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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!! and a gift for you Tablescape

Welcome to our Christmas day table. It's not dressy, it's not formal, it's not real casual, but somewhere in the middle of all that reigns something comfortable. Like an old pair of shoes or a favorite sweater. So come on in, find your seat and let the merriment begin!

Another Bill (Affordable Accoutrements) inspiration. Fostoria sherbets used for the shrimp cocktail.

layered of course... on Spode Christmas tree salads...

on top of Nikko Christmas Tartan Plaid,

Don'tcha just love that little raised holly on these plates?

Some gold plated flatware...

Glass napkin rings from Home Goods in the perfect green.

Taming napkins with an embroidered Holly motif

A crystal carafe sits waiting the first thirsty diner

Gleaming packages of silver and brass show you where to sit, have you ever switched placecards?? ever?

Crystal and silver salt and peppers still needing to be filled

A large bowl of daisies, roses and plaid ornaments sit center stage




Overshadowed by one of my latest finds - peg nappies in the silver candlesticks.  Ooh, I just almost wet my pants when I saw these for $2.00 each!

Spode Christmas tree wine glasses and red goblets

All on a 2002 Martha Stewart jacquard holly tablecloth





Inspected of course by Regan




















Merry Christmas y'all. Thanks for dropping by. My humans and I wish you many blessings for this holy season.

Cast:
Nikko Tartan Plaid dinner plates
Spode Christmas tree salads and bread and butter plates
Spode wine glasses
Red goblets from Stein Mart
Tablecloth by Martha Stewart 2002
Napkins from St. Thomas
Napkin rings scooped up at Home Goods a month or so ago
Crystal carafe a steal at Tuesday Morning
Inspector Supreme is Regan the cat, now 8 months old 
(he's been so good that Santa has special treats in store for him!!)

In the spirit of the season, I will be letting Random.org pick one winner for a set of 8 white hemstitched, linen, monogrammed napkins (you pick the monogram) on January 7th, 2011! Everyone that follows is automatically entered and those who comment on this post will receive an entry too... If you want a chance for a third entry - post this on your blog and then come back and leave me the link to the post in a comment on this post! So up to three chances to win. I will need to be able to get in touch via email to select lettering style, letter and lettering color.
1. Follow
2. leave a comment
3. blog about it and tell me the link

I'm linking up with Susan's Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to check these out for some great inspiration.



86 comments:

JKW said...

I already follow. I love the table setting and your Tartan Plaid dishes. They remind me of my Buchanan/Scottish ancestry. The Spode is beautiful with them. My girlfriend has the Spode tree plates too. The flowers are so beautiful. I love going on these Creative Journey's with you. Blessings, Janet

Sherry said...

Oh, Marlis,
Your candles and centerpiece are just gorgeous! I love red and white roses with evergreens! That is so pretty. Like your place setting too. Did you embroidery the napkins with holly? They are very pretty. Which leads me to your giveaway! Yes, I would love some napkins!! I am a follower!
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Sherry

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I'm guessing you embroidered those beautfiul holly napkins. You are clever. I bought a free-stitching foot for my Janome machine about a week ago, after being inspired by you! It may not be holly napkins but it's a start in the right direction!!!

I already follow you!

Sarahx

Kuby said...

Everything looks so charming. I love your candlesticks! Also the beautiful napkins. The ornament by the flowers just sets everything off perfectly. I pray you and your family have the most wonderful Christmas as you celebrate the birth of Jesus!

LindaSonia said...

I already a follower. I would love to be a guest at your holiday table. It's delightful!!

xinex said...

Such a delightful tablescape, Marlis. I love everything about it but my favorite are the centerpiece and candlesticks. I love all the dishes you mixed together, really, really, gorgeous table!...Christine

Entertaining Women said...

The photo taken from the end of the table with light coming through the window from the left is stunning...just beautiful! Great get on those peg nappies...have you seen how much they can be on replacements? Great arrangements, too. Your table is wonderful. Have a great Christmas feast! Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

Marlis said...

These napkins were already embroidered and belong to the matching tablecloth.. the ones you will get will be machine embroidered with the monogram of your choice. ;-)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Marlis,
This is a truely gorgeous table. YOu paid great attention to detail.
I LOVE THAT TABLECLOTH. It just is the perfect background for all of your lovely things.
Tartan and Spode Christmas tree is a match made in Christmas heaven. It looks divine together. I am a real tartan fan. We have our own tartan. We are part of the Buchannan clan. So tartan is near and dear to my heart.
I laughted out loud when you said you almost "tinkled" when you found those fabulous candlesticks. I would have too!
YOur table is rich and festive and oh, so elegant.
Merry Christmas!!! May all your family be blessed.
Yvonne

Rettabug said...

