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Olive Green & Cranberry Tablescape with Cardinal Accents

My latest table challenge was this recently completed table runner.


I decided a light blue tablecloth would set it off nicely.

I chose these vintage olive green dinner plates -
Madeira pattern from Canonsburg Pottery Company. I would guess they were made in the mid 1950's. I am a sucker for solid color dinner plates with intricate rims. This ornate basket weave embossed rim fits the bill. They worked nicely atop cranberry chargers.
A cranberry salad plate completes the setting.


I bought these rather drab olive green napkins earlier in the year.

They work perfectly with the Maderia plates. Once again I've used the big cranberry red goblets. They work with so many of my tables.

For a centerpiece I used the money plant (lunaria) and the silver branches I had on the top of my Christmas tree (I love to recycle!). I just went outside and cut a few sprigs of cedar (an advantage of living the country life) and attached some red cardinals--very quick and easy.






This runner makes a nice table for a cold winter day.

A Classic Christmas Tablescape



I don't often do red, white and green at Christmas. I have a lot of it, but I have been trying out other color schemes during the past ten years.

Earlier this fall, I made a red, white and green table runner, which was the inspiration for this table. I wanted to use it with a set of four candy-themed dessert plates I bought at the end of last season.

So this morning I went down to the basement and pawed through some old boxes of holiday decor to see what I could find to set a classic Christmas table.

I found these Santa napkin rings that I just loved (and still do).

I had forgotten I owned this cute salt and pepper shaker set.

The stemware - one clear crystal and one green.

The centerpiece is a hurricane filled with green/red/white glass ornaments.

Ah, traditional colors do bring out the Christmas spirit, don't you think?
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