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Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

I am so happy to be with you today to share how my Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays as part of Day 3 of this week’s fabulous Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. I hope you have been enjoying the fabulous tablescapes that have already been shared. From traditional red and green to white and gold sparkle, from family heirlooms used as tablecloths and plate settings to baubles and beads, these tablescapes have been a wealth of entertainment and inspiration.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

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Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

I think every tablescape starts with a favorite item that provides inspiration for the entire table. For me, something old ~ a flea market tray that I painted white with silver and something new ~ a small wooden sleigh bought recently at one of my favorite local stores, Ballard & Blakely ~ provided the inspiration. I knew that I wanted to use one of our white and gold Santas and white, gold, and silver would be my color scheme. I wanted an elegant and traditional feel. Here, you can see the tray and a bit of the sleigh sitting on the tray and the Santa standing on the sleigh. Then I started filling in with new gold Christmas trees, silver “pearls”, gold votives and silver stars on wire.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Once the centerpiece was to my liking, at both ends of the table, I added 2 of our rose bowls on gold stands, surrounded them with garland and gold stars.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Now I was ready to add the place settings. As always, I started with our gold trimmed placemats and then our Lenox Christmas china. Our “everyday” china is Eternal by Lenox and years ago Sweet Shark and I purchased bread & butter plates and salad plates in the Christmas pattern. We also have several serving pieces, wine glasses and highball glasses in the Christmas pattern. Next came my Francis I silver pattern (The silver was my mom’s and I cherish it.) The wine glasses are Masséna by Baccarat; the water glasses belonged to Sweet Shark’s mom , but we have no idea what pattern they are.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

 This year I decided to fold our matching napkins with a pocket in them to show the band of gold trim. It definitely needed some ornament and I decided that a rosemary sprig from our herb garden would provide a natural green touch. And, of course, it smells wonderful.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

I love giving guests a party favor. At another design store several weeks ago, I saw some plain brown boxes embellished with glitter and bows. I loved them, but the price point was much higher than I wanted to pay. When I found plain brown gift boxes at Michael’s, I knew that I could make them. (Raise your hand if you’ve done the same thing!) I love the focal point and the touch of gold and silver sparkle that they provide on the table. They are like the icing on the cake, the perfect size for a cupcake or a mini~bundt cake. In a future post, I’ll share how I made them.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

The table looks lovely during the day, but it comes to life at night with the candles lit and the chandelier on. We always dim the chandelier and the spot lights to create a beautiful ambiance.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

I hope you enjoyed a visit to our silver and gold Christmas tablescape. It was fun to create and we can enjoy it throughout the holiday season.

Don’t forget that this week’s recipe in my newsletter on Friday is Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyére. It’s definitely a side dish you will want to make during the holidays. Sign up to receive the printable recipe.

Now it’s time to visit the beautiful Holiday Tablescapes of my fellow bloggers. I know that you will love them.

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays

Silver and Gold Tablescape Shines for the Holidays


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  1. Carol, I love your centerpiece for you silver and gold Christmas table! It’s especially beautiful with the glow of the candles and the chandelier. Your take away boxes are such a pretty and festive touch with their sparkle and bow. Lenox Holiday is such a pretty and classic Christmas pattern and I love the addition of a sprig of rosemary tucked in the fold of your napkin!

  2. Carol, I love your beautiful Christmas tablescape! The silver and gold color palette is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on your centerpiece. It looks so pretty with the Santa and gold trees, and I adore the antique tray they set upon. Your Lenox china is the perfect choice for your table, and I love the way you tucked the sprig of rosemary in each napkin. The addition of the pretty gift boxes with party favors is the perfect finishing touch! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

  3. Carol, what a gorgeous table. I love that you incorporated treasures and new elements. The centerpiece is stunning and I can’t wait to see how you made the lovely gift boxes! Happy Wednesday!

  4. Carol, I feel warmth and love from your table. The ambience of candlelight is soft and dreamy!
    Your photographs are lovely and you have thought of many details that reflect your memories and personality.
    Everything is beautiful. Those placemats and napkins are gorgeous and adding the scent of fresh rosemary sets them off. Of course, I love your china and it looks beautiful paired with the Eternal Lenox pattern and your family crystal and cherished silverware.
    Your centerpiece of white, silver and gold is stunning. I enjoyed reading how it evolved and was the inspiration for your tablescape.

  5. Very nice, Carol, and I would certainly agree there is always something from which we spring our tablescaping ideas. Your centerpiece assemblage turned out great, and those favor boxes (!) on the plate stack – you’re right – it all just glows in the evening light. I love how you consciously paired the Lenox holiday dishes with your cherished wedding china – a tradition in the making. Having your MIL’s glassware along with your china makes for a beautiful treasure trove. I love the rosemary sprig in the napkins, too. Happy holidays!
    Rita C at Panoply

  6. Your vintage Santa and the wooden tray make a wonderful old world feel centerpiece Carol! It’s magical, when Santa’s around, there is always such a tingling feeling of excitement and anticipation! The candlelight and evergreens really make the scene come alive, it is beautiful!

