Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tablescape Trial Run

Hello sweet friends!!  I hope your week is off to a great start!!  If you're like us, then your December is just getting busier and busier....but in a wonderful way!!  And as a double bonus we've gotten a slug of cold air come through...so at least for a couple of days....it actually feels like Christmas!!  It's awesome!!

I've got most of my Christmas decorations up now....but just can't seem to leave it alone....and find myself adding a little something here or there almost everyday.....I guess that's not a bad thing, but I know I'll be kicking myself when it comes time to take it all down......BUT.....I am LOVING it while it's up!!!  I'll have to give you guys the grand tour sometime soon.....

BUT.....today we are focusing on the tablescape......they are doing a link up party over at The Lettered Cottage.....so you can go there to check out everyone else's gorgeous tables......by clicking HERE......

AND I didn't want to miss out on the fun.....so I decided to go ahead and make a trial run with my Christmas table decorations.....

AND....what fun would it be if I didn't share it with you guys too?  SO....here you go.....


Of course you guys have already seen my centerpiece and how I made it.....but if you want to look again....then you can find it HERE......

SO.....with the centerpiece already done.....it wasn't too hard to add the rest.....

SO.....I'll share a few more pics and then an couple cheats secrets tips ....

Here's a look at the whole table.....


And one more of the whole table.....


And a few up close looks.....



Ok.....so I promised a couple of tricks.....well....when I started putting this together I already had the centerpiece that I made.....and I used my China and crystal (that we got for our wedding)....and I used the silver charger plates that I've had for years....AND.....I was determined not to buy anything to finish out the table.....SO.....I had to improvise.....

Hmmmmm....what to do.....and then the ideas started flowing.....and I ended up using scrap book paper for the placemats....and I actually really like it......the paper is the perfect color and so blingy with all it's glittery goodness :)  And....seriously....with the charger plate, the real plates, the glasses, etc, etc....do you really need much more?? 

Oh yeah....then I hit another problem....no napkins.....ugh!  Well....that one was a bit harder....and I thought about going to buy some.....but I'm proud to say that I didn't.....I ended up using some more of that Deco Mesh stuff that I talked about HERE to stand in for napkins and also look pretty.....and then I topped the mesh with some cheapo Wal-Mart ornaments....and I think those little Reindeer are so pretty :)

And the last thing that I did was to put a large ornament in each glass.....and that was it.....

As usual....we've got to keep things easy around here.....it took me about an hour to dream it up and put it all together.....seriously.....

AND....just to keep it real.....I took a pic of this room before I started my little transformation.....I can't believe I'm showing you this.....but here it is......


You know.....ya gotta live.....so things get messy sometimes.... ;)

Ok....so now forget all about that awful picture....and focus instead on some more table beautifulness (yeah....I know it's not a real word)......


So....what do you guys think?  I think it turned out really nice.....

Are any of you working on some new decor for your table this year?  Do you have any unique tricks or tips that you use?  As usual....I'd love to hear.....I'm all about copying sharing ideas :)

I need to show you how the rest of this room turned out, but we'll save that for another day.....

Until next time.....

XOXO-
Kristal

13 comments:

Suzy said...

So pretty! I love the color combination. Your table and dining room are just beautiful. Great job!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your table scape and dinning room look so beautiful. I love the color combo! What a creative idea to use scrapbook paper for place mats. I'm your newest follower. I found you via Thrifty Decor Chic's before and after party. I'd love to have you stop by my blog for a visit also.

the cape on the corner said...

love the blues, especially with the browns in that room.

Sharon Carroll said...

I LOVE your table!!! I am using the same colors, where did you find the turquoise/teal candles or did you cover them with the scrapbook paper, I am having a hard time finding candles in those colors.

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

What a wonderful wonderful job! I love the colors you chose and the reindeer napkin ring idea is super cute:)

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Latoya-

Thanks SO much!! I saw a display at Hobby Lobby with this color scheme and just fell in love with it!! It’s been fun adding something new to our Christmas décor this year :)

Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Sharon-
Thanks SO much! I got the candles from Gardenridge....it was a total fluke that I found them....I was looking for something else and just stumbled across them....they really are so pretty!! I hope you can find some too :)

Do you have any pics of your room? I’d love to see!!

Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Joy-
Thanks SO much!! I was really happy with how it all turned out....and so excited that you are following!!!

Can’t wait to check out your blog :)

Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Suzy-
Thank you SO much!! It was really fun to put together!!

Kristal

Jen @ Our Fine House said...

Such great colors! The centerpiece is great!

Marlee said...

In answer to your question about if we are working on new decor for our table and in the spirit of keeping it real, the answer is sadly no. There is not room on my dining room table...it is loaded down with my son's homework, presents to be wrapped and wrapping paper! Your table turned out great. Love the idea of using mesh and those little reindeer are adorable! Merry Christmas!!

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Jen-
Thanks SO much!! I just fell in love with this color scheme, so I had to go for it this year!!

Kristal

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

Marlee-
Thanks SO much!! It was fun putting it all together!!

Your house sounds busy!! This time of year can be SO crazy, but mostly in a fun way!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Kristal

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