DIY Christmas Tabletop
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having my family over on Christmas Eve. We’ve been doing it for years now, and it partially started out to give my mom a break (we have a few Christmas celebrations in December with our large family). I absolutely love it because it’s my chance to host and plan everything. It’s so much fun deciding on the tabletop and planning the menu. Since it’s only my immediate family it’s a small enough group that I don’t feel overwhelmed. It makes me feel like an adult! 😉 It also gives me a chance to get my creative juices flowing and create a DIY Christmas tabletop!
This year I chose to use more red in all of my Christmas decorations, including the table runner ($12.99 at Marshall’s!). I usually do a neutral table since that’s more my general “home style,” but I really like red during this time of year. Not pictured- arrangements of red roses and greenery that were on our kitchen island!
This DIY Christmas tabletop was simple and pretty much free. I asked my husband to cut a piece of cedar (laying around in our garage) and stain it, since I didn’t want the candles ruining the runner. Then I just pulled out my stash of white candles, which I’ve used for so many occasions, and made an arrangement on the board. I was able to find a bundle of greenery for $5 at my local grocery store, and I started adding a sprig at a time until it felt right.
Lastly, I had to add something special to each setting. I chose to use our everyday dishes since I didn’t want the runner to compete with my Christmas Spode that I sometimes use. At each place I used my favorite linen napkins (I have them in Flax) and tied each napkin with string and a sprig of green. Confession: I snipped branches off of the back of our tree! I love how it was all simple but came together nicely. This DIY Christmas tabletop was pretty much free! I had all items on hand, besides the table runner that I had bought earlier this month.
I absolutely love having an excuse to plan party decor and menus, and Christmas Eve is my favorite time!