Winter Wonderland Tablescape
When I saw this beautiful silver swan, I was immediately inspired. I knew I would be building a winter wonderland tablescape around this lovely bird. The funny thing is that I photographed this on my lovely lanai in Florida in wonderful weather. It is fun to dream about pretty snow when you don’t have to deal with shoveling it and walking through it. The glitter and shimmer of the swan, the crystal, the snow and the crystal accents on the napkin rings brings the magic of winter are expressed beautifully in this tablescape.
At first I didn’t like the white fur wrap on the swan. I looked it over at the store trying to see if I could remove it. If I did, it would pull off a lot of the silver glitter. It actually grew on me, adds to the elegance I think.A lovely silver and white print tablecloth helped set the scene for this winter wonderland tablescape. The next step was to begin layering my dishes. Textured silver chargers were the base, to which I added some of my favorite grey dinner plates. You can see how I used these differently at my Coastal Ladies Luncheon. Next I added these fun silver salad plates that look a lot like mercury glass. I topped these with Target’s 2014 snowflake plates. These are available in this size, which I consider a bread plate or an appetizer plate, salad plates and dinner plates. I only got myself these little ones, since I like to mix and match more than being matchy, matchy. I have a love/hate relationship with this artificial snow. I love how it looks. I love when it you spread it on a table and it looks like it just fell there, but I really don’t like it when it gets all over the place, on the floor, on the carpet, just everywhere. I had this great idea to “frame” the snow on this tabletop. I love these Ikea Ung Drill frames. They are so versatile. I painted this very one pink for the Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower I hosted. I got out my chrome paint and gave the frame a wonderful makeover.I filled the frame with the artificial snow which kept it a little bit under control. I added some sparkly snowflake ornaments and settled my swan onto its snowy bed. A table like this needed napkins with special treatment. I used lovely grey cloth napkins and used some shimmery fabric as an overlay. Since I had finally embraced the fur on the swan, I made my own matching napkin rings. I used some fur trim, stitched it together and added a sparkly button to each one. Of course the stemware had to be crystal. These are wine glasses I have that are the Brookside pattern by Marquis by Waterford. I could not be happier with how my lovely table turned out. I will be recreating this many times, it is just perfect for Winter. This swan won me over, even with her white fur wrap. I grew to love her and the lovely silhouette she made on our table. Creating a lovely table like this and serving up some delicious hot food might make you more willing to tolerate the cold weather! Truly a Winter wonderland tablescape!