Tablescape Tuesday: Merry & Bright

“For nothing will be impossible with God”
Luke 1:37

I think we can all agree that Christmas is the time everyone steps it up a notch with decorating. What other time of the year do we take an entire weekend, some even longer, to decorate for a holiday?  I love to see photos of trees, mantels, porches, and everything in between all decked out in the traditional red and green. It’s also the time of year that we open our homes to family and friends to enjoy good food and fellowship, making it my favorite time of the year to tablescape!  I love using fresh cut greenery, fruit, and of course, lots of bling and color! Over the years, I have collected so much Christmas decor that I have an endless supply of things to choose from…and I like to mix things up a bit!  This Christmas season, I added salad plates from Pottery Barn that I can use during the winter months, not just for the holidays!  They make for a good transition while bringing holiday cheer!

The salad plates provided the inspiration for the table!

The long centerpiece is made with fresh-cut cedar, apples, and candles!

 There are four different birds represented on the plates!

I paired a solid red napkin with an apple green chevron print napkin and cinched the two with a napkin ring!

A pair of square vases filled with cranberries hold a floating candle…so simple, but elegant!

The rattan chargers add texture and give the setting a rustic feel!

Candlelight provides the perfect ambiance anytime, but especially at Christmas!

The foundation for the centerpiece is a festive table runner!

The colorful stemware is always used during the Christmas season!

This was one of those tablescapes that came together in fifteen minutes…love it when that happens!

The five flocked slim trees are a new addition to the dining room!  They were so easy to assemble and put in place – perfect with just the lights and no ornaments!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬

The Details:
White Dinner Plates – Home Goods
Bird Salad Plates – Pottery Barn
Stemware – Pier 1 (several years ago)
Gold Flatware – Cambridge
Rattan Chargers – Hobby Lobby (several years ago)
Table Runner/Napkins – TJ Maxx
Napkin Rings – Fairhope, AL (this past summer)

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  1. Darlene says:

    I love the beautiful tablescapes. I do have a pracrical question. With my family of 11 sometimes more I need help with how to set out the food and where. How do you handle this? I usually have a nice tablescape and have to take it apart to put food on the table.I would like to keep tablescape in place and put food out differently.I have buffetts to use and would like to see some arrangement ideas.

    • Darlene, these are good questions! I have a very large kitchen island and I love to serve buffet style! I place all the food on the island and my guests just make their way around the island! I think it is simpler than people having to constantly pass food. If I have a more formal dinner (which is not often) I enjoy preparing the guests’ plates in the kitchen and then I serve them and they can feel special! With a large family that is not really feasible. Since you have two buffets, I would use both of them to place your food on, that way you don’t have to remove your Tablescape! On your buffets, use varying heights for your food! Cake plates can be used, bowls can be turned upside down and used as a pedestal for a dish of food! You can place garland and some ornaments in between your food to make it feel special! I hope that helps! My dining room is small with no room for sideboards! You have a great opportunity with two buffets! If I can answer any other questions that might help I will be glad to! Merry Christmas and thanks for reading! Blessings, Pam

  2. Kim says:

    Perfectly STUNNING! Love the look of your table with the trees against the light coming through the window, and even better with the lights in the evening. This is over the top, Pam. Blessings~

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Pam, what a breathtaking tablescape. I love all your colors and patterns. You certainly have a festive celebration ahead of you. Enjoy and have a wonderful Holiday! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. funfamliving says:

    I think your table and the whole room looks so elegant and colorful. I love the touch of rustic and the candles with cranberries, all great ideas. You will have some blessed guests at your table

  5. I am crazy about the tree grouping in the window Pam! That looks so pretty!!!! I also love the modern pop you added to your table with the chevron lime napkins paired with red ones, Fabulous!! Your dining room is gorgeous!!!

  6. Mary says:

    SWOON Pam! Your table is stunning, I want to flock to it like the birds at your table! The photo at night with your trees lit takes my breath away!

  7. lulu says:

    Merry and bright for sure! I saw the plates at Pottery Barn and was so tempted by them because they add something different to a Christmas table. They’ll be good all winter.

  8. FABBY says:

    Wow! THIS IS STUNNNG! I’ve been looking at some amazing homes and decorations, but yours my friend is over the top! Your evening photo with the trees li…. swoonnnnn!!!!!!
    I’m posting another table tomorrow with lots of my baking I’m taking to my DD Sofie where we’re going to spend C’mas Eve and Day; a week in total. She lives three hours away.
    Merry Christmas and many blerssings.

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