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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Color

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the season.  I do enjoy all the preparations for Christmas regardless of how much time I do or don't have to complete them.  For me it's a balance of not starting too early and rushing the season but still having plenty of time to get everything ready AND enjoy the festivities.

I'm participating in Cuisine Kathleen's Challenge - though maybe not as literally as I had planned.
Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

I really had fun with this table even though I didn't quite get it all pulled together yet. I decided to take pictures anyway because when it comes to tablescaping, sometimes I never feel like they're finished.

I was thrilled  when I found these tartan edged plates a few weeks ago. Until then I had no idea what I was going to do for my Christmas tables. I found them at Home Goods, they're 222 Fifth. The tablecloth came from there, too.
These little red bubble glasses were a great find at an antiques booth at a holiday craft bazaar. I saw them, picked one up, set them down and walked away. After wandering around the rest of the bazaar, i went back and got them. I'm very glad I did! The holly glass came from The Dollar Store.
I was looking for something else on the Macy's website and stumbled on these bubble glass compotes! Hooray, they're so close they almost look like they're from the same maker.

Here's the breakdown of the place setting:
I found these great little Christmas themed bowls before I found the plates and I love how they look together. The bowls are Royal Stafford (not pattern name on them), also from Home Goods
Here's a picture of the plates, I love them! I tried my red chargers first but the gold looks much better. The gold chargers are from Pier 1.
These votive holders lose something with my photo skills.  The words are on the inside and shine through the green with the right light. I put one of my faux votive candles inside but I don't care for the yellow-ish cast. I'll find a nice bright led to use instead. No details on these votives, they're from a local kitchen store.
Another shot, different angle of the place setting.
The pine cone candelabra is from GW, what a great find, I don't care for the base so I tried to camouflage it (in a hurry) a bit for the picture. The red flatware is from GW and the green is from Cost Plus/World Market.

I'll be linking up to Between Naps on the Porch and The Tablescaper, too.

On a final note - today I made myself a delicious breakfast. A puff pancake and I topped it with my homemade boysenberry jam and a bit of maple syrup. It was amazing!
A perfect birthday breakfast :)

It's now a week later and I took a breath and a few more pictures of my table.  I added a few more pieces that I wanted to include earlier.  I'm changing the table tomorrow so you can expect a new tablescape very soon. For now, I hope you enjoy all this plaid as much as I do.

Just a few changes but I certainly can tell that someone didn't iron the cloth before putting it on the table.

I can't imagine who could have been so lazy.

Hahahaha - oh yes I can!
Yes, more shots of the red bubble glass - just love them!

This vintage Christmas postcards were the most important part of the table. I got them at a Christmas bazaar and wish I had picked up a few more to frame.  Very obviously old because the addresses are missing street numbers and in most cases any form of zip code.

So... what's the difference between antique and vintage? Maybe really old is antique and mid-century is vintage?

Now stop reading blogs and get those gifts wrapped!!