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Tablescape Tuesday: Christmas Tablescape

Hi friends, it kind of feels like I’ve been away for awhile, but I guess that’s what happens when you have a busy weekend.  Is everyone in full blown Christmas mode yet?  It’s only two weeks away!  So much to do before then, right?

I wanted to get a little ahead of the curve and created my Christmas tablescape early.  On Christmas I’ll be busy enjoying the kids with their gifts and cooking Christmas dinner.  The table is now one less thing I’ll have to deal with.

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I wanted to use a lot of candles this year to really reflect the season of light we’re in.  Some candle holders and votives I’ve had add a touch of light while a few red candles make it festive.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceChristmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceYou’ll see that the wood slices from this party and this dessert table are getting used again.  I love how rustic and versatile they are.  Plus, when it’s time to put hot dishes down on the table for dinner they can double as hot pads!

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Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpiece

I also added pine cones to the centerpiece and place settings.  Right before dinner, I’ll add name cards to the pine cones. I’ll just stick the name cards between the different “branches” of the pine cones.

Thanks to the garland I bought for another area of the house, I was able to snip a few branches off to add some greenery to the centerpiece as well.  I’ll be posting a full Christmas home tour coming soon.  I just need the lighting to cooperate long enough to take pictures.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI had a few fake berries in my Christmas decor so I stuck those throughout the garland to add in a bit more red.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceAnd a full shot of the dining room so you can see how the Christmas tablescape works with the rest of the Christmas decor.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI jazzed up the top of our bar with some Christmas tins and extra ornaments.  I made the chalkboard sign a few years ago and it’s still holding up.  Although it could use a bit of touching up.  This is a really easy way to fake a chalkboard.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceChristmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI’m pretty excited to gather around the table and celebrate Christmas with friends that are like family.  Now if only I could finalize my menu.

I’d love to see what your Christmas table looks like.  Do you decorate it or have a centerpiece?  Do you leave your table empty and let those gathered around it make all the memories?

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The Anatomy of a Dessert Table

Once again, I feel like a “real” blogger today with my good friend and photographer snapping all of these dessert table photos for me. Check out her contact info at the end of this post.

I recently put together a dessert table for a party and thought, there is definitely a bit of a science behind this so I wanted to share some great tips with you.  I think there are four main things you need when designing or setting up a dessert table.  Keep reading to see all four of them and a ton more ideas too.

How to Set Up a Dessert Table

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1. Height

Be sure to vary the height of your desserts.  A good rule of thumb is to put the things in the back higher so they can be reached.  A variety of heights also adds a ton of interest to your table. I used some wood slices, different height cake stands, and a variety of candy jars to differ the heights of my table.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdrop2. A Backdrop

To tie the whole table and party together use a backdrop.  Having a backdrop at your dessert table makes it a focal point of the party.  It also allows you one big area to go overboard with the theme.  And it makes all of your desserts pop.

For this dessert table I simply used some kraft wrapping paper as a backdrop and added some paper flowers and a super quick banner.  I’ll be doing a tutorial post on that banner soon.  I love that I could just write whatever I needed on the wrapping paper backdrop.

Other great ideas to make an easy backdrop are to use tablecloths, shower curtains, balloons, or streamers.  I love the use of decorated pallets at this rustic wedding as a backdrop.  Flowers, banners, and lights are also really great options.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdrop3. A Table and Tablecloth

So this may be a no brainer, but to make a dessert table, you will need a table or something similar to set all of your desserts on.

Instead of just using a table think outside the box and use what you have around your home.  Try using a dresser, a collection of side tables, a bar cart, wine barrels, or a vanity as a dessert table.  Using something unexpected really adds dimension to your dessert table.

Obviously a tablecloth is a great way to tie into the party color scheme.  I highly recommend investing in a plain white linen tablecloth.  You’ll be able to pull it out for so many occasions and it looks so much better than a plastic, themed, throw away tablecloth.  I promise you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdrop4. A Variety of Dessert

You can’t have a dessert table without the dessert!  I love all desserts, but having a variety ensures your guests will find something they like.  Mix it up with cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, candy, cupcakes, or macaroons.  Not a baker?  No worries, your local grocery store has plenty of options for you.

I didn’t bake a thing for this dessert table, but picked everything up at the grocery store and didn’t break the bank.  I was excited to see so many options too.

