Christmas 2015 A Season of Woodland

I can’t help but feel inspired when I visit the shops that carry tableware and home goods.  Everywhere I look I see natural tree limbs, birch or pine and toned down colors for the Christmas table.  No glitz and shine  and baubles but trending is,  a simple serene setting that takes you back to Grandma’s house when you were a child.

I must be on a kick for folded napkins, because this year I seem to be folding for every holiday.  The Christmas tree fold is the focal point of each plate setting and I followed the  instructions using green napkins that I had on hand. IMG_2764 I carefully ironed each napkin so the folds would be straight.  Note to friends: be sure to use only napkins made with cotton fiber content, polyester napkins or nylon napkins will not hold a shape.

The plaid tablecloth was an after Christmas purchase from last year that I bought on sale, since I saw the plaid trending and I love a sale!  The same Ubiquitous white plates were used again. The square form allows you fully appreciate the tree shape and texture of the napkin.  Above the napkin tree form I found an adorable little pine cone tealight at Homegoods to use for the topper.  Green pine bough with tiny lights and a birch candle center the table for a warm Christmas dinner 2015.

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Christmas table 2014
Christmas table 2014

Last year I had noticed this trend coming and searched very hard to replicate a sense of woodland setting.  I used red quilted placemats with black chargers under white plates.  For the napkins I used a natural beige tone one I found with a tiny Christmas emblem on it.  The napkin ring I created myself using a wooden curtain ring and tied with twine a rounded piece of faux greenery into a circle for a wreath and added a copper bell. In the center I placed a pine bough with tiny white lights.  The  copper flatware I was able to purchase from amazon. A simple birch candle and lantern complete the look.

 

 

I’m seeing plaids and fur and so much warm fuzzy decor that I want to hibernate for the winter.  Last year I created bottle covers out of old plaid shirts IMG_1878and lined them with dollar store foil car shades.  The inside is now insulated to keep your bottle warm or cold and outside is wrapped in classy plaid.  I stitched some of the edges of the fabric using a blanket stitch for a different look.  My bottles are dressed for every season.

If you’re trying to conceive a woodland look this Christmas look around your house for things of wood, check your backyard for pine boughs or birch wood. Use tall taper candles and wrought iron or copper tones of metal are trending. Plaid and fur additions can cozy up your home, even if you are living in a warm climate ..evoke the feeling of a cozy home and your back at Grandma’s house.

Luke 2:12  “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

#grandmashouse

 

 

 

Hanukkah 2015

IMG_2747Our 2015 Hanukkah tablescape this year I decided to create a napkin folded into a Star of David.  The napkins in varied shades of blue are much more interesting than using only one color on  the table.  I love a shimmering table, so this year I found a beauty in silver at  TJMaxx the silver shimmer tablecloth reminds me that the night is called the Festival of Lights. IMG_2745

 

So with another holiday to celebrate, we plan and prep for a dinner celebration and in my house it always starts with the tablescape.

Hanukkah Table 2014
Hanukkah Table 2014

To me, a blue table signifies the Jewish holiday with drama.  Last year we set out these deep blue wine glasses purchased at TJMaxx, trump up the glossy drama, the navy blue glass with white etching  are unique and glamorous. Any formal table must have cloth napkins. These blue beauties are from Pier1 Imports, with a silver edge they shimmer with a glint of silver, matching that of the plate chargers.  Since I need so many white plates, I cheated by using my simple white Corelle plates which are masked by the glitzy silver and blue. A string  of silver light bulbs in the center cast a glow with a bright cheerfulness for the evening dining.  The table runner with the star of David sets the center with nod to the season of starry nights.  No Chanukah table is complete without the Menorah candle. The tiny candles burn out quickly unlike the oil that lasted for 8 days.  The Miracle of Hannukah! Image 12

This year the Holiday begins at Sundown on December 6th. Hanukkah, which is sometimes called The Festival of Lights, seems a bit perplexing to me. As a young child, I thought everyone who didn’t have Christmas lights on Christmas MUST be Jewish…and yet they call this holiday the Festival of Lights. I know…I know…. the true story of Hanukkah was about the miracle of oil …a 1 day supply of oil to keep the candles burning, lasted 8 days and nights. We like to entertain and eat and cook food so we appreciate every reason to have another dinner party.   My playlist of music includes some beautiful songs  by Michele Gold she shares the tempo and lyrics of her background in her heritage.

Stay tuned for 2015 tablescape. Posting pictures soon.

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Our dinner consists of beef brisket (only the red will do). The latkes are potato delights that justify the need for fried foods which they say represents the oil for Hanukkah.

Even though I am not blessed with a Jewish bloodline, I respect and honor Israel and its people.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.