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Christmas Traditions Tablescape

Tuesday, December 5, 2023


Hello, My Lovelies!  I hope your Advent has been joyful so far!

I am so excited about this tablescape blog hop party hosted by Rita from the Panoply blog!  If you're linking in order, you were just dazzled by Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction.  I love her blog, and her Instagram feed is beautiful, too.

Thank-you so much for hosting, Rita!

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Now on to my Christmas tablescape...

The reason I entitled this post "Christmas Traditions Tablescape" is because I used our formal china from our wedding registry.  I still love our pattern, and I especially like the cute little teacups.  I've set the table for several courses, and I also used our wedding registry crystal.  The only thing I didn't do is bring out the silver.  I was being lazy....I didn't want to polish silver.  But I think I will do so before Christmas and enjoy it on into the New Year! 

I started with our china.

One day I ran across this table runner from Shabby Chic, and when I saw it I thought it would be pretty with our china.

I added Shabby Chic napkins in ditsy prints.  None of them are alike, but they all blend with the other elements on the table.

The Christmas crackers are shaped like Christmas trees in shades of green and blue.  Mr. Bookish's family is English, and he requests this tradition each year.

The centerpiece is a little flocked tree with real roses stuck in it.  I think they look like little ornaments.

I wanted a few yellow roses on the table because the ruffle of the table runner has yellow in it.  You can't really see it much in the photos, but in person the roses complement the runner nicely.

I left a little room for serving on the Welsh dresser because our dining table is tight.  The green candles and bobeches are new.

I love bringing in cyclamen during Christmas.  This year we have white and a deep red.  I'll post more of our Christmas decor later in the week.

I thought I'd share a couple of photos with the lights dimmed and the candles lit:

The photos seem darker than reality, and if it truly were this dark one couldn't see to eat!


China:  Rosedale by Wedgwood
Crystal:  (water, hock, claret, and salt and pepper set) Lismore by Waterford
Table linens except tablecloth:  Shabby Chic
White tablecloth:  Hotel collection by Williams-Sonoma
Christmas tree collar: Ramekin in the Piccadilly pattern by MacKenzie-Childs
Dark Blue flower frog vase:  LaPella Pottery via Etsy
Tall pink votive holders:  Shabby Chic
Short pink votive holders:  A gift from a blog friend
Christmas crackers:  Anthropologie
Ceramics on Welsh dresser:  Mackenzie-Childs
Ornaments on dresser:  Anthropologie
Candles:  The Fresh Market
Green Bobeches:  At Home, Homewood
Flowers:  Bloom & Petal, Greystone

Below you'll find the links for all the blog hop participants.  Maureen's blog, Red Cottage Chronicles, is next.  Her posts NEVER disappoint!

Hyacinths for the Soul - Plaid Tidings
Everyday Living - Repeat the Sounding Joy
Home is Where the Boat Is - It's a Marshmallow World with Snowmen
The Bookish Dilettante - Christmas Traditions Tablescape (You're here!)
Red Cottage Chronicles - English Cottage Christmas Tablescape
From My Carolina Home - Vintage Christmas Tablescape
Thrifting Wonderland - Christmas Tree Magic
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Christmas Nutcracker Table
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Joyous Christmas Table
The Cat's Whiskerz - A Rustic Christmas Tablescape
Me and My Captain - A German Christmas Tablescape
The Painted Apron - The Season of Giving

Thank-you so much for reading my blog!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. So pretty Ricki Jill! I love that you have used your wedding china and crystal! It is very reminiscent of my childhood Christmases. If you can believe it, I never picked out wedding china, but I am lucky to have my Nana's to use now and it does make an appearance at Christmas. Your crystal is beautiful. What a fun idea tucking the roses into the flocked Christmas tree. Makes for the perfect festive centrepiece! And those popped open yellow roses are so pretty! I could truly enjoy a festive dinner by candlelight at your table :) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Blogger won't let me connect, and I cannot figure out why. Your table is quietly elegant, and lovely in candlelight.

  3. So nice to see wedding china being used in a setting. What wonderful memories it must hold for you and your Family. the linens work really well with the china border and the soft colors set a lovely scene. Roses are a wonderful flower and really dress up a table. Combining them with Christmas greenery and using them with your tabletop tree combines the season with the soft palate of your table. Thanks for sharing such a festive table. Merry Christmas!

  4. What a beautiful tablescape! So elegant and yet cozy. Love the little tree with the roses.

  5. How lovely, Ricki Jill! I love the fresh roses and soft color palette! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season!

  6. I love your shabby chic look. So pretty. Happy decorating for the holidays. Hugs. Kris

  7. So pretty Ricki Jill! I love the roses on your tree like ornaments! You always blend your MKC pretties in so well to your tables and decor. I spied the MKC teapots on the cart in the corner, so pretty! Your wedding china is beautiful and it does look lovely with the sweet runner and Shabby Chic napkins. I have Waterford Lismore crystal too! The Christmas crackers are wonderful, I love the tree shape and the colors. You are all set for a Merry holiday!

