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December 13, 2011

Ruby Reds and Golds

Even though my dining table won't actually be used for dining this season I decided to go ahead and dress it up so I could finish my vision. Don't worry- we'll be sharing great food and visiting with family but at a different home this year!

I got my inspiration and vision for this tablescape a while back when I saw a picture posted from a tour at 

Mary Carol's home (Nell Hill's)
(posted by Lynne's Gifts From The Heart)
My main draw was how they mixed up the centerpiece with varying candle holders and the tall vases with the
This is the table as it sits daily
This is the table finished and ready for dining! I created the height with the hurricanes and artificial florals and I brought in different candle holders to create a mix of heights and interesting things to look at.
I am a traditionalist at heart and I went goo goo over these simple but elegant dishes by Macy's from their Charter Club group collection.  As I've learned they
have different designed pieces they offer at different times of the year for mixing with these.
That's practical, affordable and 
smart in my book!
I selected the red-rimmed dinner plates, gold edged salad plates and red-rimmed soup bowls.  They also had a set with a traditional holiday design on them but I elected to keep it simple.  The chargers are from Michaels
My Wallace, Euro Beads gold flatware got used once again!
I was tickled to find these champagne flutes with the
gold rim and fleur-de-lis design.
Since fleur-de-lis was on my mind I brought out these napkins with the fleur-de-lis embroidered on them.
The tablecloth is from T.J. Maxx
A simple ivory design with gold threaded detail
I still have visions from my childhood when Mom would set up the formal dining table for special events.  I guess I got my love for pretty tables a long
time ago!
 Reindeer adorn the center of the table and many candles, votives and hurricanes. 
 The ruby stemware is Mikasa's French Countryside
 I do love red!
Maybe next year I'll get a chance to serve up a meal and use my pretty table place settings!
 Until then I'll just keep the dream alive!
I wish you all the best at this
Holiday Season 
and I hope you all will find some
Peace and Joy! 
Have a very
Merry Christmas
Happy Dining!
Please join me and many other
tablescapers over on
Susan's @ Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Liz, this table is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the red that you implemented and the various heights!! So festive!! Those fleur de lis napkins just stole my heart! I love those soooo much!! The Macy's dishes are wonderful! You were so smart to buy a collection that can be restyled and added to! Your table is just stunning!

  2. Oh Liz you've done an amazing job with your table. It's elegant and inviting. Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a New Year overflowing with good health and prosperity.

  3. Hi lovely lady.
    Your tablescape is Gorgeous all the way from your Beautiful China to your lovely centerpiece !!! You did a lovely job putting this together for your Christmas Holiday dinner party's.
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Christmas Tablescap in blue.
    I hope you have a wonderful week Liz with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  4. Truly beautiful and so elegant Liz. Like you said, maybe next year, you can actually have people over for a sit down dinner. I love your inspiration. It's always so much fun...enjoy your family...Merry Christmas...

  5. Your tablescape is just gorgeous! I didn't know that the Mikasa goblets came in red. They are beautiful along with your china that's rimmed in red and your hurricanes. I'm glad you shared where you got your chargers because I'm looking for some red ones. I hope you get to use this table next year.

  6. I have seen Mary Carol Garrity's dining room in person several times. One of my all time favorites.

    Your table is gorgeous!

  7. This is just beautiful! I love red for Christmas too. Your goblets are beautiful and with your china...stunning! Happy Christmas!

  8. Your dishes are so wonderful. I can see those being used over and over and over again. I love the red goblets with the dishes.. and your gold rimmed glassware is stunning. I love your centerpieces.. you captured the essence and went steps beyond! Merry Christmas. May you and yours be blessed! xo marlis

  9. I think I saw this without the place settings, right? but wow! it looks even more beautiful with them!! Beautiful china and those napkins are absolutely gorgeous! Arrangements are still exquisite--it's such a lovely table and the colors are so elegant together!!! Photos are sooo pretty!!

  10. Thank You so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment! I'm now your newest follower! :)

    I just LOVE your tablescape, it is just stunning and your centerpiece is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas!!

