Christmas in the kitchen this year was a nod to the farmhouse design style I absolutely adore. Red and black buffalo check was used all throughout the space. Little pops of the print adorned wreaths hanging from my cabinets, hung on the kitchen Christmas tree, and of course on my dining table.
When designing my dining table this year I centered the entire space around the red and black buffalo check table runner I purchased from hobby lobby at the beginning of the season. Two wooden black candle holders topped with rich green candles were then placed a top the runner, followed by the wood and black cake stand. From there I added a few ceramic trees and a set of rattan spheres on the cake stand for an everyday look.
To change up the look for Christmas dinner I knew I had to find the perfect plates to accent my basic white dishes, so I began searching all my favorite stores for just the right addition. After a couple weeks of searching I finally settled on this four piece set of salad plates from Pier 1. I loved how each plate was different while still a cohesive collection.
Once I brought the plates home everything came together. I began by placing four eucalyptus placemats purchased from Pier 1 last season on the table, followed by the subtle shimmery white charger plates. Next, the basic white dinner plates wrapped in bold red linen napkins were placed on the chargers. Finally, each place was set with the whimsical salad plates and topped with a rattan sphere.
After the places were set I worked on the centerpiece. I definitely could have left the everyday centerpiece since it was just going to be myself, husband, and two kids for dinner, but I wanted to make it more special and I wanted to introduce different elements to create more interest. I added mercury glass trees for an elegant touch, white ceramic houses and a sparkly rattan tree to continue the farmhouse theme, and just a few springs of artificial red berries to pull your eye up. Everything was complete, now it was time to enjoy a delicious ham dinner.
Thanksgiving was especially exciting this year because it was our first one in our brand new home and my sister and her family were going to be joining us. Sure, we have had plenty of memorable thanksgivings, but none that were in our home, we owned. My husband, two kids, and I have always been renters, so as hard as we tried those different apartments never felt like home. So, this year I wanted to make Thanksgiving special.
I cooked a big beautiful turkey, deliciously herby corn bread stuffing, fluffy mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, and two pumpkin pies with homemade whipped cream. The food was planned so all I had to do was set the table to accommodate nine people, that was the tricky part.
Our beautiful concrete table can only accommodate six people comfortably, maybe eight if we squeeze together. Therefore I had to utilize our beautiful island my husband just built. I recently purchased four black metal bar stools so I knew we would have enough seating, the only issue was trying to create a cohesive table setting. I only have one four piece place setting of orange dishes, four white wheat embossed salad plates, four black chargers, four galvanized chargers, and four plaid napkins. So it was time to utilize my basic white dinner and salad plates, and collection of other everyday napkins, placements, and chargers.
First I worked on the table. I laid down a simple black table runner, two black wooden candle holders with black and white candles, and the wood and black cake stand I recently purchased from Kirklands.
Next, I set the table with the four black chargers on both sides and used two of my galvanized chargers for the heads of the table. The black chargers were topped with rich orange dinner plates, beautiful white wheat embossed salad plates. and plaid napkins. The galvanized chargers were topped with basic white dinner plates, rich orange salad plates, and sage green napkins. The two different looks were brought together with modern square wooden napkin rings.
I then created a simple centerpiece on top of the cake stand with a couple ceramic pumpkins, a medium sized seagrass pumpkin, and a couple springs of artificial greenery. I wanted the table setting to feel clean and modern with a touch of traditional farmhouse.
The dining table was set now I needed to figure our how to make to the island setting complement the table. Since, the three youngest kids were going to be sitting at the island I knew I could go a little more simple. I used a simple round white placemat, a white dinner plate, white salad plate, and an orange bowl.
The look was completed with the sage green napkin and modern square wooden napkin ring. However, when its all said and done I knew the kids weren't really going to use all those plates, but I at least wanted them to still feel part of the dining experience.
Everyone enjoyed dinner, we all probably ate more then we should have, but it was so worth it to be able to share Thanksgiving together in our new home. Next, up Christmas!
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