A Traditional Christmas Tablescape Idea
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Godinger Christmas Gift Box Place Card Holders
Lenox Red Non-Leaded Crystal Tuscany Goblet
Set of 4
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Gorgeous Solid Glass Baluster Pillar Candlesticks Holders
Set of 3
Fill in any gaps around the table with gold votive candle holders for additional glam and sparkle.
Gold Votive/Tealight Candle Holder Sets
Speckled Gold Mercury Glass Votive/Tealight Candle Holder
Set of 12Small Gold Metallic Lattice Glass Tealight Candle Holder
Set of 12Gold Stripe Laser Cut Mercury Glass Votive/Tealight Candle Holder – Set of 6Gold Antique Style Ripple Mercury Glass Votive Candle Holders
Set of 6
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
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
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
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!