This year we decided to host a Christmas Eve formal dinner for my husband's family since we would be spending Christmas Day with my family. Days before I decided I needed some new dishes for such an occasion. My other set, being white and square is only a set of 8, which is a constant annoyance to me since our table seats 10. I was craving something different so I went the complete opposite direction: black round plates with gold chargers. As soon as I started setting the table I was in love!
I've been obsessed with mixed metals and hot pink lately so I definitely wanted to incorporate them into the tablescape. I'm sure many of you have seen this gray & hot pink tablescape over at Bright.Bazaar. So inspiring. Anyway...my graphic starburst runner was a gift from my mother last Christmas and proved to work perfectly purely by accident. How does she always know? I guess mothers truly do know best.
We did plated serving to minimize the commotion of passing at the table. We started with a crisp pink lady apple salad with celery, basil & smoked gouda drizzled with apple vinaigrette.
For the main course I made pork loin stuffed with sun-dried tomato pesto & feta cheese with a dry rub of garlic, oregano & thyme and a balsamic reduction. I served with my mother's decadent cream cheese & sour cream whipped potato recipe and a petite helping of curried asparagus.
Here's everyone doing their best Brady Bunch impression.
Napkins: Dwell Studio for Target
Flatware: Crate & Barrel
Gold Chargers: Z Galllerie
Black plates: Ikea
Glassware: Z Gallerie & Pier 1
Drink coasters: Food Network, available at Kohl's
Runner: gift from mother
Starbursts, glass votives: Crate & Barrel
Mistletoe frosted candle holders: Home Goods
Ornament vase & white votive holder: Ikea
Minimalist tree: Jewelry holder strung with Martha Stewart tinsel yarn