A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting

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Several months ago I was shopping in Marshall’s and I came across a mercury-glass Christmas tree. It was very early in the season and the stores were just starting to get Christmas stuff in. The tree was only $12.99 so I purchased it with the idea of buying a few more for my Christmas table setting this year. I was envisioning a centerpiece filled with pretty, silvery trees. Unfortunately, I never came across anymore silver trees in any of the discount stores. Pottery Barn had them but the price was way more than what I wanted to pay.

Then it happened. I went on a Christmas home tour and there it was, the table I had envisioned. These home tours are bad for the pocket book, ya know? It was gorgeous and I was ruined. The next day I bit the proverbial bullet and purchased a tall tree and two small trees at Pottery Barn. Ouch. Merry Christmas to me.

I still needed one more small tree. I didn’t want all the trees to be exactly the same–so much more interesting when they don’t all match. I just wanted them all in the mercury-glass style. I eventually found another one in Marshall’s, but it was more silver than mercury-glass looking. You’ll see it in some of the pics below. I wasn’t satisfied with it and eventually I found another mercury-glass tree inexpensively on eBay, also visible in some of the photographs below. It adds a  fun twist to this table setting.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


The three center trees (including the tall one) are the ones from Pottery Barn. One cool thing about the PB trees: they are designed so you can tuck a string of lights up inside. In this pic below, the lights inside the 3 center trees are turned off.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


In this pic, they are turned on.  They are really pretty with all the lights in the room turned off and the table is lit by candlelight alone.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape
Dinnerware is Noritake, Platinum.  I really wanted to add a tiny reindeer onto the center of each salad plate, but all the porcelain paint I found said it was non-toxic but not food safe.  Does anyone know of a paint that is considered food safe?

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


Reindeer napkin rings are from Dillards…an after Christmas find one year.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


Glassware is Lenox, Fair Lady.  The silver edging of the Fair Lady stemware worked beautifully with the Noritake, Platinum pattern.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape

A view looking down the length of the table.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape
A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


All aglow…

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


Let’s turn the lights off…just candlelight now.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape


Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for Tablescape Thursday.

A Mercury-Glass Christmas Tree Table Setting Tablescape

Chargers: Horchow, 3-4 years ago
Dinnerware: Provided by Noritake, Pattern is Platinum
Stemware: Lenox, Fair Lady
Flatware: Towle, King Richard
Napkins: Neiman Marcus (look for their free monogramming and free shipping sales)
Mercury Trees: Pottery Barn, recently
Mercury Votive Holders: Pottery Barn, 2 months ago

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  1. Your mercury glass is beautiful!!! It goes so well with your platinum china. I love the fresh centerpiece as well. Thanks for hosting!

  2. The Tablescaper says

    Great use of Mercury Glass. Check out my post from this past Sunday. I did my mantle in Mercury Glass. It's so much easier to find these day than when I started collecting.

    – The Tablescaper

  3. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    My word those trees are so pretty! What a lovely and elegant Christmas setting.

  4. AshTreeCottage says

    Happy Holidays Susan! Your mercury glass trees are so elegant and sophisticated. Your tablescape makes me think of the Christmas song "Silver Bells". Fabulous! Thanks for hosting dear girl.

    Susan and Bentley

  5. So elegant, swellegant! The pictures are stunning. I need you to post another photo taking tutorial. The photo with the mercury trees at eye level with the fabulous art deco mirror in the back is ohh-la-la fabulous. Thanks for hosting & inspiring. ~CJ

  6. Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There says

    Susan this is stunning! I love it! Those Pottery Barn ones are fabulous! I didn't know you could tuck lights into them! That's a bonus and makes them worth all the more! The cedar bows are beautiful and I love the pine cones…perfect choice! Another similarity…I was married in 1978- and at the same age!! LOL…
    I love the delicate look of the Lenox stemware- you had good taste even then! Well you sure made a shiny, bright and beautiful table! I bet it's beautiful to see in the nighttime with only the table lights on!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  7. Alycia Nichols says

    Oh, my gosh…you are SO funny!!!Twelve years old…hilarious!!! Beautiful table setting, of course, and the trees are the prettiest mercury trees I've ever seen!

  8. The French Hutch says

    Your dining room looks like a magazine page. It is so festive and beautiful. I love the mercury glass too. You have just given me my inspiration I need for my Christmas tablescape. Thanks for hosting.

    The French Hutch

  9. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    This tablescape is just stunning! Those mercury glass trees from PB are fabulous! Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet, don't we? Thanks for hosting the party!

