Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter Wonderland Dining Room Tablescape

Everything is done in clear glass, crystal, silver and white.  For New Year's Eve I had tiny silver ornaments in the smaller glasses which showed up at different heights since there is a mixture of crystal. I have removed them here since New Year's is over so the table can be used for most of January.
The napkins were inherited and have a beautiful cut work design in the corner.  They are covered with white organza napkin sheaths and the napkin rings are antique silver ones from the early 19th century.
My favorite things are the silver butter dishes and the crystal salt cellars.  They seem to impart the graciousness of earlier, less hurried times when mealtimes were lingering and not rushed in order to get to soccer practice!!!.
The centerpiece is in a cut glass vase given to me by my grandmother and filled with artificial tulips and white cymbidium orchids as well as some silver, glittery things that look like forsythia.  The tulips had just enough green leaves on them so that it wasn't necessary to add additional foliage.
The flatware is a mixture of old silverplate patterns I have picked up over the years.  Many are engraved with beautiful monograms which I love.    One can always say they were handed down by a relative!!
The serving table was set up with the champagne bucket and silver overlay sherbets.  The favors were put on the other silver tray so guests could depart with them in 2014!!  I'm participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On the Porch.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Wonderland Tablescape

Hello everyone,

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch has encouraged me to start blogging so please be patient as I am having to learn what to do.  I have a Facebook page by the same name A Southern Table so if I can't get the photos on here please visit that page.  These tables were done for New Year's Eve but by eliminating the hat and a few other obvious NY's Eve items it works well for January since it's usually so dark and dreary!!  Sort of gets us off the leafless branches and thinking about more colorful things to come like Valentine's and Mardi Gras.  This is a wonderful table for 2 with a fabulous white orchid that you can't see the 7 blooms on.  I will have to improve my photography skills too!!!

Serving table for New Year's Day brunch with party favors on the back left silver tray.