This cheery table setting was built around the delightful Santa and snowman plates that are sure to bring a smile to anyone who sits down to enjoy a meal.
How cute are these plates! We shop a variety of places both online and off. We may not always know what we'll use something for, but sooner or later, that set of dishes, random serving dish, or darling trinket finds its place.
One trick when shopping is to not pick up every single thing you like. Even if you don't have a firm plan for an item's use, consider what you already have and whether or not that new item will go with anything. For example, the plaid plates were bought specifically to go with this setting, as were the red glasses. Of course, we'll use them again with other table settings. The black chargers (consignment store) and white plates (Wayfair) were bought separately and have been or will be used in other settings.
Real greens accent the table, and we really played up the black, white, and red color scheme.
We recommend making a list and shopping for only what you need, especially if you get overwhelmed by the multitude of selections out there. Before you buy something, ask yourself if you'll get multiple uses out of it.
Ribbon in place of napkin rings and an ornament at every setting.
The color scheme from the plates extended to the centerpiece with a variety of fresh pine greens, daisies, Queen Anne's Lace, pine cones, and of course little cardinals and ribbon for an extra pop of color.
The artificial snowflakes are a lot of fun and add an extra touch of whimsy, but be careful not to get any in the food. We made for plaids and checks, and love any excuse to use them. The right combination of patterns can be complementary, just be careful not to overdo!
This festive table is great for any meal. We enjoyed it for a delicious dish of Creamy Montana Breakfast Scramble and Apple-Cranberry Scones.
The Christmas tree candles are surrounded by coarse salt. Yes, salt makes for great decoration when you need something non-flammable and gives the illusion of snow.
Scones are an adaptable recipe, making it easy to experiment. Once you find a base recipe you like, you can try adding different nuts and berries. We have a few favorite scones recipes, and the buttermilk in this one adds an extra layer of richness that complements the tart cranberries nicely.
These scones are a nice combination of rich flavor and light texture. The apple flavor offers a subtle undertone and balances everything out. We added a cream and lemon glaze before baking.