Believe it or note, I’ve never done a tablescape before. I’ve seen and admired so many gorgeous tablescapes all over blogland, but I have never, until this day, created one myself.
True, I could have done a centerpiece or cute place cards or something like that, but since my “tablescape” on a normal day usually consists of the kids’ plastic plates and spaghetti splattered halfway across the room, I kind of got excited about the idea of doing something fancy.
Plus my mom was here visiting the day I put this little guy together, and she has an amazing heart for hospitality and eye for detail, so I knew I could rely on her to help guide me through it!
A Rustic and Elegant Christmas Tablescape
To come up with the concept for my Christmas tablescape, I first thought about what I already had. Our everyday place settings are green, and I just happened to have a green tablecloth as well, so I used those as a jumping off point.
I was also excited to incorporate some family heirlooms that are very special to me– both the napkins and the silver belonged to my great grandmother. It was fun to have a chance to use them since I’m too paranoid that they’ll get ruined to actually let anybody eat with them!
I deconstructed my DIY Christmas Centerpiece a little bit, spreading out the vases and surrounding them with real greenery, graciously trimmed for me by my dad the outdoorsman. I also added some metallic ornaments that I picked up at the dollar store for a little extra sparkle.
The table runner is just wrapping paper– I was so excited when I found a pattern that mimicked the pattern on my tablecloth. It was meant to be!
One of my favorite elements on the table ended up being the little deer ornaments that I used to hold the place cards. Can you believe those were a dollar store find?! The silver plates they’re standing on were my “splurge”– $4 a piece at Target.
I wasn’t sure what to do with the chairs, but I knew they needed a little something to dress them up. I ended up going with a simple silver ribbon and small sprig of greens, and I think it did the trick!
And I couldn’t resist getting a shot in the dark with the floating candles lit…
It was a lot of fun putting together my first official tablescape, though I have a whole new respect for you talented bloggers who do these all the time. There is a lot of work that goes into one little table! Kudos to you all for doing it so well!
After doing this post, I think I’m going to start a regular series called “Just a Girl and Her Mom.” 😀 My mom comes to visit us every Tuesday, and inevitably I rope her into helping me with some sort of project, and this one was no exception.
She was doing “Pinterest projects” before Pinterest was even invented, and I have no doubt that my love of all things creative comes from her. She is also celebrating her 29th birthday again tomorrow, 😉 and I could not feel more blessed to have been raised by such an amazing woman and mother. Love you, mama! Happy Birthday!
Are you a tablescaper? What tips do you have for those of us who are just beginning to try tablescapes?