For as long as I can remember, setting the table has been one of my favorite things to do! It started when I was young. I was at my Aunt Bev’s house and was asked to help set the table. She had beautiful china, crystal and cloth napkins the likes of which I had never seen. I carefully carried every single crystal goblet and china plate with both hands placing them ever so gently on the table. Then I laid a napkin next to each place. The result was so beautiful it changed my perception of mealtime forever! I became determined to do the same with our family table even though we only had Corelle Dinnerware and paper napkins. It didn’t matter! I started by folding the paper napkins and putting the silverware in its proper place and then added candles (I was big on candles). The candles however, were not a big hit with my father and brothers who would complain they were not able to see their food! Luckily for me, my mom was there to shush the Naysayers and encourage my efforts! I have since upped my game from folded paper napkins and candles, to crystal, china and cloth napkins. I still love candles, but also experiment with different place settings, flower arrangements and unique items to incorporate into my design. I will be hosting Christmas Eve dinner this year so I have been looking online for inspiration. I pulled some of my favorites to share with you.
This table setting by “Miss Mustard Seed” is the perfect example of using colors other than red and green to dress a holiday table!
This is a simple but elegant table setting by one of my favorite designers, Sarah Richardson. She used items you can find in nature as her center piece, kraft paper for name tags and mason jars as candle holders. It just shows you that setting a pretty table can be low key and still knock your socks off!!
Here, Sarah Richardson adds a colorful plate to create a holiday mood!
You know I love candles! With greenery and flowers this table is spectacular!
So many great ideas! I can not wait to create my Christmas Eve table and share it with you!