Christmas Table Setting: Sparkle with a Touch of Whimsy

Welcome to the 273rd Tablescape Thursday!

Christmas Dinner Party Tablescape

 

Today we’re tablescaping in the dining room. This room can be a bit of a challenge for taking pictures since it’s on the north side of the house where there’s very little natural light and it has deep, red walls painted Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle. Someone mentioned once in a comment that all the paint colors I’ve used in my home have food names. I had never noticed that, but it’s true: Raspberry Truffle, Sugar Cookie and Tea Biscuit. Is that a coincidence or is some darker force at work? ;)

Christmas Tablescape with Cedar Garland, Glitter Deer and Mercury Glass Christmas Trees

 

I thought I’d start off by sharing some pics with the lights turned up, then we’ll turn them down so you can enjoy the lit trees. The mercury glass trees are from Pottery Barn, several years ago. You may remember them from previous Christmas table settings. I like how they are designed with open bottoms so you can put lights up inside.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape in Red Dining Room

 

I have a confession to make. These cute little deer were actually bought for a room that doesn’t exist yet, the someday library. You’ll find the two posts I’ve written about that room HERE.  (Just click on the picture links you’ll find on that page to view each post.)

I envisioned them at Christmastime on the white mantel that will be in there someday. Have you ever bought an accessory or decoration for a room that doesn’t exist yet or am I the only nut one who does things like that?

Christmas Table Setting with Mercury Glass Trees and Cedar Garland

 

I used cedar garland down the center of the table, curving it in and out around the trees. I also added a string of lit silver orbs, weaving them through the garland. The final addition was 20 tiny mercury glass ornaments sprinkled atop the garland. It’s a bit like a horizontal Christmas tree, isn’t it?

Silver Reindeer Table Centerpiece

 

Doesn’t it look like the deer are gazing up at the tree? :) I loved their sweet faces.

Silver Glitter Deer and Mercury Glass Christmas Trees

 

For this week’s table setting, I’m using more of that expensive dishware I used a couple of weeks ago in THIS  table setting below.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Plaid Dishware and Pierced Chargers

 

Does the napkin ring give you a hint which plates I’m using from the set?

Christmas Table Setting with Glitter Deer and Mercury Glass Christmas Trees

 

Salad plates were $2.99 each. I think the dinner plates were the same, which is kind of unusal since dinner plates are normally more. The salad plates came in four patterns and I purchased 8 of each. They are the perfect size for a party if you’re just serving finger foods. Stemware is Noritake Rockford and Waterford Lismore Crimson Hock.

Christmas Table Setting with Deer Salad Plates

 

A little close-up

Christmas Table Setting with Deer Salad Plates

I’ve had the reindeer napkin rings for years and have used them several times for Tablescape Thursday. The red-velvet edged napkins are from Pier 1 this year.

Reindeer Napkin Rings

 

In the evening with the trees aglow…

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Mercury Glass Trees and Silver Glitter Deer

Holiday Table Setting Tablescape in Silver and Green

 

Glitter Deer and Mercury Glass Tree Centerpiece

 

Christmas Tablescape with Mercury Glass Christmas Trees and Cedar Garland

 

Looking forward to the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Mercury Glass Trees and Silver Glitter Deer

 

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  1. Sheila (Mrs. Magpie) says:

    Susan, I adore your dining room, and what a festive tablescape! Love the glittering trees, the deer, and those cute plates with the deer and the deer napkin rings. Your dining room is a beautiful color and perfect for Christmas!

    xo

    Sheila

  2. Susan,
    Such a beautiful and festive tablescape..Your are not the only one to buy things for a sometime in the future room..LOL I bought furniture and any industrial style finds for several years for my husband’s office that didn’t exist…BUT… when the time came, instantly furnished! I call that smart shopping… grin..Those trees are so pretty…everything is done beautifully..
    Love, Mona

  3. I do enjoy your glamorous table decorating. It is always over the top elegant, Sometimes I wonder if you’re a real person or a decorating company on a magazine shoot? LOL
    I always enjoy the home tours through out the year

    Merry Christmas
    Janice

    • lol Janice, you made me laugh, girlfriend! I wish now I had time to include the story I was going to include with this tablescape post, but I ran out of time and it was quite the story. lol I will have to make it a separate post so you’ll see I’m am very much real and things def don’t always go as planned! :)

  4. Susan, your deer theme is so beautiful! The deer with the “fur” collars are stunning additions, as well as your beautiful glass trees. I have always loved your dining room and and thrilled, when you do a tables cape there!

