Well, you can tell that I am still a newbie blogger, because I could not, for the life of me, get my act together to blog about my Christmas decor before the actual holiday itself. Blame it on being a full-time working mother, or the fact that I crammed too much into one already-busy month, or that I was still happily decorating up until our Christmas Eve dinner for nineteen people, but it just didn’t happen.
And that’s okay.
Because sweet Hubby gave me the best present ever this year (a new camera–shriek!!!!) and don’t think for one second that I didn’t just recreate my whole dinner table over again, wine and all, two days after Christmas so that I could re-photograph it. And I will tell you that the click, click, click of a real camera (not my point and shoot) is a very satisfying and rewarding sound.
Now, I definitely have a lot to learn still. But oh-my-goodness, I had fun today.
Okay, so before I hit you with a barrage of Christmas Tablescape photos, let me first start by saying that my idea this Christmas was to do a little rustic-woodsy meets glam. I had no idea what that was going to look like, but I pictured lots of burlap and birch trees, fur, twine, and the color white. That was the extent of my planning.
Then in early December, I staged my table in order to photograph my DIY Birch Christmas Trees. I hadn’t actually anticipated using the trees for my Christmas centerpiece, but as I began to decorate here and there throughout the house, the birch trees remained in their spot, and after awhile, I just decided they would look better there then anywhere else in the house, and my tablescape began to take shape.
Birch Tree Candles
Loving the birch tree look, I also tried using the same method on glass candle holders. Remember my Frosted Valentine Candles? Well, they got a little Christmas update.
I had it in my mind that I wanted Christmas plates this holiday. I wasn’t planning to buy a full set, but I thought dessert or salad plates on top of my white china would look really pretty. I shopped Etsy and Ebay from my sofa for a few weeks, but never found anything that I loved. Then, amazingly enough, I ran across these plates, and you will never guess where…
I scooped up two plates of each design and decided to mix and match the plates. I love them. They were exactly what I was thinking about, and considering I paid less than $4.00 a plate, they were totally worth it.
Simple Napkin Rings
I also had a lot of fun making my napkin rings. I wanted something easy and simple and somewhat rustic, so picked up a bag of wooden stars and a handful of scroll-cut wooden Christmas Greetings from Michaels. I just wrapped the napkins with twine, then attached a star or a greeting.
Some stars I kept natural, and some stars I painted white when dry-swiped with gray and tan paint to give it a rustic look.
My Christmas Tablescape
Okay, I am going to be quiet now, and let you enjoy the rest of the photos.