In this post: Looking for table setting ideas for the upcoming holidays? This place setting works for Christmas table decorations and Thanksgiving, as well.⇒
Stoneware for everyday, fine bone china for special events.
That’s what I used to think.
But oh, was I missing out on some very special categories in between! It turns out, there are gorgeous pieces of tableware that, in addition to being art objects themselves, can help you create a magnificent holiday table.
In today’s post I’m sharing one such option from Annieglass, that is unique, elegant and perfect for a memorable celebration.
*This post was sponsored by Anniglass, but all styling and opinions are completely my own.
Table Setting Ideas
If you like to entertain at all, this is the time of year to do it.
With one holiday after another, the last few months of the year are the perfect time to gather with family and friends, while the cooling weather encourages cozy celebrations.
So if you’re going to invest in special dinnerware, it’s nice to have something that’s both beautiful and versatile. After all, you’re not going to use those pumpkin plates for Christmas or those poinsettia dishes for Thanksgiving.
Let’s look at two very different tables for both holidays with one unique place setting.
The key to these two tablescapes is this lovely plate pairing from Annieglass.
The foundation is a gorgeous ruffle edged buffet plate with a golden border, topped with a 24k gold bold cheetah print plate. The patterned plate comes in both the dinner size if you prefer more ‘plate’, or this generously sized salad plate which allows more of the ruffled border to show.
The pieces are handmade in the USA and can be collected over time and mixed and mingled with the other pieces in the Annieglass collection. Be sure to check out the entire Lookbook.
To let the stunning tableware take center stage, I kept the rest of the place setting refined but simple.
A snow white backdrop is ideally suited to the Christmas dinner table, utilizing a white linen tablecloth and vintage embroidered napkins.
Antique silver flatware offers quiet elegance, with the mixed metals providing a graceful balance.
I kept the stemware common to both tables, as well, with dignified cut crystal goblets adding understated gentility.
The place where each table setting began to diverge was in the decorative elements that embellish the center of the table. This is where the specific occasion could be defined and the identity of each table could express its individuality.
On the Christmas table I used little village houses and mercury glass trees, to create the feeling of an enchanted holiday hamlet.
Scattered ornaments amid seasonal greens, as well as bottle brush trees and a Belsnickel Santa parade down the table center.
I placed winter white flowers in crystal vases to maintain the chic gold and white theme, using cream dahlias and fluffy white hydrangeas, and adding just a pop of greenery for good measure.
The very same place setting components work equally as well in a tablescape set for a more casual Thanksgiving dinner, which perfectly illustrates the versatility of the dishes.
Simply peel away the seasonal ingredients and replace with a fresh color palette and the same tableware can serve for any number of occasions.
In this case, the table is set for a charming fall meal, with soft autumn colors and pumpkins galore. The tone is still cultivated and even a bit swanky, but the gourds are more relaxed than the glossy Christmas baubles.
Tossed heirloom pumpkins and faux artichokes on the table, lead up to the centerpiece of faded peach roses and fall-blooming hydrangeas. This time, the floral rests in a white ironstone pitcher, for a touch of rusticity befitting the occasion.
I punctuated the setting with delightful handkerchief votives, which are gently sculpted and are also from Annieglass.
The possibilities are limitless when you have gorgeous tableware in neutral tones, ornate enough to adorn the most formal tables, and yet flexible enough in demeanor to garnish a more carefree occasion.
This adaptability is what makes it a worthwhile investment.
These pieces even mix well with fine bone china, so don’t feel you have to pack away the china boxes just yet.
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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