Christmas Eve Tablescape

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Christmas Eve Tablescape

 

Christmas Eve for Hispanic households is usually the largest feast they host all year.  That statement definitely rings true with my Cuban family.  In Spanish we call it “Noche Buena”, which translates to “Good Night”, and people from each country serve food that is specific to their culture.  Cubans serve roast pork, white rice, black beans, yucca (cassava) and all the usual Cuban faire.  The pig is usually roasted over coals and it becomes the center of attention at the food table.

In our family, we alternate as to who is hosting this special dinner.  Sometimes it’s us, sometimes my parents or my in-laws.  Everyone adds their special touches and go all out with decorating their home.  When we host it, I cannot fit everyone in my formal table, so we open up plastic tables in the backyard to accommodate everyone.  Granted, I decorate the plastic tables with disposable items because I want my party to be pretty but as practical as possible.  However, I still set my formal table every year.  Those who eat first can sit there or they can eat outside if they prefer.

Because I am incredibly long-winded, I had to say all that just to share with you our table setting for this year!  Since I host a brunch the following day, I wanted this table setting to be easy to take apart, easy to put together and affordable.  All these holiday parties can add up!  $$$

Christmas Eve Tablescape

 

I went to Target (I haven’t been there in a while…promise) and I found a ton of items for my table.  I know that you are not surprised!  Most of what I found was from their dollar section.  I found all those little trees for 3.00 a piece.  The whole centerpiece was 21.oo and that’s because I needed 7 trees to fill my large table.  Not too bad, right?

I also purchased those beautiful gold hammered chargers while I was there, but I have also seen the plain gold ones at my local dollar store.  I added simple white plates, a napkin and matching goblet.  Napkins and glasses (especially green and red ones) go on clearance after the holidays so keep an eye out for them.  It’s my favorite time to shop for those items.

Christmas Eve Tablescape

As a finishing touch for my table, I added this Glade® Winter Collection candle, that doubled as the place card holder.  Granted, no one listens to me on this night and they sit wherever they want.  At least the candles have a name and I can gift them to all my aunts before they leave our home.

Christmas Eve Tablescape

 

I would love to purchase a gift for every single person in our family but it’s just not possible.  Some years we have done a gift exchange and that has been fun.  I love that this year my aunts won’t leave empty-handed, since these candles are so affordable.  Also, I love the name – Be at Peace™ ! The scent is Balsam Fir and if that doesn’t evoke holiday joy, I don’t know what does.  Although all that food I mentioned above will also get you smiling! You can see in the pictures that I alternate between the green “Be at Peace™” candle and the red “Cherish the Present™” candle in apple cinnamon for my place settings.  I like the variety and I am sure that there will be some trading involved.  The holidays are about taking moments to reflect on the love and serenity around us – and also taking home your favorite candle!

 

Christmas Eve Tablescape

Just to add a little color, I placed these pillows on the head chair.  Can you believe that the little one was $3.oo at the Target dollar section?!  The one in the back was on clearance ($13.00 I think).  The contrast with the black and the red…so festive!

Christmas Eve Tablescape

My goal with all these table settings and decorations is not impress anyone, I just want to create a home that people feel special and welcome and full (tummy and heart!).  I wish you all lots of joy during this beautiful season!

Christmas Eve Tablescape

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Woodland Dining Room

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Christmas Woodland Dining Room

I know what you are thinking…”at least let me finish eating my turkey!”  I know it’s a little early for Christmas decorating, but I wanted to share with you as many ideas as possible before you break out the dusty holiday boxes from the garage.  You know that I love tablescapes and this is the first Christmas table that I share this year.  I usually mix and match items that I already own and maybe add in a little new touch each year.  However, this year I am participating in Big Lots’ National Decorate Your Home for the holidays week by decorating a room in my home.

Big Lots has declared National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week as the week of November 16th- 22nd and I chose to concentrate on my dining room.  If you are going to decorate a dining room from scratch, you want to find beautiful and affordable options.

This was my dining room last Christmas.  I did like it, but this year I wanted to make it more colorful and cozy.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Big Lots has everything you need – for inside and outside your home, to get a start on the holiday season.  There was an incredible selection – some items were fun, others more formal, but when I saw their woodland-themed items, I knew those were the ones for my table.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Our dining table is huge and I often struggle to find the right decor that will fill up the space.  I want to share with you how to create a dramatic table setting by filling up your table without emptying the bank.

  1. Unite components instead of purchasing a big centerpiece.

Large centerpieces can be really expensive and then you feel like you have to use it year after year to make it “worth” your investment.  I would rather unite pieces that I can use together or split them up throughout the house if I choose to.  In this case, I purchased 2 pinecone garlands, 2 medium sized candleholders (with attached greenery) and the cutest deer ever to create a long and dramatic centerpiece.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

2.  Keep the decorations low.

It is tempting to use tall items to decorate your table, but then Aunt Suzzie can’t see little Billy across the table.  I mean, maybe she doesn’t want to see Billy and in that case you can totally place a Christmas tree between them – but usually one of the best things about holiday meals is the interaction between family – especially family that we don’t see all the time.  Keep the decor low and instead spread out the items.

