Holiday Table Settings by the Readers of BNOTP

Happy Saturday! Are you having a fabulous weekend? Shopping done, or are you still looking for that perfect gift? I’m done (thank goodness) except for a few more gifts for stockings.

Several weeks ago, I announced that on Saturdays, during the month of December, I’d love to posts pics of tablescapes created by Non-bloggers who are readers of BNOTP. Well, you guys got busy tablescaping and I’ve been having a blast viewing all the wonderful tablescapes you’ve e-mailed my way.

Did you get a chance to see the ones posted last Saturday? I think today’s tablescapes, will be the last ones I’ll be posting since next Saturday is so close to Christmas. We will have to do this again sometime, though. There are lots of very talented folks out there who love playing in the dishes but don’t happen to have blogs.

By the way, I will be posting for Metamorphosis Monday and Tablescape Thursday next week. So, if you want to stop by and link up a post, Mr. Linky will be right here waiting. I’m going to get my posts done this weekend, then it will be time to focus on the cooking.

Last year, I attempted to make a standing rib roast for our Christmas feast…I ruined it by squishing too much salt on the outside. I was literally in the midst of preparing it last year, when I happen to catch a show on the food network, and the chef guy, forgot his name, said to really heavily-coat the outside with salt. I did, and it was awful! I’m determined to do it right this year. Any suggestions from all of you awesome cooks out there? Should I have used a special salt or is table salt ok? The roast was pretty good if you just stayed about an inch away from the outer part. πŸ™ I really, really want to get it right this year!

Ok, ready to see some wonderful tablescapes? πŸ™‚ Today, I’m sharing 5 different tablescapes submitted by readers who do not have blogs…Enjoy!

Cat wrote: “I have attached several photos of my first Thanksgiving Dining Room Tablescape. We moved into our home a couple of years ago and for the first time have a dining room. We were so happy to purchase our dining room set on Craig’s List this past summer and have been having fun collecting and displaying dining room apparel, as I call it!”

Cat, I love your new dining room furniture and your Thanksgiving tablescape is beautiful!

Cute acorn serving piece…perfect for this fall tablescape…

Beautiful rich, fall colors…

Notice the leafy bread plates and napkin rings… πŸ™‚

Such a lovely display to enjoy all fall and winter!

Cat, thanks so much for sharing your first Thanksgiving tablescape…it’s absolutely beautiful!

Tablecloth & Napkins – TJ Maxx (This Year)
Iron Centerpiece – Kohls (Clearance – This Year)
Dinner Plates – Walmart (Several Years Ago)
Salad Plates & Gravy Boat – Marcs Discount (Mikasa Countryside Harvest, This Year)
Leaf Bread Plates – TJ Maxx (This Year)
Green Water Goblets – Walmart (Anchor Hocking, Several Years Ago)
Drinking Glasses – Church Trash & Treasure Sale (Anchor Hocking – Boopie)
Miscellaneous Ceramic Pieces – All of the above places

Carolyn sent pics of two lovely tablescapes she created recently. Carolyn wrote, “I call this my Aunt Latha Table, because the runner was made by my favorite aunt. This is also my fall table.”

I think everyone needs an Aunt Latha…love the beautiful runner!

China: Home Goods
Blue Napkins: Goodwill
Pink Napking: Home Goods
Napkin Rings: Given to me by my daughter. I added the pearls, which can be removed.
Chargers: Purchased frm Target. I painted them black.
Candlelabra: Home Goods
Crystal: Colony by Fostia. Belonged to my grandmother
Burgandy Crystal: Had it a long time. Can’t remember where I got it.
Black containers: Goodwill
Silver Pitcher: inherited. Belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
Votive Holders: Goodwill and Home Goods
Faux Flowers: Walmart

A second tablescape from Carolyn with a color scheme of burgundy and white…perfect for a Christmas feast!

Love the red and white berries against the white napkins…

Wonderful candlelight! Do you have your candles from Colonial Candle for your Christmas table?


Another look for the sideboard…love them both!

Carolyn, thanks for sharing this lovely tablescape!

