I’m so excited to be teaming up with Krista from The Happy Housie and a bunch of other bloggers again today to share Christmas tablescape ideas. After I finished setting this table, I said to Chandler, in my most twitterpated (is that still a word?) voice, “I just love setting tables.” It really is my jam. I think it has something to do with the fact that ANYONE, no matter your space, no matter your budget, can set a table and feel a little fancy and put together. I have to admit, this one is sort of a new take on last year’s Christmas table, but I loved that one so much, it was worth recreating. Also, that one was my favorite…until this one.
Can I just tell you how excited I am that black, white, and green are having a moment this year?! Green is my thang. My favorite color for as long as I can remember, and nothing makes those Christmas greens pop like some classic black and white. So here’s a little confession for you: I go to Target like probably three times a week. No that’s not the confession part. They had these blanket scarves on the dollar aisle (for $7) and I kept eyeing a black and white plaid one, but I need another scarf like I need a hole in the head, so I exercised my best self-control and passed them by. On multiple occasions. Then I started thinking about setting my table and realized the scarf would be perfect. Guess what happened when I went to like three Targets in our valley? Not a one to be found. I even saw a lady with the last one in her cart. She probably thought I was crazy because I sort of stalked her around the dollar aisle hoping she’d put it back. No luck.
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But the picture of this table had already been hatched in my head. I could see it. Every inch of it. And that’s never a good thing. It usually leads to me running around town, going down rabbit holes online, trying to find things that don’t even exist, because dammit, I have freaking idea and nothing else will work!! Luckily, it just so happened that I had also seen these blanket scarves at Old Navy, so I ran across town to get the last one available. But it was TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. Scarves are one of my favorite things to use for setting tables, using for throws…they’re majorly multi-functional my friends. So, enough talk about scarves (someone get the tequila, let’s make a drinking game out of the word “scarf” at this point), let’s talk about the rest.
If you’ve been around here before, you know I’m more of a casual gal. You’ll rarely find a fancy tablecloth or fine china. When I buy dishes, I purposely buy them in white because they work for everyday, or for a more “formal” table. Would you even believe that I found the dotted plates at the dollar store a couple of years ago? Sometimes they have some serious gems. The wine glasses were dollar store finds too.I bought a little bunch of fresh greens at Home Depot (one of my favorite garlands from Trader Joe’s would work great too, but they’re far away from us), and just placed them down the middle of the table. Then I stole the felt ball garland off of my “mantel” and added it in. I filled a mirrored tray with ornaments, bells, and candles and then scattered a few more bells and candles down the table. And these black taper candles? Dead. It’s the little things, but these black candles are totally doin’ it for me.
It was snowing and dreary outside while I was photographing the table, and I realized, the candles really do make it so cozy and Christmas-y. We’ll be doing a lot more candlelight dinners around here I think.I had some fancy copper napkin rings, and by fancy, I mean from the dollar spot at Target, where else? And I loved the shiny copper with the black and white, but it was missing something. So I made some simple little tags (you can download them at the end of the post), and tied them on the napkins with some leather cord and then tucked in some little clippings. I big, fat, puffy heart these little things.
We’re having our annual “Merry Friendsmas” dinner with our friends this weekend, so I’ll be setting a much bigger version of this, but come Christmas Eve (and actually Christmas too) this year, we’re just our little family of four, so the buffet is set for our clam chowder Christmas Eve dinner, a tradition from my childhood that we’ve carried on and we’ll be sitting down to our “fancy” little feast. Also, say hello to my little friend: the top knot. Apparently I should take that thing out when photographing a mirror
You can download the Free Printable Christmas Place CardS HERE