December 21, 2015

Non-traditional Holiday Tablescape (+ giveaway!)

How is it the week of Christmas??  I tell ya, this season has flown by.  We’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining over here lately (with the biggest party I’ve ever hosted this week.  Eeeeeek for 40 people!).  Last week we had some neighborhood friends over for a little dinner gathering and I went for a non-traditional holiday tablescape and color palette.   IMG_7573

Zestt sent me these beautiful earthy sculptured gray dishes and they got my wheels turning.  Not every holiday table has to be red, white, and green (though I do love traditional Christmas colors as well).  For this table, I went with more jewel tones– pinks, grays, rich greens.


I added in some milk glass throughout the dinner to add a little vintage with the modern dishes.  Rather than one centerpiece, I opted for two with some vintage gold candlesticks in the center, then two bird candlesticks (available here and here)  to incorporate the green on either side.  The flowers are a Whole Foods grocery find.  Love that grocers stock beautiful flowers year round.

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Originally the table was set for 8, but at last minute a couple had to cancel (sick child) so I moved a few things around to make it 6.

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The plates, salad plates, and mugs are all from Zestt (gorgeous quality and super affordable and there are also bowls), the flatware is this set I’ve used many a time before.  The goblets are a thrifted find.


I used these little Small Bites dishes for appetizers and they are the perfect size, plus easy to hold as you socialize.  They would be so cute for individually made appetizers as well, like bruschetta or sliders, don’t you think?

And is this cheese serving set not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen in all your life?  Little mini mice guarding your cheese plate?  I die.

And folks, you have a chance to win the Guard the Cheese knife set right now.  Leave a message here telling me your favorite holiday dish to serve with your email address and you’re entered to win.  Winner announced Wednesday– check back!!!  I never did hear from the winner of all of that Benjamin Moore Paint….  weird.

Good luck!!


*sponsored by Zestt

  1. Ashlie

    December 21st, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Love serving Cranberry coated goat cheese!

  2. Heather D.

    December 21st, 2015 at 9:36 am

    My all time favorite holiday appetizer is a traditional cheese ball served with a variety of crackers. Yum!

  3. Mary S.

    December 21st, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Love the prime rib!

  4. Lucy Banfield

    December 21st, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Our holiday favourite is melted brie with pears and paris toast. Delicious!

  5. Alina Ermilova

    December 21st, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh I love serving caesar salad and gingerbread cookies! <3

  6. lori

    December 21st, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I love serving a cheese platter!

  7. Rosalee

    December 21st, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I love a good cheeseball!

  8. Silvia Fugate

    December 21st, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I really like doing a cheese platter with not your usual type of cheeses like a good stilton.

  9. Melissa R

    December 21st, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I love serving bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with parmesan. So good!

  10. Melissa R

    December 21st, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    They’re also good stuffed with blue cheese. The cheese mice guards would approve, I’m sure!

  11. Kiersten

    December 22nd, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I’m going to be boring and say that we always love going with the traditional honey glazed ham for Christmas dinner. 🙂

  12. Ashley

    December 22nd, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I love making sweet potato bites! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Ashleigh Hall

    December 22nd, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I love to make several cheese balls to go on our cheese platter with veggies and crackers!

  14. Brandi Young

    December 22nd, 2015 at 10:12 am

    beautiful! I have been looking for a set of plates that look handcrafted and these are very lovely. I am hoping to find in a speckled finish. The cheese server is adorable, too. My favorite holiday dish to serve is easily a barbecued turkey. Such a favorable twist on a classic dish and great for holidays in the warm southwest!

  15. Megan

    December 22nd, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I love bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers!

  16. Keisha Landry

    December 22nd, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Oooh, lots to pick from!!

    I tried white chocolate covered cranberries for the first time this Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit. Easy to make, but timeless looking in a glass dish.


  17. Beryl

    December 22nd, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I love a good pasta for holiday. And mulled cider!

  18. Toni Counts

    December 22nd, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I love the traditional Christmas dinner. But I also love snacks. Ham pickle rolls. Olive tortilla wraps.

  19. Elizabeth O'Connor

    December 23rd, 2015 at 8:39 am

    We usually serve cornish game hen from the rotisserie and some sort of homemade stuffing. As an appetizer we serve shrimp cocktail. mmmmmmmm

  20. Katey

    December 23rd, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Like so many others we love the traditional cheese ball. wouldnt be Christmas without it!

  21. Andra

    December 23rd, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I love baked Brie with baguette. Delicious!

  22. Callie

    December 23rd, 2015 at 8:52 am

    A must have item for me is grandma’s famous bleu cheese/cranberry cheeseball…mom’s delicious pear and pomegranate salad and of course a yummy chocolate silk pie! Love your tablescape!

  23. Heather

    December 23rd, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I have a cheese ball that I make every year. Its festive looking because it has raspberry jam over the top. Have a Merry Christmas!

  24. iamalighthouse

    December 23rd, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I just love serving/creating Cranberry Sauce from scratch. Too tasty and it goes with everything! dailydealsjc1(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Margaret

    December 25th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hot Oyster Casserole, very rich but only eaten once a year!

  26. iamalighthouse

    December 28th, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Has a winner been selected?

  27. Jen

    January 3rd, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Hi there, yes it was selected and announced in the next post. Thank you!

  28. iamalighthouse

    January 3rd, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    When does the giveaway end? 🙂

  29. Jen

    January 3rd, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Hello, it already ended! Winner was announced here:

  30. Kristen

    January 5th, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Gorgeous table! We love Aunt Fannie’s Squash Casserole.

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