Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Perfect Setting for December

December is a busy, busy month.  We are winding up the year as far as business goes, basketball officially starts, and then there's all the things on my to do list for Christmas.  I have a pretty good start, but I will be scrambling around the last week, I'm sure, wearing myself out, going to bed too late, and hitting the floor running.  But I wouldn't change a thing.  We will have a big Christmas Eve dinner with our family and a few of my cousins, a big Christmas breakfast, and then a party Christmas evening for all the cousins, around 30.  I hope to have a dinner party as well, with a few close friends. 

What are your plans for December? 

Let's get to the tablescaping, shall we?  Today's table is mostly red and black, with a touch of green.
I love all the Christmas colors, and instead of using a runner today, I played around with a piece of tulle (isn't that what it's callled?)  I used a white square cake plate (either Marshalls or TJ Maxx) to elevate my little Christmas tree, which has a black and white toile base.  Holly from outside and red berries surround the tree.

I found these cute little star plates to match the base of the tree in a gift shop.

The little coasters also match the star plates and tree, and could also be used for condiments or sauces.

The white charger plates were purchased at Ross, wish I could find more...The red plates were a clearance item at Homegoods, and the black/white accent plates were purchased at TJ Maxx.  The flatware also came from HomeGoods.

Black stems were purchased at Macy's.

I played around with different napkins--black, black & white, solid red, but decided on these little numbers from TJ Maxx. 

I used two red trees on each side of the center, with lots of red ornaments, and red votive holders.  The cloches were a good buy at Tuesday Morning.

I don't think I have a post that my little dog isn't in at least one of the pics! lol  He's such a show-off!

Thanks for stopping by, good luck with your Christmas 'to do' list, and as always, I am striving for A Perfect Setting!!


  1. This certainly is perfect! This color combo is really pleasing me this year. Have you seen Candy's Round Table post yet? But, YOU have toile on your table. You win! I love these toile stars. Thanks for sharing.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  2. Love the combination of the black and red. the star plates are great. Most of my dishes come from thrift stores . Hopoe you drop by.

  3. Hello . its beautiful and your star plates are master pieces and love yourcutlry too... Red and black in this chilled weather givesa very warm and welcoming touch to your table...
    Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed

  4. This one is really pretty, and what's more, it's different! I love the black toile look with the white and red and the way you tied it all together with star shaped dishes a Christmas table.

    And I love those dessert cloches!

  5. Very pretty! I love the red and black, very elegant! And I love the glimpse of the baubles hanging from your chandy, they are fun too-enjoy:@)

  6. Oh my! BEAUTIFUL! I love those black star plates. The colors are wonderful. The cake pedastals are wonderful too!

  7. Very classy! I love the star accent plates and the individual dessert stands!

  8. Hi lovely lady. I love your classy Tablescapes with the Beautiful China !! you know just how to put it all together just lovely. I have two tree like the one you have, maybe I will add it to my Tablescape for Christmas !! You are so good with your Tablescapes.

  9. The touches of black bring a wonderful element of sophistication to your Christmas table...especially the toile stars and coasters...just wonderful! Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. I hope that you'll visit often. Cherry Kay

  10. love it! I have those chargers, some red plates and the black and white dishes so it seems I must find those toile star plates and the square coasters that you have your stemware in.

  11. What a gorgeous tablescape.
    I am new to your blog and a new follower.
    Enjoyed visiting,

    White Spray Paint

  12. Oh, I ma SO glad I found your blog!! I, too, LOVE to do tablescaping!!! I also just started my blog a few weeks ago so would LOVE for you to come over to visit and maybe follow mw too!!!! I just LOOOOOVE your table! It is beautiful! I love setting tables at Christmas too! I am a bit of a dishaholic, really need a 12 step program for it:):) XO, Pinky

  13. Love your adorable star plates! I'm a big fan of black & white~ especially with red or green for the holidays :-)

  14. What a beautiful table setting. I love the black and white dishes.

  15. I love your home all decked up for doesn't need a thing more, it's just perfectly beautiful!
    I really enjoyed looking at your table setting with those terrific black and white dishes with the red all over, who would think it looks so Chritmasie? It's just so nice! Come visit me on my blog too as I would be very honored to have you at my house.
    Enjoy your Christmas.

  16. Love the black & white toile!!!!!!!