Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Table

White and winter white make for a lovely table
reminding one of the icy conditions outside
yet with sparkling effects that illuminate the
gorgeous qualities of new fallen snow.

This is my first tablescape shot all at night.  I love the
dark beauty of the night outside the kitchen view window
that sets a stunning backdrop for the sparkling table.

These beautiful bon bon cloches are a new purchase
this year.  I have been eyeing them for some time.
I can picture lots of tablescapes featuring these lovlies.

Just perfect to capture a snowflake and keep it.

Everything catches the light and sparkles just like
fresh snow.

Department 56's Ice Palace was the inspiration
for this table.

(It actually had a place on a small table.  When
my daughter walked in and saw it she said, "I
guess we will just have to stay away for the month!"
Grandma Jackie quickly moved it up higher.  We
couldn't have that happen!)

The Ice Palace is surrounded by frosty iced trees.

"Snow" covers the silvery linens.

This chandelier gets a few icy ornaments too.

This snow crystal has melted into a perfect tear drop.

Looking down from the iced chandelier we see the top
of the Ice Palace.

Icy ornaments are scattered around the table.

Two sizes of textured square plates are perfect
as they catch the sparkling evening lights.

As penguins skate around the palace, the dome
changes colors.

I love the sparkle of the lights out the window when
the chandelier is turned off.

May the joy of this sparkling season bring you
"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

Although not on the table, I had to mention this
lovely angel as her coloring matches the table.

She adorned the top of our Christmas tree all of
my years growing up.  I thought she was the most
beautiful thing I had ever seen.  I remember once
squabbling over who would inherit her.  When it
actually came time, after the deaths of both of my
parents, she seemed small and unimportant and no
one claimed her.  She actually was placed in the box
for Goodwill. 

I remembered how much I had loved her and
although she didn't seem as beautiful to me then, I
couldn't see her go that way, so I plucked her out of
the box and brought her home.

Now, with more mature eyes, I treasure her above
all the glitter and glamour.  She is again one of the
most beautiful things I bring out at Christmas time.

The little lovely only stands about 8 inches tall,
but she fills me with love and memories of a
warm and loving home.

Ice Palace - ebay purchase last year
Plates - Home Goods
Sterling - Kirk Steiff
Pewter goblets - Christmas gift from friends
Bubble goblets - Tai Pan
Bon bon cloches - Tai Pan
Mercury glass - Tai Pan
Peace lettering - Tai Pan
Beaded ribbon - Tai Pan
Icy ornaments - Hobby Lobby
Linens - linentablecloths.com

I am pleased to post this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. O.k.,thats it,I claim you the winner for the christmas season tablescape world of blogging.You get first place,the blue ribbon handed out By Denise Adorian the hobbit lady.Congratulations to you.

  2. I love how you pulled off this perfect table. It's so magical and very ethereal. Your treasure is truly in the angel. How beautiful the memories.

  3. Just beautiful Jacqueline! Your pics did capture the sparkle and shine!
    Lovin' your little angle topper, it's so pretty with the feather skirt:@)

  4. How stunning, Jacqueline! Everything is beautiful and I especially love the snowflakes under cloche. Your feathered angel is adorable too!

    My friend, Kathleen, at Cuisine Kathleen is hosting a White Christmas party on the 15. Your post would be perfect!

  5. Jacqueline, This tablescape is amazingly beautiful. The palace, tiny cloches, all the glitter and glam...gorgeous!! I also adore your angel topper. How wonderful to have this piece from your childhood.
    Happy Holidays,

  6. Your frosty silver and white tablescape became even better as it got dark. It looks fantastic at night, thanks for sharing your creativity.

  7. You have such a talent for this ( among other things). It is the most beautiful table I think I've ever seen.

  8. So stunning, Jackie! If I were you I would sit there all evening in the dark with the lights illuminated... So beautiful! Your special angel sure has fared well through all the years:)

  9. I don't know how you do it. This just takes my breath away. It looks like a magical winter wonderland.

  10. As beautiful as the decorations are, your comments about the Angel from your childhood made me shed a tear. So touching and breathtaking. Jacqueline, you must take more pictures of the view OUT those windows at night. Loved this post so much!

  11. This is Breathtakingly Exquisite. I was leaning in to take in all the sparkle. Love the effects of the nighttime photography! You did an absolutely marvelous job! A fantasy land tablescape,
    pure joy!
    Thank you for joining me this week at Christmas with Victoria - you've made it all the more special and I am so very glad you rescued that precious angel!

