Merry Christmas Blogland! My table is set and ready to let the overeating begin! LOL! My table is an uncharacteristically whimsical one this year. The inspiration came from these ribbon candy trees from Hobby Lobby. I saw them in late November and my initial plan was to replicate them with polymer clay, but then a short time ago, they were on such a good sale that I decided I could just purchase 2 and call it a day.
I found the mesh at Hobby Lobby and cut a length of it to use as a runner over my ubiquitous antique white damask tablecloth. I wanted to reinforce the theme of the candy canes and red and white with a touch of green, but I didn't want another tablecloth to purchase (or store), so this was a great alternative.
I've always enjoyed setting a pretty table, but as far as "tablescaping", I feel like I'm a newbie, but one thing I think is key to being easy on your budget: it doesn't seem to matter as much what elements you pull together as long as they are thematic or related by color. Obviously, in my case, the theme was red, white, and a little green peppermint candy, but I added little sparkly snowflake confetti in red and white and some ribbon that I already had was used for the chair backs and the peppermint placecards. Both of these were appropriate in color and, due to the fact that the ribbon had sparkly snowflakes on it, it also related back to the little snowflakes scattered on the table. Does that make sense? You don't have to be too literal in your theme, just have some thread of continuity flowing through each piece whether by color, broad subject, or both, and you'll look all put together.
The napkins are antiques that I've had for a few years.
A little glass from the china cabinet stuffed with bright green shred which I had saved from some kind of package and almost threw away because after several months, I had never used it. HA! Glad I had it because it came in handy. LOVE when things finally work out per plan, don't you?
Stacked an ironstone butter dish on top of an ironstone cake plate (yes, they are both antique, don't hate...). I think for Christmas Day, I'll replace the balls and glass garlands with peppermint bark.
The little white candles I had already and I put them in French tart pans. A little sparkly faux snow (tying back to both the food and the snowflakes) to catch any drips and call it done.
I've never had chargers before and didn't want to pay $1.99 each for them at Hobby Lobby, but then I went to WalMart and found them for .99. Much better. Found the adorable peppermint candle used in the centerpiece there as well for half price ($4 I think?).
So, here's the breakdown of this budget friendly (at least I think so) tablescape:
6 chargers Walmart $5.88
Peppermint candle Walmart $4
Roll of Red & White Mesh Hobby Lobby $5
5 assorted picks Hobby Lobby $3.50 I think; they were half price
2 ribbon candy trees Hobby Lobby $12
Glittered Snowflakes Walmart $.97
Everything else was already in my possession, so no additional cost (yay!), so the grand total is $31.35. I know some of you gals could have done this for $5, but I think that for minimal effort and a minimum of looking for bargains, I'm pretty happy with the result. Also, now I have added a few things to my "decor stash", so next year, even less to buy (that's what I told hubs anyway...
This will be my last post of the year, so from my home to yours, have a very beautiful and bright holiday season with friends and loved ones and I'll see you in 2012.
Until next time,
Linking up with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch,
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home,
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground,
Potpourri Friday at 2805,
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk.