Thursday, December 15, 2016

Soldiers On Guard Table

The new dining room needed some new decor
for Christmas.  Everything was so fresh and clean
and I was looking for something to go with
that look.

You know how it is when you see something
that just calls your name?  These soldiers in
silver and white did that to me.  Their huge
size was perfect for the dining room table.  I
could envision them right away.

Some people complain about beginning
Christmas shopping early in the season, but
as you have probably found, if you don't get it early,
it will be gone.   I found these fabulous tin soldiers in
silver and white, the fur runner, and the
jeweled candle holders early in the season.

I went back the next week, and it was all gone.
Whew!  Glad I didn't hesitate to think about them.

I love to leave my table settings up during the
holidays as part of the Christmas decor.  So
in this room, with the new purple banquettes and chairs,
it had to be a placesetting with a touch of purple.

The plate stack was placed on an inexpensive square
mirror as the charger.  You can find these for about
$5 at Michaels.  

The dessert plate is purple glass, to pick up
the purple in the room.  The napkin sits on it
with a snowflake jeweled napkin ring.

I chose my Aunt Ionia's beautiful sterling,
as her house was always the setting for
Christmas Eve dinner, which was formal,
with china and goblets and silver for 30.

I definitely gained my love of setting a nice
table from her.  Blogging has helped me see
more clearly why I have some of the traditions 
I have.

Everyone has a deep purple and clear goblet
at their placesetting.  Although we don't drink
alcohol, we love a lot of the sparkling beverages.
Our favorite is Welches Sparkling Pina Colada.
It is hard to find, but I happened on a few at
Wal Mart.  My daughter was able to order
some with Wal Mart's grocery pick up service.

It is just light and refreshing.

The clear stemware is from the Dollar Tree.
I needed 22 of them last year, and was thrilled
to get them for only $1 each.  The purple ones
were a bit pricier from Spiegel years ago.

I just love the purple, white, and crystal
up against the snowy background of the fur runner.
Loving fur this year.

Each bowl holds a special glass ornament.

These snowy white trees with mercury silver
candle holders anchor one end of the table.

The other end is anchored by this sparkling
cone tree.  The trees were finds at Michael's this year.

The newly painted hutch has touches of crystal
and purple too.  A purple tabletop tree that I made
a few years ago sits next to it.

And this gorgeous Nativity is the center of attraction.

Thanks for coming to see my dining room table and decor
for Christmas.  I love it so much, I will be tempted
to leave it up long past Christmas!

I will be posting this with


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  1. This tablescape was the first one that caught my eye at Between Naps on the Porch! Gorgeous! Stunning! Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Your dining room is astoundingly beautiful!! I LOVE everything about it. You are truly blessed with the decorating gene, which most of us don't seem to have. TFS.

  3. I love how festive this table feels. The pretty whites and silver colors with the purple are wonderful. Love those soldiers!

  4. Your nutcracker soldiers are perfect standing sentry at your table in your new dining room! Love the blingy holders and fur runner! Shopping early in the season definitely pays off :)

  5. Exquisite! I love the soldiers!!! Loving the pops of purple and the fur is fabulous! Have a merry day!

  6. So perfect with your new blingy and furry decor Jacqueline! The soldiers are quite a find! Beautiful!

  7. Love your dining room table all decked out beautifully. The soldiers are awesome! where did you find those amazing nutcrackers? I do know you cannot hesitate when shopping, because there is no guarantee these items will be around. Happy to see your fu runner and those gorgeous trees. Truly a gorgeous table to compliment your newly decorated dining room.

  8. Jacqueline such a stunning so glad you eent out of the normsl colors for Christmas. I did too this feels refreshing.wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas


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