How to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropHow to set up a dessert table, dessert table how to, dessert table styling, dessert table backdropNow that you have the four critical parts of a dessert table, I’d love to see what you put together for your next party.  Be sure to tag @thedailyhostess on Facebook and Instagram so I can see all of your creations.

Do you have any other ideas that you feel need to be part of a dessert table?

Photos courtesy of the talented Tricia at Tricia June Photography.  Email for info at tjephotos@gmail.com or visit her Facebook page here.

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Eucalyptus Centerpiece

Well folks, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Who is excited?  I love the holiday because it’s all about the food and just being together.  It’s such a cozy holiday with friends and family gathered around the table.  No party decor necessary.  But, I can’t let a holiday or get together go by without some sort of decor. Enter an inexpensive bunch of eucalyptus to pull this tablescape together.

Thanksgiving is a great time to put all your effort into the tablescape.   You’ll be spending a lot of time eating delicious food around the table anyway.  So today’s Tablescape Tuesday is an inspiration for your Thanksgiving table.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI made this centerpiece for less than $15 and I am completely in love.  I bought the pumpkins and gourds to use as part of my fall front porch several weeks ago.  The bag full was less than $5.  Thank goodness the random hot fall days didn’t make them go bad.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI later got the biggest bunch of eucalyptus from Costco.  You should have seen my face when I saw that they had eucalyptus.  I thought I had won the lottery, because a massive bunch was only $9.99.  Almost every bunch they had came home with me, but I restrained myself a bit.

I used what I needed from the bunch for an event I was planning, then had a lot left over.  So, right before we hopped on a plane for a quick trip to our hometown for my son’s baptism, I put this tablescape together.  Nothing like a deadline to make you jump into action.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI laid the eucalyptus down the center of the table making sure all the stems were covered with leafy areas.  Then I placed the pumpkins and gourds randomly on top of the eucalyptus.  I wish you could have smelled the centerpiece.  So delightful and refreshing.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceI like that this centerpiece is low so you can still converse with all of your guests.  There is also plenty of room around the eucalyptus to place your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceThankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceFor the place settings, I used my trusty white everyday dishes and some neutral cloth napkins.  Although, looking back at the pictures it would have been a lot nicer had I ironed them first.  But you know, that whole plane to catch thing had me cutting corners.

I loved the touch of tying a name card onto a sprig of eucalyptus.  It ties into the centerpiece, but could also be a cute way to label leftovers for everyone.  Just tuck the stem with the name card into your wrapped up leftovers.  Last year I bought to go containers for Thanksgiving leftovers and they worked so much better than a bunch of paper plates wrapped in aluminum foil.

Thankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceThankgsiving tablescape with eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus and pumpkin thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving pumpkin table centerpieceWhile my husband was loading up our luggage I was feverishly snapping pictures to share this tablescape with all of you.    Does this make you want to run out and buy all the eucalyptus like I do?  I’m probably going back to Costco to see if there is more before Thanksgiving.  My only complaint is that this tablescape doesn’t last very long.  If the eucalyptus isn’t in water it dries up pretty quickly.

I hope you have a great Tuesday, and be sure to keep your eye out for bargain eucalyptus!

 

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Coastal Console Table Design Plan

I’m back with another Tablescape Tuesday series today.  Last time a simple refresh of my coffee table had me encouraging you to rearrange yours as well.  Today I’m talking about another table in my house.  Specifically the console table at the top of my stairs in the landing area.  You can see the console table in my living room here.  Although it looks a little different these days.

I knew from when we first viewed this house the exact table I wanted to use in the landing at the top of the stairs.  However, since the movers put the table in place, I haven’t done much with it at all.  Our whole upstairs hallway area is pretty bare actually.  Now that most of our bedrooms are completed, it’s time to pay some attention to this area upstairs.

I’ve put together an inspiration design plan with a ton of resources if you are looking for something similar.  But before we get to that let’s start with the bare bones before photos.

Console table design plan, coastal themed console table with resourcesThis table is at the top of our stairs and right outside our master bedroom.  Other than adding a few books, photos, and a plant I really haven’t done much with the space or table.

console table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artconsole table decor, console table mood board, decorating a console table, console table artI think I’m looking to make this area a little more cohesive and less hodge podge-y.  Carrying the coastal theme that’s throughout the rest of our house to this common area is important for cohesiveness.  I also like having some family photographs here because I don’t have a ton throughout other places in my house. However, I want to streamline the frames and get all matching photo frames.

