I will always set the Christmas dinner table with my Lenox Holiday, but it’s fun to mix it up with different tablecloths and centerpieces.
This year I’m going traditional – using a Ralph Lauren plaid, along with my Waterford Ashling wine and champagne glasses, Lenox red holly napkins and gold flatware. I also used my large Santa from Dillard’s and tucked in are two red glass candleholders that were my mothers, and a red glass cake plate.
I try to set the table about three days ahead of the holiday, so I can enjoy it as long as possible. But here, I’ve not set out the evergreen, pine or flowers.
In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying setting your table for friends and families, or are enjoying at the homes of friends and families! Merry Christmas to you!
Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm
I’m so excited to be collaborating with The Hen House for a class on holiday tablescaping! The Hen House is located in Carrollwood and is an adorable shop that also has classroom space for fun events like this! Feel free to share with your friends and learn more!
“Something fun is happening in The Coop on Tuesday, December 12th. Come and learn how create a beautiful and stunning opulent tablescape just in time for Christmas Holiday Entertaining. Presented by Marsha Strickhouser, The Plate Girl. This free demonstration will be happening from 1-2pm. Sign up and reserve your space on-line.
More about Marsha!
Marsha Strickhouser writes a blog called Plate Girl, is an avid tablescaper and helps people set their tables for holidays and general entertaining. She is obsessed with plates and has been collecting dishes since she was little. She believes setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable.
She will demonstrate how you can set a festive holiday table using many of the things you already have around your home.
She has appeared on WFLA and Daytime TV as Plate Girl, done tablescapes and florals for All Children/s Hospital Guild, Dress for Success and HCC, and collaborates with many area businesses to set tablescapes.
Her blog features tablescapes, restaurants, hotels and beaches and sometimes her Pomeranian and chihuahua.
She has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami and worked as a journalist for six years, including as a lifestyle and food editor at a tiny daily newspaper in South Dade county. She has also worked in public relations for almost 20 years, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of South Florida and Valpak. (Yes, the coupon company, which makes me an official bargain hunter as well.)
So after I went to Macy’s to check out the Christmas china, (see my previous post) I decided I needed more and headed over to Dillard’s.
Our local mall Westfield Countryside has a large department and selection. I always go there for Christmas and ALWAYS the day after Christmas for tons of great 50% off deals. It’s mobbed – but it’s fantastic.
I love that they have so many brands – in addition to Lenox, Spode, Fitz & Floyd, Fiesta, Southern Living, Waterford, Christopher Radko and Swarovski, they have Dept. 56, Byers Choice, Annalee and more.
I don’t know if you can relate, but I love hanging out in department store china departments.
I worked in the Burdine’s (now Macy’s) china department when I was in college, and I guess that’s where it really got to me. It was there I saw the most elegant women choosing Christmas china patters such as Lenox Holiday.
And yes, I was hooked.
So now, I love to see all the china patterns set out for Christmas. And just when I think I know all of the companies and patterns, there’s something new.
My favorites: Lenox, Spode, Villeroy & Boch and even the sweetness of Pfaltzgraff.
I had the opportunity to attend the 29th Annual St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Foundation luncheon and fashion show. What a show! The fashions are from Georgette’s Boutique in South Tampa and they were extraordinary!
Models include many Tampa Bay media personalities, which makes for a fun show. This is a great kick off to the holiday season and sells out every year due to the great venue, auction, planning and dancers!