Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Tablescape

My table centerpiece this year is ridiculously simple.  

I was at a loss for what to do on this table for a few days.  In fact, I was getting down right frustrated.  I think I even had a wreath with some nutcrackers stuck in the middle of it at one point.
But I have learned this... when you get frustrated, walk away and let it simmer.  It will come to you.

A few days later....
I found a bunch of milk glass vases that I had laying around and stuck them on a cabinet door.  I like using a cabinet door because it is so easy to pick up and move if need be.  And wherever you set it always looks fabulous!

Last year I bought a bunch of these plastic ornaments on clearance *thinking* I was gonna make a bunch of wreaths to sell this year.  Haha.  I should learn that I am never going to be that ambitious. Ever.

So I stuck them in the top of the vases :)

I needed the centerpiece fairly simple because of the busy vignette behind it. I didn't want the room to look like Christmas threw up on it.

The buffet setup was really easy.  In fact, it looks a lot like my fall setup :)

I switched out my burlap runner for a white folded tablecloth and added some ornaments on my twigs.  I kept the thrift store vases the same because I really liked the pop of red and the natural elements that they added.

I changed out my fall scrap wreath for a Christmas one.  My best friend made these for me and they are my favorite new decorations for this year!  Aren't the colors in this great?!  She is brilliant when it comes to fabric combinations.

My little gold reindeer got a white spray coat last year.  I love the spots where the gold is starting to poke through.  I think that these will get better every year that I pull them out and they have a little more wear on them.  I wrapped a scarf around their necks just in case they got chilly!

And, of course, my coffee filter tree.  Nothing gets more attention in my house than my coffee filter wreath.  Whoever the first person was that did that.... you should get a medal (not that you will ever be here reading this blog, but still... you are brilliant)

Probably the simplest setup I have ever done.  Goodness knows, the rest of my house is so crazy..... I need simple.

And, in honor of my 5th anniversary coming up, I left my bride and groom salt and pepper shakers kissing in front of the Christmas tree in the china cabinet :)

I love December and all that it brings.  I hope you are staying calm and taking the time to enjoy the spirit of the season!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. I'm so glad that wreath got a good home. I finally broke down and stuck the red one on my own door, just to get it used somewhere. :-)

  2. Love the blue Christmas theme. I'm trying it this year too. Thanks for posting... I may use some of your ideas.

    Love your blog

  3. I love it all! The blue ornaments on the white vases are perfection!

  4. I love the coffee filter tree! I can't wait to make coffee filter kissing balls for the wedding!!!

  5. I adore the centrepiece its gorgeous. Agree the coffee filters trees and wreaths are so very special. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I know my way back to your special abode and hope that you can find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. Hey! I have the same salt and pepper kissing shakers!! Love them :)

    And I'm loving all your Christmas decor. Taking notes and pinning for next year!

    New follower too. Found you via your dropcloth curtains on pinterest.

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies


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