Monday, 23 December 2013

Setting a Festive Table

Christmas is a time to go all out especially when it comes to decorating. I always believe more is better when putting ornaments on the tree ( despite what my Gramma had to say!). And the same is true for our Christmas table.

The theme for our dinner this year is Christmas in the Garden. 

It started with bringing my outdoor rust coloured urns from the front door into the dining room to flank the table.

The urns were planted with paper white plants and the dirt was covered with green sheet moss. Fabulous bronze fern leaves, birch sticks and brown fern fronds from my garden supplemented the planter.

A silver bird nest with golden eggs and a few pinecones were the finishing touch.

I draped an angel with a mini garland. She greets our dinner guests just like the large angel at the front door.

The table centerpiece started with a garland placed lengthwise across the center of the table. This provides a good foundation to add the other elements - florals, ornaments, more fern fronds and jeweled butterflies.

I used 1 spray of stunning orchids for the centerpiece. The spray contained 12 flowers. I cut them off the stem, placed them in plastic floral tubes filled with water and nestled them into the garland. They will last 3 weeks - a great value in my opinion. Gorgeous burgundy hydrangeas and red roses completed the floral assortment.

A menu card tells our dinner guests what delicious foods they will be served.

Gold cutlery and dishes are elegant and set a perfect table for a glam dinner. Inexpensive but good looking gold charger plates with a crystal edge adds extra sparkle. My black and gold dinner plates provide dramatic contrast. I love my new salad plates with their art deco design. And I LOVE the mini pedestal cake plates with the ruffled edge. Our first course of cheese, nuts and fruit presents beautifully.

Single serving bottles of Prosecco keep cool in ice buckets.

Continuing the garden theme, a concrete bird bath holds another (empty)  bottle.

I used an assortment of glass hurricanes and gold toned taper candle holders. I don't think you can ever have too many candles.

Then I covered a round metal ring with more garland and hung it above the table to create a more intimate feeling.

Several types of ornaments were suspended from fishing wire to create a dramatic chandelier effect.

 So now I am ready to enjoy hosting my family for our traditional Christmas dinner. (See our family favourites and recipes here.) I hope you enjoy your holiday celebration too.

( Photography by my friend Jennifer S. Kennedy. You can see more of Jen's work here. )


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