Tartan on the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Last week I brought you Confectionery Christmas, one of the three “fantasy” tablescapes I set up for “Garlands & Gatherings”, a fundraising brunch benefiting Hope Haven of Cass County, MO. This second table runs in a completely different direction with strong, more traditional colors and the pattern that is very often associated with both the Christmas season AND golf: tartan!
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Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: golf-themed tablescape for Christmas that goes back to golf's Scottish rootsYou may or may not know that the game of golf has Scottish origins, and that was the inspiration for this golf-themed Christmas tablescape. Tartan is most particularly associated with Scotland (Rod Stewart anyone? 😉 ) and was therefore a sure bet for bringing color and pattern to this traditional table for four. If you have avid golfers in your family or social circle, a tablescape like this could be right up their alley!
(NOTE: The 48″ table used for this demonstration is considerably smaller than most households’ dining room tables. Your finished creation would be better spaced out.)

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: place setting with tartan runner, red & gold chinaEach place setting is grounded by crisscrossed tartan table runners from Tuesday Morning in red, black, green, and white with touches of gold thread. Goldleafed glass chargers separate the runner from the red, gold & white Royal Scotland china. (You can see this same china used for Missouri Show Me State Dinner and Christmas Through the Red Door.)

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Floral design in miniature resin golf bag from Hobby Lobby

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Golf bag floral collageThis was one of my favorite parts of the tablescape: a resin replica of a golf bag from the men’s section in Hobby Lobby used as a vase for a nosegay of red spray roses, green hypericum berries, green Pittosporum, and a tiny branch of privet berries. The bouquet is centered in a miniature grapevine wreath that adds texture to the setting.

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Stemware, flatware, plate detail collageGold-rimmed stemware is a nice complement to the setting, as is gold-toned flatware.

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Menu

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Menu detailingI created menus using our home desktop computer. Black cardstock frames white cardstock embellished with printed tartan ribbon. A 3-D effect is achieved by hot gluing a miniature wreath to the center of the top ribbon.

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: golf club tripod centerpiece with floral "golf ball"I wanted so much to recreate a version of the “golf club tripod” centerpiece I did for the dedication of my Dad’s memorial garden reception buffet table, but I was afraid it might not be able to withstand the day’s activities. So…

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Centerpiece

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Centerpiece tartan ribbon and greenery collage…I finally threw in the towel and switched from a wobbly trio of 9 irons to a sturdy 3-legged iron stand centered in a snow-kissed faux pine wreath with a smattering of gold mercury glass votives around the perimeter. Same effect with a much-reduced chance of catastrophe. (Safety first!) I topped the iron piece with an oversized red ornament ball and then embellished the body with two greenery/ribbon swags. I made the bows using tartan wire-edged ribbon that complements the table runners, red/gold/green wired ribbon for contrast, and black organza ribbon. The result was a very lush and dramatic centerpiece.

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Banquet chair with red stretch chair cover & black stretch sash from LinenTablecloth.comChairs for this table are dressed in bright red stretch chair covers from LinenTablecloth.com. Notice how I chose to lower the black stretch sash to look more like a “belt” than a “bra” on the chair. Here is also where you can plainly see the contrasting red, black, and white linens used to create a layered look for the table that looks great with the tartan runners.

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: Golf club with Christmas embellishment

 

Alycia Nichols, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com, Tartan On the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas: tartan ribbon and greenery on golf club for ChristmasFinally, a golf club embellished with the same tartan ribbon and greenery used in the centerpiece. A pair of these propped up at the entry of your event or tied into a wreath would look great!

Another golf-themed tablescape on this site:
The 19th Hole

Other tablescapes incorporating black in the Christmas theme:
Black, White & Red All Over
Frosty the Snowman
Checkered Christmas
March of the Penguins
Woodland Men’s Tablescape

Later this week, I’ll post a final fall tablescape, and then next week bring you the final installation from the “Garlands & Gatherings” event. Meanwhile, you can click on any of the photos to the right for additional Christmas-themed tablescapes!

Blog parties I’m linking up with this week include:
Between Naps on the Porch – Tablescape Thursday
Rustic & Refined – Table It!

43 thoughts on “Tartan on the Tee – A Creekmoor Christmas

  1. Beautiful Alycia! I am so into tartan lately, I’m loving it. The runners are great and the bows to match. I love the gold with the red dishes, you have inspired me so! I am pinning this in my Tartan board. Thanks sweetie for sharing your talent with us.
    Have a terrific week and take care of yourself.
    FABBY

  2. I love the chair covers, and how the black ‘belt’ contrasts with the red and the tablescape, which is so creative Alicia! Really, 9 irons?? Only you, my resourceful friend, would dream up something so imaginative!

    Did you save me some whiskey sauce? 😉

    Hope you’re feeling somewhat better?!

  3. You do know how to solve a problem, i.e. the golf clubs. That is genius as well as a great centerpiece. While a smaller table than you generally prepare, it is full of attention to detail which is one of your trademarks. The tartan is perfect with the clubs or maybe the tartan inspired their use.

