The Festive Table
How lovely it is that you are here just in time to share some time and tea together! Have you started thinking about the gatherings you’ll host in the coming weeks? On my “To Do” list this year is to create a welcoming holiday table.
More than any other time of year, I like to put in a little extra effort in pulling together a look for our table that says to guests, “You are special and we’re glad you’re here! This is a table in your honour.”
I plan to use items collected from rooms throughout our home and give them a new, albeit temporary, purpose at the dining table; things that bring a touch of glitz, elevate the occasion and even add an element of sweet surprise! The fun is in using ‘found’ things I already have in unexpected ways and seeing my guests’ faces light up when they enter the room! I thought I would experiment first on a smaller scale, a practice run. I gathered some tree trimmings to see how they might look…
This tablescape was fashioned using some gorgeous, very unexpected gifts from a dear and generous friend! Popular local designer Eric White, also known as “Mr. Christmas”, gave his tenth and final legendary annual “White Before Christmas” at our local Arts and Culture Centre last fall. Every year for a decade, it was a much-anticipated sold-out event in the months leading up to Christmas with a long wait list every time.
I remember I was feeling exhausted that evening. My husband had been in hospital all that week following heart surgery. I was working full days and heading to the hospital immediately after work. He had just been released from the hospital hours only before the show. As Eric spoke my name, the words were not, at first, registering with me. My co-worker Joan who was sitting in the row behind me finally poked me in the shoulder and whispered at the back of my head, “He’s talking to you!” Lol When I looked at Eric, he was looking directly at me and asking “Well, my dear, are you coming up?” Lol I immediately popped up in my seat, somewhat dazed! I had earlier settled myself into my chair and had kicked off my shoes. I quickly walked to the stage feeling very flat-footed, much shorter and unsure what was happening in that moment! Lol To say the least, I was very humbled as it was obvious to me that Eric had put much thought into this menagerie of gifts with which he presented me. For instance, he had known for some time that I had been swooning over some holiday tags made by a friend of his. I must have mentioned those tags a dozen or more times! A stack of tags personalized with my name on them had been tucked into a perfect, prettily wrapped box! At the end of the night, with the help of Eric and his staff, my girlfriend’s car was loaded up with the treasures that he had gifted me, and they filled the trunk and back seat of her car to take to my home! I was speechless, dazed and amazed by the whole thing, my gratitude beyond words. I thought I would have a little fun seeing how my tabletop might be inspired this year and wanted to share it with you, as I know many of you are searching out ideas for your own holiday tables. I love to elevate things in varying heights, for added interest. Glittery tree ornaments gently placed represent a special take-away gift for each guest who will be seated at the table.
I love to drape garlands around my tables! Don’t they really add a sumptuous feel to the occasion? This is a faux cedar garland. It is very soft and pliable, so easy to shape. Of course, you can use the real thing when the time comes. I am keeping my fresh garlands in the trunk of my car at the moment where they will keep cool. My husband and I are going to be festooning our front doorway today and I think I might have a roping of greens left over to use in the kitchen, maybe to use at the table!Candlelight lends an intimate, glowing feel to the meal. Tall candle tapers are certainly spectacular but I admit I am a little nervous of using them and cannot relax while they are lit. If you’re shy of real candles, the battery operated ones are lovely, too.
“Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.” Maya Angelou
I am dreaming of new ways to use old things, like this garden angel who has come in from outside. She has been cleaned up to look her best for company! I like combining the new with the old, for a less contrived and more relaxed, romantic atmosphere. I’m off to think about all the things I can find that can be converted with a holiday theme and relocated somewhere else in the house for a little “Christmas vacation”. We can all certainly use a little change sometimes! I hope you enjoyed the photos and can feel the love at my table today! XO I am so glad you came by! I finally finished all my exterior planters, so I hope you will join me for another cuppa soon! Happy decorating!
Wishing you a beautiful day,
If you would like to see a tea set that my friend Eric presented to me at a fundraising tea for breast cancer research, click on the link below and you’ll find a photo at the end of the post.
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