piece place settingLenox Winter Greetings Plaid China 5-Piece Place SettingClick Here for Details

     
    For a more formal Scot-Irish plaid table setting I would layer my gold banded china set with a plaid china set. This Lenox plaid set is a perfect choice for our layering purposes on this tablescape.

    Lisa has not layered her china dinnerware. Instead, she has placed a gingerbread Christmas tree on each dinner plate. In my humble opinion, I think they look tacky and take away from the elegance of the table setting. I have no idea what she was thinking. They are not place card holders, and I wouldn’t want to eat one, so I would eliminate them entirely.

    I prefer to hand pick beautiful ornaments to use as a party favor for my guest to take home by placing it on the last layered dish of the place setting. It gives my guest a special memento and a lasting memory of the evening. I think it is a nice reminder for your guest on how much you really care about them.
     

    Wallace Antique Baroque Gold-Plated
    80-Piece Flatware Set

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    Gold flatware is the ideal flatware to use with a gold themed tablescape. If you have chosen to go with gold-banded fine china and gold goblets, then you want this gorgeous, elegant, baroque style, gold-plated flatware set by Wallace. Especially if you are planning to do a lot of entertaining.

    The set includes 12 full place settings; a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon and a teaspoon. It also includes an 8-piece serving set and 12 extra salad forks which would be used as dessert forks.

    I do recommend purchasing storage chest for both gold and silver flatware. If they are not stored properly they will tarnish. When flatware tarnishes the pieces will need to be polished before using again.
     

    Beautiful Gold Stemware to Accent the Christmas Place Settings

     

    The King’s Royal Chalice
    Embossed Pair of Brass Goblets

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    Everyone at the Christmas dinner table will feel like Lords & Ladies of the Glen when drinking from these gold chalice brass goblets. Whether used for wine or water, your guest are sure to feel like royalty.

    The only bad thing about brass is they must be polished as they will tarnish. If left too long they will develop green patina. We may want this in our gardens but not in our drinking chalices. I highly recommend investing in some Brasso brass cleaner (This is what I use) to keep them gleaming like gold.
     

    Italian Crystal 24 Karat Gold-Rimmed Stemware Sets

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    Decorative 14K Gold Italian Glassware
    Set of 6

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Handmade Decorative 14K Gold Italian Glassware - Set of 6Decorative 14K Gold Italian Glassware – Set of 6Click Here for Details

     
    I like these ornately decorated glasses to use as water glasses in our plaid Christmas table setting. They will bring an air of elegance to the table when paired with the gold tone brass goblets and the gold-rimmed stemware.

    These water glasses are hand painted with 14K gold and .980 fine silver. They are small glasses (not tumbler size) which can also be used as juice glasses for an elegant Christmas breakfast or brunch. Order the set of 6 or they can also be ordered individually and in pairs.
     

    Decorative Jingle Bell Christmas Chair Treatments

    Lisa gives a DIY tutorial on how to make these Jingle Bell Christmas chair back treatments on her blog. In her tutorial she uses red grosgrain ribbon. Instead, I would use a wide velvet or satin ribbon in red, dark green, or black to add a bit more elegance. Use a color that coordinates with the plaid you have selected for your place settings.
     

    Simple and Lovely Traditional Plaid
    Christmas Tablescape

     


     
    Scot Meacham Wood is an interior designer living in San Francisco. He is from Scotland and he decorates his home and dinner tablescapes with the most marvelous tartan plaid designs.

    His table setting consist of an antique blue and white transferware dinner plate with a Ralph Lauren tartan salad plate topped with a red plaid napkin rolled into a brown leather napkin ring.
     

    Traditional Christmas Table Setting Using Tartan Plaid Design

    Photo by Tinywater Photography from Rue Magazine on Tartan Scott Blog


     
    Scot gives his tartan plaid Christmas tablescape a masculine touch with a simple, yet elegant design. He uses beveled mirror trays under his layered place settings to reflect the lighting from the overhead chandelier and the three Christmas trees he has decorated in the dining room.
     

