Join me as I embrace and share truly authentic American country style by reclaiming the family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Dining

Hi everyone!
I wanted to share my Christmas dining area with you. 

Still using the box, I just added some aqua and green Shiny Brite ornaments to the pink ones I already had in it.

I'm using Mikasa "Italian Countryside" service plates, J & G Meakin "Romantic England" dinner plates, and Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles" salad plates all on a silver plated charger. 

Fostoria pink "Moonstone" goblets with Fostoria "Argus" cordials in green compliment the pink and green in the plates. 

Taffeta napkins that I made are in mother of pearl napkin rings. Antique sterling silver, "Louvre" by Wallace and Sons.

My dad and I cut the little Hemlock from the woods, which I placed in an antique galvanized bucket. The redwood bench was my grandmother's and went with her outdoor picnic table. 

I made little snowflakes and paper fans from old music to hang on the delicate branches. A star Cristian made last year at school tops off my country tree.

I tied up boxwood, balsam and cedar branches with pink tulle for the back of each chair and in the chandelier.

So that is our dining area for this Christmas! I used lots of things I had and plenty of natural, outdoor elements. As always, I so appreciate your stopping by and leaving comments. If you want to chat, please come by my Far Above Rubies facebook page. We have a great time over there:-)


I'll be joining:

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Christmas Tree Party at Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. I really like your idea of making snowflakes out of old music! It's all very cute and homey- looks like a fun place to eat Christmas dinner!

    1. Carman, thank you:-) We will eat Christmas dinner here, with a couple more place settings if my brother is not here. Then, we will have a dinner with his family at my mom's whenever he gets to come.

  2. Stunning Anita, just absolutely gorgeous!
    I love your dining room and beautiful tablescape.
    And the tree in the bucket, just charming!!

  3. Hi Anita~
    It looks gorgeous romantic and dreamy, I loveeeee your christmas plates just beautiful....

    Happy holidays~

  4. I LOVE the colors you have used, it is so romantic and pretty! The dishes are beautiful along with the glassware. The silverware is GORGEOUS!!! I love the little tree and the BENCH! Have a wonderful Christmas, Anita! XO, Pinky

  5. Very beautiful table and your dining room is gorgeous, I love the colour on the walls. Your dinner ware and glass ware are fabulous looking!

  6. Anita everything looks jaw dropping gorgeous! I love your dishes.

  7. Anita,
    This is one of the most beautiful Christmas tablescapes that I've seen-EVER! I am really crushing on that Christmas china. I have admired it for years and you have used it to perfection! Love that tree in the galvanized bucket!

  8. Anita! It looks gorgeous!!!!! I love it and would feel so at home visiting you- it is just lovely-warm and comforting- xo Diana

  9. Anita, this is really lovely. I love the pink Fostoria glasses combined with the green goblets. Love the salad plates too. The little tree is such a nice touch, as well as the box centerpiece. I am always going to gussy up my chairs, but never do. Yours and the trimmings on your chandelier make your dining area so festive. Joni

  10. Beautiful! Anyone would be happy to sit at this table to celebrate Christmas. I love your little tree, and Cristian's star is the perfect topper. xo (listening to your song again!)

  11. Anita, this is so pretty! I just love how you make the box work with so many different looks! Your dinnerware is gorgeous; and everything just feels so warm and inviting. Your tablescapes are always just perfect!

  12. Love your Christmas table Anita. It is so pretty with the red and white china and silver chargers. Your little tree is sweet with the old fashioned paper snowflakes and fans. Beautifully done!

  13. Anita, this is absolutely one of the most beautiful table settings I've ever seen. It's so peaceful, yet rustic and beautiful. The little tree in the bucket is so pretty and I love what you did with the chandy and I hope you show us a more close up photo of it. I'd love to do something similar for my table. As always, your home is so warm and inviting. Have a blessed Christmas.

  14. Heavenly Anita, dreamy, beautiful, peaceful, gorgeous, so inviting, welcoming and the anticipation of The Nativity!Thank you for letting us see your wonderful table top and explain your selections. The country tree is precious with your son's star. Bless and take care in these busy days. your friend, Emelia

  15. I think I deleted my comment, but I wanted to say how gorgeous and so beautiful your selections this year have been.I love the dinner ware and pink, green goblets. Your tree is precious and Cristian's star!God Bless and take care my friend.

