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. 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.
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 and 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.”