Christmas Tables

Every Christmas our church hosts a spectacular ladies tea and dinner.  Due to the room being filled to the capacity of 600 last year, a brunch the day before was added this year for about 200.  I hostessed a table for both events.
I had an expert helper setting up for brunch.  He's helped me many times throughout the years and we make a great team!
I like 'layering' my tables and started with a black cloth used as a topper to the white which was provided.  Next came a tree skirt topped with a live evergreen wreath.  The center (which I failed to get a close-up) is a cut glass bowl filled with pine cones and ornaments, tree limbs and a battery operated lit branch.
Repeat the whole setting for the dinner the next night.  While the brunch was lovely, there's something about the larger room and the ambience of the evening.
The other table hostesses bring their own creativity and love to their tables.
It is a wonderful evening of inspiration and a perfect kick off to the Christmas season.
These are the sweet friends who joined me this year.

The day following I had a sit down dinner for 10 at my home.
See here for setting the candelabra straight! I love the creative process and started with a favorite linen cloth and then a piece of creamy burlap I fashioned into a runner.
Live greens cut from the yard and battery operated lights nestled in.  I like using a variety of candlesticks too, a mixture of mercury glass and cut glass!
A Christmas table at my house is never complete without English poppers!

A great time was had by all!

As always Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting her 
Tablescape Thursday, be sure and pop over to see how she and other friends are setting their tables!

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  1. Beautiful tables, thanks for sharing. Clever girl, by using the black tablecloth you were different from everyone else-and different gets noticed!. I love the tree skirt on the table too by the way!

  2. Gorgeous Christmas tables Renae.....I think that you might have done this before !!!!
    It's so lovely to see that you have crackers. I didn't think that you had them over there but my sisters American friend who, coincidently, lives in Atlanta, says that they are becoming more popular in the States. When our dad died, I found a full box of crackers from the 1950's unused ! We are going to pull them when we have all of the family together.
    Have just followed you.....I thought that I had followed you ages ago but must have forgot ! XXXX

  3. What a beautiful Christmas event. Your diner party also looked beautiful.

  4. What beautiful much inspiration.

  5. Renae, I am amazed, all of these gorgeous tablescapes and ideas!! How are you doing it all!?
    Beautiful beyond!!

    Please Come and enter the 12 Days of Holiday giveaways! The current one is from The French Basketeer! It is stunning!

    Art by Karena

  6. Woiw! You are one busy lady! All the tables are stunning. What a wonderful event, or rather, events!...Christine

  7. Hi Dear,
    I'm impressed by your capacity, two dinners in a row....great tables!!

    Yep, SF boy is coming home for happy mama.


  8. Renae, you really know how to entertain with style and grace! Hope you're enjoying this special season, Sweetie. Come and enter my Diane James home give-away! xo

  9. Wow! Very impressive! Such attention to detail, great job!

  10. a sweet email came to me from Rhoda of Southern Hospitality

    Renae, thank you SO much for inviting me to the ladies event at your church!! It really was a wonderful inspiring evening, from the beautiful table that you set for us, the food, and the fabulous singer. Loved it all, I felt pampered that night. You are one busy lady this Christmas season and your table at your house is equally gorgeous. Hope you and yours have a great Christmas. xoxo

  11. Renae,
    It's all so pretty and festive! I am betting you might be looking forward to a long winter's nap this weeknd!!!

  12. Good Morning Renae,
    Thank you for your posting, but thank you more for the lovely evening! You constantly amaze me by your creativity, your energy & your fun, but calm heart. It was quite an amazing evening from getting to enjoy all the different table scapes, meeting the friends at your table & hearing Alicia's inspiring singing. You are a good friend indeed! Love you, Kathryn

  13. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing JoAnn


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