QUIRKY Christmas Revealed …

I recently asked this question:
Do you do QUIRKY at Christmas?
I told you I was using colors I’d never used before … all because of this handpainted tablecloth I once found at a thrift store in Brazil.  The cloth is a light pink fabric with all of this color painted on it.  The first time I showed you this cloth, I said it was unsigned.  I was wrong.  Check out the artist’s signature in the bottom right corner.

I pulled out vintage ornaments … picked some in hot pink, turquoise, and gold … and put together a quick tabletop tree in the dining room.

Then I used a couple of pine swags down the center of the tablecloth and added vintage ornaments and a trio of flutes-turned candleholders.  TIP: Gently push colored tissue paper into the stem of the glassware to give it some color … then set a tea light or votive on top.

Obviously, none of my traditional Christmas-motif dishes would work for this tablescape, so I used Noritake “Bluedawn” salad plates atop a Minton dinner plate. (Does anyone know the name of the pattern?)

A Lenox “Hanover” bouillon soup service and gold flatware were added next.

Vintage gold damask napkin and beaded napkin ring …
<   ... and vintage gold-rimmed optic glasses.  

My dining room is red, so it was a serendipitous surprise to see how beautifully these non-traditional colors worked with the artwork in the room.  The quirky colors are growing on me … and I love walking through the dining room.

It’s been a nice, simple decorating season this year. Perfect for staying focused on the reason we celebrate in the first place …

YES, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not be lost but will have eternal life.  (John 3:16 ERV)

Do you only use holiday-themed dishes at Christmas … or do you like to do something unexpected?

I’ll be joining:
Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday


  1. Simply gorgeous! I love the stack of dishes — the gold rims add wonderful shine, and the tissue paper in flutes idea is marvelous! Thanks for sharing your how-tos!

  2. Beautiful! I love the gold rimmed cream soups. I definitely use Christmas dishes, but I like to mix things up a lot.

  3. That table linen is just beautiful and looks so great with all the gold. I am in LOVE with the gold footed glass! Joni

  4. Oh, your table’s spectacular! Congratulations on your success! So festive, cheerful and bright! Simply beautiful. You have some lovely tableware, girl! I, too, love the two-handled soup service dish. Bet you feel like a little girl setting up for a tea party! Your guests are certainly worth it!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I love to mix things up a bit…. xo C. (HHL)

  6. I love all the “peacock colors”, Susan! Everything you used goes 1000% perfectly with your tablecloth!!! I’m a fan of “quirky” year round, so this totally works for me! I don’t know the name of that pattern. I’m afraid I’m not very good at that unless I have it in my own inventory. Surely SOMEONE out there in blog land knows that answer!!!!!! To you and your family, Merry Christmas! I wish you peace and blessings!

  7. It’s really beautiful to me, and I do not think it’s “quirky” at all. (So what does that say about me? Guess I’m quirky, too.

    I actually do use Christmas dishes in December. I use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocoa, coffee, and even have some glasses that I only pull out in December because I think they look like snowballs. To my family THAT is kind of quirky, but I do it anyway.

  8. I agree with Alycia Nichols. I am also a fan of quirky stuffs.

    A very elegant settings that can beat a 5 star hotel in Paris & Stockholm, for sure.

    Have a great w/end ahead.

    /CC girl

  9. What a beautiful tablecloth…it really sets the tone for your elegant table. I have always been drawn to non-traditional tables.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Susan.

  10. So neat, so different.

    Merry Christmas.

    – The Tablescaper

  11. Hi Susan, This is quite festive and your cloth is beautiful. I love the idea of putting the tissue in glasses with the tea light. This table must just glow in the dining room. I can see why you love walking through. I have the Christmas tree Spode for my everyday in December, and a few other Christmas dishes. Usually for this season I do traditional, then mix it up during the rest of the year. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Linda

  12. Gorgeous! The colors are wonderful, and those cream soup cups are so pretty!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish, and have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Stunning!
    I don’t do table scapes for the most part, but I do use the snow man and candy cane dishes my mom gave me through out the season.
    Merry Christmas!