Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Romantic Christmas Tablescape

Tablescape Thursday is like Christmas Day every week for us dish lovers! If you love table gazing as much as I'll love visiting Susan's porch every week to see delightful tablescapes!

My table is set for two this week. After all the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping and wrapping.... I thought it would be nice just to have a quiet romantic evening for my husband and me. Our 34th anniversary was on Thanksgiving day this year - so we had quite a celebration of 16 -- but with all the holiday activity that followed, we never got around to having a nice "just us two" kind of celebration.

I don't know why I seem to prefer my tablecloths "catty-cornered" -- but it just appeals to me. This cloth came from Walmart about 12 years ago. I use it every year and I love the vintage sort of look.

A cherub and candles make up our off-centered piece. Once again, I'm sorry for the darkness of these photos -- it seems that I can't get my pictures taken during daylight with the shorter days and we're having such rainy weekends!

I had planned to gather some holly and ivy from my yard, but it was raining and too wet. So I used this faux ice covered holly.

Coming in a little closer -- I found the Lenox candlesticks at Goodwill this Fall. I think they were about $2.50 for both.

This sweet angel also came from Goodwill this Fall. He evidently skinned his little nose, but it's not really noticable unless you're really close. Sometimes it's hard to get the hang of flying and you can see, he's just a little fella.

I love this silver tray I found last Summer at Goodwill and you can see some vintage ornaments that were my husband's grandmothers. You can also see the frost on the holly.

A pretty red bow on the backside.

The etched wine glasses were from my husband's grandmother. The red goblets were from an antique store this year. They were having a holiday open house and I went a day early -- I know I didn't get the best prices, but I did get the best selection. I think I paid $30 for six glasses.

Antique lace napkins same as last week. The silver was from my mother-in-law -- little bags from the local craft store.

Let's take a look at the layers -- red bowls were purchased last year from e-bay.

I've had my holly dishes for years -- they're Gibson china -- I bought one set of 4 and have picked up extra placesettings from e-bay and Goodwill.

Matching Holly dinner plate. They have gold trimmings.

These are the same chargers as last week -- these were picked up on sale at The Ragged Robin store in Virginia Beach this fall -- I was able to get 6 for $4 each.

An overview of the holiday table.

Overview of our centerpiece.

These votives were from Target a few weeks ago -- 99 cents each.

Our angel all aglow for Christmas.

Romance by candlelight.

One final look at my romantic Christmas tablescape. I also used this same china in my Christmas In July post. Which one do you prefer?-- If you want to take the tabletop Christmas sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps On The Porch" -- you'll be sure to find inspiration for setting your holiday table too!

See ya!


  1. Well Happy Anniversary Miss Martha! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than in that lovely setting you have prepared! And for the record, I like the tablecloth "catty-cornered" too!

  2. Merry Christmas, Martha!
    Your centerpiece is so sweet...luv it. The tray is such a neat idea. The silverware in the little bags is a great idea.
    You have given me some neat ideas to use. Thank you for sharing TT.
    It's always a blessing to see what you have displayed.
    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  3. What a lovely tablescape. I LOVE the centerpiece with your wonderful angel. Your dishes are just gorgeous. Everything is so beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  4. OK! I WANT the vintage tablecloth! It's awesome!

  5. It's all just beautiful! Love the tablecloth turned on the diagonal also. You have found such great things! There is not a very good Goodwill around here, so you never know what you might find.

  6. Everything is just gorgeous. How romantic! I especially love the angel special to me this year thinking about Heaven and my Amber being there.
    I also love your NY pics. I am behind these days with checking blogs!

  7. I love the little red bags...very clever idea and those red goblets...wonderful! Our 35th anniversary is the day we get home from Florida (we got here today). It has been that way the past 3 anniversaries...we drag in, unpack the car and pick up Steak and romantic!

  8. Belated Happy Anniversary, Martha! Your table is indeed very romantic. Love the plates and the centerpiece with a cherub...CHristine

  9. I adore your romantic dinner for two, Lovel the sacks that you put the silverware in, whatk a clever idea, I love clever ideas, I love the plates and the red glasses, wow so pretty, then I looked at all the New York pictures, I was in a daze just looking at all the beautiful decorations, wowow what fun If I could go there at Christmas Time,,,,love it.

