Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Eve Dinner

I'm so glad you could join us! We have hosted dinner on Christmas Eve ever since we were married, a tradition carried over from my parents. The table is at its most formal, for after all the occasion calls for a celebration!


I just love this china! I first saw it when Mikasa was closing its retail stores. Since then we've managed to collect place settings for twelve as well as several serving pieces. It always has pride of place for dinners throughout the Christmas season.


The pattern did not come with bread and butter plates, but I found these at Replacements, which I think go amazingly well.


The golden chargers repeat the gold rims of the plates. The red and gold napkin rings which I've had seemingly forever (but which can still be found online in various colorways) add sparkle and shine.


A poinsettia-patterned cloth runs down the center of the table, covered with a simply designed centerpiece that allows easy conversation across it. Faux greenery adds warmth, and the ornaments and votives contribute color and sparkle.



Our wedding crystal scatters light across the table. . .


and reflects off the silver candlesticks.


In the center are two covered boxes in the shape of reindeer.


One cranberry, the other a pale green.



The buffet is dressed for the season, with a faux garland and reindeer. (And yes there are lots of reindeer scattered throughout the house for the holidays!)


I've treasured these since I found them.


 
 
 



Thank you for coming to dinner at eight! I'd love to hear from you. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Resources

Dinner and salad plates | Mikasa 'Christmas Eve'
Appetizer plates | Mikasa 'Onyx'
Stemware | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'
Flatware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Chargers and votives | Pier 1 Imports
Reindeer | Fitz & Floyd 

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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful table. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. May your holidays be merry and bright!

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  2. Spectacular. Celebrate & Enjoy!

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  3. What a gorgeous table! I love your china pattern and it is one I have never seen before. So dramatic! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks so much! I couldn't walk away from this china when I found it. May all your holidays be wonderful

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  4. Lovely table! thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I so appreciate your comments.

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  5. Breathtaking china. I can see how you couldn't resist! Oh, my beating heart! Your tablescape is just altogether gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks so much! And to think the china was on clearance when I first found it...

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  6. I LOVE anything from F and F! I have 2 Santas and 2 deer and also treasure them! Your table is beautiful, I LOVE those dishes!! Have a very merry Christmas!

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    1. I have a particular weakness for F&F designs -- they are so incredibly detailed. Hope your Christmas is filled with joy!

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  8. Wow! Your table setting looks so regal; fit for a King and Queen. I love the mikasa plates. They are plain gorgeous; also all the touches of glam you incorporated. Great job!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment. Have a most wonderful Christmas!

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  9. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year!

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    1. It was my pleasure to join such a talented group of people. Wishing all a happy new year.

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  10. I love the classic and elegant look! Thanks for sharing at DI & DI! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you! I was delighted to share with other bloggers there. May you have a happy new year.

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