Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Christmas table setting - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! weekly Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

December has arrived and with it much anticipation and excitement in our house! That might be from the chocolate advent calendar though that the kids insist on eating before breakfast each morning! This past weekend we started to deck the halls around the house. The tree is up but naked. This Saturday we will decorate it. Is there ever enough time during this season?

Over the weekend I was working on my Artisan post for today. I wanted to do a Christmas table setting so I took over the kitchen table with linens, wine glasses and our good dishes. It felt so beautiful! The kids were very excited to see it and could not wait for dinner. They were quickly disappointed (and confused) when they realized it was just for pretend. Even worse is that the display is set for a family of four, not our family of 5. I think there was some initial concern that someone was not invited to dinner!

I have always loved setting the table for special occasions. Doing it this weekend reminded me why ... It is about enjoying the little things in life. Sitting around a beautiful table with beautiful people on a beautiful day. It just makes you happy.

I have to say the table has been set like this now for three days and I am enjoying the display! The kids have not been allowed in there. I wanted to make sure that my photos did not need any retakes before I took it down. Wait, now I sound like an old Grandma that will not let people in her "sitting room" and has plastic covers on all of the furniture. Decision made, tonight we dine!!

So the big question - where did I get the matching ornaments and bells? In Canada we have a grocery / department store called Superstore. Very similar to the Walmart Super Centers. I love love love their decor & holiday products. Even better though is the Joe clothing line! I could not live without Superstore down the street! The greenery was also from there at $4 a bundle. I did purchase two to mix the greens but did not use them all. A very affordable center piece or host gift!

The vases were a garage sale find. Simple white squares. I knew they had potential! I ran some Silver Foil Sheets through the Big Shot & Paper Trimmer and in minutes they turned into custom DIY holiday center pieces!

All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments hang on Whisper White Bakers Twine.
I used scotch tape to tape inside the vase near the top. Just be sure that you do
not fill water too close to the top of the vase.

Snowflakes were cut using the Snowflake Card Thinlit.
I attached them with a Glue Dot. That way I can change the vase
to another theme in the future!

This piece of Silver Foil was just a scrap from cutting the cardstock for the other vases.
I thought it looked cute here! A few snowflakes and ribbon made it festive!
To complete the place setting I created a star tree ornament.
Under the silverware I have a piece of Designer Series Paper cut to 6"x6". 

This wine bottle tag was from a class and post I had in November.
I had to share it with this table for two reasons ..
#1 It matches so perfectly!
 #2 we all need a little bubbly at Christmas!
A great holiday table does not take much, just some extra planning! I hope I have inspired you to dine in style this holiday season!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow. Remember to keep clicking along to see all of the Artisans and their fine work from around the world!
Have a creative day!

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