Schumann Wild Rose

Schumann Wild Rose
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Monday, December 8, 2014

December Challenge

It's time for Cuisine Kathleen's December Challenge ( to find a tablescape from a magazine or from Pinterest and then copy it. Pat decided to use a picture from The Cottage Journal Season: Christmas, a Hoffman Media publication. As usual, she took "liberties" with the challenge, but the final table was not only fun to do, but turned out better than expected.
The inspiration tablescape - red placemats and gold chargers show off the place setting.

Our table - Pat decided on a red Brocade tablecloth, gold Poinsettia placemats, and red chargers

Three reindeer, instead of two, and heavy, real glass ornaments from Restoration Hardware add a touch of class  

The place setting

Pat and I "hit the Motherlode" when we found these ornaments several years ago. The store, which began in our small community, had exploded nationwide and left our area as they expanded, but we took advantage of the closing sale.

"Holiday" by Lenox - our Mother started buying this pattern years ago and we continue to add to the set

Pat couldn't bring herself to put the cup and saucer on the left side of the dinner plate as in the picture

From the other end of the table
Where it came from:
Red Brocade Tablecloth - from our collection
Gold Poinsettia Placemat - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond two or three years ago
Dinnerware - "Holiday" by Lenox from our Mother
Red Glitter Charger - Pier 1
Glassware - "Omega" Marquis by Waterford
Gold plated Flatware - by F.B. Rogers from eBay
Gold Crackle and Ruby Ornaments - from Restoration Hardware several years ago
Gold Reindeer and Greenery - from Michael's

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" this Monday at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" December Challenge at Cuisine Kathleen:

And we will be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" this week at Between Naps on the Porch:


  1. Applause, applause, applause!!! You guys really knocked this one out of the ballpark! The "liberties" taken were well worth it for the final look. Your reindeer look quite regal prancing around in the centerpiece! And I love the Restoration Hardware glass ornaments. We have a RH here in the Kansas City area, and I just love to go in there and browse. They have wonderful stuff!!! I have those gold ornaments that are in your bowls in silver. I've not had a chance to use them, but I know they're there just waiting...waiting...waiting. I notice your gold poinsettia placemats, too. My sister bought me a dozen of them after Christmas last year, and I'm anxious to use them, too. I've been lazy this year! :-)

    Outstanding job again, ladies! You met the challenge head on!!!

  2. I am loving this table, those reindeer are gorgeous! I have never looked at RH for table supplies but now I know I need too!

  3. Beautiful table...ladies, you met the challenge head on and came out with a winner. The centerpiece is the deer. I do like the traditional china, it is so pretty.
    Have a wonderful week.

  4. Stunning and yes, many cheers for this amazing table. Everything you did did on your own only enhanced the gorgeous tablescape and with the lovely Lenox dishes it's perfect!
    Happy holidays,

  5. Lovely job! Love the centerpiece. Beautiful Lenox China. That is so interesting, I love Restoration Hardware! What a steal!

  6. Wow! This is elegant and breath taking! You do the most amazing tablescapes!

  7. Gorgeous!!! I love those Lenox dishes and how you highlighted them with those dark red chargers and lovely placemats! Your deer centerpiece is stunning, as well! Beautifully done, ladies!

  8. The reindeers and glass balls are so pretty. Such an elegant table with the beautiful plates too. Great centerpiece!...Christine

  9. Beautiful, ladies! You did a great job with the challenge.

  10. What a gorgeous table! Love the reindeer and Restoration Hardware balls. The crackled ones in the bowls almost look like grapefruit! And that china is a classic - always lovely.

  11. Gorgeous copy cat. The reindeer are lovely and the glass balls are so pretty. Very elegant and dramatic.

  12. Beautiful!!! No doubt about it! You used the overall flavor and essence of the inspiration table and created an even more outstandingly beautiful table. I like the three deer on the table - it offers so much more balance to the table. The ornaments that you scored bring a wonderful bling factor that takes this table several notches beyond the inspiration table. Beautiful, simply beautiful !

  13. It is beautiful! I love your take on it! I have started collecting some of the Holiday pattern too. The Lenox Outlet usually has some good sales. I have bought my son and dil, service for 16 over the years, whether they wanted it or not! It is a classic.
    Thanks for taking the challenge!

  14. Good for you Pat... teacups always go on the right!!! haha! Just finding this in June 2018 as I look through ALL of your tablescapes. Each one is spectacular and I'm having the time of my life drooling over them!! Thanks for sharing, and I'm green with envy over all your different dinnerware sets!