Yea! We are having a party ~ a dinner party this weekend for some close friends. Sweet Shark and I have been discussing our meal for a week and we’ve decided on a delicious menu that I will share with you next week. But I first had to set the table, one of my favorite things to do because I love getting out all our pretty china, crystal and silver. Setting the table for a Christmas dinner party is one of my very favorite things to do during the holiday season.
It’s always a good idea to set the table early, before you start cooking, so it’s not a last minute task. I like to set mine a few days ahead of the event. That way you can enjoy looking at it or tweak it or move things around.
I arranged our centerpiece last week, but I added two gold reindeer, a few faux magnolia leaves, and a few gold sparkling leaves.
I love our white placemats with gold trim that I use just at Christmas.
Our china is Eternal by Lenox and I love its simplicity.
Sweet Shark and I started buying the Lenox pattern Christmas china right after we married. We have the salad and bread and butter plates, wine and high ball glasses and several serving pieces.
Several years ago we discovered these small soup bowls and silver holders and saucers at the New Orleans Silversmith shop on Magazine Street. We couldn’t believe that they were in our china pattern. Each saucer is monogrammed and I often wonder who the person was and why she sold them. I love to serve a cup of soup, just a little warmth to start the meal.
We’ve been collecting salt cellars at flea markets for many years. Some came with little spoons and some spoons I’ve bought when I find them. I love the elegant little touch they give.
Next is the crystal water, white wine, and red wine glasses. I like to mix up the patterns.
The silver goes next. This pattern is Buttercup by Gorham and belonged to Sweet Shark’s grandmother. I think it’s a really sweet pattern.
I love using place cards for a formal dinner and these little pears and apples compliment my gold and silver theme.
I added the butter dish and gravy boat to the table for guests to pass.
And, finally, the matching napkins. I always have a hard time deciding how to fold the napkins (these are really large) and where to place them. I decided to lay then over the back of the chairs ~ almost as part of the decorations. I may change that before Saturday night. If anyone has an idea for napkin placement, please let me know.
Here’s the table ~ all set, all sparkly and shiny. I can’t wait to see what it looks like with the candles lit, the chandelier dimmed, and our guests sitting around it.
Come back next week and I’ll share our menu and a few recipes.
Have a wonderful weekend.