Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Tablescape #1

Our large dining room has an inviting, warm glow but sometimes I prefer brighter lighting for photography purposes. Our sun porch was converted many years ago into a family room and has eight large windows and two skylights that provide wonderful lighting. So, today my tablescape is set up in the sun porch. Once I photographed the tablescape, I used the place settings for dinners throughout the week.  All I need to do is grab the tablesetting and bring it to the kitchen island where we have most of our dinners during the week.

I experimented by using tall candlesticks as candlelight is a must.

And experimented with tealight holders. I switched them out for two of our dinners this week.

Have you tried the Turkey Hill pomegranate lemonade? It's a big hit in our household, and our guests have enjoyed it with a splash of huckleberry vodka and a few pomegranate seeds.
Oops, you can see the garage in the background :-) 


Dessert Plates:  Box of 4 with two designs - Shimmer/Glisten and Joy/Peace - Christmas Tree Shoppe (recently)
Off-White Salad Plates:  "Juliet" pattern from TJ Maxx (last year)
White Dinner Plate:  Corelle (many years ago)
Off-White Dinner Plate:  "Juliet" pattern from TJ Maxx (last year)
Red Snowflake Placemat - Pier One (recently)
Snowflake tea light holders and Snowflake Napkin Rings - Crate and Barrel (several years ago)
Champagne Flutes - Wedding gift
White Lions Head soup bowls - Christmas Tree Shoppe
Enchanted Forest Candleholders - Michael Aram

During the holiday season, most everything in our home gets the festive touch including the lighting fixture in our dining room. If you have a similar lighting fixture, you may like to give it a quick makeover for the holidays. 

I started with some tissue paper from a purchase made at Mackenzie-Childs. The tissue paper was used to
   decorate the candle sleeve  on the light fixture in the dining room.

The light fixture has the basic ivory color sleeves. I just took one off and measured the paper to fit around it. Then I took a little Elmer's glue, and just dabbed it on the edge. When I am done with the decorative sleeve, I will remove it. I ordered some extra ivory color sleeves, so I can decorate for some of the other holidays.

I added red shades for the Christmas season.  Next week I'll show how the light fixture now coordinates with my Christmas Tablescape #2 for our upcoming holiday dinner party.

For more tablescapes, visit Between Naps on the Porch.

I'm also joining  The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with peace and joy!
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Congratulations on one year of blogging! I love the colors on this tablescape -- I especially admire the black and white patterned tablecloth. I also love the red rimmed salad plates with words on them -- it makes the tablesetting so interesting! Would have liked to seen, I think, candlesticks in the middle. Joni

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  3. Beau table Debbie - I knew you would be good at have the EYE !! Love what you did with the light fixture...a little MC.

  4. Yeah!
    I love your holiday table Debbie!
    LOVE the WHITE dishes of course.
    Love the pewter with the white!
    ANd I think I need a huge sip of that lemonade!
    I know it's yummy!
    Love your blog!
    I need to spend some time over here with your recipes!
    Going to checkout that favorite cupcake!
    Snuggles to KIKI!

  5. How very lovely!!! And my best wishes! Cathy

  6. I like the black and white with touches of red. Very festive! Congratulations too!

  7. Now THIS one is completely different from anything I've seen, and I love it. The colors are so crisp and stylish. (Do people even use that word anymore?) Anyway, it's really pretty.

  8. Love the touch of black in the color scheme. Very pretty!

  9. Stunning, is always a treat when you do a tablescape!

  10. 44 and Lemonade is one of my most favorite cocktails! Love it!

    Love the dishes, very pretty!

  11. What a beautiful table!!! Simple and stunning with everything matching. So pretty.

  12. Damn, pretty cool post. How can I find this subscription?

    Katty Swingfield
    massage nyc

  13. Kiki is adorable ... and so is your table. I love the black/white/red colrs ... the salad plates are unique ... love the mix of the silver snow flakes. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Debbie, how striking to see the bold, graphic lines of this table & the wonderful contrast of the reds, white & black/silver accents!
    Wonderfully put together...I envy you a room such as that.

    I just became your newest follower! I can't believe you've been blogging for 2 years & I am just now getting around to signing on. ~blush~
    I must go browse some of your older postings.

    You've also reminded me that I need to work on my dining room chandy...I always forget about decorating that part. :/ thanks!

  15. Very pretty, Debbie! You know I love your light fixture decorating ;) The dessert plates from CTS are wonderful! Everything is beautiful together.

  16. Hi lovely lady, I love your Beautiful Tablescapes for the Christmas Holidays, your china is so lovely sweet lady. I'am going to be one of your followers, I hope you have a great day.

  17. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Beautiful colors and design! Your sun porch sounds wonderful with all those windows!!!

  18. Love your candle stick!

    Smart idea and nature friendly.

    Happy TS...

  19. Love the Shimmer/Glisten plates. We also eat most dinners at the kitchen island (it's just hubby and me) but I like using pretty dishes in there too. Love those tall candlesticks!

  20. I've read the posts above this too.. great ideas. Loved the cranberry poinsettia. Also love the way you decorated the chandelier. I think mine needs an update. thanks for dropping by and leaving your nice comment. Merry Christmas.

  21. looks fantastic, and i love those candle sticks!

  22. This is amazing!!! I'm a traditonalist at heart, but your contemporary touch to this tablescape is amazing!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  23. I don't think that you even mentioned one of my favorite elements...the paisley black and white undercloth. You've created a highly sophisticated holiday tablescape. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

  24. This looks great, Debbie! Love that color combo!
    Sorry I am late commenting!


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