And seriously, how sweet is that deer?!

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

3.  Mix and match styles in order to tie the room into the decor.

In my kitchen I have a casual table that has marks from doing homework and serving dinners, however my dining room table is fancy and shiny.  When I want to use a casual and warmer theme like this one, I incorporate fancy elements with more casual ones.  In this case a red charger with beading, and a casual woven placemat.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

4 – Skip napkin rings or make your own.

I love napkin rings and I actually collect them, but I admit that those little touches can really add to the cost of your tablescape.  I also love a simple napkin with a sprig of thyme on top of a white plate.  In this case, I am using kitchen towels as napkins and instead of a napkin ring, I am using this set of ornaments that I also found at Big Lots.  The existing loop fits perfectly over the napkin!  Next year I can use them for their intended use – ornaments.  For now, I love the earthiness that they add to the table!

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

5 – Not everything has to match.

Actually, it shouldn’t.  The table setting is more interesting with added colors and textures.  Things do have to “go” together but that doesn’t mean they have to be a perfect match.  When I found these mugs at Big Lots, I decided to purchase 4 green and 4 red.  This is what my Christmas morning breakfast table will look like and those sweater mugs are perfect for coffee or hot cocoa!

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

I added quite a few LED candles to my table.  Some were simple pillars and a few were these sweet little trees.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

In the background of the table you can see this cute little wreath that I picked up when I “thought” I was done with my shopping.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Also, since there is a small table in the corner of the room, I decided to remove the vases that are usually there, and display this lit-tree.  It was one of the first things that I picked up when I got to Big Lots.  I love that twinkle in the corner of the room and I intend to leave it simple and not add decorations.  I also picked up this little sign while I was there.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Talking about signs, I loved all of them!  I picked up another two to add some Christmas touches to my small buffet table.  The “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sign brings clothespins and an attached line, making it perfect to hang a few Christmas cards.   I also found these 3 little trees that really brought the woodsy theme into that dining room corner.

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Up on top of the table are some appetizer plates, utensils and a gold bowl that I decorated with a box of filler from Big Lots.  And of course, another sweet sign!

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

I had a great time purchasing the items for this room and decorating this table.  I absolutely love this time of the year!  I completely transformed my dining room for my Christmas Day Brunch and I know my family will love it!  I was thinking of letting everyone take their mug as a gift.  What do you think?

Christmas Woodland Dining Room

Planning ahead for the holiday season and decorating earlier can mean less stress and more time for the things that matter most!  Join in National Decorate Your Home for the holidays week and transform your home into a Winter Wonderland Nov. 16th- 22nd.

Although styles and assortment vary by store, you can visit biglots.com/christmas to view the Christmas catalog and for ideas, tips, and more inspiration!

Christmas Tablescape

Christmas Tablescape

Every year I say that I am not decorating as much as I did the year before.  Before I finish the dissertation on how I am taking it easy, and enjoying the ride, I find myself already covered in glitter and looking through Pinterest.  This year was no different.  I didn’t go crazy with Pinterest ideas but I did use glitter and bits of it will be in my hair until next Labor Day, at least.  I decided to do a “simple” (I always feel I have to put that in quotations) silver and gold Christmas tablescape.

Most of the items I used were not Christmas items but when united with certain touches, the overall look was definitely a winter inspired table.  I bought these silver embossed placemats from Target and I know that I can re-use them throughout the year.  I also like the contrast of the silver and gold so I added gold napkin rings to the dark gray napkins.

Christmas Tablescape

 

I spray painted these pine cones silver and added clear glitter while the paint was still wet.  Glitter is something you always regret after-the-fact but in the meantime it looks great! :-)

I purchased the plates at Crate & Barrel in a Christmas clearance sale.  I love the fact that they are “holiday” but can also work year-round.   Especially the dinner plate which only has a gold rim and no other design.  After Christmas sales are the best for stocking up on items that you can use the following holiday season.

 (The lighting on some of these pictures is horrible because I took them with my camera phone, since I didn’t have my favorite camera that day.) 

Christmas Tablescape

 

The centerpiece is a conglomerate of items, mostly items that I display year-round in our home.  A deer that I found at Target, a gold-croco tray, a silver vase with 2 stems of evergreen and candles.  The votives are also from Target and the large candle is from Erin Condren.

 

Christmas Tablescape

 

The rest of the table has glittered trees and candelabra.  Our dinner table seats eight, and I was able to fit quite a bit on the table without it looking overly-crowded.

Christmas Tablescape

 

So that’s one Christmas Tablescape, I will share another look soon.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you may notice me pinning tutorials on “how to get glitter out of your hair” but don’t fret,  tomorrow I am back to researching new years party ideas.  Hang tight.

Maria

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