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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twas' days before Christmas......

Twas' days before Christmas and all through Blogland folks were scurry about hoping to create tablescapes that would  astound. That can only mean  Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch is coming!
Since our Christmas tradition is to have dinner at my parent's home on Christmas day, I decided to use their dining room as the backdrop and to spotlight their table and dinnerware. The theme is, 'Night Before Christmas'. We began this tablescape by placing the centerpeice.

                                     An old-world Santa of  paper, wool, resin, faux pine and berries, and preserved pinecones takes center stage.

A mache' toy train filled with a seasonal arrangenent is beside him.

A silver flying reindeer candlestick and vintage 1940's flocked tree stand behind Santa and a mache' rocking horse decked out for Christmas and another reindeer candlestick complete the center.

These are the holiday dishes. A 16 peice placesetting using the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' poem as it's design  and  is the inspriation every year for the table. They are a (discontinued) pattern from the 1980's.

These are  the plates.
This is the dessert plate and cup
This is the platter and serving bowl.
I used  Christmas green placemats that almost look and feel like velveteen. The vintage plate stacks next. We use them as salad plates.They are a wonderful Chrustmas red with a hand-painted gold rim. The silverware are also vintage, from  the very early 70's. They are silverplate with oak handles.
The dessert plate is added along with oversized new red glass water goblets.

To top off the placesetting, a green napkin bound by a wooden Christmas tree motif ring is added. Fresh Christmas greens are added for thier great textureand aroma.
This is a collage of the finished tablescape

Hope you use the link above to Susan's blog and visit the many other fantastic tablescapes during the  holidays. Thanks for coming by. I'll stop by soon. You all are such an inspiration!
 Before I go though I'd like to thank Susan for hosting this wonderful blog and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Cynthia said...

Love your plates. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Shirley said...

I really liked your Christmas table. The rocking horse reminded me of one similar from a long time ago. Here we go telling our age. HeHe. My Christmas shopping is done even though when we were babysitting the boys, Matt told me he needed a new pair of pj's with the feet in them. I have always bought them blanket pj's because they don't like being covered up. We went to his Christmas program tonight they were so cute. They ranged from 2-5 in age. They really did a good job. Take care Merry Christmas Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Wow what a tablescape. That Santa is wonderful and everything just looks so homey and Christmasy! I'm the scrooge in our family ;-) since we usually go soemwhere else for Christmas I sometimes simply don't decorate.
I hope you and yours have the marriest od Christmases Melody!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

I absolutely love those plates! My mom has some similar, but not those. They are beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas:-)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Cute! Often I think I should get some Christmas plates...they certainly make for a beautiful Christmas table!
By the way....I'm still decorating - or finishing up decorating too :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you are ready for Christmas! Just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Feather Your Nest

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun mixture on your table -- those plates are wonderful!


Your plates are just lovely! It would be fun to keep a look out for them. I would enjoy having a set to use on my smaller table.

Thanks for stopping by For the Sake of Time and leaving a lovely comment. Please come back again.

Have a wonderful Christmas.


Kerri Deitsch said...

Wow! Very lovely Christmas table. I am still trying to put mine together for both Christmas eve & day! I love the red glass in the plates & the chargers! Also, the rocking horse is such a cute, whimsical way to bring the joy of kids & Christmas to the table.