Simple Country Christmas Table (redux) and a NEW Giveaway!

Welcome Friends, please come in and make yourselves at home.

Lots of pictures, and few words this time ~ the page may take a few moments to load. So thank you for your patience.


~ Giveaway ~

You'll find a link for details about our current giveaway at the bottom of this post, and also you can click the image of the covered casserole at the top right  column on this page.


This time I've set a simple country table ~ comfortable and not at all fussy.

It didn't feel right to me to overdress the table, knowing there are some who are going without again this year.

I thought this would be a good time to set a comfortable, cozy table ~ a place to draw loved ones near to celebrate what is truly important in life.

For the centerpiece I simply plunked some candy canes in a thin, plain beverage glass [CB2], placed it on a Barley twist pedestal [Southern Living at Home, from some years back.]

I clipped a few fragrant Douglas Fir branches from the property and placed them around, then placed a special vintage-style Christmas card from my dear friend,  Linda and placed a glass cloche over all.

I covered the round walnut table with a tablecloth from Williams-Sonoma, and instead of place mats, I placed a snowy-white vintage German hand worked square linen table topper over the cloth.

In keeping with the theme of simplicity, I gathered just two of my favorite things to place on the table ~
this Limoges hand-painted Christmas ornament box . . . and an old, old brass-framed print I found in an antique store a few years ago.  I love the print; usually it is on my bedroom dresser.

For the place settings (from the tabletop - up) ~  I used round Czech platters for chargers [Nell Hill's several years ago], "Merry Christmas" plates, those were from Home Depot a couple of years ago.

Next, my everyday white salad plates [Apilco-France, Williams-Sonoma].

Poinsettia plates [Williams-Sonoma, last season].

Vintage milk-glass compotes to finish the place settings. 

Flatware ~ Pottery Barn from the Savant Collection.
Napkins ~ Neiman-Marcus/Horchow.

My first set of crystal from my newlywed days, many, many years ago ~ by Rogaska; 'Gallia'


To dress the chairs up a bit I draped the extra, matching crochet-trimmed napkins over the tops.

The little cast iron elf candle holders are from CB2, two years ago. 

Raphael's "Madonna of the Chair", c. 1514

A closer look at the brass framed Madonna print ~
as we remember the Reason for the Season.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 

 To all who celebrate,
I wish you a most cherished and blessed Christmas Season from our home to yours.

We're having another GIVEAWAY ~  

Please visit Between Naps on the Porch to find a list of all who are participating in Tablescape Thursday this week.


  1. Even though you kept thing at a minimum what you used has a lot of punch. The poinsettias plates are so pretty.
    The candy canes are such a fun touch.

  2. Such a beautiful table Mari and I am loving those poinsettia plates. WOW, I don't remember seeing those in WS last year or they would have come home with me. I may have gotten to Atlanta after WS sold all they had in stock last year when I went up to Christmas shop. If I ever come across them again I may have to get them, I can see how they just pop with all the white on your table. Simply gorgeous.


  3. very sweet mary, i love the elf~ hope all is well i may be calling soon :)

  4. Mary, your table setting is stunning. I adore the red plates,

    Happy Holidays

  5. Hello Mari,

    Such casual elegance! Very beautiful. I have a pair of candlesticks in the same pattern as your milk white compote cups.

    A pleasure stopping by!

  6. Such attention to details...that's a gorgeous table. All the best to you and yours during this holiday season.

  7. A beautiful table setting. I love the little white stemmed bowls. The add a lovely detail to your table.

  8. Love the elf candleholder - just went and bought them in green on-line - only $3.30/each. Can't wait till they get here sooo cute. Never even heard of CB2 before - thanks for the info.

  9. What a sweet table Mari!

    Don't you love the little elf candle holders?! I bought six of them a couple years back, and now they keep selling them in different colors, which aren't as cute I don't think.

  10. Love the flatware, love the poinsettia plates, love the barley twist pedistal... love it all!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  11. Mari~ This is beautiful in its simplicity! The vintage card with candy canes under your cloche... the snowy white linens... the pop of red from the poinsettia plate & apple green from the Granny Smith in your milk glass compote... *sigh*

    Your photography is always stunning!! Wishing you all the JOY of the Season!

  12. Thanks for the delightful table sitting that is colorfully fun but acknowledges Christ' s birthday too.

  13. I remember this tablescape from last year, Mari!!! I loved it just as much then as I do now. Beautifully understated with both classic & modern combinations.
    I have ONE of those vintage milk glass compotes & you KNOW I'm going to run & plop a green apple in mine just as soon as I hit "publish" on this comment. You are such an inspiration...every time I come to visit I pick up some new recipe or trick or idea.

  14. Beautiful table, Mari! Love the peppermint centerpiece and those adorable candle holders.

  15. Mari, this table is so sweet. From your very special treasures to the beautiful stemware and flatware. Love the little candle holders and your candy cane centerpiece. Beautiful linens, too.

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  16. Hi Mari.....I was unable to leave a comment for the fabulous's says it's not allowing any more comment??....wouldn't you know it just when I saw something really great to the way I love that marigold color even though I'm a red person.....
    I'll stop back tomorrow and try again....Sue.


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