Tablescape: Golden Musical Tablesetting

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If you love music, you may want to set your holiday table using a musical theme. A musical theme can pick up on a specific Christmas song or a more general aspect of music. This golden musical tablesetting uses instruments as its basis; drums and trumpets which are featured in so many holiday pieces form the centerpiece.

I began with a green and gold plaid tablecloth for my table instead of the more common red plaid cloth. Then I used square gold chargers instead of the more traditional round ones. Over the chargers and under the dishes I used dark green cotton napkins folded in squares. The napkins can easily be slid out from under the dinner plates to be put in your laps. I used plain white Strawberry Street 10 dinner plates and cups and saucers with these partridge in a pear tree salad plate from Pier I. The green pear in the design with the partridge and gold outlining picks up on the colors in the tablecloth.

My silverware is Chantilly by Gorham, and my crystal is Versailles by Cristal D’Arques. Of course, you can use your own china, crystal and flatware in a tablescape like this. If your dishes are heavily patterned, you might want to place your napkins on top on the plates rather than under them.

For my centerpiece, I used two gold wire trumpet candlestick holders I found at Michael’s. My son played the trumpet in school so I knew he would love them. I used dark green taper candles in the trumpet holders. Then I used the gold drums that I found at the GoodWill. The drums in graduated sizes were Christmas flower holders, I believe. I placed the drums between the trumpets and placed dark green votive candles in clear glass holders on top of them.

You could make own drums with cardboard oatmeal containers that you cut to size and cover with wrapping paper.This is one of my favorite formal Christmas tablesetting–I played a very soft holiday playlist in the background while we we eating. Christmas music means so much to me that this tablescape reminds me of that love. Hope you will enjoy yours!


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