Winter Table Setting with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece

Welcome to the 12th Tablescape Tuesday!

Let’s celebrate the approach of the holiday season with a tablescape that has the feel of a snowy evening. I’ve dimmed the lights and lit the candles…so glad you’ve stopped by this chilly winter night.

Winter Tablescape with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece (Between Naps on the Porch)
The centerpiece for our winter-scape is a silver “tree” covered in 17 Swarovski crystal ornaments. I’ve been collecting them since 1991, when Swarovski created the first ornament in this collection. Each year Swarovski alternates the style of the ornament…producing a snowflake ornament one year and a star ornament the next. I’m always amazed that they can come up with a new design each year.

Winter Tablescape with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece (Between Naps on the Porch)

The first year I started the collection, I hung the ornament on our regular live Christmas tree. By the second year, I realized how easy it would be to accidentally toss a crystal ornament right out with the tree. So I bought a little silver tree for this collection and boy, did those two little ornaments look pitiful hanging on that tree all alone that second year. It’s been fun adding one little ornament at a time each year and gradually watching the tree fill up. I actually had to purchase a second tree two years ago, as the first little tree became full…scary how quickly the years do pass.

The china is Colburn by Noritake and the sterling flatware is King Richard by Towle. This was the china and sterling pattern I chose as a bride-to-be back in 1978. I still love both, after all these years.

The Colburn pattern is a soft blue and gray…just perfect for a winter tablescape.

Icy crystal salt cellars continue the wintery feel.

The crystal I chose to go with the Colburn china so many years ago is by Lenox. It has an etched design around the upper half and a platinum rim that coordinates nicely with the Colburn china.

A little hard to photograph the etched design…can you see it?

Reindeer, all dressed in silver…

…they give this tablescape a whimsical feel…and every table needs a touch of whimsy, don’t you think? 🙂

A few more close-ups…

Added some sparkly snow drifts around the base of the ornament tree.

I placed a glittery silver ornament at each place setting. Thought they would make wonderful little gifts for dinner guests to take home…a little reminder of a night spent dining among snowflakes, stars and silvery reindeer.


Hope you enjoyed this winter themed tablescape. Please take time to visit and comment on the tablescapes posted on the blogs listed at the top of this posting. You are sure to come away with lots of new ideas for your own holiday tables.




Winter Tablescape with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece (Between Naps on the Porch)


Information about items used in this tablescape: The ornament tree came from Ross-Simons online; Crystal ornaments are Swarovski; China is Noritake, pattern is Colburn (1978), Crystal is Lenox (1978); Sterling is Towle, King Richard; Chargers are from Neiman Marcus a year ago; and Reindeer and Silver ornaments are from Hobby Lobby this season.

The following blogs have beautiful tablescapes awaiting your visit:

Above the Clouds

Back Porch Musings

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Blinks ‘N Winks from Brown-eyes

Cathymac’s Holiday Hamlet

Creating Myself

Deanie’s Space

Etiquette with Miss Janice

The Gypsy’s Corner

Happy to Be

Note Songs

Oak Rise Cottage

Rose Vignettes

Scooterblu’s Whimsy

Sweet Nothings

The Happy Wonderer

Thinkin’of Home

Wings of Eagles

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  1. This is absolutely inspiring, incredible, full of whimsy and romance..makes me want to “play” with my dishes once again..girl you have out done yourself..
    hugs ~lynne~

  2. What time is supper. I want to sit at such a lovely table. Everything is beautiful, but I would love to find those reindeer candle holders in Gold color…I have some dishes (shock there!) that would be perfect!

  3. Oh this is such a gorgeous table! Love the reindeer! I will have to keep my eyes open for something like that!

    I love the holiday season!

  4. Happy To Be says

    Susan just outstanding girl BRAVO to the queen again no one can do tables like you…You really think of every little detail..great …hugs and smiles Gloria

  5. Lilly's Life says

    gosh this is so incredibly amazing. I love this one so. Crystal and silver and all of that whimsy. That is my kind of tablescape. You are really gifted on the design front – you have a real eye for it. I would be happy to sit at a table like that and not even eat.

  6. Susan, This is so beautiful!!! WOW!!! I collect Swarovski ornaments too, but mine hang on a small artificial tree on the sideboard. I think I’ll look for a silver tree like yours!!! :0} Diane

  7. Linda/ RMS "Mom..." says

    SS~~~ What an elegant, sophisticated & truly SUTHEN' "BLING-SPOT" you've created!!! Ta-dahhhhh, you're SOOOO fabulous, dahlin'!!! In fact, I'd say, "Yer the ma'am!", Sweetie! THANKS and blessings, Linda

  8. Wow Susan, Every week your tablescapes are amazing! This is definitely my favorite. Your guests must feel like royalty! 🙂
    Pam (pc25)

  9. Lady Katherine says

    Yes, just lovely! The tree is just wonderful! Your china is beautiful, My china, I got as a gift from where I worked the whole set and serving pieces. The day before we got married, teenager was moving things for me and did a spin out and out went my china, I have a cup and a plate. That was 1977, so now I decided it was time to have china, so I am collecting the Old Country Roses off Ebay. The deer are so cute, I love the ornament, yes I think I could use a few for my chandlier! have a great day its 1:45 am here, been one of those sleepless nights. So I hope I will be sleeping in! Drink a cup of tea for me!

