An Old Tyme Christmas Table

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I’ve heard that people back in the day used whatever they had on hand to decorate for Christmas.  Like popcorn for garland, dried fruit, nuts, pine cones, kitchen gadgets, sewing notions, rope twine…and things made with their hands.  Each gift was a labor of love.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

For my old tyme Christmas table, I pulled out everything vintage that remind me of things from back in the day.

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The small kitchen tree has decorations from the kitchen to the sewing room.  Old gadgets, cookie cutters and presses, and beautiful lace PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave to me.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

This is a fairly new old-style Santa cookie jar.  Aren’t re-creations nice when you don’t have the old?

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Old styled cupcake papers – new from Home Goods.

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Old Christmas ornaments with warn finishes.  Don’t we all have at least a few of those lying around?

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I brought items from more recent days to the table, in plate patterns by Better Homes and Gardens – The Heritage Collection.  (Circa 2014, Wal-Mart.  Ha!)

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Seats along table sides have plates with a scene of bringing home the Christmas tree by horse-drawn sleigh.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

End settings get the Christmas snow scene with deer, branches, and red bird.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

Improvisation with settings of four is necessary on a table set for six.  Runner settings offer an opportunity for transitions to other plate and flatware patterns.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

The painted thrift store silver platter offers a message in chalk.  Don’t get anxious and try to write too soon.  Give it a few days after painting the charcoal-toned chalk paint.  (How do I know this?  Lesson learned….)

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Home for the Holidays (208Park) brings comfort of being home with family gathered around.

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Trees on Cars brought wonderful clearance plates at Tuesday Morning after Christmas last year.

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One of the four patterns flank each plate stack.

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My favorites are the Volkswagon beetle and bug.  What’s your favorite?

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Painted blocks from Christmases past are white-washed this year.

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PAM painted these around fifty years ago.  (Uh-oh.  I’m telling both of our ages!)

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I thought a little tweak was worth a try – with the white paint smudged around the edges for a sort of chippy look.  I may sand the edges later so the green is slightly revealed from beneath.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

I added fresh Magnolia leaves to the light fixture – as they would have used things from nature back in the day.

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The dangling ornaments are a regular each year.

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What looks like popcorn garland isn’t popcorn at all.

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It’s my grandmother’s needlework.  PAM removed the crochet from old sheets and pillowcases saved from years gone by.

Olde Time Christmas Decor

No use wasting those hours of my grandmother’s labor of love!

PAM’s old cookie cutters make the best Christmas tree ornaments, too.

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Use it all.  Never waste a thing.

What old things are you adding to your tree this year?

Olde Time Christmas Decor

What will you be adding to your Christmas table?  Anything old or new?

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. robin says

    I know you know just how much I LOVE THIS! (Yes, because it’s PLATES! ha!) I can’t say it enough….but you make the best tablescapes! I’m drooling over the plaid.

    I already had plates on my mind today….well…for the last week. I am hoping that the one Dollar Tree I will be near today (Q needs shots…going to the vet) has red plates (for every day). I should have gotten them months before. The stores near me don’t have any left.

    Ok, so the dishes (setting for 4 minus cups and saucers) I got at the 50% off sale at Twice Loved Treasures are actually WORTH A LOT! WHAT!? I did not get the cups and saucers when I was there. I am now KICKING KICKING KICKING (yes, THREE times) myself. I saw the full setting for 4 go for $90 on eBay!!!!! I thought I was going to fall over. I wanted to spit. haha I got 4 plates, 4 salad plates and 4 bowls for about $6. They are an 80s set that seems to be a collectible set. DRATS.

    So now ya know I am dying to get back over there to see if the cups and saucers are still there. AND see what ELSE I can find. NOTE TO SELF: Bring phone in. Check plates on eBay.

    When I was there they said some guy came in and bought like 90 plates. They had an abundance of donations. I am usually there at 9:30 on whole store sale days but didn’t get there til 10:30 that day. NO WONDER he bought so much….probably sold them all on eBay and made a killing.

    I am thinking they are due for a December whole store sale. I hope! I am going there today to donate scooters and helmets I got for free from CL after I meet with a lady from CL for free nursing books. Our church is across from Rowan University and they have a school of nursing. I figure somebody can use the books. Smart me is having the lady meet me in the parking lot where the thrift store is! LOL

    I am looking to get more snowman plates for winter. I am sure I will find some.

    Our “Christmas” is not up yet. I have to figure what to do with Q’s crate since it is under one window and the tree has to go there. I can’t have the tree sticking in it…he might chew it. Or pull it and knock it down. Ya never can tell with dogs. LOL

    Today the shower curtains and bath mats go up in both bathrooms. WE have red and green towels…just a few….not as many towels as our every day towels. I’ll just have to wash towels more often. I am gonna love a Christmasy bathroom. I may keep it all up for a while….the scenes on the curtains are wintery.

