Christmas Traditions in the Dining Room

Happy Holidays everyone! I am joining some fabulously talented home decor bloggers from bHome

for Home for the Holidays!

The amazing App of all things home and garden.

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Today, I will present to you Christmas Traditions in the Dining Room.

I always find great inspiration of Holiday decor from the beautiful towns of

 Charleston and Williamsburg during the Holiday Season.

I brought out some items that I have not used in several years

bringing  them back to life in the dining room this year.

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Several years ago, I adorned this tree with faux sugared fruit.

I got away from a tree in the dining room these past few years

and decided it needed a comeback to set the tone for the Dining Room of Christmas Traditions.

Sugared Fruit Tree - Housepitality Designs

Sugared fruit - Sugared fruit tree - Housepitality Designs

The tree stands in one corner of the dining room bay window area.

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I applied some faux evergreen wreaths to a folded napkin using a few basting stitches

and placed them on each side chair and tied with a ribbon on the other side

to give the chairs a festive look.

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The Charleston Wreath by Balsam Hill has been hanging in the bay window

since the Fall season.  In the Fall I had a ribbon/bow of pretty Fall colors and now

it is hanging without a ribbon as it is so beautiful without any embellishment.

Can you see my back yard through the window covered with fallen leaves?

Balsam Hill-Charleston Wreath-Housepitality Designs

The faux fruit trees came out of storage, dusted off

and placed on the tea table that was relocated from the Great Room to the dining room.

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Because I began with a traditional theme using sugared fruit,

it was then appropriate to use my favorite set of Christmas dishes,

Holiday Tartan by Lenox that I have had for about 10 years.

Lenox Holiday Tartan-Christmas Tablescape-Housepitality Designs

I so love the pattern of fruit and plaid.

A vintage sherbet/custard goblet sits on top of the stack of dishes

with a shiny red glitzy sugared pear.

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Originally I placed sugared fruit in this vegetable bowl. I wasn’t thrilled with it.

So I went to Trader Joe’s for some flowers and greenery.

Luckily they had a bouquet of winter greens that I used for filler in the arrangement.

The bowl was a gift from my friend Linda and we have fond and funny memories

of taking a floral arranging class together about 25 years ago…Wow!…has it been that long?

Christmas Floral Arrangement - Housepitality Designs

The placemats are actually plaid napkins by Ralph Lauren.

I placed them on the diagonal with one of the corners hanging off the edge of the table.

It is a great and different look.

The holly and pinecone napkins are also by Ralph Lauren. (HomeGoods)

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The candlesticks are Luminara by Balsam Hill. They have since been discontinued.

I added two sweet Byer Carolers to the table to sing some carols.

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A silver trophy tray set for after dinner coffee or tea

is placed on a small side table next to the dining room table.

Holiday Table for Tea-Housepitality Designs

You can see a better view of the side chair adornment in this photo.

Folded napkin, faux wreath and a small ornament hanging from the wreath.

Christmas 2016 Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

Thank you for coming along with me on the tour of my dining room of Christmas Traditions.

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  1. This is so pretty from the tree, to the plates on the table and your beautiful centerpiece. I have never thought of angling the placemats, even if they are napkins, that way. Love the addition of the wreaths on the chairs. I used to have lots of the fruit ornaments, but gave them all away last year since I wasn’t using them anymore.
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  2. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous!! I love your tree it’s perfect! Your tablescape is so elegant! Your guests are going to feel so special when they’re dining at your table.

  3. Wow! What an amazing dining room. I am in total awe! I absolutely love the way you used the entire Christmas fruit theme in your decorating! It is beyond gorgeous!

  4. Oh how lovely!
    Angling the table runners really sets off this table and of course the roses!
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  5. Love all the elegant details in your beautiful dining space, Shirley! I love Trader Joes for fresh cut flowers, but your floral arranging skills far exceed mine lol…just lovely! XO
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  6. Everything looks so lovely… The Christmas tree is precious…
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  7. Beautiful! as always!! Have a happy day!
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  8. Shirley,
    Your home just oozes with warmth and pretty for the holidays. Your pics look like they are right out of a holiday magazine.
    So beautiful my friend. Your elegant touches everywhere. Happy Holidays.
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  9. Goodness, Shirley, love everything!! The china is seriously fabulous, and I’m a big fan of the sugared fruit. I bought some years ago and never actually used them on a tree. Just beautiful!!

