While I don’t want to rush the Thanksgiving season, I made a shift from harvest to holiday, long enough to pull out the red and green for a little pre-season holiday fun and to set and photograph a Christmas table!
In anticipation of the Christmas season,
I’m at the table with Pfaltzgraff Holiday Heritage Dinnerware
along with candy canes, trains, trees, greenery, garland and plaid!
A Christmas tree with all the trimmings on Pfaltzgraff Holiday Heritage stoneware,
and the iconic symbol of the season, provides the inspiration for the table.
And Mikasa French Countryside Ruby goblets add a graceful silhouette
and pop of seasonal red color at the table for holiday beverages.
I’ve had several emails and comments recently about how to dress
and layer a table so here a few photos and my process step by step. . .
A red and green plaid tablecloth provides the foundation for the table. Plaid equals Christmas cheer for me, so I used a coordinating pair of napkins in red and green checks and plaid, for double the cheer and plaid tidings! An assortment of pewter napkin rings coordinate with octagonal chargers.
Christmas stars and evergreen branches border the tree on Holiday Heritage plates, so I decked the table with boughs of Leyland cypress to rim the edges of the stoneware plates. . .
Along with some beaded garland that hangs on our tree for a little plate trimming! My beaded garland is about 7 feet long so I draped it around the plates twice, but you could use any length of beaded garland, winding it around your plates and on top of chargers or placemats, tucking in the bits of greenery.
If you have access to Leyland cypress, it’s an ideal evergreen to Deck the Halls or the table, since it won’t leave a sticky, sappy residue behind like cedar, pine or other evergreens.
I wanted to find a train for a centerpiece to match the train under the tree on the dinnerware but thought it might be a long shot. . .
I found one waiting for me at Kohl’s to board my table,
complete with a tree in the caboose!
I’m not affiliated with Kohl’s but stop in to check regularly for linens and table top inspiration, since there’s always a sale in progress along coupons available to use for an additional discount.
I added sprigs of greenery and candy canes to decorate the smokestack or chimney of the train.
The little elves at Kohl’s conveniently stocked the shelves nearby the trains with metal Christmas trees, complete with red votives to match the French Countryside ruby goblets!
‘Tis the Season for Giving Thanks, and I’m thankful for those busy and hard-working retail elves and doubly thankful that I am no longer one of them :)
I elevated the tree votive holder with a cake plate for some height for the table and added some candy canes.