This is as down-home as it gets. (Well, it’s as down-home as I get.) No glitz, no glitter, just simple, classic beauty in this Christmas table. It was important to do one that was not the least bit blingy, because I have some relatives who begin to twitch when it looks like someone has run amok with a Bedazzler.
For this Christmas table, I started with the centerpiece. The vase, handmade by Michael’s niece Sara, a wonderful artist, is so all-purpose. It looks just right with all kinds of different flowers at every time of the year. It may not be a traditional Christmas color, but it’s neutral color allowed the flowers themselves to take the spotlight. White roses, some evergreens, and hypericum berries combined for a beautiful seasonal arrangement that took just minutes to put together.
A cream jaquard tablecloth laid a nice bright backdrop for the table, allowing the red placemats to really pop. The plates aren’t a classic shade of Christmas green (which tends to be more of a kelly green), but they are more subtle in color. The red linen napkins were embroidered with a simple green Christmas tree. The napkin rings were circles of rings and berries.
If you zoom in on the stemmed glasses, you will see that they have tiny snowmen painted on them. They were a great buy at one of the vintage shops in New Harmony, Indiana.
One could argue that the pearlized red flatware is a little glitzy. If it were directly on top of the cream tablecloth, I would have to agree. It would really stand out. By putting it on red placemats, however, it blends into the background and does not grab center stage. A tablescape consists of the sum of the different components viewed as a whole. And THIS is a whole lotta pretty.
Jingle bells, my friends!