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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!!

HOHOHO!

32 comments:

  1. Love the plaid and those red bubble glass compotes! Lots of possibilities with your GW find!
    Beautiful table, Jane! Thanks for taking the challenge at Let's Dish.

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    1. I was hoping to embellish a bit more, I'll have to find more of the clip on roses or something.

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  2. Red bubble glasses are great, and the many candles tie the table together.
    Pam

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  3. You have a lovely set of plaid china and finding the plaid tablecloth and all at Home Goods is wonderful! Your centerpiece with the pine cone candle holder is rustic and textured. The red glassware adds pretty color to the tablescape! Have a great week!

    Pam

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    1. Home Goods is wonderful and a bit dangerous sometimes. I was very happy to find all the plaid decor!

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  4. Bubble glassware is great. Also the many candles tie the table together.

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  5. Your holiday tartan table is wonderful! I'm mad for plaid and adore the plates you found at HG! What a wonderful candelabra from GW too, love the pine cones!

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    1. I adore the plaid and picked up a plaid tea towel today at a local store. I wonder if I can figure out another time to use them... hmmm???

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  6. Nothing says Christmas like a plaid table setting. I love what your've done. Formal, yet casual. But definitely ALL CHRISTMAS.

    "when it comes to tablescaping, sometimes I never feel like they're finished." Boy! Ain't that the truth.

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    1. I only wish I would have had the nerve to light the gold candles when I took the picture but... it's just one of those things with me. I want them to be pristine... forever. Maybe next year, hahahaha

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  7. How wonderful to find the compotes that matched the little red glasses so well! Together, they really make your table extra-special. Love the plaid -- and the plaid of the dishes goes so well with that of the tablecloth! Even your centerpiece recreates the original nicely!

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    1. I was so excited when I realized that everything was going to come together so perfectly. The red compotes were a great surprise when I found them (and on sale!)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to visit. I'm thinking of making another puff pancake again soon!

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  9. Love Love Love those Plaid Dishes!! I am so bummed - I haven't had time to get to my Homegoods in a while now. I work for a toy company and am working way too much these days!!! No time to play! Your table looks fabulous. Your pine cone candelabra was a great find!!!

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    1. Less time to play might be a bit better on my pocketbook but it's fun. You must be exhausted by this point. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Aren't you the lucky one to find those gorgeous 222 plaid plates at the Home Goods Store! I know how your feel about the plaid plates. It really is the thrill of the hunt! You table is marvelous just as it is. There is always a point when things are just right in a tablescape, and you found the perfect point to say "this is good" for this lovely table. I hope that I will learn the art of knowing how to look at my table and say "just right" (I really tend to overdo) someday. I love your bubble glasses and the pine cone candle holders too.

    Candy.

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    1. I've been fortunate to be at the right place at the right time to pick up some great finds - HG, Tuesday Morning or Goodwill. I'm still trying to learn to be patient so that I can get good deals, too. I had to grab the plaid plates because I wanted them for this Christmas and I was pretty sure they wouldn't last to make it to the clearance section. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Tartan always makes me smile. Your table is totally delightful! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Me too - I attracted to anything that's plaid. I even found a plaid/tartan handbag for the winter!

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  12. Beautiful challenge, I love it! The compotes in that awesome red are great! You did a fabulous copy catting!
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks Fabby! I really lucked out with those compotes, I also got some red glass plates with that beaded edge but I couldn't fit them on the table.

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  13. Happy Birthday...beautiful table. I love all the tartans and the little bubble glass compotes are so nice for Christmas.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes and you kind comments about my table.

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  14. Nice job! I like yours even better, so bright and pretty!

    Merry Christmas!

    Katherine

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    1. Thank you, I'm flattered that you like my table better. It is very cheery!

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  15. I love the pinecone candle holders--pretty!

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    1. That was a great find, and I really like. After I took it off the table it was still part of my holiday decor around the house. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  16. What a lovely tartan table. I really like those red compotes.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Marigene - I'm looking forward to using them on my Valentine's table.

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  17. I'm a "mad for plaid" girl too. Sorry I'm so late to view your beautiful table. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

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    1. I'm sorry I'm so late in replying. Even my Easter tablecloth is plaid! Happy New Year

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