No sooner do we get through Thanksgiving than we have to move right into the holidays with an entirely different decor. I know some of you are already ahead of the game, but I just can’t get started with Christmas until we’ve polished off the turkey!
For our first holiday table, I decided to get a little crafty and wrap cones with diminishing lengths of fabric cut on the bias, sewn together and finished with decorative stitching. All done they are funky little trees in not so traditional colors that are better suited to our Houston home. On the table, they are going to nestle on open weave muslin mimicking the softness of fresh fallen snow, not something we are likely to have!
Playing off the black in one of the fabrics, I’m using chargers so dark green they appear almost black,
a nice contrast for white plates.
Now comes the fun part. I found stems and salad plates at Pier One that are not only playful but have similar off tones of red and green.
Cranberry napkins trimmed in gold are gathered into napkin rings that remind of presents and ornaments. So far so good, and the setting is complete except for the flatware.
Deciding on flatware was a bit of a challenge, but I couldn’t resist using this bought last year at Ross. Yes, it is the more traditional red and green, but it blends and adds an unexpected touch that I always like on a table.
The combination of color and texture on the table is satisfactory, but something’s missing. The center is kinda blah with nothing but the muslin beneath the trees, and I kept scratching my head wondering how to give it a little pop. A forgotten bag of ornaments provided just the right answer.
All done, the table, with a fanciful flair in keeping with its surroundings, is ready for the first dinner of the season.
If it were possible to have the perfect table for every tablescape, this time I’d replace my glass topped one with the Philippe design from Modani, a very fun line of modern furniture. The style is modern without being too sleek, and the deep black tone is a great background for the colors I have used. Too, the legs remind me of icicles hanging from eaves. Hey, you have to have let your inner child run away when you are creating!
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