Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Taking a Christmas Challenge

Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen issued a Christmas Challenge to find a tablesetting from Pinterest or another source that we liked, and to reproduce the same setting.  I  found a place setting that appealed to me for its rustic look.  I also realized I had very similar components to use to reproduce the look.  It's such a crazy time of year and I never thought I would have the time to complete the challenge, but I took the afternoon today to see what I could come up with and here is the result:

Here's the tablescape from Pinterest and I pinned it from
Just in: after looking at Cuisine Kathleen, I do believe she chose the same entry from a different angle and she revealed the actual link is Thank you, Anita!

Here's My Reproduction:

Here's How the Look was created:

The closest charger I had to the one in the photo is a plastic basketweave charger I had gotten from Michael's quite a while ago. No placemat or tablecloth was used on the original table, so I did the same.

The original tablescaper used all white dishes, so I did the same thing, starting with my Metaceramica dinner plate from HomeGoods.

There were two dishes on the dish stack in the original photo, so next I chose my Madeline plate from Pier One. I still love the scalloped edge on these plates!

The setting was completed with my Mikasa Regent Bead flatware, a red-checkered napkin in a holiday-festooned grapevine napkin ring, a red water goblet from HomeGoods and an Italian pottery mug. The inspiration photo used a white cup and saucer, but I didn't have one, so I chose the mug.  I fudged a bit on this element.  The cup actually has a Christmas tree painted on one side, so I turned the mug around for the photo!

While I was putting this table together, I kept thinking, "What will I do for a napkin ring that is similar to the one in the picture?"  I started digging in my napkin ring stash, and in the back of the drawer, I found four of these perfect napkin rings! I must have bought them at an after-Christmas sale last year and totally forgot about them!! I was so excited to find them, especially since they mirror the inspiration picture so well!!

The centerpiece first attracted me to this particular table setting. I love the wood boxes that have become so popular with tablescapers.  I had found this antique shoe polish box a short time ago, and have been using it in various tablescapes.  I still would like a box that is larger and covers more of the table, but this works fine for now.  I placed some Christmas greenery in it, added candles and pinecones, then perched it on a Christmas placemat.  I couldn't exactly see what the original centerpiece was layered on, but I figured it must have had a Christmas decoration to it.

So, I attempted Kathleen's Challenge!   It was fun to do!!

I'll be linking up to Kathleen at  Please stop by to see how all the challenges turned out!!
I'll also be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at  and Christine's Table It! at  Many thanks to these ladies who give us a chance to share our tables!

I love to hear your comments. They really do make my day! Thank you.......
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!


  1. Very nice Rosie! Your challenge tablescape looks lovely. I think you have met Kathleen's Challenge near perfect and dead on to your inspiration. You picked up on all of the elements in the original and recreated the essence without having to buy anything. Bravo lady, Bravo!!!

  2. Beautifully done!! The red and white is so cheery and festive!. So glad you ran across those checked napkins. What a great surprise!! I think I used the same chargers from Michael's that you did!! Great minds think alike! Glad you took the time to play a bit with your dishes today, we can all enjoy your efforts! Merry Christmas!

  3. Too funny, Rosie, we picked the same table! It was an easy one, and I had everything except the wooden box.
    Love your take on it! I think Anita will be pleased too! Thanks for joining in the challenge!

  4. You did a wonderful copy of Anita's table, Rosie. I love the napkin rings. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Great table Rosie! That is too funny that Kathleen chose the same table! I can see why though, it is stunning with the Christmas greens and sparkling red stems~ I love the extra pop of red on your cute napkin rings too! Your wooden tool box is perfect for the centerpiece too!

  6. What a charming table! I love those gorgeous basket weave chargers, such a rich color, they worked perfectly! Love those napkin rings, as well.....lovely!

  7. You did a great job! It's a fun challenge isn't it!

  8. Beautiful table, Rosie. great choice and wonderful copy!....Christine

  9. Wow, thanks for letting me know!! I LOVE what you did with it! It's so neat to see another take on it, and you all give me ideas:-) Thanks for stopping by!!

  10. Beautiful! Funny that I almost did this same table, and Kathleen did. Anita should be honored. We all want to copy her table!

  11. Oh how darling! I think you did an amazing job with your inspiration picture! It's warm, inviting and so festive@ Just all so lovey for the Christmas season!

  12. You did a great job of re-producing the look from the image that inspired you! The napkins and the ruby red stemware really nailed it! I like the centerpiece on the mat- perfect look! I had forgotten about the challenge and wasn't able to participate. I'll have to see what some others did!

  13. I didn't know about this challenge til now, what a great idea. Yours looks beautiful! Very classic and cozy for Christmas.

  14. Your table is beautiful, warm, and welcoming! Great job.

  15. Hi!
    I love your pretty table setting! I had to laugh when I read about the napkin rings! I can so relate... I do that ALL of the time! I bought more napkin rings for BOTH tables this year only to find some that I've never used that really would have worked better!
    House of Highlands

  16. Wow, you did a great job! Love it and those napkin rings!!!

  17. This was not an attempt Rosie, this was a beautiful replica! When you said the box was a shoe polish box the light bulb went off. I think my hubby has one stashed somewhere and I will be on the hunt for it. Beautiful job and have a peaceful weekend!

  18. Rosie,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E your Christmas Tablescape Challenge, dear one!!!
    Those red checked napkins with red berry napkin rings are stunning!!!
    Atop your gorgeous white dishes, they steal the spotlight of your tablescape!!!

  19. Hi Rosie! You did a great job recreating that pretty table. It was probably like an early Christmas present finding those napkin rings you'd forgotten...I do that, too! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  20. Congrat's on winning the Lets Dish challenge. Your table looks pretty with the exact things. Love sujatha:)