Saturday, September 22, 2012

Holiday Table-Casual or Formal

Are  you thinking about your Holiday Tablescapes yet?  Are you hosting, or going to visit someone else.  With families living so far apart, we have to make plans way in advance so we can get travel arrangements made.    I thought I would look back at a few tablescapes that I've done that might be appropriate depending on how large, small, formal or informal the day might be.

This one is sort of semi-formal.  A small setting for 4 and with casual placesettings that are placed on a lace tablecloth to give it a little elegance.

This one is really formal and a little over the top, but if you want to impress, this centerpiece will definitely do that. The nice thing about this centerpiece is the bowl that holds it can be removed right before everyone sits down and another bowl with floating candles or fruit could be put in it's place and create just as fabulous a look, plus your guests will be able to see each other across the table. Tons of candles, pillars and tapers gives the table tons of ambiance.

This could be an intimate formal table for 4.  Silver, lace and roses are always stunning. 1/2 Dozen roses can look fabulous in a cylinder vase.  Adding silver and a lot of candles to the setting creates even more formality.

Black, white and silver makes you think Black Tie.  I love all the sparkle.  Even everyday dishes look amazing with lace, crystal and silver.

If you really want to go casual, this centerpiece is definitely a winner.  Love it.  A hurricane with some Dollare Tree potpourri, stems and berry garland.

So are you thinking about the holidays yet and are you making plans.

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  1. Marty as always everything is just beautiful!

  2. I loved seeing all your table settings, Marty. Thanks for the inspiration that you always give. Happy weekend!

  3. Oh it is all so beautiful ! Happy first day of Fall !

  4. Marty, all of these table settings are just beautiful! I don't have a plan in place for the holidays just yet; but, these provide some wonderful inspiration!

  5. You're still on my dashboard, so I think that I'm still showing up as a follower. Beautiful tablescapes. I can't pick a favorite. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  6. They are all beautiful Marty! But I like the last one best.

  7. Everything is beautiful! I can't pick a favorite because they are all stunning. Thank you for sharing and Happy Fall! :)


  8. I love all your tablescapes, Marty! Each one is beautiful & perfect for holiday entertaining!



  9. Each table setting is everything on the table and the green candle holder very pretty..thank you for the share and Happy Fall season....:):)

  10. I haven't seen all of your tablescapes so this post is a treat! They are all so pretty, I love your creative way with centerpieces! Yes, it's time to start thinking about the holidays!


  11. I love this post,. Your tablescapes are beautiful, love the settings and the centerpieces.


  12. They're all beautiful Marty! That last centerpiece is my favorite!! Happy Fall!

  13. Mary - Your tablescapes are just beautiful.


  14. I love the pheasant feathers. They seem to fallish and remind me of the pilgrims for some reason. I have to get my boxes down. I am really wanting to get some fall on in our house too.

  15. Oh how beautiful all your settings are. Thanks for sharing Marty

  16. Marty,
    All of these are gorgeous!!! You have such beautiful tablscapes, dear friend! Inspiring, indeed! We will be @ our sons home for Thanksgiving (only 5 miles away). Christmas is On Crooked Creek this year!!!

  17. What great ideas - you are right, it probably is time to think about the holidays. I love them all - but I especially love the inclusion of silver.

  18. Such gorgeous tables! I can not think about tomorrow even it seems!

  19. Beautiful Tablescapes Marty! I could definitely see a lot of entertaining taking place around these tables. It is time to start thinking about the Holidays and getting our tables all lined out.

  20. Such beautiful tables!! I love each one. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Jocelyn @

  21. Marty,
    You have such a great touch when it comes to tablescapes...they are all beautiful.


  22. Such pretty tablescapes Marty. You really know how to set a table and get my little brain thinking how can I duplicate. Have a great weekend.

  23. Just tonight we took our daugter and SIL to dinner for their second anniversary. She told me that they wanted to have Christmas dinner so would I do Thanksgiving!!!! It will be the first one in the new house!!!! ALL of your tablescapes are GORGEOUS, marty. Thanks for sharing them again. XO

  24. Love all of your beautiful tablescapes Marty....have not thought about our Thanksgiving table yet....may be spending it at my sisters with all my siblings and families...!

  25. HI MARTY!!!
    ALL of your tablescapes are matter is yours is small or large...formal or do a very good job every single inspire me to make mine look better....HAPPY FALL to you...I just wish it felt like fall!!SO hot today....please weather start to cool off for us!!!

  26. Oh Marty,
    You really have so many great tablescapes to share! I remember some, not all but really you have the touch!
    I am looking for airline tickets and can't believe how expensive they are right now.
    Looking forward to seeing you all. We hope to be coming on the 24th of October. I see Jamie right above me. She has said she would like to host lunch so I will keep you updated.
    Big Hugs,

  27. Oh Marty, each of these tables are stunning! I don't think I could choose a favorite. Each so pretty and elegant in its own way! Visiting from SSS. Have a Blessed Sunday!

  28. Lovely as always! Thanks for sharing such great inspiration with us!

  29. Marty, I receive your posts through email, but I can't find any place on your website to check that it's still working. I was looking for the place where you go to sign up for email posts, but it's not coming up.


  30. Such pretty tables! Love em all!


  31. Your post/blog has given me the decorating bug!Very Lovely!

  32. Marty this is such an inspirational post on how to create a truly memorable tablescape. I just can't pick a favorite. Your guests must always feel so special.

    I am happy to report that ASTL is still showing up on my "must read" list. :)

  33. Seriously gorgeous! Marty, you sure know how to set a beautiful table. Thank you for sharing. I hope you will share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  34. Marty they all look amazing and have inspired thoughts of the coming holidays. A very formal table can be gorgeous but it is unrealistic for me so I prefer casual elegance. And that centerpiece is gorgeous but the problem with those high arrangements is that you end up removing them to "pass the potatoes" or trying to converse with everyone at the table. They look grandiose but I prefer a low and long decoration. Great post!