A Visit From St. Nicholas Christmas Tablescape

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I love all things Christmas including the traditional red and green, merry plaids and evergreens! Decking the table, as well as the halls, brings me joy and cheer so I’m happy to be joining a group of 20 table stylists for a Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop!

Look for the links at the bottom of this post for more holiday and Christmas table inspiration.

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 My Christmas pattern, St. Nicholas by Fitz & Floyd (1978 – 1996) provided the table inspiration along with  “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore.

 Without further ado, here’s A Visit From St. Nicholas Christmas Tablescape:

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‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all ‘round the table,

I placed the red, green and plaid, as much as I was able.

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 ‘St. Nicholas’ now retired, I received as a bride~

When a piece of it breaks, I have sat down and cried.

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The stump of Nick’s pipe is lit you can see,

By evidence of smoke rising next to the tree.

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Red garland is swagged and placed carefully,

Candles cast a warm glow, illuminating the tree.

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A candy cane here, a star placed there,

A reindeer helper is doing his share.

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For a table centerpiece, I gathered some greenery~

Clipping and cutting from the shrubs and the scenery.

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A natural runner created from boxwood and cypress~

Bright shiny ornaments then added, providing some brightness.

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Candy canes, magnolia and pine cones were sprinkled,

Mercury glass votives were lit for some twinkle.

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The glass how it twinkles, reflections how merry,

Red goblets, a shade between roses and cherry.

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Beaded candy cane napkin rings add sparkle & shine~

I saw them at Pier 1 & said to myself, “Mine!”

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They matched bread & butter plates you can see~

When I spied them, I clapped, then squealed with glee!

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The mice are not stirring, they’re sleeping instead~

The shaker set holder, a shoe for their bed.

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More reindeer arrive, which ones I don’t know,

Maybe Dasher? or Dancer?  Raring to go.

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Prancer?  or Vixen? I don’t know their names~

I’m ashamed to admit, they all look the same.

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Thank you for visiting, this busy time of year~

Wishing you a season of love, peace and good cheer!

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You can find the steps to create an evergreen table runner or Christmas table centerpiece, HERE.

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Table Details:

Dishes, St. Nicholas Fitz and Floyd, (1978 – 1996)

Reindeer / Fitz and Floyd, 1993

Fitz and Floyd Night Before Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers, 1993

 Plaid tablecloth / Kohl’s, several years ago

Red glass chargers / Hobby Lobby

Candy Cane Beaded Napkin Rings and Napkins / Pier 1

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

Red Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

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Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop! Click on the links below for more holiday table inspiration this week:


Home is Where the Boat Is | Everyday Living | Knock it Off Kim A casa di Bianca


Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge | Panoply | Corner of Plaid and Paisley


Debbee’s Buzz | Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Living With Thanksgiving
Home and Gardening With Liz


Red Cottage Chronicles | The Painted Apron | Our Crafty Mom | Celebrate & Decorate


From My Carolina Home | Sweet Sensations | Me and My Captain | Zucchini Sisters | Bluesky at Home

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If I don’t see you again before Christmas Day,

May all your wishes & dreams be delivered by sleigh!


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  70 comments for “A Visit From St. Nicholas Christmas Tablescape

  1. Pat
    December 10, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Mary, what a great post! Even poetry is among your many talents! I must ask if your wedding anniversary is in December? Thank you for sharing once again with all of us.

  2. December 10, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Mary, Your tables are a feast for the eyes! So many wonderful details on your table from the evergreen garland runner, beautiful dishes and candy cane napkin rings! Thanks for the merry and bright start to my cold and rainy Monday morning!

  3. Rita C.
    December 10, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Mary, this is fabulous! From the smoking Santa (really, Santa??) to the expression on the helping deer’s face, those plates have incredible detail that may have otherwise been overlooked without your creatively descriptive take on the story. The napkin rings – I would’ve squealed too, what a match! And those adorable s&p shakers are too cute. Last but certainly not least, your centerpiece is terrific, love the red ornaments with design in the candy cane centers.
    Always, always a treat to see your tables and be in your company!

