Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love having family and friends over for dinner, games, and sweets! Each year I decorate the table in a different style and color scheme. This table was especially cool because my mom had some gorgeous dishes packed away that she had never used. I was so excited to incorporate them in the design. If you are looking for dishes, you can always check out your local second hand shops, ebay, etsy, and even Goodwill.
Now, the challenge for me was to get this table done in 3 hours. Because that was all the time I had! So, to get inspired, I put all my items on the table. Just look at it!
I know it can be a bit overwhelming, but what I want you to do is think about your color palette for the table design, and then combining that with design layers to get a ‘look’. My color palette was black, white, silver, gold, and red.
I did not have any charger plates to integrate the black and white dishes into the design so I purchased these inexpensive beautiful red ones with faux diamond borders. I also purchased a gold table cloth and the silver and gold vases you see in the center of the table to hold the flowers, and Christmas poppers (I get poppers every year – they’re such fun!). You can find a selection of these items at department stores in your area. On the way home I stopped at Trader Joe’s and purchased 3 bunches of red roses.
Using the other items that I already had I began to set the table. To make interesting name tags, try using Gift Tags. I found these snowflake tags and then just used a marker to write-on the names of my guests.
To make your table look extra fancy, swirl different colors of string beads around the vases and candles. Then set a few ornate ornaments around within the beads. Play around until it looks the way you like it.
For table favors I used my own handcrafted soaps (www.savagesoaps.com) wrapped in coordinating wrapping paper. And remember you don’t need everything to be an exact match. What you want is to have a look where your items are complementing each other. As you can see my wrapping paper ties in with the red charger plates, and then I used a white ribbon to tie it into the white plates.
So there you have it. A fabulous Christmas table look with a romantic feel. Add your candles and voila! Dramatic and inviting.
I used the leftover Christmas decor on the mantle. Again, use layers to achieve a rich look. I used a long gold rope and swirled it around through objects on the mantle, similar to the way I did the beads on the dinner table. Pop a fresh evergreen wreath over a mirror with a piece of a coat hanger and place large poinsettias around the corners of your room and you’ve completed the look.
Photography copyrighted by Misti Morningstar