I have spent the last few days working on making the house look in the holiday spirit, and I am exhausted! If you read my blog, you know that I have a lot of Christmas dishes and I like to decorate with them every year. It takes me a long time to get out the Christmas china as well as the Christmas salt and pepper shakers. It also took me quite a while to put away all the fall décor and the harvest salt and pepper shakers.
I decided to do things differently this year. Although I have slight variations on the way I decorate from year to year, I usually do the same basic design on the mantel and the buffet. This year, I went wild and crazy; instead of doing the Lenox Joys of Christmas serving pieces as the buffet décor, I decided to use the new pieces that I ordered from Wal Mart as the buffet décor. Isn’t this platter lovely!
I’m not sure what this piece is called, but I think it will be great for a relish dish, candy dish, or even for dips alongside some crudités.
This long dish would be great for a number of uses. I looked back at my Wal Mart order, and this set was called “appetizer and divided tray set.”
I guess you noticed Santa looking over the dining room looking out for the naughty and nice. This is the first year that I have not put him on the mantel. He is very old and unsteady and has to prop against a wall.
I put the tree of wine glass charms in the center of the vignette and used most of my holiday salt and pepper shakers to fill in on the buffet.
I think that this is my first time to use salt and pepper shakers in my dining room décor as well.
However, I love the way it turned out and I will probably decorate with them in the dining room again.
On the Hoosier, I decided to use my casual Laurie Gates Christmas china. The story of how I began collecting this china is here.
I also have a bowl in this pattern, but decided not to display it. I’ll be using it a lot to serve, so it’s easier to leave it in the cabinet.
On the dining table, I began with some great beaded placemats that my mother-in-law gave me recently. I love them! Since I was using the casual dinnerware on the buffet and Hoosier, I decided to use the Better Homes & Gardens plates for today’s table.
You probably remember how thrilled I was to get some Pioneer Woman dishes for my birthday last week. I decided that the red plate would look great on top of the Christmas plate, and I was right!
I still wanted one more layer, so I found my appetizer plates that I picked up at a local flea market a few years ago. I paid $2 for 5 plates. All have the same happy Santa pattern, and they have a three different sayings on them.
I love the way the plate stack looks! Now I had to decide on glassware and napkins.
Sticking with the casual vibe, I chose these casual patterned napkins. I think I may have gotten these at Wal Mart many years ago. I also used clear acrylic napkin rings and San Remo black flatware.
For stemware, I chose my favorite Arby’s Christmas glasses and ruby red wine stems.
Since I currently seem to have a plethora of Christmas wine glass charms, it looks like I need to put them in every holiday tablescape that I do.
Since I’m going kind of casual, I wanted to do a casual centerpiece, not too fussy. While I was mentally going through some possibilities, my eye landed on this cute piece of glassware. One of my closest friends lost her mother a few months ago, and she and her sisters spent a lot of time helping her dad get his house in order afterwards. Her mother had been quite ill and they had all been tied up with her care for several months, so the house was not top priority. One of the major things that she and her siblings did was clean out and have a yard sale, and she had asked my help in identifying some dishes and glassware. She also let me come out the night before the sale and pick out what I wanted for my booth.
To make a long story short, I fell in love with piece of green glass. I did get a few things to sell, but I love this vase (?) and plan to keep it. I’ve not been able to positively identify it. My gut instinct says Anchor Hocking, but I don’t see it in my Anchor Hocking book. I think it is probably classified as floral ware, but I will probably just use it alone, like I have today. I love displaying pottery and glassware with nothing in them in order to showcase the beauty of the pieces.
Anyway, the green color is perfect for the season, so I selected it for this table. When my son and his wife were here a couple of weeks ago, they brought these cute little miniature crates and thought that I would like them in my tablescaping. I put my colorful ornaments in them, and they were right: I do like them.
I decided that the centerpiece needed a little something else. I decided to use a few red candles in various sizes to complete the look.
I like my cute, rustic centerpiece.
I think that where I really went for a different look was the mantel. This is the first time that I have put my Nativity Scene on the mantel.
Last year my daughter-in-law decorated my mantel, and it was the first time that I had not used my brass candlesticks on the mantel during the holidays. I decided that I would try that again and used a mixture of silver and crystal candleholders on this end of the mantel. The red and green pillar candles are actually Home Interior candles that are usually pretty expensive, but I got them for next to nothing after Christmas last year when a fellow flea market vendor was going out of business.
On the other side of the mantel I used my workhorse pillar candles with my vintage urn and a small votive in a crystal holder.
You will also notice something a little different with the stockings. I usually spread them out on the mantel, but this year I moved them all on one end so that the focus will be on the nativity set. The story of Callie’s Christmas stocking is here.
I’m not totally sure that I will leave the mantel like this. I’ll have to take a few days to think on it, but for now, I like it.
I kept the sofa table by the window simple. I used one of the Christmas runners and my Laurie Gates pedestal bowl filled with frosted fruit.
I chose just the snowman salt and pepper shakers to complete this look.
I don’t keep much on the coffee table since it acts as a catch-all for mail, reading material, and snacks during the week. I used another holiday table runner, my Gail Pittman tray, and a couple of candles.
I did manage to do a couple of vignettes in the kitchen today also.
In addition, I did a simple tablescape on the kitchen table.
However, this post has gotten pretty long and I will save it for another time.
Hope everyone had a great week of tablescaping and decorating!
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