Well, Thanksgiving came and went quickly. Now to gear up and decorate for Christmas! Every year for the past several years, my husband and I have taken a trip to New York City. The kids have went with us a time or two but the really aren’t all that fond of the crowds, and hastle, so last year we took some time for us. It was a wonderful few days for us to do a quick get away from my birthday.
Unfortunately with COVID, this will be a year without a trip to New York City. Last year when we went we came across a few large antique malls along the way and my husband purchased these beautiful Black and gold willow plates. These are a new remake of the traditional willow but I was in love when I saw them. Many people found them at TJ Maxx but I was never lucky enough.
But last year our hunt paid off, we finally scored 8 plates. I had purchased 8 salad plates on line. I love the black and gold and immediately thought of either a black and white or red and white plaid table cloth to go underneath these beautiful plates. If anyone has every read through my blog, you know I love to set a table and even love mixing old and new.
Today’s post is about how I layer to get the effect I am looking for! I always start with a base table cloth (sometimes I use a smaller one in the center as well). I then add some colored place mates. I this case I wanted to keep with a solid color since my table cloth has a pattern to it. I then added a beautiful gold placemat over the green to give it some focal point.
I also added a runner in the center that has hints of red, black and greens. It has a black plaid look but is an off white. I then added a plastic underplate before I placed my dish on top of it. I always place a full sized plate and a salad plate in my settings if I have them. I think layering makes a table look sophisticated.
Next I placed a beige and gold plaid napkin long ways on my plate. My husband worked in a restaurant for years and knows how to best fold a napkin, me not so much!!! I then placed my salad plate over my napkin.
You can see it is finally starting to come together. I am one to combine old and new glassware. In this case you will see I added white milk glass Pioneer Woman dessert cups in the center. I love the pattern, but you could truly use any milk glass. I love white hobnail milk glass, especially Fenton. It will probably make it’s way up from the basement to add to my table!
Because I used a green placemat underneath, I felt like my glasses had to also be green. It pulls the placemats together with the center runner and doesn’t look so dark. These are vintage green glasses (typically I find this stuff in my mom’s building or her antique booth!)
Lastly I through in a center piece. It needs some love but will have to do for now. I just did not have the energy for black Friday shopping today! I am not one for crowds, so maybe I will just sit right here and order from Amazon! I am still waiting for them to delivery my llama. I swore I ordered one! I have ordered everything else.
Well, It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!
If you want to see a quick video of the stages of my place setting, feel free to take a look!
Happy Willowing! let me know how you set your table!