A Tartan Christmas Birthday

Christmas Holly Centerpiece

My lovely Mother's birthday is in the beginning of December, which is easy to lose somewhat in the busy holiday season. This year, since we now spend three days a week at their house while Adam's working in the shop with Dad, I decided that we should have a fancy dinner. At first I thought I'd do a red and gold table since the centerpiece was already there, but those are the colors I'm planning for Christmas dinner at our house. I found the dark green tablecloth and the smaller plaid one and at that point it became a Tartan Christmas Birthday.

Christmas Tartan Table

The best way to build the table was to add layers of color and texture without making it too busy. I started with a forest green tablecloth, then added the dark green plaid cloth next, finished with a small green and gold embroidered runner. The centerpiece is a small ruby red vase with holly berries and frosty white greenery.

Christmas Place Setting

The plates are a simple but woodsy pattern with dark green borders. At first I thought the olive patterned napkins would clash, but the other options were much too busy, and since they weren't touching the tablecloth it worked visually. Layered Β on top is a cut glass bowl topped with a spray of pine and a sprig of holly.

Christmas Table

To finish the look each person got a (non-matching) china teacup! Because no meal is complete without several cups of tea.