Today, the details of my Christmas tree themed tablescape is shared along with ideas for mantels, porches, tablescapes, gifts and wrapping from 20 more bloggers. Hope you will join us for this year’s Christmas Ideas Tour.
Christmas Tree Themed Tablescape
I was so excited when host Angie (Post Cards from the Ridge) challenged us bloggers to choose a decor project outside of our comfort zone for this year’s Christmas Ideas Tour.
Truth be told, over the years, I’ve avoided doing tablescape posts like the plague.
Of course, I have a million reasons why. Liiike…. I don’t have the right dishes…. or table linens. Or I don’t have any skill in creating centerpieces….and the list goes on.
But with this challenge, it forced me to think outside the traditional-tablescape-decorating-box. And in the end, I found that I didn’t even need special Christmas china or linens. Heck, I even figured out how to do an easy fresh flower arrangement.
And you can, too.
Here’s the easy how to…
Tips for Creating an Easy Christmas Tree Themed Tablescape
Step One: Use Current Tableware
I knew I wanted to bring the blue and white in the china cabinet to the table, so I started by stacking up chargers and dishes that I had on hand. Then gold and silver metals were mixed in.
Step Two: Let the Room Speak to the Table
With nine Christmas trees flanking two ends of the table, the Christmas tree theme just kind of naturally floated onto the table. But I didn’t want to actually add trees to the table. I tried a couple and they seemed to smother the space. So I had to find another option.
Step Three: Create a Centerpiece
The centerpiece bloomers are a mix of cranberry-red roses and alstroemeria. I looked for fresh winter berries to mix with white roses, but had no luck. When this happens and you still want to use fresh flowers, just rethink the plan and look for flowers with the right color and texture.
The greenery is a woody-stem called Aster solidago (AKA goldenrod). I thought it was light and airy enough, but would carry the Christmas tree theme through shape and color without being too literal.
Step Four: Tie the Look Together
To help tie the table end-to-end, I sewed a blue and white runner. It was on and yanked off in a flash. Talk about #epicfail …
It was too busy and too heavy, and, like the trees, choked the “light and airy” right off the table.
But a vintage silver tray with a mirrored bottom works absolutely great. It adds tons of texture, provides the visual of a runner and kicks up even more light and color.
To anchor the ends of the table, cranberry-red pillow covers were added to a couple of very soft and squishy pillows. And if you look closely, the alternate stripe is a light, limey green…..which ties with the solidago.
Step Five: Stand Back and Look
While setting the tablescape, keep the total function and look in mind.
Does the tablescape work comfortably for guests? My Mom was always a real stickler for this one.
Is the tablescape part of the total look of the room?
Does the tablescape look as good in daylight as in candlelight? Sometimes this will matter and sometimes it won’t.
If the answers to these questions are yes, then I expect you’ll be very happy with your outside-the-box Christmas table.
I know, I am.
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And for more ideas, here are some great ones for your mantel, porch, table, plus handmade gift ideas and gift wrap ideas. Be sure to visit everyone (click the blog name under the photos) to see all the details.
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