Revisit~ Red & White Table

Hi everyone!

Well, today has been a busy and hectic day. I got all our Thanksgiving dishes and whatnots put away and then took down all the Autumn decor and boxed that up for next year. Before I start decorating for Christmas, I am doing a deep cleaning everywhere. So not fun but, it needs to be done.

I am revisiting a tablescape from last December. It was the first Christmas tablescape that I posted at Susan's Tablescape Thursday. I learned a big lesson after putting the pictures up online and seeing my table through photos. I was so surprised to see how different it looks in photos than in person. This is the tablescape that taught me that if you use a white or light tablecloth, you need to fill in all the empty spots. Otherwise, the camera picks up those white spots and magnifies them. So, you either need to fill those empty spaces up or you need to avoid taking pictures of that area of your table.

This table wasn't a full out table, it really was just a soup and bread dinner with some added Christmas flair to it. But, it was a good lesson for me regarding photo taking.

I'm joining Sunday Favorites and Seasonal Sunday. I hope you enjoy this post and check out what others are showing today!

Love to see beautiful tablescapes? Head over to Susan's Blog, "Between Naps on the Front Porch" for Tablescape Thursday.

I wanted to do a red and white tablescape so, I started out with the floral red and white plates I got at the dollar store. I used a heavy white tablecloth that has silver threads running through it. I bought it at Salvation army for $1.50. And I used my old "workhorse" quilted red placemats. I have had these forever!

The dinner plates and bowls were bought at the dollar store. I really like the fact that they are not Christmas dishes, but I think they can make a pretty Christmas table.

I then added an antique milkglass dessert/salad plate. I paid $1.50 for the two plates. I love the raised fruit design around the edge.

Then I added a red napkin (bought 8 of them at a yard sale this past summer for $1.00) matching red and white bowl and silverware. Yes, I know it is not set correctly. LOL

A couple of glasses. I used sparkly Christmas ornaments as coasters.

Just a pretty white and silver ornament from the dollar store for "picture taking" LOL.

I added a wonderful red and white ribbon across the center of the table.

A little Christmas floral tucked in here and there.

A couple of compote dishes. Both picked up at yard sales for less than $1.00. I love this polished glass chunks I got from the dollar store. It just looks so much like ice to me.

Just a pretty simple red and white table. If you want to see what we had for dinner, stop back by tomorrow for "Foodie Friday"!


  1. I love red color...Have a nice w.e.

  2. Dianne what a beautiful table you set!! And so thrifty!! I need to check out the Dollar Store more often!!

  3. That tablescape is beautiful. With the red and white plates not having a Christmas theme they can be used at Valentines Day and Fourth of July also.

  4. Ok, that's it. You MUST come decorate my house! Everything you do is lovely!!!

  5. Diann I still think it looks great! It's amazing how much I've learned also from tablescapes from a year ago! I remember this table and how you used the ornaments as coasters! A good revisit for sure!

  6. That is fabulous! I love the red and white and a splash of silver, very classy!!~ Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  7. Wonderfully done! I have some of those snowflakes, love that you put them under the glasses, that is such a great idea!

  8. The red and white tablescape is just beautiful. I really like the ornaments coasters, and the ornament on the bowls. Glad you re-posted, I didn't see it last time.


  9. Hi Diann...

    Ohhh...what a get to see your very first tablescape that you shared with Tablescape Thursday! Of course, I just adore the pretty red and white color theme! You know, I have seen those dishes at the Dollar Tree and have to admit that I never looked at them as being used for Christmas but after seeing your table...I think they're perfect for a Christmas table!!! I may have to go and get I'm wondering it my local DT still has them. I love all the pretty milk glass that you used and I especially like the fruit embossed salad plates...sooo pretty! One of my favorite things about your table is how you used the sparkly Christmas ornaments as coasters! I think that is a GRAND idea! I always see those pretty ornaments and they are usually inexpensive! I am going to have to steal that great idea, Diann! Hehe!

    Well my sweet friend, I think your Christmas table is fabulous and I'm sooo glad that you shared it with us for Sunday Favorites this week!!! Thank you!!!

    Have a super Sunday!
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...Girlfriend, I just giggled when I read what you wrote! I don't know how many times that I have gone back and changed a design because of how it looked in the photo! I think the reason person, we are able to see our designs as a whole...but a photo "hones in" on the specifics! I really have learned to critique through photos!

  10. Diann- I missed this the first time so I am glad to see it! I think the red and white is crisp and simple--love it. I have not seen the "ice" chunks before. I will be on the lookout for that. I can think of lots of ways to use it! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving~

  11. Good Morning Diann Sweetie...
    What a beautiful table scape. I love it, and the red and white together, so elegant. I especially love th red ribbon draped across the table. The perfect element of surprise. The touch of the ornament on the place setting is so delicate and pretty. Love it.

    I started buying a few scarves that are see through for the very reason of layering on the table. It works and at the second hand store you can pick them up for next to nothing.

    I have got to tell you, for a first table setting, you did an awesome job, I am not sure mine would have ever looked so pretty. I also loved the creativeness of the use of the snowflakes under the cups, now how cute was that.

    Thank you for sharing this fine Sunday morning. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  12. I bought those dishes in the fall and used it for a black and red Halloween table. Thanks for reminding me I can dig them out for a Cmas scape.
    Looks lovely!

  13. What a cute, pretty and thrifty table you set! I love the dollar tree plates and the red and white theme on the table is so cherry and so Christmasy! Love the snowflakes under the glasses! I think I'm going to try that this year! Fabulous table Diann!!

    Happy Holidays!

    Miss Bloomers

  14. thanks for stopping by! The read is spectacular. I did my tree and holiday decor this weekend and then deep cleaned after asI had fake snow and glitter everywhere. I can't wait for your pictures of your home all done up!


  15. Your table looks pretty! I love the red and white plate. Love the many accents you've placed too, especially the "ice."
    Karen Valentine is a blog designer; I believe she did Bella's Rose Cottage; also Kathy of Blog Love. Contact me if you want further info - my computer is real slow right now so I am not able to get the web addresses at present.
    Blessings, Beth

  16. Oh so pretty and FESTIVE!!! Thank you so much for participating in Seasonal Sundays! I'm glad to be part of your celebration of the season.

    - The Tablescaper


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