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Friday, November 9, 2012

Taking Your Holiday Table OVER-THE-TOP!!


I promised you all more ideas for your Holiday tables, and I am a girl that keeps her promises!!!

Today I thought we would explore more special additions for your table.

You know! The kind of ideas that take your table over the top, and will leave all of your guest thinking you most likely have a close relationship with none-other than Martha Stewart herself!!

This is obviously an ice cream scoop, but this could easily apply to your silverware. I love the simple knot that is tied around the scoop. Much more classic than a bow.

Visualize this napkin in a dark brown with a Fall leaf in front of it, or a red napkin with a piece of holly or pine in front of it. See how you can tweak an idea and make it applicable to the occasion you are celebrating?

Speaking of napkins check out this next line-up!………

This would definitely take your table over the top!

This is actually off of my last year’s table. I love the criss-crossing of the silverware. Notice I tied a knot, not a bow. I also used double-faced satin ribbon. I learned that from Martha! She and I are tight like that!!!

This is last years Easter table, but could easily change into a Thanksgiving or Christmas table. 

Just think of a flower for the season, and for Thanksgiving add a nut in the spoon instead of an egg, and for Christmas a tiny ornament, Voila! you now have an appropriate setting for the season!!

How about dressing up your chairs a bit!! Easy to do with a place mat, or a runner, just tack on some ties,  and use the color of your choice, and you have something that looks special. 

The little skirt for the seat would require some sewing skills ( probably not happening in my lifetime) so you could skip that part, but the little top dressing would be fun to do!


If you are having buffet style this is a perfect way to stack your plates with a little decorative, and colorful accent.

Source: bhg.com via Kathy Sue on Pinterest

Ladies, notice No bows, just a simple knot!

(You might notice I keep saying no bows!? I feel when it is a small area like around a napkin a knot looks best, unless it is for a little girls birthday or baby shower. IMHO! But if you like a bow, TIE AWAY!)

Another fun buffet idea for your silverware. You could use coffee beans, split peas, black-eyed peas, you get the idea!


For a minimal, nature inspired table this simple twig is the answer for you, and your guest!!


I ♥♥♥ this idea. You know how you will sometimes see a single lonely, but beautiful lid at the Thrift stores? Well, now you have a use for them.(they also look really great in a group on the wall.) They serve as a perfect place to attach a name card for each place-setting!

You have to admit this is ADORABLE!!

Speaking of ADORABLE, check out this little mini terrarium…

This could also be given to each of your guest as a take-home!!

This is from my Easter table, but I wanted to show you the cute napkin belts that my Mom made for me.

An easy DIY, just buy the loop kit at the fabric store and hand stich them to a ribbon of your choice. 

I can use these for Christmas too since they are green. Next I want some black and white striped belts!!
The fun thing about writing a post like this, is I get inspired all over again. I love this time of year and look forward to the time we get to spend with our loved ones.

So if you want to take your table over the top, just use one of these fun ideas!!

Happy Tablescaping!!

Next post will be about FOOD!!



Blondie's Journal said...

These are all so pretty! I love the beautiful napkin folds and although I am not doing a buffet this year, I like the stack of plates with napkins. I'm trying to come up with a centerpiece...so many ideas!



Fantastic ideas!!!!!!!! I love them a ALL!!! Thanks for sharing.

Merlin said...

These ideas were great...why knot!?! Luv the leaf napkin fold..I did "bunny ears" for Easter with "it" holding a piece of parsley.. Whimsey starts the dinner conversation...or these beautiful settings!!! franki

Kathysue said...

check out my pinboards for even more ideas:


Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...


Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

I love the mini terrarium! And I will be using a few of these ideas.
Have a great weekend,

Victoria said...

A great post, Kathysue. There are so many good ideas here and the bonus is they don't look difficult to do.
XO, Victoria

La Dolfina said...

I haven't been too inspired lately... But this post is changing that!!! Thanks for all the great ideas!!!
Have a lovely weekend.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Kathysue, I know your table will be stunning as always. Great ideas for the napkins and that little extra. Love you tons, Hugs, Marty

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

My wheels are really turning now!I was just playing around with tablesettings for both holidays.

GeNell said...

I'm enjoying all your posts on the holidays. I don't usually comment, but your recent post on Lynn Morgan was superb. I loved every picture. I appreciate your time and effort you put into your blog...thanks!!

Kathysue said...

GeNell I wish I had a contact address to personally thank you for taking the time to comment. All my readers that take the time to read and then take more time to comment does not go unnoticed by me. It is such a busy world so time taken given to Me is so appreciated!! Happy weekend,

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I love that rosemary sprig and how you fanned out the silverware...I better pin it! We will be in Mammoth for Thanksgiving so I could actually use a pine spring. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Beach House Living said...

I like the old lid idea. I keep them from things I've broken but not sure what to do with them other then line them up until now.

Melinda said...

THese are all delightful Kathysue, and I do love pretty place setting ideas. We don't do Thanksgiving here, but I'm saving these for dinner parties ideas. Just gorgeous.

Carla Aston said...

Such pretty table settings. I love the minimalist one! Those holiday dinners are just around the corner, aren't they? Yikes!

GeNell said...

I came back to make sure my comment posted and saw your nice reply back. I guess I just assumed my email address showed somewhere in my reply. I just checked the email follow-up comment box below that might help in the future. If not, I'm at genellsloan at yahoo dot com.