I came from a family of nine – seven girls and two boys. There are seven of us still living. The girls like to take the opportunity to get together as often as we can, but it’s not always possible, since one of us still lives in Chicago. This Thanksgiving, we had another opportunity to get together and I wanted it to be a special occasion. Even though it was decided that we were having a sister’s brunch, I thought it would be extra special to have the dining room decorated and ready for the holidays.
First off, I really wanted a tablecloth that would fit my table with one leaf inserted. From experience I knew that picking up one from the store wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted to be sure that the sides were even all the way around. The only way I could make sure that I had the right fit was to order a custom tablecloth. I located a great vendor online – Bright Settings that was able to whip me one up within a week’s timeframe. I was very pleased with the way it looked and fit.
The next step was to get some black chargers to match the black accents in the room. I found some that fit the bill from Crate and Barrel, unfortunately when I went to purchase them at the store downtown, they only had four and of those four, only two looked black. That prompted me to visit the store in Alpharetta; of the three they said they had in stock only one of those was the color I desired. Now most people would go to plan B at this point, but not I. I was determined to complete my set of eight. So after calling customer service and pleading my case, the representative assured me that she would add a note to my order to include the darkest charger plates they could find. I ordered 11, just so that I could be sure I’d have enough to choose from. I finally assembled my set of eight, and here is what my finished table looks like.
The china and silverware are old patterns from Mikasa, and the stemware is a newly acquired purchase from Waterford.
I added the Christmas crackers and reindeer for a touch of whimsy and for the centerpiece, I used garland, some ornaments, and ribbon threaded throughout. The black candlesticks and red candles finished off the centerpiece in style.
The two trees in the room were decorated and dressed as twins – the fraternal kind, but I tried my best to make them as identical as possible. I wanted to add height to the trees, so I asked one of my best friends to build me some risers to elevate them. I really liked how they turned out. Thank God for good friends.
The brunch spread was set up with care…
I added a poinsettia, swags and a mini lighted Christmas cabin on top of the buffet to finish off the room.
Please leave me a comment to let me know how you like the room. I look forward to your feedback. Also, if you missed it, check out part 1 of this post. Merry Christmas and happy decorating!