Christmas Brunch Tablescape

I coaxed my super talented friend Lindsay into coming up with a Christmas tablescape. She used a vibrant, non-traditional color palette and set the table for brunch instead of dinner. We figured brunch would be great for Christmas and for New Year's day. There are lots of wonderfully unique touches and I love the festive yet comfortable look. Beautiful, isn't it?

Not only did she deliver a beautiful scheme, she went above and beyond with the whole concept. The Proust Questionnaire was used to create thought-provoking, conversation-inducing place cards.

A stunning William Yeoward crystal vase was filled with white hydrangeas, white roses, and fresh cranberries.

Gilded ornaments from the Danbury Mint topped each place setting.

Love this Hope ornament...

No pinecones on the table yet here...I like it both ways.

The salad plates are Royal Crown Derby Black Aves Gold. The dinner plates are Raynaud Marie Antoinette. The flatware is called Absolu from Williams-Sonoma, it's my everyday stainless.

We subbed out the Black Aves plate with an inexpensive alternative from Anthropologie...it was on sale for $8!

Glassware mélange...Lindsay's vintage basketweave highball and gray wine glass (from World Market), and my crystal (was my grandmother's).

This elephant is walking with its trunk up which Lindsay brought because it is meant to symbolize good luck and optimism. 

Lindsay even brought over this wonderful True Grace candle...it smells divine, but is a light enough fragrance to burn it while there's food around.

Are you hosting any meals for Christmas or New Year's? Lindsay's tablescape makes me wish I was! We have other plans for both days, but maybe I'll host a just-for-fun brunch after the holidays. Whatever my next party may be, I'll definitely be using the Proust Questionnaire...I just love that idea! Tomorrow I'll share more tidbits from Lindsay's brunch scheme including a few recipes and a fun playlist, so stay tuned!


  1. Gorgeous spread and the Aves china in the black is something I covet.
    Cheers, Alcira


  2. This is gorgeous, Kyle! Fabulous job, girls!

  3. Oh she hit this one out of the park!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  4. wow it's all so pretty!! i love everything about it :) great job

  5. Is the flatware Absolu?

  6. Ronnie - yes, it's Absolu! I just added that info and a link into the post.

  7. I LOVE the china cabinet and have been looking for something just like it! Can you tell me where it's from? Beautiful set-up!

  8. I love the elephant, the glassware, love it all!

  9. what a stunning table set up... i LOVE it.

  10. I love this! You inspired me to do a Christmas tablescape of my own - and I don't event celebrate Christmas! http://sunnydaystrategies.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-cheer-on-cheap.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I have the Proust Questionnaire book but have never cracked it open. I smell a New Years Resolution in my future ...

  12. May I ask about your dining room chairs? I would like to get a set but am concerned about the material to purchase (kids in the house)...did you buy the linen, duck, denim or velvet and do you think the fabric is standing up well to usual wear & tear?
    Many thanks,
    Quincy - pearlpaintingsf@gmail.com

  13. Where did you get your tablecloth. I love the color and pattern. Thanks!!

  14. This is beautiful! And I'm totally swooning over the gold trimmed basket weave glasses!