My thought was to have a holiday party this year, but as in years past I dragged my feet and now it’s too late to plan and invite. Instead, I am having a few dinner parties that will give us opportunity to spend time with friends we haven’t seen for a while. Maybe those will be even better than a house full of partyers!
I liked the burlap that was on the table Thanksgiving. It had a homey feel that was very comfortable, so why not use it again and tie it this time around with ribbons having the traditional winter reds and greens?
I bought this piece (is it a candle or candy mold?) years ago just because I liked it, but I rarely can figure out how to use it. On the burlap and with the holes filled with greenery and candles, it gives the table a rustic, woodsy look.
As for dishes, what better choice than the much loved, familiar Spode pattern that fits right in with the woodsy look of the centerpiece? They were a gift from my mother oh so many years ago, and I never tire of using them
or the companion stemware.
All are on holly berry placemats that enhance the colors in both the ribbons and the Spode pieces.
The napkin fold is an easy one. Simply take a quartered napkin, pleat it, pinch it in the middle
and secure with ribbon.
For a little touch of kid like fun, poppers are at each setting,
and place cards sit atop the reindeer’s antlers. Would you believe I just found these in a drawer, never used though I bought them several years ago at Pottery Barn. Sometimes you just forget what you have!
All done, the table is consistent with my simple style, it used the same things differently
and I hope is welcoming to the friends who will soon gather round. Now, I have to decide what is going to fill the plates and get to work in the kitchen.
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