Revisit ~ 2009 Christmas Tablescape

Hi everyone!

Yup, I am still away enjoying my family and the peacefulness surrounding our cabin way back in the middle of the forest.

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.


  1. Diann we have come a long way in our tablescaping skills. Still a wonderful table and now on to this years. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday with your family. hugs, Linda

  2. Diane this red and white table scape is so very pretty! I tell you my table was very simple for Thanksgiving. But by keeping it simple I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving with out staying in bed.

  3. So festive. You have a talent to bring just the right things together ♥

  4. So pretty and can't wait for the holidays!

  5. Diann, It's very pretty! You may just have to recreate it to eat at this Christmas. Hope your vacation is nice!

  6. So very pretty. I love the looks you create! Now I need you and Linda (ALC) to create a huge tablescape for me! I have a BIG crowd for the holidays! Hee Hee
    I love what you do!


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