Thank you for your visits and, to so many of my favorite blogging friends, for the thoughtful comments you left for me last week.
As promised, here's a look at the table I set for a holiday dinner party. I used Lenox Holiday salad plates. The dinner plates are Lenox Hayworth. The glass chargers are a Goodwill find.
I starched and ironed the hemstitched linen napkins and added a simple, silvery napkin ring.
Gorham La Scala flatware.
The fireplace adds cozy warmth.
An overview showing the mantel decorated with greenery and clear lights. I lit the candles, but only for a moment. I need to make some changes now....
The "tablescape" table is set for 8, but there will only be 4 for dinner.
The first order of business is pouring out the faux (colored water) wine, rinsing, and drying the glasses. They're Fostoria Holly (1942-80), one of my favorite stemware patterns. The stylized laurel band is a combination of etching and cutting and, while I use them throughout the year, the holly motif seems particularly appropriate for the holiday season.
Simple quilted placemats allow the wood of the tabletop to remain visible, while adding softness and cushioning (and quieting movements of) the plates and silverware. I replaced the napkins with green restaurant-style ones in a "wash and wear" cotton blend.
As I mentioned in the last post, the centerpiece consists of a pine cone wreath, magnolia cuttings, and a thrifted glass candleholder.
A closer view of the plates, charger, and placemat.
Afternoon sun illuminates the quick-and-easy centerpiece ...
Almost time for guests to arrive ... salad's chilled and ready ...
Holly champagne/tall sherbets make attractive stemmed tealight holders. I filled the glasses first with rock salt to protect them from heat and provide the look of wintry crystals. I removed the candles from their metal cups for a cleaner look. After dinner, I lifted out the melted candles, leaving most of the salt ready to be used again.