Lot of sparkle with a little red paired together made this Christmas table enchanting!
Have you started to “Deck Your Halls” yet?
We left our Thanksgiving fall decor out until Saturday after our family time together with all our kids and grandchildren.
Amy was coming home. The fall decor stayed up as a Welcome Home. So this week we are slowly bringing bins down and at the same time, putting fall decor away.
inspiraton table for this year
I spied these paper charming cottages and church last year. Vision of tables danced in my head! Have you noticed there seems to be a lot of different styles available this year?
I love, love decorating for Christmas! I watch Christmas movies way before Christmas in July just to be inspired and dream. Bet I’m not the only one. I even pause and go back to get a second look at something that catches my eye.
Enchanting village centerpiece
Usually, I am drawn to the more tradtional tables and decorations. These sweet little cottages and church were calling to my decorating heart. They were not expensive. There are many styles available and affordable this year.
They are so enchanting! Like a dream of an ideal Christmas scene; simple and sweet.
These delicate cottages remind me of paper ornaments of years gone by. They did come with a battery that can be changed.
setting the table
How did I set the table?
I pulled out Jim’s great aunt’s vintage china. I stacked several pieces. When writing this I realized I forgot to put glasses out. Amy said “No Mom , you set up a drinks bar!” A good idea!
The silver is a flea market set of Mom’s.
Next are the small bread plates holding the large golden glitter snowflakes. The shiny glittery gold snowflake added more interest to the table. Guests can even take them home.
I put them on the small bread plate but would not do that on the plates or in the consommé bowls. Did you notice, I just used many of the pieces I have? It is an incomplete set.
This vintage set has 5 sizes of plates, bread, salad, dessert, luncheon and dinner! There are consommé bowls and tea cups plus small bowls for fruit. No soup plates though! It’s fun to use them when I formally set a table.
The gold trim china is both traditional for Christmas tables and comfortable with the cardboard houses and church.
Do you have children at the table? Use your finery. When they were younger the crystal was not the right size and heavy so I have other child size Chrismas cups for them. They learn manners and how to feel comfortable in all settings.
I have the luncheon plates for the younger children. The larger plates are too eay to over fill with food. It often is too much for the child.
Accent with christmas red
Keep those left over ribbon pieces! You never know when they might come in handy like this 60 inch length I had. Perfect for the napkin rolls, don’t you think?
The napkins are ivory with embroidery and cotton lace trim. Looks good with the pure white tablecloth. Not every thing has to match.
After I got the place settings, cottages and church done with the candles, the table needed more red and height. I knew I could use red Moravian star glitter ornaments just about anywhere! It adds more red and visual interest without overpowering the table.
I scattered them near the tall brass candlesticks with the soft white tapers and close to the cottages and church.
I added the pillar candles and stars so they were next to the blank side of the village pieces. You don’t want to have your diners staring at a blank uninteresting spot.
When all the candles and votives were lit and light came through the building windows, I got the response I was hoping for! Amy and Jim really like it!
‘Oh, this is so pretty!! I love it. Is this our Christmas table?’ Yes!!
When you are doing a table or any project, hope it just is a joy and pleasure, Hope you have been inspired!!
Hope your christmas is enchanting!
Please note that items listed may similar but not exactly the same as the ones I used.
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