A Tried and True Formal Christmas Table




My Table Is Set and Ready For Cheer


Christmas Day is almost here and the formal Christmas table is set, and ready for cheer. That rhymes. Ha!  Since I was a child, we have always had a formal dinner for Christmas. We pull out the good china, silver, crystal and linens to set a formal table. I have tried to keep that tradition alive while raising my children, and I want my young granddaughters to have the same experience. It’s important to teach young children how to behave at a table, and learn to use the proper eating utensils. The earlier the better is the way I see it, and they enjoy being a part of the conversation.




The pine cone tree is something I made years ago and has held up very well. The hanging Christmas balls were purchased at Lowes twenty or more years ago.






All of my silver flatware, which is Repousse by S. Kirk and Sons, the sterling holloware and my crystal, which is so old we don’t even know the pattern, was inherited.  My china is Derby Border by Royal Crown Derby and I do think that is still an active pattern. I also inherited the linens. My daughter introduced us to the English tradition of  English Crackers  at Christmas. Read the fascinating story of how they came about.




The gold chargers and napkin rings were purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I have tried to add chargers and napkin rings that can be used in all different types of place settings. The more interchangeable my dinnerware and glassware, the more I can do with it. It is fun and a challenge to see what new tablescapes I can come up with. After Christmas is a great time to find Christmas plates and glasses at bottom prices. That goes for linens especially. Home Goods is a great place for finding linens.

I hope each and every one of you , whether a formal dinner or a casual sit down, has a wonderful Christmas with great food and fun company!



Warm Regards and Merry Christmas !


Sharing at  Tablescape Thursday

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  1. Lorri | 26th Dec 16

    Your table is so pretty. I love that the pieces are vintage family pieces. What a special heritage. My mom has some old pieces that have been in the family but she doesn’t use them. I was wondering if your tablecloth is a cutwork one? It is very beautiful.


  2. Gina | 22nd Dec 16

    Hi Leigh, I absolutely adore your formal table, so pretty! Your whole room is pretty! Have a merry Christmas!

  3. Jann Olson | 21st Dec 16

    Your table is beautiful Leigh! I agree that it’s never too early to teach the little ones manners. We have only done a fancy sit down dinner once for Christmas. It was fun, but with so many little ones it’s easier for us to go a bit more casual and have fun activities. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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