    I made a killing Saturday in the bargain room and Christmas room at the Holly Fair! WE got a bazillion purses and wallets! I listed some last night on eBay. We are keeping a few for ourselves. We got some jewelry too. Some of the wallets and bags were new with tags. Dana Buchman from Kohl’s. Tag says $78. 2 Kenneth Cole Reaction wallets priced at $50. A used Coach bag that just needs some shoe polish on the black leather. A gorgeous brown embossed leather bag (I may keep that one!), an Olivia & Joy bright green bag that looks new (I bought my pal an Olivia & Joy bag at Boscov’s that was $98 and I got it for $16) so the green bag was probably up there in price. That is just to name a few!

    I spent $11 in the Christmas room. I got a wood snowman sign for out front, 3 stockings, 2 high end tree skirts. 4 crystal holders for tea light candles, a wood santa face for the wall and a cute fabric wall hanging.

    We went into the craft show not expecting to buy anything. I do like to get inspiration though. 2 vendors had something we bought and are going to make ourselves….soap, bath salts and sugar scrub. Watchout next year! I may have a slew of stuff on Etsy. I plan on making essential oil candles. We may have to get back into the craft show circut…now that my assistant is old enough to help. Last craft show I did she was 2. haha She did help….she has always loved to help.

  2. Libba says

    Kim, Another beautiful table setting. I love it and especially love the blocks that PAM painted. She is a great artist. Don’t know why you even need to worry about getting the lights fixed on your tree. You already have a beautiful one. It may not be in the front window, but just carry everyone to your breakfast room. I love that, and all your other settings. . Another thing that you may add, something I remember from when I was little…..a long time ago. We saved the foil from gum wrappers and wrapped it around sweetgum balls. Yep, each stick of gum did once have foil lined wrappers back then. We then hung them on our tree. I remember when our tree, that Daddy cut from the pasture, had only popcorn chains, construction paper chains, the sweetgum balls, one string of foil tinsel, one box of foil icicles, that we took off the tree one by one and saved until the next year, and one string of lights. I think Mother did manage to buy a little star to put on top and a few shiny ornaments. I’ll always remember when she bought a string of bubble lights. My sister and I would sit forever , watching them bubble. Slow down and enjoy Christmas.

  3. Joy says

    I love the idea of hanging the old cookie cutters on the tree! I think I kept some of my mother’s cookie cutters and now I know what to do with them. Love the BHG plates, too. Not as wild about this year’s design but I have some of the ones you have. My granddaughter loves the deer on them!

  4. Rhonda says

    Kim,

    Beautiful tablescape as usual. Just left Wal-Mart and forgot to look at plates!! Dollar Tree had some pretty plates about 3 – 4 years ago, cream w/ border of holly berries and leaves. I think i got two to put in a double plate hanger on the wall and maybe some mugs. Went back to get more and they were no more. FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM UNTIL THIS TABLESCAPE!! Now I am wondering where they are?? Probably in a storage tub that I don’t pull much out of each year. I will be on a mission tonight looking for them. Decorating my kitchen this year in red birds in honor of my mom. She loved them and I kept lots of her things so I am pulling them out. Wish I could see/hear her reaction!! The plates would look good in the plate rack!!

    By the way, I love the Mississippi ribbon!!!! Where did you find it???

    • says

      Hi, Rhonda! Most of our Wal-Mart stores don’t have nearly as much as I saw in the Dallas store. I hope you find something good, though. I know what you mean about not putting everything out. I was looking for all my Christmas platters this morning…moved them to a new location rather than packing them in a box last year. I’m still trying to remember where that location is! Ooh…red-birds sound wonderful. What a sweet thing to do in your mother’s honor. Oh, the Mississippi ribbon is in Oxford at the decorator shop in Discount Building Supply on Hwy. 6. I hope you find it! 🙂

  5. says

    This is so great Kim! I love all the things you pulled together for the tree. I can just imagine that it was like that back in the day. Those little plates are the cutest! I’m partial to wood paneled wagons so I think that one is my favorite. I just got some of the BH&G plates at Walmart. I guess I’m missing one plate in the series- I should go back again and see if anymore have come in.

    • says

      Thank you, Liz. I don’t have the BH&G plates with the Christmas tree – in the forest before it was cut – with the bunny rabbit standing by. I’ve completely ignored the tree on truck plate this year since I’ve already got these plates from Tuesday Morning last year. And, I’m really squeezed for space. Happy Tuesday! 🙂

  6. Tammy says

    Kim, can I tell you I love everything about this table. From the table cloth to the plaid plates, to the snow scenes , to the Santa cookie jar. I had never thought to use my cookie cutters for ornaments, but will keep that in mind for next year. Sorry this post is late, but it is that time of the year, when we are all busy making our homes and families comfortable for the season. I get so much inspiration from your posts, I look forward to them daily. Merry Christmas to your family. Tammy

  7. Carol says

    Your grandmother’s crochet edging reminds me of a scarf pattern I’ve done called Queen Anne’s Lace. I’m inspired to make a garland in thread for my tree next year.

    • says

      My grandmother taught me to sew – and so many other things. But, I wasn’t around her enough to get everything since we lived in another state. I love the fine detailing of string crochet and tatting, etc. I’ll bet your tree will be beautiful with the garland! Happy Friday! 🙂