Saturday, January 13, 2018

Better Late Than Never: Two Christmas Tablescapes in Review

 Last month was the longest December ever.
We were traveling all over the place, celebrating Christmas with our oldest daughter's family in Seattle, then off again to Taos to visit our youngest daughter for a post Christmas celebration.
In between trips, we managed to host Christmas day in our new home with our two sons, grandma and brother and sister-in-law.

 I literally threw this tablescape together on Christmas Eve!

I already had the Spode "Christmas Tree Grove" plates and colored glassware, but what really pulled it all together were these red tartan plaid chargers I found at the local gourmet grocery store.

 We were shopping for Christmas dinner groceries when I spied them buried on a table.  
I could hardly contain my excitement.  Mr. A was at the checkout and I handed them to him at the last minute.  

When we moved, I got rid of three Christmas patterned dishes, but kept these wonderful Spode plates.

Years ago, I created a Christmas tablescape in our old house using these dishes.
Somehow they looked better there!

But that was then and this is now!
Christmas 2017 Tablescape!

While we were in Seattle, I created another tablescape at our daughter's home using these Target Christopher Radko plates that I had passed down to her.
They're more playful and fun for a young family, so I'm glad she will have them for years to come.

It seems weird, yet comforting to set a table in her home.
Especially, since that is my old dining table and those are my old dishes!
But I'm so glad to see them passed down and remain in the family.

My granddaughters even helped me set the table.
We found a garland at the grocery store and used it for a centerpiece.
The silver chargers were another hand-me-down and thankfully, there were fun plaid placemats in the drawer.
I love that we were able to set the table together and continue the tradition of Christmas tablescaping.

Who knows that next year will bring.
With family scattered in several states, we might not have everyone together again for Christmas day.
Clearly, the Christmas traditions are changing!

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gme said...

Love the tablescapes. Thank you for sharing! So fun for what you were able to create at your daughter's home. Yes, the holidays change for us with grown children who live away or have other families to share their time with now. Luckily, the past few years we have worked out the Saturday before Christmas as a time that works for all of our family. Looking forward to more posts of your new home!

Sarah said...

It's fun to see you setting tables again and sharing on your blog. I hope to see more as the year progresses!
Of course I love the tartan chargers to accent the Spode plates, and how special that your daughter has the dining table and this set of Christmas plates. Tradition!


So nice to see you Delores and sharing such beautiful Xmas tables.
I love the tartans with your lovely Spode plates.
The red and white stems are gorgeous too.
Both tables are lovely. Yes, with grown children with other families Xmas is such a different story, specially if they live far away like my two daughters.
Have a blessed year

N from VA said...

I agree with Sarah. So fun to see your tablescapes. Love your eye and aesthetic always and am charmed by the new house. Happy New Year Delores!

ruralrt said...

love this! I think that change is the only constant. like to see how you roll with it...I get it is not always easy or how we may want it. the tables you have created show warmth of Christmas past and present. would be honored to sit at any.

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