Christmas Table Settings

10 STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTINGS

When the spread is this stylish, no one will notice if you overcook the ham on Christmas Day!

Before getting to the top ten trendy styles for setting up your Christmas dining table this year, be sure to stop by my Etsy shops this week for all your Christmas decorations.

Visit any of my shops below for this year’s trends –

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Let’s start with Farmhouse– its the big home decor trend right now and of course it is also popular for Christmas decorating.

So, if you don’t have this expensive vintage model red truck with a Christmas tree in the back . . .

. . . don’t worry, there is no need to rush out and pay for this!  In fact, I highly recommend passing on it.  Why?  It is not worth the price tag and will most likely not be in style a few years from now! Some home design trends can be skipped, especially if it is not in your budget.

You should set up your home and your dining table for Christmas in YOUR style not with exactly the same popular cookie cutter item that so many will have in their home.  Honestly, this red truck image is a bit redundant – on every pillow, gift bag, not too mention so many popular home decor blogs.

So, let’s get to the trends, that you can put together on a budget and in your own style.

FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Farmhouse is a  mix of vintage items with rustic and woodsy decor, at least for the past few years and is still trending this Christmas and its very easy to create a farmhouse table setting- without that red truck!  Visit an antique store for some old ceramic putz houses, smaller Christmas trees, wood candle holders, other vintage decor, and any rustic style painted signs you can find locally.  Gather some oldie decorations for your centerpiece, add in some natural wood elements, and give it some height.  Place settings for the farmhouse style consist of vintage plates and glasses. Goodwill or your local thrift shop is a great and affordable place to find really nice vintage gold and silver plated tableware.

PLAID CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Next up is traditional Plaid – it is an easy go-to and never goes out of style for Christmas.

BUFFALO CHECK CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

The updated version of plaid is Buffalo Check– big black and red squares.

WINTRY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

I like to call this next style Wintry – its icy blue and silver with strong elements of white.

WOODSY CHRISTMAS DINING TABLE

Woodsy has been popular the past few years and is still very much in for this year.  Pull together sliced tree slabs, natural pine cones,  fresh or fake evergreen sprigs, and add in some miniature deer, elk, birds, bears or other forest creatures to get the look.

ELEGANT DINING TABLE

You can never go wrong with a style of Sophisticated Elegance and the best way to achieve this style at your Christmas table is to keep it simple and in a monotone (one) color scheme. This predominately silver set-up is a good example.  All gold works just as well too!

SHABBY CHIC DINING TABLE

Shabby Chic has been around for a while and is wonderful way to create an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia. The American version is lots of pinks, light blue, and mint green layered on creme.  For a more French style of shabby chic, stick with elements of grey and black layered on stark white.  The key decorative elements include – vintage lacy or crochet linens, chandeliers, crystal, and lots of roses.

SCANDINAVIAN DINING TABLE

Scandinavian has its style roots from mid-century (1950’s) and is a reduction of everything.  It is simple and clean.  Think IKEA- but not as contemporary.  This table setting is a good example- pick only one or two decorative pieces (snowflake candles and embroidered hearts shown below) and repeat it without over-doing it. Red is definite must for creating this style, as it is a dominate color in the culture and pairs perfectly for Christmas.

WHIMSICAL DINING TABLE

There is not a darn thing wrong with Whimsical.  If you pull it off, it can be fun and still classy.  It also makes a perfect set up if you plan to sit all the children at your Christmas dinner at a separate table.  What defines this style?  Any theme that is a bit more childlike- peppermint, Christmas movie themes, more non-traditional colors like neon brights or pastel pinks and blues.  Consider your table as Wooville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and go from there for a whimsical style.

TRADITIONAL DINING TABLE

Last is Traditional – basically dominate colors of red and green.  No need to spend a lot of money on this one.  Use your tableware and add in a solid red and solid green or even white with these two dominate colors layered on top.  Go with fabric for your linens in these two solid colors for your tablecloth, place mats, and napkins.  Lots of candles are great for the table center.   An easy and inexpensive table centerpiece can be created using red and green glass bulb ornaments fill inside a large clear glass bowl or vase.

So, there you have it – 10 Christmas table styles to get you ready of your holiday gathering.

Come back and visit the blog for more holiday inspiration and decorating ideas!

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Time For Gratitude

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

When I was brainstorming fall ideas to share here on the blog, gratitude, of course, immediately came to mind. After all, this is the season of gratitude.  It seems this word is everywhere, on pillows, in art, and in so many online advertisements.

I had to ask myself, what is gratefulness? Is it Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family?

Certainly, that is what we think of most and logically during this fall season, as many of us will be gathering around a Thanksgiving table to share a meal and each other’s company.

Personally, the person I am most grateful for is my husband, Gary.

