Dianne's Creative Table

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

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I really wanted to participate in Kathleen's White Challenge at Let's Dish, but I just had foot surgery and can't walk around so I went back in the archives and found my only white table.  Yes, it's Christmas, but it IS white!  Just pretend it's Christmas in July!

You may have seen my crystal tablescape here that I threw together while I was decorating our tree.   My plan was to change to something completely different, but the crystal turned out so well I thought I would just keep it as my Christmas table.  The day before Christmas, I remembered that the clear plates I used were only salad size and given the amount of food I was cooking, I needed a tablescape with bigger plates.  
I started with white table runners because it's impossible to find an elegant white placemat and I did not want the total white of a tablecloth.  I actualy like to see this table because for the first 50 years of it's life the table was kept covered by pads and tablecloths by my husband's MaMa.  I think it deserves to be out in the light for the next half century of it's life don't you? 
 I put my visiting sister to work on the runners while I worked on the centerpiece. 
I stumbled upon the stags at Z Gallerie's after Christmas clearance sale last year.  

I planned to use some frosty white fruit that I found at Michael's, but after trying it out, the scale was all wrong so I aborted that idea and just went with snow, ribbon, and various sized beaded snowballs.  
The candlesticks and place card holders were a clearance find at Home Goods.   
Mirrors topped by my sprayed painted white chargers.  I used my Mikasa Antique White.  The beautiful napkins were made by Marlis at Creative Journeys. I love the icy blue with all the winter white.   The matching water pitchers from Home Goods.  Water goblets are Dublin by Shannon.  The wine glasses are also Shannon, but I don't know the pattern name.  

 So happy that my 90 year old Mom could make it despite spending Christmas Eve in the ER to rule out pneumonia.  She was so happy to be there, she cried.  
My precious in-laws and my handsome son.  
My sister, I love having family around my table.  
In all the merry making, I failed to take any photos of the table in the candlelight, but did manage to catch this shot after clearing the table.  I hope you had as wonderful a time reconnecting with family as we did on this beautiful holiday. I will be linking to Seasonal Sundays and Tablescape Thursdays.   


  1. Love the beautiful white ...the deer are so pretty...what a lovely centerpiece for a stunning table...Have a Happy New Year...

  2. Your table is beautiful, it sparkles! Happy New Year-enjoy:@)

  3. I love your table! The white stags are awesome and I adore the all white theme. Happy New Year! XO Cindy

  4. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! How did I miss finding you before? I am so glad I did. I am your newest follower. I truly believe setting a fine table with all of the details makes for an exciting meal. I so appreciate the effort. I hope you come and visit. Happy New year!

  5. Oh Diane, I just love your table. It's a wonderful winter wonderland. Your accessories are the perfect touches! Your mom is a doll and I'm so happy that she was able to spend the time with you. Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true. xo marlis (ps. thanks for the link!!)

  6. I just think white is as good as it gets... Beautiful, and yes, your son is, indeed, quite handsome!!!!

  7. I just love this all white table. The deer are stunning, great find!! Enjoy your sweet momma, so happy for you that she was with you for the holidays! I know you just loved having your family, and what a treat for them sitting down at this beautiful table! Love the napkins and the dinnerware. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! And I'm THRILLED that your Mom was able to be there!!!!! WONDERFUL!!!! I'm your newest follower!!!

    Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/Hugs/Blessings,

  9. STUNNING!! I LOVE that you show you & your family enjoying your meal, complete with food on the plate! I like to know that settings were used for a real meal and not just staged!
    I lived for 10 years in Elk County, Pennsylvania, and really love those elk statuettes!

  10. Love the white and the sparkling lighting. Very pretty table. Pat

  11. Love all the white and sparkling light--the deer are beautiful. Your family is also very good looking--your Mom looks great!

  12. Dianne your table is absolutely gorgeous! The sparkle makes it so festive. I love the stags, artichoke candle holders and those place card holders will be so versatile! Thanks for visiting! Happy New Year!

  13. What a gorgeous, sparkly table! I especially loved the mirrored chargers and the darling placecard holders. How wonderful to have your mother at the table -- glad she was okay!

  14. STUNNING! Love the white winter look and you've done a marvelous job with all the accessories you've used! Those deer are fantastic!


  15. Your candlesticks and the deers are to die for.

    Where did you purchased them? I might get online, don't you think?

    TY in advance for the tips.

    Happy NY to you all...

    Wishes from Stockholm,

  16. Shimmery, frosty, and beautiful! But so much warmth with your family all around you! How wonderful that your mother could join you. Hope she is feeling great! No better medicine than a family holiday!

    Best wishes for a Happy 2012

  17. This is just so beautiful! I love the icy look of it, and it just shimmers!
    Great job!

  18. Dianne this table is just stunning -- it's drop-dead gorgeous!! I love everything on it! Your white stags are beautiful, and all the white and crystal make for such an elegant table. The napkins made by Marlis are sooo pretty; she is such a talented lady. I really love your place card holders. I'm glad you captured that candlelight shot at the end of your post, because the mirror just makes everything sparkle and glow.

    I'm so glad your Mom could be with you and hope she's still doing well. Happy 2012 to you!


  19. Everything looks so snowy, but your home looks so warm and inviting (I love to look in the background of pictures to see how rooms are decorated :)). I love the picture with the tree in the background! Glad your mom was able to be there, just isn't the same without them (mine passed away 4 years ago and I miss her always, but especially at family gatherings).

  20. Hello, sweet Dianne! I am SO very late getting around to seeing the posts from last week's Tablescape Thursday. I feel awful about it! I am so glad to have finally seen yours, though, because it is so sweet. When I read about your Mom crying...just choked me up. I am sure her presence was appreciated by all, and she sure looked happy as heck to be there! She's lookin' alwful spiffy for 90. Tell her to "go on with her bad self!" Lovely table, and I'm glad you got that last shot in...gorgeous! I don't remember seeing those stags at Z Gallerie last year! Don't know how I missed those beauties! I LOVE that store with all my heart! Have a happy week!!!

  21. You're table is so beautiful - it almost makes me shiver!

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Awesome is only word I can think of. This makes me want cooler weather and Christmas.Hope you and your family or well and will be able to enjoy another Christmas together.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

  23. If I saw this earlier, I must have forgotten because I LOVE it like I've never seen it before. It's absolutely stunning, and inspirational to me because I was thinking about changing up my Christmas table to a white one this year. To say that this is beautiful is an understatement. Stunning.

  24. Hope you are healing! The table is still beautiful!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  25. I hope your foot is feeling better! I'm good with Christmas any time of the year, so I enjoyed your pretty table and all the snowy effects. Linda

  26. Dianne,
    Love, love, love all the white and silver on this Let There Be White Challenge tablescape, dear one!!! Adding the lights make this so elegant!!!
    I, too, think of Christmas all year through. . .

  27. Wow, this table is stunning, Dianne! I am truly in awe. Love the candles and deer.
    Have a wonderful week...