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A Little Something A Little Different: A Festive Table

Holiday Table

A few weeks ago, the lovely Camille from the very creative Camille Styles site asked me if I wanted to be part of her "12 Tastes of Christmas" series. I already knew the recipe I wanted to contribute, one of my favorite from last year, a Homemade Gravlax And Prawn Crackers Appetizer. I also took the opportunity that it was Thanksgiving when she asked to come up with a pretty and sweet theme for the table setting.

I must say, I have a strong aversion for yellows and oranges. It’s visceral. When Thanksgiving comes around, I always try to break out of the traditional yellow and orange center pieces. As far as I know, there is no rule that says you can’t do purple to celebrate. The table set I created this year to solve that issue not only takes care of the usual Thanksgiving colors but also works perfectly for a different kind of Christmas.

Holiday Table

I went to one of my favorite sites for table setting inspiration, Sunday Suppers and got inspired by various ideas here and there. The table runner was a couple of long pieces of burlap topped by a single slab of wood (neighbor’s old fence). I gathered bottles of different sizes to play vases and added Fall-ish accents like nuts in their shells, Forelle pears and a few candles.

What I love is that it took literally no time and a small budget to put it all together and it was so much fun to do and look at throughout the day! The napkin rings slash place tags where made by printing tags on two different shades of blue and tie them up with some simple jute twine.

Holiday Table

Anyway…I thought with all our posts about food, it might be nice to show the actual way we enjoy it during the holiday dinners. Hmm yes, I don’t pull out the wedding china at every Sunday gathering! I am already thinking of ways to do a variation on that table setting for Christmas. Stay tuned!

For more pictures of the table and the recipe for the Homemade Gravlax And Prawn Crackers Appetizer, please head over to Camille’s post, here.

Holiday Table

Have a great weekend! I will be teaching an all day workshop on Saturday at Heirloom Book Company in downtown Charleston. There are still a couple of spots available if you can make it!

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CHIARA CAVOTO December 9, 2011 um 8:22 am

i like the setting of the table, it's perfect!

Valérie (Franche-Comté) December 9, 2011 um 12:43 pm

Voilà une superbe table
Je te souhaite une excellente fin de semaine


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 9, 2011 um 2:03 pm

Oh it's stunning! Bravo!!!

Karine December 9, 2011 um 2:10 pm

That is super pretty Helene. I love the colors and simplicity. Thanks for the ideas. Great pics as always.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 9, 2011 um 2:36 pm

Oh I'd love to be in downtown Charleston with you this weekend…I used to live in Myrtle Beach in the early 2000's and would have loved to know you back then!

Or to sit at this beautiful table you've created!

The Suzzzz December 9, 2011 um 3:30 pm

How lucky you are to have fresh flowers this time of year! I cut my last good hydrangeas and roses in early oOtober. The few that were left on the shrubs were taken by the frost shortly there after. I love your table setting! I save interesting glass soda or milk bottles whenever I can and use them as vases when I take cut flowers from my garden in to work to share with my coworkers.

Colette (Coco) December 9, 2011 um 4:18 pm

Very rustic & beautiful!

beti December 9, 2011 um 4:50 pm

as always your photos are amazing

la domestique December 9, 2011 um 5:08 pm

Such a pretty table!

Henna December 9, 2011 um 7:39 pm

Wow — What a gorgeous table! I really like the glasses and the bottles for flowers..
You always have such amazing pictures (which make me hungry every time..) 🙂

Violets and Cardamom December 10, 2011 um 5:54 am

Beautiful setting!

marla December 10, 2011 um 3:43 pm

Such a beautiful table setting. It is fun to break away from the usual holiday palette 🙂

[email protected] December 11, 2011 um 1:38 am

Wow your table looks stunning. I love the colours and the simplicity. I love the flowers and the fruit.

Jamie December 12, 2011 um 5:41 pm

I love the little jars and bottles as vases! I have some colored ones in my kitchen window that I propogate herbs in 🙂

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet December 12, 2011 um 5:46 pm

So pretty and still festive without being predictable.

ashdod restaurants December 13, 2011 um 7:38 am

wow,look amazing,thank you for sharing us.

Miss Kimbers December 13, 2011 um 8:02 am

A beautiful table:)

Sophisticated Stationery December 14, 2011 um 6:24 pm

So Cute! Love the flowers!

SreeBindu December 15, 2011 um 6:31 am

adorable and simple 🙂

notyet100 December 20, 2011 um 3:05 pm

So simple yet so elegant

Laura December 21, 2011 um 10:24 pm

This looks so beautiful, I would love to sit down for a meal at this table.

My boys are buying me your book for Christmas. They are 1 and 3 so I may have helped them choose it. I am so looking forward to reading it.

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