    Spode Blue Italian Transferware
    12 Piece Set, Service for 4

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Spode Blue Italian Transferware 12 Piece Set, Service for 4Spode Blue Italian Transferware 12 Piece Set, Service for 4Click Here for Details

     
    This blue and white Spode transferware dinnerware set is an Italian inspired antique pattern. Transferware is a process created when lithographs prints are hand applied to the white porcelain then glazed. Blue and white transferware are beautifully vibrant and durable pieces that will be used for years and years.

    The blue and white transferware china, that I have in my collection, are frequently layered for many different special occasion table settings. They look fabulous when layered with white, blue, red, and plaid china sets.
     

    Sterling Silver Decorative Serving Bowls

    Scot uses a large sterling silver bowl filled with red roses as the focal point centerpiece of the tartan tablescape. He also fills large crystal bowls with whole walnuts to place on his dining table as anchor pieces.
     

    Classic Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving Bowls
    by Reed & Barton

    Classic Sterling Silver Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving BowlClassic Sterling Silver Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving BowlClick Here for DetailsClassic Silver Plated Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving BowlClassic Silver Plated Paul Revere 10-Inch Serving BowlClick Here for Details

     
    On the above left is a classic Paul Revere designed serving bowl made of sterling silver. This is a piece to treasure as an heirloom to be used time and time again and to pass down to your future generations. The classic design gives this bowl a surface which is easily monogrammed if you chose to give it as a gift.

    The bowl on the right looks exactly the same, except it is a much more affordable silver plate. It will still require the same care as sterling silver. It will need to be stored in a silver anti-tarnish flannel bag and polished when tarnished with silver cleaner.

    No one will be able to tell the difference between the two when it is filled and sitting on your table. They would have to pick it up and look at the bottom of the bowl to read the stamp. The only problem you will have with silver plating is that eventually, the silver does wear off with use and with polishing.
     

    Beautiful Antique English Sterling Silver Serving Bowls

    Sterling Silver Holly Punch Bowl with Applied Holly Leaves & Berries by Whiting Sterling Silver CompanySterling Silver Holly Punch Bowl with Applied Holly Leaves & Berries by Whiting Sterling Silver CompanyClick Here for DetailsAntique English Sterling Silver Serving Bowl Renaissance Revival Decorative Scrolls and Figure Handles  by Charles Stuart Harris 1896Antique English Sterling Silver Serving Bowl Renaissance Revival Decorative Scrolls and Figure Handles by Charles Stuart Harris 1896Click Here for Details

     
    Two beautifully crafted, sterling silver, antique heirloom decorative bowls. Any one of the silver bowls featured will make a gorgeous statement on your dining table.
     

    Gorgeous Cut Crystal Bowls

    Waterford Lismore Cut Crystal Diamond Pattern 8-inch BowlWaterford Lismore Cut Crystal Diamond Pattern 8-inch BowlClick Here for DetailsWaterford Cassidy Pattern Cut Crystal 10-inch BowlWaterford Cassidy Pattern Cut Crystal 10-inch BowlClick Here for DetailsWaterford Lismore Cut Crystal Diamond Pattern 10-inch BowlWaterford Lismore Cut Crystal Diamond Pattern 10-inch BowlClick Here for Details

     
    Fill two bowls with walnuts and place one at each end of the table as the tablescape anchors.

    I like mixing fresh whole pomegranates, oranges, apples and walnuts as another alternative for bowl fillings. The Victorians painted walnuts gold and silver to decorate their tables, mantles, and Christmas trees during the holiday season.
     

    Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 53-Pc Flatware Set
    Service for 12, with 5-Pc Serving Set and Wood Storage Chest

    Christmas Tablescape Decor - Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 53-Pc Flatware Set, Service of 12, with 5-Pc Serving Set and Wood Storage ChestWallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver 53-Pc Flatware Set and Wood Storage ChestClick Here for Details

     
    A gorgeous set of sterling silverware in the Rococo Baroque style by Wallace will look abolutely stunning on your table. This set will add elegance to any special occasion table setting.