    • Thanks, Diane! Sometimes I get the urge to paint it, but I still love the red so, so far it stays. :)

      • Susan, my dining room used to be pained exactly like yours – red at the top and white (mine was a bit off-white) on the bottom. There are times, when I definitely wish I had the red back ! It was so, so pretty at Christmas and all of the other “red” holidays!

  5. I had to laugh when you said you bought the reindeer for a room that is yet to exist. I do that all of the time. A few years ago I bought some things just because I liked them and had no idea of where I would use them. When we moved to our new home in Texas all of those items I purchased fit perfectly in this house. Case in point are two pairs of dotted Swiss curtains that are perfect for my shabby chic style studio. The length and width are exactly what they need to be. I bought them strictly for the lovely fabric and at one point even considered cutting them up to use for something else. Thank goodness I did not! It’s the design muse and you have one too.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. I’m drooling over your mercury glass trees Susan! So gorgeous! I’d stay to chat but I’ve only just begun decorating, feel sort of like Alice, “I’m late, I’m late…!”

  7. Beautiful Tablescape, I love the mercury glass and all of the glitter and glam. I bought up several mercury glass pieces over the last year or two. I am going to use them, I just have not figured out how I am going to use them yet. I am sure I will go for a glitz and glam table too. You have done a beautiful job of inspiring me to start getting mine created. Thank you for hosting….. Candy

  8. Love those reindeer. They look so gentle and innocent. It sets the spirit for your beautiful table.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Hi, Susan,
    This tablescape is one of my favorites that you’ve done! I love the sparkle, the dish choices, the lit trees and those darling deer with their fur collars! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Such a treat to look at your website. Enjoy the crazy, busy season. And thank you for hosting TT! Rosie

  10. Susan, this table is stunning! I love the Mercury glass trees with the glittered deer! Your tablescape is perfect for the holidays- so festive!

  11. Love the little deer, so sweet and the trees lit up are beautiful!!! Now, what on earth would you do with a library??? You have that beautiful office space filled with books!!! I agree, its that creative muse popping up again………

    • Ha! Well, when I first started planning it, I didn’t have the mini-library in the office and I did need some book space. I don’t really need it for books now so much, but I do think it would be better use of the space than it is now, which is empty or sometimes storage. I think it would help when I go to sell my home one day, but not as much as redoing my baths, which really need it. There’s just something inside me that wants to see it done, I guess.

  12. I was a closet tablescaper until about a year ago when I discovered tablescaping blog land. There is so much yet to share in my closets that I haven’t come close to running out of inspiration items, but I do get tired of using my basics over and over again. My husband gets “that look” in his eyes when I come home with new pieces. I can’t even imaging how you have enough storage room to buy things for rooms you don’t even have yet! Thanks for hosting and sharing your amazing collections and creativity.

    • Jennie, you always find room for the pieces you love. I also donate things I’m no longer using or don’t need. Since blogging is both a passion for me and my full-time job, adding new items to my collections gives me the opportunity to share new ideas with you guys. :)

  13. Susan, your tablescape is beautiful! I have bought decorating items for a house that does not exist yet – just the plans in my head! You have truly inspired me!

