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tips for decorating your christmas table

Last weekend Ryan & I hosted our annual Christmas party.  Ryan’s parents are talented in many ways and also generous and agreed to make our night extra special by cooking and serving our meal. A kid-free night without having to cook and hanging out with our favorite friends? Yes, please!

As an extra bonus, Ryan’s mom {Nonna to the kids} brought her decorating genius with her and made our table fabulous.

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We started with a roll of sparkly polka dot wrapping paper, taping it to the table to hold in place. Then she started her magic, using a trailing potted ivy as the base and adding all sorts of silver, green and white vases, candles and flowers to fill.

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It really was quite beautiful.

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A few tips for decorating your Christmas table:

* wrapping paper, burlap or a long piece of favorite fabric makes a great table runner

* inexpensive chargers {mine are from Target for $1.99 each} make the table look a bit fancier

* sticking to a simple color scheme {green, white, gold & silver here} keeps things cohesive and makes a visual impact

* everyday white china and white cloth napkins work with any table theme –  these are great basics to have available

* use unconventional items – jars of apples, a vintage wire basket, a moss covered reindeer – all are unexpected and memorable

* clip from your yard {or christmas tree} for natural greenery {sticks are great, too}

* take apart a mixed bouquet from the market and group like flowers together – or, better yet, cut a bunch of roses or carnations short and pack tightly together for a modern floral arrangement

* vary the height of your containers and group in odd numbers

* add candles and if you have a dimmer on your chandelier, turn down the lights

* and in the words of the Nester, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas!

10 thoughts on “tips for decorating your christmas table”

  1. Sidenote…I was looking at January’s edition of Better Homes and Gardens and I’m pretty sure that your pear print is on a bookshelf in one of the pictures (page 21). Check it out if you haven’t already.

  2. While readng through my Better Homes & Gardens magazine today, I was so excited to see your artwork (the same I have in my house), featured in the home of one of the main stories in the magazine! Check out the December/January issue! “Mother of Reinvention” – Edie Wadsworth’s house.

  3. I love Robin and her creativity, and especially love her spirit. We’ve known each other for years when we used to work together. She’s the reason I’ve been a regular follower of your blog the last couple years. :) Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sharon

  4. What a great idea with the wrapping paper! I never would have thought of that. Please please share some details about that amazing ?locker? in your dining room! I haven’t noticed it on the blog before. Is it an early Christmas present? ;)

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