If you need an idea for your Christmas table you are in the right place today! Or if you would love a few holiday entertaining tips, it’s your lucky day! I’m combining a Christmas inspired tablescape and a bunch of easy and doable entertaining tips. Christmas is THE time to be a FEZZIWIG! Yes, you remember the Fezziwigs from the book/ play/ musical/ movie A Christmas Carol. They were the kind, fun family that old Scrooge apprenticed for when he was a young man. This family had the best Christmas parties! And Mr. and Mrs. Fexxiwig were the epitomes of mirth and generosity and hospitality. They were jolly and winsome and the life of the party! They had true Christmas spirit and joy in their hearts! So, at this celebratory time of the year… let’s get our Fezziwig’s on!
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Last month this talented group of bloggers set a Thanksgiving table and now they are showing off and sharing a Christmas table to inspire you! Please visit all the beautiful tables that are being presented this week! You will find them at the end of this post.
My Christmas table is soft and white and snowy. Keeping the color very tight gives this winter white table a quiet feel. Like walking in the woods during a heavy snowfall! I LOVE snow and one reason for my appreciation is the way it makes the world so quiet!
Christmas is the perfect time to bring out all your white dishes and create a soft and visually quiet table! If you have a wooden table add a white tablecloth to carry through the theme!
My table is concrete and it is a soft gray that reflects the white.
The theme of this year’s StoneGable Christmas is TREES! And I wanted to make them the stars of my Christmas table.
I began dressing this table with the centerpiece. I laid down a wide path of faux snow on the table from one end to the other. It gave me a snowy forest bed to plant my trees… and candles… and ornaments in!
It’s fun to think outside the box when setting a special table. Try adding faux snow to your table. It will look ethereal! And use the whole length of the table to create a spectacular Christmas table centerpiece!
I like to repeat elements when I set a table. Our eyes like and notice things that have commonality! I used bottle brushes of many different sizes and shades of white. Some with sparkles, some with snow and some plain!
And some of the trees were very small!
Some mercury glass…
And even one tree that was a bottle brush tree inside a glass tree!
Think about your Christmas collections and use them en mass on your Christmas table! They will make a big statement!
I also used mercury glass candlesticks and candleholders, candles, a glass cylinder, a glass pedestal, mercury glass and pearly white ornaments, and mercury glass pinecones. They all work to create a soft, wintery centerpiece!
Because the centerpiece was what I want my guest to focus on the rest of the of the table is rather subdued. If you take away one thing from this post here it is… the more ornate the centerpiece, the simpler the rest of the table!
Keep it simple!!!!
But, simple does not mean boring!
I love love love white dishes with ornate edges. This is the perfect table to use them!
Look for plates with great edges and details! And stack plates to build layers of interest!
I like to top each place setting with a little take-home gift! I’m giving my guests some pretty ornaments that I got from a local shop.
This has become a tradition in our family. A thoughtful gift does not have to be expensive. Just a sweet gesture that lets your guest (family included) know that you are thrilled they are at your table.
Isn’t the detail on this tiny ornament beautiful?
I did bring out my Waterford for this Christmas table. The crystal literally sparkles, especially in candlelight!
When it comes to stemware use your best. Don’t let you nice things sit in a cupboard or closet. USE them… often! Enjoy what you have and let other’s enjoy them too!
Look at the silverware. Did you notice? It isn’t polished? I think a little patina on the silver looks amazing. You don’t always have to polish your silverware. It’s okay to set a table with silver that is a little tarnished!
My silver is only silverplate. But it’s so so pretty I’m proud to use it! I got this set of 12 place settings for $40.00 at a big yard sale. Silverplate is very very reasonable. Be on the lookout for a great chest of silverplate! And use it!
I’m thinking about using my silverplate for my everyday flatware!
I have three sets and love to mix and match them on a table
At StoneGable we have a big family brunch every Christmas morning. We usually eat in the breakfast nook. I’ll set a red and white table this year.
We eat the same thing every year. It really is the biggest and most work intensive meal of the day. We read the Christmas story at the table and linger over Christmas Breakfast Casserole, fruit, kielbasa, land of nod bread (upcoming post), nut roll, coffee and mimosas.
Instead of lunch we put out a cheese board and lots of other savory treats… and a big tray of cookies. When people get peckish they help themselves.
After a full day of enjoying family, gift giving and eating we opt for a quiet Christmas supper. Something that can be made ahead and eaten in a casual manner. One of our favorite Christmas meals is Gnocchi Guazzetto De Capriolo. A gorgeous venison stew (it can be made with a chuck roast also). I make the stew a couple days ahead and then add the gnocchi just before we eat it. I add a colorful Christmas salad and crusty bread to sop up the great juices.
Dessert is usually made ahead too. Because it is Jesus’ birthday we usually have a birthday cake with candles!
In year’s past we have invited friends to come for Christmas dessert. Everyone brings a dessert and we have a wonderful time late into Christmas night! This is a great idea if you do not have room to have lots of guest for dinner. Invite your friends for Christmas dessert!
Let’s all capture the generous and joyful spirit of Christmas this year and let’s be the best FEZZIAWIGS we can be!
If you want to see more of my Christmas dining room, stop back tomorrow for my HOLIDAY BLOG WALK HOME TOUR!
I hope this post has given you lots of Christmas inspiration and ideas! Make sure to visit the blogs below for lots more!
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