Since the Poinsettia was the focal point of my tablescape I got to wondering how the Poinsettia became attached to the Christmas holiday. This is what I learned-
"The holiday's connection to the poinsettia originated with a Mexican legend. With nothing to give to the Christ Child, a youngster picked a bouquet of weeds as an offering. As the gift was presented, the weeds transformed into brilliant red blooms. Since then, the plant is known in Mexico as Flores de Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night), or just nochebuena for short. The poinsettia's red "flowers" aren't actual flowers. They're bracts (modified leaves), and the little yellow centers are the flowers."
I'm featuring my poinsettias both in a
live plant and in my dishes.
While I was preparing this table my radio was playing
"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
which I thought was
quite poignant since I will be
doing just that
(heading to my Mom's)
and I was feeling sentimental about wishing my kids were going to be home for Christmas.
I've added music to the blog with the song today so you can listen and share my feelings as I was preparing this table.
(just click the large button to pause if you don't want to listen or mute your own sound)
This Santa boots are for candles but they ended up being salt and pepper shaker holders! After I stared at them a while I realized the shape of the S & P Shakers
remind me of an old fashioned Christmas bulb!
These poinsettia plates had to be a
part of this table setting.
I wrapped the napkin and fork with a piece of wired ribbon- a little flair but easy to remove too!
I loved the sparkles on these napkins and had to have them!
I love sparkly things and red! (Can you tell?)
Chirp wanted to be included too!
I added a few ornaments to the basket to jazz it up a bit!
We do have some snow out there,
not much, but enough to make it feel like Christmas.
I loved those red spiral glasses the minute
I saw them- I got the wine glasses too!
Thank-you for joining me.
I hope your tables will be full of food and lots of love to go around- Cheers!
Wishing you all a very
Featured items on the table:
Poinsettia dishes by Maxcera called Honey Poinsettia (Home Goods)
Striped dishes from Pier 1 Imports
Red striped glasses from Younkers (Bon Ton )
Red coffee cups are from Dillards by Noble Excellence, called Candy Apple Red
Flatware from Neiman Marcus or Horchow called Sophia
Napkins from Pier 1 Imports
White Boots from Pier 1 Imports
Glitter candle holders from a gift shop
Red and white votive candles from Pier 1 Imports- Called Peppermint Creme
Even though my dining table won't actually be used for dining this season I decided to go ahead and dress it up so I could finish my vision. Don't worry- we'll be sharing great food and visiting with family but at a different home this year!
I got my inspiration and vision for this tablescape a while back when I saw a picture posted from a tour at Mary Carol's home (Nell Hill's) (posted by Lynne's Gifts From The Heart)
My main draw was how they mixed up the centerpiece with varying candle holders and the tall vases with the evergreens.
This is the table as it sits daily
This is the table finished and ready for dining! I created the height with the hurricanes and artificial florals and I brought in different candle holders to create a mix of heights and interesting things to look at.
I am a traditionalist at heart and I went goo goo over these simple but elegant dishes by Macy's from their Charter Club group collection. As I've learned they
have different designed pieces they offer at different times of the year for mixing with these.
That's practical, affordable and
smart in my book!
I selected the red-rimmed dinner plates, gold edged salad plates and red-rimmed soup bowls. They also had a set with a traditional holiday design on them but I elected to keep it simple. The chargers are from Michaels
My Wallace, Euro Beads gold flatware got used once again!
I was tickled to find these champagne flutes with the
gold rim and fleur-de-lis design.
Since fleur-de-lis was on my mind I brought out these napkins with the fleur-de-lis embroidered on them.
The tablecloth is from T.J. Maxx
A simple ivory design with gold threaded detail
I still have visions from my childhood when Mom would set up the formal dining table for special events. I guess I got my love for pretty tables a long
Reindeer adorn the center of the table and many candles, votives and hurricanes.
The ruby stemware is Mikasa's French Countryside
I do love red!
Maybe next year I'll get a chance to serve up a meal and use my pretty table place settings!