Ending the Year with 3 Truly Beautiful Christmas Holiday Tables

Welcome to the 692nd Tablescape Thursday!

Though Christmas has passed, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share three beautiful tables Warren set during the holidays. Warren said, “On 12/17, we held a family celebration of our son-in-law’s 60th birthday. (I can hardly believe I am old enough to have a 60-year-old son-in-law!) In honor of his birthday, I set a new tablescape which I called the “Holly Berry.

About a year ago, Kathie found, during one of her shopping forays, this Lenox “holly” 60 x 120″ tablecloth and 10 matching 20″ napkins for under $10. At this price, she couldn’t resist, brought her treasure home and told me to use it in a tablescape. (Yes, Dear.)

Since holly and its berries are green and red, I built the tablescape around these colors by alternating green and red water goblets and Lexox holiday flutes accompanied by colorless wine glasses. The 222 Fifth Winter Harmony plates display poinsettias with holly around the perimeter. I hid the poinsettia under the napkins so that only the holly was displayed.”

222 Fifth Winter Harmony

 

Warren said, “I created my first floating candle centerpiece using a large center vase surrounded by three cylindrical vases. A sprig of holly-bearing berries was added to each vase, which were then filled to 80% capacity with water, Interestingly, this must be done 24 hours in advance because the holly “outgases” and becomes covered in bubbles, which disappear over time.

I also found that illumination from only the floating candles at the tops of the vases leaves the lower portion of the vases dark and the holly difficult to see. Accordingly, I illuminated the bottom of the vases by placing tea light candles around the bottom of the vases. A set of string lights was woven between the vases to provide still more illumination. I surrounded vases with a wreath of holly. All the holly was harvested from the bushes adjacent to our front porch. Kathie likes the centerpiece so much she wants to use it on the coffee table in the great room.”

Floating Candle Table Centerpiece with Holly Berries

 

What a beautiful centerpiece Warren created! I’ve never seen this done with holly–have you? The floating candles are really beautiful! I love it all!

222 Fifth Winter Harmony

 

Warren shared another lovely table that he prepared for a special Christmas Eve dinner. Warren said, “Tonight we held our traditional family Christmas Eve celebration with gift-giving via Secret Santa.”

Christmas Table with Candy Cane Centerpiece

 

“I used the latest iteration of the candy cane tablescape for a scrumptious dinner of two kinds of seafood chowder, seven-layer salad, sweet potato casserole, Cumberland chicken with red currant sauce followed by gingerbread with whipped cream, and angel cheesecake with tart cherry sauce. And of course, much yummy wine.”

Christmas Table, Candy Cane Themed

 

The menu sounds amazing! I love these whimsical plates depicting Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer. Just beautiful!

Christmas Dinnerware, Santa's Sleigh

 

Warren carried the candy cane theme right to his napkins with these adorable candy cane napkin rings.

 

Before the Christmas holidays were gone for another year, Warren set one last beautiful table. Warren said, “After we had the big family Christmas Eve celebration we had a much smaller Christmas Day dinner where Kathie served a rack of lamb.”

Christmas Day Table with Poinsettia Decoupage Candles

 

“I set a new tablescape — The Poinsettia — in which I highlighted the candles I decoupaged for the occasion,”

 

I remember when Warren decoupaged candles for his Peacock themed table and how beautiful those turned out–this is just as beautiful! If you love the beauty of the peacock, you’ll find Warren’s peacock-inspired table here: Beautiful Peacock Inspired Table Setting.

 

Thanks so much to Warren for sharing these three wonderful tables settings that he created for his family during the Christmas holidays. I couldn’t pick a favorite–they were all truly beautiful with just the loveliest centerpieces!

Looking forward to all the wonderful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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Comments

  1. Just beautiful! So much thought in each one. Very special.

  2. These are indeed beautiful and special. Would Warren be willing to do a tutorial on decoupaging the candles, please?

  3. franki Parde says

    It does my heart good (&my mind) to “see” someone “take the extra step” to make a meal…really special. KUDOS! Anymore, I do it for…me. So many are…in a hurry, “why do you go to this bother??!!”…*sigh*…guess, if you have to ask…CARRY ON, the “Warren’s of the World”…LUV IT!!! franki

    • Kathleen L Lazarski says

      Oh franki you are so right! Christmas card giving is also going away. I agree, Warren’s of the World carry on!

  4. Wonderful tablescapes; does Warren have a website?

  5. Warren has outdone himself once again! Such gorgeous holiday tables with so many great ideas! I especially love his floating candle center piece, I was blown away by it. Warren, thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  6. I can be a little picky when it comes to tablescapes (Ha!) but these were all just wonderful! Soooooo festive and beautiful…hard to pick a favorite. The last picture of the decoupaged candles is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy New Year to ALL!

  7. Good Morning Susan, Thank you for sharing Warren’s festive and beautiful tables! P.S. Your inLinkz widget is not showing up.

  8. Warren’s tablescapes are all just beautiful! I’m not sure I can pick a favorite but I love the floating candles. Each tablescape was done with so much creativity and thought. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Warren is one creative dude!!! Happy New Year to you and all your followers!

  10. Wow! I truly love these tablescapes. I think they’re my favorite Warren tablescapes so far. Although, I do remember his knock out peacock tables as well. When I was looking at the Holly tablescape I thought, this is so beautiful, nothing could be prettier than this. Then I scrolled down to the candy cane table and loved that just as much! Kathie got such a great deal on those holly linens, my goodness!! They are beautiful, just exactly what I love. And the use of both green and red stemware is great. And I love the centerpiece! So, so pretty.

