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A Feast for the Eyes: Setting the Right Atmosphere for the Holidays
Setting the Right Atmosphere for the Holidays


By Tricia Sizemore

In general, big family feasts – whether for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s – are rare occasions to bring out the best silverware, china and glassware and decorate the table with festive centerpieces and fine linens. With this holiday season at hand, West Virginia-made products can add flavor and style to your dining room décor while setting the stage for great conversation.

A sit-down holiday affair
Of all the times of the year, the holidays are a special occasion to get together around the table. For this reason, handcrafted fine-wood furniture makers, randing from Gat Creek in Berkeley Springs to Probst Furniture Makers in Hamlin, offer a selection of dining tables to match your style during the season and year round.
Setting a place for family and friends
Make room at the table for family and friends with place settings. Each setting typically includes such items as dinnerware and flatware. Artists like Susan and Rick Bisgyer of Ridgetop Pottery in Kingwood can help set the table with their handmade porcelain pottery.
Dressing up the table
Centerpieces add another element to your table and can transform the dining room. Traditional holiday centerpieces often include candles, fruits, flowers or glassware.
Tying it all together
Equally important to the table landscape are the other items that complete a room. To help set a festive mood, include a tree with ornaments from artists such as Francis Demaria of Beckley, Michelle Goodman of Alum Creek and CAS Art Glass in Pullman.