Monday, December 24, 2012

An Ultra Fancy & Romantic Tabletop for Holiday Dinners





















Quot estis in convivio - all who are feasting together
Servite cum in cantico - serve it while singing 

from The Boar’s Head Carol (traditional)



Sometimes you feel like busting out the Cambridge stemware and tablecloth for holiday dinner celebrations.  Christmas falls after a weekend this year so there may a ghost of a chance to spend a day making your table special.

Ideas for pull-out-the-stops elegance:

  • Glass sparkles in candlelight so load it on the table
  • Use taper candles – the height of their light flatters the table
  • Spray evergreens with aerosol adhesive and dust with 70 grit German glass glitter
  • Place vintage ornaments along the evergreens
  • Cinch huge napkins with a small length of silver chenille (pipe cleaner)
  • Use chargers or larger plates under the dinner plates
  • Print French handwriting graphics on two pieces of paper, tape together, cut the edges with pinking shears, and write a loving message to your guest

Avoid hurrying around by setting up as far in advance as possible.  The candles clipped onto the plates is a photo shoot anachronism.  In real life they'd make too much of a mess at dinner (where does one put it after it's blown out?).  It’s more important you relax and enjoy your guests than having everything perfect!

Sources:
Antique French handwriting graphic: Etsy
Napkins: Pom Pom Home
70 Grit German glass glitter: Etsy
Chairs: disegno Karina Gentinetta


Until next time, stay shabby!



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17 comments:

Jenny said...

Gorgeous...thank you for sharing your lovely studio. You provide such inspiration! I hope you have a lovely holiday.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Its beautiful Sandy! xo

Merlin said...

Eloquently done and simply beautiful! Blessings! franki

Rhonda said...

Perfection! Sweetly done and such inspiration! Have a wonderful Christmas, Sandy. xo Rhonda

Anne said...

Beautiful inspiration!
xx
Anne

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful table- Merry Christmas, Sandy!!! xo Diana

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sandy,
Loved this elegant table setting for Christmas dinner.
Enjoy a Merry Christmas with your loved ones!
Hugs,
Mariette

Michele said...

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Merry Christmas,
Michele
Pearl 13.1

shabbychictinyretreat said...

Your Christmas table is beautiful. I think you just started a new trend by placing the knife and fork on opposite sides of the dinner plate, from the traditional placement of silverware. Elegant, shabby and unique. I like it.
Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

shabbychictinyretreat said...

Your Christmas table is beautiful. I think you just started a new trend by placing the knife and fork on opposite sides of the dinner plate, from the traditional placement of silverware. Elegant, shabby and unique. I like it.
Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

shabbychictinyretreat said...

Your Christmas table is beautiful. I think you just started a new trend by placing the knife and fork on opposite sides of the dinner plate, from the traditional placement of silverware. Elegant, shabby and unique. I like it.
Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Ivy said...

Absolutely beautiful staging, Sandy! Have a happy new year!

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Ivy

Linda said...

Like sitting inside a cloud...I have always adored pearl handled knives. Sigh. I love this post, Sandy. Cheers to you and yours this holiday.
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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