There also used to be a great mercury glass lamp on this table, but after breaking the matching one in the living room I moved the one from here to my living room console table.

Here’s the design plan and links to the resources.

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I want to use a large piece of art above the table to utilize the wall space.  The one in the design plan is great because of it’s abstract, coastal look and colors.  I also found a ton of other options on Minted.  Like this one, this one, this one, or this one.

I love the Minted Art section.  It’s great if you’re looking for a specific piece of art and they do a great job of showing how the art is going to look with other frames.  After picking your art, there are options for matting, frames, glass, and sizes.  It comes shipped right to you just as you chose.  I also love that you get a lot of information on the artist and can see all of their other work.

I’d love to bring back a mercury glass lamp to the table and found one similar to what we had before on Wayfair.  I plan to keep a plant on the table for some greenery and life.  I found this ZZ plant at Ikea and highly recommend them since they are really hard to kill.

Like I said before streamlining the photo frames is on my list to do and these simple silver matted frames from Target are perfect.

I plan to keep some books here as well, but want to bring in some more of the blues and greens that are in the art print so these geode bookends are perfect to corral the books and bring in those colors.

So that’s the plan, now to get the funding to make it all happen.  Thankfully this area has sat untouched for so long, I’m not really in a rush to get it finished.  Now that I have sourced out what I want I can wait for sales and coupons to get the things to complete this tablescape.  Once it’s done you know I’ll do a follow up post showing you how it all turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be on the lookout for more real life parties and some back to school posts over the next few weeks!

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Coffee Table Refresh

Wow!  How long has it been since we’ve had a Tablescape Tuesday?  A long time!  Today’s is super simple too, but it’s funny how getting one new thing can make you look at things totally differently.  That happened when I got a new tray for my coffee table.  I’m loving how the new tray made me do a little coffee table styling refresh. But I especially love the outcome!

I’ve seen tons of pins like these on Pinterest with inspiration and how to’s for styling coffee tables.  They are a great resource that are pretty detailed but simple with how to style a coffee table.

Coffee Table Styling How To

The basic concept for coffee table styling is to use the following items:

  • A tray to corral things
  • A candle
  • Something living (plant, flowers, etc.)
  • Varying heights which can be done through books or objects
  • Something odd shaped

That’s it, sounds simple enough right? I think if you can utilize at least three of these things you’re doing pretty good.  I mean you have to have some place to actually put your coffee on your coffee table right?

So here is my interpretation of how to style a coffee table.  I was doing most of these things before, but this whicker tray really amped up the texture of my coffee table.

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coffee table styling, coffee table mood board, how to decorate a coffee tableI just love the chunky woven whicker of the tray.  A couple decorating books are typically on my coffee table or in my living room.  I recently picked up a new candle from Target and it smells amazing.  I would link to it, but I pulled the label off pretty quickly after I got home.  At this point, I can’t even tell you what scent it is.

Thanks to hosting a party, I had some leftover flowers that I rearranged into a smaller vase for the coffee table.  The finial was picked up from Marshall’s years ago.  Places like Homegoods, Marshall’s or Hobby Lobby are great places to get something a little quirky or oddly shaped.

We also have about a million tile coasters, but I especially like the ones we picked up on our trip to Maui when we lived in Hawaii.  They are from this little wine tasting room that had the cutest grounds.

Coffee Table Styling Resources

If you want to give your coffee table a bit of a refresh I’ve rounded up some great options for you.  I highly recommend starting with a tray.  It’s the base of everything else.  Here are three that I think would be great!

Hello gold handles!

If you want that whicker look, this tray is perfect.  Especially if you have a wooden or darker coffee table.  The washed out whicker would offer some great contrast and texture.

Love these trays because they are reclaimed.  So they won’t be exact or like anything else.

Coffee table books are great to have.  You can’t go wrong with decorating books.  Here are a few I recommend:

If you have a passion for something definitely get coffee table books in that genre.  It’s more entertaining to look through books of things you have an interest in.

I hope these few tips have been helpful and the resources give you a place to start on your own coffee table refresh.  Just remember to add a few of the items from the styling how to and you’ll be enjoying your coffee table just as much as me.

 

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Celebrating everyday!