12/01/2010

Christmas Élégance...From Christmas Past

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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The Christmas Countdown continues! Ohhh boy, I'm not sure if I'm going to get everything done in time or not. I had planned on having my autumn/Thanksgiving decor down and put away by now...with my Christmas decor well under way...but the Colorado cold has my ol' bones screaming at me and I'm moving very slow! Hopefully I can start some of my "TO DO" list tomorrow. In the meantime, I have another Christmas post from Christmas Past (2009) to share with you. I hope you enjoy!!!
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Christmas Past
December 16, 2009
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Christmas Elegance...Three Christmas Place Settings
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Hello my friends...I'm so happy that you came by today!!!
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Today I am joining in with Tablescape Thursday and Thrifty Thursday...you will find the information for these two fabulous events at the end of this post.
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I have had so much fun decorating for Christmas! I finally finished "decking out" my French Country dining room and posted about it just a few days ago. Today is a bit of a continuation from that post...I decided to have fun with the Christmas centerpiece that I created for the dining room table by trying a few Christmas place settings...each one a bit different! Hope you enjoy!!!
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Silver Élégance & A Christmas Table Centerpiece

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To me...Christmas is about many things! First and foremost...it's the time when I celebrate the birth of my Savior Jesus Christ and it's also a time when I celebrate my family and friends!
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When it comes to decorating... Christmas is the time when I can be a bit extravagant! So to celebrate this wonderful season, I brought out the silver and created a Christmas table centerpiece!
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I just love the look of silver and burgandy together...ahhh, sooo elegant!!!
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I have been collecting silver candlesticks for some time now....but I have a new treasure find! A couple of weeks ago, I found this beautiful silver soup tureen at the Goodwill for just $19! It's in great condition and even has the soup ladle! Ohhh boy...you should have seen me doin' the "happy dance"! Hehe! It is the perfect addition to my Christmas centerpiece!!!
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Now...the fun begins....
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Three Different Christmas Place Settings*

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Christmas Place Setting #1...Red Transferware!
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I just love red transferware dishes...and they look so Christmasy...don't you think?
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This place setting consists of a red transferware dinner plate...a larger solid red dinner plate, and a red transferware charger plate. All sitting atop a silver tray! I have added a red satin dinner napkin and a few pieces of flatware (more silver...yay!)
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Both of the red transferware pieces are different patterns, but one of the great things about red transferware is that you can mix and match them for a great look!
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I also had some fun putting together this little pretty!!!
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I used one of my silver pedestal plates and the glass cloche that my friend Sally (from Salamagundi Blog) gave me when we met! I just couldn't believe my good fortune...this glass cloche fits perfectly upon the pedestal plate! Thank you again, Sally!!! I then added a silver beaded garland with tassels and a silver filigree ornament to the mix! Just look at that silver sparkle...I love it!!! Ohhh...so pretty!!!
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Place Setting #2...Solid Red Dinnerware
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For this second place setting, I used a dinner plate and a salad/dessert plate from my solid red dinnerware set. I also kept the red transferware plate for a little added interest! Ohhh yes...and I added a new silver plate...a gift from Leann over at The Old Parsonage! I just got it in the mail yesterday. Thank you, Leann....I love it!!!
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A close-up of the red transferware plate. Ohhh...so pretty and frenchy looking!!!
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Just a pretty photo of place setting #2 and my red dining room.
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Place Setting #3...Classic Christmas Red and Green
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Is these anything more classic than red & green for Christmas? I decided to change out the red transferware for my olive green transferware! As you can see, the solid red dinner plate is large enough to be used as a charger plate...I love that about this dinnerware! I found this fabulous set of olive green transferware dishes on ebay last Spring. There is a 5 piece place setting for six and I got it all for a mere...are you ready? For just $10! Yeehawww!!! Definitely a "thrifty" treasure find!!! This beautiful olive green transferware/ironstone is manufactured by Kinsington Staffordshire of England.
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I think this might just be my favorite of the three different place settings! Which one do you like best?
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A close-up of the olive green transferware plate. I just love how it looks with the red!!!
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Just having fun! The red poinsettia looks beautiful with this place setting...don't you think?
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Just a couple of "artsy" photos. I used a "frosted glass" effect to frame these photos.
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Ahhhh...silver elegance!!!
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And...there you have it! Three different Christmas place settings! I hope you enjoyed them...I sure had fun playing!!! Hehe!
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Tablescape Thursday

I am joining in with Susan's Tablescape Thursday today! Please go by Susan's place, Between Naps on the Porch...and see what she has for us today and while you're there you can check out all the other Tablescape Thursday particiapants!

