Elegant Christmas Table Setting

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Got cranberries?  I had more cranberries than we could eat so they became the inspiration for this easy holiday table setting.  Because cranberries float, they look gorgeous in glass vessels on a table.  Choose clear glass vessels of different heights for interest. I featured a taller footed compote for the center of the table which could hold several floating candles and 4 smaller glass votive holders( Dollar store)to flank it.  I filled them half way with fresh cranberries, added water to the rim and floated round candles in each.  The table was left bare with a rich burgundy center runner embellished with gold embroidery.  On  this I scattered Christmas ornaments in reds and gold with some fragrant holiday greenery. image Continue reading

Sleighride by Candlelight-A Tablescape

Growing up with a French mother who required little help in the kitchen and was an incredible cook, I was most often enlisted to decorate the table.  I’ve been playing with dishes ever since and confess to often planning an entire menu around how a dish will look when served!  Creating the ambiance of a gathering is still my favorite part of entertaining and what I am known for.  For a Christmas Eve Soirée, a sleighride was my theme.  This tablescape can easily be used for a Christmas brunch or dinner.  The beauty is that it is a make-ahead décor, which we all could use at this busy entertaining season. Continue reading