There is something magical and alluring about a well dressed table that is not just about the delicious food. I believe it starts with the glow of candle light, the sparkle from the glasses, the reflecting shiny light from the china and flatware. For the centerpiece, two thoughts come to my mind: a spread of beautiful food or a lovely themed centerpiece.
This Christmas, my version of a winter wonderland is being served up. It started with a white ceramic Christmas tree lit from the interior with a string of glimmer lights. Lots of white tea candles, silver and white candle holders; glass candle holders; and miniature glass vases filled with earthy brown and green colors.
Then I took a walk thru my little apartment village and sniped off a few holly stems with their berries. Later I took a trip to a local Christmas tree nursery where I was happily given small pieces of Frazer fir Christmas tree branches. The small vases you see are filled with coffee beans and then topped with the tiny end stems from a Christmas tree branch.
Years ago, I invested in a set of fine China designed by Vera Wang. The crystal is from RoseXthal classic from Germany. (I once lived near an outlet in Nortern Virginia that had great upscale stores from top designers. The crystal was priced out of my budget, so I bought a glass or two every few months. Sadly, I had only purchased enough for two place settings when the store closed!! What a bummer. But recently I finally discovered a design of crystals that complement the set I currently have. Back to my piece-meal purchasing!)
My version of the winter wonderland is grounded in white table linen—placemats and napkins. It was impossible to find a matching table runner to fit my round 42” table, so I used two placemats. Slightly successful, I think, is the miniature rosemary Christmas wreaths that top the place settings. Well, they do at least add colors that complement the centerpiece! (I discovered this little design trick on Pinterest, of course.)
First, I’m not affiliated with the following stores in any way but I’m happy to share where and how I made the purchases. Second, I’m a “bird dog” shopper. I “look” around and when I find what I like, if the price is out of my budget, I wait until the item goes on sale or I can find a coupon. By “bird dogging,” I mean I watch and check on that item frequently until I make my purchase.
Other tablesetting sources:
Ceramic Christmas tree, glimmer lights, silver reindeer tea candle holder, and the gold/white tea candle holder are from Pier One Imports
White linen placemats and napkins and gold flatware are from Williams Sonama
Glass minature vases, glass tray and glass candle older are from Mykasa
Vera Wang china was purchased from Bed, Bath and Beyond (about 12 years ago.)
I simply love a well-dressed table, especially for the holiday meals. Its magic transforms me. My grandmother reared me. We were poor. But somehow she always presented a lovely well-dressed table, most often for holidays. She brought out her best tablecloth and lovely dinnerware. The spread of beautiful food with its appetizing aroma was the centerpiece. Perhaps, it’s that tradition and my memory of her that carries me through each and every holiday.