Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Victorian Christmas Tablescape

It's time for Tablescape Thursday again -- I'm enjoying all the holiday tables this time of year. How about you?

Join me today at the Victorian Christmas table.

A closer look at our centerpiece.

This young boy is putting the finishing touches to his snowman. Is it snowing yet where you live?

What is this little darling peeking at...perhaps birds in this little bird house? Let's look....

It's a tiny nativity scene.

This young boy is riding his stick horse. These children are all Hallmark ornaments from a few years ago.

Let's take a closer look at a place setting.

This red and white transferware is made by Johnson Brothers -- called Strawberry Fare. It came from my mother-in-law. While it's very old, I thought it blended well with my new Christmas Johnson Brothers dishes.

The linen and lace napkin came from an antique store and the pewter Santa napkin rings came from a thrift store.

Here's a look at the layering of the dishes.

The top layer is a clear green depression glass octagonal salad plate.

Next we have our Christmas tree plate by Johnson Brothers -- they were $4.99 at Marshalls.

The charger came from a little shop called The Ragged Robin at Virginia Beach this fall. They were reduced to $4.

The white placemats came from an antique store and the flatware came from Target.

An overview of the tablescape.

Table by tealight glow. Mercury glass votives came from Target this year 99 cents ea.

Here's my Christmas tree in the dining room.

White lights, snowflakes and candles.

All sorts of angels hang on this tree. This angel came from Cracker Barrel several years ago.

This angel came from Hallmark years ago.

This cute little sleeping angel came from Hallmark this year.

I've also collected the Hallmark Churches for this tree.

Tiny snowflakes.

Shiny snowflakes.

And more churches.

By the time this tablescape posts, I will have just come back from my Christmas trip to New York -- hopefully I'll have some good pictures to share.

Be sure to stop by "Between Naps On The Porch" to see lot's of tablescape inspirations this week!

See ya!


  1. So lovely Martha. Yes the china and all the diffrernt types of china are so pretty together. And the tree.............awesome.

  2. Martha-this is so pretty. I love the Christmas plates and those Santa napkin rings...what a find! You know I didn't own a bottle brush tree until last week (all these blogs are making me spend money) and I bought my first...a red one! I know that after the holidays I'll be on a search for more, yours look so cute. You also reminded me that I have a big round mirror for my table...somewhere....hmm! Hope your trip was great.


  3. Bottle brushes are something my mom had and the huge box of ornaments 'went missing.' I will be buying more now that you've all brought them back to life for me. Thanks!

  4. OH how I love your beautiful table. The centerpiece with all the precious ornaments is perfect and the place settings are stunning. I also really love the gorgeous linens. Now as for the tree is is simply stunning. I love the theme with all the angels and churches and snowflakes. Absolutely gorgeous. I hope you are having a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season so far. Hugs, Marty

  5. Martha! Your table is so beautiful! Love the sweet little centerpiece with the little trees!
    You did so good!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Dear Martha, The Tablescape is sweet and made me smile. I like the little child looking in on a Nativity Scene. So sweet.

    Your Christmas Tree is lovely!

    Merry Christmas and may God Bless you,
    d from homehaven

  7. Hi Martha,
    All your china goes together very well, the centrepiece is gorgeous and so is the tree.

  8. Your table is so pretty. One problem, people may never get up! Especially if they are looking at your tree while they eat! That is just so pretty!
    What a wonderful post! Karen

  9. You have done a wonderful job here Martha. I love your keepsake ornaments and your wonderful china combination. Your tree is magnificent. I haven't visited for awhile, and I must tell you that your blog looks beautiful. I have missed a included.

    XO Sue

  10. Breathtakingly gorgeous!!!! WOnderful job, sweet friend!

  11. This table is just stunning! I think Johnson Bros. is my favorite China, I so would love those Christmas plates! The ornaments and your tree are just outstanding, the angels are my fave! Love this Martha! Cindy

  12. Wow! Everything looks so beautiful. I love the pink and green and the ornaments and tree are so pretty.

  13. What a beautiful table, I love, love, love your plates from Marshalls. I would give anything to have a Marshall's to shop at. This is gorgeous. Your centerpiece is just the sweetest thing ever. Great job!!
    hugs ~lynne

  14. I have those same plates in my tablescape today! I love them, don't you? I also have a Victorian theme in the dining room...isn't that ironic that we have such similar tastes. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  15. How pretty everything looks..I love your dishes...and your tree is really pretty, too...

  16. Martha, I'm partial to Victorian decor. I love your napkins and your layering of plates. Very nice!

  17. Martha, Looks like we had similar ideas with the dishes. Your table is absolutely enchanting!

  18. Gorgeous! I love the antique linens, the plates, the bottle brush trees....I love it all! I always love a nativity set...the real meaning of the season. Your tree is stunning as well.

  19. Beautiful table!! I love the red and white transferware and the Johnson Brothers plates I had not seen. Love those!! I love anything vintage, Victorian, antique, you name it. So nicely put together!!

  20. You sure know how to set a beautiful Christmas table.
    I love your tree too!

  21. What a pretty table! I especially love those Santa napkin rings. Great find! And who does not love Johnson Brother dishes. I'd love to have some of those! The dishes look really nice against the wood table. It looks like the perfect place to have lunch in one of those quaint little places. Just lovely!

  22. I so love pink and green together...which of course makes your tablscape delightful!! I love it!! I love those ornaments you have on the centerpiece--really neat!! Love the little trees as well. Such nice chargers too. Love the big tree with the angels and churches and snowflakes--what a nice idea!!! LOVE IT!!

  23. Oh Martha, your table is just delightful! I love your centerpiece with the precious little figures surrounding the trees, and your new Christmas china is so pretty - it's perfect with your pattern you already had. Your tree looks so pretty too. I just had such a great time visiting your dining room! laurie

  24. The way you layer the pieces is just striking. Those napkin rings are too cute. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Martha, what a kind comment on my Christmas tree! I love you for that!
    Your tablesetting is exquisite! The colors, those gorgeous plates, all of it. Just beautiful!
    Your tree is beautiful too! I love your entire display!

  26. Oh Martha...
    Sweetie everything looks so magical. What a winter wonderland at your table. I absolutely adore the little boy building the snowman and the other one appearing to look into a bird house that is a nativity scene. How devine is that.

    I also love your place settings. Oh my the red ones do fit perfectly with your new ones. How beautiful the combination together is. I just adore it.

    I also love the angels on your Christmas tree. They are so elegant. I love the little one that is appearing to be on her side sleeping. So precious sweetie. So precious.

    I thank you for sharing with me this evening. I love to see and feel the holiday spirit in each of my blogger friends' homes. Sweetie your spirit is so alive. It is magnificent. I love it. Thank you for sharing with me tonight.

    Stop by soon. I love the company.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  27. Oh, I just love this! The centerpiece with the ornaments is just adorable! The dishes coordinate so well, very pretty! Lovely Christmas tree! I enjoyed seeing it all!


  28. Your Blog is beautiful and so are all your photos. I LOVE your attention to details. I'm fairly good at decorating but I am nowhere near you in all the lovely details. This reminds me of a lovely tea room - so very special. What a "treat" this is.
    I'm wondering, will you actually eat Christmas Dinner at that table, or is it for decorative enjoyment only?

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