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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Silver Wonderland

What's It Wednesday #51

This year I decided to add silver and white to my Christmas decor. Since I live in the tropics, I wanted a reminder of a snowy winter day. So we are having a Silver Wonderland.

I am just loving this season's silver christmas accessories. This tall nutcracker was the perfect addition to my ever growing nutcracker collection. 

 The silver bells, bows, and balls add great texture to this center piece. 

The silver pinecone Christmas tree sits in the middle of the two center pieces. 

Place settings are great ways to add texture to the table as well as gives the perfect opportunity to mix and match china. From the placemat up I started with a silver charger. Then I placed a cobalt blue charger on top of the silver charger. On top of the blue charger is my mother's white wedding china, trimmed in platinum. The salad dish on the very top of the place setting is a new find from the Home Goods store. It was the perfect addition to the place setting. 

The holidays are the perfect time for me to bring out four generations of china, glass, crystal and silverware. My great-grandmother Helen's bread dish is an annual addition to the dining table. Around the textured rim it reads, "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD". 

Lovely friends from Georgia were gracious enough to send us a rather large box of pecans. Pecans are a major part of our family Christmas tradition. As a little girl, my grandmother would shell pecans, put them in a cup, and top them with Alaga syrup. I can't wait to share that with my son. I placed pecans all around the house in a variety of apothecary jars. This Christmas I will be baking one of my favorite pies that Patti makes. It is called Mystery Pecan Pie. Just imagine pecan pie meets cheese cake. 

This antique carousel cruet is all polished up and ready to receive the necessary condiments for our Christmas meals.

Now that my great-grandmother Helen's dining room table is all set for the holidays, I am looking forward to holiday breakfasts, weekend brunches, and family dinners. 

Please, share with us what you did differently in your holiday decorating this year. 

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Pura Vida said...

I love all your sparkly festive silver too

Meg said...

It all looks spectacular !!!

Susan Freeman said...

Oh my goodness! A winter wonderland at your table. I love it! Am busy linking up right now my creative friend!!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

The Liberty Belle said...

Lovely...just lovely! What an enjoyable post!

Trisha said...

I love the cool, icy colors of your tablescape. They really do make it feel like a white Christmas! Glad to be joining in this week!!


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thank you for hosting! Your tablescape is gorgeous and I love the baby that you featured! Hugs, Penny

Gail said...

The silver and white is so peaceful. Thank you for sharing.

Heirloom treasures said...

Paula, silver and white is my favourite this year too,although I have had to do one room in traditional colours as I don't have enough White and silver yet,and my Grandchildren love their name baubles which are red and gold and silver.
Your table setting is perfect and such lovely memories with the heirloom pieces. xx

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a gorgeous silver tablesetting! So wintry and perfect for the season. Thanks so much for hosting each week!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I have never seen a silver nutcracker before. Your table is so elegant.


Antiques And Teacups said...

What a wonderful silver display! The silver nutcracker is wonderful! So very pretty, and yes, frosty! Thanks for hosting!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Your table decorations and table setting is a dream. Such detail.

Thank you for hosting (love the features too).


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You did it again with your beautiful and festive table.
Thanks so much for featuring my thrifty finds.

Unknown said...

Love love love the grandfather's Christmas decor was silver and gold - everything - ornaments, decor, the works. It sounds odd, but it was so elegant and lovely. This reminds me a little of that!

Thank you for hosting! I adore visiting your blog every week!
Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula. Thanks for hosting and great features. Your table looks lovely with all the silver. I especially love your silver pinecone trees..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Teresa said...

All so lovely...

And I love how you bring objects of loved ones to your table. It's a way of having them close - and honor them and their legacy of love and warmth - with us in this Magical Night.

Kappy and Blessed Holidays to you!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so very much for hosting!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so very much for hosting!


Unknown said...

Your table is lovely :)

must love junk said...

I love silver and white decorations, and yours all look elegant and gorgeous! Thanks for hosting :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your decorations look just beautiful. So elegant!

I just found your blog. I'm coming over from Ashtree Cottage. I'm going to grab some more coffee and enjoy a visit with you.

I live in Georgia btw & I have a pecan tree. Your pecan pie meets cheesecake sounds delicious!

Julie Marie said...

Oh my gosh Paula, your silver decorations are all so exquisite!... everything just sparkles and shines so beautifully!... my favorite of all is your great~grandmother Helen's bread dish... I know it not only serves up bread for you, but precious memories as well... and Mystery Pecan Pie... mmmmmm... I wish I had a slice of it right this minute with my coffee!... thanks for hosting your fun party... I linked our Country Christmas Kitchen... xoxo Julie Marie PS Hello Patti!... your package should arrive tomorrow (Thursday)

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love your silver decor and always love family items , they are so precious to us

It's always so interesting and beautiful over here at your place

xoxo Janice

Cottage and Broome said...

