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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Red and White Holiday Tablescape

Whether we are ready or not, December has arrived. 
Even when you've only got a few minutes to put a table together,
it's so nice when you do. The festive air it lends to dining is well 
worth the effort.
Simple red dinner plates, a white salad plate, favorite goblets, a few candles and a centerpiece and
you are ready to entertain. It's great to have a few standby tablescapes
that you can throw together in a jiffy! This is one of mine.

The white milk glass epergne (click HERE for some info and HERE for another epergne) is a wonderful tool to help you create a stunning centerpiece without much forethought. A few cedar or juniper clippings from the yard, some red ornaments and a couple of holiday picks are all that were used to pull this look together.

The runner was made from toweling yardage. It's linen and only gets better with each washing.

German candlesticks topped with a candle peg nappy (Cherry Kay of Entertaining Women blog shows some clever uses HERE) allows me to use a different type of candle.

 See the pretty picture I won above the leaded glass display case? It's an older oil and pretty darned cool. 
I was the lucky winner of the giveaway at A Beautiful Mess Antiques. You should go check them out.. very pretty blog!

This milk glass epergne was a wonderful piece I found at an estate sale for a small pittance. Love the grape design on the bowl and the insert. This is a crimped edge 12" Westmoreland paneled grape piece. More pieces can be found HERE.

The white linen napkin is very simply topped with a sprig of greenery. Can't get much simpler than that!

My favorite Mikasa French Countryside goblets always add a bit of flare to any setting.

 Villeroy and Boch Burgenland dinner plate

  Masons Vista dinner plate

 Spode Archive Collection Georgian Series Botanical

Spode Archive Collection Regency Series British Flowers

Signature by Old Company Plate

Table runner - vintage towelling
Candleholders - Villeroy and Boch Burgenland
Dinner plates - Villeroy and Boch Burgenland, Masons Vista, Spode Archival Series
Salad Plates - Wedgwood Windsor
Crystal - Mikasa French Countryside
Peg nappy and epergne - vintage
Napkins - linen
Greenery - from the yard
Red votive holders - vintage Crate and Barrel (I think)

Thank you so very much for coming by. I cherish your visit and can hardly wait to see all the lovely tables set for Susan's party every Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch! See you there.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Adieu to fall-idays - Monday Photo of the Week

Have the fall-ish colors that graced your home in weeks past, been replaced?
Have the last vestiges of pumpkins been deemed passé?
The tree from which these oak leaves were pruned, is now a glorious deep red.
No more oranges in sight.

Has your home been transformed this past weekend?
Do you decorate for Chris✞mas over Thanksgivings weekend?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgivings Tablescape 2011

 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28-29

Going to apologize for the picture heavy post ahead of time and thus keep the 
dialog short!
I am very traditional for this holiday. I love to use old things, passed down through generations or use the things I love most dearly. The table is either classic as seen above or more colorful as seen in this post HERE.

Silver goblets and Mikasa Parklane water goblets set in front of a white pumpkin's regal place at center stage.

An artichoke, pear and a bunch of grapes all "plopped" on top of the pumpkin. Maybe for Thursday I'll change out the fauxs for the real McCoy, maybe not. I also tucked in some oak leaves to soften the edges.

The regal pumpkin is placed on a silver plateau to further elevate its standing. More oak leaves tucked around the base.

A special gift for this Thanksgivings baby from very special friends.

A pitcher for water always graces the table, so easy to self serve.

My favorite sterling salt and peppers freshly polished. Call me nuts, but I love to polish silver. Do you?

Favorite Gorham Chantilly candesticks.

Found this table cloth, Irish linen embroidered in Cyprus, at an estate sale. It has 12 napkins, 12 coasters, 3 runners, and a few other pieces in the set. 

Butter dish at the ready to butter the rolls.

Honestly, too lazy to get the sterling out. So it's the mixed set of silver that gets used sooo much.

Loving the edge of this Myott Thanksgivings salad plate.

I usually place crochet doilies on top of the silver tray chargers. Keeps the dinner plates from sliding.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7 

Tablecloth/npakins - Irish linen from Cyprus
Silver chargers - assorted silver trays from estate sales
Silver - knife/dinner fork-WMRogers Beloved; salad fork-Old Company Plate
Silver goblets - Spain
Crystal water goblets - Mikasa Parklane
Dinner/bread plate - Wedgwood Windsor
Salad Plate- Myott Thanksgivings
Crystal wine carafe - Tuesday Morning
Candle holders - Gorham Chantilly

I've got a giveaway going on HERE!
I wish you a blessed Thanksgivings. I hope it's everything you want it to be. I thank you for dropping in and appreciate each visit and comment. Sadly, I won't be able to visit until Saturday - so see you then! I'm linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday and the Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday. See you there!


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