Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Settings for 12 in 2012

What a fab Christmas dinner for 2012! All terrific meals begin with great table scapes. With two dining tables located only a few feet apart separated by an opening created by an eight-foot wide, 10-feet tall pocket doors, designing two complimentary table settings is easy and allows for ease of conversation.

Here is how I created these two Christmas table setting:

For table #1 (featured above), I choose a neutral background--ecru linen and cotton tablecloth, as a palette for the remainder of the table appointment. The hand-beaded beaded burgundy place mats perfectly held gold ceramic chargers which became home to embossed white china trimmed in platinum. Silver, perfectly aligned with the bottom of each charger flanked each place setting. Stemmed wine glasses set on a breakfast plate to protect the table held a combo of olive and ecru napkins place at right angles to one another, pinched in center and placed in Bordeaux the bowl of wine glasses.

     Note the Centerpiece: Holly, magnolia and huge clusters Nandina Berries nestled in wet sand in a elongated silver piece form the capture center spot on this long dining table. To each side of the natural arrangement of seasonal greenery and berries are two  stemmed candles globes housing two off white candle. Colored Christmas balls, ribbon, small vases of Nandina Berries, votive candle holders plus just a few strands of curling ribbon rounded out this elegant yet somewhat casual table scape.

For table #2 (featured below), I selected a Christmas print tablecloth for my background. To this, I added white battenberg trimmed white place mats turned sideways so that the ends drape slightly over the sides. For drama,  I added red acrylic charges that were home to my Christmas china. just like the sister table setting, each setting was flanked by an appropriate complement of silver Similar to the settings at the sister table, only feet away, the bowl of Bordeaux wine glasses held intertwined red napkins surrounding white.

     Note the Centerpiece (featured below): 

A berry wreath laced adorned with curling ribbon and green tree ornaments encircle antique kerosene lamps and an antique green wine bottle. Simple, items on hand and oh so inexpensive items make for a memorable center piece.


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