When I began brainstorming a fun holiday gathering and decor to match, the first thing that ran through my mind was candy cane candlesticks. From there, the idea of multi-colored flowers, Christmas crackers, and our china bloomed…
To kick off the festive mood, a faux-boxwood wreath from Pottery Barn was hung on the china cabinet, and tied with red, green, and seafoam ribbon found at Hobby Lobby.
I stumbled upon the flocked placemats while perusing Hobby Lobby in a haze (that place is always crowded and overwhelming, but the week of Thanksgiving- oof). Along with our new flocked Christmas tree, these seemingly snow-dusted mats harken White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby and memories of snowy days on the farm.
With a simple backdrop of a white tablecloth, the placemats and our china and crystal glassware set the stage for all festive accessories. The candy cane candles were also a Hobby Lobby find, and the napkins were from Sugar Paper for Target a few seasons ago. A bowl of cranberries adds another pop of seasonal color, and the flowers- a mix of red tea roses, purple dahlias, white ranunculus, and ornamental figs- are mixed enough to allow us to swap out with whatever is available at the grocery store between now and the big day.
I always love a reason to bust out our silver, though I hate polishing it… The candlesticks and placecard holders are from Williams-Sonoma, and the bowl is vintage, found at an estate sale long ago. Our china is Vera Wang’s Imperial Scroll for Wedgewood. The crystal is the Dorset collection from Williams-Sonoma, and the flatware is called Cupola, also found at Williams-Sonoma. The long, silver vase came from local florist Nanz and Kraft, and was part of a floral arrangement long ago.
Those bone salt and pepper shakers are vintage, and one of my favorite table setting pieces; they make an appearance almost every holiday. The jingle bells were on ribbon, also a Hobby Lobby find, but I snagged the toy soldier and sugarplum fairy crackers locally, here at Scout, and am looking forward to using them for Christmas Dinner with friends!
I love the fun mood that the table seems to have, and only wish that I had some sort of patterned tablecloth to crank things up a notch, but overall, I love the way this has turned out!
** this post is not sponsored in any way. all thoughts and opinions are my own **
** photos by Don Lehman **