Settin' the (Christmas) table

Well, here we are. The last day of 2011 and my last Christmas post of the season! On to fresh new projects for 2012!

But, before we do, here's a looky at our holiday table.

I showed you how I created the main centrepiece yesterday but let's look at a few other details.

The place settings looked like this...

And a closer look...

For the first time ever I did place cards just for fun. Little snowy pinecones that held a name penned by my little guy. Okay, so he's only 2 1/2 so perhaps I did it helped him. But regardless, cute no?

I looked EVERYWHERE for spray snow in a can the week before Christmas to give the pine cones a snowy flocked look but could not find any ANYWHERE. Argh. So I set out to create my own and did so with a combination of white spray paint, epsom salts and white glitter! I simply sprayed the cones (overhead so that the under side of the 'branches' weren't white) then sprinkled heavily with the epsom salt and glitter. I layered this about five times!

Another great detail were these adorable mitten cutlery holders.

They are actually through Avon (my coworker sells it) but the way they came wasn't going to quite work for the look I had in mind...

So I cut off the green 'hook' and felted button and found a replacement...

Every holiday table needs a little sparkle! I simply hot glue gunned these on and I had instant charm :).

Oh, and the red placemats you see are left over from last Christmas. They are a snowy reindeer theme and fit the colour of my table perfectly so I really wanted to use them. Unfortunately since they are only paper/cardboard I didn't have enough for every place setting (lost a few last year due to spills) so I simply alternated them around the table. I think they almost have a 'charger' feeling layered on my fabric placemats.

And a bit more sparkle in the form of silver stars. My sister bought me these litle gems years ago that I simply scattered across the table.

And of course we had to have Christmas crackers too! I was enamored with these when I found them. Especially the faux wood grain...

because it not only matched my table cloth perfectly but the faux wood grain went amazingly well with my candles.

Do you see the wood grain on the red candle? Awesome. And it's hard to tell in the picture but the bark has a shimmer all over it.

And a few 'aerial' shots... you know, so you can see the view point of any 9ft tall guests.

And a few more normal views... well, my actual view point as I sat down to our super yummy Christmas feast (thanks Chef Kev).

I hope you all have a very wonderful New Year's celebration. Best wishes to you and your family for a prosperous 2012 filled with laughter, family, friends and above all, good health.

See you in the new year and thank you for taking the time out of your day to follow my little blog :)

Piecing together the Christmas centrepiece

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are gearing up for some fun for tomorrow night -  New Year's Eve! We're off for a quiet(ish) night of drinks and games at a friend's and looking forward to ringing in 2012!

With Christmas having just passed, I'd like to share a few of the touches that made our Christmas day dinner extra special. We hosted this year and Chef Kev took care of our amazing meal while I got busy making sure the house was festive and beautiful.

Here is the table centrepiece that I designed... and how I did it!

First I started with a bunch of grocery store bouquets. I really like designing my own arrangements and find these bouquets fit the 'bill' as they are cheaper then nursery or florist cut flowers. Plus by doing the arrangement myself I get to do something fun and creative!

The best part about this year was that my little 'punch card' at the supermarket was full (where they punch your card every time you buy some flowers and when your card is full you get some free) so this whole arrangement cost me $6! $26 if I didn't have a full punch card.

My table setting was going to feature red and white so I wanted to reflect that in my arrangement. I came home with some red carnations, white dahlias, baby's breath and some green tiger grass.

Then I chose my vase style (low and long for this project) and added my floral preserve. I like keeping my centrepieces low so that when dining it doesn't distract from, or impede seeing and conversing with my guests!

Next I added in some cranberries since they are so Christmasey and look so pretty ;)... plus they actually do have an added benefit when designing your arrangement. The cranberries hold your flowers in place so there is no need for foam, frogs or a tape grid (sounds like a bad 80's band name - "the foam frogs and tape grids") but I digress...

And then I started adding in the flowers and designing. I cut the stems low so that they just extended above the edge of the vase. Starting first with the carnations...

And then adding in the dahlias. Oh, and side note - the bouquet came with a light spray of glitter on these, adding some sparkle to the bouquet. Another bonus of the grocery store arrangement!

I felt it needed a bit more texture at this point so went digging through my bins of 'stuff' and resurfaced with these great cotton branches (left over from an old arrangement).

So I tucked those in for some variety. Don't they look like little snow puffs!? Love them.

From there I started adding in some baby's breath. I tried a few ideas.

On the ends... Nope. No go. Didn't like it.

Tucked throughout? Nope. Didn't like that either. Too 'fussy'. So out the baby's breath (BB from now on) came. Sorry BB. But, for any diehard BB fans out there, fear not. Here is an arrangement I did back in the summer staring your BFF, BB.

So, with BB out, the tiger grass came in. I simply tucked an end into the water/cranberries, bent it over the arrangement and tucked it back in on the other side. And repeated.

After this step I decided to add another little twist. I came across these little felt trees in my 'bin' while getting the cotton branches. They were decoration on my Christmas crackers last year.

But wouldn't they look cute tucked in to the carnations!? Yes, I think they would.

Now I was on a roll and watned to see what other 'found objects' I could add to spice up the arrangement. I wanted to add a bit of sparkle so went and grabbed a few jewellery items - an old silver ring, some barrettes, a broken necklace...

And after trying a bunch of options (tucking in the ring and barrettes, draping the chain etc.) I decided the barrettes themselves offered enough sparkle. Just a little touch seemed to do the trick.

At this point I was happy and considered it 'done' so stood back to take an 'after' shot. And then I noticed something...

Does anyone else see bag handles?

So out came the distracting tiger grass and it got rearranged in to a much more pleasing variation.

Phew. Simpler. Better.

And there you have it! Here are a few more angles of the finished arrangement :)

And here she is on our Christmas table. More to come on that tomorrow!


Oh Christmas Tree!

This is another one of those posts where the pictures can basically do all the talking.

We put our beautiful tree up this past weekend - a huge Grand Fir. Gorgeous! It was so big we even had to trim the top down. Gotta love that!

We went to a tree farm for the first and our little boy loved it - well we all did actually. So, without further ado...

"the one"

gimme that camera mommy!

hot (luke warm) apple cider - a hit!

but not as cool as the penguin

all dressed and aglow!

I added a few little signs tucked inside for some texture

one of my fave ornaments given to me years ago by one of my besties. Love how it captures the light.

Even Belle got her own ornament!

little snow clusters

shimmery feathers for more texure

faux roses (with fake dew) to catch the light. I also love how the lights make my green balls glow. Love that shade!

And some unbreakables down low. Little toddler hands helped here.

from my mother-in-law a few years back.

looking up!

I LOVE how the tree reflects in these mirrors in our entry way. One of my favourite parts!

Check out my other merry Christmas posts! :)
Reindeer Noses party favours
Quaint little village... and a 2 1/2 year old Yeti
Rudolph's long lost cousin "Sparkle"
Merry Mantel
Have a holly jolly... front door stoop?
Christmas in July

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