  4. December 10, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I feel as though Santa is sitting at the head of this gorgeous table saying what a most beautiful table in his honor. And, yes..those napkins rings are truly yours…I cannot believe how they coordinate so beautifully with the small plates of candy canes! Love your narrative of poetry! I love starting out my day with your beautiful creations Mary!….Have a very Merry day!!!

  5. December 10, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Such a beautiful arrangement, Mary! Love especiallt your dishes and those cute reindeers. Have a Merry Christmas, it’s always a joy to blog hop with you!

  6. Cheryl
    December 10, 2018 at 7:38 am

    One of favorites and that’s saying a lot because I love them all. We do reselling on eBay and you have a fortune sitting on that table with that retired pattern from Fitz and Floyd. They are dear on eBay. I would cry too if I lost a piece!

  7. December 10, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Wonderful!!! Just wonderful, thank you!!!!!

  8. December 10, 2018 at 8:18 am

    What a wonderful tale of a gorgeous table!! Your Christmas china is a testament of something that will never go out of style, and you have complimented it with such a flair that it makes such a fabulous traditional Christmas table. Your creativity is just over the top with your narrative! You weave such a fun and beautiful story and table!! Thank you for hopping with us!

  9. Granny Gay:)
    December 10, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I am ‘Christmas Green’ with envy over that china…it is so beautiful in ‘real life’…you have such a nice collection of it. Also enjoyed the poetry this morning…you have many more talents than your readers knew…do you paint at all, too? May your holiday season be as festive and happy as the table you have shown here. Many thanks…

  10. December 10, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Mary, I enjoyed the poem and the table..both a feast for the senses…MERRY CHRISTMAS and thank you for all the wonderful ideas!! ❤️🎄🎁

  11. December 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

    What a charming dish pattern Mary. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this one before. Your center arrangement is full of delight- lots to enjoy! Love all the candy canes and the napkin rings! I too love the traditional colors of Christmas and find this so warm and inviting! I enjoyed how you adapted the Night Before Christmas poem in your own words for this tablescape. Happy Christmas to all!

  12. December 10, 2018 at 8:45 am

    A magical table setting Mary! Had to chuckle at the line about dishes breaking:@) Looks like you’re all set for Christmas, I wish you, and The Girls a wonderful Holiday Season!

  13. Cyndi Raines
    December 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

    A very merry and bright table and tale to be sure! Awesome job on both. Delightful! Happy for you on your awesome match of napkin rings to the bread and butter plates. What a find! 🎄

  14. December 10, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Mary, I now add poetry to your many talents! This is such a fun and festive post. The F&F Christmas pattern is just beautiful with all of its details. The napkin rings and bread and butter plates add another layer to an already stunning table. Mary, it is always a pleasure to sit at one of your magazine-worthy tables! Merry, Merry❤️

  15. Kari
    December 10, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Your table, how pretty and green
    With reindeer and Santa between
    your instinct and style
    leaves my face with a smile
    while the beauty is so-so serene!

  16. S Williams
    December 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Mary, What a festive table using traditional colors. Love all the Fitz & Floyd pieces & the poem. The napkin rings are perfect! My hubby is now on board with our ever growing plate collection! Lol I was buying some selected pieces @ Hobby Lobby when he said oh no buy the whole set because they are so pretty! So I guess now we both have to join your 12 step program! ;) Clara 🦌🎅🎄

  17. December 10, 2018 at 9:20 am

    All that Fitz and Floyd is fantastic! Such a charming table, I particularly love the little mice in their bed! All of it works together so well, just lovely!!

