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.


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.



It really was quite beautiful.


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 Responses to tips for decorating your christmas table

  1. The Single Nester January 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    There is nothing like a Nonna! Bella!

  2. JayeLyn December 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    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.

    • emily December 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      I know! Isn’t that fun?! I just adore Edie’s house too. So honored to have my artwork in her lovely home.

  3. Amy December 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    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.

  4. Mindy December 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    So pretty! You two did an amazing job.

  5. Sharon December 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    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

  6. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline December 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm #


    Merry Christmas Emily!

  7. Nicole December 24, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    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? ;)

  8. Nicki December 24, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Wow Emily! It is beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful and merry Christmas!

  9. Sarah December 24, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Lovely! Looks like such fun.

    I’d love it if you would share the menu with us too!

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