Nature's Garland Tablescape
Hello everyone and welcome to today's tablescape. I set myself a challenge to do a different blog everyday from December 1st to December 24th. So far, so good. Today's entry uses Nature's Garland china by Longaberger. Longaberger, unfortunately closed it's doors a few years ago but their legacy remains. Many of you are probably familiar with their baskets which were extremely well made and will be collected for many years to come. I run across them every so often when I'm out thrifting.
On to the china and how it is used in today's setting. Rather than mix it with other patterns, I decided to use the dinner plate, salad/dessert plate and bowl all from the same Longaberger pattern. It brings attention to the beautiful poinsettia pattern mixed with a spray of winter greenery.
I started with a red, ivory and green tablecloth shot with elements of plaid and gold by Lenox. Found this in a Humane Society Thrift store. It picks up the colors and feel of the beautiful Longaberger china. I complimented the plaid in the tablecloth with a different plaid for the napkins. The napkins are held in place by a poinsettia napkin ring. Napkin rings and napkins were thrifted at Goodwill.
Rogers silver-plated "Remembrance" pattern (Humane Society Thrift Store) add a special feel to the table. It's paired with some hand-blown green glasses (Goodwill) that pick-up the green in the china and the tablecloth. The glasses aren't a matching set but were found separately. I think they go together rather well in this place setting.
The centerpiece is a thrifted find that I filled out with a little bird made of natural elements and some Christmas picks (both thrifted). The ribbon on the centerpiece adds another element of plaid to the table. A trio of poinsettia candle holders from Kirkland (thrifted) reinforce the theme.
Brass candlesticks with dark green candles anchor either end of the table and reflect the gold elements in the china, individual poinsettia plants and tablecloth.
Somewhere between casual and formal, this table setting evokes the natural elements that are found in our surroundings at Christmas.
I've been using a lot of red and green in this year's Christmas decor. It reminds me of years past and I think that's important this year. We all need to look forward, for sure, but the past is always with us and should be remembered.