SEASONAL SIMPLICITY: A Lenox Holiday Tablescape

It seems from your comments on last week’s Berry Pretty post that many of you love red berries as much as I do  … So let’s continue the theme!


You can imagine how I felt a few years ago when I spotted four 5-piece place settings of virtually unused Lenox Holiday china at an estate auction.  I’d never owned any fine Christmas china (and I’d long admired the beautifully simple holly pattern of Holiday), so I was excited when I got it for only pennies on the dollar.  Obviously, it’s the perfect choice for today’s berry-theme tablescape.


When using gold-rimmed china, you can either turn UP the ritzy/glitzy factor … or turn it DOWN.  This year I’m enjoying simple, so I turned it down.


A large pedestal stand with a gold charger laid on top.  A vintage ribbed glass bowl with a candle and hurricane globe set inside.  Sprigs of fresh holly surrounding both the candle and the bowl, giving it a tiered effect.  (It doesn’t get any easier than that!)


Holly + Candlelight = Seasonal Simplicity



A few small figurines add a touch of vintage charm (as opposed to the vintage kitsch in THIS tablescape).




I like how these antique Crescent & Sons gold-encrusted plates give your eye a place to rest.  Hmmm… I guess there really is such thing as too much holly!


Antique glasses with gold-encrusted rims …
The clear ribbed glass charger complements the ribbed glass centerpiece bowl — and keeps the place setting from getting too fussy.  (Imagine what this would look like with a gold charger …  much “heavier” and formal.)


The bouillon soup is a Lenox Hanover piece.


Farberware Marissa-Gold flatware pairs with a simple beaded tassel ornament-turned-napkin ring … continues the linear/ribbed element in this tablescape … and provides the final touch of traditional Christmas festivity.


Merry Christmas to each of you … from My Place to Yours!
I pray your holidays are happy, your celebrations sincere , and your travels safe.
I’m partying with Susan for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.



  1. Lovely table, I love the figurines. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

  2. The table is beautiful. I love the gold.

  3. Beautiful Susan! I love the layered gold and holly plates…and your stemware is so pretty. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  4. Love Lenox!!! and I love your touches to this table.. it’s so very elegant and so pretty. Merry Christmas, xo marlis

  5. My Mom has those Lenox dishes, they are so pretty at the holidays. Have a wonderful holiday season, Laura

  6. Your table is just beautiful…love those dishes…so pretty with the stemware…

  7. Thanks for partying with Susan and sharing your berry inspired post. They berries and jewel accents look beautiful with your holly plates. Merry Christmas, CJ.

  8. Okie dokie….so this is what passes for “tuned down” these days, huh Susan? I DON’T THINK SO!!! 🙂 This is so pretty!!! Hooray for you finding those beautiful Lenox dishes to create this gorgeous table! With the cream soups and everything…wow!!! The stemware is the perfect complement to the china. The rim on it is really exquisite! I like the centerpiece, too. Simply beautiful! You outdid yourself, ma’am! Merry Christmas to you and to your family. I hope you have a loving, peaceful one!

  9. I’ve been thinking about amending my Lenox Wreath plates with the Lenox Holly accent plate, but I’ll tell you what… The Crescent & Sons plate made my heart go piitty pat. This is the first time that I’ve seen them. Love the combination of unexpected elements in your centerpiece. Consider that stolen for future use. I pray that yours will be a peace-filled Christmas surrounded by family & friends. Cherry Kay

  10. Gorgeous, Susan! That Lenox pattern is one of my favorites — how fun to find it at an estate sale! Merry Christmas!

  11. This is so pretty. Thanks for stopping by “in His Grip”. Your encouragement means so much.

  12. Susan, you NEVER fail to inspire.. whether spiritually or decoratively!!!! The Lenox Holly Berry dishes are terrific with you gold accent plates and goblets… such a feast for the eyes and the heart!!! wishing you and the family the most Blessed Christmas celebration
    of Christ among us…. xxooxx

  13. Your table si so beautiful! I love your pretty dishes you’ve found and the centerpiece is lovely. The little circle of angels (I think that’s what they are) are so sweet.
    Merry Christmas and be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. Simply beautiful…
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Susan!

  15. Just gorgeous! Lenox Holiday is so classically elegant. It’s perfect with your table linens and little anels. Sooo pretty!

  16. I just love this pattern! I’ll share my green goblets with you, if you’ll share those cute boullion bowls! I love their shape. Your table is lovely.
    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

  17. I’ve always loved that Lenox pattern.