  10. Beautiful Shirley! I love Lenox Holiday Tartan and it’s perfectly paired with your tree, wreath and topiaries! I love the your napkin/chair embellishments too!
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  11. Oh how I would LOVE to sit at this beautiful table with you! Evrything is gorgeous, from the plates to the arrangement, the carolers and the chair embellishments! I LOOOVE that tree. I have sugared fruit on my stairway garland. LOTS of it! I saw candle rings like yours and bought them but gave them to my best friend. I hope they have more so I can have a set as well:) The giveaway is fabulous, would LOVE to win! Happy Sunday, Shirley. Hope you have a beautiful day. Tonight is our neighborhood Christmas party at a club. Dinner, dancing drinks etc. FUN!!!!
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  12. Shirley, your dining room looks gorgeous dressed for Christmas. What a beautiful table you have set. I love your Lenox China…the pattern and colors are so pretty. I saw your beautiful floral arrangement on Instagram, and it is the perfect finishing touch to you table! This room just looks so happy and welcoming!!!

  13. Shirley, you have spun so much magic in your dining room, it’s like the sugar plum fairy sprinkled her sugared fruits all around! What I love most about how you decorate is that it is all beautiful, elegant, and done with an obvious love of your home and the holidays.

    Wishing you a beautiful month of December, sweet friend! Xo Lidy
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  14. Your dining room looks very festive! I love the size of that tree….thin….perfect for the dining room!
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  15. Shirley, this is just beautiful! I love the sugared fruit and the return to traditional here! All of your greenery looks wonderful and the tiny wreaths are adorable! Also love the mix of plaid with the whole look!!
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  16. you are speaking my language! Love the fruit wreath, tree, and those gorgeous plates. I need to try the napkin/placemat trick. Love it. Have a great week. sheila
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  17. WOW I could look at your designs all day, Shirley! That tree & table, and chandelier all decorated…you have a beautiful home! Merry Christmas to you and your family! XO

  18. Shirley ALL your special touches make this room so magical! I love what you did over the chair backs with the little wreath, the ‘placemats’ on the diagonal, the tree, the flowers, the wreath – all of it took my breath away!
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  19. Shirley that tree is gorgeous. I love a Williamsburg Christmas and have wanted to duplicate that look for years, I even have a pinboard for this look. You nailed it, elegant and perfect for your dining room!! Your home looks so warm and inviting to me, I can see sitting in that beautiful room and enjoying a visit with you.
    Merry Christmas,

  20. Love the sugared fruit, Shirley! So pretty and inviting!
    xo Heidi
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  21. I just love the dining room i would have never thought to combine the fruit theme with everything else love your style it all complements everything else looks to be collected over time…. thanks for sharing

  22. What not to love??? I love a Tradional Christmas!! It just says Christmas to me. Everything is beautiful, the tree, sugared fruit, Lenox. And the way you fixed your chairs.

  23. you always have the best memories and traditions. I love how you incorporate all of it into your home. Happy Holidays!
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  24. Francie Scott says

    I love the window treatment in the dining room. I have windows like that and have been struggling to find something I like. Do they lower all the way or do you have something behind them. My dining room gets quite cold. Thanks!

  25. Your dining room looks stunningly elegant, Shirley! It’s a nice change to bring out Christmas decorations from storage that haven’t been used for awhile.
    Mary Alice
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  26. Oh Shirley, your Christmas decorations are beautiful – I loved everything. Your dining room is so elegant and everything is perfect. Love the tree and it goes with all your decorations.

    Have a great week.


  27. It was so nice meeting you on the home tours!!

  28. Hi, Shirley! I popped in to get a little inspiration, and you never disappoint! I cruise by every so often but don’t leave a comment. This time, though, I wanted to be sure to wish you a superior Christmas season! Take care!

  29. So beautiful! So warm!! You need to come help me decorate. Jingle, Jingle!!
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  30. A truly beautiful and elegant dining room Shirley. Love that tree with fruit and those gorgeous festive napkins over the chair tops too. It must be lovely to sit at the table and gaze around this beautiful room. Merry Christmas!

  31. Shirley, the Lenox Holiday Tartan is my favorite Christmas pattern and the china pairs beautifully with the tree! What a treat to dine in this gorgeous room!
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  32. Hi Shierly, This is so pretty from the tree, to the plates on the table and your beautiful centerpiece. I have never thought of angling the placemats, even if they are napkins, that way. Love the addition of the wreaths on the chairs.

  33. Shierly, happy new year dear .

  34. Hi Sheirly. Still in July but your post make December come faster 😀 love your post


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