sentiment Christmas tablescape

Sentiment Christmas tablescape
Hi friends!  Happy first day of December.  ‘Tis the season and I am excited to share this Christmas tablescape with you.  The table was inspired by these wood sentiments at each place setting.  I bought these back in July from The Webster Collection on Etsy, when I did this post{Christmas in July} and prepped ahead for the Holiday season.

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I had seen these wooden words floating around Pinterest and bogland, and once I looked into them they were all over my feed & pop ups.  It was like they were calling out to me. 😉  I ended up buying 2 sets plus some bats which I shared in this post{Halloween Vibes}.

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They are so fun and really well made.  Now, my biggest decision is deciding which word goes with which family member?  I think I will request input from all of the cast of characters.

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I don’t own Christmas themed china or any themed china|plates for that matter.  I do own my Johnson Brothers Barnyard turkey plates I used in my{rustic Thanksgiving tablescape}, but I inherited these dishes from my parents.  I love them and I bring them out every.single.Thanksgiving, but I have never purchased any seasonal plates for ourselves.

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I like for the centerpiece and table details, like these wooden sentiments, to dictate the theme and season of the table instead.  I feel like it’s more versatile, using my tabletop dishes more often and in more ways.

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I love pulling out our wedding china and I use it as often as I can for Holidays plus special occasions.  Our china is from Lenox and I love that it blends cream and white together.  The pattern is called {Citation Lace} from the Temple collection, which is now discontinued.

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The china pattern is pretty neutral lending itself to mix and match well with other dishes.  I am able to pick up other patterns and makers to blend nicely.  I have scored some great finds while thrifting that coordinate beautifully but for this table I kept the stack all in the family.

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I love that all the plates {dinner, accent, bread} have a slightly different edge detail, but yet it’s still a really simple pattern.

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For the centerpiece I simply removed the white pumpkins from the dough bowl I used once again in the{rustic Thanksgiving tablescape}.  I kept the bed of dried eucalyptus and added fresh evergreens trimmed from our Christmas tree plus added pillar candles and mercury glass ornaments and added the frosted pine cones back in.

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The tablecloth was one of my {birthday wishes} gifts.  It’s a linen tablecloth, which is part of a Provence collection.  It’s beautiful quality and I will be using it quite a bit.  I also used vintage napkins which I also inherited from my parents.  I love the stitched pattern since I think it coordinates well with the citation lace pattern on the china.

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I also used my parent’s sterling flatware which you can read all about here{metals II ~ sterling silver}.  I set the flatware to match up to the plate stack, which evokes a very formal feel.

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I kept the formal feeling going with the extensive glassware setting, including a water glass, champagne flute, wine goblet and cordial glass.  As a juxtaposition to the formal touches the table cloth, rustic dough bowl centerpiece and whimsical wooden sentiments balance the table and prevent it from feeling too stuffy.

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I feel that adding the formal pieces makes the table fancy and festive but the more casual items allows the guests to relax and enjoy themselves, spreading joy to the blessings sitting around your table.

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I am still decorating around the house and I can’t wait to share more Christmas magic with you really soon so please make sure to stop by again.

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“Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

~Freya Stark~

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