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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's Tablescape Tuesday!

Welcome to another (the 19th!) Tablescape Tuesday, hosted by the ever-gracious Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch . I'd like to invite all of you to join in the fun w/ us next week. Just let Susan know that you are posting a table & she'll add you to the list. Last week, there were over 30 tables!

I didn't take the time to set up lights for these shots & it was dark before I set the table, so I'll apologize in advance for the graininess of the photos.

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For the placesettings, I used a giant acrylic snowflake (from the dollar store!) for a charger, over a cut-work placemat, that I placed on the diagonal. I also used a glass charger & now that I see the pics, I think I probably should have skipped it & just used the snowflake. The glass dinner plate is from Hobby Lobby.

I have been buying the vintage, ruffled dishes (I know they are in the diamond point pattern but I'm not sure of the maker) @ thrift stores for years & now have a set of 8. I use them for everything...from soaps & jewelry to salads & poached pears! Inevitably, a guest will say "my grandmother (or my aunt) had some just like these!"

I should have added a name tag & used the ornament as a placecard but this table was done on the fly & I didn't think of it until later.

Love how the chandelier appears to be "dripping" onto the table! The centerpiece is on an aged, beveled mirror, that I sprinkled some vintage lead tinsel on. I love that stuff !

As the centerpiece, I used this glittered church w/ a mini-nativity, set on a cake stand.... along side crystal candlesticks w/ dangly bobeches. I bought the church @ Goodwill last year, right after Christmas. It originally came from Target & looked brand new when I got it. I leave it out, on top of my "craft closet" all year long so it's tarnished nicely.

The glasses are vintage (practically everything I own is vintage! ) in the Boopie pattern by Anchor Hocking. I certainly could have done a neater job of tucking that napkin into the glass, huh?

I bought the salt cellars on eBay a couple of years ago.

The reason for the season! I found this tiny, bone china nativity while thrifting, a couple of weeks ago & couldn't resist. The glittered trees are from Kohl's, last year.

Sweet baby Jesus!

This time, I prepared dinner & set the table! ;o) We had a wonderful but simple meal, out of left-over smoked turkey, quickly seared in garlic-infused butter & topped w/ Peach Balsamic Sauce. I served it w/ sauteed spinach & canned (yes canned!) peach halves, drizzled w/ a bit of the peach balsamic sauce. Dinner was a snap to put on the table, looked gourmet & tasted fantastic!

I have great hope that the coming year will not be as trying for my family as the past one was. But I have faith that, if it is, we will meet it w/ the grace & strength that God provides us.

I'm eager to get to Susan's to see all the tables. I just love Tuesdays, don't y'all?


Susan said...

Beautiful table! I love all the crystal and whites together!

once in a blue moon... said...

its all very pretty, but i got hung up on your dinner... and instantly hungry!

The Muse said...

jeepers! love...no adore the chandelier droplets...that dangle down drawing your eye to all that freshness of crystal/glass and white... oo la la!

mishebe said...

I love the crystals hanging from the chandelier. I have to tell you the Santa cups on the header, i fell in love with and found some at Value Village this year and had to have them. Thanks for the inspiration. mishelle

Ma'dame French said...

Gorgeous table love it all!Love the chandelier droplets! So many things to catch the eye;) French

HoneyB said...

Everything is always so beautiful in your home. I absolutely love it. The dinner? Sounds and looks delicious!

~Vanessa~ said...

Looks gorgeous and yummy!

White Iris Designs said...

Love the use of the cake stand...great display of the nativity! I am a lover of hanging something form a chandelier..love your icy drops..it carries your theme up off the table...looks great!
Happy New Year!

Cary said...

Cami, thanks so much for those websites! I finally figured out how to do the imbedded address in the word (I don't know the technical term) but there is still so much to learn! Glad I could help with the little Putz houses- they are so much fun to make. A little addictive!

I LOVE the chandelier!!!!!!!!

Southern Touch Catering said...

Your table looks just lovely. I too used my nativity as the centerpiece for my table this year. (I'll have to post pictures later I have to get a new USB port for downloading.) P.S. Thanks for you thoughts and prayers for our family.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a beautiful, sparkly, icy tablescape...very wintry!

ellen b said...

Hi Cami! Love all the sparkle on your table! So pretty. You really did a wonderful job putting together all you lovely crystal pieces! God bless you in the New Year!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh this is one beautiful table. I especially love your ruffled glass ware..must put that on the list of have to haves...lol.This is just full of some wonderful eye candy...I must go back and look again...hugs ~lynne~

salmagundi said...

I also hope 2009 is easier for you. With Faith we can endure everything though. Your table is beautiful - so crisp and shiny - love it!!! Sally

Envoy-ette said...

I love your table! The little tree on the plates and the hanging teardrops & mirror just complete the mood! Well done!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your tablescape. Cut glass has always been one of my favorites. I love it with the elegants of white. What time is dinner??? Hugs, Terrie

Schotzy said...

This is so pretty and well tught out! I love the crystal plates. I ahve a couple of those, wish i d a set of 8! Beautiful!!!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hello Cami,
It's so nice to meet you! What a great time Tablescape Tuesday has been. I really like your wintery white theme with the snowflakes. Your dinner sounded yummy! The picture looked good enough to eat! Thanks for stopping by my site today. And thank you for your lovely comments. I am rather new to "blog land" and have been meeting a lot a really gracious ladies. I will add you to my blogroll and follow yours. I am truly happy to hear that your son is coming along. I will certainly say a pray for him. Burns are just terrible, terrible to heal. May God's grace be with him and your entire family! Have a happy New Year! I'll stop by again soon.

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Elizabeth (Northern01 on RMS) said...

Very pretty. Love all the layers of clear items and glassware, even the cute chandelier droplets. Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Linda said...

Gorgeous table Cami, love the snow flake chargers and the "thinking outside the box" ideas you have.
Way to go!
Happy New Years to you and yours!

Melissa Miller said...

Cami I almost missed you TT post today!
It is sooo elegant.
You have created something truly magical.
Love the chandelier and the icey fresh look of the entire room. Lovely.

Have a wonderful New Year!
~Melissa :)

FancyHorse said...

Such a beautiful table setting, and I absolutely love the sweet little nativity! You are very talented and creative!

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tardevil said...

It's all beautiful...the dishes, the trees, the nativity...could go on & ON!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

That is so pretty- too bad your house is so cold, though. LOL, actually, I think the snow falling in the photos is cute as a button!! What a perfect special effect for this lovely table setting photo.

laurie said...

This is such a beautiful table. Love all of the sparkly things on it. Hope you have a wonderful 2009! laurie

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! I love sall th vintage things...The candy dish...I have that, it was my Mom's!
Glad you dropped in to CK. Yes, I am that Kathleen from Holidays, and I remember you posting there too!
That is where I learned other people are addicted to dishes! :)
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

hmmm, sorry for the typos, and I don't even drink!

Miss Janice said...

Everything in this winterscape is absolute stunning. You did a wonderful job!