  10. blessed mama says

    So elegant! I can hear the jingle of bells now! Stop by my blog…it’s giveaway time!

  11. Like Ceekay and Lana G!, I am very attracted to the candle holders. Your centerpiece is enough to spur any collector. What a treasure.
    Your choice of your wedding china, flatware, and glassware shows that you were literally born with good taste, for it to be demonstrated at such a tender age as when you married in 1978.

  12. This is incredible. I wouldn’t know how to act sitting at a table set like this, it is truely beautiful.


  13. Oh Susan…how do you do it…each & every one of your tablescapes are perfection! This one is especially elegant…I could just sit & stare at it! 😉 Bo

  14. Gypsy aka Tam says

    I love your table. The crystal and silver and black accents look sooo pretty together. I realized this morning I didn’t let you know that I wanted to participate this week. If you possible could you please add me to the list of participants I emailed you the link.
    Have a great day,

  15. Oh, my…I don’t believe I have ever seen a more magnificent table. Just stunning.
    NOW…someday you must show us where you store all your lovely dishes…
    love, bj

  16. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Good Morning, Susan! This is just amazing! …so elegant and inviting! I love the crystals and the reindeer. The china is beautiful also! You have such a gift putting these together!

    Thank you for adding me to the list. Now I am on the check out everyone else delightful creations! ~Rhonda 🙂

  17. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    “Mom” said exactly what I just told J, as I was looking at these gorgeous photos. Absolutely gorgeous “southern” style table. I am speechless. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  18. Susan, this is so stunning.
    I too have the reindeer; aren’t they just the right touch. This makes me want to sit down and be waited on.
    Your guest will be delited.

  19. Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey says

    Ahh ! magnificient ! Everything tastes better on a beautiful table.

  20. At my age, living in a ‘snow belt’ region (Canada) I hate to even think about ice ‘n snow; however your tablescape made them very enchanting. 🙂

    Thanks you so much Susan for mentioning where you purchased the ornament tree, as while reading I was wondering where you got it. (I’m still trying to track down something similar that Crate ‘n Barrel carried two years ago which isn’t/wasn’t near as elaborate as the one pictured here.)

    Wishing you a beautiful day! Hugs

  21. Such EYE candy….Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! Sigh, Lori

  22. Cathy Miller says

    Gorgeous! The crystal ornaments are stunning. I love this tablescape! Thanks so much for inspring us all!!

  23. Hi again Susan. I checked out the Ross and Simons site and found the tree, but in your opinion what size of decorations would be suitable?
    The tree is 25″ in height, so I am just trying to determine the appropriate scale. ie: They feature two different sizes of snowflakes.

  24. I can’t thank you enough for listing where you purchased the ornament tree from. This is so beautifully elegant and I love it!!!

  25. Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) says

    Mrs. Ben: I just measured the Swarovski ornaments and the largest one measures 3″ x 3″, but some of them are just a bit smaller…maybe more like 2 1/2″. But since they are crystal, they don’t “appear” to be that large to the eye. I definitely wouldn’t go larger than 3″. Hope that helps. Love to see what you do! 🙂 Susan

  26. Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) says

    Gorgeous tablescape…

  27. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Oh My Susan…gorgeous, just gorgeous! Love that Swarovski tree, love your accompanying music, love your photography, I love everything about this table!

    I have got to start adding a few close-up shots to my posts…they add so much to yours!

    Thansk for being the gracious hostess as alwasy!


  29. This is just gorgeous! I am definitely in the Christmas spirit so this table is just perfect to me! I collect the Waterford crosses each year, we only have 3, but it is nice to see what my collection can look like someday!

    I had to change my url to thesouthernhostess.blogspot

    If you want to be included in the Trim the Tree Thursday event let me know!

  30. Lovely tablescape! So pretty and shiny and festive. I love the tree in the center. I had recently seen a couple in a catalog and thought about getting one for myself. Maybe soon and use it for special ornatments. Thank you for hosting Tablescape Tuesday. I will check out the others later. Need to get ready for work soon.

  31. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Gorgeous & Elegant as always!! Love the crytal snowflakes!!

