Tablescape: Silver Reindeer Tablesetting

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Every year I am on the lookout for new holiday themes and ways to decorate.my holiday tables. I like to set my tables using my longtime favorites–my red and white checked bordered Santa plates that my sons loved, the ivy covered plates my daughter-in-law gave me, and the Spode Christmas Tree set my mother gave me when my parents downsized.

But when I discovered a set of salad plates in blue and white with a reindeer border at the Goodwill, I realized that they could give me a new theme for the season. Especially after I found a tall metal reindeer figure on the same thrifting trip. Now of course, the metal reindeer was gold, but that didn’t stop me. I bought a $1.00 bottle of silver acrylic paint at the craft store, and it only took about ten minutes to paint the reindeer, so that he became the perfect centerpiece for my reindeer tablesetting.

The reindeer is tall, but because his antlers are then and can be seen through, it does not obscure the sight of any guest from any side of the table.  With this proud silver reindeer with clear crystals in his antlers, I began to flesh out this tablescape.

I used a crisp ironed snowflake print cotton tablecloth to give a snowy look to my dining room table. My white and silver color scheme then has a silver braid acrylic charger at each placesetting with a white dinner plate covered with a blue and silver reindeer border salad plate. I used Chantilly sterling flatware and clear glass water goblets with white cups and saucers.

I rolled a silver metallic polyester napkin and put it through a silver metallic napkin ring for the top of each placesetting. After placing each placesetting in its position, and the reindeer in the center of the table, I then began to flesh out the rest of the centerpiece. I added four round white candles on silver metal star-shaped flat candleholders at the four points of the table around the reindeer for genteel atmosphere. I used a crystal icicle garland draped at the base of the reindeer. The crystal garland echoes the crystals on the reindeer, and shines in the candlelight.

You can create your own holiday tablescape similar to the silver reindeer tablesetting by selecting a Christmas figure you might already have at home and work your theme around it. It might be a nutcracker, a Santa, a creche, or a snowman. You can use the color scheme and dishes of your choice to create the look you want. Enjoy!

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