  10. Your table looks wonderful. Enjoyed your pictures from NY. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  11. VERY romantic! Love the dishes, love the glassware, LOVE the chargers.
    Merry CHRISTmas Martha!

  12. Happy belated Anniversary1 Your table for two is fantastic! Beautiful centerpiece!... Dee Dee

  13. Love all the dishes you used today, and it sounds like you have found some really good bargains at GW. The chargers were beautiful, but I think my fav was your husbands family stemware, tooo prettty. Merry Christmas.

  14. Beautiful, Martha! I know you don't know me, but I feel as if I know you since I've been visiting for months. Love the red glass. Actually, the title of your blog drew me, since I am from Maryland originally. The only thing that would make your blog better would be to have a platter of steamed crabs for a title picture!!

    Merry Christmas!


  15. I love this table...Happy Anniversary!! I too like my tablecloths positioned *off-set*. I really like this tablecloth too. Great tablescape :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  16. A belated Happy Anniversary, Martha. Love your table for two. I do like your plates, I just found a set like them this past Monday. The tablecloth is beautiful, I thought it was vintage until you said you found it at Walmart a dozen years ago...does that make it vintage?! Your little angel with the ouchie on his nose is adorable.

  17. Lenox candle sticks from GW is a wonderful find. I like your explanination of the angels nose as it made me smile. Now I like my tablecloths angled that way too. It all looks lovely together and Happy Anniversary. Merry Christmas.

  18. Hi Martha,
    What a wonderful, romantic holiday table for two! Perfect for a continuation of your anniversary celebration.

    I like the way you've combined thrift store finds with antique store purchases. That approach (in my humble opinion) always results in the most personal, charming, unique table settings.

    Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


  19. Evening, Martha! What a beautiful table. First of all, I love your olden tablecloth and your centerpiece is the most lovely! What a cute little angel with his little skinned nose! I love your chargers and your dishes are beautiful. You've set a gorgeous table.
    Snow! Oh, I hope you'll take pictures.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Wow, that is awesome. I love the tablecloth. You could have said it was a very expensive vintage one, and who'd know? Poor little angel is so sweet looking. The dishes are beautiful. Wow! Rosie

  21. Martha,
    I absolutely love this table. The tablecloth is so pretty. I love your dishes! And the little angel centerpiece. Everything goes so good together!


    I need to get myself to a Goodwill shop. I know there's a Salvation Army Thrift Shop a little ways away... Next time I drive through, I'll stop in (If I'm in the drivers seat ;o)

    I love how the table looks all lit up!
    This is great now, at Christmas and even for Valentine's Day ♥

    Martha, your blog background is beautiful!

    *Keeping Christmas in our Hearts*
    ~ Maria

  23. This is a very pretty festive table. What a cute idea to put your silverware in the little red bags.

  24. Lovely! I love how you did the bow in your center piece. And the little pouches with the silverware...darling!


  25. Very Elegant. I Love the cemter piece.

  26. What a sweet tablescape. Love the dishes and cherub. I like fresh greens right out of your yard. So festive.
    Loved looking at your pics of NY.

  27. Hello Sweet Martha...Loved having you stop by! Your Christmas table is Beautious!!!!!I've been baking my brains out this past week, bet you have too...Are you seriously snowed in? As in...can't even leave the house?!!!
    Getting ready to take in a show tonight with some dear friends...looking forward to looking at something other then cookies!!!LOL. Happy Pre-Christmas weekend to you! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  28. So lovely!!! Love every detail! Love the chargers and centerpiece. Congratulations to you and your husband!!! You're blessed!

  29. Oh Martha! What a beautiful and romantic table! I LOVE the idea of the flatware in the little bag! And your place settings are so lovely! How wonderful to have the antique pieces from your husband's grandmother! And the pieces that you have added compliment them beautifully...even more beautiful in candlelight! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!...hugs...Debbie

  30. What a beautiful table! And a wonderful idea to treat yourselves so deserve it. I love the centerpiece, the angel is so pretty and how you elevated it. Just gorgeous!