We have traditionally celebrated Christmas Eve with a wonderful dinner, served on a lovely table set with fine china and elegant crystal. Although our traditions and most of yours have been upended this year, I see no reason to discontinue doing the things that bring joy and comfort during the holiday season.
So with my daughter's help, I've set our table with tradition in mind, but with modern elements that particularly appealed to her. Smaller yet intimate in the twilight, you're invited to join us at the table!
Since she was doing most of the fetching and carrying (too risky for me on crutches!), I simplified the process by using only a soft linen runner on the bare table. On the minimal base, each layer is highlighted.
Chargers that look luxurious but were inexpensive distribute the gold from the magnolia garland across the table. Their scalloped edges add a casual note. A bit of brass rims the napkin rings and brightens the center of the plate stack.
Leaves and berries in the garland sit comfortably with the sparkle of the china, crystal and silverware.
I think the details make all the difference in a tablescape. Miss J layered colorful patterned ornaments in hurricanes for a festive centerpiece. She used Shiny Brite ornaments (recently bought) that remind me of the array of similar ornaments that decked my childhood trees.
Greg gave me the beautiful dinner and salad plates as Christmas and birthday presents. I received the matching cake plate this year! I was disheartened to learn the pattern has been discontinued.
I found the cranberry stemware at an antique mall and hurriedly claimed a set of eight! It's been fun researching the pattern and manufacturer.
Photos taken at twilight can be tricky. I was a bit early for the blue hour, which is always so pretty in photos.
The buffet was minimally decorated with a bowl of ornaments and greenery, flanked by the antique/vintage candelabra that I first used on our Thanksgiving table.
Although we're still decorating throughout the house, the dining room is ready for Christmas!
Plates | Bernardaud 'Grenadiers'
Silverware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Stemware | Steuben 'Rose Swirl'