It’s no secret that I don’t like to cook, but as it turns out, I like to set the table!  This is the first year that we’ll be having Christmas at our own house and I wanted to make sure the table was just right, so I did a test setting in advance of the big day.

I wanted to create a casual elegant look and so opted for a red, white and silver color scheme.  I also like to mix rustic and refined pieces, like vintage flatware with grainsack, and ironstone with my distressed wood table top.

Down the center of the table, I used my vintage grain sack table runner to add a touch of red.  {You might recall, this runner is what helped keep my husband warm on a chilly antique faire day!}



My “new” ironstone soup tureen served as the centerpiece since we’ll be using it for Christmas dinner.



Olive branches add a touch of greenery, accented with silver and red Christmas balls.



My small ironstone bowls run the length of the table, each one holder a white taper candle and filled with fresh cranberries.



The place settings are simple, with silver chargers, white dishes and red vintage ironstone salad plates accented with fresh rosemary.  Mismatched flatware is wrapped on linen napkins with red and white baker’s twine.




In keeping with the color scheme, I used red plaid wired ribbon tied in a bow around each chair.



I think my table ready for Christmas day….well, with the exception of the food of course.  I’m sure I’ll be running around Christmas Eve trying to plan the menu!




Here’s a list of everything I used:

  • Ironstone soup tureen, ironstone bowls and grain sack table runner – antique faire
  • Olive branches – local craft store
  • Red and white wired ribbon – Michaels
  • Mercury glass votive holders & Christmas ball ornaments – Target
  • Silver chargers – Hobby Lobby
  • White dinner plates – IKEA
  • Red and white ironstone salad plates, linen hem-stitch napkins and vintage flatware – Elsie Green


What’s on your menu for Christmas dinner?  I could use the help!


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    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Karin – Thank you! Just linked up to your party. :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Christine!

  1. I don’t care for cooking much, either, but I love dishes and table settings. Yours is beautiful! I love the textures, the crisp white and the touches of red in the berries and small plates. I would love to sit down at your table!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Barbara! I’m a fan of mixing textures…. :)

  2. I just love the ribbon on the chairs. What a wonderful pop of red. The candles in the cranberries are simple and beautiful. Jumping over from Savvy Southern Style.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Katie! The ribbon on the chairs just might be my favorite thing, too. Thanks so much for visiting from SSS and taking the time to leave a comment!

  3. So stylish Kim! I would just love to sit down at a table dressed like this, for Christmas…erm…I think I may just give it a go with what I have to hand.
    Love your mantel too!…and as for next year’s colour – simply gorgeous!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Wow, Jill! Thank you for all of the nice comments! :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Mary!

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