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Christmas Tablescape

We’re only a few days into December, but my table is set and ready for Christmas.

Of course I’ll be using the table between now and then, but I had a little downtime last weekend and was excited to do a trial run for our Christmas dinner and other gatherings throughout the holiday season.  I adore creating new tablescape vignettes and wanted to experiment using a few new accessories that I recently picked up from the Dollar General Holiday décor aisle. I mixed them with a few thrift store finds and DIY projects to create this…

I had alot of fun creating this vignette and we actually enjoyed a scrumptious dinner Saturday night on this beautifully decorated table.  It was a little pre-Christmas meal to start off the countdown to the special Holiday.  As you can see, we also lit the first candle on our Advent wreath.

The base of the table started with my DIY chevron table runner that I created.  I actually never shared a tutorial on this specific runner, but it’s similar to the drop cloth runner that I made.

Since this is the table where we have dinner most every night, I needed a centerpiece that could easily move.  A few weekends ago, the Mister and I created this box (using the same technique from the monogrammed chevron tray) using leftover pallet scraps.  The size is 16″ wide X 26″ long and it’s the perfect size for a large scale (yet easily moveble) center focal point.

Inside the box I added advent candles, gold sparkly Christmas trees from Dollar General, and a ceramic bowl filled with cinnamon sticks, all surrounded by natural greenery that I trimmed from trees in our backyard. The cinnamon sticks smell so good – they give such a yummy fragrant scent when you pass by.

Dollar stores (like Dollar General) are a great place to find inexpensive items to decorate with.  By ‘shopping your home’ and mixing dollar-store-deals with thrift-store-finds, you can truly create a gorgeous and elegant tablescape or vignette for very little money.

For each table setting, I added a round bamboo charger on top of the drop cloth placemats that I created last year.  The bamboo weave gives nice texture and contrast to the neutral colored plates and placemats.  I then added my everyday cream with black line rimmed dinner plates (a wedding gift from Crate and Barrel) and a buttercup-colored napkin (from Target) threaded through a festive bell ring.  The seasonal bell ring was a great find from Dollar General.  I don’t think they are actually napkin rings, but who cares – they work perfectly!

To add alittle more pizazz to the table, I draped a long strand of red Christmas bead garland around the perimeter of the pallet box.  The bright hue was a perfect accent to the red bells on the napkins and the berries in the centerpiece.

A few loose Christmas ornaments completed the festive look.

Inviting and fun!

I’m really happy with the result of this tablescape.  And the best part is that it’s practical because the main decor is in a box, which can easily move.  I plan on using this newly created tray centerpiece for many upcoming Holidays and occasions – I’m thinking Easter baskets, Spring decor, and Fall foilage.

Were you wondering where I put my log centerpiece this year?  Well it’s not here on the table (like last year) and it’s not on the mantel either, but instead I decided to use it as the backdrop for our village.  The log centerpiece made for an AMAZING focal point, but wasn’t so easy to move = not practical.  Since the buffet gets left alone, it was the perfect spot to admire it.  That log centerpiece has been around the block and back, so it couldn’t be stuck away.

This is how it looked last year

And this is how it’s being used now…

I love our little miniature village…  and so do my kids.  Each night, they drag over the stool and love to peak inside.  It’s magical.

It would be nice to have each of you enjoy a delicious meal with me here at my table, but at least we can dream, right?!

I hope you’ve liked taking a glimpse at my tablescape for this Christmas – especially since it cost so little to create.  Dollar General really had some great deals and you connect with them even more to see what they have to offer on the Dollar General Facebook Page.  I sure have enjoyed sharing my tablescape with you!

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Mantel and Table Centerpiece

I know I said a couple of weeks ago that I wasn’t in the Christmas Spirit, but now I finally am!   Last weekend, after our bellies were stuffed with Turkey, we started transforming the house from the Fall / Thanksgiving decor over to Christmas.  I’m not sure why I was so reluctant at first and unprepared for the changing season, but o well, it’s past me and I’m excited for some Holiday Cheer!

The center and focal point of our home is the fireplace (yes, the one on the burnt orange wall), and again it has been decked for the Holidays!  I was quite anxious to get started on the mantel because I knew exactly what I wanted to use and how I envisioned it to look.  I was thrilled with the result of my Fall centerpiece creation and wanted to use the log as the focal point for this year’s Christmas mantel.

Here is a simple run-down of how I created the log.

  1. Find a log of any length that you desire (My log is about 4′ long)
  2. Using a 1.5″ drill bit, drill holes into the log every 5-6″
  3. Insert tea lights or battery-operated candles into the holes.
  4. It’s ready to decorate for any season!

Back to the mantel…

Once I placed the log on the mantel, I simply started layering.  I used faux greenery for the base, then added some natural cut greenery from trees in my backyard throughout.

Then, I took faux berries (purchased at the craft store) and incorporated them throughout the greenery.  Because they are bendable, they are easy to work with.  After that came the final touches…  Ornaments, pinecones, and some other branches and twigs from the outdoors.

It was complete in no time!  This Holiday log decor on the fireplace mantel makes for a beautiful focal point.

Once it was complete, I had to add stockings, of course!  As a family of 4, we’ve never had matching stocks and they’ve always been on my to-do list to make.  I whipped out my sewing machine and a few hours later, added beautiful new stockings to the decor!  I’ll share a tutorial on that later in the week.

We really enjoy how the stockings are hung by the chimney with care

These stockings look kind of plain, but I jazzed them up yesterday…stay tuned and I’ll share more this week!

Part 2 of this post

I had to share this with you too…

Before deciding to decorate the mantel using the log, I was actually planning to display it on the dining room table similar to the fall centerpiece.  Since we use our dining table everyday, it was BEAUTIFUL, but not practical because the natural greenery sheds alot (forewarning).  On the fireplace it works because it’s not moved everyday.

Using the same technique as decorating the mantel, I layered greenery, branches, berries, and pinecones, then finished the centerpiece with decorative ornaments.  If you want to see more on this creation, I shared this project on my TV debut on Fox 23.

Complete with the handmade stenciled drop cloth placemats I made a few weeks ago, the table is set for Christmas!

The Holiday decorating continues…I’ve got many more projects and ideas to come during this countdown to Christmas!   If you’re looking for ideas on some do-it-yourself creations, head over to the Holiday section of Daily Do It Yourself.

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, Savvy Southern Style, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, Creation Corner, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Under the Table & Dreaming