Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas with Old Country Roses

Okay I am sort of not really thinking of my table settings as "tablescapes," because honestly, all I do really is set the table. But you have to understand, using a tablecloth and clearing the table of electronics before eating is really special in our house and only happens maybe twice a year. So it feels monumental, like a major tablescaping effort has occurred, even when most people would say it's just a centerpiece and tablecloth. 
Still, because such a monumental effort did occur, I feel compelled to share. :) So here is my Christmas table, set for our little family of three. I was able to use my new-to-me Old Country Roses dinner plates and many other thrifty bargains to set a lovely little table for Christmas lunch. 

The place settings are made up of a sparkly gold round placemat, Old Country Roses dinner plate, Anchor Hocking gold-rimmed bread plate, and cloth (gasp!) napkins with a gold-tone deer motif ring. 

My sweet daughter, not realizing I had purchased the gold charger mats, gave me a set of four pretty red sequined placemats for Christmas. The photo doesn't capture the scarlet color - they look more orange-red in the picture, but they are a beautiful deep red, a close match to the tablecloth.
I used the gold as planned under the plates, but I did use one of hers to anchor my centerpiece. The centerpiece incorporates the free greenery I found at a tree lot, my faux mercury glass attempts, and two pretty, heavy crystal votive holders I found on a recent thrifting expedition. 
Drinkware is vintage from my grandmother Verdie, flatware is vintage Oneida Chandelier from my great-Aunt Hazel, and the S&P set is vintage from my mother-in-law. All of these delightful ladies have passed on, but I love using pieces from their collections. 

Finally, here are the OCR pieces I used on the table, all (hand-) washed up after lunch and dried with a cheerful vintage dishcloth. 
I have a hard time explaining why it is that having family dinner on Old Country Roses seemed so special to me - I suppose because it took me a long time to get enough pieces together to be able to do it. At any rate, our lunch was delicious and certainly this was the prettiest table we'd enjoyed together for quite a long time. 

I'll be sharing my sweet Christmas table at Tablescape Thursday (even though this is really just a table setting - LOL) at Between Naps on the Porch, as well as Let's Dish over at Cuisine Kathleen
I hope your Christmas was as lovely as mine!
More soon,

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  1. Hi, Janet! This is my first visit to your blog. I'm visiting from Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish!" I am so happy to see that you got a chance to fancy up your dining table!!! A tablescape is what you make it, and you made this one very special with the use of china and silver and other cherished items from cherished people in your life. I am so glad you were able to work your daughter's gift into the tablescape. I'm sure that made her feel very good! Your flatware is beautiful!!! Ooooohhh...even the NAME of it makes you feel all fancy! :-) I really like your napkin rings, too. They're perfect for this time of the year! Congratulations on a very pretty and long-awaited tablescape! Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Hi Alycia - thank you so much for visiting! Although our table was pretty simple, it worked out wonderfully for us and lunch was probably my favorite part of Christmas Day! - Janet

  2. Janet, it's a beautiful table! Thanks for sharing........Sarah

  3. Beautiful post! Gorgeous napkin rings.
    Hope you had a dazzling Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    A Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Greetings from Singapore~ Sanghamitra

  4. What a pretty table...I really like the china pattern...and that flatware is gorgeous!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year, Janet.

    1. Thanks, Marigene - I am so lucky to use that Oneida flatware everyday. It's over 30 years old and absolutely beautiful!

  5. Your table looks lovely.

    Merry Christmas.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. Old Country Roses has a special place in my heart. Your vintage flatware is beauteous, such a befitting name - Chandelier. Thanks for sharing your beautiful holiday table.

    Happy New Year!

    Requi @ Tablescaping Escapades

  7. It looks beautiful, Janet! Such a pretty pattern, and the flatware is very different, so pretty!
    Please remove your word id, it is so hard to read! You will get lots more comments if you do! :)
    Happy 2013!

  8. Thanks for the kind comments, Kathleen. I did remove the word verification - I didn't even realize it was there!


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