I love all the silver so pretty and fresh looking. Pecans are a favorite at our house too, they are used in all kinds of baking. Thanks of hosting this week, Laura

Anne said...

LOVE all of your silver! I have never seen a silver nutcracker! How beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting!

janice15 said...

Very nice, I love all the silver that you added to your table ... It's just lovely...I love the Christmas holiday...I used jadeite with white and depression glass green for my table with some red..I have to re take my photos they came out to dark..will be posting them soon..Happy Holidays with love Janice

stefanie said...

its sooooooo beautiful!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love all the glitter of all the fabulous silver. Beautiful. Thanks for hosting. Hugs, Marty

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

The silver is just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing, and than you for hosting!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I come to like silver more and more! It can be the perfect amount of sparkle, or if tarnished, the perfect amount color to tone something down especially paired with vintage linens.
That nutcracker in the first pic caught my eye immediately as I have a nutcracker collection. Love your pictures.

Thanks for hosting!

Sonny G said...

love all the silver you used and those salad plates are amazzzzzzzzzzing.. what a beautiful table you've set for your family and friends.

Revi said...

Hello, Ladies! I love your silver, and am doing more metals this year myself! Thanks for hosting the party.

lvroftiques said...

Everything looks so beautiful Paula! I j'adore the sparkle of silver too! Thanks again for hosting. Vanna

Boxwood Cottage said...

Hey Patti and Paul :)
Thank you for your kind comment on my last post Patti! I did a new very long Christmas post filled with 35 Holiday Home pictures just yesterday and therefore would like to play along again! Well I did play along again :)
I share your love for Silver Christmas Paula!
Wishing you both very Happy Holidays!
xoxo~ Carola

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


I too am loving the silver look this year to go with my white/gray décor! I have never seen a nutcracker like this in silver! And Patti, I am so glad you came to HEAR my Nutcracker rendition! LET'S DANCE!!!!

BIG HUGS TO YOU BOTH for a lovely CHRISTmas celebration! Anita

Anajá Schmitz said...

Linda sua decoração de natal. Amei a arvore de pinha de prata.
Tenha uma feliz natal.

Donna Heber said...

I just love all your silver! So pretty and sparkly. Thank you for hosting this lovely party. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

Anonymous said...

Your table looks gorgeous. The nutcracker is particularly impressive, and your great grandmother's bread dish is beautiful.

Palomasea said...

Very beautiful, dear are ready to go!
This year, I am lightening up on the colors as well...just want soft sparkle...
Enjoy the season!
- Irina


Amazing C'mas decor, I love your table too! A real winter wonderland, I love the dishes and the entire gorgeous tablescape. Great features too. Thanks for having me, a little late, but very happy to be here. Happy holiday season my friends.

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Everything looks beautiful. So festive for the holidays.
Thanks so much for hosting a wonderful party! Have a great week.


Susan said...

All your silver decorations are gorgeous!! I like silver almost as much as I do my beloved copper.
I have silver decorations in our guest bathroom.

Richard Cottrell said...

My Mamma always said, no one can never have enough silver, and I think that is especially true at Christmas. Richard from My Old Historic House.,.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Paula, Your Silver Wonderland table is beautiful. It is 85 degrees here in Florida so I have to turn the airconditioner on really low so it feels like Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Oh, your table is gorgeous! I love the pretty silver. It's just stunning! Thank Patti for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Burlap Luxe said...

Paula, the settings look so elegant, divine stately feel to every vignette and dinning setting.
Patti, I am so blessed to have been featured in Romantic Country, and just received my magazine tonight, thank you for taking notice of my small quaint French cottage, a small investment home that I really had no plan to move into, after the sale of my country home, I moved in to rest my soul with my daughter and regroup our life plan.

I was scared that my design style may not be a good fit, all and all it adds soul to our life, and a calm place to create and design.

Thank you my dear friends, a beautiful Sunday to you.

Helen's Decor said...

Your tablescape is beautiful. I love all the silver, too.
Thanks for hosting this great party. Always fun to be here.

Merry Christmas,

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Paula and Patti,
that table is gorgeous. Just right for a winterly Christmas dinner. For sure I love the silver additions and the brocade table runner is marvellous. Thank you for sharing your exquisite design and for the sweet comment on my nativity posting.
Best greetings, Johanna

Stacey said...

Gorgeous! Love the glam factor brought in by the silver!

Bliss said...

I'll trade you a little snowy for a bit of tropical!


Unknown said...

Lovely! This is so amazing and wonderful sterling silver pieces. This is probably the most common form of general collection. Christofle silver use is not just limited to a formal dinner or a fancy gathering. There is no need to be afraid of your silver, so go ahead and take it out of hiding. You could and should use your sterling every day!


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