  12. this is beautiful!! I can't imagine how much storage space you must have in your house!!


  13. This looks gorgeous, like a fairy tail, love your table how in the world people think of all these things, this is a dream table.

    Season Greetings,

    Maria & Ruth

  14. Wow! That is one gorgeous tablescape! How awesome that you have a cloche at every place setting. Beautiful!

  15. My first visit here - what a lovely blog!

  16. *sigh*

    This does it...I want to live at your house. This is really one of the prettiest tables I've seen.

  17. What a unique and beautiful table.
    It is a shimmering delight!
    So enjoyed it!
    Blessings for a lovely christmas

  18. So beautiful-I love the cloches with the snowflakes in them. Thanks for sharing today!!

  19. Gorgeous! I hope you will link this up to my White Christmas event next week! Details on top of my sidebar!

  20. Everything is so beautiful and sparkly, Jacqueline. It looks so magical. I love your centerpiece! The ice palace is stunning!...Christine

  21. It's just plain exquisite!!!!! I love this one so much. I can't single out just one thing that's my favorite, either. I think that the whole picture that it makes even surpasses the individual elements.

    Really, this is beautiful.
    And I smiled about Grandma putting it up high.)

  22. Your table is wonderful. I'm loving all that white. Beautifully done!

  23. This is beautiful. I love how the snow castle lights up. All the little extras add to the beauty.
    (Glad you moved the castle to higher ground.)

  24. I need to see this in person -- how long are you keeping it up -- it is STUNNING really! The whites and silver and crystal are amazing. I love the lit up house picture. The angel is so pretty -- I just love her sweet face and feathers -- I loved her on our tree. Joni

  25. Pure magic! This is just amazing! Each detail is so special. I am so glad that you rescued that tree topper and she has a loving place at Christmas time. Your grandchildren will remember the magic that they see at your home. I'll be thinking about this one all day.

  26. I was just ready to stop the blog tour for the night and head for bed...but then I recognized that your post was next up. Just absolute perfection in every way. You've used just the right portion of each and every thing...well balanced...a visual feast in preparation for a feast. Aren't the family treasures just the very best. The angel is a true Christmas jewel. Thank you for sharing your marvelous magical design. Cherry Kay

  27. Wow! Your table is stunning! Beautiful snowflakes and sparkle look amazing with all your glass. It looks like a winter wonderland one could feast upon! Great job and thanks for sharing it with us.

    Christmas blessings,

  28. Oh my goodness, this is just stunning. Your entire tablescape is exquisite. Wow. The small cloches are wonderful. The Ice Palace is so pretty, I've never seen anything like it. Gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  29. Ooooooo, SPARKLE-tacular!!
    I ♥ ♥ ♥ every single inch of this table!!!!

  30. Oh my goodness, what a stunning table. This has to be one of the most beautiful of the season. I love everything about it. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Soooooooooo gorgeous and glittery!! This is just beautiful. Looks like something out of Dr. Zhivago!! Nothing like lots of sparkle and snowy-ness (new word there).

  32. Absolutely enchanting! Reminds me of Snow White's castle in so many ways. There's something there for girls young and not-quite-so-young with a wonderful holiday twist!

  33. Oh. My. Goodness!!!! What a gorgeous table you have set! I love everything about it- it is just magical and so beautiful!! Wow! Thank you for sharing at my Feathered Nest Friday party! Just delightful!!!!

  34. This is absolutely magnificent!! The beautiful cloche is perfect on this tablescape!

    Wonderful creations!


  35. Hello Jacqueline,
    just wonderful. I love the little ice palast. Makes a gorgeous center piece.
    Greetings, Johanna

  36. Wow! This is exquisite! Each little sparkle has my heart singing, Jacqueline. I can tell you are enjoying the season and I'm so appreciative that you are sharing the joy with us. ~ Sarah

  37. Very beautiful - I love your winter whites. I am going to be on the look out for those bon bon cloches they are darling :)

    Thank you for sharing.

  38. So glad you linked this up, it is a beauty of a post!

  39. Your table is positively enchanting! So very beautiful :)

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  40. Over the top, jaw dropping, stunning!! This should be on the cover of a magazine. I never thought of using my Dept 56 pieces for my table. Thanks for the idea.


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