‘Tis the Season to deck the halls, as well as the table, so I’m bringing plaid tidings to join a group of talented bloggers for a Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop!
Look for the links at the bottom of this post for more holiday and Christmas table inspiration this week through Friday, December 2nd.
It was a sunny and warm 76 degrees last week when I set this table on our porch. There have been many years when the weather has been mild enough for our family to overflow onto my mother-in-law’s porch to enjoy a meal for the Christmas or the New Year holidays.
I decked the table with boughs of Leyland cypress for the natural, fresh evergreen runner for the table. If you have access to Leyland cypress, it’s an ideal evergreen to Deck the Halls or table with, since it won’t leave a sticky, sappy residue behind like cedar, fir, pine or most other live greenery.
Pine cones, red apples, mercury glass votives and a few plaid ornaments are sprinkled down the length of the table, along with an assortment of nuts, and sprigs of boxwood.
To build the natural greenery table runner, start with branches or pieces of Leyland cypress or the greenery of your choice. I cut 12 -18 inch lengths of greenery to layer down the middle of the table. They’re topped with some sprigs of boxwood, tucking in to fill the gaps. Add your other elements~ pine cones, apples, ornaments, nuts, and votives to run the length of the table. You can also add other natural elements like oranges, pomegranates, artichokes, and hurricanes or votives filled with cranberries, to tuck in among the greenery.
Plaid equals Christmas cheer for me and a red and green plaid tablecloth provides a traditional and festive foundation for the table.
I have an assortment of plaid and tartan dinner and salad plates, collected over the years. Since I don’t have a complete set of any one plaid or tartan pattern, I donned the table with a mixture of patterns for merry measure! The plaid layers are topped with Jolly Old St. Nick to kick off the Christmas season.
In addition to plates, I used a combination of napkins for the table. . .
A berry and pine cone print and paisley pattern, paired with the same inner tartan print to mix with plates along the table.
Beaded wreath napkin rings have an accent of plaid ribbon, purchased several years ago from Pier 1, and still available this season.
Half way through photographing this table, I remembered I had a couple of reindeer waiting to put in their annual appearance. . .
After all, where would St. Nick be without reindeer to pull his sleigh?
Plaid Tidings Table Details:
Plaid Tablecloth / Kohl’s, several years ago
Tartan plates / Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and HomeGoods, several years ago
Santa plates / CR Christmas Collection Old Saint-Nicholas, HomeGoods, several years ago
Reindeer / Fitz & Floyd, 1993
Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Napkins / HomeGoods & Pottery Barn
Napkin Rings / Pier 1
Plaid ornaments / Hobby Lobby
Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop! Click on the links below for more holiday table inspiration this week!
Belle Bleu Interiors | My Kentucky Living | A Toile Tale | Bluesky Kitchen | Starfish Cottage | Dining Delight