  32. Susan! What a magical table setting this is. I expect the Snow Princess to arrive at any time. What a fabulous glow and light effect it has. You are very creative…

  33. Susan! This is absolutely stunning!
    Very elegant!


  34. GM Susan, Your table reminds me of something one might see in the crystal ice palace in Sweden. I saw a show on it and when I viewed your table that was the first they I thought of. You truly captured the feeling of a crystally, icey snow flake table. I love it!

  35. Love it, but I can’t help but think how gorgeous that would be in the dining room with the rich color and other touches that I won’t reveal until you do.

  36. Absolutely beautiful! You really carried through your theme in a magical way. Sally

  37. Beautiful winter table setting. I enjoy all the elements you useed to create the setting.

    I have the same silver ornament tree from Ross Simons. I used it in my office to display the set of annual ornaments put out by the college. Each one depicts a building on campus. Lately I’ve used it for nativity ornaments.

    I did a TT post last night:


  38. Susan, My entertaining is a much more casual style, but it was more formal back in the late 60’s and into the 70’s. Unforunately I lost ‘custody’ of my Noritake china when I took leave of ‘my previous life’! No worries, as my current life has been wonderful, albiet more casual and spontaneous, for the last 25 years. My Noritake was silver trimmed with a tone on tone dainty white pattern. Now I look forward to my Grandmother’s fine china that my Mom has willed me when she is gone. At 91, she is still going strong so I am not holding my breath… 🙂 I agree with Sally and Ann. Your tables ARE magical and you really should do a tablescape book. Think of the sales you would have just from your friends! Hugs, Jan

  39. Breath taking. I’m going to look up the sites you mentioned online.. You have the touch. Thanks for all you do both creating Tablescapes and sharing.

  40. Oh, dear Susan, you’ve done it again! Your table is truly stunning! Those little crystal ornaments are darling and who would think, but you, to use the little tree as a centerpiece. Those reindeer candlesticks are so beautiful, your china, stemware and flatware. Thanks for a beautiful post!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  41. lvroftiques says

    Oh my goodness Susan! This is breathtaking!! Enchanting…lovely…magical…WOW!! I’m sort of speechless (and that’s something coming from me *winks*)You know how I get around sparkly crystal things!…This is a tablescape dream come true!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!! OOOOOHHHHHHHH!! Vanna

  42. Miss Janice says

    Susan, this is gorgeous. The noritake china, towle flatware, and lenox stemware all work together to create a classic setting. The crystals and the lighting help to make it magical! You did an awesome job. Thank you for hosting this fun event.
    Miss Janice

  43. Oh Susan…this is fit for a queen! Gorgeous girl…just gorgeous!!!!! Hope you are having a great week!

  44. Oh my goodness,I just discoverd your blog…You may not remember me from RMS I was SEACLIFF but I LOVE all your posts, I will be back ..alot!! Take care,Chrissy

  45. Susan, thank you so very much for taking the time and to answer my question. (Just going to check on our Cdn./US exchange rate, and hopefully order a tree this week.)

    Sincerely and gratefully appreciated. {{Brenda}}

  46. Okay…I think…no, I KNOW this is the most BEAUTIFUL tablescape I have EVER seen!! Wow wow and WOW!!

  47. Cottage Rose says

    Hey Susan; What a beautiful looking table setting. I so love it all, so very romantic and cozy.

    Have a great week


  48. This is such a beautiful and magical table. I would feel so special dining amid this decor. The crystals are absolutely stunning, and the reindeer and all of the other sparkles are wonderful. It really is just magical. You are the master of tablescapes. laurie

  49. Oh Susan, I think this is one of your most beautiful tables. And you must have gotten married when you were 10! The chargers rock. I have some crystal snowflakes (different brand), but I’d never thought of putting them on a small tree. Would have been wise b/c some have chipped. Great idea!

  50. So elegant and beautiful!!!!! Love the bling of the Swarovski stars and snowflakes and I like how they have the year attached to them. The silver tree, the reindeer candle holders, stemware, silverware and the china are all wonderful. Truly a winter wondertable!….Christine

  51. My oh MY!!!1 I just want to get ALL dressed up to sit at this gorgeous table!!!! It deserves nothing short of that! Once again, simply MAGNIFIQUE!!!! Hugs, Pinky

  52. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    SS~ How delightful that SEACLIFF/ AKA Chrissy FOUND you!!! She had/has such a wonderful place ~~~ you will love it if she reposts again sometime! (Everybody will!). Doesn’t it make you feel good that you bring together so many folks with the same interests??? NIFTY! And THANK YOU for all the time it must take!!! (And, “Hi, Chrissy”)~~! Hugs, Linda (Yep, “Mom of a German Shorthair”!)

  53. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, I am in awe.. of this tablescape. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it!!!

  54. Kristens Creations says

    Absolutely gorgeous and so elegant!

