Twelve Days of Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 121st Tablescape Thursday!

Happy Tablescape Thursday! It’s been sooo interesting today reading all the comments left on the Horchow tablescape. Please remember, Tablescape Thursday is NOT about rules. It’s about having fun and creating pretty tablesettings that add to the enjoyment of dining with friends and family. I do “generally” go by the suggested “rules” for setting a table. But, I’m not above breaking them and doing my own thing…as you’ll see this evening. My hope is when you stop by BNOTP each Wednesday evening, the table I’ve set will make you smile and perhaps spark an idea you can use in a future table setting.

Tonight, we’re dining by candlelight and by the lights of the Christmas tree.

The light was just beginning to wane when I began setting the table…

A chickadee and a towhee came to the outdoor chandelier that hangs from the pergola just outside the bay window. I felt like they were asking why I hadn’t filled the feeders. So I stopped and rushed off to the bird store for seed, filled the feeders and then went back to playing with the table.

It was getting a lot darker now…

If you think everything has to be perfect to participate in Tablescape Thursday, think again. You’ll notice I have the coffee cups already on the table…something you would normally wait until the end of the meal to bring out. I wanted to share them with you and I wanted to use them to hold candles this evening…so the rules went out the window. Don’t come here for rules, come here for fun and inspiration.

The china I used this evening was inspired by the centerpiece…a fat Christmas goose! I hope he’s a goose, at least he is for tonight.


I surrounded Mr. Goose with magnolia leaves.  Tried something different with the napkins this evening. Instead of using the napkin sheaths on the outside, I tucked them on the inside.  Love that layered look!

I took some of the Christmas bells I used HERE last year in the garland around my front door…

And turned them into napkin rings for the night. They have little wires with tiny bells on the end and they were perfect for wrapping around the napkins.

I placed one bell at the foot of our Christmas goose.

Christmas Goose 2

If you follow BNOTP on Facebook, you’ll remember this china. I got lucky one afternoon while out antiquing and came across eight, 4-pc place settings of Valarie Parr Hill’s, 12 Days of Christmas for $45! I’m on the lookout now for days 9-12. Here are the salad plates for days 1-4.

Salad plates for days 5-8…

Dinner plates for days 1-4…

Dinner plates for days 5-8…

A few close-ups of some of the dinner plates…

The inspiration for the centerpiece

Valarie Parr Hill's 12 Days of Christmas Dishware




Looking forward to viewing your beautiful tablescapes!

Dishware: Valerie Hill Parr, 12 Days of Christmas, Found antiquing in a local store
Glassware: Gorham, Festive Holly, Marshalls a year or two ago
Flatware: Silverplate Beethoven, eBay a year or two ago
Napkins: HomeGoods, this year
Napkin Sheaths: Pier 1, this year
Goose: HomeGoods
Magnolia: From my yard

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  1. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful says

    What a delightful find those 12 Days of Christmas dishes were! Love the candles in the coffee cups, and the table looks wonderful by the lights of the Christmas tree. Merry Christmas!

  2. My little heart went pittypat when I saw this table Susan! I love the china! Your tree is beautiful also.

    Wonderful table!

  3. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    I've been known to stop everything to fill a bird feeder. What would we do without our beautiful feathered friends?

    I absolutely love your Christmas goose! What a sweet addition. Would love to have the 12 days of Christmas china. How great are they?

    Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party. I posted about a tablescape that I created long before I knew what a fun party there was out in blogland.

    I also posted about a fun give away. Hope everyone participates and enjoys!

    Susan, thanks again for a wonderful time in the world or tables!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  4. On Crooked Creek says

    What a fun and inspiring tablescape! I adore your Christmas Goose. Your dishes are gorgeous! Perfect setting with the Christmas tree all aglow and candle light in a cup. . .too cute. Thank you for hosting this idea filled party.

  5. Love the beautiful china!! What a great find. The centerpiece is too adorable. Beautiful as always Susan!!

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Beautiful tablescape, Susan! I love those plates…so unusual! And your centerpiece…the perfect touch of whimsy! Stay warm!…hugs…Debbie

  7. Janie's World says

    That little goose looks so happy and festive, she is adorable-definitely the life of the party! Cute Christmas dishes, I hope you find the rest that you are looking for.

  8. Hi Susan! What a wonderful festive Christmasy table! Love your duckie centerpiece and those cute dishes are precious! You do such good work – I guess that's why your the Tablescape Queen! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Beautiful as always! Your tree is lovely and it looks so nice with the tablesetting. Cute shades on your chandelier too.

    I don't know how you do it all and make everything so neat!

    From Virginia

  10. Gail @ Victorian at Heart says

    I love where your Christmas goose nested. The beautiful candlelight and low light from your Christmas tree is beautiful. Those napkins should take center stage and the plates are perfect. Thanks for providing this fun blog party. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  11. I love the china, Susan, been lookng for anything "12 days of Christmas". I wanted the Waterford crystals but I haven't found anything reasonable. Your tablescape is just beautiful and fun!…Christine

  12. Rustique Gal says

    So Pretty!! I love the 12 days of Christmas dishes. And that goose! I used to have a pair of them in different poses. He looks just like one of them. Now I'm starting to feel the Christmas Spirit!
    Happy Week!

