It's early December — time for making lists, decorating homes, planning celebrations and having visions of sugarplums dance in our heads! For me December always includes setting holiday tables! Even before a single tree is put up, or garlands, wreaths, ornaments and figurines are unpacked, the dining room is decked out for Christmas.
I'm excited to share my cozy, bright and classic holiday table with you today in a Christmas blog hop hosted by Rita of Panoply for eighteen designers to share their tablescapes. (The links to all are located at the bottom of this post.)
Setting a table can begin in all sorts of ways. This year I wanted a cozy table that would adapt to either a late lunch or a dinner and I knew the cozy warmth of plaid linens would make the perfect base. I love this runner and matching napkins in a bold red with green, black and white accents! You may remember seeing it in A Merry Plaid Christmas. Dinner plates are a compatible plaid in a smaller scale.
Bright components came together easily. The plaid linens are themselves bright, not at all muted. The gold chargers nearly match the brilliance of the sunshine on the only day I could take photos! The white base color of the salad plates is set off by the rim design of green trees and red and black grenadiers. I love the red and gold lines that encircle their center!
Classic is evinced by the more traditional style of the salad plates, the flatware's composition and design, and the repetition of elements around the table.
Though the napkins are simply folded, they are encased by green damask ones covered in holly leaves that allow the plaid edges to show. Damask on top of plaid adds delightful visual and physical texture. Depending on what the final menu turns out to be they may both be needed!!
Lovely goblets that I have not yet identified are a nice quality glass and are generously sized for either wine or water. They are one of my favorites to use because of their versatility. Here they tie together the various other greens on the table.
On a whim I've added silver knife rests shaped like galloping horses that I bought several years ago but have never included in a tablescape. They strike me as Art Deco in spirit if not in age. If you were to visit my home, you'd see horses represented in all sorts of ways throughout.
Alongside the goblets are mid-century champagne glasses encircled by etched windswept leaves. I love their glamour and their delicacy!
The center of the table is laid simply, with a crystal vase of red amaryllis, white chrysanthemums and pine and magnolia greenery. All faux at the moment. (And yes, those are pieces of artwork of horses on the wall. They're done in a Eurasian steppe style.)
Flanking the vase are two black lanterns dressed with evergreen pieces and tiny sisal birds.
These little clip-on ornaments have alighted on several tables, trays and vignettes over the years. They can be counted on for generating smiles.
For a dinner setting, I've styled the buffet with crystal candlesticks and greenery. The coffee and tea set have moved back into the dining room from the living room coffee table.
The pillar candles within the lanterns cast abundant light which scatters off the crystal, china and silver.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I'm sure you'll enjoy exploring each of the table designs gathered below for more inspiration for your holiday table!
Debbee's Buzz - Unique Holiday Peacock Theme Tablescape
Home Is Where the Boat Is - 'Tis the Season for Plaid and Peppermint
Panoply - Nutcracker Classic Christmas Tablescape (our host!)
Everyday Living - Old Time Christmas
My Thrift Store Addiction - Enchanted Forest Christmas Tablescape
Thrifting Wonderland - A Hunt Breakfast Christmas Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul - Christmas Joy
From My Carolina Home - Vintage Christmas Tablescape
The Painted Apron - December Birthday Celebration
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Candy Land Breakfast
Life and Linda - Plaid Tidings with Santa
Pandora's Box - Where the Treetops Glisten
Celebrate and Decorate - A Christmas Tablescape Wrapped Up for the Holiday
Me and My Captain - Snow Was Falling Gently on the Streets
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Dreaming of a Christmas White and Sweet
Dinner at Eight - Cozy, Bright and Classic - A Holiday Table (you are here!)
Red Cottage Chronicles - Cranberry and Gold Christmas Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Christmas Sweets
Plaid linens | Sur la Table
Dinner plate | Williams Sonoma 'Classic Tartan'
Salad plate | Bernardaud 'Grenadiers'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Champagne glass | Libbey Glass Company 'Windswept' c. 1962
For more holiday inspiration visit a few of my other Christmas tables!