  18. December 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I loved your rhyming poetry, Mary, which added a sparkle to your pretty post. I loved seeing your Fitz and Floyd dishes, and your new beaded napkin rings. I think I’m going to steal your centerpiece idea…thanks for the inspiration, as always! xx

    December 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful table. Love your Fitz and Floyd. Especially the salt & pepper. Have never seen those. There used to be a Fitz & Floyd warehouse where I live and I collected a lot of items during that time. But I never saw the mice.

  20. momsheeds
    December 10, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I love the Santa plates! Anything Santa or vintage!

  21. December 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I have always loved Fitz and Floyd anything and everything! The Christmas china is gorgeous and yes, I would cry too if something broke! The napkin rings caught my eye immediately, so CUTE, and I can’t believe how well they mimic the candy cane plates! Your traditional table of red, plaid and green is Christmas itself in a tidy package! I enjoy modern takes on holiday decorating, but the traditional colors and cozy decor is always my favorite. You know I loved your poetry Mary! I am very excited about the hop this week, and you have started it off with a bang!

  22. Rhonda
    December 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Love the gorgeous table and your entertaining poetry!!! Such a fun post! Merry Christmas!

  23. Susan B
    December 10, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Mary, your table is a feast for the eyes. It’s all so merry and festive and your poetry added charm to this post. Thank you for all your beautiful work throughout the year. Your posts have brought so much joy to me along with tons of great ideas. Merry Christmas Mary, may God bless you!

  24. December 10, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Absolutely love the beautiful dinnerware set and all of your Fitz and Floyd collection. It is so strikingly beautiful with your plaid tablecloth. As always….so beautifully done.

  25. December 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOO my goodness Mary, this Christmas table is amazing. Soooooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing and a Merry Christmas to you and your family

  26. December 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Mary, I adore your St. Nickolas themed tablescape! Those plates are so neat with all the detail they have. I love all the traditional colors and adorable figurines with lots of character. So happy to be hopping with you! Happy Holidays!

  27. Joan
    December 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I love all that plaid. It looks so pretty.

  28. Marion
    December 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Mary, you never fail to display a gorgeous setting.

  29. Marilyn
    December 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I love those dishes, they are gorgeous as is every thing on display. Thank You for sharing.

  30. December 10, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    WOW, Mary those napkins rings were made just for you! What a find! I love the Fitz and Floyd Christmas china pattern, your perfect tablecloth, the fresh greenery table runner and lovely pieces of Fitz and Floyd scattered about. The compotes and goblets filled with candy canes and ornaments are striking. And…those red goblets are beautiful.
    You entertained us with your poetry talent today. There’s nothing you can’t do!

  31. December 11, 2018 at 6:11 am

    And what to our wondering eyes should appear, but another perfect table, by our Mary dear!

    • December 11, 2018 at 7:17 am

      Thank you Maria, that made me smile 😊 Merry Christmas❣️ 🎄

  32. Claire
    December 11, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Oh, Mary, what a beautiful table! Although I don’t know when you have set a beautiful table with such lovely china, flatware, glasses, and decorations. I always love everything you “put” together. Thank you as always and prayers that you and your family will have the most wonderful Christmas ever.

    • Claire
      December 11, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Sorry, I meant to say “haven’t set….”….I need coffee…it’s freezing cold here and my fingers aren’t typing as fast as my brain is working…lol…

  33. Chloe Crabtree
    December 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my, Mary, I don’t know what I like the best! Those salt and pepper shakers are adorable, the plate stack beautiful and those bread and butter plates that match the napkin rings, oh! Beautiful as always! Thank you so much for joining another blog hop! Merry Christmas!

  34. December 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Mary, your entire table is so pretty and festive! I love the centrepiece made with candy canes and Christmas ball ornaments. The touches of gold paired with the festive plates and plaid tablecloth really set the scene for a wonderful Christmas dinner!

  35. December 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Very very nice! <3

    Molto belli i tuoi piatti con immagini natalizie. Molto bello tutto! Cercherò di copiare qualche idea dalle tue foto per le prossime feste!

    Arrivo al tuo blog grazie al blog di Donna Bianca!