  4. Wow, Alycia, this is a stunningly handsome table. I bet the crowd really went crazy on this one. I so love tartan plaid, and like the way you put the masculine touch of belt vs bra, the golf bag vase (super clever), the menus (I know you’re a professional, but they look printer professional). Many takeaway ideas from this tablescape – thanks for sharing!

  5. Love it all! I just picked up something from this post. I never use a table runner on our kitchen round table because it just does not look right but using 2 looks great. I love your centerpiece and the use of the gold clubs is so original Love the tartan!

  6. Wow- Ralph Lauren move over! This is a beautiful design- starting with the fabulous centerpiece, beautiful dishes and all the tartan accents to the vibrant red chairs! The embellished golf club on the chair is awesome! You could put that somewhere on your fireplace at home! ****

  7. Cool! I love everything about this tartan theme. It’s got class, definitely appears to be R.L. inspired style. And, whimsey the “Santa suit” chairs! Fore!!

  8. This is one of your best, I do believe. I love plaid anyway, and this is so elegant. I really like that centerpiece — how about a pair of those on either side of a mantel or sideboard? Very stunning.

  9. I’m loving the tartan plaid, Alycia and all your attention to detail is unparalleled. The menu sounds wonderful and any golfer and non-golfer would appreciate all your hard work. Just don’t you go dancing to any Rod Stewart songs, girlfriend!! Hope you’re doing better each day. xxoo

  10. I am in love with the red and gold Royal Scotland china pattern. The colors are perfect with the gold leaf chargers and the tartan plaid table runners to create this golf oriented holiday tablescape. The golf bags with the red roses are a stroke of genius, they are perfect paired up with your wonderfully festive centerpiece.

  11. Great Scot, what a great table! The tartan plaid is perfect for not only Christmas but for a Scottish golf theme! The height of the centerpiece is commanding but so pretty The crisscross table runners are the perfect anchor for each place setting, and those gorgeous dishes!! I’m even loving those chair covers!! I really liked the candy table last week but this one has a more Christmas feel with the colors. I think I like this one more. Can’t wait until next week!! Stay warm, my friend!

  12. Oh, Alycia, be still my heart! From the first photo on, the word that kept coming to mind was ,”Striking!” The contrast of colors against each other is truly stunning. I LOVE the table runner and those dishes are to die for!! I would have never thought one could pair Christmas and golf together, but you are the master at the tablescape!!! Just beautiful. You are so talented and creative. Thank you for sharing these lovely tables. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  13. Love your creativity Alycia with your second table for your fundraiser! I’m mad for plaid and love the tartan touches from your centerpiece, runner, and bow-wrapped golf clubs! Those chair covers are amazing and really complete your setting 🙂

  14. This is just fabulous Alycia! The centerpiece looks like a shiny red golf ball on a tee! I love the criss cross tartan runners, all the rolling ribbons, the clubs, it is all festive and such a perfect celebration of golf! I think the mini wreaths on your menus are simply brilliant! The chair covers send it over the top! I hope you are recovered from your recent dance moves 🙂
    Jenna

  15. Alycia, you have amazed me once again – always! I don’t know what’s going on with tartan plaids these days, but I’m noticing an explosion of tartan decor. After I started working on my tartan tablescape for this week’s table post, my ears and eyes have awakened to the current craze. I’ve been a plaid lover since childhood, and your “red-wrapped” tartan tablescape makes me feel right at home. I like how you made a matching door decoration to demonstrate making that flow connection with your attendees. The tie-in with golf is perfect, too. Tartan is always wonderful at Christmas, but the golf tees emphasize the theme transition. I enjoy every one of your tables, and this one is tops, too! 🙂

  16. Faulous as usual. Love the ida of using the golf clubs. Your centerpiece is perfection. The tartan look is lovely and it all looks so much like Christmas. You use of the chair covers is such a great addition. I appreciate the history of where the origin of golf started. It is beginning to look like Christms.

  17. This is so manly man I love it! My soon to be son in law is a golf fanatic and he would really like this. I have to scoot to Hobby Lobby and see if I can find that golf bag vase. He could use it on his desk to hold pens, pencils and candy. Bro-man has a large sweet tooth!

  18. This is one gorgeous table, Alycia! There is something so warm and welcoming about a tartan table, it is hard to describe. I keep looking at every little detail from the table and chair linens, to the china, which is lovely, to the awesome centerpiece, to those cute little golf bag vases.
    Hope you are staying warm…hope this isn’t what the whole winter is going to be like!
    Have a great week, girlfriend.

  19. I love, love this table and that fabulous invitation!…you always coordinate the invitation with the theme of the table so beautifully….If I were in that room, that would be the table I would be drawn to…a table that any woman or man would love to enjoy their meal at….and linger on as the table has such warmth and coziness that who would want to get up and leave!..the centerpiece is so creative and I also love, love the golf tripod centerpiece you made for your dad’s memorial garden buffet…..Hope you are taking a well deserved rest!!

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