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