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I am also joining in with Leigh over at Tales from Bloggeritaville for her Thrifty Thursday party! Please go pay Leigh a visit and see the other Thrifty Thursday participants! Thank you, Leigh...for hosting this fun filled Thursday event!!!
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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by for a visit today!!! I hope you enjoyed a little trip back into Christmas Past! Hopefully I will have some new things to share with you very soon!

Warmest Wishes!

44 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

All of the settings are stunning, Chari!! The ornament on the cake plate is a fabulous idea and I love your new soup tureen! Beautiful!

XO,
Jane

Debbie said...

Gorgeous!! I love the top one with all the red the best, but they are all beautiful. I am very crazy about the silver pedestal with the cloche on top. That's just plain stunning.

Man,you're good...

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sis I hope your in bed getting some sleep by now ha ha!! Oh girl you really need to get your days and nights changed out...of course I get up at 3am because I can't sleep anymore body hurts from laying down...girl I only did the tree in the LR and some of my kitchen this year...too many things to put out and Candace's came over with Landen yesterday and of course I spend the rest of the day kissing and lovin on that baby ha ha!! And girl I didn't even ask Len for the tree this year he just got it out for me ha ha!! told you about last year and him being the angel on the Christmas tree top ha ha!!
Now I love the red set first one the best girl...and all the silver looks so pretty with it...now I don't remember that beautiful soup tureen it's beyond beautiful girl...I love silver and have a ton of it...but I hate cleaning it and storing the stuff...Well my sweet Sis better go get my coffee and move my old butt getting harder each day with this colder weather and we are snowed in again girl..this makes 3 times so far this year...tell me it's not going to be a long winter ha ha!! Love ya Sis...Hugs and love Gl♥ria

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh my goodness Chari! This post really did it for me! I LOVE red transferware and I LOVE silver. What a gorgeous tablescape this is! I truly, truly love your style of decorating. You are so talented. Sorry the cold is getting to you. We are getting the same in your neighboring state. We are never ready for it, are we??? TAke good care.

Donna

Karen said...

Don't make me choose!!! The green really is showy. Girl, I need you here with me. (not as cold, if that could persuade you) I am trying to decide what to do about decorating this year.

food for thought said...

i always love the look of opulent~ your stemware is beautiful too~

Olive Cooper said...

Love the soup tureen with the candle and all the china is gorgeous. merry♥O

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Love everything.... but I ALWAYS do dear chickie! Having a giveaway... didn't want you to miss it...

xoxox
Spencer

M said...

Bonjour Chari,

So pretty as always. You know I was doing some Christmas shopping today and saw your silver ball and thought of you. I now have the same one in my table decor!
Hope you are feeling better and not doing too much.
Happy decorating,
Mimi

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
Your setting is just so outstanding! I remember how in awe I was of this table! The colors blend so perfectly and it just sparkles and shines!
Hey girlfriend, I am just like you. This cold is making me achey and crappy feeling.
Dan and I are meeting up with Jane and her hubby this weekend. I can't wait! I need some grown-up fun!
Hugs Girlfriend,
Cindy

Nancy said...

Hi Chari,

I like the red best as it just looks so pretty paired with the silver but...I love that olive/sagey green pattern too. I sell it alot...more than $10. Wow, what a total bargain!

Your cloche looks gorgeous too!

Nancy

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Hi Chari, my friend. Your table is just beautiful, I love all the bling. Both tablesetting were pretty, but I think I liked the mixture of the red and green. That one just spoke to me. But you can't go wrong with either one. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your decorating. Thinking of you, Barb

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I don't remember seeing this last year so I'm glad you re-posted! All of your tablescapes are gorgeous!! This one is soooo elegant, love the silver and burgundy color scheme.

It's hard to choose a favorite place setting, but I think I like the last one with the green patterned dishes, and the poinsettias!

They are all beautiful!

Katherine

Mimi said...

Chari, all three place settings are beautiful but...the olive green/white with the red is outstanding! The pattern is so pretty and the price...what a steal!

Custom Comforts said...

I love all the transferware used in different ways. Just beautiful!!! I got lucky and found 2 brown transferware cups and saucers at Goodwill tonight for only $.59 each piece. I can hardly wait to use it.
Cindy

Red Couch Recipes said...

Well I was in in red heaven, with a little green thrown in, for sure! I love the silver with the red and what great silver you have. This was very fun to look at! Joni

podso said...

i love the green with the red. Such a lovely job you did wiht this tablescape!

Sonia said...

All so pretty ..I love the red and green together too! It's really hard to choose a favorite from three gorgeous settings!!

Miss Bloomers

Dana and Daisy said...

I think your red transferware looks so elegant with the pewter and silver! Awesome!

The Inspired Nest said...

