After the hub-bub of the holidays, it is calming to put away the decorations and settle down to enjoy the winter. This is a grand time to relax with your family or friends for a warm dinner party gathering. Check out this winter greenery tablesetting as a cheery way to celebrate the start of the new year!
I decided to use my wooden dining room table without a cloth because the brown tones are part of a winter landscape. For each placesetting, I used a natural-color hemp placemat which allows the darker wood of the table to show through,Then I used my plain cream-colored Mikasa Italian Countryside dinner plates as our basic dinnerware. On top of each dinner plate, I used a winter greenery-bordered pottery salad plate. I love the berries on the border!
On top of the salad plate, I used an oversize cup and saucer with winter greenery in its design. I found these cups and saucers at the Goodwill, and was so impressed with them. They could obviously be used for tea or coffee, but especially for hot chocolate or even fruit salad or dessert. My plan for this use in this instance is for tea or coffee. A red cloth napkin is rolled in each saucer for color with a sprig of winter greenery. The red picks up on the color of the berries in the borders of the salad plate and cup and saucer. A clear glass water goblet sitting on a cream ceramic coaster is also used.
The final portion of the tablescape to design was the centerpiece. A friend had given me a snowman candle luminary that worked well to provide a warm glowing light by which to dine. It wasn’t quite as tall as I wanted, so I sat it on top of an upside-down green pottery soup bowl. This bowl is from the same dinnerware set as the salad plates.
Around the base of the bowl I tucked winter greenery with berries and some tiny flocked pine cones. The white flocking picks up on the color of the dinner plates and the showman luminary. The red berries pick up on the red napkin and other berry borders.