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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tartan Christmas Table

When I first saw these tartan plates at Target, I knew I wanted to do a dinner party mixing them with my good Christmas china.  I planned a nice party with several couples, but life got in the way!  My brother's life, in fact.  He learned that he needed open heart surgery and I hurriedly left to be with family in Pennsylvania.  The night before I left, I had a simple dinner with Mr. Pressed Pants on the table in the bar and I used the tartan plates in a much more simple way than I had planned. 

This plaid fabric remnant was in my fabric stash.  I just ironed the edges under.

Here's a place setting.  It turned out pretty informal and I really like it this way.

I've used it with rattan chargers and this Lenox pattern that my mother has bought for me for years.

Remember this guy in the fall centerpiece?  Well, here's the Christmas variation.  Fresh greens, some small ornaments, feathers, and green silk hydrangeas stuck in styrofoam make a generous surround. 

Up close.

More details.

This flatware is just plastic on the handle and not terrific quality, but I use it pretty often.  I'm sure it is discontinued by now.

I chose this Imperial pattern for my wedding glassware many years ago.

These wonderful old wooden candlesticks show up again and again.  I chose faux bois candles to keep this sort of rustic feeling.

I've had these tartan napkins for years...

and these napkin rings are some that I made years ago when I was doing a lot of counted cross stitch.

I bought six of these cute ornaments with plaid on the package as favors.  Since we didn't have any guests for this meal, I'll have them on hand for next year.  It was worth missing this dinner party to see my brother's successful outcome!  Here's a party on hold! 


  1. Linda, what a beautiful combination the tartan plates are with your Lenox Christmas china! I love that photo showing those two patterns layered atop your rattan chargers -- just lovely. I hope your brother is on the mend!

  2. I'm crazy about plaids so I love it. I really love the way you have your napkin in the ring. I stared at it for a while to figure out how you made it look like that.

    I hope your brother recovers completely!

  3. I treated myself to some of those same plaid plates! So pretty with the rattan & holly leaves~ I'm glad your brother is doing well! Merry Christmas to you & your family.

  4. I tried to get some of those Target plates but totally missed that opportunity. Your table is great, I love how rustic it all is, even with the Lenox china! Glad your brother had a good outcome. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may the blessings of the new year unfold by the thousands!

  5. What a wonderful combination of patterns. This all goes together beautifully. I hope your brother is doing well and your family will enjoy the gift of Christmas together.

  6. Gorgeous, and I really want some Tartan plates. All the best to your brother!

  7. What a beautiful place setting you have made. I loved all your pieces especially plaid dishes. I hope your brother is still doing well. Have a Merry Christmas.

  8. I am falling in LOVE with Tartan! I saw it mixed with leopard and LOVED that!!! Marry Christmas!!! XO, Pinky

  9. So glad that your brother's surgery was successful. Your tablescape is lovely. I really like the plaid plates...great choice! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay


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