Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Oh wait...I'm getting ahead of myself just a little bit!
But, really, I am so excited to be participating in my very first Tabletop Tuesday Party with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on The Porch!
Marty is always so gracious and encouraging in her comments and she embraced me immediately into the blogging community. And on that note, I just want to say a big fat THANK YOU to all of you for truly making me feel so welcomed here in Blogland! I am having so much fun doing this and connecting with all you wonderful folks and being inspired by your amazing blogs!
This may end up being one of the rare times I actually link up with this party so I better get to it!

Every year our church puts on an event called "Holiday Dinner". It's an opportunity to invite friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to a very special evening where each table is hosted by a woman who decorates it from top to bottom! That includes bringing your own linens, service ware, pitchers, you name it. These photos are from the last time I hosted a table.

I used antique linens tied with a green satin ribbon and a snowflake ornament as a gift to my guests. The silver belonged to my husband's Grandmother and was a wedding gift to her before it was a wedding gift to us!

These beautiful cups and saucers were on loan from my mother-in-law as well as the silver chargers. My guests also received those darling little triangle shaped boxes that contained Holiday Bath Salts. They were only $1 each at Michaels!

I used one of my outdoor planters to hold cream Poinsettias and placed atop a sheer green overlay it looked subtle and soft.

In addition to the green overlay, I layered white tablecloths including this cutwork one to give it a more vintage look.
Here is one last look at the whole table put together!

I'm pretty sure I didn't spend more than $20 on the entire setting just by simply using what I had at home and borrowing from my gracious mother-in-law! It was a wonderful evening and, if I have the energy, I hope to host another one this year!

From this Southern Girl at Heart,


Susan said...

I LOVE it!! You did a beautiful job and I hope we don't have to wait too long for another tablescape from you!! You're very talented!

French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful! The tablescape looks gorgeous!! Great job! Thanks for stopping by my blog too! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Christmas always catches my attention, and your table is very pretty! Love the subtle colors, I'm sure everyone love it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a special event. You really outdid yourself, from the linens to the fabulous china and flowers. Everything is stunning. I know your guest were so impressed and felt so special. You really did put a beautiful table together. Thanks so much for the very kind remarks and thanks also for linking to TTT. This is so very special. Hugs, Marty

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Vanessa the table is gorgeous! Love the pretty flowered centerpiece and soft colors. Outstanding display sweet friend!

Jennifer said...

your table is sooooooo pretty!!!! Sounds like a lot of fun too!!! I don't have any glasses though! Well, I take that back I got some 2 years ago for xmas that say bling on them!!! lol! I have my eye on some though!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

what a fun event to be a part of, I love how your table looks, it's so pretty and I like the colors.

Fatima -Scrapart said...

Lovely tablescape! The details are special.I like them.Fatima-Scrapart.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Merry Christmas to you too! Love your tablescape....I love the overlay tablecloths. I just love what you did! Thank you for sharing!

Entertaining Women said...

Welcome to the party! You started with a bang...your tablescape is lovely, and I know that your guests felt special indeed. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Anita said...

Beautiful table!! I love your color scheme! I did one of these events with my mom last year, and it was so much fun!!

Debbie said...

Simply beautiful and VERY MUCH my taste!! I love all the colors and linens. I hope to see you again... soon... and often.

A lovely, lovely table!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Welcome, Vanessa! Your table is just lovely! Very festive indeed! so glad you could join in the fun!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

Thanks for following me, I'm following you right back.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a fun event that was! Your table is gorgeous -- so elegant and festive. Love the idea of tying the snowflake ornament to the napkin as a keepsake!

Mimi said...

Stunning table, from the linens, to the crystal, to the silver, to the beautiful poinsettia!

Atelier de Charo said...

Very beautiful setting, everything is perfect!!

Marlis said...

That is simply stunning. You did a fabulous job on it. I love the colors and those triangular boxes bring out the color of the poinsettia. So beautiful.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

You know what's weird?
I actually decorate a table (or two) at a friend's church for her every year, too!
I have the pictures to prove it ;)
But didn't think about posting them in HOT HOT summer, like smart you did!
Very pretty table!
You'll see mine come winter. maybe.