What is so special about the stag? It seems so regal and majestic. Do you remember that scene in "The Queen" when the queen mother was in the wild and a huge stag came to her? I had chills. This table is not truly Christmas themed, but it feels right for this time of year. It "fits" our holiday look, too.
Here's the first item that inspired this table. These metal stag candlesticks usually sit on a small book rack at the bottom of our main staircase. Today I've moved them to the table where they are the star. A small double faced satin ribbon is all the decoration they need.
Here they are on the table.
Last year, Z Gallerie had these great salad plates. Aren't they just made for me? Stags, acorns, oak leaves, green and brown!!!! I think I went to at least three different stores to get as many as I "needed"!
Here's the place setting I settled on.
Since I didn't use a tablecloth, I started with a light colored woven placemat which made each place show up on the wooden table. Then I used a birds-eye maple patterned charger.
Then I used a plain cream pottery plate from Target on top.
Don't these glasses look familiar? I have used they over and over this fall. The green stem is good for a pop of color and came from Swoozies. The tortoise colored glass is an old one that I've had for years.
The napkins are linen, and these perfect stag napkin holders are from Boxwoods in Atlanta. I saw that they still had these in stock this year.
Same flatware I've also used a lot this fall!
These paper mache deer are great for a non-floral centerpiece. I just sat them on a bed of fresh greens and sprinkled them with some mica to look like snow.
Up a little closer.
I've used this runner on the table and the buffet. It is ultrasuede with dark brown velvet cut-outs on the border. I have it in a bridge table sized square, too. Love this!!!!
Here's how it all shaped up.
An aerial view.
Here's where these guys usually hang out for Christmas. They sit on a small dining room chest. I again used fresh green, a little mica snow, and a variety of textured trees. If you look closely.......
you'll see some tiny woodland friends.
The sideboard in it's Christmas look.
A matching runner, Woodland Father Christmas, and some pinecone and greens added to a bow that I have attached with "Cling". Have you discovered that stuff? It is a floral adhesive that's a really sticky clay. It's great when you can't attach a holder, but boy,it is ever hard to remove. I'll use Goo Gone, which I consider a miracle product!
I added a tiny bit of juniper to the lamps. I love what it does to the ivory "fringe".
This settee with the raffia cloth seat has just a small little elf watching the event. I like to use this to place favors if I'm giving them. Sorry, no favor today!!!
Be sure to go to Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday for her blog party. There will be lots of table inspiration and a ton of Christmas joy!