Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winter Woodland Tablescape

When I shared Christmas in the Sunroom, I gave you a glimpse of how I would be setting a table in this room. This is the photo I shared.
The table is now set, and I'd like to share how I put it all together.
This all started with a set of four unique tartan mugs by Noble Excellence in 'Holiday Plaid', which I bought on a post-holiday sale from Dillard's in 2013. Unfortunately, other pieces were no longer available. After unsuccessfully scouring the internet for more of the same this year, I resorted to mixing and matching. From eBay and Etsy, I purchased tartan plaid accent plates made by Sasaki and Arita (Japan). I have no idea who originally sold these, but a couple online sellers noted they were manufactured between 1986 and 1990. I ended up with seven plates with center motifs, and seven that have plain white centers.
My unique motifs include a goose, a French horn, a violin, and a reindeer. There were others that could be bid on that had images of toys - a bear, rocking horse, drum, and jack-in-the-box.
I layered each place setting as follows: a gold charger (Dollar Tree), white dinner and salad plates (Mikasa 'Magnolia'), and then the accent tartan plate. For napkins, I used cotton sheeting towels with pom pom trim and different phrases embroidered on each one (Peace, Joy, Believe, Let it Snow). Versatile as they are, I've used these as both fingertip towels and as dish towels previously.
The table centerpiece is a round wicker basket with pinecones and deer sheds surrounding a candle lantern.  The glasses are vintage Blenko crackled glass, which belonged to my mother-in-law. The tablecloth is a painter's drop cloth, and the runner was a special gift to me, made by my daugher.
The silverplate utensils are vintage, Community Sivlerplate, a pattern my mom had when we were growing up (but not this set, I traded these from my sister, who got them at auction).


Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, I'm excited to use this mix of tableware through the holidays. Even after the Christmas decorations are put away, I can use the plates with plain white centers, and keep the pattern play and the winter woodland theme going.
Dinnerware - Mikasa 'Magnolia', Sasaki and Arita 'Tartan Plaid'
Chargers - Dollar Tree
Mugs - Noble Excellence 'Holiday Plaid'
Glassware - Vintage Blenko
Flatware -  Vintage Community Silverplate
Textiles - Lowe's painter's drop cloth, vintage dish towels, handmade runner

Will you be setting a special table this year, casual or dressy?  Do you serve buffet style, or set the table? Do you mix and match, old and new?

If you missed my other Christmas posts for this season, you can catch up here:
Traditional Holiday Home, Garden - 2014
Christmas in the Sunroom 2014
Winter Frost Holiday Tablescape

Happy Holidays!