Welcome to the 277th Tablescape Thursday!
So how was your first day of 2014? I hope it was awesome!
Yesterday I had 10 friends over for a New Year’s Day dinner. I barely remembered to snap a few pics of the tables before everyone arrived. Since there were 10 of us, I ended up setting the dining room table for 6 and the breakfast table for 4.
The centerpieces for each table were similar, but different. I wish I could show you both in the same post but I just didn’t have enough time after the party ended to get all the pics ready. Promise to share the dining room soon. In the meantime, here are a few pics I manage to snag of the table in the breakfast room.
I decided to use my Lenox, Winter Greetings china for the party. I didn’t think to take a close-up shot of the china but here’s a photo from a previous tablescape showing how it looks. I love this pattern because though it has a Christmas vibe, it really works well even into winter with the birdie theme.
I placed horns on the bread plates at each setting. We had some serious fun with those later in the night. You may remember the tall mercury glass tree and deer from this previous Christmas table setting: Sparkle with a Touch of Whimsy. I decided to go with a winter theme for the tables and the mercury glass tree along with the silver glittered deer had that winter feel.
For a little extra sparkle and fun, I filled the wine glasses with silver shred tinsel. Later in the evening when we were sitting down to dinner, I dumped the tinsel out. By then everyone already had a wine glass (or champagne glass) from earlier in the evening so the wine glasses on the table weren’t needed.
The Butternut Squash soup recipe I shared a couple of days ago was a big hit, will definitely be making it again sometime. It’s going into my regularly used recipe arsenal–so good with toasted pumpkin seeds on top. This was the first time I’ve used the acorn soup tureens for a dinner party and they worked great at keeping the soup warm until we all sat down for dinner.
I surrounded the tree with fresh greenery and berries from my nandina bushes. The greenery is left over from Christmas decorating over a month ago! I almost discarded it since I didn’t need it after I finished decorating the porches. For some crazy reason I kept it, storing it in the garage. I couldn’t believe it was still fresh enough to use! Since it had lasted so well out in the garage, I was able to use it on both tables.
Snowflake confetti continued the winter theme for this tablescape.
I placed a New Year’s hat in each chair. The group eating in the dining room kidded the group in the breakfast room during dinner, saying they (the breakfast room diners) were sitting at the kids table. I think they had it reversed because the folks in the dining wore their hats through the whole meal and gave the horns a good workout while the folks sitting at the breakfast table abstained from hat wearing and didn’t partake in the horn blowing very much. 🙂 We were a rowdy bunch in the dining room!
The hats reminded me so much of the Pottery Barn Knock-off clock plates I made last year. (Tutorial to make the clock plates can be found here: Make Vintage Clock Plates, A Pottery Barn Knock-off
So, that’s the table in the breakfast room…will post the dining room table soon.
Happy New Year, dear friends!
Update: Sharing the other New Year’s table I created in this post: New Years Dinner Party With a Winter Theme
Looking forward to the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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