A few years ago, I began collecting Johnson Brothers Friendly Village dinnerware. I felt like it would be so festive for Christmas with its wintry theme. Each year, I am challenged with how to put my linens and accessories with it. I found this rustic setting on the web. I love this with all the neutrals and pops of red. Of Course, the fresh flowers and greenery just make the whole thing come alive.
And then look what we have here. The very same dinner plates with a white and chocolate setting. How versatile can one pattern be? This must be why each year I play with a multitude of options.
Here is the rustic place setting up close. Simple.
We are having friends over this coming weekend and I am trying to decide how I want to accessorize my table. Stay tuned to see what I decide.
While on the web, I began looking at other place settings and this one caught my eye. I love the berries around the napkin and the song sheet place card. So creative. The red and black look so good together here.
I love the tartan plaid blanket used on this table. Mixed with the red berries it just screams Christmas.
Are you seeing a theme here with what I like? It seems that the rustic tables are the ones that draw me in. There is just something about the warm feel they exude. After all, entertaining is about making your guests feel wonderful....like you have put a warm blanket on them.
I love this elegant white mixed with the mercury trees and greenery.
While perusing tables, I came across this arrangement with the little skate in the middle. What a cute idea and look how elegant the whole design comes off.
How cool is this? I love the berries and green mixed together. Have you ever made one of these? Was it worth it?
Want to dream for a minute? Two of my favorite entertaining books are Passion for Parties by Carolyne Roehm and Danielle Rollins Soiree, Entertaining with Style. Lets see what these famed, style mavens have to show us.
I guess you could call this a RED table. Even the plates are a deep red. This was designed by Carolyn Roehm.
WOW! I love the clean look of this. The crisp white with the blue and of course the Narcissus and the greens just put this over the top pretty. Another design by Carolyne Roehm
This is from Danielle Rollins and can you believe the centerpiece is nothing but carnations? Who knew they could look so fantastic?!?
Love this napkin! Combined with the red and white plates, it creates a very fun and festive setting. Another one by Danielle Rollins
Ok, now this is just precious. I am not certain of the source for this, but what a super great and easy idea to do yourself. It might be hard finding small stocking that are this cute, but maybe something to search for in the after Christmas sales.
We are still dreaming aren't we? Sometimes I wish I could start over and choose a different china pattern or choose more than one. This Gold Aves really speaks to me. The possibilities with this would be endless but somehow, I think keeping the accessories simple and elegant would be the ticket.
I guess I got a little carried away looking for inspiration for my Friendly Village pattern. I will share my creation next week.
Coming up....a recipe for Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce