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! 


24 comments:

  1. Oh that is gorgeous!! That tablecloth is fabulous too!!

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  2. Oh my! I love this! I'm very happy to find such a beautiful tablescape that doesn't shy away from color. You can't go wrong with colorful sparkly things:)

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  3. Beautiful, I love everything about this tablescape, where did you buy the crystal wrap from? thanks for sharing.

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  4. Great job, everything looks beautiful. How long in total did it take you to do it all?

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  5. Your mix of elements and putting this all together is fantastic! Probably my favorite table I've looked at today, and I've viewed quite a few! I love to see original ideas at work! And, I love that you stepped outside of the box with your color!

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  6. This is like a super fun, really sophisticated disco ball! Love all the sparkly awesomeness!

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  7. Thanks so much for the compliments! @UKMUMINUSA- I bought the crystal wrap from a local floral supply place but I have also found it online through a google search. @Sharon-I spent a few hours every night for a few days working on all the projects. Once that was done, the setup was the easier part!

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  8. Your table is freaking amazing! I was working on a blog post about purple as a Christmas trend for 2011. I'm going to have to link to your post. Beautiful.

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  9. Jess...I'm so jealous of your table! I love the purple color scheme! I've had that the past two years & it was awesome! I just got married this summer...so the purple went out the window. ;p Saw your table on Layla's link party! Great job! www.partiesforpennies.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh it's gorgeous! I love the purple color, such a fun setting!

    xo

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  11. Brittany, Goody, Chatty, Chicks, Heidi and Rachelle, Thanks for your kind words about my table design! This was my first year decorating with purple and it was so fun to play around with such a vibrant color!

    Brianna, Please feel free to link to my post. Thanks for the compliment!

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  12. I don't even know what to say - it's so beautiful! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors around Christmas. Purple definitely isn't the traditional red and green, but it still fits with the season. I absolutely love what you did!

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  13. Thanks so much, Sarah! That's so nice of you to say!

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  14. Wow, I'm stunned. It's so beautiful, looks like something from a high end wedding reception! I'm definitely going to start following your blog!

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  15. Thank you, AJ! I like to make things look "fancy" while staying on a budget. Thanks for following me!

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  16. Wow! This is just gorgeous! I'm visiting from A La Mode's linky party :) Happy Holidays! x K

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  17. Jess, Love your table :-). Lots of fun details...and bling...gotta love bling :-)

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  18. Jess, this is amazing!!! I'm in awe of all of the elements, and the spectacular whole!!! All of your crafts are so beautifully done, and to top it all off, you did it on a budget!! WOW!

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  19. Henny, Thank you so much! You are so thoughtful and sweet!

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  20. The flowers look amazing and very real! Which ones did you buy on ebay?? I was looking but there are many choices to choose from.

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  21. It was a few years ago so I don't remember! They weren't very expensive though.

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