One of the things I like to do over the holiday season is to prepare some “greenery bases” for floral arrangements and have them ready for different holiday dinners and events. This way, it is not necessary to start from scratch to create a new floral centerpiece for every dinner party. Once the greenery is in place, floral centerpieces are quick and easy to prepare. Simply by changing the color of the flowers in a centerpiece can give a whole new look to a table.
About 10 days ago, I posted photos from a purple tablescape. I recently removed the purple-tinted mini carnations from that centerpiece since they had passed their prime and I replaced them with bright pink and white ones. Leaving the candles and greenery in tact, this centerpiece probably took me between 5 and 10 minutes to create.
While I like the white linen tablecloth look (I call it my blank canvas), sometimes I like to see the maple wood in my table. Seeing the wood on the table also lends a less formal look to the tablesetting. So, for more casual dining, this is often a look I go for.
A number of years ago, my Mom hand-quilted these placemats to match my Royal Albert Lavender Rose china. Aren’t they beautiful! The quilt pattern is the lovers’ knot.
Having a collection of charger plates that match my china means they can be used to change the look of the table as well. Having invested in my fine china, I like to use it as much as possible; however, using the same dinnerware repeatedly can start to make every table setting look the same unless you inject other elements, like different colored charger plates, candles, table linen, flowers, etc.
The napkin fold I have selected for this tablesetting is the Christmas tree fold. This is not a difficult napkin fold and, of course, it is most suitable for the Christmas season. Choose good quality cloth napkins for this fold so that the fold will stay in place.
So, here is my third tablesetting of the season, all set for this evening’s dinner.
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