  14. Beautiful, Susan! Those mercury glass trees always make your table look so stunning. Love the little reindeer, and I can picture them on the mantel in your someday study. I have bought things for a room that wasn’t built. Of course, at the time, we were beginning construction. By the time the construction was done, I’d almost forgotten about the things I bought! Those velvet rimed napkins are so pretty. I hope you don’t mind that my table this week is a poor copy of a table you did years ago. As always, I appreciate you hosting the linkup. laurie

  15. Selma Claire says:

    Susan, your dining room looks like a piece of sparkling jewelry! Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Your comment about the paint colors in your home made me realize that most of the colors in our house are somehow related to water: Rain, Fleur de Sel, River Rock and Spring Moss. I happen to be a civil engineer specializing in water resources. I never really thought about that until today. I just love your blog! Have a beautiful day! -Selma

  16. Susan, I’m happy to see your new Wal-Mart plates again this week! You inspired me to check those out, and after making my purchase, I’ve included them in my tablescape today. They are wonderful! (If I had unlimited storage space, I would have bought them all.) Thank you for hosting again, and I so enjoyed seeing your dining room all decked out for your dinner party.
    Blessings!
    Kim

  17. Very beautiful! I always look forward to your table settings.

  18. Love the mercury glass trees! I’m surprised that Walmart has such beautiful dishes from time to time. Love the way you put everything together.

    • I know…who woulda thunk it? They have them for Halloween and Thanksgiving, too. I’m not sure about spring. They have a good thing going here with BH&G…hope they keep it up.

  19. This really is so beautiful, Susan , one of my very favorites. I love the glow of the mercury glass trees and pretty dinnerware….Christine

  20. Ahh such a pretty table! Love the deer- their faces are very sweet! It’s always fun to see this room. I have poor lighting for my dining area and if I want any sun or really bright light I have to get it in the mid afternoon (and I hate waiting until then)! Anyway, the mercury trees are beautiful especially when all lit up and I love that stemware!
    I remember your posts about the library. I hope you get a chance to finish it- I’m still waiting!! LOL….

    • I know what you mean Liz…I’m always off with my timing for picture taking around here. I was thinking about trying to do it this next year but I really should do bathrooms since that’s a renovation that would retain some value. I like pretty libraries a lot more pretty baths. lol

  21. Susan, your dining room looks so pretty and festive!
    I do have a question. Where did you get that absolutely beautiful mirror you have hanging in your room?

  22. Love it all but especially the deer and the china with deer and cardinal. :)

  23. Susan, the reindeer are adorable and I am envying your reindeer plates.As you know, I love deer, as long as they are not hung on the wall!! :) Your table looks beautiful. I too have mercury glass on my table and silver wire trees, which sit on mirrored glass, it sparkles.

  24. Debbie Starner says:

    Are those plates really from Walmart?

    • Yup! :) They are by Better Homes and Gardens and surprisingly great quality. Walmart is the best secret for holiday dishware. They always have cute BH & G dishes for Halloween, Fall and Christmas.

  25. I have a question…have you ever done a post on where you store all your gorgeous stuff? I love what you put together but all I end up thinking is how I have zero room for extra pretty stuff like you have. :(

  26. Luv the warm glow. How do you deal with the cords for lights in mercury glass trees?

    • Martha, I think I’ll do a post on that…maybe for tomorrow since I’ve had several folks ask via email and comments. I’ll share that soon…hopefully tomorrow if I can get the pics taken in time.

  27. Your table looks just beautiful !The deer are adorable ! I love those dishes and had to go buy myself some of the salad plates with the barn pattern , after I saw you use them the last time !

    • Priscilla, I love that barn/sleigh scene! It and the bunny ones are my fave! I think my table next week will include the barn plates. Glad you snagged some before they were all gone. You know, as popular as they were maybe BH&G will produce them again next year. I hope they do so the folks who didn’t get them this time can have another chance.

  28. Love it, susan! So charming and delightful.
    The tablescape that enchanted me so much that it turned me into a blog member, when I never had joined one until then, was the exquisite 65th Tablescape for Thanksgiving 2009. The beauty of it motivated me to immediately send the link to my sister in Tn., telling her “you’re gonna love this!” She posted a notice on her Facebook page about it & said yours is her new “favorite” blog, inviting all her Southern Bell girlfriends to go there & be inspired. To me, your taste is both classy and outstanding!
    p.s. Yes – deleting the cookies made your page load correctly again – thanks for the fix!

