The tablescape that I'm copying was posted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch last December, and you can find a picture of her table on Pinterest Here. Susan called her post "Dashing Through the Snow," which is very appropriate for her tablescape. Susan introduced us to these Better Homes and Gardens Christmas dishes, which she found at Walmart, last year for a
Susan used just the salad plates with the sleigh picture on them, but I only had one of those, so my four salad plates each have a different pattern. Here is Susan's table --
...and here is my table.
This is the salad plate Susan used in her tablescape. These are such pretty dishes (especially when they came out to around $3.50 each for eight plates, after tax and shipping). Eight plates for less than $30 -- a veritable bargain. :-D
Instead of using the Better Homes and Gardens dinner plate that came with this set, Susan used a beautiful tartan plaid dinner plate. I don't have any of those, so I used the dinner plates that came with the set. I think they're really pretty and blend beautifully with the salad plates. Susan also used chargers, and I used placemats. I like the quilted placemats, and I thought this shade of green worked well with the dishes. Isn't Susan's tablescape gorgeous?!
I did manage to get some of the napkin rings (which are actually Christmas ornaments) like Susan's at Walmart this year, but when I went back, all the sleigh ornaments that Susan used for place card holders were gone. I didn't realize I'd be doing a table like hers, or I would have bought the sleigh ornaments the first time around. Susan and I both used the Hampton Forge "Sophia" flatware; hers have red handles and mine have ivory. I also used plaid napkins and a beige cotton napkin similar to what Susan used. I did sort of play up the tartan plaids in this post because I just love them, and I think they look so pretty at Christmas time.
Susan had two of these deer (or reindeer if you prefer), but I just have the one. I couldn't resist giving him a spiffy tartan plaid bow. ;) I bought my deer a few years ago at a favorite local gift shop. I went back after Christmas to get another one, but they didn't have a single one left in the store. I also purchased these cardinals at the same gift shop, and I thought they tied in with the cardinal on the salad plate.
I saw these cute ornaments at Michael's last week and thought they would add a nice touch to the table and would also look good on our Christmas tree. There were two styles of ornaments in this package; here's a look at the other one --
The day I got these at Michael's, all the ornaments and most of the Christmas merchandise was fifty percent off. Works for me!
The red goblets are called "tartan etched stemware" and they came from Pier One this year.
I used several of these wheat ornaments, purchased many years ago on a trip to Seagrove potteries in North Carolina.
A tiny sweetgrass basket that we purchased on our trip to Charleston back in the spring, and a shiny mouse with a bunch of cherries. :)
The burlap cone with the cardinal came from our local Wild Birds Unlimited store.
A little snowy owl that I used on the mantel last Christmas,
and a female cardinal, as well.
I wanted my table to have some sparkle to contrast with the rustic elements, so I chose a few sparkly ornaments for the tree, the shiny, gold ball ornaments to mix with the pine cones, and these tea light holders that I also found at Michael's last week. I love the pattern on the outside and the way they reflect the light.
So that's my table folks. I think it was a lot like Susan's in some ways, but different in others. I know Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is did a table last Christmas using these same dishes. I wonder how many people Susan has inspired with these dishes and her tablescape? :)
A few pictures of the rest of the room...
Even more tartan plaid -- this might be an obsession. ;) I posted about this Nativity set back in 2011. My mom made it in her ceramics class years ago, and she gave it to me when we lived in Greensboro. Our house there had a white mantel, and this showed up beautifully there. I normally display this Nativity here at Christmas, but I also thought the Terra cotta finish went well with the outdoor feel of the table.
Thank you all for visiting me and please check out Kathleen's "Let's Dish" party tonight for lots more pretty Christmas tables. I hope you have a great week!
I'm also linking to:
Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at BNOTP
Home Sweet Home Party, hosted by Sherry
On The Table:
Dishes -- Better Homes and Gardens from Walmart
Flatware -- Hampton Forge "Sophia" from Target
Wine Goblets -- Pier One
Placemats -- HomeGoods or Bed, Bath & Beyond
Plaid Napkins -- Expressions, online
Plain Napkins -- Bed, Bath & Beyond
Napkin Rings -- Walmart
Green Ornaments -- Michael's
Table Top Christmas Tree -- HomeGoods
Tea Light Holders -- Michael's
Lantern -- HomeGoods
Woodland Animals -- Various Gift Shops