Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Table

Christmas is almost upon us! The inspiration for the table was the tartan rimmed salad plates. Today is a dark rainy day, so some the photos were taken with the flash.

I knew I was going to use the hand crocheted bedspread as a tablecloth. My brother-in-law bought a house fully furnished and this happened to be part of the furnishings. He graciously let me have this piece of handcraft. Thank you, Mark. I wish I had thought to put a plain red cloth underneath so the pattern would really stand out.

I started layering, starting with a black woven placemat. Next is an over-sized red Waechtersback dinner plate that I am using as a charger. A beautiful Hutschenreuther china, circa 1925-1939, dinner plate in cream and white with gold edging is on top of the red charger. The next layer is the tartan salad plate and finally the cream soup bowls/underplates by Noritake, circa 1912 that my sister Judy found for $2 each set.

The stemware is an etched water glass and a Towle Leyland, circa 1982, wine stem.

The flatware is International Silver's Frontenac, circa 1903, sterling. Some pieces have a monogram, some is plain. It is my favorite pattern, a daylily on each piece. I added the salt dips and spoons but didn't fill them as salt corrodes silver. I will add the salt and pepper just before dinner is served.

I used white, red and black linen napkins tied with a Christmas ornament.

The centerpiece is a couple of gold beaded candles, two red beaded trees, a green ceramic tree, red votives, surrounded with live greens from the yard.
The rim shot!

Thank you for taking the time from your holiday schedule to is really apprecialted.

Merry Christmas to my family and friends!

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Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for this one!
You didn't disappoint me Marigene. I love it, simply stunning!!
Connie D

Kathe said...

Margiene you layer better than anyone I know! Your table is simply beautiful! I love the tartan plates and the red plate as a charger...SWOON! I hope you have a wonderful holiday week! ♥ ♥

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Very pretty, Marigene. I'd even say DYNAMIC :) You make the most beautiful tables, I love that you used the bedspread, so creative!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene this is elegant and so festive. I love this table! Just makes me want to join you for this special meal. The vintage linen, silverware and china...gorgeous. I have looked all year for tartan plates and did not find any, maybe 2012 will be my lucky year. I think tartan is one of my favorite looks for Christmas. Merry Christmas my friend! Hugs, Linda

Pat said...

Wow! I really like this one! Where to start? That star pattern bedspread/tablecloth is so pretty. And as others have said, your layering is excellent! My favorite, though, is those cute little soup bowls. What a deal!

Kathleen said...

Just beautiful, Marigene. Everything about it is lovely! The silver is gorgeous. I love the plaid plates. I almost got some, CTS ordered them for me, but they never came through. I had hoped Target would have theirs this year, but they didn't. You didn't mention where you got yours, or did I miss it. Love the 3 napkins and the centerpiece is perfect!
Of course I love the cream soup bowls, they are gorgeous and I treasure the ones you sent me for my bday!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful holiday setting. Love the red and black together. Wish you all could be in VT with us this Christmas...maybe next year.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful tablescape to brighten my day in my long recovery. Sending hugs from Vermont. bbb

Anonymous said...

One of my Favorites. Love the napkins tied with an ornament.


A Toile Tale said...

This table is such a winner. I love me some plaid, ya know!!! You did a lovely job. Enjoy every moment of the season. Your blue and white chicken dishes are on the way to Pennsylvania for my mom! Can't wait to hear her reaction. I'll let you know.
Hugs, Linda @ A Toile Tale

On Crooked Creek said...

Merry Christmas, dear friend!
Oh what a beautiful tablescape!!! The tablecloth is elegantly crocheted...what a nice gift from your brother! Each element harmoniously relates to the other and the festive Spirit of your Christmas dinner! Thank you for sharing this lovely tablescape with all of us!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Beautiful table, Marigene! I love your dishes and crocheted bedspread you used as a tablecloth. So pretty!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a gorgeous table! Your china and everything about it is simply beautiful and so festive! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Kat :)

Entertaining Women said... many things here to love. The tartan plaid accent plaid is outstanding and perfect on the black mat, red charger, and the shot of white in the antiqiue china plate. Beautiful Christmas tablescape! Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

Aledia said...

Everything looks fantastic! I love the dishes....

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marigene, what a beautiful gift from your brother. The red cloth would look wonderful underneath it also. Everything about the table is festive! I've always admired your choice of silver. I'm glad I got the plaid plates at Target last year. I love your plaid plates! Love the 3 napkins too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tricia said...

What an elegant table! The red, black, and white color scheme is sophisticated and highlights the tartan plates beautifully! Love the candlelight shots -- gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

What a festive table! very first thought was "this must be a Scottish Christmas table"!
love you,

Annie said...

I just love your table, its really beautiful with the tartan and the red charger. My mother used to have some lovely crocheted tablecloths and bedspreads and I have no idea whatever happened to them. That silverware is calling my name :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape is Beautiful love the five layers. with the tartan plates and the three napkins put together was a get Idea!!! The Crocheted tablecloth is Gorgeous sweet lady.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas.
XXOO Diane

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is all so gorgeous! What a beautiful tablecloth. Love the plaid plates. Merry Christmas!

Marlis said...

