Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A New Year's Eve Setting

Another Christmas has come and gone, and a brand new year on the way!  I am so grateful for the many acts of kindness that were showered on me during this time.  I received many thoughtful and beautiful gifts, and I so appreciate the many cards and emails I received.  Most importantly, I appreciate my friends and family who show me kindness just by the way they treat me.  I don't care what bag they carry, how attractive they are, or what their husband does for a living.  What matters to me is if I am treated with sincerity and kindness.  But I also know that it starts with me.  In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.  This year I will try to show my gratitude for all the kindnesses I receive by being prompt with thank-yous--even if it's just a telephone call or a quick email.  I will try to be personal, and I will try to do it all with sincerity and honesty.

Today's table is for New Year's Eve (even though I still haven't posted my Christmas table), and I "shopped the house" for all the tabletop items.
This table starts with a white cloth with a silver design and a silver runner.
I normally don't do napkin folds, but I found this one on the internet, and thought it was cute.  Of course, my patience is limited, and mine doesn't look exactly like the one demonstrated on line, but it will do!
Mirrored chargers are a Tuesday morning purchase, and the china is Opal Innocence by Lenox.  I received two placesettings of this for Christmas, adding to the five I already had purchased from Craigslist.
For the centerpiece, I used a beautiful crystal bowl and a silver gazing ball, which reminded me of the ball that drops in Times Square.  The white stuff (I have no idea what it's called) reminds me a bit of fireworks and that silly string.  I found it at a local interior design store.
I used silver "disco" balls, mercury glass and silver votives, and silver beads. 
One white lily in a mercury glass vase worked for each end of the table.
This was the first tablescape I've done that I've broken something in the process.  The water goblets are Crown Point by Gorham.  The champagne flutes are Raffaello by RCR--now I have only 5 of them.

Candleholders are Navarre by Fostoria. 

Goodnight!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am so thankful for all the great friends I have met through my blog and I am really grateful for your kind comments! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Decorating 2011 Part 2

Thanks for popping in!  Since it's late, I am posting just a few quick pictures taken during the season.  Hope you enjoy!
Silver in the living room.

Santas on the bookcase

Dining room spread

To each and everyone, have a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Festive Christmas Tablesetting

Since it's the most wonderful time of the year, there is little time to chat, so I'll get right down to it.  Decorations, cooking, shopping, wrapping--oh my!!  Here we go!!

For a casual tablescape, I decided to go with red and lime green when I saw these cute little salad plates in HomeGoods.
I put these with a red dinner plate and metal chargers that I found at Tuesday Morning. 

They have a cute little Christmas tree design in the center.

This little lime green tree was calling my name, also from HomeGoods.

Cranberry martinis rimmed with green sugar make a festive drink this time of year.  The martini glasses were purchased at a local gift shop, but I've seen them in other stores, just can't remember where...

Lime green napkins add a pop of color and are tied with glitzy red and lime green ribbon.

Green branches were layered with different Christmas stems I found in Michaels and Tuesday morning.

This table was fun to do, and the colors really got me in the spirit of things!

I also added a few glitzy lime green ornaments on the red table runner.

Crystal candlesticks hold lime green tapers.

A few more shots, with candlelight!

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your kind comments.  Please come back soon as I will post the rest of my Christmas decorations!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Decorating 2011

My new, Christmas blog header was designed by Vicki at Curly Willow DIY.  Give her a shout if you could use a new look, I'm sure she'd be glad to help you out!!  Vicki also designed my blog button, and my previous header.  Thanks, Vicki!!

I have recovered from my Christmas tree disaster, and the tree is back up, more secure, and looking ok.  The slim tree is in my foyer, and holds precious ornaments that were made by my mother.  When the tree fell, some of her ornaments lost some decoration, but I put them back on anyway. 

Santa and the reindeer made it through without a scratch!

This was my mantle last year.  Here's another shot...

Nice, a bit over the top, so I decided to make a change.

I swagged the garland, and used my reindeer and a pair of gold candles.  Here's a close-up of the new wreath...

I used these reindeer on my sideboard last year.  For the swag, I took a plain green garland, doubled it, and added lights.  Then I added a garland of sticks, crystals, and pine cones, as well as glittery gold grapes.  Sparkly picks added the right amount of glitz.

I used one of the vases from last year's mantle in the dining room, with a new arrangement.

Silver and gold leaves, peacock feathers, and poinsettias are included in this arrangement.

A gold crown, for the birth of our King...

"Wise men still seek Him."
A simple table vignette and below, a close-up of the tree, again in bronzes and golds.

Here's a taste of what's to come!!  Come back soon to see this tablescape and Part 2 of Christmas decorations!!  Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate your kind comments!!