Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cozy Winter Table

When the green tablecloth that I had planned to use for my second dinner table at my annual Boxing Day dinner didn't fit, I had to get creative. Rummaging through my tablecloth closet (read: the jam-packed craft closet in my office/studio that only has about three feet of space for actual hanging which is where my tablecloths are stored), I knew I was going to be in trouble. The cranberry tablecloth was way too big, the white tablecloths way too blah. I had a patterned one that worked well in the past, but had something different in mind for the centerpiece, so reached for, the first time ever at Christmas, the blue one.
It looked great in the room, blended perfectly with my new Santa pillow, and ended up being quite popular once I decided to swap out my planned evergreen plates for my Currier & Ives winter scene ones.
This is a table that, if I wanted it to, will take me all of the way through winter. There is nothing about it that screams Christmas, just winter coziness. 
As it turned out, everyone loved this table and raved about it. It was set for eight during the party, but for every day, it will just be set for four.
The centerpiece is one that is a mishmash of some of my favorite things, including wooden trees that I have used in the past here and here. Twig reindeer are also more winter than Christmas and from Pottery Barn years ago, a purchase that I have never regretted.
The “tin houses” are pure genius, fooled everyone, and were the brainchild of Debbie of the wonderful Confessions of a Plate Addict blog, whose easy instructions I followed, and am I ever thrilled that I did (read: buy houses, buy paint, spray). I do not recommend waiting until the last minute and putting on the final coat on the day of the party, but this darling trio of cardboard houses from Hobby Lobby (that stack inside each other for easy storage) will appear again and again. For only $15 for the houses and $5 for the Rustoleum Hammered Silver spray paint (that I found at Wal-Mart), I ended up with these super cute tin look houses. Even up close people were completely fooled, and can you imagine what I would have spent had these houses been actual tin? Lots!
The flickering tea lights inside are from Pier One and are battery operated. Do NOT use real candles. No.

The tabletop greenery is actually a taken apart swag that I bought days before the party at Home Depot for half off. I love using fresh greenery not only for the looks, but also for the fresh pine fragrance, and it is nothing additional to store.

 Plates - decades old
Napkins - Pier One
Flatware - Oneida
Crystal -
Marquis by Mikasa

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Linda said...

Love this! Very pretty, Pattie. I love the Currier & Ives plates - they remind me of my favorite Home to Thanksgiving pattern.
What a wonderful idea on the houses. I have a can of the hammered spray paint recommended in the tutorial too! AND...I got a Hobby Lobby gift card for Christmas! You know you can get 40% off any regular priced item at Hobby Lobby, right? They have a coupon in their ad each week, or you can just show them the coupon on your iPhone if you have their phone app.

Marigene said...

I know it is hard getting away from traditional winter colors...I try to think of pale blue as an icy skating rink! Currier and Ives always reminds me of an old fashioned winter...Like when I was a kid growing up in a tiny Vermont town.
Those houses had me fooled, I thought they were metal. Love the deer.
Have a great week, Pattie.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful table setting - I just love those houses ( and those reindeer )
I've used pale blue many times - for my entire CHristmas theme - but never had a pale blue tablecloth - will have to look into picking one up now that I see how pretty it looks !
Happy New Year !

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Pretty Winter table! Love those deer, very cute.

Jennifer@MyFlagstaffHome said...

What cute table decorations. I love it! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home.


Anonymous said...

This table is divine...those houses are great and a perfect addition. Love the China!

mrsben said...

IMHO, sometimes 'less is more' and your tablescape is proof that one can create something that is unique, beautiful and charming all rolled into one. Also, thank you so much for the link to the houses. With appreciation ... -Brenda-

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Pattie,
This is my first time to come across your blog. Absolutely love your table, so cute
and so unique. Perfect for Winter, and love those currier and Ive dishes as well.
Such a fun tablescape.
Oh and I saw some black beans and rice, so looks like you like spanish food too.
I make cuban style black beans, yellow rice and picadillo or ropa veija.
So I am gonna follow your blog. See ya soon.
Blessings, Nellie
Also like your blog face too. very nice!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Great call on using the blue tablecloth instead and it created a lovely backdrop for your wonderful "cozy house" centerpiece. Your dishware goes perfect with your theme as well. You are right, this tablescape can be equally winter d├ęcor as well as Christmas.

Unknown said...

Aww...this is so adorbs!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Robin Johnson said...

Your tablescape is so pretty, just love the house and those dishes! Amazing!

Jennifer@MyFlagstaffHome said...

Congratulations! This post will be featured this week at My Flagstaff Home.


Debbie said...

I love your tablescape. Especially the village. Just beautiful!

Thelma said...

Beautiful. I love the dishes and the houses. The deer is cute also.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I am so excited that you tried my little houses and liked them! They are perfect on your pretty winter tablescape! The little deer and trees are so wonderfully whimsical...love them! Hugs...Debbie