The golden glow of Christmas

This year, really for the first time ever I think, my Christmas decor seems kind of unified. I tried to stay loosely within a color scheme of pink, gold, and white (a touch of silver here and there), and as I look around I feel a sense of comfort in the loveliness that surrounds me.

Vintage Floral Cottage Christmas Decor

Not that there was ever anything wrong with un-unified… no, I loved the mish-mash of Christmases past when my daughter was little. Tree decorations were handmade, my collection of snowmen was growing, the living room had a sort of “Victorian” look to the handmade garlands while the bathroom was more of a “lodge-look.”

But this year it’s definitely more unified, and it feels almost like a hug – maybe that’s just because the furniture looks cozy covered in chenille bedspreads!

Vintage Floral Cottage Christmas Decor

And so it was that I decided to carry the pink and gold theme into a Christmas tablescape. But, where my tree and decor are mostly focused on pink, I wanted the table to really shimmer – to be rooted in gold. I had no idea how I was going to achieve that with what I had on hand, until I walked into a thrift store back in early December and found these show-stopping dinner plates.

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

No maker stamped on the back – just an indication that the amazing border and all the gold scrolling around it is 22k gold. Right then and there I knew they would be the basis of my Golden Christmas table. The touch of pink comes from a single element – the glassware, also a thrift-store find, with handpainted poinsettias.

I’ll be honest – I thought the table looked “just okay” when I first stepped back and looked at it. That was on a Friday night – I had set it up with the intention of taking photographs on Saturday morning, in the daylight. But I couldn’t resist lighting the candles, and when I snapped a few photos in the candlelight, the whole thing took my breath away – the gold was glinty and shimmering, just like I’d imagined. It was beautiful!

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

The next morning I snapped my first few photos with daylight filling the dollhouse, and it looked so pretty in the pictures that I could hardly believe this beautiful thing – this set table – was in my home. I know it sounds ridiculous to be so overcome by a simple table set for a meal – but it was the very loveliness I had been hoping to create.

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

So with all that gushing out of the way, let me take you on a tour around the table!

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

The place setting includes the stunning thrift-store 22k gold-shouldered dinner plates and als0-thrifted gold-trimmed bowls by Stetson in the “American Beauty” pattern. Napkins are in a simple rose fold nestled in each bowl.

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

The glassware was also a thrift-store find: four hand-painted water goblets with lovely poinsettias in a deep coral pink and ivory.

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Are you as surprised as I am to see that we have a different set of flatware on the table? For years now the only set I’ve owned has been my hard-working vintage Oneida Chandelier – a gift from my Aunt Hazel. But I’ve had gold-tone flatware on my thrifting list for quite awhile, and late this Fall I scored big with 26 pieces of the electroplated Americana Golden Heritage by International Silver.

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

Every piece in lovely condition!

Golden Christmas Tablescape | Vintage Floral Cottage

The flatware set also included a few serving pieces, so I have set them at the ends of the table along with Royal Worcester 8-inch plates in the “Golden Anniversary” pattern. These are actually part of two trio sets (cup, saucer and snack plate) that were also found at Goodwill.

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

For our centerpiece, again we are using inexpensive and thrifted items – the arrangement consists of a pretty FTD ivory sleigh with gold accents, a pair of interesting counter-weighted brass candlesticks, and two votive holders (actually toothpick holders) that are antique Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG – the predecessor of Depression Glass). Filler items include faux greenery and ornaments from my stash, and pretty plastic snowflake ornaments from Dollar Tree.

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

I love how this table brings in the shimmer and sparkle of Christmas, and yet also practically glows in warm gold when the sun hits it just right.

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here it is again all together –

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

And of course, the “put away shot” – just looking lovely while waiting to go back into the cupboards!

Golden Christmas table | Vintage Floral Cottage

I’m sharing my Golden Christmas table for “Tablescape Thursday” at Between Naps on the Porch, and for Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage. Be sure to click through for many more beautiful tables!

And, here is a pin-able image if you would like to save this tablescape for future ideas!

Golden Christmas Pin Image | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

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