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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

French Ticking Christmas Table

I found some fun plastic plates at Pineapple Park, a new store in our town, and I just had to try my hand at a Christmas table with them.  I took only a few minutes to put this together, but it turns out that it is one of my favorite tablescapes that I have ever done. 

I have been wanting to use this wonderful antique log cabin in a tablescape for months and this turns out to be the perfect post for it.  My best friend and I once owned an antique business and this piece was purchased at auction for resale.  We both loved it so much that we placed a ridiculously high price on it so that it would not get out of our hands, but looked good on display.  Well, when we liquidated the business, it came home with me!!!  The little trees and animals are not old, they are just pieces that I have acquired to add to the "look".

In order to keep it simple and almost monochromatic, I used white pointsettias in place of arranged flowers.

I placed them in birchwood covered pots that I found  at the floral wholesaler.

Here are the new plates.  I think they are so charming with the French ticking and French graphics on them.  This is a close-up of the salad plate.  You can bet you that I'll be using these out in the garden come spring.

And the dinner plate is even better!

The tablecloth is a cream linen one, and I have used this light colored wooden flatware from Martha Stewart's line at K-mart.

The matching cream colored linen napkins are gathered in an antique celluloid napkin ring and I added just a bit of greenery.

This simple red goblet is the only shot of strong color.

These votives have the same feel as the pots with the poinsettias.

Christmas usually calls for lots of color and I usually go for it.  Maybe that's why I like this so much.  It is a bit of a departure for me, but these plates told me they wanted restraint for once!!!  Nothing here really says Christmas.  No candy canes, no Santa, and no twinkly lights.  It really is more seasonal than Christmas.

I'm linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Susan's Tablescape Thursday blogparty.  Be sure to visit her and see a great selection of awesome tables.

Please feel free to leave a comment.  I appreciate the time it takes, and I treasure every one of them.


  1. If you hadn't said the plates were plastic, I would have never known! These are so charming and to pair it with the adorable log cabin really creates a warm and cozy feel, like a return to a simple life in a little cabin in the woods. The choice of the votives is perfect. I like it that it is just for 2 people also, it makes it seem so laid back. Fun table, enjoy perusing all of the delightful tables.

  2. I'd never have known they were plastic plates. They're adorable! Love the little log cabin too! So cute!


  3. Those plates are really really cool. I love the design and the fact that they are plastic.. I love how you mixed the rustic elements with the plates. That cabin is great!!

  4. I want those plates!!! I love all the natural elements in your tablescape! Very pretty!

  5. Help! I love, love, love tht flatware but can't find it on the Kmart website. Did you buy it on line or in person??? I don't have a Kmart nearby so I was hoping to get it on line. Please help steer me in the right direction.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. I love your log cabin setting! Where did you get it?
    Mel's Cabin

  7. Just gorgeous! And such restraint! :-) The little log cabin is really delightful!

  8. Oh my gosh, your tablesetting is out of this world. I love different and your pieces are.. they are wonderful. What a treasure you have.. hugs ~lynne~

  9. No color needed! This is totally charming in its natural tone on tone. The little cabin, the bark details, the charming plates, that fabulous flatware, . . . each detail is perfection.

  10. Had you not said it, I never would have guessed those dishes were melamine! They look terrific!!! Just goes to show never know what looks good until you try it! I really love the birch covered pots and votive holders, too. Those look really great alongside the cabin. (I used to overprice things I didn't want to sell in my shop, too. I thought I was the only one who did that! Many times, however, it backfired on me and they bought it anyway!) Great table!

  11. You're going to have so much fun with the new plates. They are wonderful! The log cabin would have never made if out of my shop either...if I had a shop. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay


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