This gold vintage Christmas table evokes a time when hostesses worked tirelessly to set just the right tone for a night with guests. If you’re serving something amazing, like crown roast of pork, roasted duck, or rack of lamb, shouldn’t your table be as special as your entrée? We think so! Particularly at Christmas, a beautiful tablescape sets the tone for a joyous celebration. I originally did this post in 2015. Looking back at it, I’m thinking I would have been happier with a deep green than the red I used — but that’s the great thing. You can keep changing it up!
Perhaps nothing is more regal-looking and rich as gold. This Christmas table piles it on.
The ivory lace tablecloth serves as the base. Table runners made of red with gold metallic embroidery run down each side of the table, taking the place of individual placemats. The gold flatware is some I bought when I was 18. (No, I’m not going to say how long ago that was. Quit trying to do the math.) I put a service for eight of goldware on layaway and thought it was the ultimate table accessory. (I was an odd child.)
The dinner plate has a heavy gold band around it, intricately patterned, although I notice the picture doesn’t reflect how stunning it is.. I snagged the set of twelve of the Bavarian-made dinner plates at an estate sale years ago. The top plate is part of my family history. Passed down through many generations, each of the eight plates is different and hand-adorned with gold designs. When I was in sixth grade, having noticed my mother did not use them, I stuck them in my hope chest. She was on to me pretty quickly, however, and I coughed them up. Decades later, she gifted them to me and I have made the most of my reunion with these glorious dishes.
The green and clear crystal cordial glass is also a family heirloom. Honestly, I can’t imagine drinking any kind of liqueur straight, but add a little cream and I’m totally there! The wine glass is vintage Hawke’s crystal.
I’ve double-dipped on the napkins, nesting a red within a gold. Both are ruffled silk. Pray that your guests aren’t messy if you’re silly/extravagant enough to use silk napkins.
To complete this tablescape, a flower arrangement and some candles would be appropriate, or some battery-operated glimmer lights and greenery. In fact, I think I would lean toward the Christmas greenery — whether magnolia limbs or evergreens, I think they would be stunning, if accented with small twinkle lights.