Marlis, this table is absolutely GORGEOUS! I adore the tartan plaid & I would have been apoplectic over finding those peg nappies for that price!!!!! Lucky-Dog!

Your Spode china is beautiful. Can you believe one of my tennis team friends brought me a little accent plate in that pattern as a hostess gift? I have it displayed on a plate rack at the top of the baker's rack right now.

Did I ever tell you we had a blue eyed white cat, too? named Snowball..I know, not very original. He was deaf & I understand that is common with them. I hope Regan can hear my Merry Christmas wishes to you & yours!

fondly,
Rett

Rettabug said...

Oh & I'm your newest follower & will get a button up onto my sidebar in a few minutes, telling people of your generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Marlis, Your Christmas table is beautiful!!! Don't you just LOVE that tablecloth? I have the same one from Martha in green in two sizes so it fits my table with or without the leaf, and an apron in the red. I wish she still sold those linens because they were gorgeous! Everything else on your table is so appealing. I am a happy follower and would welcome some monogrammed linens! Linda

dgmills said...

I am delighted to be a new follower of your blog. My new year resolution is to start a blog myself.
Merry Christmas!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marlis,
What a lovely Traditional tablescape! I, truly, feel the jacquard holly tablecloth is the "comfort" factor that keeps this from becoming formal! I adore Reagan! I have a similar snapshot of Maurice at our Easter tablescape. You'll have to watch for it in the Spring! have a Merry Christmas!
Fondly,
Pat

dgmills said...

Your Christmas table is lovely and I especially like how you mixed the tartan plaid with the Spode Christmas tree. I have not seen that combination before and it works great!

Marigene said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous table, Marlis...love the tartan plates against that beautiful tablecloth...
Merry Christmas!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Marlis,
I absolutely LOVE plaid! It's just home to me....cozy.....warm....home!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and your family is having a wonderful Chritsmas.

Many blessings,
Laura

Mary said...

I am mad for your plaid paired with your Spode! It's beautiful together with your tablecloth! Yes, I'm guilty of switching placecards :-) I hope you & your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Miss Char said...

Marlis your plate selections are perfect together and those candlestick centerpieces are just to die for. I don't think I've seen a more perfect holiday table. Thank you so much for sharing and a very Merry Christmas.

Alycia Nichols said...

Marlis, Marlis, Marlis. I am shaking my head and smiling. What a pretty table!!! Now, I will be the very first to admit that I have never heard of a peg nappie. I was able to figure out what it was in your photos, but I'd just never heard of it. I bet you did go bananas when you got them...especially at that great price! They're really, really pretty. Fantastic job, my friend! Thanks again from stopping by earlier. Please know that I wish you and your family the very best CHRISTmas ever! Peace.

Jeannine said...

Love the green sorbet/cocktail dishes. So pretty (I love Bill). Your red globlets and the plaid plates are beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Scribbler said...

I absolutely adore your table! I must have some of those Tartan plates.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Your table and dishes are just gorgeous!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So very beautiful! I love those silver and crystal candlesticks! The red roses makes this look so elegant!

Have a wonderful Christmas celebration!

Katherine

Bonnie Bee said...

Love your table especially the centerpieces.. I follow. Merry CHRISTmas

Jacqueline said...

I am a follower. I would love to win the napkins.

The florals really make your table exceptional. I love fresh flowers and especially with evergreens in the winter they are so fabulous. All of your glassware is wonderful too. Those great sherbets for shrimp cocktail, set one for me. I am seeing so much plaid this year and I love it all. It adds such a great traditional element. Have a wonderfull and joyous Christmas dear.

Jacqueline said...

I also left a comment.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your tablesetting is sooo very pretty!! The silver candlesticks and your flatware is stunning !
I also love how the light is filtering though onto the table in some of your photos too!

Thanks for sharing and also for stopping in to visit me!
Sherri:)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oops! I just became a new follower! Please add me to your drawing! I'd almost wet myself to win some monogrammed napkins!! ;)

Thanks!!
Sherri

Aledia said...

Hi Marlis!
I am already a follower and I just love your tablescape! Those candlesticks are AMAZING and your inspector is just darling! :)
Please enter me in your drawing and thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I wish you and your family a very Merry CHRISTmas!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Marlis, SO pretty! And those were only $2.00!! They look beautiful as does the whole table, it looks so wonderful!
Merry Christmas!

Debbie said...

