Christmas 2018 will be our son Hooper’s first Christmas, and we are very excited to host our immediate family* at our home for the first time this year. The guest list includes both sets of grandparents, which is such a lovely First Christmas experience to give Hooper. There will be lots of fun Christmas music, excellent conversation, a bubbly drink or two, and in lieu of gifts, we are each contributing something to the day.
Whilst most guests are kicking in for the main meal – prawns, roasted meats, cheese (glorious cheese), a favourite dessert dish or a selection of craft beers – my contribution was to convert our sitting room into a dining room for the big day, and decorate the table, a task I was ridiculously enthusiastic about. So much so, that I started planning and crafting for this table in October! I wholeheartedly Christmas-ed the crap out of it.
Early on, I opted to take inspiration from the existing decor in the room, which is predominantly yellow, teal, sea foam green, pink, gold and … err, animal print (that’s a colour, right?!) I have never been one for traditional red and green so the idea of a hot pink and teal/sea foam scheme for the table was pretty exciting.
As was my list of DIY projects, which was ambitious from the get go:
- Appliquéd fabric placemats
- Cloth napkins with the initials of each guest
- Customised chargers for under each plate
- Decorated crackers with ribbon
- Place cards
- A hand-painted table runner
- Pillows for the dining chairs
All in the non-traditional colour scheme – which included burl-wood chargers for a hint of wood at the table.
In reflection, that doesn’t seem like such a long list, however when you are creating eight of each item, and limited to the hours your baby is asleep, it ended up being prudent that I started when I did.
At the eleventh hour (Christmas Eve Eve, because I like to set my tables up as far out as I can for this exact reason) I changed my mind about the centrepiece and sewed not one but two additional layers to put underneath the hand-painted 3m runner I had previously created. It was quite literally the eleventh hour, and Spotlight was closed, so I rummaged through my fabric stash to find a metre and a half of hot pink velvet for one layer, and sewed some left-over greek key trim onto an old white linen tablecloth for the second layer. No regrets, although I sure was tired the next day #whoops!
I plan on writing step-by-step posts on each of these projects as they are quite universal and you could easily adapt them to non-Christmas events, but the purpose of this post is to share the end result – the finished, decorated table.
I couldn’t be more pleased with how this Christmas table turned out. We do not have the space or frequent use to justify a formal dining suite in our current home, as such, the dining “table” is a set of two folding trestles from Bunnings, covered in two 3m tablecloths with the runner conveniently hiding the join. I feel that the energy of the table certainly distracts from its humble foundations. Interestingly, photos of our rental from when it was first purchased show this space to be a designated dining room (complete with fireplace that was removed long before we moved in) and it was fun to repurpose our sitting room, even if just for one day.
Now… we feast! Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to you, however you plan to spend the day. I hope you have a safe and pleasant time with your loved ones (and may your slacks have a benevolently stretchy waist!).
*Whilst Hooper’s cousins, aunt and uncle will be sadly absent this year (they are dreaming of a white Christmas in Chilliwack, BC) we will be linking up with them via Facetime once we retire to the living room for some
movie watching intermittent napping.
Please let me know if you are interested in the details of any of the items from this post, I would be happy to help you track them down! Some items may no longer be available for purchase, where possible I have linked a similar product. DIY items and the materials used to make them will be featured in an upcoming post.
- Boxwood wreaths from West Elm (similar product linked)
- White and Gold tablecloths from Spotlight (similar product linked)
- Folding Trestle Tables from Bunnings
- Pink Cachepots from Dana Gibson Design/Waiting on Martha (US)
- Candlesticks from Pottery Barn
- Taper Candles from Dusk (tapers colour is “seafoam”, not available online)
- Pink VW cars from Siku Store
- Bottle brush trees on cars from eBay, medium and large trees on table are from Adairs / Bed Bath & Table (similar product linked)
- Staffordshire dogs from Domayne (similar product linked)
DIY Project List from this Post
- Greek Key placemats – step by step guide coming soon.
- Monogrammed napkins – step by step guide coming soon.
- Painted table runner – step by step guide coming soon.
- Burl-wood chargers – step by step guide coming soon.