The Holly & Ivy Holiday Table
This year I decided to design my holiday table setting based on my Lenox Hollyberry china. Which of course instantly made me think of the song The Holly & The Ivy.
The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the woods
The holly bears the crown
I remember signing this song in the high school show choir. Honestly, I really thought it was a boring song and I would have much rather sang something with a little upbeat tempo. Now here I am designing a a tablescape around it, and hopefully it is not as boring as that song.
My second inspirational piece for this table is a gorgeous driftwood log centerpiece. I fell in love with it three months ago and I just had to have it. I knew it would make a perfect yule log for the holidays. I have filled it to the brim with stems of holly berries, red roses and seeded eucalyptus. I spray painted the eucalyptus gold to add a bit of shimmer and character to the piece.The final, and probably most important inspiration was the color theme. I have used a very traditional red, green and gold color story. The red is a primary focus in my great room which is open to the dining room. It only made sense to carry that color story to the table since we have such an open concept floor plan.As you can see above it really creates a very stately and sophisticated table. We started with a runner underneath the yule log floral arrangement in an ivory linen with a gold chevron embroidery pattern. It brings just a touch of texture to the table, and matches perfectly, I was so lucky to find this it as a one off at Home Goods, which is one of my usual linen go to store.I must say, I really love my Lenox China, and I am so glad that gold is trending back in style again. I have had it for almost 20 years now and I still think it looks a classy and elegant as the day we received it for our wedding gifts. The beautiful Holly Berry Salad plates were given to us at our first family Christmas as newly weds. It is still considered Lenox’s most popular holiday dinnerware pattern, a colorful holly and berry motif on fine ivory china trimmed with 24 karat gold. It certainly keeps the holiday cheer on the table throughout the season.To mimic the gold in our china we added these durable gold chargers anchor the chine on the table. Then utilized our gold ware which is really making a huge comeback these days.
We topped the plates with my out used but favorite napkins in a deep rich red. They are bound by our matching napkin ring of Lenox Holly Berry.Okay so here is where things get interesting. The stemware, it looks pretty right? You probably think that is Lenox Holly Berry glasses to match the entire table set. Well, these I actually inherited from my brother-in-laws grandmother, they were her fine holiday stemware. I was so honored to get them, especially since they matched my china perfectly. One day while I was shining them up for the dinner table, I noticed very small print. It was a logo that said “Arby Holiday Collection 1986”. Yep, this holiday stemware was a give away from Arby’s in 80’s, apparently granny loved her some Arby’s! Which is pretty ironic, since I actually worked at Arby’s during my high school days! I can not possibly make this stuff up.Now our table is all set for the perfect holiday dinner party. We have even decorated the sideboard with a lovely variety of woodland trees, nutcrackers and a sweet little vintage toy train made of wood. Our “Gather” pillows still adorn the upholstered side chairs, since this is the room we all gather in.No party would be complete without some sweet tunes, so I am sharing my favorite holiday playlist with you. I feel that music can set the perfect party tone and I tend to have very eclectic taste when it comes to my music. Please notice that The Holly & The Ivy did not make the list, lol. You might recall how I stated I actually found the song to be quite boring, well I still do it is up there with Snow, another snooze fest for me, but check out our list of favorites for a party below.
Jen & Ron’s Favorite Holiday Playlist:
- Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy- Lindsey Stirling
- I Saw Three Ships- Barenaked Ladies
- A Marshmallow World- Dean Martin
- Here We Come A-Wassailing – Under The Streetlamp (CHECK OUT OUT WASSAIL POST!!!)
- Linus & Lucy- Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Old Toy Trains- Toby Keith
- Snoopy’s Christmas- Smash Mouth
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer- Jewel
- Here Comes Santa Claus- Elvis Presley
- Holiday Road- Ameritz Tribute to Lindsey Buckingham
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Annie Lennox
- Africa-Straight No Chaser
- Frosty The Snowman- Glenn Miller
- Let it Snow- Michael Buble’
- Mr. Heatmiser- Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
- Home for the Holidays- Carpenters
- Mad Russian’s Christmas- Trans Siberian Orchestra
- Who Spiked the Eggnog- Straight No Chasers
- You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch- Thurl Ravenscroft
- Wish List- Neon Trees
- Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz
- Carol of the Belles- George Winston
- Believe- Josh Groban
- Pretty Paper- Willie Nelson
- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
- Auld Lang Syne-Celtic Women
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Jennifer this is absolutely beautiful. Those roses really bring the room and table to life!
This looks so inviting and festive! Happy Holidays!
I love the classic red and green colors for decorating at Christmas time, and this just looks exquisite. Your china is amazing; someday maybe I’ll actually own some China of my own. 🙂
I’m loving your whole table! I love your Arby’s glasses; they’re perfect for your Lenox china. The tall trees on your sideboard are gorgeous. Thanks for the playlist too; checking it out for our Christmas gathering. Thanks for welcoming us to your table here. Merry Christmas!
I want to come over for Christmas dinner! The decor looks stunning! I love how festive those Lenox Christmas glasses are! It must be a special season at your house!
The setting looks gorgeous. Red, green and gold is always a good color combo for Christmas. Great job. Happy holidays to you and family!
This is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the goldware. So gorgeous!
This is gorges! The roses are beautiful and the napkin rings are such a fun touch! 🙂
So festive and bright. Your dining room is so spacious too Jen, gives you lots of room to decorate and you do it so well!
Just beautiful, Jen. You are so talented and I just love your blog! I hope you and Ron have a fabulous holiday season. I know for sure that your holiday home supports that happening!
Hey Nan, thank you for stopping by and leaving me a little holiday note you are the sweetest!!! I hope you all have the happiest of holidays too!!!
Your table is just too lovely, I would be afraid to eat at it. Those roses are among some of the prettiest I have seen! They are so open and just the perfect amount, would yo be willing to tell us how you make that happen? That I would love to know.
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I love that your used the Arby’s glasses from 90’s we used to have some too. It is great that they still look good, and hold there own at a table with Lenox China. That is very impressive. Honestly I think most people would have thought they were expensive Lenox glasses too, especially with the gold chargers, gold ware and that stunning centerpiece of roses, holly and ivy. It is a table worthy of the Biltmore House.
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Beautiful table and those roses are to die for. I love that you included a play list for your table setting that is just brilliant. Maybe you can actually do a Spotify account and followers can just play your list for future posts. Just and idea, I know I would use it.
I love your table it is so regal and rich looking. Even though I know you are more of a farmhouse gal, this setting looks like something from the Biltmore House. We just did the Christmas tour this year and I swear you could be the same designer.
This table is really the cats meow, and really pretty. Those roses alone are some of the best looking ones I have ever seen. The gold flatware makes your table fit for royalty, and is a fun contrast to the farmhouse table, and very unexpected. Just proves you are not a one trick pony.
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Your table is so fancy. All the gold ware and chargers really make your dishes pop, and those vintage glasses too.
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