This seasonal table celebrates the beauty found in fresh snow and a wintry frost with mercury glass, ironstone, fresh greens and snowflakes.
A large ironstone tureen can be filled with steaming soup and looks lovely in the arrangement. Mercury glass trees and votives are scattered amidst fresh trimmings from a Christmas tree.
Glitter and Glam
Sparkling silver and white ornaments pop against fresh boughs. Add lots of shine with glittered snowflakes, silvery birds and glass ornaments.
Glittered birds and plastic snowflakes are suspended by fuzzy white yarn from the chandelier. Hang them at varying heights for more interest; some should hang low enough to tie into the centerpiece.
Use antique sheet to create a creative and sophisticated placemat. Tear two connected sheets out of a music book and spread open at each place. Vintage and antique music is readily available at thrift stores, flea markets and online auctions.
High Style on a Shoestring
Top a silver charger with an ironstone dinner plate, then a silver bread plate. Then, roll a white linen monogrammed napkin in a simple silver ring. All of these pieces were purchased from thrift stores and yard sales, proving a fine table doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Bring Out the Silver
It's a shame for sterling flatware, especially family heirlooms, to sit in a chest unused. Bring it out for special occasions and holidays. Don't overwhelm your guests with all of the formal pieces; instead, add one or two quirky forks or spoons as showstopping conversation starters.
Know Your Place
A zinc place marker tells guests where to sit. Write each diner's name in white grease pen to avoid confusion. Place cards also make guests feel special; they know a place was set just for them.
Formal dining doesn't have to be fussy. The mismatched glass goblets and loosely arranged centerpiece keeps this table from feeling too stuffy, while sterling silver, linen napkins and place cards keep it dressy enough for holiday dining. Strike a balance that's comfortable for you, your family and guests.