After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure. Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not quite as deep. Mirroring the scene outside, the snowflake theme comes inside with all white tablescape. I am having a sewing day next week to work on the California Fire Quilts (Update post), and of course that means a pot luck lunch. I am really grateful for all the help these ladies are willing to give, so I set the table with my best china and flatware. The centerpiece is a white reindeer planter, with a white painted pine cone in the well, topped with a clear snowflake.
All the settings are set on my white embroidered lace placemats, with the matching table runner under the centerpiece. More white pine cones are on each end. White candles are in small crystal holders. White mitten ornaments with silver snowflakes are placed added too.
The place settings are white on white china plates, with white porcelain leaf dishes for salad. Crystal water glasses, silverplate flatware, and individual salt and peppers complete the settings.
These porcelain bowls are so delicate, with pretty veining on the leaves and a graceful curve forming the bowl. If you hold them up to the light, you can see your hand through them.
I made place cards from white card stock, with a snowflake punched on one end.
In the center, the floral garland of white poinsettias circle the reindeer, accented with a string of iridescent white beads.
There is a contrast of textures with the knitted mittens, furry cuffs, shiny beads and silk flowers.
The clear snowflake is just set onto the pine cone.
One more view.
All set and ready for friends to enjoy.
Elsewhere in the decor, I put my White on White Crazy Patch Mini Quilt on the quilt stand with white candles nearby. Click on the link for the whole story and how to make one for your decor.
On the pub table, the matching larger porcelain leaf bowl sits atop the Snowflake Table Runner.
On the kitchen counter, one more embroidered lace placemat is the base for a wonderful white candle with a fresh outdoor snowy scent called Winter Garden (Large Jar) (Winter Garden Small Jar). (affiliate links) The hyacinth bulb sits next to it, and is growing slowly, as there isn’t enough sunlight to stimulate it. I put it down in the basement yesterday under the grow light to help it along.
On the coffee table, a
Fostoria Fenton candy dish and a white candle flank the Victoria magazines and the book At Home With White. The books from Victoria are so wonderfully illustrated, the pictures are works of art. There are lovely chapters on just about every room in the house, to add a feeling of gentility and quiet beauty.
On the bookcase, more white items are collected together, little white chickens sit near white candles in clear crystal holders. A white rabbit planter holds some votives, and a snowflake candle holder are in the center. On the plate stand is a wonderful oyster dish that I got to actually bake oysters in.
The detail on it makes it a beautiful piece for display as well.
How do you like to decorate in January?