  29. It’s lovely Susan! The new napkins are nice addition. I once came across a deal on a new sail for a Sunfish. We didn’t have one yet, so dh said no. Years later he was sorry! :)
    We are having Southern weather today, in the 60′s. I just installed a 7 ft tree on the porch by the front door. Something different this year! Trying to wire it so the wind doesn’t take it away!
    Have a good weekend! As always, thanks for hosting.

    • He should have listened to you! :) Yeah, we have been having warm weather again, unfortunately with rain. Yuck. How will you decorate your tree? Sounds beautiful! I was so tempted to buy a big one for the porch this year but decided the one I was looking at was too fat to go where I wanted it. Let me know if you post pics so I can see yours!

  30. Susan, you know what I like best about this tablescape? The fact that dishes to NOT have to be pricey to look glitzy! Using what we have is being good stewards and although I adore the Walmart ones, my SIL just moved and gave me her set of Christmas dishes so I decided to skip this round of cuteness! Things do not have to cost a fortune to look like it! Proper scale and composition can turn most anything into a striking table. You just proved it! Thanks for sharing. Vicki in Louisville KY

  31. Oh Susan, your tablescape is beautiful – how elegant. The glass trees are so pretty. Yes I have purchase a item thinking I will use it when I change the room LOL Sometimes I put it away and forget that I purchased it.
    Looking forward to seeing all your decorations.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

  32. Susan, I want to tell you this is my favorite ever, but I do believe I might say that every single time. And, every single time it is true. Absolutely stunning!!!

    Thank you for hosting and for always inspiring.

  33. Beautiful sparkly and full of Holiday cheer! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  34. As always, fabulous table! Have to ask, did the little deer come with those white fur “collars”? Still searching for the plates; I’ve asked friends & family in S.C. to search for me. Still no luck except the 3 I happened upon “hidden” on the bottom shelf, at the back, behind other dishware. Think someone might have put them there thinking the salad plates were “safely” hidden?

    • They did come with the little faux fur collars. I found those in Marshalls and they are heavy! Paula, some stores have restocked. I saw them in the Walmart near me when I went in to buy earphones recently. I hope you find some!

  35. Susan,
    Sooo pretty!! Love your red dining room, classy! :)
    I can not tell you how many miles I have put on my car trying to get the lovely plates with the bunny on them! I have been to 3 different Walmart stores, two of them twice with no luck! I was going to a 4th Walmart today, but we are getting freezing rain, so I decided to stay put. I will keep trying! As a last resort I may cave and just buy a set on line, at least I will have one bunny plate! :)
    Blessings

    • Shelly, I wonder if you could call someone at their corporate office and they could track some down for you. Glad you aren’t going out in that bad weather. We have rain here…yuck. The bunny ones seem to be harder to find than the others. I haven’t seen them in the stores lately, mostly the birds and the deer. I would def try contacting their corporate offices. The bar code number on the sticker I peeled off is: 8 0860802758 6 Oh, and I just noticed it says “Heritage Collection” under the Better Home and Gardens name.

      • Susan,
        I will try calling the corp at Walmart, great idea!! The bar code will be a HUGE help. Thank you for sending it to me. I have a pet bunny (I have mentioned this before) which is why I really would like to at least get four of the salad plates.

        I would like to add..I read several blogs and make an occasional comment on some of them. Most of the time I have noticed that ladies leave questions for the site and their questions or comments are never answered or receive a response. I would like you to know that your diligence to your lovely blog and commitment is outstanding, and I appreciate it so very much! I think this is one of the reasons we like you so much and even though we have never met you, we find a friend here.

