Several years ago I was lucky enough to receive an adorable china Santa teapot with accompanying sugar bowl and creamer from a friend. It is so colorful and festive-looking that it creates its own party! So I decided to use it for a holiday tea party for some of my friends–a tea party is a wonderful time for visiting and slowing down, relaxing together while sipping tea and nibbling on Christmas goodies.
The Santa Teaset tablescape was not hard to set up because the teaset itself is the focal point of the table and the menu. I decided not to use a white tablecloth since my dishes are off-white and I thought that the natural wood tones of the table made a nice contrast with them. Under the Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes I used a twiggy flat wood charger and an olive green alligator-scale acrylic charger for color and texture. I placed the cups and saucers in the center of the dinner plates since they would be filled with hot tea as soon as all the guests sat down. I also have clear glass water glasses on cream china coasters to protect the tabletop. After getting their tea, then the guests could move the cups and saucers to the side of their dinner plates, untie the flatware tied up in red and white checked cloth napkins, and prepare to fill their plates with the holiday treats I was going to pass around the table on platters.
The teaset, sitting on a red plate with white polka dots, in the center of the table is made more Christmas-like with the addition of real holly, holly berries, small branches of fir, and nandina berries around the china for more color and to accent the wooden charger and tabletop. Check out these closeups of the sugar bowl and creamer–how cute!
So consider having a holiday tea party even if you don’t have a Santa teaset. Put on some favorite holiday music, pour some cinnamon-flavored tea, bring out those cookies you have been saving for company, and chat at length with special friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. What a lovely gift of time, fun and fellowship to share!