HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE

Hello there, and thanks so much for joining me. I’m very excited about today’s post, How To Rock Your Holiday Table! That’s because I’ve teamed up with 5 of my favorite Bloggers who will each show you how to rock your holiday table. I’ll start by showing you my tablescape ideas, then, at the end of this post, you’ll find handy links to help you navigate on over to my friend’s blogs.

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I know you might be thinking it’s a tad early to be considering your table for Christmas when you haven’t yet sat down for Thanksgiving Dinner, but hey, planning early will make for less stress as the holidays roll around.  I actually collect ideas for my Christmas table all year and save those ideas on a Pinterest Page dedicated to my Christmas table. This way I can peruse that Pinterest Page as the holidays approach and get all kinds of ideas and inspiration. Hopefully you have your own Holiday Pinterest Page to do the same.

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | My Christmas Table Pinterest Board | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I am fortunate to have a forest for a yard that is covered in Cedar Trees. Cedar branches are ideal for holiday decor, so the first thing I did when I began this holiday table project was to trim some trees. On a brisk Fall morning it was an enjoyable exercise. If you don’t have cedar trees in your yard, come on up to Lake Arrowhead where we have an abundance of them, free for the trimming.

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I had a number of uses in mind for the cedar branches, one of which was to construct small, delicate wreaths to decorate the backs of my dining chairs.

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To make these wreaths I simply wound some craft wire into a circle, and using lighter weigh 28 gauge wire, I attached small sprigs of cedar around the wire ring.

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I then tied Upholstery Jute Webbing around the tops of the chairs, wired the wreaths to the webbing and voila, I had chair decor to accent my holiday tablescape.

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Now you may remember that I have a lot of urns that I used for flower arrangements at my son’s recent wedding. After the flowers died I filled the urns with my DIY Cloth Pumpkins for my Fall decor. But now I’ve taken one of those urns and filled it with cedar branches to create my Holiday Centerpiece. I added some pinecones, also free for the taking in Lake Arrowhead, and some sprigs of faux sticks and gold sprays that I picked up at my local floral supply warehouse called Shinoda’s in Orange County, California.

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Next I set the table using gold ceramic chargers that I purchased years ago at Pottery Barn. You can find similar chargers by clicking here.  My Lenox Eternal China is timeless in cream with gold trim, the matching crystal stemware is by Lenox but was discontinued, as was my gold-trimmed, sterling silver flatware.

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I added these sparkling 3″ shatterproof gold ball ornaments to Coupe Glasses. They will be used as a party favor for guests to take home.

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Next I turned my attention to placecards. Last year I had found small gold picture frame ornaments at Shinoda’s. Instead of adding a photo I used an extra fine point pen with gold metallic ink to inscribe each guest’s name inside the frames. Then I placed them on miniature 4″ folding easels and had myself really attractive placecards. The frames I purchased came in both oval and square shapes, so I alternated them on the table.

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

For a final touch I decided to decorate my wrought iron chandeliers with leaves, acorns, fern and such, that were foraged from my yard.

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I laid them out on plastic and painted them with gold metallic spray paint on both sides. I then wound thin-gauge brass wire around each stem.

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Believe it or not, my youngest son and I collected these items on a walk together when he was just 6 years old during our first winter in Lake Arrowhead. That was 15 years ago and the delicate leaves have withstood the test of time very well.

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Over the years I have strung my gold leaves into a garland for my fireplace mantel, but this year I decided to simply wire them onto my dining room chandeliers.

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I also distributed some of the gold leaves onto my tabletop along with my golden wooden signs.

HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I wish I could tell you where to get golden wooden signs like mine, but I purchased them years ago and now can’t find similar ones anywhere.

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

What you’ll need to rock your own holiday table

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

OK, so now for the best part about this post!

Not only did you get to see how I’ve planned my holiday table, you can get lots more great ideas from these wonderful ladies as well. Please use the links below to visit their blogs to see how they rock their holiday tables…

Classic Casual Home
Most Lovely Things
Polished Pebble
Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Stone Gable

So there you have it: HOW TO ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE

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