  10. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Well you have done it again, created
    another beauty. I love the simplicity yet the shiny elegance of it all.
    Breathtakingly beautiful.
    I am in love with Mercury glass now too, every since I used some for my daughter's reception. The sky blue
    is my favorite color mercury glass,
    don't have any tho………
    Merry Christmas hon, and thanks for hosting as always.
    Blessings, nellie

  11. Hi Susan…I think the trees are gorgeous. Love them. And your Italian mirror is the pizazz….elegant, elegant! Susan

  12. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    LOVE the sparkle! Your Venetian mirror and ice wreath look especially perfect with this tablescape.

    BTW, when I try to edit/link back tonight, I'm getting an error message. Will be sure to do that as soon as Blogger can get my account working properly… Hope you don't get that problem, too; it's apparently going around.

  13. Your table is so beautiful! I do have an idea for your pen problem. I once saw on another blog, don't remember where, and I tried and it worked. To create a non-permenant image, use a brand new rubber stamp, and gel food colouring as ink. Stamp onto plate, and let it dry. It looks great, and washes off when you wash the plate. This might work for you, good luck!
    Dannyelle @ http://www.lifeisaparty.ca

  14. Pat's Pink Apron says

    Your silvery shimmering tablescape is very beautiful. I like the candles lit how it shines. Your dishes go perfectly. The cedar and pinecones are a nice touch. Pat

  15. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Dannyelle, thanks for the idea…would never have thought of that!

  16. martinealison says

    Vos ronds de serviettes m'ont beaucoup séduite… Une table précieusement arrangée…
    Gros bisous et joyeuses fêtes à vous et à tous ceux que vous aimez.

  17. Lovely, elegant table. I'm so glad you did this silver table in the formal dining room. It really shines

  18. Oh, Susan, you've done it again. The trees are beautiful. The chandelier with the trees makes for a spectacular setting.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  19. What an elegant table! Your mercury glass trees are beautiful.

  20. fiberdoodles says

    They are just beautiful!

  21. The mercury glass trees are beautiful, and the setting is so wintry and perfect. Thanks for hosting!!

  22. Elegant!

    Your silver decorations bring out the beauty of the mirror which I am in love with. Mercury glass is so "in" at the moment and you are the lady with the winningest (is that a word?)style!

  23. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks, MaryEllen! You are a sweetheart! I don't always go for what's "in" but I have fallen for the reproduction mercury glass. The mirror is a reproduction Venetian glass, bought about 15 years ago.

  24. Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says

    Gorgeous! The mercury glass and silver really suit your dining room with the lovely chandelier and mirror. I can see this easily carrying over to a New Years look.

  25. Phyllis@Around the House says

    Susan, love the Mercury glass…so beautiful…the silver and white is just stunning…always admire how much passion and effort you put into your posts…it always shows…phyllis

  26. Susan, your table looks beautiful. I am wondering which lights you put in your Christmas trees, are they battery operated?
    I too have a silver tree and hurricanes placed on mirrors down the center of my table, also a christmas parcel which has a battery operated light, hence my question. I would like to put a light in my tree which is a silver mesh.

  27. Your tablescapes are always breathtaking, Susan, but this time you've really outdone yourself! I ADORE those pretty mercury glass trees. As us Southern girls say, "They're simply gaw-geous." Several years ago just before Christmas, Kohl's had imitation mercury glass lidded jars in several sizes marked 75% off. I bought several for my sweet sis-in-law and have regretted not buying myself some ever since.

  28. Hello Susan,
    This tablesetting is exquisite! With the beautiful mirror, fantastic Mercury glass and chandelier – this setting simply sparkles! The candlelight adds a special glow! Perfect. Thanks for hosting – so many inspirational tablescapes!
    God Bless,

  29. WOW is all I can say! I'm speechless at the beauty of your table decor and of course that gorgeous venetian mirror makes me envious.


  30. Beautiful! Your trees are exactly what I was wanting to do this year but I did not have enough trees. Maybe next year.

  31. Susan, your table is just gorgeous!
    I love it all!
    By the way, here is a link for a paint for china that is suppose to be food safe. I hear is an excellent product.

