Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Plaid Tidings

🎄 Plaid Tidings, Friends! 🎄

Cheers and welcome to the 2023
Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop

Thank you to Rita, our amazingly organized and 
talented leader and author of the beautiful Panoply
Each account in this hop offers abundant inspiration for creating 
your own holiday table and ambiance.
Links are at the end of this post.

It's early December, and I'm proud to 
report our home is looking very festive.
In addition to the usual Christmas decor, I like to 
keep a table set, ready for impromptu lunches or dinners.

A recent stop at Home Depot yielded some beautiful 
fresh greens already styled and ready to enjoy.
I bought a potted arrangement for the table outdoors
and two kissing balls to pop into containers for inside our home.
All I did was add a tartan bow to the top.

I hung glass balls in a beautiful tartan from our brass chandy. 
I saw these at Talbot's 50% off sale, and couldn't resist.

Earlier this fall, I picked up these darling tartan gift boxes, 
complete with black velvet bows and ready to fill as a holiday favor.
I added the sprig of preserved boxwood for a touch of green.

I used placemats of faux greens and layered them with a stack of dishes in plaids and traditional Christmas reds and greens.
Arte Italica Finezza Cream Chargers
Ralph Lauren Plaid Skyler Dinners
Arte Italica Finezza Green Salads
Juliska Stewart Tartan Desserts 

The petite tartan gift boxes 
make the perfect topper.
I used my Juliska Chalet Tartan Green napkins 
presented in these darling tartan ginger jar napkin rings.
The napkins are classic and tailored with a rich velvet trim.

Instead of guest's place cards, I added 
cards for wishing and dreaming.

Sometimes I just like to use meaningful words.

It all comes together to offer a 
tartan vibe perfect for the holidays.

The fresh greens provide the delicate fragrance of the season.
The kissing ball perfectly fits into the bowl of our  
MacKenzie-Childs Piece de Resistance tureen.

A tabletop tree of birds and pine cones 
sits center stage on the buffet.

The sweet Wendy Addison glittered birds 
carry messages for the season.
~ Wish ~ Hope ~ Dream ~ 

I often add a mini tabletop tree here and there for added ambiance. 
The twinkle of the tiny lights makes me happy and content.

Battery candles are safe and 
perfect for additional added glow.

More tartan and twinkle lights 
on an ivy topiary.
My German nutcracker comes out every Christmas.
A souvenir my mother brought me from 
her trip to Germany in the 70s. 
I've collected the antique English tartan napkin rings for years.

I placed a silver tray on the Welsh dresser and 
added pieces of silver filled with bottlebrush trees.

The MacKenzie-Childs pocket watch has long been in my collection, but the sterling wishbone at left, a thrifty find in Colorado this past August.  
It pinches, and is intended to be used to pick up sugar cubes.

Continuing the Wish Bone theme, 
I pulled this nostalgic ornament from my tree 
to add to the vignette on the Welsh dresser.

Our first year married, we celebrated Thanksgiving 
at my in-laws' home, and they served duck.  
My crafty mother-in-law saved the wish bones, painted them gold, 
added sequins and gave one to both me and my sister-in-law, 
tied to our Christmas presents.
This sentimental piece has hung front and center 
on our tree each and every Christmas since.

Topo Chico is at the ready on the buffet.
Tartan "flavored" wine is 
at the ready on a side table.

Thanks for the visit.  
Enjoy all the other tables at the links below.

Hyacinths for the Soul - Plaid Tidings (You Are Here)
Everyday Living - Repeat the Sounding Joy
Home is Where the Boat Is - It's a Marshmallow World with Snowmen
The Bookish Dilettante - Christmas Traditions Tablescape
Red Cottage Chronicles - English Cottage Christmas Tablescape
From My Carolina Home - Vintage Christmas Tablescape
Thrifting Wonderland - Christmas Tree Magic
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Christmas Nutcracker Table
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Joyous Christmas Table
The Cat's Whiskerz - A Rustic Christmas Tablescape
Me and My Captain - A German Christmas Tablescape
The Painted Apron - The Season of Giving


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Oh my goodness, Sarah, just when I think I've seen most of your collections, here come more! The wishbone and dream theme - so very clever - and your sentimental duck wishbone, sigh! How serendipitous to have found the tongs on your CO trip. The kissing balls are beautiful, especially in theexquisite Piece de Resistance M-C tureen! From the tartans in the plate stack, to the ginger jar rings to the tartan wine, it is another amazingly detailed tabletop and household display of holiday magic. Thank you so much for sharing your talents in this and each tablescape blog hop. I so appreciate you! Merry tartan greetings of the season!

