Christmas is just a blink away and that means that it is time to get my table in order. Making Christmas Eve dinner, and creating an elegant space in which we get to eat this amazing dinner, is by far my favorite event of the year. I LOVE Christmas!! Let me repeat that! I LOVE Christmas, and creating traditions with my own family is something I take great pride in. There is such a feeling of magic at this time of year. I light the candles, we sit down to dinner, and my heart explodes with happiness, and love!
Our Christmas Eve tradition started with my mother’s family, then it was passed to my mother, and now to me. I cherish that I get to host this wonderful evening, even though both of these amazing women are no longer with me.
I dream about Christmas tables all year long, yes I’m a weirdo! I think about beautiful dishes, what colors I want to use, and what my overall theme will be. As with any table that I create, it is usually inspired by one great décor piece, or a china pattern, and from there, my wheels start to turn.
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for a beautiful dish, and this year I aquired a large set of dishes when family friends sold their home. They are all white and gold, but the ones that helped to inspire my table this year have gold stars. Most years I have used lots of traditional green and red, which I adore, but I wanted to change it up, and keep things a bit more neutral with lots of greenery.
Another wonderful piece that inspired me was a darling grey and white buffalo check table runner from my favorite local boutique. My sister was in town over Thanksgiving and she wanted to pop in. I saw it, and new it was the perfect anchor for my table. It was the last one, and it was on sale, so I guess it was meant to be. Well, at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Now to the good stuff. It was fairly simple to create this centerpiece, and it was all done with faux greenery so I don’t have to worry about it drying out and leaving needles everywhere. First I put down my buffalo check runner. Next, I had two different strands of garland that I wove together. The first is a seeded eucalyptus garland, and the second is a more traditional pine needle garland. You can use any kind you have on hand, or you like, and you simply intertwine them. These two garlands were more than enough to create fullness for my centerpiece. I did want a little more length and texture, so I then tucked in a few longer icy covered pine stems at each end. The centerpiece was finished off with white antlers, extra pinecones, and some bright orange dried persimmons. Decorating with dried fruit has literally been done for centuries. It is something that I think gives my table a rustic, and vintage feeling. I have never used orange on my Christmas table, but it paired perfectly with the gold and green.
For the place settings, as I mentioned above, my inspiration was my new white plates with gold stars. I used two different salad plates, some with stars, and some without. To make the place settings extra festive they have a beautiful topper. I rarely use napkin rings for napkins, and to create a bit of whimsy on each plate, I added some wonderful greenery stems, then put a bit of pine into my gold antler napkin rings to top the greenery. I love the pop of green and gold on the white plates. And see those sweet stemless champagne flutes? They were a present to myself because I am a sparkles, as in champagne sparkles, kind of girl.
I am completely smitten.
Here are a bundle of pictures to show you how this was created and as always, shoot me any questions so I can help you create this table design. I have sources, if available, listed below! Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful holiday celebrating with all those you love. Remeber to be present in the moment. Time goes so quickly, so don’t let a second pass without you holding those you cherish close.
Cheers, Merry Christmas, and thank you for following along with me!
- Reindeer candle holders, (no longer available),
- Silly Stag Appetizer Plates,
- Eucalyptus Garland was purchased from target but no link was available,
- The pine needle garland is from a local boutique
- Brass candlerholders, etsy
- Gold Placemats Kohls (Purchased several years ago)
- Dried Persimmons
- Gold Star Plates Crate and Barrel
- White linen Napkins Homegoods
- SIlverware Lenox
- Crystal Goblets Lenox
- Festive Champagne Flutes