Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas, Naturally Tablescape

Decorating my sunroom for Christmas typically entails blending indoor/outdoor decor, as our sunroom is used year-round with climate control. My decor in this space always involves some woodland touches, plenty of pattern, and dishes (of course!). With casual dining furniture in the area, I've set a table with a theme: Christmas, Naturally.
I welcome you to join me, along with several other table stylists this week, sharing ideas just in time for hosting friends and family for holiday dining occasions. A complete list of bloggers participating is conveniently located at the end of this post, which links to their tables featured each day. This blogging event is graciously hosted and organized by Chloe Crabtree from the blog Celebrate and Decorate
My Christmas, Naturally tablescape was prompted with a table topper my neighbor created for me last year. I just love quilt work, and the fabrics and design in this piece are just wonderful. I had most everything I needed to dress the table I envisioned. Reds and greens in slightly muted hues had me mixing and matching various elements, both newer and vintage, until it came together.
The colors of the quilted centerpiece called for off white, more natural toned elements. I pulled a vintage tablecloth with cutwork and holly/berry vine embroidery in similar colors as the quilted piece. I chose vintage French monogrammed dish towels as the napkins. My wood chargers were a natural fit to the look I was going for.
The gold, starburst napkin rings were a clearance purchase earlier in the year, and beckoned a look-see for some gold flatware. Gold was about the only color I didn't have in flatware, but at under $25 for this nicely weighted set of 20 pieces, it was affordably appealing and irresistible in the brushed gold color.
The plate stack was set with my everyday dinner plates, and salad plates with holly and sleigh design were purchased last year. The beverage service is a combination of green wine glasses and copper hammered mule mugs.
The patterned placed card ornaments were an estate sale find earlier in the year.
I decided to make my centerpiece a combination of candles perched on fallen birch tree logs from my garden, and a set of solid brass vintage deer, purchased at an estate sale I happened upon while walking past a neighbor's home just a week before Christmas last year.
Once the centerpiece was decided upon, the table felt complete for the casual and natural look I envisioned. It's funny how styling goes. I had a completely different intention when I started this, and actually ended up with two very different looks. The other table I created was more contrasting in black, white, and traditionally deeper hues of red and green.
A wonderful inspiration for me in creating Christmas tablescapes is that Mr. P. and I host Christmas Eve dinner for my immediate family in town, and this year my headcount will be close to 40 (!!). I set at least three tables (and also have tray tables), so the dishes and ideas can be separate for each tablescape, and would definitely be mixed this year, as my largest set only accommodates 28. Would it be blasphemy if this dish lover resorted to paper products, since I am also the head cook and bottle washer? We also typically host breakfast for my two daughters and their husbands on Christmas morning. Tablescaping has been one of the first decorating activities I've checked off my list for the past few years, but I may just need to let some pressure off myself this year and limit my tablescaping to Christmas morning to give myself a gift of time.
Whether you're hosting Christmas or any other holiday dinners, I hope you've been inspired with even one idea as a takeaway from my tablescape today. For plenty more inspiration, please see the complete list of bloggers participating in this gathering below, and links to their Christmas tables. Each day new bloggers are featured. My appreciation goes out to Chloe Crabtree for organizing this event!




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Christmas, Naturally Tablescape Source List
Vintage Tablecloth, Brass Deer, Place Card Ornaments  - Estate Sales
Quilted Table Topper - Gift
Vintage French Monogrammed Dish Towels, wood chargers - Etsy dealers
White Birch Log Candle Stands - My Garden
Dinner Plates - Pfaltzgraff
Salad Plates with Sleigh - Pier1
Starburst Napkin Rings - HomeGoods
Gold Flatware - Target
Green stemware - Dollar Tree
Copper hammered mule mugs - local auction QVC overstock purchase

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