Yep, it’s official. The Christmas season is finally here, and that means it’s time for one of my favorite things in the whole wide world – holiday entertaining! There’s nothing like having my house filled with people I love, mingling over the sound of Christmas music while taking in that divine smell of pine mixed with cinnamon-y baked goods. And let’s not forget all that bad for the waistline but incredibly tasty holiday food.
It’s that kind of mouth-watering food that deserves an equally mouth-watering tablescape. So that’s exactly what I set out to do.
I’ve been contemplating my Christmas tablescape theme ever since I rolled off my seat from Thanksgiving dinner. While visions of sugarplums dance in the heads of some, I was envisioning a colorful woodland motif complete with branch stubs from our giving tree and whimsical flightless birds.
Our centerpiece was similar to the wood-filled fireplace we did back a couple of months, using chopped up branches as bird perches.
We placed the birds strategically, distributing color throughout the table, then added a pine garland at the base to give it more of a holiday feel. If you’re having a hard time finding or making these colorful birds, try either picking up some colorful flowers or use a flower delivery service for a bright and cheery table.
(Don’t mind the gimpy bird.)
With the centerpiece in place, we set the table using a wicker charger and colorful plates.
We decided to make our own name placards by using some of the smaller branch pieces, some gold paint, scrapbook paper, a few finishing nails and re-purposing some Christmas garland.
1- Cut branches (or in my case have the husband do it, he likes excuses to use a power tool) into 3-4” pieces, making sure the cuts are flat enough that they will stand up.
2- Paint your 3” finishing nails and decorative ball pieces (or whatever works) gold – I like to use Modern Masters Pharoah’s Gold.
3- Tap your nail into the center of your branch using a hammer.
4- Hot glue the decorative piece to the top of the nail.
5- Attach your printed scrapbook paper to the body of the nail using a glue stick and another piece of paper on the back, sandwiching the nail.
6. Serve and enjoy.
I used my grandmothers antique gold flatware, and I love how it makes me remember childhood Christmases.
With the tablescape finally done, I’m left to dream about what to serve at my next party. Any ideas?
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