Chicago Blogger Network




Blogs to Love

ABCD Design
At Home with Kim Vallee
Celebrations at Home

The Daily Basics
Everyday Celebrating
The Gracious Girl
Housewife Bliss
Hostess with the Mostess
It's in the Details
The Party Bluprints Blog
Pepper Design Blog
Thoughtfully Simple
Unchained Kitchen


« Have a Hip Hanukkah | Main | Twelve Days of Cocktails - Day 8: "Constant Comment" Cosmo »

Three clever holiday tabletops

These holiday tabletops are sure to add sparkle and flair all through the month of December!


The image of vibrant red berries lying in a sparkling blanket of snow comes to life with this glamorous table arrangement.

The key here is to keep the red to a minimum.  White and silver should be the predominant colors on your table, with red being the only accent color.


2 red berry branches
1 white berry branch
(feel free to improvise, based on what's in stock at your local craft store)
Small white floral pellets

Simply fill the vase with pellets and arrange to your liking!  It really couldn't be easier.


This runner is just "silver dot" fabric from the fabric store.

1: Maloda Swarovski Crystals Champagne Flute ($30 at Crosell & Co)
2: Tree placecard holder/ornament ($10, set of four at Crate & Barrel)
3: Match Pewter Convivio Dinnerware, Classic White ($76-$84 at Crosell & Co)
4: Etoile Napkin Rings ($28.95 for set of four at SavvyHostMarket.com)
5: Etoile Salt & Pepper Shakers ($36.95 at SavvyHostMarket.com)
6: Drink Charms ($9.75 for set of four at Pampered Chef)
7: Etoile Grande Champagne Flutes ($56.95 for set of two at SavvyHostMarket.com)


The great thing about this theme is that you can use vintage or antique items you've inherited (or borrow from a relative who still has them).  Keep it from looking stodgy with cool pastels, a few faux-retro accessories, and a fun feathered tree.

1 styrofoam cone
2 white boas
Masking tape
Silver ribbon
Vintage ornaments with hooks

Starting at the top, wrap the cone with one boa, and then the next.  Tape it in strategic spots as you work.  Cover the bottom with silver ribbon, as shown.  When the entire cone is covered, stick hooks into the foam, and place ornaments on hooks.

Top Right: Contempo Serving Set, Brushed Stainless Steel ($28.95 at SavvyHostMarket.com)
Bottom Right: Square Napkin Rings/Placecard holders ($14 for set of four at Pampered Chef)


I'm so in love with these adorable ornaments! They pull double duty when you use them as placecard holders AND favors.

Let the natural beauty of your table shine through with this setting (hint: a brown Sharpie does wonders for disguising little table nicks!)

Rosemary tree
Trifle bowl
Berry sprays
Plaid ribbon
Nuts in the shell (I used chestnuts)

Place rosemary tree into a large trifle bowl.  Surround with chestnuts or hazelnuts.  Cover the bottom with a length of pretty plaid ribbon.  Place berry sprays throughout the rosemary tree.

1: Trifle Bowl ($39 at Pampered Chef, shown here without base)
2: Buri Animal Ornaments ($6.95 at Crate & Barrel)
3: Salzburg Apertif Glasses in Frost White ($24.95, set of four) and Vienna Linen Runner in Chocolate ($32.95) (Both from SavvyHostMarket.com)
4: Artesia Charger ($12.95 at Crate & Barrel) and Pillivuyt Quartet Square Plate ($13 to $30 at Crosell & Co.)
5: Branch 5-piece Place Setting, Forged ($40) and Branch and Vine Runner ($32.95) (Both from SavvyHostMarket.com)

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (2)

The woodland creatures are so cute!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

These are so kickass, Jen! I love the wee hedgehog.

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...