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Recently I opened up the holiday issue of Traditional Home Magazine.  As I flipped through pages of gorgeous home decor I came across a lovely table setting.  It was exquisite.  Beautiful china and crystal and elaborate centerpieces.  I enjoyed the eye candy that was presented on those pages.  And it inspired me to look at my cupboards and see what I have in a new light. - Tablescaping with Silver - Silver Table Decor for Christmas


How could I creatively put together a lovely holiday table without going out and spending a lot of money?  What a great challenge.  Have you taken on such a challenge?   It would be easy to whine and whimper and slink off with a frown to the floor and believe it isn’t possible.  But, what fun is there in that? - Tablescaping with Silver - Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff Plates - Simple yet elegant table setting


As Thanksgiving approached I rose to the challenge and you’ll see my table setting here. - Inspiring Ideas for Christmas - Tablescaping with Silver & Red Transferware Dishes


Last weekend I hosted some friends and set my table for just eight.  This time, I spent a little bit of money and bought a can of silver spray paint and some silver chargers for ninety-nine cents each.  I guess you could say I did a little tablescaping with silver. - Ideas for decorating the Christmas Dinner Table with Silver Pinecones & Nuts


You’ll remember the nutballs that I refreshed with gold spray paint for my Thanksgiving table?  This time I took three of the balls and transformed them with silver spray paint.  I did the same for a handful of nuts, some pinecones, and a few faux leaves.     Now seriously….all of this is soooo easy to do.  Doesn’t it look beautiful on the table?  It gives the table a sort of icy feeling.  Tablescaping with silver is really fresh and new to me and…I love it! - Tablescaping with Silver - Silver pinecones and nuts - easy ideas for Christmas table settings


Don’t be surprised if I pull them back out sometime later this winter with another twist. The best part is that tablescaping with silver is as easy as putting your finger on the spray can trigger.  Plus, there’s no way to mess it up.  However you arrange the silver pretties is perfect.  And as the Nester always says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”  I guess that’s what makes this more beautiful to me.

Does this table look a little bit familiar?  If you stopped by for A Very Merry Christmas House Tour you just might have spied this holiday table. - Simple Elegant Tablescaping Ideas with Silver - Christmas Dinner Party

Here’s how the table came together….

First, I dressed the table with a lovely deep red tablecloth that closely matched the Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff plates in red.  Then the fun began with the silver chargers I purchased.  The leaves and nuts and pinecones and nutballs  from my stash were all spray painted brilliant silver to match.  If you do this, allow several days before putting them on the table.  The silver spray had a strong odor which took a while to wear off.

I wanted the nutballs to be elevated rather than directly on the table so I added some crystal dessert dishes for their pedestals.  After placing the nutballs on the table I added the vintage triple candlestick holders.  Then I simply placed the leaves, then the nuts, and finally the pinecones down the center of the table evenly.  This really makes for delightful eye candy, but doesn’t get in the way of the dinner guests.  And finally I added my grandmother’s silverplate, Longaberger crystal goblets, and my Longaberger napkins for a bit of Christmas color contrast.  A truly easy and low-cost, but beautiful table setting. - Silver Chargers, leaves, pinecones, and nuts - Simple Easy Christmas Tablescaping Inspiration

After all this, I thought it would be more convenient for my guests to have their dinner plates on the buffet, so they didn’t need to carry them from the table.  So, at the last-minute the table changed to look like this.  Do you like it?  I do.  It’s simple elegance and yes, I got lots of compliments.

What’s most important though, is not that the table was pretty.  What means the most to me is when guests tell me that it feels good to be in my house and they say they have such a good time when they come.  That’s what really counts.  So however you set the table….blessing the guests is the priority.  And that makes for the perfect dinner party.  Yes?

Will you be entertaining over the holidays?
What do you do to make your guests feel special and loved?

Wishing you the most extraordinary and blessed Christmas!


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  1. You definitely know how to set a lovely table. I never have anything that fancy, but enjoy seeing what others do,

    • Diane says

      You are sooo sweet LaVoice!!! 😀
      I’m blessed to have inherited some pretties. Yet, I’m reminded that the most humble table with a loving and warm-hearted servant host is often the most beautiful.

  2. Glenda Kremer says

    Wish I could be your guest! Have a very MERRY CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTMAS!!!!

  3. Maria says

    You know, when you have fabulous dishes like these, you really don’t need a whole heck of a lot! What a lovely table! I’m crazy about your dishes!

    • Diane says

      You just made my day Maria!! 😀 I’m a nut for pretty dishes,too. But, the best part…these have wonderful memories associated with them. Sometime I’ll spill the story.

  4. It is amazing what a bit of silver spray paint can do! Your table looks fantastic!

    Be merry and bright!

    • Diane says

      It is amazing. Who knew?!!!
      Christmas cheer to you too!

