Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmastime Accented with Red

I've set another holiday table in what we call the 'game room' (because it's perfect for board games and card games) or the 'garden room' (because it opens onto the lower patio by the pond). I would rather have set it in the dining room, a room that lends itself to larger displays and elegant settings. But I couldn't because we are in the midst of renovating the kitchen. The rooms on the first floor are shrouded in plastic and the dining room table is covered with the stuff you normally stash in the kitchen. The renovation was supposed to begin in September, but it was the first week of November before it did. We can't get to where we store the decorations so haven't been able to decorate the house for Christmas. Ah, well...

But I can get to my Christmas dishes to set a proper table for our Christmas lunch! I started with some of the elements I used in last week's Twelve Drummers Drumming -- holly placemats, pine cones and berries.

Since this is set for lunch, simple dinner plates will do. These belonged to G's grandmother and I remember many wonderful Christmases spent eating lunch at her house. I love the unusual shape of the plates and the deep green stripe along the rim.

Last week's centerpiece has been placed in a vintage hammered aluminum bowl my mother received as a wedding gift. Bottle brush trees are clustered on either side, echoing the Christmas trees on the plates.

Toys cluster underneath the tree.

Hem-stitched napkins are held by satin ribbons. Pinecone picks beneath the plates repeat the centerpiece.

A few weeks ago we escaped the construction chaos and went to an antique mall held monthly in Atlanta. We happily came home with this candy dish.

These cute engine and caboose salt and pepper shakers look like they've just jumped off the plates.

They were joined by another set of shakers.

The table design is based on green, but red touches here and there provide festive accents.

I also tweaked the decorations on the buffet, keeping the candleholders and berries, but replacing the magnolia leaves with fresh clippings from one of our camellias.

Not only are camellias evergreen, but they bloom in winter. Nearly hidden by the teapot's handle is a bud about to blossom. The teapot and matching cake plate are similar in design to the plates. I love their candy cane flourish!

I thought we'd treat ourselves to chocolate martinis (the only kind of martinis I like, lol!). The glasses have red and green glass embedded in the bowl and in stripes that crisscross down the stems. We received these several years ago as a holiday gift.

I like using traditional reds and greens for the holidays. The colors are warm and comforting, and they can be combined in so many ways.

I just love this boot full of toys!

I hope this inspires you to use simple accents to set a pretty table for the holidays. Even in the midst of renovation chaos!

Merry Christmas!

Table resources
Plates | Nikko 'Christmastime'
Teapot, cake plate, train S/P shakers | Spode
Toys, gift S/P shakers | Fitz & Floyd
Napkins | Williams-Sonoma
Placemats | Lenox 'Holly Damask'

Shared with:
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Katherine's Corner 
French Country Cottage 
Love of Home 
My Soulful Home 
Life and Linda 
The Freckled Rose 
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Metamorphosis Monday 
Amaze Me Monday 
A Stroll thru Life
Confessions of a Plate Addict  
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Stone Gable  
Worthing Court
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Let's Add Sprinkles  
Savvy Southern Style    
Vintage Charm


  1. Beautiful table with memories of your Grandmother. I love simple elegant table and you hit it right on.

    1. Thanks, Judy, for your visit and comments! I've always thought a simple design on a small table was the way to go.

  2. Always inspiring!How classic and exquisite!Stunning dishes.

    1. Thank you, Maristella, for your lovely comments! This one took a bit more thought. Happy Holidays!

  3. This is really pretty. Just made me smile so much! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you! Perhaps you can join me in singing the 12 Days of Christmas! Happy Holidays

  4. I had to click on your post because I am a huge fan of red Christmas decor. Your table is lovely and has so many charming details. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much! Red is the merriest of colors, don't you think? I'm so glad you came for a visit, Merry Christmas!

  5. love the beautiful accents of red, brings Christmas into a colorful affair thanks for sharing
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    1. Thank you, Angie! I almost always use red to some degree for Christmas. I'll stop over.

  6. This is so festive! I love the fresh Camellia clippings especially!

    Thank you so much for sharing at TFT. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Amber! I enjoy using all the wonderful evergreen options available in Georgia.

  7. Oh Sandra, you poor thing, kitchen renovation during the holidays!! You certainly have made the Jolly best of it and what a perfect room to enjoy holiday dining and decorating! Next year you can really go all out, and it will be worth the sacrifice this year! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Jenna! After nearly 2 months I admit to being over the whole process. Today I bought a new wreath for the front door so we don't look like a Scrooge house, lol! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas, rennovations and all; it will be worth it in the end. Your tablescape was absolutely lovely!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! Couldn't do all the things we would have liked, but we're looking forward to the new look. Merry Christmas!

  9. Very pretty!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I would love to see your MIL's home and all her trees!! Maybe you can do a post on her home???

    1. Thanks, Debbie. You've got a great idea there -- perhaps I can talk her into it!

  10. Another lovely table, Sandra! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! I love mix the old with the new. Happy New Year


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