  11. Your table is lovely. The color adds so much more to take it beyond your inspiration table. I love the deer too. Thanks for your kind comments. Dianne

  12. Very pretty love the reindeer, I need to have that love it love it...everything is beautiful and so festive and ready for thr holiday....thanks for sharing...phyllis

  13. You may have gotten inspired but I love love your table (MORE)! The colors are dramatic and so elegant. I'm just going to say it is all well designed but my favorite things are the reindeers and red candle holders. Stunning! Merry Christmas and Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  14. Liz, your table is exquisite!! The dishes, glasses, linens centerpiece, EVERYTHING is beautiful! I love the reindeer on the table too. XO, Pinky

  15. Your table is so elegant. I love the simplicity and versatility of the dinnerware. Everything is so beautiful and I really like your reindeers...Christine

  16. Your inspiration table is lovely and your creation is so elegant and festive! I love the red vases filled with all those natural elements. Your stemware is gorgeous and the layers of dishes are fabulous and so rich! Really love this Christmas tablescape and all the pretty elements you added. Just beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!
    Miss Bloomers

  17. Your table is so beautiful. I usually like something a little less traditional, but your table has be converted back to red! So pretty, thanks for sharing.
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

  18. Gorgeous, gorgeous table...the china is beautiful. The oversized floral arrangements really add so much to an already gorgeous table. Thanks for sharing, Liz!

  19. Your table and china are so elegant. I love the tall vases, very dramatic. I love your inspiration photo. I would love to talk my husband into painting my dining room walls black (maybe above white wainscoting).

    Robin Flies South

  20. Liz, I LOVE this table! It is definitely in my top three holiday tables! I love every single element you used, from the beautiful dishes to the gorgeous deer to the symphony of candles! Just wonderful!!!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  21. How elegant! Red and gold is just so lovely at holiday time. That tablecloth is amazing. How did I miss seeing that one?

  22. Oh my gosh darling, your table is incredible. You captured the Mary Carol look only in reds. I love it.. thank you so much for the mention. I hope you have some of her books, she is such an inspiration, just the sweetest person you would ever meet.. hugs ~lynne~

  23. What a gorgeous and elegant table. Your china is fabulous and I love your reindeer centerpiece.

  24. Thank you for leaving a comment on my mauve Christmas tablescape ☺ My first ever tablescape actually.

    Gosh, I have no words for your tablescape above apart from WOW! It is really exquisite and the china plates are beautiful. I think next Christmas I will be borrowing my friends Wedgewood ☺

    Thank you for visiting, please visit again.


  25. Liz, your table is absolutely beautiful! I love it more than the Nell Hill table. Love the staggered heights...really lovely! Your china is beautiful! I love that they have different accent plates during the year. You'll have so much fun with that. Love, love, love that your stemware coordinates with your napkins...amazing! It's all so beautiful! So glad you are blogging and joining in. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  26. Elegant & swellegant! Love the centerpiece with various size candles. Your oversized vases look stunning. You'll get a chance to use that china over and over again. It is reason enough to celebrate. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

  27. Thank you for dressing your table for us even though you won't be celebrating at home. Everything is gorgeous. I love the reindeer.

  28. What a beautiful table. The tablecloth is so pretty. Your dishes are elegant. I need your stemware! Pat

  29. What a wonderfully festive and inviting table you've set! I love your poinsettia tablecloth...such a perfect starting point for this fabulous table! I think it's fun to set the table up, even if you're not going to use it...it's nice to see it everyday looking so alive!

    Merry Christmas,


  30. Oh, your table is just gorgeous! I love the red urns so that are so lushly filled and your reindeer are majestic! I'm going to head over to Macys to check out that dinnerware.

  31. I am a little late on this, so don't know if you will read it, but I love, love, love this. What fabulous plates and so classic, you will love them for a lifetime. The huge red vases are amazing. So rich and beautiful. This could stay up all season, it is perfect.

  32. Spectacular! Love the red glass vases and that reindeer.

    - The Tablescaper


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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