Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Simple Table for the Holidays

Speaking of simplifying Christmas... (we were, weren't we?) I wanted to share this five minute table cuteness.  I always dress our table for Christmas morning, but I also don't like a LOT of fuss and bother on the table or the plates as people never know what to do with all that stuff. I set a pretty table the night before Christmas, and then we wake to a lovely scene.  This took about five minutes to create all of the napkins and who doesn't love a timesaver like that?  I take such joy in creating a pretty scene, but not spending a fortune, or all day doing it. Do you know what I mean?
 I began with the cloth napkins I wanted to use, these old, gray chambray ones, some clippings from a sturdy bush beside my house, and some jute twine from the party drawer.  (So far, all things I had on hand so no extra spending or scurrying!)
 Now this idea, was genius, from a dear co-worker of mine.  She shared that if you place a paper napkin into the cloth one before folding, people can use the paper and set the cloth aside!  Not only is this great because you can set a festive table with the cloth... but the paper is practical and puts people at ease... especially those wearing Christmas Red lipstick. (personal experience speaking.)
 Once folded, simply add a sprig of green, tie with the jute twine (or whatever you've got on hand)...
 And tie on a small ornament if you want.  I keep a little box of them on hand, to use as vase fillers and such, and I've found that they often come in handy for fun little projects such as this.
 Do you have any simple and festive table ideas to share? 

4 comments:

  1. So pretty! Love it, Sasha. The paper napkin trick is genius! I'm with you, not a ton of stuff on my Christmas table. But the stuff that is there has to be super pretty with a little touch of handmade. Pretty plates & napkins, candles and simple flowers, no tablecloth. I love to buy either the white hydrangeas or roses from TJ's, and a couple of their mini bouquets that have pine branches and berries in them. I combine them with the white flowers and it's pretty and natural without going overboard. I'm going to ask my daughter to make some simple place cards. I think we have the same silver! I inherited a set that looks just like yours from my Grandma, who loved to entertain. You would love what she always used to tell me: "Just keep it simple!" Hope you and your family have a really lovely Christmas, sweet friend. XO

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    1. I love the white hydrangeas!! THat arrangement sounds gorgeous!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your minimalism with us! I am working toward the same goal, as I currently feel like I am drowning in my life. Blessings to you and your family for a Merry Christmas!

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    1. I have been there! Downsizing feels like a lifeline... you got this girlfriend.

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