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Lush greenery anchored in a black color scheme created a dramatic and festive tablescape for our Christmas dinner.

Our Christmas dinners tend to look a lot like our Thanksgiving dinners - Turkey (or occasionally ham), potatoes, stuffing, and pies. This year, like many others, our Christmas will be a much smaller affair than usual. Though we will be celebrating with just our little four person family, that doesn't mean we can't have all the festivities and trimmings that accompany most years' holidays.

I love black accents and have them featured in many areas of our home. Our kitchen has a black island and black vent hood; our counter stools and dining chairs are also black faux leather. I decided this year to darken our tablescape by incorporating black in various ways.

I started with a solid black table runner with little beaded snowflakes. While I generally prefer a longer table runner, a shorter has a better chance of staying clean and free of the flying food my toddler throws around at every meal. Next I added three black lanterns, black candlesticks and black napkin rings. I even found solid white napkins (my favorite) with black trim.

As I do with every piece of garland in my home, I wrapped eucalyptus garland around a traditional faux pine garland accented with berries and pinecones. I like using two different garlands together to add depth and texture. I also love the varying greens which really pop off the black runner.

I drove home the Christmas theme and added gold accents with the use of two capiz shell Christmas trees flanked by gold bottlebrush trees. I also added two sparkly gold reindeer I've had for years to add a touch of woodland.

Since it's just our little family this year, I forwent the fancy China and decided instead to use our white everyday dinner plates and glass stemless wine glasses. Our everyday gold flatware adds an element of fancy to every meal.

I hope no matter what your holiday celebrations look like this year that you have a very merry Christmas. I appreciate everyone who follows along and enjoy getting to know new people every day. Cheers to 2021!




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