A Christmas Table Setting by the Numbers

I’m using a new combination of dishes and linens for Christmas this year. I knew I wanted to use some blue so I played around with things until I settled on this. Here are the details.

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  1. The tablecloth is actually a large piece of fabric I picked up at an estate sale. I’m using it with unfinished edges and all.
  2. Bordallo Pinheiro plates I bought at a resale shop in Naperville, IL. They are large enough that I use them as chargers. (There’s kind of a funny story about these.)
  3. My everyday Mikasa Antique White dishes. I got these because they are porcelain, which isn’t supposed to show marks from silverware the way stoneware does. So far, so good!
  4. Blue willow salad plates.
  5. Cotton hemstitch napkins (new to me this year and I loved the little button closure the stack came with).
  6. Mismatched silverplate pieces from an estate sale. (There was a whole box for something crazy like $1 apiece; I blogged about it here.)
  7. La Rochere glasses in the Fleur de Lys pattern. (The Napoleon Bee pattern is also very popular.)
  8. I’ve used mini salt and pepper shakers at every place for years now. No more having to pass the salt and pepper! I got this idea from my mom.

What’s your plan for Christmas dinner? Are you using old favorites for the table or trying something new?

P.S. Dining room by Craigslist and Christmas in Germany.

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One Comment

  1. Well, I certainly LOVE this, Julie! Tablescaping makes my heart go pitter patter, and this is a unique combination of all individual elements I truly love.
    I’ve set a blue & white tablescape for New Year’s. You might want to see it. They aren’t your ordinary blue willow or grandmother’s vintage dishes. 😉

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