Sure, a red and green-themed table setting is ‘expected’ at Christmas time, but I tend to resist departing from tradition. So instead, I freshened up the traditional red and green with these lovely bold patterned linens.
I combined two great desgins from Hen House Linens: napkins and table runner in “Devine Scarlet” set against the beautiful backdrop of “Linked Up Ivy” tablecloth.
These snowflake napkin rings with a little bling from Pottery Barn are festive with a candy cane tucked in each napkin.
For contrast, I kept the place setting simple with Lenox Opal Innocence plates and Wallace Windsor Rose silver (1948) which belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I use antique Christmas postcards as place cards (Summit Antiques Center) in red ornament place card holders (Seasons in Madison, NJ). There are also Walpert crackers in red wrapping paper at each place setting (The Depot, Morristown, NJ). Some have asked me about the origins of these festive crackers which you can find at http://www.my-occ.net/walpert/history.html.
The centerpiece includes a vintage Fenton “Spanish Lace” milk glass vase (Summit Antiques Center) filled with fluffy white hyndrangeas, red roses, and Christmas tree greens flanked by Fenton silvercrest candlestick holders with red, green, and white swivel tapers desgined by Del Mar (Home Sweet Home, Chatham, NJ).
This made for a festive setting for a Christmas dinner party with my girlfriends! On the menu was: Roasted pork tenderloin with homemade cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, Nan’s candied carrots, and salad-recipes can be found https://www.reddoortabledecor.com/2012/12/16/pork-tenderloin-with-cranberry-sauce/
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!
(This post will also appear on http://www.betweennapsontheporch.net)
I love this Christmas table setting! I just wondered about the snowflake napkin rings. You said they were from Pottery Barn, but I never found them anywhere. Did you add the snowflake “bling” to the top of a silver Pottery Barn napkin ring or did it come as it is pictured? I would love to have some for my table! They could be carried after Christmas for a Winter tablescape as well! Thanks
Laura of Red Door Table Decor said:
Unfortunately, these napkin rings were purchased at Pottery Barn 3 years ago and I searched online and they are no longer available (not even on ebay). But I did find these on Amazon for a good price that are very similar in style @ http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Glass-Silver-Snowflake-Napkin/dp/B00AAY3XMI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355920790&sr=8-2&keywords=snowflake+napkin+rings
Jessica @ A Humble Creation said:
Hi Laura! Love it…every detail came together so beautifully. And the choice of Opal Innocence with all the bold colors is so perfect. (That pattern is a favorite of mine!) Thank you for sharing your lovely table with us. Merry Christmas!
I am a first timer visitor.
I love the traditional colours but as a tablescaper’s we played our thoughts, right? Your settings came out perfectly. I guess, this is more adorable rather that the traditional.
Lovely decors with lovely friends are the best combo this evening.
Happy w/end ahead.
This is gorgeous and I’m so happy to have found your blog. I came over here from Susan’s blog. Would love to subscribe/follow your posts but didn’t see a link to do so. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Alycia Nichols said:
Hi, Laura! I may have told you this already, but every time I see that photo of your house at the top of the blog it reminds me of one of favorite movies, “The Evening Star” with Shirley McClaine. It’s the sequel to “Terms of Endearment”. Your house reminds me of Aurora Greenway’s house in the movie!!! Anyhooooo…..I love the twist on the traditional!!! Way to go, girl! I think people forget that it’s OK to go traditional sometimes!!! This is the perfect way to spice it up a little but still keep the colors that we fondly associate with the Christmas season. Your table is beautiful, and I know your girlfriends loved it! You can see it in their faces! The food looks fantastic, too. Mmmmmm….pork roast! Your centerpiece florals are beautiful, and I LOVE those candles, too! Gorgeous!!! Enjoy your holiday weekend! Take care!!!