This tablescape post was from 2009. It is one of the first tablescapes I actually blogged. And this tablescape taught me a lot of lessons when it comes to taking pictures for a blog.
The biggest thing was all that white tablecloth. I didn't realize that in pictures it looks so barren. It's like the white just pops out and slaps you in the face. Doing an "overall" picture of such a simple table with a white tablecloth doesn't really let the settings shine.
Now, if I use a light color tablecloth and do a simple setting, I do more up close pictures and try to avoid taking pictures of the vast empty light spots. Also, what I could have done with just the 2 settings was to place the setting next to each other instead of across from each other. This would have made it more intimate.
This was a table that Troy and I sat down and had dinner at that night. Whats up with the glasses on the left side? Opps. I actually remembered changing them over to the right side when we sat down to eat because it was just to awkward.
One of things I liked about this was that I used "everyday" things instead of Christmas items. To help create the Christmasy feel I just used pretty but cheap ornaments. All the dishes, linens and centerpiece things were everyday things. Using the right colors of everyday things and then just adding small touches of the holiday can give you the look you want without having to go out and buy Christmas dishes or linens.
Overall though, especially in person, this table was very pretty and shimmery. We dimmed the dining room lights and lit the candles and everything sparkled. And, of course, it was a very thrifty table.
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 compot 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.