Happy New Year! I took a much needed break from blogging to spend time with my family and recuperate from our busy Christmas. I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday as much as we did.
We actually celebrated our Christmas on December 28th, so I didn't get to post this table before the 25th. I decided to go ahead and post it late because it would be appropriate to do throughout the winter.
I wanted a "lodgy" feel - rustic and warm. I found these oil lanterns at Kmart. I didn't like the stark black, so I rubbed on some metallic gold acrylic paint with cheesecloth. The only thing I didn't like about the lanterns was the oil I used for them. It was supposed to be unscented but it wasn't. It will be fine for outdoors, though.
This is the before and after:
I used the dishes my dad surprised me with on Thanksgiving of '97. Needless to say, this set of Christmas dishes is very special to me. The silver plate flatware was my grandmother's.
I bought 2 yards of fleece at Hancock to use as my tablecloth. I didn't even finish the edges. Fleece is amazing fabric and so versatile for tablecloths and such. Everyone commented on how soft is was. I used white cotton napkins and twig napkin rings that I've had for several years.
I put votive candles in small glass candle holders inside large Ball jars, then screwed the rims back on them. I alternated the Ball jars with the lanterns and tucked fresh greenery all around it.
This table provided a perfect setting for the wonderful Christmas dinner I had with my family.