Hi friends!! I hope you’re all set for the holidays!! Because Christmas is only 7 DAYS AWAY!!! Where did the time go, seriously?! I feel like I started planning for the holidays sooo early this year, yet Christmas is in 7 days and I haven’t even done half of my shopping & feel like I haven’t had time to do any of the things I wanted to do this festive season, including a gingerbread house contest!! I thought that could be so fun but I guess it’ll have to be for next year.
Anyway, since Christmas is so soon I thought I would share with you not ONE but TWO Christmas tablescapes so you can start planning your table decor for this year. The first one red, gold & silver, which was actually for a Christmas party I hosted at home last week (or as cool people say, a “Friendsmas” haha). The second red & green one is what I’ll be doing for our Christmas lunch so I thought I’d share it with you.
I found these cool “Merry Christmas” balloons online but they took aaaages to arrive so they were not up in my House Tour video from last week (if you haven’t watched that video yet, you can watch it HERE! I went all out this year & seriously the video just puts me in a festive mood every time I watch it). I just found these super similar and affordable red & green ones you can order on Amazon Prime!! I feel like I’ve gotten in a habit of always having balloons up for every occasion (as you’ll see in this blog post, this one & this one – I also got some for New Years Eve eeeek). I feel like its such a great, affordable statement piece that fits any occasion.
Other than that, I bought a new tablecloth for the holidays – this metallic one – because its so much more festive than a plain white one. And it goes great with the table runners I always use lol. For this decor I used the red one only, in the second one I used a Christmas green one as well.
Of course, crackers are a must on any table this Christmas. They’re so fun even if the gifts inside end up 99% of the time in the trash at the end of the night – at least they’re fun to play with at the table haha.
I used my trusty red chargers I also had for my Thanksgiving tablescape.
Unfortunately, I do not remember where I got these little reindeers to hold place cards but they’re super cute & a subtle touch of festivity along with all the confetti I threw on the table. I did a mix of gold, silver and red confetti to fit the theme.
As for the centerpiece, I kept things pretty simple as I thought there was already a whole lot going on already between the pops of red, the confetti and the crackers. So I got this small bunch of orange roses with a touch of red in a low vase to which I added red glass stones to the bottom to keep the stems straight.
I obviously added candles. The big gold ones are from TKMaxx (or TJMaxx in the US) – they really have a great selection of candles there. The smaller red and gold ones are from Waitrose.
Now moving on to the second table decor. Other than the fact that I changed the colour palette slightly and added a second table runner, the main difference and star of the show is this crazy foliage centerpiece.
Its funny how ideas come to you and you have no recollection of why, where or how you came up with them. Its exactly the feeling I had when I was planning for this centerpiece. I knew I was a bit tired of the single vase filled with flowers in the middle of the table. Its not that I don’t like it, don’t get me wrong, I really love it. But I feel like I’ve overdone this idea these past few months.
I came up with the idea of a crazy, long, nature inspired centerpiece. I had the image of what it would look like in my head but hadn’t really thought about what exactly I’d be using to create it. So I really just went with the flow. I had a bunch of bouquets lying around in the kitchen so I grabbed all the foliage from them (lol, kind of ridiculous) and then cut another few branches from trees in my neighbouring park (just a few branches of holly really, please don’t think I’m this crazy person stealing and cutting around trees haha).
To make it a little more elaborate I grabbed all the Chrismassy accessories I could find – including little green and red jingle bells, the huge bag of pine cones we own and a few items we collected from Chrimas yule logs over the years (is that how you call them? the cake I mean, not an actual log) and added all of them to the mix.
Of course, I had to add a few candles to make it more festive. And tadaaaa. ^ this here is the final result! It turned out pretty good considering I just put a bunch of random things together. Don’t you love it when that happens? It was exactly what I had envisioned and more.
Other than that, I added different place cards – in the shapes of baubles. Soooo Chrismassy. And these hand knitted little people, which I have no idea where they’re from or who made them. All I can say is that they are hollow so we add Ferrero Rocher inside as a little treat on Christmas day. I believe anything with chocolate is a good idea. 😉
You might remember the organza on the chairs from the Thanksgiving tablescape. I told you they were going to stay there until the end of the year!
I hope this post gave you a little bit of inspiration & more importantly made you remember that your imagination has no limits! Go ahead, surprise your guests and go a little crazy this Christmas. 😉
On this note, I wish you the best of times this holiday season with your loved ones, filled with laughter, happiness and many many great memories for the years to come.
P.S. Next week, I’m sharing with you my New Year’s Eve tablescape so watch out for that! 🙂