I’ve set literally thousands of tables in my lifetime, and that’s not an exaggeration. In high school I held a part-time job as a food server and waitress in Arthur Andersen’s training center. Some of the banquets were fancy and everything had to be perfect; it’s an art form. A beautiful tablescape combines form with function to create an enjoyable dining experience. I always enjoy putting a table setting together. My creation is a deer table setting for Christmas; and I’m sharing my thought process for pulling it all together.
Start with a theme when creating your next table setting. Choose a style, color scheme, or topic to create the look you want and then stick to it.
I first spied these beautiful deer plates at Pier 1 and knew right away my theme would revolve around deer. I love that the buck’s face looks so realistic, as though an artist painted it right on the plate.
The color scheme of my deer table setting remains neutral since the plates are mono-toned. Normally I like color but I didn’t want to detract from the beauty of the stag head.
Silver chargers cradle the plates while silver-dipped plates add a small bit of bling to the table.
I love mixing metallic colors so a hint of bronze acorns wind their way down the center of the table. Acorns, of course, are found in the woods where the deer live.
Bark-finish evergreen trees lend rusticity and also call a woodland to mind.
Candles are always a sure-fire bet when creating a centerpiece for your holiday table. Add flowers or greenery, or simply use candles alone to cast a cozy glow over your Christmas table. Sparkly surfaces like mercury glass candle holders and votives create reflective surfaces for the candle’s flame.
I’ve been busy decorating my house for Christmas, in addition to planning my deer table setting.
My Christmas home tour is tomorrow and I hope you’ll come back to visit.