No fireplace? No problem! A romantic setting of a table for two can still be created by getting creative with your TV as a backdrop - and the TV unit displayed as a mantel. Comcast has screen savers for FREE and Amazon sells Fireplace DVD's to turn your black box into hot spot! In the past, I've set a table setting for two, but in place of the Christmas tree. Since removing the large area rug to expose the greige tile earlier this December, it opened up space in front of the TV for an easy swap & shift...


I swapped the two white ottomans for my two $5 thrifted chairs [previously on either side of the TV unit], added a 36" round folding table layered in coordinating colors for our space [white sheet with a paisley cream printed window panel as an overlay], utilized some gold pieces [previously used on the Thanksgiving table] as well as a centerpiece [another free branch in a vase - displayed in another room - but now adorned with snowflakes previously on two lampshades] - and couldn't forget the candles - including one I found at Target that actually crackles like a fire...

I had set this for us for Christmas eve, and we spent Christmas day down south at my Moms. It was fun to set, and Jeff was surprised when he came home. It made for an elegant setting for a slow-cooked meal of a Top Round Roast, simmered in Lipton Onion Soup Mix with carrots and potatoes. The only thing left to prep was some steamed asparagus, bake some crescent rolls, and pour the wine. Eventhough this was done for Christmas Eve, you can still apply its winter style to New Years Eve...

For New Years Eve, we usually stay in (too expensive & hazardous to go out!) and this year we're thinking of going for scallops and shrimp. Any recipes you care to share? Until then - Food Network, here I come!

Hope you're enJOYing the merriest of holidays...
And a wish for you for all GOOD THINGS to come your way
for the upcoming NEW year!

Thanks for stopping by!
Note: All photos by Lynda Quintero-Davids



  1. Hi Lynda, I have seen this before, but I think you have given it a whole new elegant touch. too fun!! Kathysue

  2. Beautiful, elegantly romantic setting.

  3. * WOW! You knocked my socks off, Lynda! This is definiely one of your prettiest and most romantic, stunning settings ever!!! Almost ethereal!!!

    Wishing you all life's best in 2011, my friend! Please continue to thrill us all with your wonderful talents!!!

    Warm holiday hugs,
    Linda in AZ *

  4. This is really a neat idea. Such inspiration for so little. I cant wait to start getting creative!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  5. best wishes from ─░stanbul.Merry Christmas..Your blog is very beautiful..

  6. I love all your photos Lynda! I really like the snowflake plates! They are perfect! I also visited your New Years Eve post from last year and that was fabulous too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. How neat -- it really does look like you have a fire going! Love those snowflake plates - great for all winter~

  8. This is so clever! Love your all white tree too.

    Wishing you a joyful 2011!


  9. Love it! Love love love all the layers~ Makes it gorgeous and interesting! PS--for shrimp and scallops, make fettucine, with homemade alfredo sauce of course...and fry the shrimp & scallops... sooooo good :)

  10. So pretty and I love the white tree! Pretty fun idea to transform the TV into a "fireplace" too. :-) Happy New Year!

  11. Absolutely stunning! This would be so nice for New Years! Love your blog....

    Merry Christmas!


    P.S. I'm your newest follower.

  12. Oh what a beautiful idea. Your room is fabulous and the tv turned fireplace is fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  13. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment everyone!!! Best wishes to you all in the NEW year! Raise your glass for a toast to FAB link parties like Marty's Tablescape Tuesday's and Susan's Tablescape Thursdays!! CHEERS to the NEW year!!

    xo Lynda



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