    Then the colorful candy cane table! I love the candles and the adorable Santa plates. So red and Christmasy. More scrolling and there’s the poinsettia table. What an inspired idea, to decoupage candles to your design scheme. I love that! And did Warren place tiny wreaths in the center of the plates? How cute.

    Warren, you really did outdo yourself this time. Three fancy tablescapes all within a short time? And all so pretty and festive. I truly am impressed and inspired. Thank you for sharing these, Warren. I’m glad you had a lovely Christmas and wish you and Kathie the best of New Years.

  11. Margaret Kuhn says

    Thanks for sharing these table settings. I enjoyed seeing each one. I also did not know that holly gasses out. Good to know, as I planted a holly last fall and hopefully will grow for many years. The table settings are what brought me to this blog and I love seeing them. Of course, it has caused me to buy way more dishes than I need, but love them.

  12. Beautiful table settings! Loved each of them…and the menu sounds scrumptious! Thank you for a peek into your holiday gathering!

  13. Thank you Susan! Happy New Year!

  14. Yes, beautiful tables that Warren set! I love all her attention to detail! The dishes, the floating candles, the accents on the napkins, all the ambiance of each table setting. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

  15. I think there’s nothing more beautiful than holly and floating candles. I have a huge clear vase that I use periodically at Christmas for displaying the same. People always rave about it and you can see why. Plus, it’s just so simple and yet stunning at the same time. Great job Warren!

  16. Snowflake281 says

    I can’t believe that Warren & I have the same favorite Christmas decorating themes. My very favorite is a snowflake theme but I have collected items for displaying all of the other themes too. Everything looks elegant & classy & the menu sounds absolutely scrumptious. Such a good job. BTW Susan, last year I invited an elderly friend of mine to join me & my husband for Christmas dinner, as I knew she was going to be alone, & I folded the napkins in the Christmas tree shape that you provided instructions for & what an impression that made! So thank you for that & it was pretty easy to do besides. Happy New Year to you.

  17. Mandy Williams says

    Every one is gorgeous!

  18. Bravo to Warren! His tablescapes are stunning. Thank you for much for sharing them. Have a Happy New Year, Susan!

  19. The tables are stuning and I dare say there are a few of us who would love to have a “Warren” around to help us! So lovely!

  20. Each one is truly special! I too would love a tutorial from Warren. I will look forward to it. Thank you and Happy New Year to all. May you all be healthy and happy.

  21. Saysee Rizental says

    Warren did a superb job of these settings. I think they are also my favorites. Thank you Susan for sharing. Have a wonderful entry to the new year. May it be blessed.

  22. Warren and Kathie’s kitchen got a real work out! I love all three tables. Each one different yet contain all the colors of Christmas. I have never seen submerged greenery unless it was faux and sealed with clear silicone. Gorgeous idea!

  23. Oh my gosh, Warren, all three tables are just fabulous!!! I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy! You have so many lovely Christmas things, and you’ve put them together beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

  24. That Warren sure knows how to set a stunning table! Loved all the attention to detail Warren puts in his tablescapes and I love the deal Kathie got with the holly tablecloth and napkins. That floating candle and holly centerpiece is just gorgeous and who knew about doing it ahead of time?! The food sounds so yummy as well. I think Warren and Kathie sure know how to put on a dinner party! Thanks for sharing with us Susan. Hugs, Brenda

  25. I’m obsessed with the floating holly centerpiece! Warren is one talented guy!!! Happy New Year Susan!!! God bless!

  26. Cyndi Raines says

    Over -the-top beautiful, each and every one! Oh My! However, I think my favorite is the holly with the wonderful candelit centerpiece, just absolutely stunning. Reminds me of the song “The Holly and the Ivy”… Love it, so Christmas-y! The other two are awesome also. A lot of work, but so lovely. The menu was incredible also. Well done Warren and Kathy. Can’t wait for your tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I want to try your centerpiece idea. I have holly bushes flanking my deck. Thanks again.

  27. Love Warren’s tables. That 1st centerpiece is fabulous! Happy New Year Susan. XO- MaryJo

  28. Susan,
    Just beautiful!!!
    Happy New year!! Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time and effort goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  29. Beautiful tables Warren. I love them all, but I think the first one with the holly tablecloth is my favorite. Love the floating candles too and can’t wait for the tutorial on the candle decoupage. Thanks for sharing Susan, and happy New Year to you both!

  30. Absolutely beautiful table settings. I love the holly themed table because it reminds me of my grandma. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Jane Bittner says

    Hello! The table settings were beautiful! Do you the maker or name of the pattern for Santa on his sleigh with the reindeer?
    I love how you always include that information.

    • Warren didn’t share that info but I’m sure he’ll see this comment and can let us know. Thanks for asking, Jane.

    • warren giering says

      Hi Jane, I found the “Santa” plates at the local Christmas Tree Shop during their after Christmas sale last year. They are melamine and there are no identifying markings on the backs of the plates. They were $1/plates; I bought 16 and a couple of platters. I bought the matching chargers at the same time and for the same price. Sorry I cannot be more informative. Warren

      • Hi Warren !
        Thanks so much for the information about the plates! It’s very helpful. Your table settings are so gorgeous!! Looking forward to seeing more this year!

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