  16. Your dining room is is your table. It is fun waiting to see how you will dress your centerpiece each season. I recently found that same Moonstone stemware, almost passed on it...glad that I didn't now that I have seen it on a table.

  17. My favorite thing about your tables is always the way you use natural and rustic elements with more formal ones to create such a beautiful combination. I especially love your centerpiece on this one and the gorgeous stemware. Just lovely.

    And I came here earlier and read all the way down to your O Holy Night post. I clicked to listen to it and WOW. What a blessing your voice is. I just love it. I got a phone call before I could tell you then, and then... well, you know how it is. Just wanted to tell you now.

  18. As usual , very beautiful my friend. The marriage of natural and elegant is so pretty, Rustic Elegance :-)
    Hugs, Gee

  19. Wow, just lovely. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and enjoying your blog.

  20. No words... just so beautiful! I have shown Tom the box on your etsy site! If I don't get it for Christmas (and being he hasn't even been in the country for the last month!), I am so buying a box for myself!!! I will have one!!! I like the table turned too! Looks so different! I would love to just sit by that gorgeous box... I mean at the table ;-) with you and chat!

  21. Beautifully breathtaking! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. I love your dining room!! Especially the angle that your table sits! Funny huh? The rest is just icing on the cake, love it all.

  23. Your table is just gorgeous! I just found your blog and am awestruck. Just fabulous. I'll be going back and savoring every post. We'd love to have you link with us, too.
    New follower.
    Happy holidays,

  24. Dear Anita, May you have a wonderful Christmas Season. Your table is stunning. I really like the two different glasses that goes so well with your dishes. Lovely tablescape.
    Loved the singing of O Holy Night. You are so very gifted!
    God bless and Merry Christmas!

  25. So very beautiful! I love how your room has that casual elegant look with a rustic touch!

  26. Hi Anita! Oh, this is so beautiful! I love how you've angled your table. The dishes are gorgeous and love your pretty green and pink glasses. Everything you do is so lovely!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. your rooms are always so lovely. I could just move right in.

  28. Anita.. I had my son fashion a box like yours. Yours if a bit more refined, mine made out of fence pickets, but I love love it. It's been so much fun to decorate and use. Your table looks fabulous. I do love those Christmas plates. Your glasses are stunning. It's just absolutely lovely.. xo marlis

  29. Supremely gorgeous Anita! Love the colors, the festiveness, that silver service(to die for!), and the natural elements too. Love it all!

  30. Oh my! I love the combination of pink and green for your tablescape. I have those colors in my sewing room but never thought of it for a table setting. Lovely!!

  31. Oh, gosh, Anita....beautiful!!! I love the lighting fixture treatment!!!! That is just amazingly beautiful! It has such a soft, almost ethereal look about it! The table is gorgeous, too, with the fabulous box of goodies gracing the center. I LOVE those pink Moonstone glasses!!!!!!!!! They are fantabulous!! I am bowled over that you and your Dad got the little bush from the woods and it looks so good in that bucket!!! My parents are surrounded by lots and lots of woods, and they have lots of those little bushes way down back on their property. I never thought to bring one in! Lovely!

  32. Anita- I just heard your video and had to come back and tell you that I am brought to my knees by your rendition of this- If it is alright with you I am going to post this on my blog- YOU have been blessed by God with a voice that reaches to the angels. Thank you for sharing that gift with us. Blessings- xo Diana

  33. Hi Anita, So nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog. I just stopped by from NanaDiana's blog and listening to your song video. It was just wonderful and brought me to thankful tears of joy. You have been a blessing to me this day and I know to many others.
    I so enjoyed my visit here and viewing your lovely home filled with Christmas pretties.
    Just amazing.
    Sending hugs your way,
    Celestina Marie

  34. What a beautiful voice you have, thank you for the video-it is so touching.
    I have signed up to follow your blog not just because I love your style but I also appreciate your soul.

  35. Your blog site and your home are absolutely lovely!