Besides being a Realtor, many of you know I love decorating. Staging homes for my Sellers is awesome but decorating at Christmas….My heart goes AHHHHH!!
I have hosted probably 30 Christmas Boutiques usually stocked with items I have made myself.
But now that I’m no longer making decorations I can share with you my little tips.
That would give me great joy.
So let’s dress our Christmas Table shall we!!!This is my daughter in-law Kristen’s table last years. When we set it up we really debated on whether she wanted the table dressed throughout the Christmas Season. She decided to try it and she found it actually made it easier if some of their friends happen to pop in. Which at their home, that’s like every day!!! If they’re not on a ball field that is..LOL
Family joke!! Anyway…
Her table is simple…notice no Table Runner. The centerpiece is one I made her years ago and it’s become a staple on her table. Bring in the her dishes with some Christmas colors, china and some stemware and a few Ornamental embellishments and she has a beautiful and simple Christmas table.
If you don’t have a centerpiece spray, check out this idea.
Who doesn’t have Mason Jars!!
I Love this table. I have done this same table in different ways. The mason jars are sooo simple. You can either use snow from Michael’s or even soap to fill your jars. Clippings from your spruce, cedar or your own Christmas Tree and then of course cranberries. A few Votive s and that’s it.
Because the table centerpiece is more natural, the chargers are simple basket woven. Add your own Christmas dishes and your favorite napkins. Tie with Jute and that’s it!
Here’s a twist…put your cedar clippings in water with cranberries floating then add your votive!! Cute!!
These jars are actually placed right on the same clippings for texture. Add a votive and its magic.
Now with all the affordable battery operated candles on timers, it makes it much safer.
FYI… Did you know CVS has flame less flicker candles for $19.99!!! The flame doesn’t move like PB candles that start over $50, but who cares!! I certainly don’t! When I bought mine I got the second one 1/2 off!! Just saying!
What about table settings?
Table settings can really vary as well…I love these chargers from Sawdust Angel. I love the layering of the place settings. White on white with ship lap chargers that can be used all year long. I also love the simple wreath and pine cone. You can use a dime store Christmas kitchen towel for a napkin. Wow!!
Here’s another sweet use of the same wreath!
Simple but so festive..Also a great gift for your guests. Hang their place cards on each wreath for seating. Different and fun!!
This next place setting is one of my personal favorite because it was my grandmothers china mixed with some plaid towels and table runner.
My Mother had given this Christmas China to my Grandmother and I was blessed to inherit the China…I love them!
Mixing fine china and dish towels…who’d of thunk it! So lets create your Christmas Table…you don’t have to use the same elements I have but the concepts will always be the same.
DIY Christmas Table setting!! Ready?
This Christmas Table setting is beautiful enough for fine dining but rustic enough for your breakfast nook.
This table setting is easy..Burlap purchased at Lowes can be made user friendly by spraying it with a solution of 1/2 Glue and 1/2 water. It really cuts down on shedding. Perfect width for my table.
These wood chargers were ordered online and came really rough. I sanded them and then used Min wax but for a final seal I used food safe mineral oil. It protects the wood and your guests. The napkins are hand towels purchased from Ikea. You fold them in half, then fold 2 inc. down from top, an then into thirds. Tie with ribbon or in my case jute and embellish with small ornament, given to my guests as a gift.These place card holders are super easy. You can purchase birch branches from Michael’s. Look for the coupons and save big. cut into 3 inc pieces. Drill small hole into top and place tie wire you can get at any home improvement store. Twist the end into circle and glue straight into wood. That simple.
Print with Cursive script for each name.
Add some Trees, candles and votive and that it!!
Pretty fun right!!
But if you don’t want to set your table before the big day or party…
Just box it up!!
I made this 4 ft box that holds my dishware and chargers ready for the big day.
But, no matter how you set your table… Just remember
Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart. Freya Stark