Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pretty In Plaid

I'm re-posting a Christmas tablescape that I originally published on January 6th of this year.  I didn't get it up by Christmas last year because my dad had been in the hospital, and December was a stressful month for all of us. This is one of my very favorite tablescapes, and I hope you enjoy seeing it.  I'll be linking this tablescape to Let's Dish, hosted by Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday evening, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Thanks to both of these ladies for hosting.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Hi everyone!  Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas and Happy New Year!  Except for a couple of very small posts, I've been absent from blogging since early in December.

My dad underwent open heart surgery on December 29th to replace a leaking valve, and I'm so happy to report that he is doing very well!  Our family is extremely THANKFUL!!

They say that timing is everything, and my timing is just about too late for a Christmas tablescape. :)  I'm just barely in time for Epiphany; but I couldn't let the season go by without a Christmas tablescape.

I'll try to keep the wording to a minimum on this post, as it is late at night, and I'm very tired.  I've always wanted to do a Christmas table with plaids, and this year, I finally did it.  I love tartan plaids, especially in winter, so this table was a lot of fun for me to put together.

The centerpiece is all faux greenery and berries in a beautifully painted cache pot.  It was a Christmas gift from my husband's grandmother several years ago.  I've enjoyed it so very much.  Brass candlesticks with Colonial Candles in Cranberry and faux Boxwood candle rings.

Red napkins with ivy and poinsettia cutwork from The Christmas Tree Shop coordinate with red quilted placemats from Steinmart.  The napkin rings are Lenox "Nouveau Plaid".

Festive party plate with plaid bow and bottle brush trees.

I love, love this cutwork table runner with gold stitching on the holly leaves and berries.  The greenery on this plate is real, from our Holly tree and Nandina bushes.  I even found a plaid pillar candle this year.

Dressed for the hunt in a tartan plaid skirt...

A close-up of the cache pot...

Another view of the cache pot...

The Christmas crackers we've had for many years.

Our terra cotta Nativity on a plaid table runner.

As usual, I saved the candlelight shots for last.  I love this kissing ball hanging from the chandelier.  I found it several years ago at a local gift shop.

If you look really hard, you can see the design on this glass plate, a long-ago purchase from our Reading China.  I was so disappointed when they closed their stores in North Carolina.  The etched design depicts a Christmas tree, surrounded by a little village, trees, people, and a snowman.

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday blessed with family, friends, and love.  As always, I thank you for stopping by the House at Forest Manor.  I really enjoy your visits and I read each and every one of your comments.  May 2012 be a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous year for all of you.


On The Table:

Table Runner -- Home Goods, a few years ago
Placemats -- Steinmart, this year
Napkins -- Christmas Tree Shops, this year
Chargers -- Christmas Tree Shops, this year
Dinner Plates -- Lenox "Classic White"
Salad Plates -- "Bella Lux" bone china, Home Goods
Crystal Stemware -- Gorham "French Cathedral"
Sterling Flatware -- International Silver Co. "Grande Regency"
Napkin Rings -- Lenox "Nouveau Plaid", Macy's online this year
Pillar Candles -- Bed, Bath and Beyond
Red Plate with Plaid Bow -- Christmas gift from my sister-in-law
Holly Bird Tassel -- The Tassel House at, last year
Nativity Set -- Made by my mom many years ago
Fox in Hunt Costume -- Christmas gift from my husband


  1. I'm glad to hear that he's doing well. I was pretty sparse during the season too. I just couldn't fit it all in.

    I never did a Christmas table for BNOTP. Yours is really warm and beautiful. I love plaid/tartan patterns so this one really speaks to me. The centerpiece is absolutely beautiful, too. I love those chargers. I need a visit to the CTS.

    I'm hoping to post more tables in 2012. I enjoy doing them and seeing them so much, and I'm trying to do the things I enjoy instead of always slaving away to the stuff I'm supposed to do.

  2. Thanks so much Debbie. This table turned out to be one of my favorites. I, too, want to post more tables in 2012. That's one of my blogging goals. I've been blogging for almost a year now -- hard to believe.

    We just got a CTS store in Greensboro last fall; I've found several good bargains there.

    Thanks for your kind inquiries about my dad.



  3. Denise, this is simply ......beautiful. I love those chargers, and I have similar napkins with cutouts of autumn leaves that I got at CTS in a burnt orange/rust color. Happy that one opened near you. Hope all is well with you, I've missed you, but figured you were caught up with holiday stuff. Happy, healthy New Year, ((hugs)) xo

  4. Your table is gorgeous with every detail attended to!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! Hope you will make it a weekly party stop! I have just become your newest follower!

  5. It is beautiful, Denise! Everything goes so nicely together. I have those CTS chargers too! They are pretty aren't they!
    Love your live greens, and of course the pop of plaid.
    So glad your dad is doing well, wishing him a complete recovery!
    Happy 20212!

  6. Denise,

    I am so glad your father is doing well. I'm sure that was the best Christmas present you could have received! Your table is just so beautiful, warm and inviting. The first thing that caught my eye was that runner which is amazing. I also love the napkin rings. You did an amazing job putting everything together and the final product is just wonderful. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my post. Happy New Year to you! Dianne

  7. Hi Denise, My dad was in the hospital over the holidays as well. He is also doing better. :) Thank goodness!
    Your table is so pretty. I love the plaid and your centerpiece is so pretty! :)


    P.S. I'm following you now... hope you will come by and say hi.