  2. Merry Tuesday Sarah! Your collections and attention to detail are amazing. I sound like a broken record always saying that your details are perfect. I love the tartans and the ginger jar rings are exquisite! The duck wishbone saved for so many years is heartwarming. I love the kissing balls in the MC tureen. I agree with Rita, I think I have seen all your collections and you surprise me with more. The Quimper display on the Welsh dresser is stunning! It is a pleasure to join you at table! Merry Christmas, Sarah!

  3. Blogger won't let me sign in to comment. Love your rustic design with all the plaids and pine cones. Your plaid glass hanging balls are wonderful! And I love those napkin ring plaid jars!!

  4. More beautiful items clearly marker :Sarah:) xo

  5. Oh Sarah, I don't even know where to begin! You have been mad for plaid this season and I love it all! The fresh greens in your gorgeous tureen topped with a big tartan bow is beautiful! So many pretty plaid things, ornaments, napkins, favor boxes and those ginger jar napkin rings are wonderful! The cards for wishing and dreaming are such a fun idea, and I loved your story about the gold wishbone. All your vignettes are so pretty, you are certainly ready for a festive holiday season! I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Sarah, when I started reading and looking at your beautiful photos, I kept thinking where is her MC...and then I kept opening my eyes in amazement at your beautiful tartan plaid collection and I was in awe. Your pieces are all stunning and I fell in love with the napkin rings. How adorable are they? Of course you did not disappoint as I read through your post as they wondrously appeared...your beautiful MC pieces. Wow! you certainly have a. gorgeous collection of it all. Thank you for the story of the duck and wishbones. How special is that...you know it is the memories isn't it? That is what we treasure during the holidays...the memories of our loved ones and the little things they did that certainly mean a lot in later years. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a very Blessed and wonderful Christmas.

  7. Plaid at Christmas is definitely a wonderful choice for a Christmas table. I particularly like the napkin rings. I haven't seen anything like them before and they add a special touch to the table. The story of the wishbones is lovely and so wonderful that you have kept them through the years and display them every Christmas. What wonderful memories they evoke. The centerpiece works well with the other pieces you've chosen. You have a beautiful table to start the season. Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

  8. Sarah, your plaid tidings decor is so charming and you've styled the entire table so beautifully! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season!

  9. Merry Tuesday Sarah, your home looks so pretty and festive. Your collections always amaze me. Love the tartan plaid theme, so festive and lovely. The wishbone story is precious. Those tartan plaid napkin rings are amazing. Love seeing your MKC pieces all decked out for the holidays. Your Welshman dresser is gorgeous all decked out with your silver. Love the dishware. Always a pleasure Sarah hopping along with you. 🎄❄️

  10. As always your home is filled with charm and festive decor. I adore your MacKenzie-Childs Piece de Resistance tureen and I hope to find one someday! Did you cover your soda bottle cardboard container? All of your tartan plaids are so joyous! What. a special idea to gild the wishbone . I hope you enjoy the holiday. season

  11. Sarah your home and tables are absolutely gorgeous! So many beautiful Christmas pieces. Tartan is one of my favorite themes at Christmas! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  12. Sarah, I’m mad for plaid anytime of year but especially at the holidays! Your home is so merry and bright! I adore your dish layers with the little tartan boxes topping the stack and your pretty ginger jar napkin rings too. The kissing balls were a wonderful find. I always enjoy seeing your collections and I’m swooning over your wonderful silver tray with bottle brush trees and MKC pocket watch. What a sweet memento your wish bone from your MIL is too. As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Merry Tuesday! ❤️ 🎄

  13. Because I love all things Scottish, I adore your plaid theme! You always put so much thought into the details of your tablescapes and vignettes, and that's what makes them so much fun. Your idea using kissing balls in containers as arrangements is so clever....I might need to borrow that idea! Your Scottish nutcracker is darling, and I love your plate stacks, too. I love how the black and white MacKenzie-Childs patterns go with the plaids: They look great together! I enjoy seeing your collection, and the pocket watch is so cute. What I think is very unique is your duck wishbone. Thanks so much for sharing that story with us...it's truly a sweet story! Merry Christmas, Sarah! Your post is delightful!

