Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Setting the Table for the Holidays

Mark Sikes - Lonny

With my gorgeous new vintage gold bamboo flatware, I am inspired to start to plan my table settings for the holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas with a gold and white theme. This color palette works much better with my home's palette than the harvest colors of Thanksgiving and red and green of Christmas.

I think I'll stock up on mini white pumpkins like used above as they tend to disappear at least around here after Halloween and they last well indoors - especially stored in a cool and dry place.

This is my Reed and Barton gold bamboo flatware I scored on eBay.


 I will use my white Staub Pumpkin Cocotte as the centerpiece and also to serve a lovely soup - like a pumpkin soup with truffle oil perhaps.

White Staub Pumpkin Cocotte

I am a big fan of Chilewich placemats - they wear like iron, and like these a lot.

Chilewich Gold Dahlia Placemat

I have a thing against formal white cloth dinner napkins - these would be fun with my gold and white.

Monogrammed Napkins

I found these plates that I think are gorgeous.  I am thinking of getting either the dinner plates or the salad plates to mix and match with china I already have.

Brushed Gold Salad and Dinner Plates

Portuguese artisans hand paint the rims of the plates with real gold, adding warm metallic luster to the organic texture and matte finish. Crafted of durable stoneware and glazed by hand, the collection reflects Portugal's long heritage of ceramic making while bringing fresh, contemporary style to the table. I love how organic these are with the mix of the rustic stoneware and the elegant gold.

Brushed Gold Dinner Plates

Brushed Gold Salad Plates

And these fabulous Aerin Sea Urchin Salt and Pepper Shakers that are on sale. I already have these.

Aerin Sea Urchin Salt and Pepper Shakers

These  Estelle Wine Glasses in amethyst would be stunning.

Estelle Wine Glasses in Amethyst

I hope this inspires you to start thinking about your own table settings for the upcoming holidays.


  1. Those dinner plates are 🔥! I love the mix of the organic shape and luxe gold. Your holiday table will be gorgeous; can’t wait to see!

  2. JACKPOT!!!! That dinnerware is going to be fabulous mixed in with what you already have & the bamboo flatware will take it to the top! If I lived near you I'd be trying to figure out how to wrangle a seat at one of your tables just to relish the beauty of it all.....you have the best finds anywhere!!!!

  3. Such lovely ideas! Now I WILL start thinking about my holiday tables.

  4. Your holiday tables will be fantabulous!

  5. Though many are, I'm not a huge fan of many Fall colors all at once, unless it is in nature. Just a personal preference, I guess, but I absolutely love gold and white together. Your Reed & Barton gold flatware is just beautiful, and such a find! The Staub cocotte is wonderful and adds a touch of whimsy to your table. The brushed gold Portugese plates are lovely. Sans the pumpkin cocotte, you could carry this theme into Christmas and on into New Years if you really loved it, Beth. Have you decided on what sort of flowers yet?

    Funny, I just bought a set of Portugese Costa Nova "Pearl" ceramic dishes in white for my kitchen. I searched and searched for white dinnerware that wasn't so bland, and then I found them.

    1. Yes, for Christmas I would use as a centerpiece one or more of my coveted Kate Spade Cloverdale vases in crystal and gold with white roses, carnations, and amaryllis. I have found four of these vases over time and they are my absolute favorite. I like that dinnerware you got.

  6. I love the gold plates. I inherited my maternal grandmother's china, bone white with hand painted gold trim, every piece is signed by the artist in 1936. Thank you for sharing.