I know you are most likely very busy with it being only 5 days before Christmas 😯 , but I just couldn’t resist fitting in these beautiful “Fireside Christmas Tablescape” ideas. I have to admit that I was really in the decorating mood this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love to decorate every year, but some years I can’t seem to stop 😯 . I suppose we will all be paying the price in a couple weeks when we have to put everything back where it lives. Until then, let’s live it up.
I was recently
giving too much information being transparent in my REDHEAD CAN DECORATE PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP when I confessed that when I design a “tablescape” in our home, we very rarely utilize it afterwards 😆 . I know that might sound ridiculous (come on, Julie?!), but I guess the only explanation I have is that I enjoy being “creative” and designing pretty rooms. That doesn’t necessarily mean I enjoy “entertaining”-ha ha. To be totally honest, my tablescapes are more of an art project than a place I would serve food. I’m more of a “put the food on the plate, and eat it where you feel comfortable type of girl”. With that being said, I know some of you do love to go all out when you “entertain”, so between the two of us, we make a great combo, and we can do great things together. I hope you all enjoy my very last Christmas post for the season…she is quite a looker.
A couple weeks ago in the middle of decorating our “Blue Ombre Flocked Christmas Tree“, my oldest said she needed to head to Joann’s for some slime supplies. You see, she is a freshman in college, but also runs her very own amazing “slime” company. If you’re wondering what the heck slime is-it is one of the hottest toys right now for kids/teens/adults. If interested you can check it out here: Kyoki Slime. Her business is booming.
So, back to the Joann’s story…I decided to go with my daughter and look for some faux pine sprigs for the Fireside Christmas Table. Boy, did I get lucky.
They had a large assortment at the time, and what I noticed right away is that they had “other greens” available to mix in. Geez, it almost sounds like I’m making a salad. You may be able to tell from the photos, I did some salad mixing 😎 .
While at the store I used the floor to see what would mix nicely. Go ahead, use that floor. I already had the red berry sprays at home, so that made that part easy. Sometimes it’s kind of scary knowing if you’re choosing the right amount, but what I figure is that even if you buy the supplies online, you can always return them. My return pile has definitely grown over the years. I return almost as much as I buy. Wait…is that even possible?
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WHAT TO USE ON EACH SIDE & HOW TO ASSEMBLE FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE
So, basically what you see on each side of the brass lantern is:
-2 pine “sprigs” with pinecones already attached (I found this version on Amazon because I couldn’t find them online at Joann’s).
-1 very wispy greenery spray pulled apart and stuck in randomly (I found this similar version on Amazon because I couldn’t find them online at Joann’s).
-2-3 red berry sprays (I had mine already, but here are some nice ones priced fairly).
When assembling this long centerpiece on your table, shelf, or mantel, just do the same thing on each side of the lantern/candle except remember that it will look more natural if it doesn’t look perfect.
The different shades of green, and different leaves/needles really shine when all mixed together, don’t they?
Adding gold bulbs to the mix came next and those are just ornaments I stuck in there. I didn’t bother to glue the ornaments because it’s really not necessary unless your dinner parties get really wild 😯 .
I haven’t mentioned the vintage photos yet so I better explain…
Stick your special vintage photos in the greens and scatter on the table. Boom. Genius. Extremely simple idea and they will add sincere meaning to the table. They will also create conversation and bring joy (hint: choose photos that will bring joy, not tears). By the way, some of these photos are copies of real photos because I don’t have the originals. Darnit.
That’s my Mom with the dog in the photo I placed in the pasta bowl. Such a great photo.
That’s Forest below on my husband’s new stool that flew in for the photo shoot right on que. Isn’t he something?
Before I go, I’ll make a quick list of everything I didn’t mention up above because if I don’t take a break, I might miss Santa.
PASTA BOWLS: These were a gift from my husband 15 years ago for our 10th wedding anniversary. He had a ring hiding in the box! He originally found the bowls at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I know they no longer carry them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them anywhere for you and I’m very bummed about that. The closest I came was to a black set, but they were sold out, too.
RED CHARGERS: Hobby Lobby or here.
GREEN VINTAGE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS: thrift store
Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ll be back next week with my New Year’s post~
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