Bringing the Christmas spirit to the dinning room table today and I am just a little giddy about it. Decking the halls makes me so happy, especially when fresh evergreen and eucalyptus are apart of it. What is your favorite room in the house to decorate for the Holiday season?
In a season that is filled with so many expectations and so many to-dos, it can sometimes be hard to keep sight of the reason for the season. I sometimes get so caught up in trying to perfect things, that I forget the meaning of why I am even doing what I’m doing. A holiday tablescape isn’t perfect because of the decorations on top of the table, or the food that fills the plates, a holiday tablescape is perfect because of the people that gather around it to connect and grow closer together. Sure it is fun to put things together, I can’t deny the fact that I love creating, it fuels me, but there is a deeper meaning to it that I have to continue to strive to remember. With that being said, here is a little peak at our table this year. I am anxious for sweet friends and family to be sitting around it.
It’s no secret that I am a little, or a lot, Christmas obsessed. When my Great Grandma passed away, I was given a Christmas serving platter that had belonged to her. I cherished it and for years, I would use it every Christmas and think of her. One day, my sweet Mother-in-Law texted me asking me if I would like her old Christmas dishes that she didn’t use anymore. I about cried when she sent me a picture and it was the same print that my Great Grandma once had. So fun that I know get to think of both of them each time I use them.
A FESTIVE BEVERAGE
Adding Christmas to the table can come in the form of a festive beverage, right? If you are looking for something delicious to serve guests as they are walking in the door or while they are enjoying appetizers, mix half parts Sprite and half parts cranberry juice. You can throw in a few cranberries and a fresh stem of rosemary to top it off. It’s kid friendly and pretty tasty. If you are looking to make it into an adult beverage, just simply swap out the Sprite for a little champagne.
TEXTURES + LAYERS
The more textures and layers mixed together the better in my humble opinion. It just adds so much visual interest without costing a lot of money or requiring a lot of effort. Pulling things from nature has a way of bringing in a subtle coziness and warmth- perfect for this time of year. Here are some pinecones, a tree round, some snippets of evergreen, all layered on top of a woven table runner (similar), topped with individual place settings.
Varying colors, but still pulling in similarities amongst different pieces is key to making your table setting look intentional, while still maintaining an unexpected feel. Here I pulled in gold through the candlesticks, silverware, Christmas bulbs, and the charger, but added pops of red through the plates, the rim of the centerpiece bowl and the beverages.
See my cute little helper? He has been my little shadow lately and I can’t say I don’t love it just a little. Oh and I’m convinced he loves Christmas as much as I do. I forced him into craft time earlier last week so we could make a little puppy print Christmas ornament. He loved me for it.
A SIMPLE CENTERPIECE
Sometimes simple is key, especially this time of year. I love this centerpiece because it is low to the table, which is perfect for hosting a dinner party because it allows everyone to converse and see each other around the table. Find a pretty serving bowl, toss in some pinecones, evergreen, and eucalyptus and you are good to go!
ALL IN THE DETAILS
Don’t worry if you don’t have Christmas plates. You can still make your table look festive.
Do you have a few extra ornaments left over after decorating your Christmas tree? Try using them as name tags for place settings. A small ribbon and a strip of paper could be tied to the top of the ornament for personalization, or you could write guests name across the bulb with a paint pen if you want the ornaments to double as little gifts to take home.
Are you hosting guests over for the holidays? I am in need of some yummy appetizer and side dish recipes. If you have any that you love, please feel free to pass them my way. I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Tuesday!