    Purchasing silverware is an investment in your family, while creating heirlooms for future generations. This set comes in a beautiful highly polished new wood storage chest. The set is for a service of 12 and includes 12 4-piece place settings, plus 5 serving pieces.

    And there you have it two fabulous idea for a traditional plaid Christmas tablescape.

     
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      New England Tablescape

      New England Tablescape for Christmas

       

      Creating a Christmas New England Tablescape can conjure many different images in the minds of different folks.

      It can run the gamut of merry old England to the Pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower, of colonial time Puritans of early America to coastal thoughts of clam digging, lobster fishing and all the nautical elements of the sea.

      New England designs can border on vintage primitive with natural plank tables and seats to a more antiquated British Colonial style. The tablescapes will usually incorporate dried and fresh elements in a mixture of mountain and sea.

      The fun part about putting together a New England Christmas tablescape is mixing elements from both the sea and the mountains using weather worn elements from nature with antiquated pieces for an eclectic vintage appeal.

      Transferware from England, antique mercury glass, antique Dutch wooden bowls and old English pewter are fabulous elements to use when decorating a traditional New England tablescape.

      If coastal nautical is more up your alley it is easy enough to include seashells, sea stars, antique-style lanterns, sea glass and cork floats along with fishing nets and hand carved wooden seabirds.

      Hand woven baskets from Nantucket can be used as centerpieces, filled with a mixture of glass Christmas ornaments and seashells. Using your imagination with elements from the sea can be incorporated with traditional red and green colors for a fabulous tablescape.

      New England Christmas Tablescape with
      Old British Castle Pink Transferware

      This is a beautiful example of keeping it simple and natural when using pink (red) transferware. Anita layered her English country style table using a creamy white china with the pink transferware and natural elements; wicker woven chargers, bamboo napkin rings, and a gorgeous fresh pine centerpiece. She has mixed several different patterns of pink transferware and, of course, it looks fabulous and all comes together beautifully. Crystal and sterling silver add the elegance and sparkle needed in every Christmas tablescape.

      Pay attention to the simple yet naturally elegant centerpiece. She made the box then filled it with small pots of floral oasis filled with fresh Balsam, white pine, arborvitae, cedar, boxwood, pinecones, faux red berries and holly.

      Natural Wooden Ferme Trough
      by Antique Revival

      Natural Wooden Ferme Trough by Antique Revival

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      Natural Wooden Ferme Trough

      If you don’t want to make your own centerpiece flower box then this wood trough will make an excellent substitute. It will add a rustic look, perfect for this Puritan New England tablescape. Fill it full of fresh seasonal greenery and florals. Tuck small Christmas ornaments, pine cones and candles into the pine boughs for added Christmas detailing.

      Paisley Table Runner with Velvet Border by Chesapeake Merchandising

      Paisley Table Runner with Velvet Border by Chesapeake Merchandising

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      Paisley Table Runner with Velvet Border

      The subtle velvet border of this rich tapestry style New England paisley design will add a touch of elegance to your Christmas tablescape. The table runner is accented with red fringe tassels. I think it will add elegance to the sparse Puritan look of our New England Christmas tablescape.

      Flora and Fauna Vintage Style Table Runner
      by Manual Woodworker

      Flora and Fauna Vintage Style Table Runner by Manual Woodworker

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      Flora and Fauna Vintage Style Table Runner

      This gorgeous vintage style floral and fauna table runner will look stunning on our Christmas table under the wood trough tablescape filled with fresh evergreens. It was hand woven in North Carolina, America by Manual Woodworker, a family run business since 1932. This beautiful piece looks like a Victorian tapestry, perfect for a vintage New England look.

      The richness of the burgundy and green background against the delicate flutter of butterfly and dragonfly wings embracing each gold leaf, bud and blossom, will add depth and elegance to our tablescape design. The dark burgundy end pieces are accented with black fringe tassels adding to the vintage appeal of the table runner.

      Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

      Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Pink English Transferware 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

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      Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

      This is the same set of English transferware used in Anita’s beautifully rustic New England style Christmas tablescape. I have used by own set for years on many different occasions. I loved to mix and match it with my platinum rimmed Lenox china or my blue and white transferware.

      Red Glassware for Christmas Holiday Tablescapes
      Waterford Wishes for Joy Prestige Edition Ruby Flute, Premiere Edition

      Waterford Wishes for Joy Prestige Edition Ruby Red Cut Crystal Champagne Flute, Premiere Edition

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      Waterford Wishes for Joy Prestige Edition Ruby Flute, Premiere Edition

      Waterford crystal is some of the best crystal in the world and it originates from the Waterford factory in Lismore, Ireland.

      This is a stunning example of an elegant fine dining crystal champagne flute perfect for the Christmas holiday table. This glass is a limited edition and is the second glass created in the series. It is also available in green, clear and aqua snowflake pattern.

      I had a set of 8 of these in the ruby (my daughter now has them) and I bought my Mother a set of the clear. They are gorgeous glasses that look so beautiful when used for special occasions and really lend a festive look to the holiday table.

      Glam Ruby Wine Glasses Set of 6 by Impulse

      Glam Wine Ruby, Set of 6 by Impulse

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      Glam Ruby Wine Glasses

      These ruby red wine glasses are a high-quality set of hand blown crystal, hand cut in a diamond pattern. The crystal is colored crystal, not painted on, so you know these are glasses that will last. They will look stunning on any Christmas holiday table and the ruby red color will go well with any Christmas table setting.

      A Farmhouse New England Christmas Tablescape

      I love this farmhouse New England style tablescape created by Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict Blog. She created her country farmhouse centerpiece using a vintage galvanized tool box which she filled with fresh and faux evergreens and burgundy pillar candles wrapped in vintage webbing.

      A a single galvanized tool box is perfect for Debbie’s small dining table that seats 4 comfortably, however, if your dining table is 6 foot or longer, I would use two or three galvanized planters, tubs or troughs to line down the center of the table, depending on the length of the table. I found a couple of galvanized planters that will work beautifully for just this purpose.

      Large Antiqued Tray by Achla Designs

      Large Gray Galvanized Steel Antiqued Tray by Achla Designs

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      Large Antiqued Tray

       

      Galvanized Set of Two Metal Planters
      by Woodland Imports

      Galvanized Set of Two Metal Planters by Woodland Imports

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      Galvanized Set of Two Metal Planters

      Large Copper Plated Window Box
      by Achla Designs

      Large Copper Plated Window Box by Achla Designs

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      Large Copper Plated Window Box

       
      Debbie used candles she already had in her galvanized tool box and wrapped them in vintage chair webbing she already had on hand from a trip to the flea market in her local area. If you can’t find any in your own area, burlap ribbon could be substituted. Use your hot glue gun to glue on bits of lace or dried flower embellishments and wrap with jute or hemp twine.

      I did find some webbing on Amazon in both green and red but think the pricing for the red webbing is a bit high. I think I would compare with my local Lowe’s, Ace Hardware or Home Depot stores first, if you have the time, and only purchase here if it is the better deal for your local area.

       

      Turino Farm Style 7-Piece Dining Table Set
      by Powell

      Vintage Style Farmhouse Dining Table Set Image

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      Turino Farm Style 7-Piece Dining Table Set

      You won’t have to panic when you discover your husband’s family is coming over for the holidays if you have this awesome classic vintage style farmhouse dining table. The table has been finished with a grey oak stain giving it the look of a vintage farm style table and chair set. It is 6 feet long and seats six giving the table plenty of room to squeeze in a few more in-laws at the table.

      My family always set up an extra “kids table”, just for the kids, so that there was room at the dining table for the adults.

      Debbie used grapevine wreath frames on her farmhouse style table as the placemats for the first layer of her table plate setting. Even though they look fabulous, I think they might be a wee bit bulky for the comfort of my guests, so I decided to find a couple of really nice all natural fiber rattan style chargers to use instead.