  13. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Susan, I love the Twelve Days of Christmas theme. And the way you did the napkins this time — great choice! As for RULES … I like to know them — so I can decide when I want to break them! You won't find hard-and-fast rules at My Place to Yours either. ๐Ÿ™‚ It's all about creativity and beauty and sharing with each other! Thanks for sharing…and hosting.

  14. Just beautiful. Love it all and, yes, I do believe that is a CHRISTMAS GOOSE. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks, Susan, for hosting.

  15. LOVE the tree, all is lovely as usual!

  16. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Oh this whole scene just made me smile!

  17. I hope your Christmas goose isn't "cooked"…he's the cutest guy! I love your 12 Days of Christmas dishes. Your whole table is just beautiful!!

  18. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Yes, I think that is a Christmas Goose, and I love him! Your Christmas plates are beautiful, and lucky you to find them at such a great price! Those napkins and the sheaths are beautiful, and what a great idea to use the bells for napkin rings. Another delightful tablescape! laurie

  19. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    Gorgeous Susan, I LOVE that dinnerware, It's SO picturesque! LOVE every single one!
    Thank you again for all the fun we have every week,
    Hugs to you,

  20. I love your Christmas goose table, very festive. The plates are so cute, hope you find all of them. I think using those cute bells as napkin rings is a great idea…love the napkins, very pretty.

  21. Susan, the plates were a terrific find. I've not seen these before, but they are lovely. I hope you find the remaining days. Good luck!
    The table is beautiful. Love the Christmas goose. I've been looking for a nice goose for a centerpiece myself.
    ~ Sarah

  22. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says

    Fun table, love the goose, the bells, and the adorable gingerbread men! The 12 day plates are amazing! Thanks for hosting this lovely party.

  23. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Oh, the dishes…love them! I hope you find the rest of the set. I love the candles in the cups. Of course I like the unexpected on a table. I love breaking the rules! I think it is much more interesting and it also makes my guests more relaxed.

  24. Susan thank you for hosting this fun Christmas gathering. I don't link to too many parties but this time of year we have to go to Parties and be festive. so I joined in on the fun.
    I have always loved your kitchen and eating area and at Christmas it just shines!! Kathysue

  25. the cape on the corner says

    how fun are those 12 days of xmas plates! your goose makes total sense!

  26. Designs By Pinky says

    PLEASE!!!! Someone tell me HOW to link back! I want to play too:):)

  27. Really pretty china. Love your magnolia. Always love real greenery. Merry Christmas!

  28. martinealison says

    Grรขce ร  Fifi j'ai fait la connaissance de votre blog rempli de merveilleuses photos.
    Je reviendrai vous rendre visite… et Hummm… vos adorables biscuits en figurines…j'en voudrais bien!

  29. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Oh those plates are just so charming Susan!
    And I love the Goose!

  30. Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage says

    I can never get enough of your inspiration! Thank you for sharing your talents!

    Merry Christmas!

  31. Dear Susan,
    you are so cute, to stop tablescape for feeding your little bird friends. And your table is so heart warming with those plates. And Mr. Goose really looks like a Christmas Goose. I wonder, that he can look so proud and friendly although he is a Christmas Goose. The plates are really gorgeous. Thank you for hosting my favoured blog partty. Tablescape-Thursday.
    Greetings, Johanna

  32. Hi Susan,
    great pictures. It's very nice to have a look on your blog. I love christmas, christmas can come.
    Have a nice day and take care

  33. Susan, this room positively GLOWS with warmth & excitement! What fabulous china you've chosen this time & turning the bells into napkin rings was a brilliant idea! I wish I had your creative mind.
    I'm going to try making some of those sheaths…they should be easy to do with a thin wire & a rolled hem on the serger. I have a few but would love more.
    I'll keep an eye out for Valarie Parr Hill's days 9-12 for you, too.

    Love your Christmas goose used as a centerpiece & I also noticed those cute striped chandy shades…cute touch!
    I forgot all about my chandeliers when decorating this year. :*(
    You always have such great ideas….thanks for sharing them with us & thanks, too, for hosting TT every week. It is my favorite day!!

  34. Luncheons at the Junction says

    Susan, you never fail to delight! I love this little table with the 12 days of Christmas, and the linens are just fabulous. The Christmas tree adds such warmth to the setting – your son and his fiance will love it. Enjoy!

  35. Your pics are always very nice to watch….have a nice day, xoxoxoxo, ciao Flavia

  36. How lovely are those plates and the goose is just perfect at the center of the table. Love the skates and sled, my daughter did that this year. PS – thanks for no more pop up ad. Merry Christmas.

  37. Beansieleigh says

    As always, everything is absolutely beautiful, Susan!! Love your tree, your table… I loved the idea of the big jingle bells at every plate.. SO CUTE!!!.. Wishing you blessings and lots of holiday fun in the days ahead! ~tina

  38. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Love your Christmas goose — he's smiling and strutting because he gets to be the centerpiece decoration rather than served up on a platter! Have a Most Jolly Christmas with your family and friends.

