Friday, December 14, 2012

Tartan & Roses Romantic Tablescape

I recently found the most beautiful dishes. Sadly they're a discontinued pattern by Ralph Lauren, but that didn't stop me from working very hard to collect 4 place setting (only two mugs so far).   I said to my daughter, "aren't these the most beautiful dishes you've ever seen?  She laughed and said " I think they're the most beautiful dishes YOU"VE ever seen"  I had to giggle.  They have two of my favorite things on them.  Roses and Tartan Plaid.  I think I actually squealed with delight (followed by a sigh) when I saw them, lol.  Please Click on each photo for an enlarged version of each picture.
 Even though both the tablecloth and the dishes are made by an American designer, I think this table setting just screams "English Country".  It also mixes some very contrasting patterns and colors.  There is the masculine and bold Tartan Plaid against the very feminine roses, and  the traditional Red and Green Christmas colors accented with pink.  I must confess, I love contrast, it reminds me of well....me, lol.   Some days I feel like a proper English lady, others, I'm full of Shanonigins ;)

I've actually made two different centerpieces for this tablescape. One, the traditional English Country flowers in an antique wooden box, and the other, a more contemporary woodland scene tucked under a cloche.  I purchased my Cloche at World Market for 24.00 and it's a really nice size.
 Here's a close up of the cloche vignette.   I used artificial snow on a white platter and tucked a white deer (from World Market) 2 tree candles, and a bottle brush wreath under the cloche.  This was going more with the tartan plaid in using the woodland or hunting theme.
This is the floral centerpiece.  I have a vintage monogrammed hankie that I used under the box for a touch of romance and to pull in more pink.  The base of the arrangement is evergreens, filled in with white and green mums, red carnations, and of course, pink roses.  I think this would have also worked well with fushia or red roses, or a combo of all three.
Here is a close up of each place setting  I found these fun English Crackers with a tartan plaid band.  Each one contains a tissue hat, a joke, and a charade title.  I love crackers because they put everyone in a fun and festive mood.  Let's face it, it's hard not to laugh when everyone puts on a silly hat.  Have everyone share their joke at dinner, and then play charades with your dessert.  It's built in fun, and I love it :)
 The Key-  You may notice that each place setting has a key?  This is the key to the Inn.  It's to remind us that in our hearts, we can give the Holy Family a warm and safe place to stay.  This symbolizes our love and generosity towards the baby Jesus.  These are Christmas ornaments that can be taken home by each guest to remind them of this gesture.
Is someone you love (and miss) spending Christmas with the Angels?  If you'd like  to remember them in a special way, make them a place setting and place Angel wings on their plate.  It's a nice way to remember that they are in good hands (or wings) even if you miss them.  These wings can then be hung on the tree after dinner (from World Market).
I want to take this time to wish you and yours a Joyful and Blessed Christmas season.  You bless me every day by allowing me to share this blog with you.  Thank you so much for the love and joy you bring to my life.  I wish us all a special 2013
God Bless us Everyone, Hugs and Hope, Shannon 


  1. Terrie Loftis- ShekellDecember 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Shannon, I always love to look through your blog. I gives me such a warm feeling inside and really gets me in the spirit of things and also wonderful ideas. You have become such a wonderful lady. I always knew you were a creative young girl growing up and what you have done in your life giving everyone you come in contact with such a joy just knowing you. I hope you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year.

  2. Just to let you know, I'll be posting a few of your beautiful ideas/photos on my Facebook page.
    Be sure to drop by & comment.
    Happy Holidays!

    The Vintage Road 2 Retro

    1. Thank you so much, I'm heading over to your site now <3

  3. Thank you so much, I just checked out your Facebook Page and your Etsy shop, how fun! Merry Christmas

    1. I'm guessing you still haven't gotten my FB message LOL :)
      Here's a copy of what I sent you.
      Hi Shannon
      You are Correct on my Facebook Fan fage- Congratulations!
      - The Vintage Road 2 Retro
      Trivia Winner
      Here is the coupon code to my Shop- The Upcycled Cottage
      TIVIAWIN1 Use this at check out for 30% Off

      Also I'm sending you a 10% off coupon code for my main Etsy shop-
      The Vintage Road 2 Retro

      Most of my items have been expiring in at the Upcycled Cottage but I'll be adding more after the Holidays.
      I'll also combine shipping in both shops.
      Thank you for "Liking" my page.

  4. Qiite the artist, a real triumph. Brava!

  5. I think this is the most elegant and beautiful tablescapes I have ever seen. I love the symbolism and flow. You have captured a festive yet meaningful look. Can't wait for the next masterpiece!

  6. You are just amazing Shannon! Every time I think you cannot get a better looking tablescape, you do it again and I just cannot believe how beautiful it is! Someone should be paying you BIG money to do what you can do! :-)

  7. Donna, You are so sweet, thank you so much <3

  8. what a lovely idea to place angel wings on a setting for those no longer with us, I love it!!! My mother had memorial ornaments hung on the tree for the loved ones we lost this past year, it was so meaningful!! oh bella, you make me love tartan plaid, everything you design is breathtaking!!!! It feels great to visit my favorite escape :) I have missed your posts, and it felt good to write my own post after so long!!! I love you Shannon Imlay, you have brought such beauty to my doorstep...and now, I will be thinking of you every sunday night as I watch Downton Abbey, yet another connection that makes me feel close to you....get ready, I do plan to visit you sometime soon....I declare it!!

    1. I can hardly wait, it feels like I know you already, it boggles my mind when I realize we have never actually met, but the miles that separate us do not diminish the love, respect, and admiration I have for you sweet Bella, you're such and inspiration to me <3

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