With only 3 days until Christmas, I always like to set my table ahead of time to minimize the chaos on Christmas Day. Inspired by my pink and burgundy dining room holiday decor, I did a completely new tablescape this year. Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoy my Christmas Dinner table.
Protecting the Table
We have a custom table pad made by Guardian (however, I cannot find them online). Padding on the table top accomplishes a few things. First it protects the surface of the table. Next, and perhaps what I like most, is that the pad softens the sound of table activity~for example placing your glass down after using it. Subtle as it may be, you can register when there isn’t a pad or protective layer, as the table will echo the noise.
For this setting, I am using two tablecloths~a larger lace white one first, and then a smaller burgundy/pink toile fabric one. Toile designs depict pastoral scenes, farm life and hunting scenes. My source for the tablecloth is Williams Sonoma, but it appears they do not carry it in stock anymore. Here is a link to a gorgeous toile fabric you can buy by the yard.
The Place Setting
If you read my blog post about the DIY napkin project that I completely botched (see post here), you will be pleased to see these beautiful napkins. My sister, Susie, read my post and as a Christmas gift, embroidered much prettier ones! What a nice sister!
The antique silver chargers can be found at Amazon (set of six here) and though they look like real silver, they are melamine. Hard to believe, right? Silver rimmed, white dishes are from Pottery Barn and have a picture of each of Santa’s reindeer on them.
The pink wine goblets are from Pier One and the vintage water ones are part of my collection. They are a subtle link to the pink holiday theme of the fresh Christmas tree.
Fresh greens, and a collection of tinsel and white feather trees gather in the middle of the table. Individual silver mint julep cups hold fresh pink roses, evergreens and a sparkly blush-toned pinecone.
Votive candles in a rose tone (from West Elm) add another glow of light to the centerpiece. Pomegranates are strewn throughout to add a deeper shade of red to the table.
Decorating the Chairs
Each chair is adorned with a boxwood wreath and pale pink satin ribbon. These are pinned to the tops of the upholstered chairs. Wreaths are a Ballard Design purchase, during one of their sales events. They look lovely year after year.
Inspiration is a funny thing~I am such a visual person and sometimes an idea is sparked by the most random thing. I haven’t used this toile tablecloth in years, yet here it is working beautifully for the holidays. The burgundy ribbon is another relic found in the bottom of a Christmas bin.
Even my friend and Pilates teacher, Heather, found the perfect ornament to match my pink tree!
Today is food shopping for our holiday dinner and one more zoning case. Then I can finally relax and wrap gifts and enjoy these last few days before the 25th.
Since I will be taking the rest of the week off and spending the time with my family, I want to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays. Whatever you are celebrating, I hope you are surrounded by love and laughter. Each day I am so grateful for your interest in our pursuits here at Bella Terra. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following me. Have a fabulous week and stay safe and healthy.
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Absolutely stunning! Those chargers are incredible, I really had to look at them – still couldn’t tell they weren’t real silver.
Mary Crozier says
And they are affordable too!
Mary, oh my. This is beautiful! I love the tablecloth – what a great stage for your pretty white and silver rimmed plates and stemware. And the centerpiece is gorgeous (pinned). I hope you and your family had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
Mary Crozier says
Kim, thank you for your sweet comments. It’s hard to believe those chargers are melamine…they look like real silver (without the polishing and the price!). Thanks for pinning the centerpiece. It was my favorite this year. Happy New Year!
Lovely. Searching for information about you and you as an artist. I have your Lilacs painting for my Mother who died and who loved Lilacs. Do you have a website of information I could find somewhere? Thank you.
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
This is SO beautiful Mary! Your eye for a gorgeous table, and your fabulous photography make me happy every time! Merry Christmas my friend – I’m blessed myself to have met you!
PS – Great chargers!
Cindy White says
Lovely table Mary. Wishing you the most wonderful of Christmases and the very best in the New Year.
Stunning! Wishing you a Merry Christmas with your family. The best blessing of all.
Karleen Lee says
Mary and family,
Thank you for the great inspiration and sharing your giftedness! Love this tablescape. Yes, you are blessed. I, too feel blessed in this very different world.
What a beautiful post. I hope you and your family have a magical Christmas !
Nancy Brantley says
Beautiful!! MERRY CHRISTMAS
Absolutely beautiful! Great inspiration in so many ways! Merry Christmas!
I love all of the layers that you’ve used. I’m looking forward to setting my table and I will use some of your inspiration.
Melody Dean says
Beautiful and elegant! Can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy your blog posts Mary. Thank you for bringing joy and inspiration especially during a year like 2020! Wishing you and your family a very bright and merry Christmas! Abundant blessings to you all!
So lovenly beautiful…
I can’t believe your chargers, what a fantastic idea, so pretty!
Have a happy holiday, and thank you for your inspiration…