I just realized the other day that I didn’t do a tablescape for the holidays.
Not for Thanksgiving.
Not for Christmas.
Not for New Year’s.
What. Is. Up. With. That?
The last one I showed you was for Alyssa & Joey’s birthday dinner. That seems like forever ago.
Even though the holiday season is over, I still like to keep my house decorated for winter and one way I make the transition is to keep all of my pinecones out and use them in different ways – including on my table.
Last year, at this time, I did my Winter Woods Tablescape using a similar color scheme of brown/ivory/white. That combination is my favorite for winter decorating. It reminds me of walking through the woods with a light dusting of snow. The difference between last year and this year is that last year was more glam, with fur and ribbon. This time around, there are no frills.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, the winter days mean fewer hours of sunlight so the best way to get the most light is to use a lot of glass for reflection. You may notice in some of my pictures the sunlight coming through the windows and bouncing off the glass. That is exactly what I was hoping for. Not necessarily for the pictures – but for the setting itself.
I’ve mentioned many times that( in addition to keeping the setting simple with ample room for food to be passed around) when I set my table, I like to pull things from around the house. I rarely buy anything for the task. I have a handful of charger, plate and beverage sets in addition to runners and linen napkins, so I mix and match all the time. But don’t think you have to have more than one set to set your table a little different each time.
But – I do have a confession.
These pinecone napkins are new. I bought them for a friend from Pottery Barn for Christmas and loved them so much that I went and got myself a set during their after-Christmas clearance sale.
Sshhhhh… don’t tell.
Merry Christmas to me!!
But the napkins are the only new item.
I used my jute runner, pinecone garland, baroque glass hurricanes, chocolate brown candles with organic vase filler and my large glass bottle with a simple frosted pinecone branch in it for the centerpiece. Again, the idea is to get light to pass through.
Oh, and my bubble glass orbs from Wisteria. LOVE THOSE! I use them in the winter, spring and summer because they can represent ice, rain or a bubbling brook.
Do people still say “bubbling brook?”
I love the contrast between the organic and rustic cones v. the shiny, modern glass.
For the setting, I used a staggered wood placemat, brown glass chargers, clear glass plates, and my metallic pattern bread plates.
I then threw in my holiday wine goblets that I have had for almost 25 years (do you remember the Arby’s promotion back in 1988?? LOL!!)
They are the same glasses that I showed you in this post…
For placecards, I simply printed out everyone’s name – using the Riesling font – and used my business punch stamp to pop them out. Sticking them in the tongs of the fork is a quick and easy way to display them.
No brain cells required.
Good thing – because mine were depleted by New Year’s Eve.
Oh…my silverware is my everyday silverware. Nothing fancy.
See those sugar pines hanging in my window? They are still there from when I showed you last – right after my house tour at Debbie’s.
Like I said…winter transition.
Bonus: If you look closely, through my window, you will see a USO. An Unidentified Sitting Object.
Well, I can identify it, but I’m not ‘fessin up. It isn’t supposed to be there!
I also put a quick wine tray together using antlers and my wine carafe that has my DIY wood stopper on it – a West Elm knock off.
And then we have Scout, in his favorite formation, dreaming about rabbits and deer and squirrels.
So, just because the holidays are over, don’t neglect your table. Use what you have. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be literal. You will be surprised at how bringing things together from around your home can result in great dinner décor!
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