Chari,
I loved each one! How could I make a choice?? I am partial to the red because of the season! I looovvee the mix of silver. It screams the Holidays!
Lacy

Alycia Nichols said...

All 3 place settings are great! It would be really, really tough to choose. The transferware is so pretty, and the green is really unique. I love it! You found that fabulous tureen for just $19??!?!?! Again, I don't know how you do it! You must have a nose for the bargains. I have NEVER found anything that great at a thrift store. Hooray for you!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, STUNNING!!!!
hugs ~lynne~

Debbie said...

Good Morning Chari....You have fabulous dishes and the setting looks so glitzy and wonderful for the holiday. I have a new Tureen too, and I love it. You asked about the sap...hmmmm I checked and do not see any YET, now I am a bit concerned. I hope it is OK, nothing I don't think a little warm soap water can't fix.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Chari, I love your past setting with the red transferware. Love the pattern with the lady and cows. I really need to start collecting some when I can. If this is last years I look forward to this year's. Get those bones a movin girl and thanks for the sweetest comments!

Jacqueline said...

Amazing silver collection. Everything was just gorgeous. You have such fun things. Who could pick a favorite?

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You have such grace and elegance with your table decor -- This is all beautiful. Wonderful find with the new(old) tureen! How delightful this is! I love transferware.

SavannahGranny said...

Wow, how do you decide. Your cloche is beautifully designed. You certainly have beautiful china from which to decide. Thanks for sharing. I love all of your dining room. Hugs, Ginger

Theresa said...

I love all of the settings! The red transferware is gorgeous and the simple poinsettia laying in the plate... beautiful! Have a blessed day dear Chari! HUGS!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What absolutely beautiful table settings!!! I love the silver with the red! It just looks so elegant yet from a time gone by! Great job Chari!!

Barbara said...

First of all, that tureen is amazing! Lucky you! Your silver is just lovely. You have really inspired me. I often see a plate somewhere that I really like and I don't buy it because there is only one. The way you combine these lovely dishes on your table really looks wonderful. Thank you!

Atelier de Charo said...

A fabulous decor, so elegant and festive!

Beautiful!

Hugs
Charo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty table setting! I really like the burgundy and silver combination - so pretty.
Enjoy your evening.

Nezzy said...

Oh my, you do Christmas so well with all it's glory. I love the colors and it's just gorgeous sweetie!

God bless and have a marvelous day sweetie!!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

What lovely settings!!! There's no way to pick a favorite! You have such a knack for color!

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
I totally agree! Burgundy and silver are very elegant together. Beings it's the Christmas season, I like the traditonal red and green dinnerware combination. However; all are equally exquisite! Thank youfor this Christmas past post. Prayers coming your way for renewed health!
Fondly,
Pat

Marlis said...

Wow I couldn't pick a favorite, they are all amazing. What a beautiful piece of silver in the center piece. I love the cloche too. You are amazingly gifted.

Nanniepannie said...

Thanks for visiting Nanniepannie's Blog. Your place settings look wonderful, the red is my favorite.

Mage said...

WoW! Those tablescape is really gorgeous I lost for words! Elegance, the glamor and the festive mood are present just by the sight, lovely!

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Scribbler said...

I feel your pain, the cold/bones thing. Its pretty cold here in Alabama, too! I also have not gotten it together in time for the early bird parties! It was nice to see your pretty tablescapes again.

A Perfect Setting said...

Chari, all three are just gorgeous, but I think I'm with you, I just love that green with the red. I do love all your silver as well, that soup tureen is lovely, great buys! How come I'm never that lucky? :) Your cloche with the silver in it--wow. You have such a creative eye!!

Entertaining Women said...

Everything is absolutely gorgeous, but I'm always a sucker when it comes to red toile! The silver charger is beautiful, too! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Nellie's Cozy place said...

All of your placesettings are simply gorgeous, and love your centerpiece.
Silver is so elegant. All your vignettes and photos are wonderful.
so enjoyed my visit!!
May you have a Christmas Season full of the love, joy and peace of your savior and mine!!
Blessings, Nellie

Heidi said...

First of all, WOW! These are gorgeous, and inspirational!

I came across your blog doing research for mine, and am so glad I did! I will be back!

I write professionally for Saffron Marigold (a maker of fair trade luxury Indian textiles)... In a post later this week I'll have a link to your blog and use one of your photos - I'm doing a series on Christmas tablescapes using our linens, and highlighting tableware, centerpieces and recipes.

Your design is featured in the Maharaja post, if you're interested.

Take care, and keep up the beautiful work!

-Heidi
Saffronmarigold.com

Heidi said...

Shari -
Here is a link to the post which features your centerpiece. Enjoy!

http://www.saffronmarigold.com/blog/christmas-table-decoration-ideas-burgundy-tablecloth/