I'm totally loving this table. I'm a huge fan of plaid, and your tartan is so festive and perfect. I really REALLY love the ornament in the same plaid. I'm now going to copy you and make a photo copy of my plaid dishes and do some decoupaging befoe next Christmas. That looks wonderful! I wish that I had though of it for my table this year.

Just a beautiful table, Marlis.

I hope you and your family have a blessed and Merry CHRISTmas!

Carrie said...

You've put together a stunning ensemble for your holiday table...very beautiful!
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

Carrie said...

I am new to your lovely blog and just became a follower.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your table is absolutely stellar. I adore the mix of patterns and all the bling. Happy Holidays! hugs ~lynne~

Donnie said...

What lovely photos and since I'm new to tablescaping I would love to possibly win those lovely napkins.

Merry Christmas

Donnie
ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

Donnie said...

What lovely photos and since I'm new to tablescaping I would love to possibly win those lovely napkins.

Merry Christmas

Donnie
ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

Donnie said...

I am also a new and happy follower.

Donnie

ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

Sara said...

Love your Christmas settings!!! I am newly crazy over the tartan plaid dishes. I must have some of those!!!
Merry christmas to you!!
Sara

Carol at Serendipity said...

Marlis,

Thank you for stopping by. Nice to hear from another machine embroiderer! I just finished all the stockings for tomorrow.

Your table is beautiful. Love the peg nappies. I had to google but I will now be on the hunt for them.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Carol

Jeannie said...

oooohhhh, Marlis! I just love the plaid with the christmas trees - great match! And I am so glad Regan approves. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Enjoy the blog so much! Jeannie

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a lovely tablescape. I hope that you have many happy memories around it. And, I love that you put the CHRIST back in CHRISTmas!

Atticmag said...

The combination of the plaid and the holly table cloth are really wonderful. It's a beautiful one and I always love to see the Christmas tree plates. The roses just top it all off so beautifully Marlis. Thanks for stopping by to see my table, too. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Jane

Kay Ellen said...

So pretty Marlis! Merry CHRISTma sto you too!!

Happy Tablescape Thursday~~~

Blessings to you & your family...

Kay Ellen

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Your table and Spode China are just gorgeous! I love your centerpiece and all the fresh flowers and greens. You took awesome photos too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

lulumusing said...

Marlis, we could throw a heck of a party together if we combined all our Spode and associated accessories. I love the tartan chargers you have used. It's been fun getting acquainted with you this year. Happy Days!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Marlis, that is a stunning table setting. I also have the Spode dishes, but never thought to pair them with a plaid. You are a true visionary..Merry Christmas.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marlis, I am a follower. Joni

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marlis, this is a beautiful, festive table -- the plaid dishes are so beautiful as well as the sherbet cups. Regan is adorable. Joni

Red Couch Recipes said...

I posted this on my sidebar. Joni

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I love this table Marlis...being of Scottish ancestry, that tartan plaid gets my full attention. I always love fresh flowers on a table and your arrangements are PERFECT!

I am a faithful follower and appreciate a chance to win the napkins.

CHRISTmas Blessings!
Gail

Priscilla said...

Love your blog. I follow it and I always enjoy your postings.
Merry Christmas

Karena said...

Marlis I am your 99th follower!

Adore your table it is equisite!!

One thing I do not have are monogramed napklins and I would love to

All the best in the New Year!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Merry Christmas Marlis, Your table is "GORGEOUS"...I Love every detail, the tablecloth is so pretty and I LOVE those candlesticks... My VERY FAVORITE is the tablesetting of tartan, the spode AND that wonderful Fostoria sherbet(I AM definitely going to be LOOKING for them)... You have put it all together so Perfectly...I REALLY do LOVE every detail!!! Oh YES I'm a follower, so enter me for your generous giveaway...
Holiday Hugs, Donna

Sarah said...

Marlis, I'm a longtime faithful follower. Your table is the perfect combination. Love the layers of plates. I like the plaid. I've been searching for some plaid dishes, so I appreciate the information on this one. It looks great with the Christmas Tree. Beautiful tablecloth too. Each detail is lovely. ~ Sarah

Sarah said...

Marlis, I can always use more monogramed napkins. I'd be thrilled should I be the lucky one. What a lovely, generous gift. ~ Sarah

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your beautiful table and the mixture you've pulled together so beautifully. Those tartan dishes are the prettiest plaid pattern I've seen. I'm a new follower and I would LOVE to be entered for your wonderful giveaway!

mgster said...

Love it! I have the same green Fostoria glasses in the iced tea and small juice size and love them. I also have the pitcher. Thanks for the giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed. Happy New Year!