  39. As always, this is absolutely exquisite.
    Happy Holidays from South Africa!
    Shel x

  40. Jessica @ Decor Adventures says

    Your little table area there with the tree is like Christmas vacation at a beautiful country resort! How lovely.

    So glad to be linking up this week, haven't done TT in a while!

  41. What a wonderful table with those adorable plates! My theme was the Twelve Days as well ;o) Christmas Wishes and Happy New Year to you Susan! I am enjoying getting to know you through your wonderful blog.

  42. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says

    Thanks for hosting! This is my first attempt at a tablescape!! I have to point out some things I loved in your home! The ice skates! I so want to find some to hang on my sleigh! Those dishes are just awesome!! I have never seen anything like them!

  43. hi all, i have a question more than a comment. i would love any suggestions on how to find affordable china. i love spode, it really is pricey. any help would be great!!

    [email protected]


  44. hi all, i have a question more than a comment. i would love any suggestions on how to find affordable china. i love spode, it really is pricey. any help would be great!!

    [email protected]


  45. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    He looks like a Christmas goose to me! And I love those plates. So fun. Everything looks beautiful, as usual, Susan. You're so creative!

  46. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Tammy,
    The best places I know to shop for deals is either on eBay or in the antique shops, thrift stores or at estate sales and auctions. You may even check Craig's list from time to time. Goodwill now has online bidding…some folks have gotten some great deals at their online site. The highest prices will be in the retails stores.
    Happy Hunting…that's a lot of the fun! Maybe some other folks will have some great suggestions.

  47. Hi Susan,
    I love those plates so much. Hope you find the rest of them but you have a nice supply already. I love the color and the pattern of the napkins and thejingle bells look perfect with them.Your tree also matches perfectly with your table colors. I have followed you for about a year now and I have learned so much from your table design. It amazes me that you can still come up with such beautiful ideas.
    Happy Holidays,

  48. Michael Lee West says

    Merry Christmas, Susan! I love the tablescape. And that goose. He's so festive! I'm still writing. Oh, my! XX00

  49. Hi Susan,

    What a delightful table — I love the way you've merged whimsy and elegance.

    Your tree looks fantastic too! I like monochromatic "decorator" trees, but, for me, there's nothing quite like the traditional red and green. I love ornaments that have been collected over time. Your tree, and your table, bring back childhood memories and tug at the heart strings!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Bye for now,

  50. Hi Susan,
    A very creative and lovely tablescape!

    Thank you for hosting,


  51. Hi Susan,
    This is the first time leaving a comment to you after following you for a few years. I have always loved your home and porch and you have taught me so much about dressing the table. I have read your blog everyday and have finally started my own blog. I am extending an invitation to you to visit my blog. Thanks for the inspiration. i can't believe I am actually writing to you.

  52. So pretty! I have been fascinated with 12 Days of Christmas china and yours is just gorgeous. Each little touch you add makes the table so special. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  53. I'm going to try to write a tablescape post for next Thursday because I'm a real newbie. I love napkins and dishes but to be honest we are retired and eat in our easy chairs but I would like to play with something new and there are so many beautiful things out there. I'm going to visit with some of your participants and get inspired. You did say we didn't have to perfect, didn't you?…hehhe…

  54. Love your 12 days tablescape! The napkins are so colorful, very festive, and good to shoo the geese away!:)
    Hope you find your missing plates, that would be wonderful!
    Thanks so much for hosting every week, Susan!

  55. Susan, it has been such fun following along and participating in Tablescape Thursdays. It seems that many of us thoroughly enjoy creating tables for whatever occasion. I wish we could all pool our dishes and accessories for a lifetime of tables. Happy holidays.

  56. Cristin @ Simplified Bee says

    I will be linking up tomorrow!

    Thanks for hosting – your table looks darling!


  57. Designs By Pinky says

    Susan, I forgot to say how mUCH I love this table and these BEAUTIFUL plates!!! What a lucky find! Also, where did you get the ADORABLE gingerbread men??? SO cute! Can you also tell me how you make you pictures this big? They are so bright and beautiful. I also love the tree in your kitchen! Your home looks so beautiful, all of it!!!! XO, Pinky

  58. So adorable! Love the ice-skates. Such a cute touch (: Everything is simply beautiful

  59. I was just browsing the links on your tablescape party, when I spotted my hutch re-do. I had linked it to the Tablescape party instead of Met Monday. I am so sorry! I took it off right away.

  60. kim taylor says

    I’m still looking for the dinner plates for Valerie’s 12 days of Christmas place setting. I only need plates 9-12 to complete my set. Any info??

  61. Rachel Stiles says

    I have days 5-8 and the covered butter dish. Would sell if anyone is interested. Never used. Original packaging.

    Beautiful table!

  62. Rachel Stiles says

    The whole set was available on QVC at one time. There were 3 different sets. Days 1-4, days 5-8, and days 9-12. My Mom only bought days 5-8. Now what do I do with them?

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