Tuesday, December 14, 2010

White Christmas

Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen is hosting a White Christmas/Winter White party this week, so I did my best to set a table with only off-white, silver, and greenery.  If you've visited any of my tablescapes before, you know that I really like a lot of color, but this was a good challenge for me.  Be sure to visit Kathleen this week to see other White Christmas participants' tables!

I started with a textured pale ecru tablecloth and my Lenox Windsong, which has a subtle pattern and a platinum rim, and my silver, Lunt Belvedere.

To complete the setting, I added the matching napkins, tied with a sheer silver ribbon, and my crystal, Lenox Moonspun, a pattern several others in the tablescaping tribe also have.  I know that Debbie of Words on Wheels, Laurie of Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie, and Sue at I Need Mom! all  have Moonspun.  I'd love to know if any others have it!
Each placesetting also includes a sparkly silver tree as a placecard holder.  Here's a closeup of one of them. I also have them in sparkly green.  I think I bought them at Fifth Season in Little Rock a few years ago.

For a simple centerpiece, I started with a pretty silver sandwich tray that belonged to my in-laws and added three cream pillar candles, clippings cut from the bottom of our Christmas tree, and some silver ornaments. Here's a bird's eye view.

The sandwich tray has very unusual claw feet!  I like this shot with the spiral shadow from one of the placecard holders.
Here's a view of the whole table, set for six.  I'll expand the table for Christmas, when we'll have eight family members -- and four generations -- around the table.

In this view, you can see the sideboard, with the blue and silver that I'm using in the dining room this year.  My son is getting married soon after Christmas, on our 38th wedding anniversary, and the wedding colors are blue and silver.  "Presbyterian hymnal blue," to be specific!  That's the color the bridesmaids will be wearing, so they'll coordinate with the hymnals in our church!

For the first time, I was able to capture some "blue hour" photos of the table, with the candles lit and Christmas tree lights glowing.
The slim tree also belonged to my in-laws, and my father-in-law was pleased to see it in our front window this year.  It is also decorated with blue and silver ornaments and ribbon.  Our larger tree is in the living room, but it's fun to have one in the dining room this year.



Finally, here's the host's view by candlelight.
Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I am also linking to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, so be sure to check out other tablescapes there starting Wednesday night!



56 comments:

  1. Lucky you that you were able to capture the blue hour photo! It coordinates very well with your blue and silver decor ;o) Happy 38th anniversary to you and your husband. How wonderful that your son and his bride to be will be married on your anniversary! Christmas wishes and a happy new year.

    Love your pretty silver sandwich tray!

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  2. It's beautiful! Your blue hour shots are stunning! Congrats on your anniversary and upcoming wedding! That is so nice!

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Tricia, your table is so festive with the beautiful tree in the background. Your stemware is very pretty. I love the simple centerpiece, it looks wonderful in that gorgeous sandwich tray.
    Happy 38th anniversary!

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  4. This is a lovely table. I love your dishes and the centerpiece is so pretty. Love your beautiful tree.

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  5. I'm more of a color person myself and rarely use white but you did a beautiful job! I love the little tree place card holders on the table and your tree is beautiful!

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  6. Your table is lovely, the setting perfect for the candlelight and treelight photo. Everything is gorgeous!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  7. How lovely. White and silver is so elegant. It's just fabulous - I really like the way grey becomes silver during this season!!!! Beautiful setting.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous. Lots of happy things going on in your life!

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  9. Great blue hour shot! And I love my slim tree. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine! Thanks for visiting Applejack Lane!

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  10. I love the blue hour photo with the lit candles and tree - so beautiful.

    Your setting is gorgeous and I like the host view, never thought of that shot before.

    Happy 38th Anniversary to you and your husband and congratulations on the upcoming wedding. My son got married in June 2009 and their colors were also blue and silver :)

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  11. Just lovely! The evening pics from the host seat is wonderful. Love the tree.

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  12. So gorgeous! Your china is beautiful and just subtle enough for a white/silver table. Like you, I am usually all about the color in tablescaping :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!
    Gail

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  13. Lovely table. I really like the china pattern and the tablecloth. Your table looks so crisp. The tree in the back is so pretty against the table. What a view you. Hope you have a blessed holiday season.
    Carey

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  14. Your photo of the tree against the blue hour sky is fabulous, Tricia! The whole table is magnificent, very pretty!...Christine

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  15. Tricia, I can't get my camera to do blue hour and your photos are so beautiful! Your table is beautiful too -- I especially love the centerpiece. What a clever use of a sandwich tray. Love the feet of it too. Congratulations on your son's wedding. Are you helping decorate? Joni

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  16. Hello Tricia,
    you own just the right Lennow pattern for a pretty White Christmas. it is so elegant and festive. And surely the flatware and stemware are as elegant. How nice that your son are going to marry. Hopefully we will see some of the photos. Tricia, the pictures with the Christmas tree in the windows are so gorgeous, they look right from a magazine. I cant't believe, how great that looks. Have a very white and shiny Christmas,
    Greetings, Johanna

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  17. Tricia, that looks just beautiful! Those white candles in the greenery , so pretty!
    Love your tree too! Everything sparkles!
    Thanks so much for joining the White Christmas Party!

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  18. Oh my goodness....you really did capture the blue hour! Your photos and the decorations are fabulous! Thank you for sharing. Merry merry Christmas. ~ Lynn @thevintagenest

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  19. Very pretty Tricia, and I see a touch of blue, it goes so well with white and sliver! Lovin' your centerpiece with the natural greens, bet it smells great too-enjoy:@)

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  20. Wow, gorgeous!!! I just love this! I'm doing some white next week, so I might steal a few ideas from you! Love the china and silver. Beautiful photo looking out the window too. Beautiful, serene and elegant!!

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  21. Great blue hour shots with the tree and the table. Wow I'm very impressed. I love your white table. That is really elegant. Your china and crystal is magnificent. Merry Christmas!

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  22. Hi, Tricia! Beautiful!!! The tablecloth is really, really pretty. I like the design, the texture. You did a great job with the white! The blue elements around the room are fabulous...just the right touch! Great tree, too!!! That sucker looks really tall!!! :-)

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  23. Tricia, Your blue hour photos are lovely. I also love your beautiful china and silver. You have a really pretty dining room, tablescape, and Christmas tree. Nicely done!
    Hugs, Beth

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  24. I love the blue hour shots with your tree Tricia. Very beautiful. And your dishes and flatware are gorgeous. I love the Moon spun pattern. A neighbor of mine also has a set which I have been coveting. In fact, I suggested she let me borrow them for a future tablescape. Because they are not only her favorite, but sentimental because they came from her mom, she has a hard time letting them leave the house without her constant supervision.lol. Well, my fellow tablescaper, thank you so much for enriching our holiday season with your beautiful setting. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones

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  25. I so love your tree & candle lit room with the blue hour backdrop! Gorgeous with the reflections on the china & silver!

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  26. Tricia...

    How gorgeous!!! You accomplished the "assignment" perfectly. Every piece is wonderful, especiallay the flatware! I may have to do a variation on your sandwich tray idea...I LOVE that!! I'm sure you will have a wonderful gathering!!!!!

    Tess

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  27. Oh how pretty -- loved the shadow shot -- this is all so peaceful -- your blue hour photo is quite lovely -- I love having a tree in my dining area as well --- Presbyterian blue would match the hymnals in my church as well.

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  28. Hi Tricia, your table is so serene! I would enjoy dining there. I have a white tree in my dining room this year as well, but it is quite small compared with yours! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary and your son's wedding. I know that blue very well!! Linda

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  29. Very lovely "frosty" table and the use of the sandwich tray is really deft. And best for the upcoming celebrations. Jane

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  30. Your entire tabletop make me very merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you.

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  31. Tricia,
    These photos are beautiful. Love the blue and silver combo. You captured the frostiness of a White Christmas just right! Beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!
    Sherry

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  32. Hi Tricia, its so simple and elegant.. so delicate and sober china, cutlry is so bright and beautiful... love your center piece very much... Its absolutly a marvellous show...
    I feel so happy if you peek into my world of craft
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  33. Oh, Tricia! This is SO beautiful! I love the quiet, elegant feel to the table and the whole setting. The centerpiece tray is so unusual. I love the way you photographed it. Laughing at the "Presbyterian blue". My father would have loved it and I know just the blue! Congratulations on the upcoming anniversary and wedding. How special to share that day! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I want to thank you for your support as I figured out how to blog this year. I appreciated it so much. Merry Christmas!

