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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our Holiday Table for 12

We had our 6 children, 1 son-in-law, two grandchildren, and my Mom for Christmas dinner this year.  Instead of separating into two groups, I decided we would all sit together.  That meant a table to seat 12!

Let me tell you how I solved a dilemma.  How would I find a tablecloth for a table to seat 12 without spending a fortune.  My solution?  A drop cloth from Home Depot!  I took it out of the package and ran an iron over it in a few places.  Perfect!  I think I paid about $10.00 for it. 

We put all the leaves in the table and gathered 6 extra chairs.  I had fun decorating in other colors than the traditional red and green.  The color story was blues, greens and metallics in gold and silver sprinkled liberally with whites.

Sadly, when I uploaded the photos to my computer, I lost some of them. :-(  Don't know how it happened and has never happened before. 

One of our daughters happened to post to facebook a few photos, so I have been able to retrieve them from there.  This was the centerpiece.   

Next, a close-up of a place setting.   I purchased white napkins from Target before Christmas.  I used gold napkin rings I already had.  I simply tied a light green bow around each ring and secured a place card and a bell!  I loved how they turned out. 

I used gold chargers purchased from Old Time Pottery several years ago and my everyday white dishes.
My silver was given to me by my husband for an anniversary gift.  The pattern is Enchantment by Oneida, Ltd., now discontinued.
The glasses were given to me by my Mother.  Her mother, (my grandmother) gave them to her close to 50 years ago! I don't have a close-up but they have real pretty etching around the sides.  This is the first time I have used them and I really enjoyed them.
In the center of the table I used a white platter filled with various colored and glass balls.  On each side of the table I filled tall glass vases with a little faux snow, balls and a few sprigs of greenery.  Running down the center of the table was a light green runner.  I then used votive candles for added effect.
Putting this holiday table together was a lot of fun for me.  I got a creative kick out of using different colors, (blues and greens) and pieces that I have never used before. 

My husband had smoked some turkey breast and pork loin.  My mom and I had been baking and cooking for several days.  We had mustard greens, potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing and desserts galore.  We had snow on Christmas Day! Our Christmas meal really was a memorable event!   
I would love to see how you decorated your Christmas table this year! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Libby~

I'm linking up to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch!


  1. Libby, what a lovely table! I like your palette of blues and greens, and I think it is such a nice change. It's fresh and modern. I'm a huge lover of blue, so this resonates with me. And I love the fact that used drop cloths. They look like linen! Your everyday white pattern is so pretty (love the design on it), and I think it is so nice to use the silver your husband gave you and your grandmother's glasses. That makes it perfect.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  2. You definitely made a beautiful table for Christmas dinner. I'm sure it was memorable. That was a good idea about the drop cloth too.

  3. The canvas dropcloth!! Great idea. I will have to copy you on that one. I think it would look wonderful in a Belgian decor theme so popular now, or Country French or Swedish. It is nice that you used your family stemware for this family event. Swede

  4. Aren't family treasures just the very best! Your grandmother's goblets are lovely, and I'll bet that you use them more often now. The drop cloth is a great idea. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay