this year’s Christmas table

Christmas day… We?Re ready! Or at the least the table’s equipped. That?S one issue I can take a look at off the listing, right? Menu planning and prepping is subsequent on my list, observed through ultimate minute purchasing and wrapping.

By the way, did you know that TJ Maxx and Marshall’s open at 7am today and tomorrow? I’ll be there bright and early despite all the rain we’re having today.

Now back to this table…

It all started with this cozy plaid throw. I just love how it doesn’t cover the whole table. It seems more interesting that way. A little peek at the white table underneath is just the right look at this casual tablescape.

The layering for each place setting starts with a natural woven placemat, and to that I added large white ceramic dinner plate and then finally our lovely red transferware salad plate.

A farmhouse striped napkin tucked in under the plates adds another layer to our table. I found this Joyeux Noel ribbon at Home Goods, and added to the center of the table as an informal banner weaving in and out between the cake stand and the fresh-cut greens.

A sweet cane at every setting provides a playful accessory and can be stored for after dinner as a deal with or to feature to our cups of coffee or cocoa.

Simple La Rochere glasses with a fleur de lys pattern adds to the French flair of the table. All the tableware has just been collected over the past several years, with the exception of one thing…

I found a set of these black handled bamboo utensils on Saturday at an Estate Sale in Laguna Beach. There’s a website called EstateSales.net that I now subscribe to.  It’s makes it so easy to check out all the local sales during the week.

The pleasant part is there are images for each sale, so that you can undercover agent what they’ve at those houses earlier than you get there. I spotted those bamboo beauties at the internet site and dragged my hubby to this sale early on Saturday morning. I discovered the large bag of this flatware proper when I got there, and we settled on a truthful rate.

When I got home, I discovered it was a 5-piece set that had service for ten! That’s fifty pieces at about .60 cents apiece. And I later found out they sell the same set at Neiman Marcus for bit more! 

Anyways, I wasn’t’ planning on using them for this table, but I after I tried them, I really liked the look. They compliment the placemats nicely and offer a nice contrast on the table itself.

As a main focus of the table, I thought it would be nice to have lovely dessert as the centerpiece. A ceramic white cake stand holds a “Rustic Spice Cake” from Trader Joe’s. Three velvety red roses sit on the top of the cake, and the top is also embellished with a few rosemary sprigs from the garden.

For added holiday cheer, I sugared a package of cranberries and sprinkled them around the cake. Have you ever made sugared cranberries? It’s really quite simple.

Sugared Cranberries via Martha Stewart

Ingredients

1 cups sugar

1 cups water

1 cups fresh cranberries

additional half cup sugar

Combine sugar and water in a small pan and produce to a simmer over medium warmness, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from warmth and allow cool for 10 minutes. Place the cranberries in a bowl and pour the syrup over the top. Let cool absolutely, cowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate in a single day.

Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, booking the syrup for some other use. Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries in batches, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; allow stand at room temperature till dry, approximately 1 hour.

So now that the table set, it adds so much holiday charm to our home. The dining room is just past the foyer, so you can see it right when you come in the front door as you walk past my little Christmas tree .

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas eve eve! I’ll try to check back in with you tomorrow with one last Christmas post.

ciao! fabiana

Info on table add-ons*:

Plates: Home Goods

Napkins: Farmhouse Living

Placemats: Braided Rattan

Plaid Throw: similar found here

Glassware: La Rochere

Cake Stand: similar found here

Ribbon: similar found here

Cake & Roses: Trader Joe’s

*affiliate links used.

P.S. I got a lot of questions this week about my set of Christmas bells that are on my wreaths this year. You can find them here .

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