  7. Your table is absolutely beautiful! I love all the sparkle of the silver and gold, it is so elegant. The Santa is a beautiful treasure to display! The boxes were the perfect little treasure to send each guest home with. Your crystal sparkles with the lights tucked into your centerpiece. I LOVE those tiny battery powered lights. It makes it so easy to add a sparkle of lights everywhere! Thank you so much for being a part of the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop.

  8. Carol, I adore your pretty Santa… he just sparkles with magic among the silver and gold accents of your beautiful table setting! I love your festive china, and the wine and water glasses are stunning! All very elegant, and welcoming! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  9. With a tablescape like yours, it is easy to see why “mixing metals” is a new trend – you’ve combined silver and gold elements to perfection. I really like your “Santa in a tray” centerpiece and especially the lovely trees surrounding him. I rarely do it because of the expense, but you have me re-thinking the idea of favours for guests with your gorgeously decorated boxes and I love how they add another beautiful “accessory” to the table. And good for you, doing it the more economical way than purchasing the ready-made boxes. Going back to pin…

  10. Hello Carol,

    Your silver and gold table is absolutely stunning. I love all the pretty shimmer and glam. I am crushing over your gorgeous centerpiece. I also love your Lenox china. Great idea fot the napkin.

    Thank you for sharing. I am so happy to be joining you on this fun Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop. What an amazing group of talented bloggers.


  11. Nicely done Carol. I so love the gold and silver. The tray makeover is lovely. Your Santa looks so regal sitting there. Mixing metals is such a great look. this is my kind of table, elegant and refined. Your little gift boxes are so pretty. yes, I have done that as well. Thoroughly a pleasure to see this beautiful table. It’s being fun blog hopping with you.

  12. Hi Carol, Lovely tablescape! I’m thinking of focusing on silver and white this year myself! By the way, you might be able to learn the pattern of your water glasses by going to This store is the place to go if you have missing china, silver or crystal and need a replacement. They have all the photos of each pattern so you can browse through them & perhaps find the name of the one you don’t know. Hope this is helpful! Blessings, Janet

  13. Silver and gold is right up my alley! I LOVE metallics any time of year and love to mix them too. You’ve used them so beautifully and I love all of the layers in your centerpiecem and that Santa! Such a beautiful table!

  14. Carol- this is so beautiful! I prefer decorating with silvers and golds at Christmastime, but my kiddos insisted on RED this year. My mother has the same Christmas china patterned plates, so I particularly love that. Great to be “hopping” with you again! Warm Holiday Wishes to you and your family from Sunny Florida!!

    1. Kristy, thank you sweet friend. Miss you. The rest of the house is mostly red which my husband loves, but he lets me have my way in the dining room and the tree. Never used silver and gold when my kids were young. Love your Sunday posts. Merry Christmas to you and family.

  15. Absolutely stunning Carol. I love the tray you painted too, it really makes for a striking centerpiece. So much thought and detail in your gorgeous table. Your guests will love it as much as I do.

    1. Christine, thank you for your sweet comments. I bought that tray for $10 at a flea market 3 years ago. It was brown and dull. Never underestimate the power of paint!

  16. Carol, your table is beyond gorgeous. I love feasting on the exquisite details: the rustic luxe tray; stunning vintage Santas; Christmas tree candles; greenery; delicate votives; silver/gold touches. Your Lenox holly, circled in gold, is so timeless and beautiful. The greenery at either end, dotted with stars and candles, just adds to the magic, along with sparkling crystal and rosemary sprigs tucked into the napkins. The Christmas favor boxes would delight guests of all ages–what fun! I’m delighted to play with you for another tablescape hop!!

    1. You are so sweet for making your comments. I’m flattered. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Love being on the blog hop with you.

    1. Thank you Emily. The rosemary was a last minute thought, but it added just the right little pop of greenery and organic detail. It’s often the littlest thing that makes a big impact.

  17. Oh Carol, how are you going to part with this beautiful table! There is elegance in every detail and the evening shots are breathtaking. Your old world Santa is definitely the star of this setting. Merry Christmas!

    1. Sandra, it’s that one of the reasons we blog? TO keep a record of what we did, when and how? I have to admit, this is my favorite tablescape I’ve ever done. I look at it a dozen times a day and it just makes me happy. We get a new Santa every year and I think we’ve had that one for 10+ years.

  18. Looks so beautiful Carol. I love the idea of making the gift boxes. I imagine your guest are going to enchanted with this beautiful table.

    1. BonBon, thanks so much. I love the gift boxes too. The inspiration came from one of my favorite local design stores. I couldn’t stop thinking about the boxes and I decided to make my own.

  19. Hi Carol!

    I’m a bit late to the party because I just finished college finals yesterday.
    Your tablescape is gorgeous. I love that wonderful Santa. Your favor boxes are so cute and clever.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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