Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Tree Grove Tablescape 2010



Christmas Tree Grove by Spode, was the star attraction for my Christmas tablescape 2010.

A variation of the classic and most loved Christmas Tree, it is it's dressed-up cousin!

All season long, I planned on using my Tartan plaid plates. Until I fell in love with these!
Is it weird to fall in love with a plate?

Well, I did! And I fell hard! Smitten by a plate!

Mr. A was all too happy to call the newest set of plates my Christmas gift!
It worked for him--he didn't have to hit the malls!

A departure from the usual red and green theme, the Christmas Tree Grove pattern has a lovely border of roses in subtle colors, giving it richness and warmth.
I used a combination of red, purple and green stemware to bring out those colors.

I used Santa napkins from World Market last year. They compliment the plates perfectly.

For the centerpiece I used a brown linen runner layered with fresh greens. In the middle, a copper wine bucket with fresh flowers of the season bring out the brown in the plates.

Christmas Tree Grove by Spode. Isnt' she a beauty?


Plates: Replacements, Ltd.
Chargers: Target
Silverware and stemware, vintage
Napkins and copper wine bucket: World Market
Linen runner: Pottery Barn

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48 comments:

Kate said...

Beautiful! I love your the Spode pattern! Gorgeous!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Delores...

Oooh...I love this beautiful Christmas pattern too!!! It certainly set a lovely Christmas table! I would be hard pressed to choose between the pretty Tartan plaids that you have been sporting and this fabulous pattern by Spode! Thank you sooo much for sharing your beautiful table with us...this has truly been a Christmas treat!!! By the way, I love the embroidered Christmas napkins...they're perfect!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your table is gorgeous! This is a fabulous Spode pattern...it's subtle and elegant. Your table is absolutely beautiful!

cityfarmer said...

I'm smitten ... and I'm not even there.

I'd dine at your Spode table any day ...
but you know me and dishes!!!

Annie Joy said...

Beautiful! I especially like how the colors of the lovely china are echoed in the different colors in your glassware. Annie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

As a self confessed "dishaholic" -- yes! You can love plates! Your table is gorgeous. I know you'll enjoy this for many a Christmas.

A Toile Tale said...

You ask, "is it weird to fall in love with a plate?" and the answer is......heck, nooooo!!! There are those plates that we date (use for a pleasant change), those that we have a relationship with (like so much we use for special occassions), and then those we love. These are the ones that make you wish the perfect occassion to use then came around much more often. We are sad to store them carefully away, we think of them in storage awaiting "the event", we keep alert to find them "friends" who will make them look even better, and then finally, we fly to the cupboard or closet and lovingly greet them for another affair. I think these particular beauties have come to a good home. It's a perfect match.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Delores, those plates are gorgeous and your whole table setting is wonderful. You have the prettiest stemware. That is one thing I don't have. Of course we don't entertain so I don't usually look for it. I am sure your family enjoyed that wonderful setting.

Lori E said...

Of course you can love a plate. You can have affairs with many different ones too.
Now I just want to know what was on the menu knowing the cooking skills in your family.
BTW I'm heading your way in Feb.

Gerry said...

I can see why you fell in love with these plates, they are gorgeous. Beautiful tablescape and I love the napkins. They would go perfect with my Santa collection decor. Also, the purple stemware is a perfect accent. Who would have thought it?

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful setting...it looks like Christmas to me- those plates are gorgeous. Hugs- Diana

lifeonthecutoff said...

I fall in love with plates all of the time; from the White House to TJ Maxx, there is nary a plate that doesn't steal my heart. I love your tablescape and the use of varied drinking glasses is the creme de la creme - or, should I say, the toast of the season. I do wish I had seen those napkins last year. They are darling. You inspire me every post.

lifeonthecutoff said...

I fall in love with plates all of the time; from the White House to TJ Maxx, there is nary a plate that doesn't steal my heart. I love your tablescape and the use of varied drinking glasses is the creme de la creme - or, should I say, the toast of the season. I do wish I had seen those napkins last year. They are darling. You inspire me every post.

Kathysue said...

Hi Delores I love love these plates and your green stemware is a perfect addition to an already beautiful setting,Kathysue

Southerncook said...

LOVE your dressed up Spode and that tablesetting is gorgeous. It sounds normal to me to fall in love with dinnerware. Everything about it is just beautiful. When I clicked onto your link at A Stroll Through Life I couldn't get on your site. Since I had you on my favorites I was able to do so. Just thought you would want to know. I'm not sure why and maybe it was just me but you might want to check it out.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous table! Love the plates, but using all the different glasses was inspired! I have the green ones you used, too! I also adore those napkins -- what a find!

Vintage Gal said...

What a beautiful table! LOVE the plates and the glassware looks like Christmas!

Americana Lady said...

I love jeweled colors! I can see why you were smitten! Joan

Designs By Pinky said...

Dolores, this is just exquisite! I love your new plates and the way you combined the colorful stemware is gorgeous! I wish I had more NICE stemware. I am going to have to work on that:):) Hope you have a great week!!! XO, Pinky

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
Truly elegant. I adore how you "went out on a limb" and used the purple and copper with the traditional Christmas hues! Lovely, yet not over stimulating! I'm pretty sure Mr. A got "off the hook" on that Christmas gift. . .but then, he needn't be concerned when a wonderful menu was in store for his reward! Thank you for such a lovely post.
Fondly,
Pat

Ann said...

I have never seen that spode pattern before! thanks for sharing, I have the garland spode.

Your table was beautiful!

Andrea (Softer Side of Me) said...

Ooooooh Delores, how beautiful! Christmas Tree Grove was a very nice addition to your pallet! Breathtaking! And I have been eying your beautiful stemware that you have been sporting around....I can see a few things that I will have to add to my "wish list" for the future. You did an amazing, beautiful job. Happy New Year to you!

g.suzie said...

Very pretty, fun to see a slightly different twist on the traditional color pallet. . .Your stemware is awesome, wonderful table, every last detail!
Happy New Year,
Sue

Marlis said...

This is a beautiful Spode pattern and you have certainly taken it from just a dish to a masterpiece. I love the colors of your table. Your centerpiece is perfect with the dishes. Thanks for sharing this with us, it's always a joy to visit and catch up! Happy New Year.

Sarah said...

Delores, this pattern sets a beautiful table. I've not seen this pattern before. Love the colored goblets you used to bring out the colors and the simplicity of the runner with the greens. You have beautiful style with all that you do.
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Angela said...

That is the prettiest Christmas tablescape I've seen yet this season. No, it's not weird to love a plate. I love my Spode Christmas Tree too (the cousin you mention). Though your pattern and your table are simply stunning. Sort of reminds me of Johnson Brothers. Wish I could add these to my collection but there's no going back for me now as I've been collecting all the serving pieces as well, but I am in love with yours too. I love the different colored goblets at each setting. What a unique idea. Pretty. Pretty. Pretty.

Mariette said...

Dearest Delores,

Through the lines, I can read your happiness and your being so content with these treasured Christmas Tree Grove plates by Spode.

Enjoy the last days of the year...

Mariette's Back to Basics

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Lovely table setting! We have a couple of those plates...we mix and match at Christmas!

Looks like you had a beautious one!

The Tablescaper said...

Just amazing. As I've said before, I love Christmas Tree Grove and have several serving peices, but not the actual dinner plates. I love how you mixed in the various colors of vintage crystal. Just beautiful.

- The Tablescaper

Table Escapes said...

Your green red & purple glasses remind me of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments and feel so festive. Beautiful as always! Sharon

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

No Delores, it is not unusual to fall in love with a china pattern (at least not unusual for me), and I have definitely fallen in love with this one! What a beautiful table you set with this gorgeous pattern. (I'm loving those Santa napkins too). All of those jewell colored stems are the perfect accompaniment to that china. You have such a knack for putting things together beautifully, and I always love seeing what you've created. laurie

classic • casual • home said...

BEAUTIFUL. Anything you served to eat would have tasted great in such lovely surroundings.
Mary Ann

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tablescape is stunning and your plates are exquisite. I havn't seen that pattern before, but they are just wonderful. I love the mix of colors, everything is so pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Allison Shops said...

Your table is beautiful. The napkins are adorable. I'm always in awe of your table settings, and always wonder how/where you store it all!

Allison
Atticmag

A Runner's Mind said...

Love that you love your dishes BUT I fear you may need an intervention.....or a distraction. Come pick the paint color for my front hall!!!!(subtle?) xo JK

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said...

I would have been smitten by those too! Great choice... and with your water goblet and wine glasses it's even better. Lovely tablescape!

Burlap Luxe said...

Delores,
Christmas card perfect.
Everything is divine perfectly perfect right down to the cane backed chairs.

xx
Dore

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I love those plates and the napkins are the perfect touch! Happy New Year to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

Liz said...

What a stunning table! Love all the inspiration on you blog....!

Merry Christmas!

~Liz

P.S. I'm your newest follower.

Anita said...

Well, I knew it would be fabulous, and I was right! I fell in love with this china when I saw it also. It really is incredible. I love how you used the different colored stemware too. Just gorgeous!!

Kathy said...

I LOVE that pattern..I have Johnson Bros the ones with a mill on them..and use them at Christmas time, but these would be a great compliment to them...I will be looking for them, just love everything you do Delores it's all so beautiful. Hoping your Son made it home for the holidays, have a great new Year xxoo

All The Pretty Dishes said...

A truly stunning tablescape. The dishes are just beautiful and I love the jewel tone stemware. Very pretty.

Lori Lucas said...

As always, your table is just spectacular! You always manage to put your own gorgeous twist on every tablescape you do. Every single detail is just wonderful. Lori L

Kathy said...

Well it is all beautiful, you should think book girl! I too love those Christmas plates, they are my favorites...where did you get those if you don't mind me asking...I'm dreaming of my Christmas present for next year!
Happy new year Delores thanks for all your beautiful posts this year, kept me from having to buy magazines!

Donnie said...

What a pretty table. Your plates are lovely. Happy New Year.

Entertaining Women said...

The Spode Christmas Tree Grove is spectacular I love the copper bucket as the centerpiece...perfect element! Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Would you believe I remember this table?! Because it's beautiful, and I love the napkins! I searched high and low for them, and even thought about making them! So glad to see it again! ~Zuni

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