      Round Brick Brown Rattan 4-Piece Charger Set
      by Jay Import

      Round Brick Brown Rattan 4-Piece Charger Set by Jay Import

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      Round Brick Brown Rattan 4-Piece Charger Set

      I think this set of 4 dark brown rattan charger plates will work much better under the Old Britain Castles dinnerware than grapevine wreaths. They are not as bulky as wreaths so will be much more stable while setting much flatter on the dinner table.

      13-inch Rattan Charger Plate
      by Entertaining with Caspari

      13-inch Rattan Charger Plate by Entertaining with Caspari

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      13-inch Rattan Charger Plate

      The weave design of this rattan charger is just beautiful and will look fabulous as the base layer to our new England vintage Christmas tablescape.

      For her next layer, Debbie used a white charger to layer under the Johnson Brothers Christmas Holiday Dinner Plate. I love this vintage style embossed ivory ceramic charger I found from the Firenze Dinnerware Set.

      Firenze Ivory 16-Inch Round Platter
      by Certified International

      Firenze Ivory 16-Inch Round Platter by Certified International

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      Firenze Ivory 16-Inch Round Platter

      I love this platter from the Firenze Ivory Ceramic Line and would use this as my second piece on top of the rattan charger and under the Christmas tree designed holiday dinner plate from the Johnson Brothers Christmas Holiday Collection featured below.

      16-Piece Victorian Christmas Dinner Set
      Service for 4 by Johnson Brothers

      Johnson Brothers Victorian Christmas Dinner Set 16-Piece Green Christmas Tree Dinnerware Set

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      Johnson Brothers 16-Piece Victorian Christmas Dinner Set

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      Johnson Brother Transferware

      If you wanted a set of English Christmas Tree dinnerware to set on your holiday table, this multicolor Christmas tree set of transferware is a very nice vintage style holiday set to have and will put you into the Christmas mood for sure.

      New England Pewter Table Accessories

      Debbie used all pewter table accessories for her vintage New England farmhouse style tablescape, which I think are the perfect accessories to coordinate with the galvanized planter centerpieces. I have found a set of English style wine goblets and an ale pint tankard which will make fabulous substitutes for Debbie’s vintage finds while adding to the Old World British feel to the dining table decor.

      English Style States Metal Drinking Goblets
      Set of 2

      English Hand Crafted Statesmetal Set of 2 Drinking Goblets by CC Home Furnishings

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      English Style States Metal Set of 2 Drinking Goblets

      Handcrafted in the USA, these states metal (aluminum alloy) English style goblets have the classic look of pewter without the dangers! Use them on any vintage style tablescape to capture the feeling of by-gone-eras. They can be used to serve wine or water.

      Old London Brass Trimmed Pewter Tankard
      Personalize with Free Engraving
      by Macdonald Sporrans

      One Pint Old London Brass Trimmed Pewter Tankard Personalize with Free Engraving by Macdonald Sporrans

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      One Pint Old London Brass Trimmed Pewter Tankard

      I have ale drinkers in my home and if you do too then you will have to have Old English style pewter tankards to add to your vintage New England style tablescape along with the pewter wine goblets.

      This tankard is made in the UK from the finest quality lead-free pewter with brass trim on the rim lip and tankard base. It can be personalized with free engravings.

      Pewter Candlestick Holder Pair
      by Majestic Giftware

      Pewter Candlestick Holder Pair by Majestic Giftware

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      Pewter Candlestick Holder Pair

      Add a pewter candlestick with a taper candle at each end of the tablescape
      to complete the Old World New England look.

      Pewter Wellington Hurricane Candlestick
      by Brass & Silver Traditions

      Pewter Wellington Hurricane Candlestick by Brass & Silver Traditions

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      Pewter Wellington Hurricane Candlestick

      This pewter hurricane style candlestick is very similar to the pair used by Debbie in her tablescape. It is made of brass with a heavy pewter plating and then lacquered to maintain a beautiful shine without having to polish. The included hurricane glass ensures that your candles will stay lit even in drafty areas. The base of the candle holder is felted to protect the furniture.

       

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