  5. Jennifer {StudioJRU} says

    It is beautiful! I love what some silver can do for decor. Gorgeous!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Jennifer!! 😀 It’s my first foray into the world of silver (other than a few pieces of silverplate). I think I’m going to have some more fun with it in the future!

  6. Love your table and tree! So warm and inviting!

  7. Mel says

    Amazing! Truly…..bit by bit it all came together for a wonderful table arrangement.

    And how fun!
    While it’s true that the guests good time and being made to feel special is the objective, certainly having a spread like that just for them…….adds to the message you’re going for!
    Well done!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Mel!! 😀 I do love loving on my guests. So fun!

  8. Love the silver! It looks great against the red. Stopping by from the LLR hop and following on FB and Pinterest. Have a lovely day!!

    • Diane says

      Hi Jessie! Thank you for your kind words and being so ‘neighborly’!!
      May your season of Christmas be extraordinary!

  9. Just lovely. I’m decorating with shades of gold this christmas. And thanks for linking up to Thee Networking Blog Hop. I’m now following you and look forward to reading more.


    • Diane says

      Thank you Tranae! You are so sweet! I’ve done gold in the past and love it…but it was time to get out of my rut? 😀
      Hope your Christmas is extraordinary!

  10. Wow what a wonderful decor, it looks so beautiful with the red and silver combined! Thank you for sharing!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for your words of encouragement!
      May your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed!

  11. Becca says

    What a beautiful room and tablescape … I love the red and silver! I’m sure a fabulous holiday meal will be enjoyed here!

    • Diane says

      Oh yes we did! Swedish Meatballs and ALL the trimmings! Yum!!
      Christmas blessings sent your way!

  12. Looks great! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! Merry Christmas! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Aww ladies, you are so sweet!
      Wishing you the joyous of Christmases!

  13. Caught my eye because I went with silver as well. Nice tablescape.

    • Diane says

      I’ve been loving the silver this year, too!
      Thanks for stopping by! 😀
      Merry Christmas Becky!

  14. Diane says

    Oh my goodness! You have set an extraordinary table! I love the idea of using what we have – I think it makes us all have to be more creative, as you have been. Love those nut balls and your beautiful china! Merry, merry Christmas!!

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thank you so much Diane!! Your words are such a blessing to me today. 😉

      May you and yours have the most extraordinary Christmas!!

  15. Love your beautiful silver themed Christmas tablescape.

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thanks so much Candy!!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  16. Bingo, yes ma’am, and right on!!!!!! Whenever you can look at a magazine or a store set up or whatever and be inspired to create with what you already have, that’s Charlie Sheen “winning” in my book!!! 🙂 Silver is such a beautiful color for this time of year, and you really put a hurtin’ on it!!! I love the nut balls! (Wait a minute…that’s what my family calls me!) A can of spray paint can be a person’s best friend when it comes to creative decorating!

    Terrific choice to put the plates on the buffet. I know it looks nice to have them at the place settings, but in the end it’s all about convenience for guests. I often leave the plates out until the guests have seen the table and then scoop them up as they’re enjoying cocktail hour.

    Your tree is resplendent!!! I don’t use that word a lot, but it just seemed right to describe your tree! So full and glow-y!!!

    Have a joyous, safe Christmas, Diane!!!

    • Diane says

      Oh my sweet friend….your words….you have such a gift of loving encouragement. I just want to give you a big-o-hug!!!
      Thank you, Alycia, for popping by and making my day. You have no idea. 🙂

      Wishing you and yours the most blessed and JOYous CHRISTmas!!

  17. Jan says

    Lovely! The silver chargers were the final touch needed. For my guests I light candles and turn the regular lights down low. Never fails to be a hit.

    • Diane says

      I love candlelight too!!!
      Hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were extraordinary!

  18. Mel says

    Wow…….revisiting here just reminded me that I’ve got some of those platters/oversized plates that I could be slipping on the table for the plates to rest inside!
    All I gotta do it remember where I put ’em. LOL

    Still lovely……wow…..

    • Diane says

      How fun that this inspired you to find your treasures from the past. Of course I hope you can find them and didn’t store them away too well. 😉

  19. Pam says

    I love those plates. The chargers I have on my table I got last year and somehow managed to use them there all year long even though they are red. I might have to look into silver as my next ones.


  20. Kathe says

    Simply stunning Diane! So elegant yet warm and inviting! thank you for sharing your table with us at the party this week! I am featuring it on the Facebook page today and have pinned it to the You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest (and my own All The Pretty Tables Board too) 🙂

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.

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    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Carolyn!!! You are a blessing. 🙂

  22. You have been featured on Do Tell Tuesday this week! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week –>


  23. Tori says

    So pretty Diane! Your tablescape was the most viewed on Do Tell Tuesday!! You will be featured this week. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!


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