Last week, when I published the Fall tablescape of texture, Seeds, Pods and Pheasant Feathers, I promised to show how I transformed the table for Christmas with a few simple changes.
Before looking at the details, let’s take a peek at the Christmas table.
Here’s the Fall tablescape again to refresh your memory.
It looks very similar, doesn’t it? The basics remain – tablecloth, center arrangement, china, stem ware, and silverware. Remember the pheasant feathers? I removed them all. I also removed the cups and saucers, the bird, and the white napkins covering the plaid ones.
Change #1: I dismantled the napkins and used the plaid portion with new DIY Burlap and Sleigh Bell Napkin Rings.
With many gold tones on the table, the silver stripe in the napkins coordinate with the sleigh bells, candles, and any other silver-toned items. Remember my comment about having both silver and gold on the china? Versatility is a wonderful thing!
These sleigh bells came in a package of many – all different sizes. Half price at $5 in last year’s after-Christmas clearance at T. J. Maxx. Look at that jumbo guy!
Do the bells make you want to sing? Sleigh bells ring…. Are you listening?
Change #2: Something had to replace the pheasant feathers – sleigh bells and sparkly red snowflakes for Christmas color (last year’s WalMart Christmas clearance).
Change #3: Of course, you can’t have sleigh bells without Rudolph.
Change #4: I discovered yet another use for the sleigh bells.
Change #5: After removing the cups and saucers, I added thrifted rose patterned compotes.
Change #6: Notice under the stems, I placed some of the clearance snowflakes. Festive little coasters for cheap.
Change #7: The beaded rings used on the Thanksgiving napkins, which are actually ornaments, adorn other elements at the table. Did you notice the wreath on the candle stick four pictures up?
Gray candlesticks go well with the napkins and sleigh bells, so I didn’t change those – just added a matching short fat one for Rudolph.
You could also thread some red ribbon throughout, draping here and there.
I stopped short of ribbon to avoid overkill.
Simply stated is safer, don’t you think?
If you seldom entertain, why completely change everything about your tablescape? Wouldn’t tweaks like these make things much easier to manage?