Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pre-Christmas "Now With Dishes!"

I have the most fabulous plans for my Christmas table, but there is just one little problem, the plans include all white.  The problem: I don't want to put my white table out and risk getting it stained before the holiday, but I also didn't want to go into December with my Thanksgiving table,  or worse,  nothing on the table (how horrible would that be???).
As we were decorating the Christmas tree; oops,  did I say "we", I meant ME.  My husband brings it all down from the attic, puts the wreaths on the house and puts it all back in the attic after the holiday, but the decorating is usually all mine.  I had no plans to do a tablescape at the same time I was decorating the tree, but it just happened!

I started with crystal rose bowl in the center filled with clear Christmas balls.  It was OK, but it didn't show up very well and it just didn't make sense.  Then my old memory kicked in and I remembered a crystal star in the attic and asked sweet hubby to please find it.  
When I put the star on the cake plate, it wasn't tall enough so I experimented  with a few pieces to create my own pedestal.  I used a Waterford vase with Reidel crystal plate and a little clear museum wax to hold it all in place.   The angels and the star just seemed perfect together.

I wanted something that would work with different sets of dishes and didn't require a particular color scheme, but had spent no time thinking about what that might be.  As I unpacked boxes, I found a few pieces that worked together and set them aside.  I gathered a few candlesticks and after the tree was finished, I arranged it all in about ten minutes.
I guess I can't really call it a tablescape since I don't have any dishes out ...... yet.  When I figure out what dishes go with this, I'll be posting again.  Happy Decorating to All!  I'll be linking up with Susan's Tablescape Thursday

So I promised I would post again when I figured out what dishes I wanted to use with this centerpiece and it hit me like a lightening bolt as I was rummaging through my dish closet and came across some Fostoria Holly salad plates.

   Sorry I don't have any daytime photos, but it was already after dark.  Come back and visit Seasonal Sundays again.  

Cheers !


  1. The crystal is perfect reflecting the light of the tree and fun during the day and night. I always decorate and redecorate my tables so that they are part of the holiday decor. I am glad you went ahead and just went with the feeling!

  2. A very striking centerpiece! I can see it with white dishes or glass dishes. Lovely.

  3. What a beautiful centerpiece. It is stunning! I agree, this will work for a varitey of dishes during the holidays.

  4. For someone who didn't think they did a "tablescape", this is pretty awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product, with plates. This is truly beautiful. Happy Holidays

  5. Wow, that centerpiece is gorgeous! It just glistens...

  6. Beautiful, Dianne! Simply Beautiful! Now, will the food be as luscious as the table setting? With your planning and cooking I would guess YES!

  7. The table is just beautiful...love all the crystal with the white...sooo pretty...it was sure worth all the hard work I know it takes...thanks for sharing...phyllis

  8. Your table decor is just stunning! I love the way the light reflects in, on, around and through all the glass elements.
    Happy Holidays,

  9. Stunning! I love all the crystal and glass. It just sparkles. Magical! Happy Happy and Merry Merry!

  10. PERFECT centerpiece that looks FANTASTIC with the tree as a backdrop!!! This centerpiece could actually take you into January with all of its icy elements. Cool!