  55. Beautiful. I love it all

  56. Hi Susan, decided to visit some of my favorite bloggers this a.m., its been a long time! Just wanted to tell you the tablescape is gorgeous, of course I expect nothing less from you. Love the deer candle holders! Sasha

  57. Ma'dame French says

    You have some of the most truly lovely tablescapes~~I might participate if I had any fancy dishes~~=(which I don’t) sigh you make it look so enticing~~maybe one day that will be my next collection;) French

  58. Happy To Be says

    GM Susan…Thanks girl for coming by and Susan I got to go to Home Goods in Reno,Nv yesterday and girl I wished I had a place to store things..they had the most beautiful Christmas dishes and things out…Oh I did get a cake stand that just screaned at me..Now I hope to do a new header for my blog with it..then I have to find a place to store it..under my beds are even full haha!! Hope you have a Great day dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  59. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    Sweet Susan ~ Is that message from “OUR” precious SASHA, from RMS?? SASHA, is that YOU?? (“Sasha, come back Sasha!” ~~~ stated kinda like “SHANE”!!!). Happy Wednesday, all! Linda

  60. Melissa Miller says

    So gorgeous! Love the icey crystal coolness of the tablescapes look. Did that make sense? lol! Stunning!

  61. Sweet Designs says

    Oh, Susan, You table is beautiful, I collect Swarovski too. It is a favorite indulgence of mine. I’m gearing up with my Fall tablesettings and my Christmas ones too, my favorite time of the year!

  62. Gorgeous! Wow!…You really know how to put it all together. Hope I can learn from you. Thanks for sharing. ~Cindy~

  63. The tables is beautiful as usual and I love the silver tree with the crystal ornaments. Very special.
    Have a great evening.
    Jean in Virginia

  64. Donna@designson47thstreet says

    I just don’t even know how to tell you how much I enjoyed this post! Your table is breathtakingly beautiful! I enjoyed each and every picture and could really get a feel for how it must have been to be a guest at your table. Gradually, I am making my way through the other links. Wow! What a fantastic blog you have! Thanks for visiting mine. 🙂

  65. Hi Susan! Just wanted to drop by & tell you that tomorrow night, I will be passing along an award to you via a post (by way of Bo @ Blinks & Winks, so be sure to stop by my blog! LOL! Tardevil

  66. Boo Hoo!~ No Hobby Lobby’s here in Maryland! I SO want those reindeer!

    A Beautiful… No, BEAUTIFUL tablescape!

  67. imjacobsmom says

    Susan, this is another beautiful table. It is so elegant, yet whimsical with all of the ornaments and reindeer. I may have to borrow your idea and order one of those trees to hang crystal ornaments. I have a whole collection of Waterford ornaments that i bought each year since Jacob was born – so now this year I will have 14! ~ Robyn

  68. So pretty! I love the crystal ornaments! The winter/icy looks is enchanting!

  69. Rosey Owings says

    WOW! is not enough of a good word for this gorgeous tablesetting!! I have been looking for something for my dining room for an after-Christmas-Winter/New Year’s Theme and VOILA; here it is! I have an assortment of snowflake ornaments but they’re not Swarovski although we had been stationed in Germany in the ’80’s & should have gotten some then (boohoo). Anyway, I tweeked my decor a little by hanging my assortment of ornaments from my Italian chandelier that I bought in Murano!! Also, don’t have the adorable silver reindeer (will have to work on that for next year?) but decided to use 3 of my snow covered churches as a centerpiece in the middle of the table. Then surronded them witl white netting for snow and an assortment of white candles in crystal & silver candleholders. My china is also from the ’70’s (I married in 1974) and I still love it. Its “Twilight Dell” by Oxford which has been bought out by Lenox, sterling silver is “Country Manor” by Towle and my crystal is “First Lady” by Gorham (it has a silver rim which goes well with my china). I still haven’t mastered doing pictures but I think its pretty and my hubby gave it an “oooooooh wow!” so I’m good with that!! Oh, I also have a couple of snowglobes that I am using as well. They are both off white; one has an angel inside the globe & the other has a group of Victorian singers inside also in off white. Put those on top of the curio/china cabinet in our dining room. Thank you so very, very much for your lovely ideas and I wish you a most Blessed New Year in Christ!!

  70. I love the ornament tree, I went to Ross simon website but didn’t see it anywhere, did you get it recently? my sister and I both collect the snowflakes and we are looking for a way to display them as they don’t show up very well on the tree. if you can help me find it I would be grateful

    • No, unfortunately I purchased many years ago. Maybe if enough folks asked Ross Simon to bring them back, they will. A lot of folks do ask about it so I think they would sell if they brought them back again. If you ever see them again, let me know and I’ll announce it on the blog since so many folks have asked about them.

    • I just googled “silverplate ornament trees” and this site came up. I don’t know anything about the company but this one is very similar to the ones I have.

  71. I love this setting! My bridal China was also Noritake- Magnificence. I like the silver ornament idea, that is such a nice idea!

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