He never lets a day go by that he does not hug me and tell me how much he loves me.  He has been there with me throughout the good times, the financially low times, and he has also been my business partner- always advising me and offering me support and when it came to my blog, my business, my need to express my creativity on a daily basis, the best supportive and encouraging partner in business and in marriage.  My happiness and business would not be what is today, without him.

However, this Thanksgiving season, I wanted to challenge my own mindset and really examine what I am grateful for in my everyday life?  I want to truly focus on connecting to the people already in my life that have supported me on this crazy self-employment journey.  Those friends and family that I value and that support me.  It is time for me to give back to them.

I challenge you to do the same. Each of us is a conduit of love and each time we connect we have the ability to transform and shape one another, even through the smallest acts of love – such as simply listening to a friend, instead of focusing on what to say next.  Calm your mind and really listen.

We don’t need to fire off fireworks, bend over backwards for a loved one, or give a physical gift to those we want to express gratitude. The smallest act, such as listening, and truly being present for others can be the simplest and the hardest thing to do.  Why is it hard?  We have so many distractions in our busy modern tech times.  The cell phone has replaced our voice and our live contact with others.

Simple acts of love are like when you skip a stone on water – we can see the ripples that extend all the way across a big body of water, when we dedicate ourselves to one moment and to one person, that act multiplies itself in the lives of those people around us.

Think of all the fall leaves that have been around you this fall season. They are everywhere – in abundance  and in full color on the trees, on the front yards of homes, in raked piles, or even blowing in the wind.  But did you really see them?

Those who live their lives filled with gratefulness see more fall leaves, because they are looking for them.  They see what is right in front of them, while many of us blear them out as part of the background.  They see love and friendship in the closest people around them for the same reason they see many more fall leaves – they are looking for  them and for those momentary connections.

So this Thanksgiving season, think of gratitude as a moment in time, but also as an expression of time that magnifies beyond just yourself.  Express gratitude by giving your full attention as a simple gift, a ripple that grows and extends to others and live in that present moment.

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Fall Boho Bridal Shower

FALL BOHEMIAN BRIDAL SHOWER

Although the autumn weather is getting crisp, its not too late to host an outdoor gathering, as long as you still have mild temperatures in your area.  Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and mild weather while the sun is still shining and before we all have to head indoors for the colder weather coming soon.

Whatever theme you are planning for your soon to be married friend’s bridal shower, be sure to know her taste and style.  A good indicator of this can be found in her home decor or maybe you were old college room mates – so her dorm decor would be a good direction to play off of for helping to plan the bridal shower.  Also, determine her favorite colors and fashion style.  Remember, the bridal shower should be stress free and a celebration of her – so don’t approach the engaged friend with everything about the up coming shower.  Ask basic questions about her dream wedding and favorite colors, without her feeling as though she is having to plan the event for you.

Be sure to stop by the I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS shop for all your bridal shower decorations and to start planning your bridal shower!

This outdoor bridal shower features a soft pastel color scheme mixed with traditional autumn colors or orange, maroon, and tan.  The soft pink and lavender rose style flowers play off the fall colors and pumpkins for a stunning mix of colors.

Adding in a few BOHO or bohemian elements, such as the dream catcher and cattle skull adds to the unusual theme, yet this still works for stylish trendy bridal shower and all these elements compliment the outdoor setting.

A backdrop or background, such as this jute rope curtain, is always a great starting place for planning any celebration.  Once you have determined this main focal point for the event – all other elements for the shower can begin to compliment the backdrop and build off of it.  This backdrop featured above is perfect for an outdoor event because it divides the seating and food serving area, yet still allows for the guests to fully appreciate the outdoor surroundings since it is essentially transparent.

Visit all my other tips and ideas here on my blog for backdrop inspiration by clicking – HERE!

Food is as important as the bridal shower decorations.  Feature your bride’s favorite food- maybe it is cake, pie, cupcakes or cookies.  Or maybe she does not even have a sweet tooth?  There is no rule that sweets must be served at a bridal shower.  Be creative and find out the food she loves and just to be on the safe side, find out what she does not like to eat as well.

Add an element of light, fire, or candlelight too.  If it is still warm for your outdoor shower, that inevitable means bugs- so consider placing citronella candles around the outdoor area and keep your food covered until ready to serve.

These food tents are the perfect way to manage outdoor events – FOOD TENTS

Include some natural elements that coordinate to your theme, such as fresh flowers, or for this featured fall baby shower, large and small pumpkins and gourds are tucked in behind the signage and elsewhere to pull in the fall colors and accents from nature.

Finally, make serving the food easy and placed all in one area, like this rolling food cart that is easy to set up inside and then simply roll it outdoors.  Rather than making many trips in and out to bring the food out, putting it all on a cart can make for fewer trips.  Plus, its a trendy and stylish set up, as bar carts are now so affordable, such as this – BAR CART that can be ordered online.

I hope these bridal shower tips were helpful and this outdoor BOHO fall themed bridal shower have inspired you to start planning your upcoming celebration of marriage.

 

 

 

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