Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Tablescape

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great Christmas with good food and lots of presents. Today I am posting the tablescape I created for the occasion. I love creating tablescapes and the best part is that my family enjoys them too. I think I am getting a little better at photographing my tablescapes.

This Christmas tablescape is a mix of inherited pieces and vintage items picked up at garage sales. I think from now on I shall refer to the inherited items as the Nanny Collection.
Lucky me, WalMart put their holiday linens on sale BEFORE Christmas. I snapped up this pretty tablecloth and 8 matching embroidered napkins for less than $20 dollars. I like those kind of deals!

I started with basic white ironstone for the plates and added some sherbet cups that were a garage sale find. Green glass ornaments were added for a shot of contrasting color to a predominantly red and white table. (I'm still working on bringing back the sparkle to the sherbet cups. I've picked up several pieces now that have a slight yellow cast. You can't see anything on the glass but whatever it is gradually washes away. I call it cabinet funk for the lack of a better term.)
In this view you can just barely see the gold bottoms on the ornaments. I found them at Dollar Tree and I wish I had been able to get more than one box.
This is my favorite shot. The centerpiece is in focus while the surrounding objects are softened and a little blurred. I made Jeff drag out ALL the boxes of decorations this year so I could find the little ornament candle holders. I haven't seen them since we moved here and I wanted them for my tablescape. I bought them at Hobby Lobby aeons ago.
The little flameless votives were half price at Big Lots. The design is flocked and not painted. Makes for an interesting texture but I hope I never have to wash them.

The ice tea glasses are from the Nanny Collection. She used them at holiday gatherings and so I included them in my tablescape in her honor. I don't know who made them or what the pattern is. My Dollar Tree ice tea goblets don't really coordinate but I needed some filler.

The silverware is Rogers Adoration from the Nanny Collection. We inherited a basic service for 8 that I have expanded to service for 12 with serving pieces. Thank goodness for for e-bay! Here is a shot of a couple of the serving pieces. The set came with two serving spoons. I've added two meat forks and a casserole spoon. I almost had a pierced serving spoon in an e-bay auction but lost the bid. I still need to add the ladle, pierced serving spoon, cake/pie server and a bon-bon spoon.

Another addition, individual butter spreaders. This silverware was introduced in the 30's and was offered again in the 70's. This set was purchased in 1974 for her birthday. We still have the card that his Papa gave to Nanny with the set. We keep it in the box with the silverware.

Now I am off to have my favorite post Christmas breakfast. Ham, grits and biscuits!

Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for more fabulous tablescapes!


  1. Gorgeous!!! I love the green ornament in the glass cup - that's so pretty

  2. Thanks Jen! I'm having a lot of fun creating tablescapes.

  3. I love all your little details. Congrats on finding the shadow box, it is gorgeous. From our home to yours Happy New Year! hugs ~lynne~

  4. Such a charming Christmas table you've set -- love all your pretty "Nanny Collection" -- family pieces are such treasures.

  5. I love your Nanny collection. The silver is wonderful and it's so nice that you can add to it. Happy New Year to you and yours, may the new year bring lots of blessings!

  6. Hi lovely lady,
    I love your Holiday Tablescapes so charming with the red and white. I also love the Dollar Tree stores, you need to come see my tablescapes with my Dinnerware from the Dollar stores. I'm your newest follower ~~ may be you can become one of my followers. I hope you have a Great New Years with your Family. sweet lady.

  7. The Nanny Collection... I like that. I use items from our precious Nana's Treasures all the time. You've done a lovely job on your tablescape. thank you for sharing your charming design. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  8. I love all the ways you displayed the dishes and ornaments. Just lovely. Happy New Year.

  9. What a pretty table and I love your "Nanny" pieces with your newer purchases. This is so light and airy, but still very holiday!