Holiday time means a pretty table and a chance to use my holiday china. I love the holiday china pattern that belonged to my mother. I used to buy her pieces every year for Christmas, helping her to build her set. Once she had all the cousins over to her place for a meal, and had to run get a few more dinner plates. So, now I have 15 dinner plates. DH won’t let me invite that many people over at once, LOL, maybe one year I can do the buffet dinner I’d like to have.
This year I wanted the table to be mostly green with an eclectic centerpiece, rustic yet glittery at the same time. I began with the green chargers found earlier this year. I set them on the pretty holly tablecloth I made a few years ago. Dinner plates are added, the pattern is Holiday Tartan by Lenox. They have a Christmas feel, yet are still appropriate for Thanksgiving or New Years too. Since I very rarely get to use the soup bowls, I put them out instead of salad plates. The salad tastes just as good in bowls, doesn’t it? Maybe even better.
On the side, I placed the small plates with fruit bowls. I wasn’t sure I’d use these for dinner, but they did look great on the table. When the day arrived for the dinner party, I picked them up and used them for dessert instead. The little fruit bowls sometimes hold cranberry sauce.
Next, silverware, salt/pepper shakers, and coffee mugs are added. Green napkins are given a simple fold.
Turning to the centerpiece, I added pine cones to the goldtone sleigh, along with gold and green glass ornaments, and some artificial greenery. Once again, the low centerpiece created made conversation easy over it.
I like the juxtaposition of shiny to rustic.
The little birdhouse ornaments were set on the sides, they have a bit of sparkly gold to them.
Here is another one, a little red house. Those pine cones are almost perfect in symmetry. I have a whole basket of them.
And another little ornament birdhouse, a tiny church. More gold ornaments are tucked into the greenery.
And there we are, all done.
Guests for dinner were delighted with the china settings.
One more look at the whole table.
Do you set a Christmas table?