Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silver and Gold

Season's Greetings!

Excitement mounts as 2017 approaches! On New Year's Eve we'll raise our glasses to toast the coming year. Come see the table I've prepared.

Silver is the predominant color for the evening, grounded by the placemats from my sister. Stacked on top are platinum-edged, relatively plain (for me) white dinner plates and the fabulous salad plates my sister gave me for Christmas. Silver and gold became the theme for the table.

Overcast skies made it hard to capture the gold accents scattered across the plates.

The centerpiece is a variation of the one we had for Christmas Eve, shown here. The runner was replaced by two of the silver placements and the greenery, entwined by a silver ribbon, now supports a gold bowl, a gift from G's mother. The underside of the bowl is silver.

Contemporary crystal candlesticks stand with vintage silver holders on either side of the centerpiece. They are joined by faceted votives.

I couldn't decide which of the napkin rings I should use, so I consulted daughter J. She suggested using both, alternating around the table. One glitters, the other sparkles!

 Elegant gold-rimmed champagne flutes sidle up to fun 1960's barware.

In some of the photos, you can catch glimpses of the Christmas decorations in the house. A gradual transition from Christmas designs to winter themes feels natural.





This year has been a good year overall, with much to celebrate. It has also seen incredibly sad moments, both personally and around the world. "For auld lang syne."

Here's to a new year, may it be full of good-will and joy!


Dinner plates | Noritake 'Ranier'
Salad plates, placemats | Crate & Barrel
Silver centerpiece | made in Turkey
Flatware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Flutes | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'
Crystal candleholders | vintage Mikasa
Votives | Pier 1 Imports


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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!


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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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I only do one holiday at a time, so I had to scramble to put together a table for a late night dessert this week. Most of our Christmas decorations are still stored away, but luckily I could easily get to Christmas china and linens.

Because we would serve both coffee and our signature holiday champagne cocktail, I chose the All the Days of Christmas set.


We have collected all twelve of the salad plates, each with a different pattern. We have four mugs with the seven swans a'swimming design.

"A Partridge in a Pear Tree"
"Two Turtle Doves"

"Three French Hens"

"Four Calling Birds"

"Twelve Drummers Drumming"

"Eight Maids Milking" and "Three French Hens"

I have had the plaid tablecloth since the mid '80s -- everything old is new again! Since it is rectangular, it doesn't quite cover the round table, and the wood top is showing in a couple of the pictures.

I paired the tablecloth with red napkins. Gold colored napkin rings that I bought years ago and heavy brass candlesticks play off the gold thread in the tablecloth and on the rims of the china.

The centerpiece is a simple grouping of faux pine branches and pine cones, vintage candlesticks and ceramic reindeer. I added red ribbons to echo those on the plates.

I love the details on the reindeer -- I think they're realistic, yet fanciful.

On a chilly rainy day, the red and green tablescape felt comforting. With a scrumptious dessert, flavored coffee and the Husband's signature champagne, I believe our guests will feel "tidings of comfort and joy."


Thank you for coming to dinner at eight!


Plates, mugs, coffee pot, sugar creamer| Royal Gallery 'All the Days of Christmas'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Wine glasses | Marquis by Waterford
Napkins | Lenox
Deer | Fitz and Floyd (from Wayfair)

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