Green Table Setting

I hosted Christmas for the first time this year, so I decided to try my hand at creating a fancy pants table setting. You know, one with cloth napkins. One where things match. One where everyone has at least one fork, spoon, and knife — whether they need them or not.

DSC_0006(Um, I realize that no one has any silverware in this photo. But I did put it on the table before we ate. Honest.)

So ever since I turned my dining room green, I’ve been crushing on the color hard. I can’t get enough. I wanted to work green into my table setting, but I also wanted to work with what I already had.

Originally I planned to DIY a tablecloth. I had a tan floral tablecloth that I never liked. So I decided to dye it using Rit’s Kelly Green. The first time I didn’t leave it in the dye bath long enough. Not surprisingly, it turned out barely green. So I dyed it again. BIG MISTAKE. Now it’s too green. Awful green. Nothing-like-the-color-on-the-bottle green. Hurts-the-eyes green. And patchy. DIY Fail. Rit Dye, I want to love you, but you make it so difficult.

Urban Cholita: Bad Dye Job

So I went with a white tablecloth from Ikea instead ($20!). Much better. The green candle holders are thrift store finds. My mom gave me the runner and napkins a few years ago. The white china belonged to my grandma. And the little green salt cellars are new from Fishs Eddy. Aren’t they adorable?

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And of course the cookies had to match! They’re rosemary shortbread and just barely sweet. Maybe that’s why my father-in-law calls them dinner cookies.

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We decided to spatchcock the turkey this year. It sounds dirty, but it’s just a fancy synonym for butterfly. You cut out the backbone and lay the bird flat. The meat cooks more evenly this way. I cobbled together a few recipes/tutorials from Martha Stewartthe Denver Post, and Serious Eats. We also dry salted the raw bird a day ahead of time per these instructions. It worked! The turkey was totally delicious.

Urban Cholita: Butterflied Turkey

We hosted New Year’s Eve dinner too. I basically recreated the same table setting, but this time I made pork and added flowers. It still looks a little bare.

Urban Cholita: Green Table Setting

I hope your holiday was filled with good food and family too.

Urban Cholita: Christmas dinner

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