Judy said...

Marlis you are the most creative person I have ever met. It doesn't matter if it is sewing to table arranging it is the best. I have those green glasses!! Your napkins are gorgeous!! Can't wait to see what the new year will bring!!!
Keep on creating!!

Mrs. Serendipity said...

Marlis,

Your table is so beautiful. Love the MS tablecloth. It seems so old world - a true keepsake! As you know I am a follower but give some other lucky gal a chance to win! Thank you for sharing your lovely tablescape. Happy New Year! Ein Gluckliches Neues Yahr!

Mrs. "S"

Debi said...

I love your table setting. I'm a Spode Christmas Tree collector and love to see unusual ways to mix it with other patterns.

Debi

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

What a beautiful tablescape, love the colors. I'm visiting from BNOTP. I'm glad I found your lovely blog, I'm your newest follower.
Veronica

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Your giveaway is now on my sidebar!

Sharon Haynie said...

Beautiful Christmas table-I love how it all comes together. Thanks for sharing, and yes, I could use a set of mongramed napkins!

Sharon Haynie said...

I'm following you, too!!!

Kathleen said...

I don't know how I missed this post! I guess all the cooking etc for Cmas! So glad I got to see it, it is just beautiful. I love the plaid plates. What a festive table!
Of course, I am a follower.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Another beautiful table Marlis. Love the way you mixed the china patterns, and I want some of those red goblets. I haven't seen them at Stein Mart. Have you had them awhile? OOOO, I'd love to win a set of the monotgramed napkins. What a generous give-away. laurie

Sarah said...

Marlis, I've added your giveaway to my blog. I've got my fingers crossed. What a wonderful gift this is!
Thank you, sweet friend! ~ Sarah

Tess said...

This table is beautiful...all of the Christmas pieces are gorgeous and work so well together.

Your kitties is beautiful (I LOVE kitties...we have three!)

melin said...

I am a new follower. Love your beautiful table.

Maria said...

I am a new follower. Your tables are beautiful, and I really want those monogrammed napkins! :-)

Jenny Harris said...

Happy New Year! Your table is very pretty, and I especially love the silver candlesticks with the crystal parts at the top. Very pretty!

Happy New Year!

~Tonja~ said...

I am a new follower of your blog....
your table is beautiful...
Tonja

linda white said...

I feel like I've dined with Rhett in a fancy hotel. Everything looked magical, especially Regan. He's the star. I LOVE animals too...I'm a new follower & will continue to follow. Crossing my fingers for the napkins. BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR...

lindawhite77@yahoo.com

Johanna said...

Hello Marlis,
beautiful tablescape. I love red and green for Christmas, it is happy and classy. And what a beautiful giva away. I am a lucky follower.
Greetings, Johanna

Johanna said...

Hello Marlis,
I don't know if foreigners are allowed to participate in your wonderful give away, but maybe. I would love to join in.
Greetings, Johanna

Linda said...

I was on Cindy's blog when I discovered yours. I really like your Christmas table scape , it is so lovely. My sister yrs. ago make me Christmas napkin rings, your giveaway napkins would look really nice with my rings. Please enter me in your giveaway. thank you duenml@comcast.net

frommylefthand said...

Love your blog! The photos and decor are awesome. The cat is my favorite. :-)

LesleyAnn

frommylefthand said...

I'm a follower of your amazing blog!

LesleyAnn

frommylefthand said...

I'm a follower of your amazing blog!

LesleyAnn

frommylefthand said...

I blogged about this beautiful giveaway.

LesleyAnn
http://frommylefthand.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/happy-new-year-2/

Entertaining Women said...

I've enjoyed following you since I first began blogging ....my design alter ego. You've done another marvelous job with your tablescape. Peg nappies...woohoo! Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh Marlis! I LOVE, Love, LOVE this tablescape! It is perfect. Love the tartan plaid dishes and just everything about it.

Please include me in your wonderful drawing. I am a follower of yours!

Donna

Esme said...

I already follow.

What a beautiful Christmas table setting. Thank you for sharing with us.

nomoneywilldecorate said...

I'm late to the game but so happy I cold stumble here and check out your beautiful tablescape! I mentioned earlier that I love your Spode. I just got some for Xmas this year so I shall be taking some inspiration from you next year!

Jeannie said...

Your table is absolutely gorgeous and I'd love to add monogrammed napkins to my table. It did inspire me to unpack my silverware from my move! I even had my children polish it after Christmas dinner (and they didn't even complain!)

Your display is absoloooootley beyoootiful!

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