    Ciao, Fior

  36. December 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Mary, you have done it again. What a beautiful tablescape with your St. Nicholas by Fitz & Floyd. The traditional colors are so special. Adding fresh greenery is so lovely. The centerpiece with candy canes and ornaments is so festive and pretty. Those napkin rings match your plates so well. I can see why you told hold of them. Love the story you told. Such a pleasure to join you on this Christmas tablescape blog hop.

  37. Linda L Hovgaard
    December 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Love, Love, Love!!!! Your holiday dishes are so sweet! I love the reds, the greenery, the baubles, the tablecloth…everything is stunning! I also found those beautiful beaded napkin rings at Pier 1 this year and cannot wait to use them this Christmas. Thank you once again for your over the top talent and inspiration. Merry Christmas!

  38. December 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Mary, you’re table is just gorgeous! The plaid tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for your beloved plates and all the festive details. I just love the candy cane and red ornament centerpieces! It’s a pleasure to join you on this hop. Merry Christmas!

  39. Kathy
    December 12, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I love seeing how others set their tables for the holidays. No matter how many bloggers’ tables I see, yours is always the stunning one in the group. Well done, once again. Merry Christmas!

  40. December 12, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    What a delight this is! Your poem compliments this exquisite table that really shows off your talent. It’s gorgeous and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

  41. December 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Oh Mary oh my! I’ve been a good girl this year — do you think your St. Nick table will come to my house?! How clever and fun was your poem! So many wonderful tablescape details; including those fabulous dishes, unique napkin rings, and what a fa la la la centerpiece too. A wonderful, delightful way to start the blog hop week. You are an inspiration to all! I hope you have the merriest of Christmas holidays.

  42. Virginia
    December 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Besides being a great designer you are a poet, just love your table and your verses. Thanks to your inspiration I pulled out my nesting Santas for the breakfast room table along with an antique pewter bowl and wooden candlesticks my husband turned, all I need now are fresh greens, nandina berries and fruit. You are always giving us amazing ideas to make our own. Thank you.

  43. amberlyonferguson2017
    December 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Oh Mary this is just pure Christmas perfection, full of festive, old-fashioned holiday cheer. I am definitely pinning this for inspiration for many years to come.

    So happy to be hopping with you this week!

    Merry Christmas!

  44. December 13, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Every time I look at your wonderful creations, I marvel at your never ending creativity.

  45. December 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Oh the dishes!!! be still my heart! SO beautiful. I just LOVE the napkin rings that match the bread and butter plates! Your creativity knows no bounds and you are a POET!!!! Thank you for the gift of this beautiful table. Merry Christmas, Mary.

  46. farmquilter
    December 14, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Simply gorgeous table!!! I would cry if any of it broke too!! When I look at your table, it makes me think of Christmas in a manor house in England – oh, I want to be there!!!

  47. Gayle Dodson
    December 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I just love, love, love this post. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
    Merry Christmas from Huntsville, Alabama.

  48. Donna Mathison
    October 25, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I love to view your table decorations. I would like to know the size of the deer. Are they small and can you give any more details. I have looked on several sites to find them but not sure what the pattern name is.


  49. https://www.vintagefloralcottage.com/frame-up-christmas-decor-with-dollar-tree-gift-bags/
    December 18, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Fun, festive, and beautiful – your china is SO sweet and I love how you created smaller versions of that amazing centerpiece to carry it down the entire table. Just lovely!

  50. December 15, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Mary, I love seeing this table again. It’s just the cutest! Love that you received the Christmas plates as a bride. St. Nicholas by Fitz & Floyd has always been one of my favorite patterns. We don’t have Christmas china, but a close friend has this pattern. I’ve dined on it many times through the years. The little mouse S&P in the shoe is adorable.

  51. December 23, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Ha – an excellent poem Mary – I loved it and your gorgeous table! How brilliant to use candy canes! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration as always! Merry Christmas!

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