After the clutter of the autumn season, and Christmas, January is a time for scaling back, clearing the table, and cleaning up. For many years now, I have decorated our home in all white for the first month of the new year. I often say it is like a palate cleanser at the end of a rich meal, a way to take a rest from the abundant decorations of the holiday seasons. This year, I pulled from items used in years past, setting the table with my everyday white stoneware and using the arrangement from last year in a new way.
I made this snowflake arrangement in a milk glass container last year, and this year I put it in the ceramic basket found thrifting some time ago. Snowflake picks are set with just a bit of green for contrast. To cover the foam base, I wrapped the white poinsettia garland around the bottom, tucking it into the basket.
Snowflake square salad plates sit on white stoneware dinner plates on silver chargers.
Every day flatware pieces are placed with white napkins held by clear rings.
Crystal glasses, coffee mugs and salt/pepper sets complete the settings.
A simple, uncluttered table, pristine white is ready to be enjoyed all month long.
Elsewhere in the house, I placed my Snowflake Table Runner on the coffee table, with a white
Fostoria Fenton candy dish and a book of The Art of Andrew Wyeth. That cover art piece is one of my favorite all time pictures. There is a full size print of it on the wall in the library / dining room.
No dinner parties this month, so the formal table is covered with my grandmothers lace tablecloth. In the center are two sets of glass candlesticks with white candles, surrounding a bowl of pine cones that are painted white. One set of candlesticks and the bowl are Fostoria Baroque depression glass.
On the mini quilt stand, my White on White Mini Crazy Patch Quilt. Click on that link for full instructions on how I made it and embellished it.
Last year’s tablescape featured some cute mittens, and you can see that on Winter White 2019. I did a more formal White Tablescape in 2018. I am actually amazed, looking back to previous years, that we have not had snow yet this winter season. By now we usually have had at least one. But it is raining this weekend, so I’ll be content with sewing and watching the football games with overcast skies.
What do you do after the holiday things are put away?
The winner of the book giveaway from last Wednesday’s post is Rosemary B. Congratulations, Rosemary, your book will be on its way soon.