Simple, Romantic and Thrifty Holiday Tablescape

November 22, 2016



Since we are back to renovating the fixer upper
in full swing, it's tricky finding time to consider
details like a holiday tablescape for Thanksgiving
and for Christmas.

Last year, we celebrated Thanksgiving away from home,
and the year prior I opted for a casual, black and white
scheme with clove-studded oranges, a stenciled
kraft paper runner and hand-lettered
quotes at each placesetting:

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But yesterday I had fun challenging myself to come
up with a simple design solution whether you are:
delightfully frugal,
fabulously lazy,
charmingly behind schedule,
or all of the above because I am
definitely all of the above.

I was pressed for time so I couldn't even
incorporate my pretty vintage silverware
or locate my vintage linen napkins.

(And I was so lazy I could not bear to go digging
in the basement for the box of securely wrapped
wedding china because that meant careful handling,
handwashing china, and lots of time...
though I plan to do that by Christmas.)

The farmhouse harvest table you see here
is the same one from our other home...
I gave it a distressed white finish.

This was my plan and the results:

1. Make trip to nearby antique market for simple
white plates for casual placesettings.
Woo hoo!
Found vintage FireKing milkglass plates
right away...$12 for 6 plates.

2. Find a pop of color for the white table.
There they were.
A box of vintage gold glass ornaments,
some matte, some shiny...for $2 total.

3. Find a pretty, low-cost floral option
that won't take much time to throw together.
Swung by WalMart on my way home from
the market and spotted a dozen pale pink roses
but they were in bad shape, and my only other option
was healthy red roses...snagged the imperfect blush
dozen for $5 and threw them in an ironstone pitcher.

4. Find greenery to accent.
Snipped some branches with berries
right outside the front door and
tried them in a few rustic vases
(not shown here) and strewn about.

5. Candlelight.
Decided to keep it low.
Grabbed white votives and some holders
on hand (white Vackert from Ikea here).

6. Other details.
Adorable little Spanish wine glasses
are Bormioli Rocco Bodega from West Elm
(we use them for everything including
serving dessert), and also on the table
are vintage ironstone mini plates.

The baby boo pumpkins are from Halloween!

The antiqued silver dome food warmer is
vintage 1980s Restoration Hardware.

I experimented a little with my vintage
marmalade crocks but didn't have time
to style them with silverware, candles, etc.
the way I like to use them.

7. Climbed up on the table and began shooting
whilst trying to keep my feet out of the shot.
Realized this was all a little silly with no
table linens, silverware, wine, or hand-lettered anything,
but what the heck, it's a good inspirational start
and dress rehearsal before Thanksgiving
and Christmas.

Also realized at some point that shiny
gold Christmas balls are indeed reflective
mirrors which capture your image
when you point a camera at them!
Ugh! I bet I could google a tip
for how to avoid that hiccup,
but no time!

8. Spend very little cash.
Did you add it up yet?
About $20 is all I shelled out
since I used what I had on hand.

So here is the start of a simple,
romantic, cheap, feminine,
and minimal holiday vibe
with not a single acorn
or stitch of burlap.

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It's minimal and feminine but a tad boring
before the addition of the gold.

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Yes, you can mix your metals when you're
being lazy and going for casual.

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I found this vitreous china plate at a garage sale
for .50 and want more but can't find them.
J & E Mayer with delicate aqua floral and gold.

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So it can be done, and it can be cheap, simple and
romantic with little effort...I hope to have images
for you of the holidays with the addition of cuisine!


 If you missed these recent posts
and
please do give them some love.

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving 2016 yet?



(One of my favorites: keep mashed potatoes warm
in a crock pot...why didn't I think of that!?!)

Meet me back here Friday for a special post
featuring holiday and entertaining tips
from someone who knows her way
around an enchanting holiday.

Peace to you right where you are.




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9 comments

  1. Absolutely 100% percent LOVE! I am drawn to the simplicity which is highlighted by the thoughtful elegance of the colors and textures. You have worked gorgeous magic with this table setting Michele!

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    1. Thank you, lovely maker of beautiful wares--I am so humbled by your stamp of approval! Xox

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  2. Michele I love the simplicity of your table and your step by step instructions! Enjoy the day tomorrow with your family!! xo

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    1. So so simple and cheap it is comical! I did this shopping and styling in 2 hrs since I was racing with the natural light available! You and your petals would have been very welcome here! Merci.

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  3. Oh dear Michele, thank you so much for the inspiration! This is beyond beautiful!!! xoxo Greet

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    1. So flattered and just giggling since I am winging it all the way as I deck my halls as a minimalist! Peace to you, greet.

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  4. Michele,
    You beautiful soulful doll, I adore the rustic and elegant mix, the matte gold and white is so me, as for reds my dear, every time I am drawn to a red look I clear my head and tell myself be careful you may regret it. I have never been a red person in my homes decor.

    With all your business, I am looking forward to the beauty you create through the holidays.

    Lots of love my dear friend.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thanks so much, Dore. How I wish I had you here to take over the holiday decor with your quiet hushed palette and artful touch. I will be channeling you...xox

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  5. Michelle..........love your blog......just have not been getting any update since September.....Woe is me !!!!! Not sure what the problem is.....i tried to subscribe, but it said i already did......hope you can help....thanks in advance...Blessings...dolores @ pdurato@yahoo.com

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