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26 Dec

A Thanksmasgiving Tablescape

Holy moly! Life knows how to throw curve balls, huh! Although I intended to publish this post over two weeks ago, sometimes God has other plans in store. Between helping to care for my mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s, tending to sick kids and getting sick myself, and trying to wrap up Christmas shopping before Santa arrived, my plate was just a little fuller than usual. 

With that said, I hope you had a Merry Thanksgiving and Happy Christmas! Speaking of, have you ever celebrated Christmas at Thanksgiving? Well, that’s exactly what my mom planned. In our family, members who live out of town fly in every other holiday. This year was Thanksgiving and next year will be Christmas, you get the idea. Anyway, lots of extended families were coming, including both of my brother’s mother-in-laws. This was the year that tradition was flipped. I hope you enjoy the images below from our Thanksmasgiving.

This holiday table was designed around an elf theme using whimsical characters, lots of ornaments, and several red and gold Christmas cone tree decorations, all on top of a custom made-to-measure tablecloth.

Three ornament-filled containers placed on glass risers have a total of 20 white Hydrangea. The larger arrangement in the center of the table has two playful elves hanging on each side

In between the floral arrangements are red, and gold cone trees, several of Santa’s helpers and piles of colorful ornaments are strewn down the table. Intertwining through the ornaments are spools of holly leaf and candy cane striped ribbon, red felt flowers and battery-operated strings of micro Christmas lights.

Silver starburst chargers are the foundation of the place setting, with holly ribbon china on top. Tying the gold table décor and the silver chargers together are filigreed crystal wine glasses and antique sterling silver goblets. Sterling silver flatware and hemstitched linen dinner napkins with embroidered alpine skiers top off the place setting.

For the kid’s table, a lime green tablecloth sets the foundation where all of the fun will unfold. A more simplified version of the adult table, only one floral arrangement with ornaments is the focal point, along with playful elves sitting on candy dishes at each end.

Disposable paper placemats were a perfect fit, along with durable, reusable plastic chargers and dinner plates. Plastic cups with screw on lids were ready for the inevitable drink spill. Because the plates had festive images, hanging the plaid napkin off the side of the table was the best way to showcase the plates. By each place setting was a holiday party cracker, a fun toy with a name tag tied to it, and a gift bag of surprises.

Thanksmasgiving RECAP!

I hope you enjoyed these tablescapes. I have to say; although we’ve never celebrated Thanksmasgiving before, boy am I glad we did. Sometimes the stress and pressure of getting everything ready for jolly old Saint Nick interferes with the beauty of being able to stop and enjoy the moment. And because this celebration took place in November, all of the crazy that unfolds from Black Friday on, wasn’t there. It was like celebrating Christmas without all the crazy. All though we didn’t do a gift exchange, mom did have a bag of fun little gifts at each seat.

Custom tablecloth Fabrictopia

Whimsical elf figures Katherine’s Collection

Multiple sized ornaments for table and containers

Tabletop Christmas cone trees

Double-lined glass cylinder containers Pottery Barn (discontinued)

Spools of specialty ribbon and red felt flowers Katherine’s Collection

Battery operated Christmas lights Target

Silver starburst chargers Z Gallerie

Royal Worcester Holly Ribbons fine china Replacements

Crystal wine glasses Saint Louis

Sterling Silver wine goblets

Sterling Silver flatware Towle Old Master

Linen dinner napkins Wisteria (discontinued)

Candy dishes on kids table Pottery Barn (discontinued)

Paper placemats Needle in a Haystack

Kids plastic chargers, dinner plates, cups, and plaid napkins Pottery Barn (discontinued)

A special thank you to Jim Irwin Floral and talented photographer Maria Kithas Ciszek.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful and STRESS-FREE holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and everything in between.

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3 Oct

Tablescape Tuesday: Celebrating the Last Day Of Summer

Celebrate the Last Day Of Summer

A celebration of the Last Day of Summer on the actual last day of Summer. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bust out the cocktails? If you know my mother Carol, then you know she loves any excuse to throw a fab dinner party. Kids are back in school! Check! Cooler temps are moving in! Check!

This seasonal table was designed around a coastal theme using various types of coral, starfish, sand dollars and Tridacna gigas clam shells.

Three crustaceous floral arrangements placed on glass risers were filled with 20 stems of white Hydrangea, 20 yellow and coral Roses, 2 stems of yellow Cymbidium and 40 stems of yellow Oncidium Orchids. The larger arrangement in the center of the table was topped off with a wooden sail boat.

Bright turquoise napkins and striped placemats symbolize blue Caribbean water. The flatware for this place setting was Laguiole and the vintage Stuart Crystal dessert compotes were topped off with antique David Andersen sterling silver guilloche enamel demitasse spoons.

Mom used silver starburst chargers, along with complimentary dinner and salad plates, all from Z Gallerie. She then paired standard Fleur dessert plates with the crystal dessert compotes. Color tinted stemware for water and wine tied it all together.

For the kitchen centerpiece, in addition to the flowers used in the giant clam shells, 1 bunch of Dianthus and 2 bunches of hanging Amaranthus were tightly packed into the large green urn.

Kitchen Centerpiece

As a gesture of thanks for attending dinner, these darling octopus kitchen towels and Stonewall Kitchen jams were the favors guests took home with them.

Summer Party Favors

Summer Tablescape RECAP!

Yup, I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world is Christy talking about a summer tablescape, when Central Market already has pumpkins spilling out their doors. Well, nothing like planning a photoshoot on Friday, September 22nd (the actual last day of Summer), waiting for the rushed images to be edited, all while October is coming in hot. Sometimes, it’s just the way the ball rolls. In the meantime, we are knocking out the punch list on this website and I’m still learning the back end of Word Press with all of its bells and whistles.

Tridacna gigas clam shells in  Large and Extra Large

Silver starburst chargers

Dinner and salad plates

Dessert plates

Napkins and placemats

Flatware

Kitchen towels and jams

Sail boat

I didn’t have links for the items below, but sourcing these with a simple website search should produce many options to help you achieve the perfect look.

Coral, starfish and sand dollars

Glass votive candles

Vintage Stuart Crystal dessert compotes.

David Andersen sterling silverware

Large ceramic green urn

Colored glass stemware

A special thank you to Jim Irwin Floral and talented photographer Jodie Miears with Reverie Photo Co.