Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Tablescape

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are ready for the chaos that will now ensue!

Today I'm sharing my table all set for a holiday gathering. 

Now let me give you some details on how I got there.

First decide how you want your table decorated.  Since my living/dining room is 'L' shaped and pretty small I will usually keep the same theme in the entire space otherwise I think the house looks disjointed.  Now if you have a separate dinning room you can have a different theme than the rest of your home.  You could use the dinning room's wall color to inspire your decorating or even the style of furniture you have in the space.  Example - If you've got red walls you could use a red and gold in your decorating.  If you have more traditional furniture you could use a more traditional/formal or Victorian theme to decorate the room. 

This year my theme is Woodland Wonder so I have a lot of trees, deer and natural elements.  I pulled that into my dining room area as well. 

I tried several tablecloths and settled on the light blue one.  I wanted one that wouldn't take away from the place settings and the centerpiece I made.

Next decide on your plates, napkins etc.  I found Christmas plates and cotton towels at Walmart.  Yes these are kitchen towels.  They are cotton and large and I thought - PERFECT for napkins. 

They go well with my theme. 

I decided to make my table less formal this year so I opted for my white everyday plates.  I LOVE white plates, they go with everything and you can mix and match for an eclectic look.
I put the large white plates down then laid the 'towel' AKA napkin over it.

On top I put these cute Christmas plates I found at Walmart.  Each one is different.

Then I added silverware, glasses and a coffee mug.

My next step was to decide on my centerpiece.  Again keeping with the rustic outdoor theme I found a galvanized bin at Walmart.  I filled it with some cut tree branches and pinecones.  Then I added 2 strands of battery operated lights, 2 lighted sticks and several more pinecones and ornaments for a bit of bling.
I simply must have some bling!

Then I stood back and looked it all over.  I thought it still needed something else so I bought 2 small trees and put them on each side of the centerpiece.

Finally I added something a bit shinny because well lets face it I love bling and anything glittery or shinny.  I added a few mercury glass tea lights and finally the salt & pepper shakers from my childhood.

 These are 'supposedly' a set....I think it is a bit odd but hey I'll go with it!

TIP - Make sure your centerpiece looks good from all sides, remember even though you may pass through the room and see the same side every day someone is going to see all sides of the table when you sit down to eat. 
To make sure the centerpiece looks good from all angles I will sit in each seat and look at the table from each viewpoint. 

Finally I decorated my buffet with the same theme.  I took several faux trees; some with lights and some without, placed them on my buffet and wrapped them with that roll snow. 

To finish the effect I added these large deer, pinecones and some more cut wood from an old tree. 
 These deer have a bit of glitter on their antlers and necks....must have some glitter!

At night the overall effect is cozy with the lights off. 
I'd love to see your dinning table decorated for Christmas!  Do you go all out or keep it simple?

Now to the outside.  We are having some issues with our roof lights and we've still got snow on the roof so my husband hasn't been able to get up there to see what's going on yet - my guess is squirrels.  They love to pull the bulbs for whatever reason. 

We still have a bit of snow on the ground as well.  The exciting bit is that the weathermen are telling us that we could have a true White Christmas with snow Christmas Day!  I am keeping my fingers crossed.  How magical will that be!!

Between family, friends, parties and kiddos activities I hope you take some time out for yourself and to remember why we celebrate the season.  Of the small child born so long ago who preached peace, love and understanding.  It is during this time of the year that I hope those values are reflected by the world we live in.  With all the stress and horrible happenings lately please take time to remember there is still good in this world.  Let us be kind to one another and love our fellow man.  I know we can make the world a better place, one good deed at a time. 

Thank you so much for reading and your support I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous and happy New Year.  I'll be off next week but I'll be back in January showing you some tips on storing your Christmas decorations.  I'll also be sharing a really easy and tasty white chicken chili recipe as well as my winter décor and some Valentine's Day crafts.  So please come back! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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