White centerpiece: inherited
Berries: half price at hobby store(can’t remember the name)
Napkins: Pier 1, years ago
China: Gibson, Big Lots
Candlesticks: Goodwill
Crystal: inherited, Colony by Fostoria, belonged to my grandmother
Place mats: Had so long, I can’t remember where I got them.
Napkin Rings: I made using the berries
Leaf Dishes: Home Goods

Babs found some beautiful salad plates recently at a local consignment shop for only $2 each! Her wonderful find inspired this Christmas tablescape.

Love the crimson red candle holders!

Do you see Mr. and Mrs. Santa? πŸ™‚

Here are the red salad plates…

And here are the green…aren’t they perfect for a Christmas tablescape?

They look great with the plaid Scottie plates Babs already had. I want to reach into the computer and grab one of those yummy desserts!

A festive centerpiece…

Isn’t this sideboard wonderful?! I wonder if Bath and Body Works still has any of those adorable Gingerbread houses? Babs, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Christmas tablesetting!

Scottie plates: Marshall’s, some time ago
Salad plates: Holiday Abundance by Sakura. The pattern has been discontinued but can be found at Replacements
Red candle holders and berry rings: Michael’s last year.
Grapevine rings used for napkin rings: Michael’s with little pine cones from my yard, spray painted gold.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper: American Retro from Macy’s about two years ago.
Flatware and wicker chargers: Macy’s, several years ago.
Little glass cookie plate: TJ Maxx, this year.
On Hutch: Gingerbread house, Bath and Body Works, this year.
Carolers: Byers’ Choice

Katherine sent pics of her neighbor’s (Pam) beautiful Christmas tablescape. Katheine said, “The theme is, The Three Wise Men and the Nativity.

Stunning centerpiece!

Beautiful napkins…they match the wonderful tablecloth!

I bet this chandelier was just as beautiful at Thanksgiving, too!

A few of the special little details…

Pam and Katherine, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tablescape!

Crystal: Waterford “Lismore” pattern
Silver flatware: “Savannah” by Reed and Barton
China: “Versailles” by Sango, purchased by her hubby while he was stationed in Viet Nam
Linens: Lenox
Chargers: Sam’s Club

Thank you to all who sent in pics of their amazing table settings! If you sent in pics and haven’t seen your table posted, please let me know. See you on Sunday evening for Met Monday. I’ll be sharing some of the decorating I’ve done for the holiday season.


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  1. Judy@cutest-little-things says

    All I can say is WOW. My tablescapes seem woefully inadequate after viewing all of these outstanding incredible beautiful gorgeous photos!! You ladies are AWE INSPIRING! I wish I had even a quarter of your talent! Love all of them! Love how you all have uniquely different styles and yet each of you was able to pull your look together so cohesively into an elegant design.

    Sigh…someday. I'll get there someday (keep telling myself that!)

  2. Its So Very Cheri says

    I love all the tablescapes–so many talented gals out there.

    I see you made the top 6 do you know who the winner is yet of the tablescapes contest?

    After 3 weeks of non-stop Google issues, and still having problems-I am throwing my hands up and making much needed visits.
    I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and hope you can come by for a visit. Have fun doing all you rbaking, that is my next major project as well.

  3. Congratulations on making the top 6! Should have been higher! Love the tablescapes from non-bloggers–such a good idea!

  4. They are all very nice tablescapes. Love those salad plates Babs found! They are gorgeous and look really nice with the plaid dinner plates. So does her hutch! Katherine's neighbor's table is gorgeous too, as well as her chandelier! Congrats on making the top 6! Glad you won a gift card. You know that means more dishes, right?

  5. Thank you for showing us this parade of wonderful tablescapes, Susan. So many talernts!…Christine

  6. Re: the prime rib. I would use Kosher salt – not just table salt.

  7. The White Farmhouse says

    This is one thing that I am trying this year, a tablescape. You and Yvonne @ Stone Gable have inspired me to not just throw the dishes on the table. Thank you!

    DON'T DON'T DON'T use table salt! I don't even keep iodized salt in my house anymore. I use kosher salt which is a much milder taste. Gray salt or sea salt is also much better for cooking. I am cooking a standing rib roast for Christmas this year also. The recipe I have is this.