Marigene, this is fabulous. the beautiful crocheted bedspread now tablecloth reminds me of snowflakes. How wonderful that you were able to have this piece. Your tartan is really lovely. Love the colors! And I'm swooning over your silver..Merry Christmas, xo marlis

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Marigene! Will you please trade sisters with me? Mine is OK, but she doesn't find really great buys like yours did for you!!! :-) Unbelievable!!! What a fantastic find!!! I'm not sure that I'll ever recover from this!!! I really like the red & black tartan plaid. It looks so Ralph Lauren that it hurts! :-) I can see the pattern of the lace just fine even without another cloth under it. What a nice brother-in-law!!! We are just going to have to trade all our siblings and in-laws! :-) I don't know if you guys got dumped on or not in that blizzard that passed through. We were mercifully spared. We just got a boatload of rain. So much so, in fact, that our basement flooded!!! The doggone sump pump failed and we had water all in the was a huge mess! I hope that you and yours have a safe, happy holiday weekend. Merry Christmas, Marigene!

Tanya@takesix said...

Your tablecloth is such a treasure. I have a round one that my dad crocheted for me. I love the red and black!! Merry Christmas!

Tess said...

So lovely. Those plaid plates are beautiful! Merry Christmas to you!

xinex said...

This is really beautiful, Marigene. Your crocheted cloth is perfect, looks like snowflakes all over. The tartan plates are really pretty and love your centerpiece. Beautiful pattern on the silver flatware. No baby yet. One daughter is due today. Perhaps a Christmas baby? She will be induced on the 27th if she does not on labor by then. Thanks for asking, will indeed be the best Christmas present. Merry Christmas to you all!...Christine

CJ said...

What a fantastic tablescape, warm, charming and elegant. My favorite is the sterling flatware with various monograms. They add such weight and history to the table. My second favorite is the bedspread used as a tablecloth. I have done the same, and always marvel at the detail in the handcrafted piece. Lucky to have found you. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Oh, this is a beauty! The bedspread-turned-tablecloth really sets the scene for your beautiful china. I love the tartan plate and how you have accented it with the red and gold pieces and anchored the plate stack with the black placemat. Gorgeous silverware, too. Those Nippon soup bowl/plate at $2 for each set - WOW!

Merry Christmas!

Dianne said...

Marigene, This is just wonderful. So interesting with the red and the black. I just visited and she used red plaid and black too this year. it's such a striking color combination. Your bed cloth makes the most beautifiul table cloth. Wishing you a joyful Christmas. Dianne

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really beautiful! I love red, black and white together!

Merry Christmas!


Elaine said...

Marigene, this is a fabulous table! The dishes are beautiful and that flatware is amazing. I actually like the wood table peeking through that wonderful bedspread.

Have a happy and healthy holiday!

Creating Wonderful Spaces

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow!!! Beautiful!!! I love your flatware and crystal too. Everything is so stunning.

Jocelyn @

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

Hi Margiene!
Your collection of dishes are marvelous! Love the tartan plaid, it seems to be a great mix with the holiday fare! I think those would look great with my poinsettia dishes!
The lace bedspread/tablecloth is great! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Diann said...

This is such a pretty and festive
Christmas Table Marigene! Those tartan plates are just perfect. And I love the silverware! Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I got so distracted by your sterling, I have been looking on ebay and for over an hour. These remind me so much of some sterling my grandmother had so I was looking and looking. I have a large berry spoon that I inherited from her but it is a slightly different pattern and nothing to identify it but sterling on the back. This would be my favorite too. It is soooo expensive - truly a treasure and well worth the holiday table!

Rettabug said...

Very, very pretty Marigene...♥ those tartan plaid dishes(My DD has a *thing* for plaids) as well as that beautiful crocheted tablecloth!

I think your etched water glass matches the ones I used for dessert last week. *smile*

Wishing you a very Blessed & Merry CHRISTmas!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How nice of your brother to give you that gorgeous table (bed) cloth! You're right, it would look beautiful with a red cloth under it too. Love those tartan plaid plates and the beautiful silverware.

Have a very, Merry Christmas, Marigene and Happy 2012 to you and your family!

Chubby N Chieque said...

An absolutely gorgeous Christmas settings.

I love the your flatwares, I drool and your crocheted bedspread, drools again.
A great one, indeed.

Hope you are all in the best of everything & have a peaceful Christmas.

Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous table! I love all the colors, layers and textures.

Merry Christmas!

Robin said...

I love those plaid plates and the red chargers! I did plaid and black too this week. Great combination. Your silverware is so intersting and so are your glasses. Very pretty table. Merry Christmas!

Robin Flies South

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Marigene, I've been "jumping around" the links at Tablescape Thursday, and yours is the third table I've seen that has creatively used black as an accent this week. Amazing! All tables have been so different, and all inspired me to put some black into my Christmas mix. Thanks for the challenge! Great table!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Meredith said...

So so pretty! Love your silver and crystal. Your cream soups are so lovely with the plaid!! Merry Christmas!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Beautiful table! I love the tartan plaid salad plates, especially.
Merry Christmas!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Merry Christmas...your table is lovely and that tablecloth is a wonderful find!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Dear Marigene, I am setting my table right now with my tartan plates also! I had to come visit you for a little inspiration :) You and I love so many of the same things. Your flatware is so gorgeous, everything looks beautiful. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and a very, very happy New Year!
xoxoxo, Andrea

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So pretty, Marigene! Wishing a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

This is one of your best tables. I have a crocheted bedspread made by my great grandmother oh so many years ago. It stays in a plastic bag, but you've given me the idea to use it on a table. Thank you. I so enjoy having you as a presence in my blog life.

Desire Empire said...

Your Christmas table looks delightful

I'm having a great giveaway over the hoidays. The prize is a coastal style interiors book. If you have time I'd love it if you would pop over and join in.
Carolyn xx

The Tablescaper said...

Love the plaid, but man that flatware is to die for!

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Sweet Designs said...

Love your table, decorating with plaid is a favorite thing of mine to do too, it's a classic!

Liz said...

Wow - love the tartan crockery - not surprising really as I'm from Scotland!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger