ic Kathe With an E: Christmas Table

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Table

This is my final table setting of the Christmas season.
We will enjoy our Christmas dinner at this table.
Mr. B's mother and father will join us for the day.
With the exception of the gold chargers nothing on this table was purchased new.  
I had it all.
I started with an embossed red tablecloth that I have had for years.
I pulled some of the salad plates from my kitchen china cabinet for this table.
The salad plate is a thrift store find from last year. 
They are marked Reed & Barton Holly Berry.
.50 each and I snagged 8 of them!
Perfect for Christmas!
The dinner plates are another thrift store find.
I instantly fell in love with the open weave, unusual shape and design of them.
It is marked simply, Czechoslovakia.
I only paid $4.00 for four of them.
I folded a simple red napkin and placed it over a gold charger from Michael's.
I purchased the chargers with a gift card that was an early Christmas present from my youngest son.
The gold plated flatware was a Christmas gift, 
given to me many years ago when I was a young girl, from my parents. 
I wonder if they knew then my future hobby of tablescaping?
The centerpiece is a gold paper mache deer that was a thrift find from several years ago that I paid $1.00 for.
I made up a bow and strung ribbon to the sleigh and then to Santa.
I have had the sleigh for many years but have never used it. 
Just last year I filled it with seasonal picks 
and it is now a much used display piece at the holidays.

The old world Santa was gift from Mr. B's mother.  
She knows how much I love Santa.
Can you call Santa beautiful? 
I hope so, because I think he is!
From the bell on his hat to his wise face and flowing suit, he is my favorite
Christmas decoration.
 The red and gold tall votive candle holders were, yet another 
after Christmas sale find.
I am very thankful for my family and my friends.
I am also thankful for you.
All of your visits and sweet comments 
make my day!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas 
and I look forward to spending time with you in the new year!


  1. Simply beautiful, Kathe. Your plates are gorgeous...too bad we don't live closer so we could go thrifting together...
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Oh your Christmas plates are beautiful! And I LOVE them set together. What a handsome Santa you have. Wishing you a most Merry Christmas!

  3. Kahte, this is so elegant and beautiful. I love the beautiful disshes you found. Merry Christmas, xo marlis

  4. Your tablescape is so beautiful. Love the salad berry plates and a thrift find, oh my. How ever did you get that picture from above. Were you on a string hanging from the ceiling? Happy holidays.

  5. Beautiful table...love the salad plates especially! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. Great thrift store finds! That is the best feeling, and you will use these for years and years. But the super-star of the table for me is the open weave plates. OOh-la-la-fabulous! Thanks for sharing your inspired design. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

  7. Lovely table! You found some true beauties thrifting. Isn't it fun? I love how you combined your plate stack. The centerpiece is also adorable; really cute idea to "connect" Santa and his reindeer. Love it!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Wow, Kathe, you are some good thrift shopper! The dishes are just beautiful! And, I have to agree that your Santa is VERY special! I have that same reindeer and he hasn't made an appearance in years, but you have inspired me to dress him up, and take him out!

    Have a happy and healthy holiday, Kathe! With the way the white stuff is falling right now, I'd say we will have a white Christmas for sure!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  9. BEAUTIFUL table setting everything is just wonderful together on that table!

    I love the dishes and the Santa is beautiful!
    LOVE how you put everything together!

  10. You found some awesome plates thrifting and now have a gorgeous Christmas table. Enjoy the holiday with your family. Hugs, Linda

  11. Beautiful table .......... but the picture I want to see is a picture of you taking picture looking down at the table ......... you must have high ceilings, zip line and a really good harness.

    Merry Christmas.

  12. Oh, your table is beautiful!
    Merry Christmas and be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  13. Very pretty. Your dishes are beautiful.

  14. Those dishes were a great find! Sleighs are my favorite thing to decorate with at Christmas. Your Santa is very nice too. Merry Christmas!

    Robin Flies South

  15. Oooh, my mom and I found a deer almost exactly like yours at Goodwill--but he is huge! The size of a small-ish dog, actually. Mom has him on her hearth! And I love all of your dishes, so pretty! Santa is my favorite piece though :)

  16. Oh, I just LOVE those open weave dinner plates!! I would have grabbed them up too! lol... the Christmas saucers are lovely as well and you got such a bargain! Your table is lovely and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

  17. So pretty and festive, Kathe!

    Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

  18. Your table is so cute and I love your plates..Thanks for sharing at "Anything Holiday" linky party!!!


  19. I think you can call Santa "beautiful" just as we refer to Brad Pitt or George Clooney as such! :-) Your Santa has a very breezy look about him, but at the same time he maintains his calm, quiet dignity. That Santa...always on top of things! (Including chimneys!) I have GOT to start visiting thrift stores a LOT more often! Those plates...both the salad plates and the dinner plates...are gorgeous!!! Reed & Bartons for just 50 cents each??? And you cannot beat the design in the dinner plates...for a mere dollar!!!!! I am just flabbergasted. I keep scrolling back up to peek at them. Seriously....who gives that kind of stuff away??!?!?! Good for you that they did, though! Great score!!! Have a wonderful Christmas, Kathe, and enjoy the holiday weekend with gusto!

  20. Beautiful! Those octagon shaped plates are Awesome! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  21. Beautiful as always! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


  22. Very beautiful! I have the same gold deer!

  23. This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational table. I am in AWWWWWE!
    HUGS & Hoppy Holidays!

  24. It is so pretty! Your plates are awesome!! Thanks for linking it up!

  25. This is a beautiful table! You are so smart to use what you have. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  26. The Santa is my favorite! Your collection of different holiday plates is so pretty and using the plates together is wonderful. Merry Christmas and Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  27. Just lovely, Kathe! We won't be having Cmas here, we go to my son's . They have 4 little ones, so we do the traveling.
    Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

  28. What a thrifty and beautiful table!
    Dee Dee

  29. it looks very festive, the table looks great


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  31. Beatiful table setting - and so very thrifty too! Hope you enjoyed it on Christmas Day!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Best wishes for a fabulous New Year 2012!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  32. Beautiful table and incredible finds! The dishes are gorgeous! I love your Santa, I have a huge collection of Santas! XO, pinky

  33. Oh, man those dinner plates are magnificent! Love the open weave. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  34. The china is very pretty and I'm sure Mr B loves that 'beautiful' Santa on the table.

    I am following you now and I would love it if you would do the same.
    Carolyn xx

  35. I love the centerpiece! Looks fabulous.


  36. Your table is lovely, I especially love the special plates, what a unique find! Your santa is cute too, I used to collect santas, I don't have room for more, but I so enjoy looking at others.

  37. I am in love with this table! It's too pretty to eat at :-) I need to go thrift store shopping with you - you have some amazing finds! Thanks so much for sharing on {Not So} Tough Tuesday's. Merry Christmas!

  38. Kathe,

    Your tablescape is beautiful! I do love your Santa.

    Merry Christmas!

  39. Lovely table! I know your in-laws were blessed by your hospitality! So happy to have you link up to the Tuesday To Do Party at The Blackberry Vine!
    Happy New Year!

  40. What a lovely tablescape. The colours are great and so very festive :)

  41. Beautiful table Kathe! Your plates are gorgeous and I love the Santa & white tree too. Thank you for linking up at our Christmas party. Friday we will be announcing the first winner :) Good luck~ Julie