Welcome to the 174th Tablescape Thursday!
Greetings! Hope you’ve been having a wonderful day! My day has been a little wacky. I had an eye exam this morning and I sort of forgot when you go for an eye exam, they dilate your eyes. So, if these pics look a little blurry, you’ll know why. lol It was definitely a challenge taking photos and sorting them with partially dilated eyes.
I love the “Colonial Williamsburg style” fruit trees. The tree I created this year is a bit different from those I’ve created in years past.
I took the leaf out of the table so this tablescape is a bit cozy. I started out with red candles but changed to gold ones midway through the picture taking process. So you’ll see both red and gold candles in this table setting as you scroll through this post.
In years past, I created this fruit centerpiece with red apples, as seen in this picture from last year. I always fill in around the fruit with holly from a large holly bush/tree in my front yard. The holly tree had almost no berries last year, so I used pyracantha berries along with magnolia leaves around the base of the tree. Christmas tablescape from last year can be viewed in this post: Christmas Table Setting with Lenox, Holiday and a Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Centerpiece
This year I used lemons and limes instead of red apples. The holly bush (which is more like a tree since it’s so big) had lots of berries this year. So, instead of using pyracantha berries atop the magnolia leaf base, I added a few clove-studded oranges, instead.
The limes are so big, they almost look like green apples, don’t they? The dining room is filled with the wonderful scent of oranges, cloves and lemons. Wish you were here to enjoy it with me. If you would like to make a Colonial Williamsburg style fruit tree some year for Christmas, you’ll find the tutorial: Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Centerpiece Tutorial.
I couldn’t capture any great pics of the china due to the glare of the chandelier (and my wonky eyes) so I pulled this picture from a previous post.
Instead of using the matching salad plates shown below,
I decided to use these accent plates in the same “Winter Greetings” pattern, instead. Years ago I purchased 16 in this style (along with 12 in another Winter Greetings style) to use on a buffet table for Christmas parties. They also make great dessert plates, too. This year, I’m using them as our salad plate for Christmas dinner.
Can you name all the cute birdies? Starting on the top left and going across, they are: House Finch, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Bluebird and a Downy Woodpecker.
Chickadee, Goldfinch, Nuthatch and a Cardinal.
For napkins, I layered gold sheaths trimmed in red and green over paisley napkins. Green beaded napkin rings adds a touch of glamour to the setting.
Over the years, I’ve gradually collected Waterford’s, 12 Days of Christmas champagne flutes. This is the first year I finally have six, enough to set a full table. I’ve collected days 1-6. Isn’t it fun to have a collection you add to each year. I think that may be more fun than just buying it all at once. Is there anything you’re collecting a few at the time each year?
I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas ever this year. Merry Christmas to you, sweet friends!
Chargers: Horchow or Neiman Marcus, 4 years ago
Dinner Plates: Lenox, Winter Greetings, 3-4 years ago
Salad Plates: Lenox Accent Plates in the Winter Greetings pattern, 3-4 years ago
Stemware: All Waterford: Iced Tea is Araglin, Ruby Hock Goblet is Lismore and Champagne flutes are designed in a variety of Waterford patterns
Flatware: Towle, King Richard
Napkins: Marshalls or HomesGoods, 2 years ago
Napkin Sheaths: Pier 1, 1-2 years ago
Napkin Rings: Old Time Pottery (only $1 each)
Centerpiece was created on a wood, cone-shaped form, received as a Christmas gift from a friend many years ago. You can see the form and view a tutorial for making the centerpiece in THIS post.
Brass candlesticks are by Baldwin.
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