Growing up with a French mother who required little help in the kitchen and was an incredible cook, I was most often enlisted to decorate the table. I’ve been playing with dishes ever since and confess to often planning an entire menu around how a dish will look when served! Creating the ambiance of a gathering is still my favorite part of entertaining and what I am known for. For a Christmas Eve Soirée, a sleighride was my theme. This tablescape can easily be used for a Christmas brunch or dinner. The beauty is that it is a make-ahead décor, which we all could use at this busy entertaining season.
The centerpiece is a gold woven sleigh brimming with ornaments in golds, pinks(to tie in the dishes), red and blues( to coordinate with the dining room accents). Because I love to let the rich wood of the table contrast with the china, I choose a runner and chargers instead of a tablecloth. The runner is gold embroidered cream linen. I love mismatched china and glassware
and find them more interesting, less stuffy than matchy-matchy and more modern. On a gold charger(Tuesday Morning), I layer a dinner plate, a salad plate and a soup cup, all from different but complementary china patterns bought in an antique shop. The rose pattern works for Christmas because of the green border. For some glitter, I place a beaded pomegranate in each soup cup.
With total abandon I mix my wedding Baccarat Meissen crystal wine glasses with TGMaxx water goblets and 19th century etched flutes, a thrift shop find. They look great together!
Because a table comes to life with multiple layers of décor, I scatter more ornaments on the runner, weave in a garland of beads in red, gold and pearls, intersperce votive candles throughout and at each place setting, to create a soft glow.
For height, I bring in 2 chunky cream pillars on a carved pedestal and dress these with miniature red glass bead wreaths to complement the wreaths on our French doors.
I roll Nana’s antique linen napkins in a deep red beaded ring(Homegoods) and finish them off with a sprig of white pine.
I hope this tablescape has inspired your holiday table decor. Happy entertaining!