Growing up, holiday decorating was an event in our home. My mom always let us help place our favorite pieces or figurines around the house and decorate the tree. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and one of the easiest to decorate for with the abundance of decor that comes along with it.
Home For the Holidays
Now that I am a mom, I love getting my kids involved in the process of styling our table, decorating the trees and lighting up the exterior of our house. Themed trees or outdoor displays are always so much fun to see. Truth be told, they overwhelm me just a little bit. That’s why I started with themed tablescapes and sometime in the future, I’ll be brave enough to tackle a themed front porch, outdoor display or Christmas Tree. This last year, my girls helped me create a red and white tablescape using vintage mini Santa mugs. Come along with us as we break down how to create your own.
First, I think about colors. What colors of dishes, linens, table runners and decor pieces do I currently have. Those will all be the “base” of the tablescape. I usually use a table runner. Then I look at creating height and interest. Naturally, a tiered tray, wood tray or dough bowl are all things that can help create height and interest. Lastly, I look for small decor pieces that I can add to the trays and the center of the table, maybe even something I can place on the plates. Once I have gathered all of the items I think I’ll use then the fun begins.
The red and white polka-dot runner, was a fun sewing project from several years ago. I love using it on tables, dressers and bookcases to add pops of color. Of course this year we used it on our dining table. Next I used a large wood lazy Susan tray and a dough bowl. I didn’t want too much height this time, but I did throw in a few medium size cake plates as well. The chargers and plates were white and red. We added a red jingle bell to each place setting as a pop of pizazz!
Next we filled the dough bowl with red ornaments and the vintage mini Santa mugs. Several old fashioned lanterns were added, Christmas trees, silver bells, beads and a mug. They all fit the red and white theme with a few pops of green and silver. Christmas Eve dinner was, in short, festive and fun with the added table decorations. The lanterns turned on which added to the ambiance of the evening. You could add a string of lights down the center of the table as well.
Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be a chore or a daunting process. It also doesn’t have to be big, fancy or over the top. Simple is beautiful too. Make it a tradition, one you share with those you love.
Joleen & Jess