        Blessings

      • Susan…Susan..Susan!!!
        Today was the first day out of my house (without my husband driving me) since we had one big snow and then another snow event! I think it has been two weeks since I have been able to drive on our private road here in the country. It got up to 45 degrees today and melted the ice.
        I decided to go to the Wal mart that is about 20 minutes away to get some things I needed. I was debating over going to the Wal mart that is 50 minutes away so I could look for the bunny plates and decided it was too late in the Christmas season for them to have them, so I would just forget about the plates for this year.
        You will never guess what happened… I looked for the plates first thing. I was walking down the isle and I saw a stack of plates, a big stack!!!!! The first plate was the one with the sled, so I decided before looking any further that I would just get those. After getting the pile, the first 6 were the fore mentioned, THEN.. There was one bunny plate, then another one.. a total of 7! I was so excited I was dancing in the isle! One of the bunny plates had a little paint issue, so I left it. I now have 6 sled plates and six bunny plates!! I am so excited! I am going to my local Wal mart tomorrow!

        I just had to tell you about this! Sorry for the long comment!

        Blessings :) YEAH!!!….

        • Yay! So glad you found them! I guess they are all restocking because a few folks have emailed saying they are finding them now. The bunny ones are the ones folks seem to want the most so awesome that you found them! :)

  36. Hello Susan,
    An absolutely whimsical Christmas table. Love the deers…

    Happy Thursday and hope you all the best in Yuletide 2013.

    Greetings from D´Box,
    /CC girl

  37. Susan, this tablescape is just BEAUTIFUL!! I love everything in the room and on the table, but those deer are just too precious! I love their sweet expressions. :) This is one of my favorite tablescapes that you’ve ever done.

    Have a good weekend!

    Denise

  38. Oh, deer!!! This is just so lovely! The collars are just the best! Beautiful! franki

  39. O. K. that does it!! So many times I’ve passed up some fabulous deals (and sometimes not so fabulous) just because I really have no place to use them, just love them, that’s all. From now on I will follow my instincts and eventually “find” a place for them. I, too, love mixing the pricey with the not so pricey items. Elegant tablescape we all can take lessons from. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jerilyn, you are too cute! :) I normally just buy the salad plates because 6 or 8 salad plates doesn’t take up a lot of space and when paired with basic cream or white dinner plates, you have yourself a holiday table. :) I’ve been surprised by the quality of the BH & G plates at Walmart…better than many I’ve seen in way more expensive stores.

  40. I don’t comment too frequently, but I have to say…this is the prettiest tablescape I’ve ever seen. It is absolutely stunning, all of it – the table, chandelier, cabinet with lamp in the background, etc. You really did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration. I do read your blog daily.

  41. Oh my gosh the reindeer have fur colors, that is such a cute and feminine touch! Everything is so sparkly and festive Susan, I thing a need a cup of eggnog. Spiked of course!

  42. Susan,
    I know we could enJOY a great time shopping together if the miles weren’t so many between us!!!
    YES!!! I’ve purchased items for a new home when we hadn’t even purchased a home, yet, dear friend!!!
    The deer are adorable. . .love their faces and their white “muff” collars!!!
    This is an exquisite tablescape!!!
    Love the idea of a horizontal Christmas tree is intriquing!!!
    Thanks for hosting Tablescape Thursday each week!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  43. I have been stalking my Walmart since Thanksgiving for these plates and either someone bought all of them or they can’t find them in the stockroom to put on the shelf. haha Are you single handedly causing this shortage?
    Love the sweet napkin rings.

  44. Oh wow Susan! I think you’ve outdone yourself yet again with this one! Gorgeous!! I adore those sweet reindeer with the adorable collars, and the mercury glass trees are stunning.
    I thought your napkins looked familiar, and when you mentioned they were from pier 1 I realized not only do I have them, but I linked that tablescape where I used them to one of your parties in September. lol. Great minds….

    • I tell ya, I’m a bit of a napkin snob. lol I don’t like napkins that feel like they are made of polyester, so I really loved how these felt, although I use them more as napkin sheaths since I don’t want to wash them with the velvet trim. Have you washed yours yet, Doreen?

  45. Susan, your table is beoootiful! I made it my desktop picture for the day.

    Does the Linderhof (or something of that ilk) make anyone else’s computer freeze up? At first I thought it was just my old, old computer. But it’s just that one website, so I think it’s a glitch there rather than my computer.