  8. Oh I just had to tell you... I loved your post on Mitford! Thank you for sharing that!


  9. I love your tablescape, Denise. Everything on the table was beautifully put together. In fact, your whole dining room is gorgeous....Christine

  10. So glad that your dad is doing well after his surgery!! Great way to start 2012!

    Your table is just gorgeous!! Love your napkins and those wonderful plaid napkin rings! Your Christmas crackers are so pretty! Truly stunning!!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Looking forward to seeing more of your posts in the New Year!

  11. Oh what a pretty plaid Christmas. I'm so glad that your dad is doing well now. May your new year bring many blessings.

  12. Hi Denise, I'm so happy to hear your Dad is doing well after such a scare. I'm also glad you were able to get your Christmas post on with such lovely decorations. Your tablescape is just lovely with the candlelight and elegant china and accessories. Love the nativity on the plaid. Centerpiece is gorgeous.
    Hope your new year is great.

    The French Hutch

  13. Great table. Love all of the plaid. So happy your Dad is doing well.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Hi Denise! How good to hear your dad is doing better! Your table is absolutely beautiful! Those golden chargers are gorgeous! Yours plaids are just perfect for Christmas. What a beautiful setting you've put together.
    Thanks you for popping in to see me and here is to another year of blogging!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. HI! Glad to hear your Dad is doing well. Your table is GORGEOUS!!!! I, too, love plaid and did our table with plaid this year too!!!! POsted it earlier. I never tire of seeing Christmas tables, so thanks for sharing this. XO, Pinky

  16. I'm happy to hear your Dad's surgery went well. I am so glad you didn't thing it was too late to share this wonderful Christmas t'scape! I really like the plaid. The colours and dishes are wonderful. The candlelight pics make me want to be there!


  17. Hi Denise! I'm happy your Dad is doing well! Your table is beautiful~ especially so by candlelight! I love the plaid touches at your table. I miss Reading China too...although it's better for my wallet since there was a store very convenient to me! Wishing you & your family good health and all the best in 2012!

  18. I found your blog completely by accident. I am mad about your plaids. I love them especially in the winter!

    BTW, I am also happy that there is a real "Mitford."
    I am your newest fan. Stop by Apple Jack Lane if you have the chance.

  19. Everything looks so beautiful! I have the same foxes. I don't know where I've stored them. I kind of missed them at Christmas. Pat

  20. I'm so glad your dad is doing well after surgery! Your Christmas table is gorgeous -- I love the cutwork on the runner and the napkins, and the plaid napkin rings are darling!

  21. Beautiful table, Denise, and I'm so glad you shared it! Those napkins are beautiful and I love the chargers you used. Love the crackers on the plates. Even though my daughter hosted this year, I picked up some crackers for each place setting. They are corny but fun.

  22. Gosh, your carpet is CLEAN!!!!! But on to more important things....SO glad to hear that your Dad is doing well after his surgery. I can only imagine what a scary time that must have been for your family. Wonderful to know that he is recovering well now and that you guys can breathe a sigh of relief. Tell him that a weird little lady from the Midwest is praying for him! :-) Meanwhile, you did a magnificent job with this tablescape, Denise!!! I saw those fabulous tartan napkin rings and wanted the SO bad...but I resisted. You paired them up so nicely with all the other beautiful table elements...and the striking bear all ready for the hunt! :-) Those are great musical candles in the wall sconces, too!!! VERY cool!!! Beautiful job, my dear! Bravo to the nth power! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  23. I love your table! I was originally going to stop by just to say thank you for your kind words on my blog, but now I'm caught up with your beautiful tablescape!

    First of all, how wonderful that your husband is doing well! I'm sure that's a great relief to you. It makes thinking about things like tablescapes ever so much more enjoyable!

    The plaid is perfect for the "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme. Happy Epiphany! I'm in love with that tassle! Is that a partridge? How perfect is that!!! And those poinsettia cutwork napkins are beautiful!

    May your new year be filled with health, peace and many, many blessings! Hugs, Maria

  24. Looks beautiful! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  25. Hi Denise~ I remember this post from last January. I hope your dad is still in good health and December 2012 is less stressful with you enjoying the pleasures of the Christmas season!

  26. I knew when I saw that Christmas cracker on the table that I remembered this table! I loved it then, and I love it now.

  27. This is gorgeous.. I am glad you showed it again. Love the runner too. The chargers bring out the gold threads. It all looks wonderful. xo marlis

  28. Hi dear Denise! I'm so glad you shared those beautiful table done in plaids again. I'm in love with the cut work table runner. You coordinated everything so well...even your Teddy Bear is dressed for the party. How's your dear Dad doing now?

  29. I have a terra cotta nativity set your tablescape...just beautiful Denise!

  30. Beautiful table, I must have missed it the first time...thank you for posting it again, Denise. Lovely room, so festive.

  31. What a stunning put together table Denise! The chargers, the dishes, the stems, etc. is simply happy you posted it again. I don't remember if a missed it, but maybe so, as I don't think I would forget this beauty. Happy holidays and thank you for your sweet visit.

  32. Stunning, elegant, delightful! Fabulous table, Denise! I adore the cutwork runner! It's an A+++++!!!!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!



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