November 30, 2011

A Winter Wonderland

 I love to play around with different color schemes when decorating for the winter holidays. I can never decide which ones I like best. I love the warm tones of gold, copper, and maroon. I also love cool silver shades.When I found out that Centsational Girl and Adams Homes were both having a Holiday Tablescape Party, I knew that I wanted to use a nontraditional color palette. Coming from a family that celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, I like to use colors in my designs that people don’t associate with one holiday or the other. I decided to go with a theme that incorporated white, silver, different shades of purple, and of course a lot of sparkle!

I did many DIY projects for this tablescape and used coupons whenever possible.  I shopped at the Christmas Tree Shops, Crate and Barrel, CVS, Michaels, Joann Fabrics and  HomeGoods, where I found great deals!

My very talented and kind friend, Laura Caggiano, took these beautiful pictures. Her work is amazing!

I started with a silver tablecloth from HomeGoods with a pintuck taffeta overlay that I already owned and had made of fabric that I bought on ebay. One of my favorite budget friendly ways to dress up a table is with fabric.

I bought beautiful sparkling purple fabric and sewed my napkins out of it. It was a great way to save some money!

My favorite project for this table was my place card holders. I bought clear ornaments and filled them with purple, silver, white iridescent glitter, water, and glycerin to make my own "snow globe" ornaments. On top of these ornaments I designed my own place cards using a font called "Christmas Flakes". I then took glue tape, sprinkled glitter over that, and adorned each card with a lilac jewel. These ornaments are also great favors for guests to bring home!

Each place setting started with a silver "diamond" glitter mat that I found at HomeGoods. I used my wedding china and added color to this setting with a purple rimmed salad plate purchased at Crate and Barrel for just $2.95 a piece. I designed my own Winter Wonderland  dinner menus using the "Christmas Flake" font again.

I made white flower "snowballs" with Styrofoam balls from Michael's (40% off) and I bought a bulk of white rose buds from ebay for a steal. I then took nails that I bought from the hardware store and stuck rhinestones to make my own bouquet jewels. Crystal wrap is my new best friend. I wrapped this at the top of all of my votive holders and centerpiece cylinders. One roll was just $6.00!

I was lucky to find purple wine glasses at the Christmas Tree Shops. I'm always finding great pieces for my designs there!

The two shorter "snowball" centerpieces were filled with water beads. Snowflakes hung from each of them.

I draped lilac snowflake ribbon (purchased at HomeGoods) down the middle of the table. A purple beaded garland (from CVS) also garnished the middle of the table as well as iridescent snowflakes.

I bought the purple disco ball ornaments at HomeGoods and placed them on silver pillar holders.

My large "snowball" centerpiece was filled with white and purple gems. These gems were a great find as they were on clearance from Halloween for less than a dollar for a bag. Iridescent snowflakes also hung from this centerpiece.

Happy Holidays! 

November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Tablescape Contest

When I found out that Occasions Magazine was having a Thanksgiving tablescape contest, I was so excited to get started on my design. I was even more excited when I found out I placed in the top ten!!! I just love the rich metallic colors of the fall and, of course, I just love anything that sparkles! For my tablescape, I started with a chocolate wrinkled taffeta tablecloth. Each place setting had a patterned gold charger with a shimmering bronze glass plate and rust colored metallic “leaf” salad plate. Chocolate satin napkins were placed on top of the leaf plates with gold leaf napkin rings. Amber glass goblets were set at each place setting, while orange and yellow glass acorn candy dishes filled with tiny gems were used as place card holders. A red rosette table runner was in the center of the table. Glass wine bottles with sparking copper candles and copper beads hung from the inside of the wine bottles were placed on the table. Pots of gems and even more copper beads were also added adornments. For the main centerpiece, glittering bronze branches were placed in a vase and filled with rich fall colored gems.Hanging votive candle holders with crushed amber glass and tealight candles hung from the branches. The fireplace mantel was decorated with acorn and metallic leaf garlands, alongside sparkling pumpkins, acorns and twine! Lastly, each guest received a “Thanksgiving Treat” — acorn shaped gourmet chocolates — in a golden box.

Check out my entry featured by clicking here.

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