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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Toasty Warm Tablescape. . .

Welcome to a toasty warm tablescape
to herald in the  2013  New Year!

Frigid temperatures have arrived on the Prairie!
During this time of the year,
"Mr. Ed" and I, often times,
retreat to the lower level Family Room.


Having not yet reached double digits this morning,
I decided a warm, toasty tablescape was in order.

I chose a warm, golden palette
to keep our tablescape toasty warm and inviting.


My heirloom oak dining table,
passed to me from my beloved Maternal Grandmother,
fills one end of our Family Room.

Normally, I begin with my choice of dinnerware,
linens and stemware,
but today, I began with the centerpiece and candlesticks.


I adore the deep burgundy hue
and the rubbed bronze detailing
at the base of both the bowl and the candlesticks
of this set earned through hostess points
years ago at a Party ~Lite party held On Crooked Creek!

Adding nubby dark spice candles
encircled with pip berry rings, evergreen boughs and pine cones
compliments the Lodge theme of our Family Room.

* * Tutorial * *

A Simple Centerpiece ~
Placing a soft evergreen wreath in the base of the bowl,

I added 3 large pine cones to the center of the wreath.

Filling in the void spaces,
I added 4 medium pine cones.

At the base of the bowl,
I place evergreen and pine cone boughs.

To the left of the candlesticks,
2 over~sized metal acorns snuggle on pine cone boughs.


Combined with another acorn
and a set of acorn salt and peppers,
the right side features a pair of quail.


Sporting stripes in brown, gold, rust and turquoise
river place mats against the copper table topper
needed lighter dinnerware.

I opted for my Chili Pepper dinnerware from Artland.

While the golden hue of the dinner plates
added the lightness to this tablescape,
those dessert / salad plates were a bit too busy!

Folding the napkin in thirds
and placing it atop the dessert plates
was a simple solution.


The addition of handles
makes this soup bowl one of my favorites On Crooked Creek!

Wooden handled flatware,

from our travels in Germany,

compliments our Lodge theme quite nicely.

Instead of stemware,
I added our generous sized mugs
for steaming mugs of coffee
or a SNOWMAN Blend.

Bench seating allows for a continuous,
unobstructed view of the entire dining room area.

Although the table has been set for 4 people,
a table for 6  can be easily accommodated.

Linger a while and warm yourself
with my toasty warm tablescape of 2013!



Homemade soup is simmering gently,
waiting to warm our bodies and souls on this frigid Winter day.

Comfort food,
combined with a toasty warm tablescape,
makes for a great start to  2013!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creek will be joining
Between Naps On The Porch
for Tabletop Thursday with our dear hostess, Susan.
Be sure to visit for inspiring tablescapes for your own home decor.

Also, Stone Gable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
with our sweet hostess, Yvonne.
Inspiration, combined with encouragement, abounds
with multiple creative ideas for your home.
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