Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mercury Glass Winter Table

   I love mercury glass!  Do you?  I started collecting mercury glass several years go and I use it to decorate my formal dining room table in the winter.  After weeks of Christmas decorations, I wanted to continue in the spirit of sparkle and decided to do it with silver mercury glass. My dining room doesn't receive much natural light so I don't always get very nice pictures of my table in the winter.  This year, though, I think I have done better--would you like to see?

 I used mostly my finials and my mercury glass trees with
 a few candle holders and my mercury glass birds.
I had been putting my decorations on just my white tablecloth.  It was an impressive display because I had a lot of pieces, but it didn't photograph very well  and I was tired of the look.  At some point this year, I decided I would add some greenery to my winter table.  I looked at the artificial greenery I had used on my mantel and thought when I took it down, I might use it on the table.  Then, I had an even better idea.....I would cut up our Christmas tree!  Our tree was super-fresh this year and was not dropping needles, so I thought, why not?? 

***Now, I have to say here, that for several years, my husband has been cutting up our Christmas tree (while it was still in the stand) when it was time to take it down.  Yup.  He takes the pruners and lops off a few of the larger and longer branches and escorts them outside.....so much better to do a few branches at a time than trying to wrestle a whole tree out the door!!! 

So this year, I snipped off the branches that I needed and when I needed more, I just went back to the tree.  I was very happy with the way things were turning out.  The tree still smelled so nice, too!

I had also decided that my white dishes looked pretty plain on my white table cloth.  I thought I would check out the area sales for silver chargers, but I didn't see any on sale.  Michael's had one for 1.99.  I needed six and I was feeling a little cheap, too, so I'm glad I didn't find what I thought I needed,  because I decided to use silver trays for chargers instead.  Why not!  IT WAS PERFECT!  Yeah!  Something I already had on hand--saving money and not having another set of chargers to store.

I have a number of silver trays.
This one is engaved and is from when
my aunt retired from teaching grade school for 34 years.

This one is engraved on the back with my wedding date
 and our names.  It also has the dates and names of my great aunt
and uncle who married in 1925 and then a cousin who married in 1976. 

I added  green glasses and green napkins with
silver snowflake napkin rings that I already had.


 Here's a picture from last year with the candles lit for an evening meal. 
 There's really no comparison to me.  I love the new look so much better!

  I used fewer pieces of mercury glass, but have a look that is new and fresh.
  I know I'll be cutting up the tree again next year!



NanaDiana said...

Marsha- It looks very lovely. I love the mercury mixed in with the greens. Great idea about taking the tree out in pieces-xo Diana

Miss Kitty said...

Marsha! Your table is gorgeous!!!
I love all of the silver that you used in this tablescape...so elegant. Thanks for sharing the photos with us...even they look more refined this year. (I could not even post pics of my Christmas table...I thought it looked nice in person but the photos were very blah,,,nothing compared to your pretty table.)

Revi said...

Wow - it looks beautiful! I think this is my favorite post EVER! And I LOVE the idea of the mismatched heirloom silver platters as chargers. How cool that you have enough!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You have such a gorgeous collection of Mercury glass...the table must be exquisite at night with the candlelight!!....Just beautiful!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful tablescape at my party..luv all your silver.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Stunning, nothing as beautiful as silver. Love it. Thanks forj joining TTT. Hugs, Mary

Lorraine said...

The table is so beautiful ~ elegant and sparkly and perfectly inviting. You have a lovely collection of Mercury glass and the silver trays are a so pretty under the plates.

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Beautiful table - I agree the addition of the greenery is very nice. You have a great collection of mercury glass too.

~ Liz ~ said...

This is fabulous from start to finish, Marsha! What a great idea about taking the tree out like that. I have never thought of it and I have always had a real tree. Your table is gorgeous and the green is the perfect addition. Those mercury glass trees are so fun and the trays as chargers...well, your guests must feel like royalty!

Debra said...

what an absolutely stunning display! : )

Jacqueline said...

Marsha, your table is so beautiful!!! I am a first time visitor to your very interesting blog. I have enjoyed reading some of your other posts and am having fun. Thank you for your visit to Deep Roots At Home. Please consider sharing a post or two sometime on Wednesdays (runs 6 days) during the 'EOA' link-up. I look forward to getting to 'know' you :)

Jacqueline said...

I forgot to mention that I saw your comment about Biak...could you tell me the link you found it on? If you leave it in the same comment area, I'd be so grateful!

Jenn said...

What a stunning table!