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Last month, I welcomed you into our dining room and shared my Gold and Aqua Thanksgiving Tablescape for Styled + Set : Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm – a fabulous blog tour for the holiday season featuring the inspiring work of 29 incredibly talented bloggers. Today, I would like to welcome you back again, this time, into our newly updated, neutral dining room (see more of this recent transformation here), featuring my first Christmas tablescape of the season. Once again, Lory is our gracious host for this tour, and I can’t thank her enough for including me in this amazing lineup. There will be a new group of bloggers posting daily, so please be sure to visit throughout the week! All links are shared at the bottom of my post. If you’ve just come over from Janet of Shabbyfufu, welcome! Wasn’t her table just beautiful? I’m so excited to share today’s tablescape with you – a red, white and gold holiday tablescape with a twist. The twist is a little surprise I know you’ll love, so keep on reading!

I would like to extend a very big thank you to Sophistiplate, for partnering together with me for this post. While I have recieved product and payment in exchange for writing this post, all reviews and opinions are my own. *Affiliate links are provided throughout, or at the bottom of this post for your shopping convenience – see my full disclosure policy here

dining-room-christmas-tablescapeCreating this table was so much fun for a few different reasons. First of all, it’s Christmas! Like everyone else, I LOVE Christmas and creating fun and unique tables is something I truly love to do. Secondly, with all of the entertaining most of us enjoy during this busy time, I wanted to create a table that would be quick, effortless and elegant – something that anyone can pull together without stress. Lastly, with those two things in mind, I turned to a different approach that I think so many of us should use when we entertain, and much more often than we realize…dining-room-pendant-lantern-light-christmas-tablescapeI have a very big family and holidays are hectic. My sisters and I have come to realize that the time we spend in the kitchen dampens our fun and instead of sitting together enjoying conversation, we’re always cleaning up. For hours. We actually made the conscious decision a few years ago to use disposable tableware to help minimize the task. We’ve even starting preparing all of the food in – GASP! – disposable trays and cookware. When we first devised this plan, it was so strange to think of the holidays this way. After a few years of practice however, we would not have it any other way. Yes, we do still use regular dishware as well, but on many occasions, with all of the prep work, and our parents’ house full of 18+ very enthusiastic, mostly adult family members, we’ve changed our ways, so we can all spend quality time together after our meal. christmas-table-red-white-gold

Now for the twist…With that idea in mind, I wanted to create a fabulous table to share with you. Something to wow guests and make them want to linger. I wanted to make sure that with this table, quality time is spent relaxing afterward, over coffee, dessert and conversation. Getting up immediately to clear dirty dishes and wash up for hours afterward is something no one wants to do. I came across this beautiful disposable tableware from Sophistiplate (which is designed and made in Italy) and I was so thrilled, I couldn’t contain myself – not just for this table, but now we can entertain for our family holidays in serious style too. We’ve used some very nice options in the past, but nothing this pretty, festive or elegant – and nothing with the color and pattern selection to create an entire set like this one.
christmas-tablescape-red-white-goldI decided I wanted something truly festive, and while I’ve never used red for Christmas, believe it or not, I wanted to go with something completely different than I’m used to with this look. Since this is my first tablescape in our updated dining room, I wanted a true pop of vibrant color to bring the table to life. I decided on the Classic Gold Holiday Set  and I love how saturated and vibrant it looks in our dining holiday decor is silver and gold this year (which you’ll see next week when I launch my full Christmas home tour), so this was the perfect opportunity to throw in a pop of color. I’ve also shared a few peeks on Instagram. I used some vibrant blues in last year’s Christmas home tour decor, which you can see here. This year, I wanted to go with something a little more glam.
christmas-ornamentGoing more neutral was part of my plan for this season, so I could play with different palettes whenever I feel like it. In order to execute my plan successfully, I recently updated our living room ottoman from a vibrant blue pattern, to a subtle ‘greige’ (a mix between grey and beige) pattern, so my holiday decor would be the star. You can see the makeover

Back to my table, I layered my paisley gold, tone on tone tablecloth with a white runner which has a soft gold edge to create a backdrop for the rich layers of gold and red from the

The polkadot napkins are so cute and fun and I wanted to play that up by using my silver beaded chargers to add another layer to the

I found these adorable mini cake stands with a tiny dot motif to echo the beaded charger and printed napkin. I thought the idea of using them as a drink holder was fun, so I pulled out my gold print glassware from West Elm to play off of it as place setting is adorned with a gold and silver gift wrapped favor for each