  32. Curtains in My Tree says

    just breathtaking beautiful

    I have 3 mercury trees that I love

    your dinning room is over the top gorgeous

    Merry Christmas


  33. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says

    Susan, I think if I was sitting at your table you would have to kick me out. I could sit there all night just staring at the glow of the trees with all the lights turned out. That was money well spent. It is simply gorgeous!! xo P.S. I stated a collection of vintage glass tree toppers a couple of years ago. That kind that have a point and are mostly silver (kind of like your silver trees). I had every intention of using them as a dining table centerpiece pushed down into styrofoam and surrounded with fresh greens. So far, I only have two toppers. I need to get serious this year and collect more. Seeing your pretty table reminded me of it.

  34. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Megan, I just used electric lights I had on hand, but Pottery Barn sells some mini lights that they recommend. Mine are probably a little too powerful, but they were fine for just a quick table setting and photos. I ran the electrical cord between the leaves in the table and to an extension cord. Battery operated lights would be great. I'd buy one set for each tree to really make the trees sparkle.

  35. It is beautiful, Susan! Simple, but so elegant!
    Thanks for hosting!

  36. Oh how that mercury glass does shine …so beautiful with your red walls and other silver decor. Very nicely done …clean, sharp, and magical.

  37. *Chic Provence* says

    Hey Susan

    I've always love mercury glass too…vintage or not it seems! These are really nice and look stunning in your dining room!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, and thanks for your wonderful blog!



  38. heritagestitchery says

    Susan ~ So long as you lost
    no teeth in biting the bullet, it was worth every
    cent…the tablescape is
    stunning. Did you use battery light strings inside
    the trees or do you have an
    outlet under the table. I
    just love the way you pursue
    your dream with tenacity…

  39. heritagestitchery says

    Sorry Susan ~ Just saw your
    reply to another about the
    twinkle lights..Off to
    Pottery Barn. Thank you
    for sharing.

  40. High Heeled Life says

    Some serious swooning over your table setting!! It all looks lovely! xo HHL

  41. Just One Donna says

    Beeeeeyouuuuuteeeeefuuuullll! That is all…
    Thanks for sharing!

  42. Susan, thanks for your answer, I remember you doing the same thing for your Christmas Village centerpiece, I love everything you do, you are my blog to *go to* each day.

  43. Susan, this is just so elegant. Your mercury glass tree are gorgeous!
    Marianne 🙂

  44. That is drool-worthy gorgeous. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  45. As everyone has said, your table is beautiful…as usual.

    However, today, once again, I noticed your silver lamps on the buffet. They are really stunning. Did these start out as lamps, or is this another one of your amazing "finds" made into lamps??? If they were bought as lamps, I'd love to find something similar…just "borrowing" an idea from you.

  46. a woman who is says

    Sometimes you just have to bit that bullet. It was well worthy it! Stunning arrangement with your stunning mirror and chandelier ! Of coarse you had too 😉

  47. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Suzy, The silverplated lamps on the sideboard did start out as lamps. I found them at a store about 15+ years ago, that's unfortunately, no longer in business now. I keep stealing one from the sideboard for the office chest and then putting it back for table settings in the dining room. Wish I could find another one. If I come across anything similar, I'll be sure to blog about it. In the meantime, I'll keep looking.

  48. Tracy@GeneralSplendour says

    Oooh la la! I bet you just turn on those GORGEOUS trees, light the candles and just sit in there and adore all of the holiday splendour. Oh and I wouldn't fret too much about Pottery Barn – whatever you paid they were worth every penny! 🙂 Bravo – nicely done. Thank you for hosting and Merry Christmas!

  49. Very pretty and sparkly! Lovely!

  50. A Cottage in the Clouds says

    Absolutely stunning!

  51. now you've done it…I'm going to scour Marshall's and TJMaxx for mercury glass…beautiful!

  52. BEAUTIFUL! I love your blog! I just bought a Colonial Home and you have given me so many ideas for our new house. Thank you!!!

  53. jackie smith says

    the mercury tablescape is gorgeous, I love silver and white for Christmas. I did one similar , but used crystal candlebra, and silver candles coated in silver glitter,along with small candle holder with stars all over them.I was very pleased with it.White silver bordered china and crystal stems, Chairs were swathed in silver with bows in back, and greenery tucked in bows.

  54. I googled vintage silver mercury glass tree topper and eventually found my way to this page! Beautiful and just the right amount of bling! I’m also interested in your wall color; it just may work perfectly in my bedroom. Would you be able to tell me the name of the color and the manufacturer, by chance?

  55. love your trees and your table, I have been collecting mercury glass trees for the past 3 years – my first find was at marshalls too! Check Kmart if you have one local to you – Sandra Lee made some very nice ones at great prices – 9.99-14.99

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