There are so many ways to bring magic and beauty into our lives and give a special experience to our friends. One way I like to do this is with table settings. I had an especially fun time developing my Christmas Eve table.
The theme is a sparkly, antique silver effect with a hint of white. The moon reflecting on snow and icicles. A mood of the late 1700’s up to today. All lit by over a dozen candles to reflect off the many glittering surfaces.
For this setting I used a soft grey, raw silk fabric with a white, cotton organdy over that. All of this was atop a burgundy, raw silk, floor length, gathered cloth that I had also made. Every fabric I used I bought at Laura & Kiran in Berkeley were they are helpful and have a wonderful selection of Indian textiles. Then silver beaded placemats that I happily found on sale a few months ago. They are what stimulated this table design.
The water glasses are a collection of antique leaded glass and contemporary hand blown glass, though I had forgotten to put them all on the table as I use some as glasses for watercoloring in my painting studio!
The place cards are designed by the artist, Lauren McIntosh, that I added silver glitter to and they are sitting in place card holders from the shop, Tail of the Yak, in Berkeley. I can’t remember where I found that fabulously enormous ornament used as the center piece. Was it Tail of the Yak, also? The reindeer are from Urban Nest, a shop that used to be on 24th Street in Noe Valley and has moved down the Peninsula. The silverware is what I have inherited and purchased over the years.
This is the first time I have not had flowers on the table but because this is a Winter Wonderland theme there are no flowers to be found on this snowy, night table.