    Whisk 2 tablespoons flour, pinch of coarse salt, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together. Place roast in roasting pan rib side down. Score meat in crisscross pattern. Rub flour mixture into meat. Cook for 15 minutes at 450. Reduce heat to 375 and cook until internal temp reaches 135-140 more basting frequently.


  8. Congrats on the top 6! You deserved it. Love all these tablescapes!

  9. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    So pretty — and so glad that you found a way for these ladies to join us!

  10. Wow! They are all so festive.

  11. It so elegant. I love the color schemes.

  12. Lovely tablescapes all. πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on your placement. πŸ™‚

    Just wanted to wish you and all your followers a wonderful Christmas! πŸ™‚

  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Love them all! Each one is so unique and lovely!

  14. Wow Susan,

    I enjoyed all the tablescapes, those ladies are definitely talented! Hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for a year of inspiration..I'm a relatively new blogger and enjoy ALL of your posts! Merry Chistmas! Congrats on #6 in the contest…(in my book your #1)!! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

  15. Hi Susan!
    How incredibly sweet and generous of you to post the tablescapes of non bloggers ….. you are the best!

  16. Susan, Congratulations on being in the top 6 in the Happy Host contest and thanks for your thoughtfulness in showing our tablescapes. Cat, Carolyn and Katherine's friend Pam's tables are all so beautiful and with so much love of tradition in mind. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas with friends and family near you.

  17. I'm so glad you placed in the top 6 but I would have thought it would be higher. Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous tablescapes ~ some very talented and created ladies. I found things I want in each home! πŸ™‚ I'm so glad they shared.

  18. Love Where You Live says

    I enjoyed the photos…so many people love where they live — obviously. I'm all for happiness and contentment. Cheers,-s

  19. Wow – all of these tablescapes are just beautiful! Thanks go to all for sharing and you, Susan, for hosting this wonderful display.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  20. Faith Imagined says

    Everything is amazing! Such eye for detail!

  21. Love them all – those plaid dishes though – wow!!

    Congrats on being #6 – and like Tardevil said – more DISHES!!

    I've just posted some pics of some of our Christmas decor (in our new house finally) and I finally got to use my apple/pineapple cone thing I asked you about last year and I love it! I linked back to you – just an FYI.

    Can't help with the roast/salt issue – I can barely cook at all.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  22. Don't use table salt, use either sea salt or Kosher salt.
    I just came across a recipe I will be using to prepare a rib roast on Christmas Eve:
    Cut a few slits into the roast and place whole cloves of garlic into the slits.
    Then sprinkle the roast with a package of Italian Dressing (and then coat with Cracked Pepper and Salt but ONLY IF you want a nice crusty outside).

    I loved all the tablescapes and it is hard to pick a favorite but I did absolutely love the last 'Three Wisemen and Nativity' centerpiece, and the chandelier dressing above was phenomenal!
    Thanks to you and these creative, talented ladies for such wonderful ideas!
    Merry Christmas!
    All the best,

  23. Chatty Crone says

    Congrats on being in the upper six. I enjoyed your post today on some interesting table settings. Don't use regular salt.

  24. Lady Katherine says

    I love that you are showing Tablecapes! They are all wonderful! I see wonderful center pieces, dishes and furniture I just love! Now that Gingerbread how is Wonderful I so glad you shared, for mine shall be here before Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing these lovely ladies Tablescapes.

  25. Cathy Miller says

    Wow! #6! Good for you! And the tablescapes are just wonderful. I love that gorgeous Nativity centerpiece..another idea to store away for next year! Good luck with the roast..I wouldn't have a clue how to do it! Love, your favorite stalker!

  26. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for posting the pics of my neighbor, Pam's, tablescape. I am just so proud for her that you posted her beautiful tablescape along with the other beautiful tablescapes. I also want to say congratulations on placing #6 in the Home Goods contest ……even though we all know you should have been #1.

    Katherine S.

  27. Caitlin at Backlinks Checker says

    What gorgeous table setups! So lovely! I wonder how you've setup for the holidays this year. Happy holidays!

  28. Sterling Silver Flatware says

    I liked Babs, so colorful and cheerful. Are those yummy cookies real? Red and green do capture Christmas for me.

  29. Online Bakery says

    every tablescape is beautiful! each decoration is placed beautifully.great post!buy desserts online

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