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  34. Your table is so pretty and peaceful. I love that silver sandwich tray, to die for. Beautiful white with the touch of woodsy-ness.

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  35. Hi Tricia,
    Your table is just gorgeous, and I especially love that you paired it with the silver and blue. Your entire room is so soothing and beautiful....and did I mention I love the blue hour photo?
    Thanks for sharing.
    Maryrose

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  36. Your tablesetting is so pretty - what really caught my eye is the beautiful flatware - Love them!! Pretty Christmas tree, too. Thanks for stopping by Pandora's Box!

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  37. I LOVE the china! You did a fantastic job on elegance. Your photography is excellent. This is my first time submitting a tablescape and I see I need to work on what the important things are, like where they came from and getting good shots! Thanks for visiting The Howell Blessings

    Miss Mindy

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  38. Tricia, your white Christmas is stunning in the daylight and even more beautiful by candlelight. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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  39. Thank you for visiting my table today and for your kind comments! I was intrigued by the name of your blog and thought I would drop by to check it out! Your dining room is stunning! I especially love the evening photos...gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you! Hope to see you again around Blogland! -Amanda

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  40. Beautiful silver & white...lovely lit table withthe Christmas tree...Love to see your work. and thanks for visiting my site too! Merry Christmas, Sharon

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  41. What a gorgeous table. There is something so elegant about a white Christmas. And your windows? Wow!

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  42. Beautiful table! Love the whole look of the room! You overstepped your challenge above & beyond! Love the clear glass accents! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. You inspired me. Your centerpiece is beautiful as well as the place cards and dishes. Very nice.

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  44. Love your white table! I should have waited one more week to post mine! The little trees for place cards holders are darling-need to be on the lookout for some. Thanks for your comments and sharing today!

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  45. The galley tray in your centerpiece is a beautiful versatile piece. I can imagine a soft contented sigh coming from you when you sat in the host seat and surveyed your gorgeous tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

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  46. Such gorgeous pictures. They are truly lovely!

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  47. How lovely. I love the time of day, which makes the setting so romantic, you have captured.

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  48. That china is just gorgeous!! I love the platinum edge!! Your table scape looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I love your elegant tablesetting and I couldn't help but notice the pretty prints on your dining room wall!

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  50. Best wishes for the new bride and groom as well as for you and your husband; you are blessed.
    I admire the elegance (understated) of your holiday table setting as well, love those muted colors, very serene.

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  51. That "blue hour" with your beautiful tree in the foreground is breathtaking.
    You outdid yourself on this table. It is so perfect. If that was a challenge you handled it so smoothly you could have fooled us. Sorry I was so late getting by, so glad I got to see this. Best wishes for your son and his new bride. Hugs, Ginger

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  52. Linda-Your table is beautiful! I think white with just a touch of color is so elegant. I love those place card holders! The wedding sounds gorgeous--hadn't ever thought of matching the hymnal :) Can't wait to see the pics! Thanks for your congrats on our two upcoming nuptials!

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  53. This is all so pretty. I love blue too... So significant to me! Your nightscape is exquisite. Congratulations on the wedding and anniversary to be!
    Many blessings to you all.
    Shel♥

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  54. Ms. Tricia,
    This table is absolutely beautiful! You've done an amazing job and I hope you get a chance to post a picture of your "four generations" enjoying the holiday's! That's truely special!
    Merry Christmas!

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  55. Tricia, you did a fantastic job of featuring your beautiful white china in this tablescape! I am in love with your pattern & the stemware that coordinates with it so beautifully.

    I also enjoyed seeing your red & blue set in the prior post.
    Yes, get lots of pictures of the four generations together. not all of us are so lucky as to be able to do that!!

    Merry Christmas & a Happy, HEALTHY New Year!

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