The center of the table is lined with a collection of white snowy tree candles gathered at the center (I chose not to light them because I think they’re just too pretty!) flanked by these beautiful snow globes, and glass hurricanes filled with clear beads for an icy-cool effect against the scattered red ornaments.sophistiplate-red-white-christmas-tablescapelantern-candle-snowglobe-christmas-tablescapered-christmas-ornament-lanterm-candle-treechristmas-tree-tablescapechristmas-tree-tablescape4christmas-tree-tablescape2RED, WHITE AND GOLD HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE WITH A TWISTsnowglobe-christmasRED, WHITE AND GOLD HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE WITH A TWIST

I love the vibrancy and whimsy that this table brings to our dining room for Christmas. What I love even more is using a color palette I wouldn’t normally use and if you know me by now, you know how much I love to layer, experiment and try new things. This disposable tableware makes that so simple to pull it off without the commitment of purchasing expensive items. dining-room-black-walls-christmas-tablescapeThank you for stopping by to enjoy my first holiday tablescape, I’m so happy you took the time to join me! Please make sure to visit everyone on our Styed + Set tour, you’ll be so happy you did!



The next stop on our tour today is Courtney of French Country Cottage, please make sure to pay her a visit along with everyone on the tour today. You can check back here, each day throughout the week, to get your daily dose of holiday inspiration! Below is the lineup, have fun!

Monday’s posts:

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Designthusiasm | Decor Gold Designs | My Soulful Home
Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor | The Enchanted Home

Tuesday’s posts:


Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage
Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Town and Country Living

Wednesday’s posts:


Bless’er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers
Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Zevy Joy

Thursday’s posts:


Ella Claire | Buckets of Burlap | Randi Garrett Design
Savvy Southern Style | Stone Gable | ZDesign at Home

Friday’s Posts:


On Sutton Place | Finding Home Farms | Life On Virginia Street
Setting for Four | Sunny Side Up | The Wood Grain Cottage

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  1. Molly Kay says:

    I love everything you did Tamara! Such special details! I agree with the cleaning up factor! Most all of our family lives here so we are talking 25 people AND lots of kids at every Holiday meal! I can’t believe those are disposable dishes! Gorgeous!

  2. The bling on the lights is ?????? Beautiful post my friend ❤️?

  3. Your table scape is so lovely. And I really am enthralled with the dramatic painting on the wall.

  4. Wow! Gorgeous! I never would’ve thought it was disposable dinnerware. I’ll have to check them out. Love that you didn’t light the tree candles. I didn’t even realize they were candles at first. So pretty.

  5. Tam- Love the idea of paper- you know me!!! And you made it look even classier with your touch…
    Bring them for Christmas!!! wink wink…

  6. What a shock! I can;t believe they are disposable, they are too nice!!! The table is gorgeous, and this is a game changer for many I think.

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you, Tina! I’m thrilled you think so! Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it very much! So happy to be in this tour together! xo

  8. tamaraanka says:

    Bree, I was so excited to open my box when I received these – the quality and the heaviness are outstanding and the design is gorgeous! Red is so out of my comfort zone and I’m so happy I went with it! Thanks for your sweet comments as always! xo

  9. tamaraanka says:

    Lory, thank you, thank you! I appreciate your kind words so much. I’m just thrilled to be part of this tour thank you again for including me in this incredible lineup! xo

  10. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you Haneen! I’m so happy you like all of the little touches! I always love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by! xo

  11. tamaraanka says:

    Kelley you are the best, my friend! Trust me, when they’re this good, you wouldn’t even think twice! I’m so glad you approve, I know you and I know you’d go nuts for these! xoxo

  12. tamaraanka says:

    Jen, I LOVE these plates! Aren’t they just incredible? You would never know, the quality is just beautiful! You would love them! Thanks for your sweet words! xo

  13. tamaraanka says:

    Summer thank you love! I actually thought of you when I was hanging them, no joke!! So glad you approve! Thank you as always for popping in! xoxo

  14. Cannot believe that is disposable! Just beautiful and elegant. I love the gold and how it pops against your black walls. And you know I just love that magnetic Crystal Bling hanging from the chandelier ?❤️️?? So good, Tam!

  15. This is beautiful Tam! I love the idea of using Sophistiplate pieces and you made everything look fabulous….love it all!!!

  16. Tam, I can’t get over this table. And, I can’t get over that your tableware is disposable! I have never been one for paper entertaining goods but after seeing this?! This is absolutely amazing.Some of your best work! I am inspired.

  17. So festive and beautiful! Gorgeous pix, Tam! Love the gifts on each plate and the bling on the light!!

  18. What a brilliant concept, Tamara! It looks just beautiful and even though I saw your teaser photo, I had no idea they were disposables. The pop of red is so fun and I love the mini cake stands too! Wonderful table!!

  19. Tam!! I’ve recently heard of Sophistiplate and will
    Have to give them a try soon. Your table is absolutely stunning and I love the neutral palette with pops
    of red!! Merry Christmas my friend!! Xo

  20. Wow this is spectacular! Well done……and you are one awesome photographer to boot:)

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