Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Table

November 29th, 2016 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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A touch of sweet thoughtfulness is always nice during the Christmas season. This trio provides personal candlelight and a floral for each setting. The crocheted snowflake is icing on the cake.
Water softener salt or Epsom salt can be used inside containers to provide a little twinkle at the table. After dinner it can be used for its intended purpose. I like using flowers like wax flowers as they last a long time without water. Seeded Eucalyptus is also a good choice. It stays fresh looking for a long time and dries nicely for other uses.
Start the layered look. I loved the white and green together, but felt it needed some color and texture. 
The brown and white Transferware is exactly what the doctor ordered. It provides a soft and somewhat unexpected color choice for the holidays. I love the fact that this combination can be tweaked for Thanksgiving through New Years Eve.
After the dishware is selected...bring on the pretties! The chargers are simply cheap metal wall art found at a thrift store. I spray painted them with Rustoleum hammered finish spray paint.
The famous Christmas tree napkin fold with a twist. A little natural stem, some freshpicked greens, an old button topper and a vintage hollly stir stick for your JMS libation!
I love vintage hotel linens. They are a good size and weight making them easy to fold and crisp up nicely with spray starch.
The Christmas tree napkin works well with the layered look table setting.
A simple centerpiece is all you need as there are additional personal florals. Dont over think..use any tarnished silver vessel you have on hand and fill it with greens, pinecones and a few flowers. I also like to throw in fresh fruit I have on hand.
The pop of red in the cocktails plays well in the sandbox with the table top. Festive without being in your face.
And here you have it! I did not want to cover all of the beautiful table, so I chose a dainty vintage small round table cloth.
And last, but not least....the JMS preferred Christmas cocktail. Here, once more is the recipe:
Let the beverage begin with American Born Original Moonshine. The first step is to infuse your moonshine by mixing one bottle with one cup dried cranberries, orange peels and lemon peels. In a glass container, infuse for at least 24 hours, but not more than one week. When your moonshine is ready combine two cups infused moonshine, two cups cranberry juice, 1cup lemonade concentrate, ½ cup Grand Marnier and juice of one fresh lemon. Join all the good stuff together in a pitcher, blend thoroughly, shake it up over ice, strain and garnish with fresh cranberries and orange sections. Before pouring you may want to rim your vintage stemware with sugar. It’s all about options. This libation shall be now and forever known as the JUNKMARKET “Not so Cosmo”! Enjoy, and I wish all of you a joyous holiday season. Remember, please merry in moderation.
A touch of sweet thoughtfulness is always nice during the Christmas season. This trio provides personal candlelight and a floral for each setting. The crocheted snowflake is icing on the cake.

A touch of sweet thoughtfulness is always nice during the Christmas season. This trio provides personal candlelight and a floral for each setting. The crocheted snowflake is icing on the cake.

Photo: Sue Whitney

Merry in Moderation

 

The holidays are almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but as for me I like to keep things simple, stress free and efficient. I say it’s about time the entertainer gets to enjoy the festivities rather than wipe sweat from her brow from start to finish. Imagine if you will a dinner setting on a gentle, snowy winter evening. If all were right in your world, what would you see? Do you envision glitz, glam, bling, flashing lights and bedazzle? Or do you find that image a bit disturbing? Although festive décor has its place, I’d like to introduce an approach to your winter wonderland holiday table that’s more refined. Not so much Griswold’ Christmas Vacation, but more in the direction of old-fashioned good taste. This plan of attack will save on precious energy and won’t blind your guests as they take their seats at the table.

 

On Your Marks, Get Set

 

Soft, unexpected colors and subdued place settings are two good examples of the art of merry in moderation. My first rule of thumb is to utilize what you already have on hand before hitting the marketplace to purchase extravagances that will most likely be dust bunnies for most of the year. One strategy is to employ a clever combination of everyday dishes and collections you may already own. Or, you might even consider raiding the cupboards of your close friends to complete the look. I did! Dolled up thrift store finds as a chargers, white every day ditties, vintage brown and white transfer ware and sought after green depression glass combine to create a look that’s lovely.

 

Linens and Other Side Dishes

 

There’s just nothing better than luscious linens of the vintage variety during the holidays. Save your paper napkins for picnics! A simple white tablecloth paired with classic white napkins is a natural choice. There are so many things bottlenecking your brain during December so avoid over thinking while setting your table! Napkins can be presented in many different ways; simple rolls to simple folds. I chose the fold. This Christmas tree napkin may seem difficult and time consuming, but in in reality it’s as easy as one, two, three. To finish the tree, dress it with a vintage stir stick, a button and a stem from nature. Poof you’re done! The Depression glass sherbet dishes, Aunt Ethel’s crocheted ornaments and outdated electrical pieces are removed from the plates once your guests are seated and employed as personal centerpieces. I call that a nice touch.

 

Center Stage

 

In keeping with the rest of the tabletop I designed a centerpiece with understated elegance. What are intriguing are the unlikely bedfellows in the combination. A thoroughly Modern Millie candleholder comingled with a well-worn primitive and tarnished duo along with timeless glassware. It’s a threesome, always a good design way to go! The trio, of course needed a bit of embellishment to make it pop. What could be better than fresh picked components from Mother Nature? I say absolutely nothing! A quick jaunt through the woods and you will find most of what’s essential. Fresh greens, pinecones and other organic gatherings of your choice blended with fruit from the grocery store produce aisle will just about have you covered. If you like, throw in some fresh cuts from your local florist. This approach to holiday arrangements saves money, which is always a welcome surprise around the holidays!

 

Libation Station

 

Last, but certainly not least I’d like to offer up a holiday brew, JUNKMARKET Style. As you have come to expect from me, this merry mixture is less than traditional. Let the beverage begin with American Born Original Moonshine. The first step is to infuse your moonshine by mixing one bottle with one cup dried cranberries, orange peels and lemon peels. In a glass container, infuse for at least 24 hours, but not more than one week. When your moonshine is ready combine two cups infused moonshine, two cups cranberry juice, 1cup lemonade concentrate, ½ cup Grand Marnier and juice of one fresh lemon. Join all the good stuff together in a pitcher, blend thoroughly, shake it up over ice, strain and garnish with fresh cranberries and orange sections. Before pouring you may want to rim your vintage stemware with sugar. It’s all about options. This libation shall be now and forever known as the JUNKMARKET “Not so Cosmo”! Enjoy, and I wish all of you a joyous holiday season. Remember, please merry in moderation.


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Comments (4)

shamrockerin writes: I love the way your dishes are mixed and matched- it's very homey and welcoming Posted: 7:55 am on December 10th
AndrewsBrianne writes: The napkin idea is so simple, but so great! Your whole post boost up my Christmas mood! Posted: 5:15 am on December 10th
JunkArchitect writes: Sue, thanks for all the wonderful holiday inspiration! I love the idea of a subtle approach to setting a table. Understated elegance with just the right touch excitement.

Jim

Posted: 4:50 pm on November 30th
suziart writes: Love all this, Ms Sue!!! That is the first I have seen of a napkin tree fold! Your setting is so inviting and fresh! A new twist than the traditional..
And I must try the Cocktail..I am a Cosmo fan..but this sounds like Christmas Magic!


~suZi Posted: 12:54 pm on November 30th
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