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Setting a nontraditional but festive Christmas table

17 December 2013

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It seems sometimes that the Christmas holiday is absolutely dominated by all things red and green. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love red and green, but as soon as I saw these beautiful plates on eBay (Pottery Barn “Caribou Luxe”) I knew I wanted to collect a few because they were so nontraditional with the silver and yellow yet still very festive for a holiday brunch or dinner. It took me months to track down 6 plates in the right price point, but I love how this all came together.

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I am all about very simple centerpieces, this is just a handful of dollar-store ornaments in white bowls, 2 sprigs of yellow flowers in a thrifted silver vase, and some Boxwood cuttings with a bright yellow napkin stuffed inside an IKEA pot. And if you want the honest truth, the Boxwood is from last week’s table and has been sitting in a glass cup on my table for 10 days now, still looking lovely.

Tablescape Christmas Pottery Barn Caribou Luxe 2_heidikinscooks_Dec 2013See what I mean about these plates!? They are so classy with the silver and golden yellow! I think you could use these through the winter for all sorts of beautiful place settings.

Tablescape Christmas Pottery Barn Caribou Luxe 8_heidikinscooks_Dec 2013The fluted silver chargers are from Tuesday Morning, I think they were $1.29 each, or something. The white dinner plates are my regular every-day dishes (Pottery Barn caterer’s box) that J-Mo and I got for our wedding. The wine glasses I bought 10 years ago at Pier 1.

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I had thought I’d use a white tablecloth for this, but I really love the dark drama that the navy brings, and I love how my mustard yellow velvet chairs go with this so nicely! (Those were also thrifted. Basically, you should know that I am a sucker for a really great thrift-store or discount-store bargain!)

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I found these white hemstitch napkins on eBay months ago from a seller who has dozens of colors at a crazy rock-bottom price. They are heavy and of good quality, if you’re looking for nice napkins, I highly recommend you try these ones out.

Tablescape Christmas Pottery Barn Caribou Luxe 6_heidikinscooks_Dec 2013As I was digging around for my tea light candles I found a small stack of leftover bright yellow napkins, I’m not entirely sure where they came from or why I bought them, but the color was perfect and I liked the unexpected triangle of color at each place.

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Again, 18-for-a-dollar ornaments in a bowl. Boom. (Hi, reflection of my camera lens!)

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I really love how this all came together and I also really love that it doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS DINNER RIGHT HERE!! but is still festive and wintery.

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Sources:
Navy tablecloth, Amazon
Silver chargers, Tuesday Morning
White hemstitch napkins, eBay
Yellow paper napkins, Zurchers probably
White dinner plates, Pottery Barn caterer’s box set
Pottery Barn “Caribou Luxe” salad plates, eBay
Wine glasses, Pier 1 (super old)
Silver flatware, Target (super old)
Silver vase, thrifted
White latte bowls, Tuesday Morning
White pot, IKEA
Yellow cloth napkin, Target (part of a multi-colored set, old)
Boxwood cuttings, from my yard (cut over a week ago, still looking good!)
Glass tea light holders, IKEA

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