  46. I believe I own that exact table, of course mine has alittle paint on it! Love the deer. Dianntha

  47. This is absolutely stunning! I love the glow in the evening light. It would be lovely to have a meal at this table!

  48. Susan,
    So beautiful and elegant! I love what you’ve done!!

  49. This is just so beautiful, Susan. Those deer really make it all so eye catching. I like how you describe the greenery and ornaments down the middle a “horizontal tree”! Perfect. I just love everything.

    Now…I am right off to Pier 1 for those napkins and I know you must think I’m strange, but I love your napkin fold. I look at You Tube all the time for different ones. but this looks different and intriguing…maybe it’s just the napkins!! Please let me know if it’s something out of the ordinary. Love it!! :)

    XO,
    Jane

    • Thanks so much, Jane! Actually, for the napkins, I just layered a cotton eyelet napkin with the velvet trimmed napkin and then just gathered/bunched them together to stick into the napkin ring…so it’s not really a special fold. I love the layer napkins that way…love the fluffiness and the look. Sometimes when I pull them through the ring, they don’t look quite the way I want them to, so I just pull them back out and redo it. The eyelet napkins are also from Pier 1. Oh, and the velvet trimmed ones come in several colors. My Pier 1 had them trimmed in bright red, a burgundy red (which is what I used here) and in green. I love the green too…it’s really pretty! XO

  50. Susan I would love to come over your house and watch you style a table! Really I would love to come and see your “stash”!!! I agree, your napkins always look beautiful – I fiddle with mine forever…
    (And what font did you use in your title ? I am looking for something similar)

    • Cheryl, I do too sometimes…they can be really stubborn!
      Do you mean the font on the graphic with the three pictures from the table? I think that one was called Channel.

  51. Absolutely gorgeous, Susan! Love your sweet deer with their faux fur trim wreaths. On the whole so festive and inviting.
    Re purchasing items prior to a room existing; the answer is yes. Reason why I have had a King Size Headboard waiting to be upholstered sitting in my Living Room for months now. (Did I just admit to that? Shame on me.) It is going I promise very shortly, as have to make space for our Christmas Tree. ☺
    Have a beautiful weekend! -Brenda-

    • Brenda, that sounds like a big project but if anyone can do it, I know you can! :)

      • Awe, thanks so much for the sweet ‘vote of confidence’, Susan. It just seems that I just don’t move as fast as I use to so sometimes things just don’t get done as readily as they should. ☺ Warm hugs -Brenda-

  52. These look absolutely stunning! I really need to get the family together over the weekend so we can decorate our place. Looks amazing!

  53. My kitchen paint color is Cake Batter, so I’ve done the same thing! And yes, I’ve bought things for the sunroom I dream of building. Several things, in fact. I don’t have a TS to share this week, but I love yours as always. I think your photos turned out beautifully, in spite of the room not having good light, it sure doesn’t show. Take care- Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
    p.s. I reference one of your articles on scraping in a post I wrote a couple weeks ago and forgot to tell you, then it got featured on BlogHer yesterday. “Six Things I’ve Learned in Six Months Of Blogging” Anyway I meant to let you know and thank you for that great info.

  54. I love your raindeer napkin rings– where did you find them?

  55. Hi Susan! I had my husband laughing when I showed him your tablescape and said “Look – she has the same dishes”. He remenbered your site from the bunny dishes and my insistance on stopping at Walmart to search for them. I had also picked up 2 deer plates “for him”, at least that’s what I told him!

  56. Susan, your table is stunning…I so look forward every year to your beautiful Christmas tablescapes!…

  57. Dear Susan,
    Hope you can use the pic of the front door I sent you. I really had fun putting it together.
    I’ve done this three years in a row, and it really makes a festive statement!
    Ann

  58. I love your tablescapes. Where did you buy the plates with the deer and bird?
    Linda Fugate

    • Thanks, Linda! Those were from Walmart back around Christmas. They may have them again next Christmas since they sold really well, so keep your eye out when it gets close to Thanksgiving/Christmas again.

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