  14. From one plaid lover to another, Sarah, I am drooling over your plaid collections, such as the bowl of English tartan napkin rings!! Your tradition of the gold wishbone sounds so precious to me!! Your table is beautiful with all of the plaid accents to compliment your place settings. I hope you have a very merry Christmas! 🎄

  15. Sarah, you had me at plaid! I honestly don't know where to begin as I absolutely adore everything about your table! The plate stack is striking, and I love the combination of plaids and solids. The napkin rings are real showstoppers too! What a great idea to buy your greens already all prepared. So pretty! And, I would be amiss if I didn't mention that darling nutcracker! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  16. Sarah, your tables always manage the excel in the tricky combination of sophistication and warmth. This is both elegant and cozy and I can imagine the most warm and lively discussion happening here! I love those tartan boxes and that cute drinks carrier. The wishbone is such a treasure. No wonder it is front and center each year. It's personal things like this that make a Christmas tree sing its own songs. (And on another note -- that Quimper tea pot -- that has to be the prize of your collection!)

  17. Sarah, I am always amazed at your beautiful decorations! This was no exception. What treasures you have and I particularly enjoyed the Quimper.

  18. Oh my goodness Sarah, you set the sweetest tables! I loved the story of the wishbone that your mother in law saved and painted. All your tartan makes for a cheery and merry decor. I’m going to try to find a kissing ball at Home Depot! Thanks for your inspiration. ❤️🎄❤️

  19. Absolutely lovely . . . sigh. Sarah, you have designed a simply elegant table in an equally elegant setting. All the plaids are festive and add layers of warmth. Your collection of Christmas and winter-themed items are interesting and unique. I savored every photo. It's such a delight hopping with you and experiencing your inspired approach to tables. Merry Christmas!

  20. Sweet Sarah, your Christmas table makes me smile. I adore anything plaid, and your table is just gorgeous! I enjoyed reading all about the story of the wishbone from your Mother In Law. What a special treasure it is to adorn your tree each year. You always have so many pretties. Your Quimper collection is amazing. Dear friend, I wish you a most joyous Christmas season! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  21. Sarah, your table is gorgeous. I love plaid and how you have mixed your patterns looks just lovely. The story of the wishbone is so precious, and how sweet that you have displayed every year since then. The plate stack is wonderful and the tartan flavored wine is such a great find. The tartan glass balls from Talbots are so pretty and those ginger jar napkin rings are adorable. You have so many pretty items in your collection and its all so beautifully display. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!

  22. sorry I'm so late, Sarah. Your tablesettings are gorgeous. You know how much I LOVE plaid!! Your Welsh dresser filled with Quimper ware is amazing. I always love seeing your seasonal decor! Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Season!!

  23. Sarah, I love all the beautiful collectibles and mementos that make this setting so special. The wishbone from your mother in law is so very special and wasn't she clever! I'm sure it makes you smile every time you see it. Pretty finds from HD, I picked up fresh greens and enjoy the scent. It reminds me of my childhood and the live tree we always had. The glass plaid balls from Talbot's is a great find and add an extra pop of color to the setting. The plaid boxes make such a pretty finishing touch to your elegant plate stack. The centerpiece is so lovely along with your tabletop trees, they give your home a lovely Christmas glow. I I adore bottlebrush trees and use a lot of them. Your Welsh dresser is lovely! A merry and very happy Christmas wish is sent your way.......hugs and love.........

  24. You always set such an elegant table Sarah and this is no exception. I love all the detail to your plaid theme and what a lovely way to enjoy this season. I love tartan and have a few things so I am really enjoying seeing more of your collection. Don't you just love HD for their seasonal greens! I've been there and picked up a few plants along with greenery. The plaid ornaments from Talbots was a great find and I know they look pretty with your tartan theme table. The place setting stack is beautiful and the little tartan boxes are the perfect finishing touch. Sweet idea to use the wishing and dreams cards. I love you've added the little table top trees throughout, such a festive touch. I think you have decked your home out beautifully for the season and added the warm and cozy feel. Love and hugs dear Sarah........

  25. Sarah, your table is wonderfully beautiful. I especially love your time piece tied up in that pretty bow and love the story of the wishbone..Happy New Year xxoJudy


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