Early this month, I was the hostess for a luncheon, and wanted to do a lovely holiday table for the ladies to enjoy. I had to ask My Sweet Babboo to add a leaf to the table to have enough space for eight place settings instead of the usual six. I set the dining table with some of my favorite things, a mixture of elegance and whimsy.
I put a red tablecloth on the table, topped with a quilted runner I’ve had for years. I made it long before I started blogging, it is a mix of orphan blocks with big borders. Green chargers began the place settings.
In the center, I placed the Pine Cone Christmas centerpiece arrangement, with long boughs of faux evergreens on both sides.
I nestled little Santa figurines on both sides. I have quite a collection of these.
Placing five on each side, each Santa is unique.
I liked this as it was, no candles needed as it was a daytime meal.
My mother’s holiday china, Holiday Tartan by Lenox, (discontinued now) continues the festive feel.
The gold rims just called for the gold flatware. The gold trimmed napkin rings were an estate sale find. They are little drums with bows and trimming.
I added coffee mugs to the settings.
I didn’t have eight of the same kind of napkin, so the six settings on the sides got the holly berry and embroidered ones, and the ends of the table had plain red.
Unpacking more Christmas decorations, I found these gift box scatters, so I added them around the edge of the centerpiece and a few on top of the greenery.
I added wine glasses, and again had to mix styles.
I put the little salt and pepper shakers between the settings so only two had to share. I only have six sets.
All done, festive and ready for a fun day.
I’ll be using those plates for our holiday meal too. It is fun to use special dishes on special days especially for friends. And speaking of friends, my dear friend Val is back blogging again with a very inspirational story about looking forward. Read her post on her newly renamed blog Val’s Creative Life.
What are your plans for your holiday meal?
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