Oh, Holy Night... this was the song playing in my head as I set this Bethlehem Christmas Table.
This one-of-a-kind dinnerware with watercolor scenes of the true Christmas story rimmed with God's Word was the inspiration for tonight's table. And what a most beautiful inspiration!
This will be my Christmas Eve table. Christmas Eve night is my most favorite time of the whole year. Dinner then Church! Silent Night manifested!
A gift from Pat at LIFE AT LYDIA'S HOUSE, Bethlehem Christmas dinnerware will be a constant reminder why we celebrate Christmas. Thank you so much Pat!
I wanted to keep the mood soft, the table uncluttered. I wanted to handle this table with a sense of reverence and awe. Bringing out my best silver flatware and crystal gives the traditional appeal I am looking for. Traditional yet not stuffy. Simple yet elegant.
The weather even cooperated in setting the mood for this Bethlehem Christmas table. It has been cloudy and rainy all day. Allowing me to use only candle light and lit branches to bring a warm glow to the table.
A very loved vintage white damask tablecloth is the snowy background for this table. Each place is set with a large leaf and berry charger, a silverleaf charger and a matching dinner and salad plate.
Each dinner plate in the set of 8 has a different Christmas scenes telling the story of the very first Christmas. Scripture explaining each picture encircles the watercolor works of art. The dessert plate matches the scene in each dinner plate.
Vintage damask napkins are folded to resemble bows. They are gathered up in a napkin ring made out of a floral pick. The pick is bent into a circle. Florist tape secures them where they meet. They make very festive napkin rings at a very reasonable price, especially because these were purchased on sale.
Soup bowls are doing double duty tonight. They will be filled with scrumptious Cranberry Bread Pudding with warm Creme Anglaise.
Serving hot tea in the matching tea pot and creamer and sugar bowl is a special treat! They show off the lovey band of soft blue with holly and berries that accent all the dinnerware.
The Holy Family sits in a bed of crystalline snow on a footed silver platter. Of course, it is placed with loving care in the center of the table.
These lovely figurines have been a part of Christmas at StoneGable for many, many years. They are one of my most cherished Christmas treasures!
They are flanked by urns holding sparkling lit branches with snowflakes. Glittery silver and pearl colored balls
fill the base of the urn. Look for a tutorial next week for making these urns. Pretty easy!
Snowflakes in different sizes and shapes give interest to the table.
Little votive candles in mercury glass inspired holders give off a warm glow! Sparkly snow fills half of the votive and the candles are nestled down in the snow.
This table was a true joy to set. It reminded me of the TRUE meaning of Christmas!
Baby Spinach with Tangerines, Spiced Walnuts, Brie and Citrus Vinaigrette
Individual Beef Wellingtons with Duxelles
Glazed Baby Carrots
Cranberry Bread Pudding
Vanilla Tea with Vanilla Sugar
(Vanilla Sugar how-to's on an upcoming post)
If you are interested in this stunning dinnerware please visit LYDIA'S HOUSE. Many of these lovely pieces are on sale.