Better Late Than Never, Pt. II – Christmas 2016 in the Dining Room

This is Installment #2 of 4 from a very late reveal of Christmas decor around our home in 2016. The first installment peeped around the entry hall and library. This time we move into the dining room.

I like to use black in Christmas decorating because it’s a wonderful neutral that really showcases gemstone colors and brilliant metals. I draped this table with a 90″x132″ black diamond pintuck tablecloth from  that skims the floor.



The centerpiece is a flat woven basket from Tuesday Morning filled with mounds of red and gold glass ornaments in varying sizes to lend depth and dimension. Frolicking amidst the ornaments are two playful gold reindeer with beaded antlers from Pier 1. (The ones they’re selling this year are similar to these, but cooler with little red scarves!) A smattering of gold mercury glass chargers complete the centerpiece.





Gold glass chargers sit beneath Ciroa gold-rimmed black & white buffalo check bone china dinner plates. Austere white cotton napkins are cinched with ornamental red berry picks from Hobby Lobby twisted to create a napkin ring. (I used this same technique for “Christmas Progressive Dinner” on a much different table.) The pattern of the Longchamps crystal complements that of the dinner plates. A red and gold English cracker is set alongside each place setting for fun after dinner. (Our family has TOO MUCH fun with them!)




On the buffet behind the dining table is another flat basket loaded with spirits for guests to help themselves at will. A creamy white ironstone pitcher filled with red berry picks from Hobby Lobby (the same as used for the napkin rings) dresses it up a bit. On each side are painted gold manzanita “trees” from that I ordered on a whim. (“On a whim” means when I was taking medication that had me doing weird things that I don’t even remember doing!!! Still…not a bad purchase!) In front of those sit shiny red mercury glass lidded canisters clad in black & white gingham ribbon bows. The gilded bay leaf wreath on the mirror is uplit at night.



The tea/bar cart is ready to serve after dinner coffee and/or libations by way of a Grace’s Teaware white lattice coffee set accented with Ciroa plates on a silver tiered stand. A metal champagne bucket from Home Goods brims with gold glass ornaments.


The wood & metal sconces hold more of the Ciroa plates with a shiny red ornament hoisted in front to draw the eye up.


The china cabinet in the opposite corner of the room is topped with more metal wine/champagne cooling vessels. The center one is filled to capacity with bright red glass ornaments to complement the table centerpiece.







Finally, the skinny tree in the window with a fun stovepipe hat topper! (See another tree topped with a stovepipe hat at  Christmas 2012 – Red, Black & Silver.) A load of ornaments on the tree include more stovepipe hats (Dollar Tree), red lanterns (Walmart), red berry picks (Hobby Lobby), frosted pine cones and acrylic snowflakes, grinning snowmen and twists of black & white check ribbon. (Other tablescapes using these snowmen are Black, White & Red All Over Christmas Tablescape, Checkered Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.) Beneath the tree are piles of snowflakes, snowballs, and baskets of pine cones with black lanterns lit up for the season.

That about does it for the 2016 dining room. I’ll be back in a couple of days with pics from the family room that I hope you’ll enjoy. Meanwhile, there is LOTS of other Christmas inspiration on this site. Just type in the word Christmas under Categories on the right-hand sidebar to hit the jackpot!

I’ll be joining Susan later this week for Tablescape Thursday as well as Sandra & Chloe for Celebrate Your Story and Linda for her Dishing It & Digging It Link Party! Come on along and get inspired!!!

23 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never, Pt. II – Christmas 2016 in the Dining Room

  1. Yes!! Black!! I LOVE BLACK! I have never seen a black tablecloth, but it looks phenomenal here, and those black buffalo plaid plates are killing me, but you know that, Gorgeous! Everything!

    On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Tablescapes at Table 21 wrote:

    > Alycia Nichols posted: “This is Installment #2 of 4 from a very late > reveal of Christmas decor around our home in 2016. The first installment > peeped around the entry hall and library. This time we move into the dining > room. I like to use black in Christmas decorating because it” >


  2. Since this is last year’s holiday decor and it needs no improvement, do you think the Christmas fairies will come and put it all back? That would be a very good thing.


  3. Love, love, love Alycia! I agree with you in that black is a neutral and really does make the gemstone colors look even richer, and the metallics shinier. Well done. The table setting it terrific, and I like that wall sconce with one plate and a red ball ornament – case in point on how the black defines other colors.


  4. I love to use black for Christmas too Alycia, it’s so elegant and dramatic paired with red, white and green! Your home looks just stunning! I am sorry you have had to deal with so many health issues over the recent few years, you certainly have tackled them like a champion and I admire your strength, courage and attitude! You are an inspiration to us all in so many ways~


  5. I so love your Christmas table from last year!!!….You are truly the hostess with the mostest!!! I had to smile big time when I saw your table….you will see why when you see mine this year!! I cannot believe that you did so much last year while struggling with your pain….you are a trooper!!! Love all of the elegant and also the whimsical details of the room…looking forward to the next room!!! xoxoxo’s


  6. I love this- elegant casual! The black and white dishes along with the red berries is wonderful. Your deer look so festive with the red ornaments below. That tree was so cute too- I love the red lanterns and snowmen! I’m glad you took pictures and shared them! I can’t wait to see what you do this year!


  7. Wonderful table setting! Just for the record I’m not on medication and I’ve purchased some crazy things. Love the black and white with splashes of red!


  8. Alycia, last year’s dining room is a show stopper…love the black cloth and it makes everything pop against its neutral background! The centerpiece is perfect…psst I have those Pier 1deer and I love using them! The room is magical and beautifully dressed! I am sorry to read of more surgery next week! Sending prayers and hugs for a quick recovery!


  9. If you were like my daughter – you would still have it up! She has her tree up from two years ago. when anyone comments she says, “It matches my decor!” Hahaha
    This is really pretty. I love the red and black together. There are just too many fun ways to decorate for Christmas. Can’t wait to see this year’s. I am fine with it 12 months later!


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  11. Love this and anything plaid or buffalo check grabs my attention right away. In addition to plaid and checks, I love reindeer so I’m loving your centerpiece. I’m also probably the last person on earth that’s never bought poppers. I can only imagine the shenanigans from my family if they get their hands on these. Thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story and I hope you join us again next week.


  12. Beautiful Christmas decor Alycia!!! Your posts are hilarious! Your table for 12 is gorgeous! I can’t believe you are recovering from two major surgeries and still decorating and entertaining! Hopefully you are resting also!!! Happy Holidays!


  13. Alycia, what a stunning holiday table! It is just gorgeous along with all of your other Christmas decor! I hope that you enjoy your weekend!!!


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