I have always loved beautiful tablescapes, for any occasion, but especially the holidays! While I am still a novice at the art of creating a lovely table, in the two short months that we have lived in our new home I have already attempted a few. The first was for Thanksgiving, and now for Christmas!
Let me start by saying that our home is unique in that we are able to fit a 10 foot table in our kitchen, while our dining room is used for smaller group dining (as it currently seats four people). Therefore these pictures are actually of our kitchen table, all dressed up for the holidays!
I knew I wanted to line up a bunch of mini trees down the long table, so when I saw these little trees wrapped in burlap on sale for half off at Michaels Craft Store I stocked up! From there I just played around with what I had at the house. I used a simple ivory runner (from World Market) with the 6 mini trees lined up, and then decided to add some live garland to the table as well. Since the trees had a frosted look to them, I decided to spray a little fake snow on the garland as well so all of the greenery would blend well together. I then added 4 white bottles with candles in them. Years ago I had spray painted wine bottles and a few beer bottles to make easy DIY candle holders, and I am so happy I did because I honestly use them all of the time! I added a little greenery around the very tops of the bottles and that was it! Lastly, I added some red ornaments to the greenery to give it a pop of color!
I set the table for eight with my Lenox Chirp china, and the little bits of red on both the dishes and the napkins really helped tie it all together. For the glasses I used vintage gold rimmed glasses that I have collected over the years. I just love how the gold rims add a little bit of fancy to the table.
And that was it! I just have to add the silverware and the table is ready! With a long wood table like this there are so many options, however I know for the most part I like the idea of letting the wood show and using some sort of long runner and centerpiece. I just wonder how many times I will play around with this tablescape before Christmas!