  8. This is so pretty and your wedding china is lovely. Did you make the Christmas Crackers? One year I had them with the family of about 20 and I found confetti for months!! lol. As always i enjoy seeing your M-C collection in the background. i hope you have a joyous holiday season!

  9. Ricki Jill, you never disappoint! I always love seeing how you set a table in this charming dining room with the dresser of MacKenzie-Childs. I pinned your idea of adding the candle rings to your MKC candle sticks. I need to pull mine out and do the same. I've recently purchased some battery operated tapers. I stopped using real candles years ago when I was serving at the table and accidently brushed a flame with my arm and caught my sweater on fire. Monnie said no more candles! Love the tree shaped Christmas crackers. Who makes those? I often add crackers to my table when I have my girlfriend dinner group here.
    Love seeing your wedding china. Rosedale is a pretty pattern, and Lismore has long been a favorite for me. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  10. Merry Tuesday, Ricki Jill. I love your beautiful Rosedale wedding china and it is charming with the runner! I enjoy seeing your pretty dining room with your collection of MC in the Welsh cupboard. The flocked tree with the roses tucked in is perfect. The soft color palette is so lovely! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season and I always enjoy pulling out a chair at one of your tables!

  11. Merry Tuesday Ricki Jill. Your table is lovely with your wedding china, how special the shabby chic napkins coordinate so well. Candle rings are a great way to highlight candle sticks. Love seeing your Welsh cabinet with your prized MKC pieces. The Christmas tree crackers are so clever. The cute little flocked tree looks so elegant with roses. A beautiful table to enjoy the holiday season. I am glad you were able to sign up for Mailerlite. Happy Holidays.

  12. Ricki Jill, you have set a pretty table with your wedding china and all the cut glass stemware. I like your room all lit with the candles, so romantic!! Your cyclamen looks beautiful in your MC pot. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!🎄🤶

  13. Oh my goodness Ricki Jill - this is beautiful! What a great find your table runner was and it is perfect with your wedding china. The pattern of your china is so pretty and the napkins you chose look amazing with it. The flocked tree in the center with the roses as ornaments is gorgeous and picks up all the colors in the table runner and china and I can see that the yellow roses also accent the table runner colors. The green candles and the bobeches look fabulous on your Welsh dresser and the cyclamen is a lovely touch that you can enjoy all through Christmas. It was a pleasure hopping with you today and wishing you a very merry Christmas and holiday season!

  14. Elegant and Beautiful, Ricki Jill! Your china is absolutely breath taking. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

  15. So beautiful Ricki Jill! I always enjoy seeing your collection of MacKenzie-Childs in your hutch. Your Shabby Chic runner and napkins coordinate beautifully with your wedding dinnerware and your MKC too. Love the addition of roses filling your wee flocked tree! The tree shaped Christmas crackers are such a festive shape and fun tradition. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing you a Merry December and Christmas Season! 🎄

  16. I think when we sit down at a table that uses items of personal significance -- like your china -- it always evokes discussions and memories. It's such a beautiful table, Ricki Jill. The flowers/roses and all are a perfect addition with your floral china!

  17. Beautiful! Christmas will be anything BUT blue in your home! It's one thing to collect vintage wares and enjoy the past, but to have your own and be able to enjoy the rich memories of their beginnings is really quite special. Your china pattern is beautiful, and the crystal exquisite. I love how you incorporate your M-C, always. Using the ramekin as your tree collar is brilliant, and the flowers as ornaments a lovely touch. Those crackers! They're adorable. Leave it to the buyers of Anthro to find such unique accessories. I think the nighttime glow of the table and dining room is just so enchanting. Ricki Jill, thank you for being a part of this Christmas tablescaping and my circle of friends. Wishing you much joy and happiness in this Advent season for you and your family!

  18. Oh Ricki Jill, your table looks just like you! Your wedding china is such a beautiful, delicate pattern, and looks especially pretty on the tablecloth and with those sweet napkins. Your dining room looks so enchanting in the evening with the soft glow of the candles. Happy Advent to you!

  19. I love the roses stuck in your little tree Ricki Jill...they do look like ornaments. I like the crackers and the fact that hubby wants them included is so special. Your dinnerware is special too and that you are able to incorporate it into a Christmas setting is wonderful. Thanks for including a night time photo as it looks enchanting. I have noticed that sometimes our photos don't do the tables justice and I wish we were actually there in person to see how magical tables can be. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

  20. My dear... this is so beautiful. I LOVE the roses in the tree!!!
    Everything is beautiful... and I want to come dine with you and soak it all in person. :-)
    Love, Carla

  21. Ricki Jill, your Christmas table is gorgeous! Your wedding china is so pretty, and I too adore the shape of the cups. I have a thing for pretty cups and saucers. The Shabby Chic linens pairs so perfectly with the delicate china. The sweet flocked tree looks beautiful with the addition of roses. The candlelight photos are stunning! I hope that you have a joyous Christmas season, sweet friend! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  22. The table runner is a lovely base for your pretty china. The crystal is beautiful, especially as it catches the candlelight. The roses are a striking complement to the flocked tree. Wishing you a wonderfully merry Christmas, Ricki Jill.


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