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This past Black Friday, my mom and I skipped the door busters and only went shopping for one thing…a new Christmas table scape design. Our usual table decorations were starting to show the wear and tear of many Christmas dinners and it was time for a change.  Prior to hitting the stores, we shopped around Pinterest and found some ideas to inspire us, such as including the chandelier as part of our decoration, using mercury glass (read more here), and including natural textures (like wood).

Here are some of the things that inspired us:

Our first and only stop was Pier One (Mom had a gift certificate) and we found everything we needed to put together an awesome dining room experience! The folks at Pier One were awesome – they didn’t mind us pulling a bunch of items and using floor space to lay things out (I wish I had taken pictures of this process).

We decided to hang a large star from the middle of the chandelier and drop ornaments around at different lengths. We kept the colors of the ornaments similar to what was in the star and used the same ribbon to tie everything together (see what I did there). Then, because we had some red going on the table, we decided to add some red trimming around each arm and gold trimming at the top that we had purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. I basically wrapped a few pieces of trim around the arm and then used green wire to secure the trimming place.

The chandelier was the hard part. After we had it how we wanted, all we had to do was set the table. We used a red table runner as the base and started in the middle with a mix of large candlesticks and led candles that look like birch logs. Flanking the large candlesticks are glass urns with a wooden base filled with red and white potpourri (smells like Christmas). We then scattered mercury glass votives with red candles in between the urns and candlesticks. The last pieces of the centerpiece was putting out some of the serving pieces from my mom’s Spode china, including the standard candlesticks with green candles.

Each place setting got a gold charger and the Spode china plates. Because of the number of place settings, it was less cluttered to put the silverware on top of the plates instead of on the sides. We alternated green and cream cloth napkins and used these cardinal cutlery holders on top. The only thing missing is the place cards, which I will be making next weekend when I go home for the holidays (expect a blog post on them).


Here is the final product! It was fun working with my mom to create a table design that we are both really proud of (hey maybe if the whole dissertation thing doesn’t work out I can be a professional Christmas decorator?) and getting to spend that time with her one on one.

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I like designing table centerpieces. So many memories happen around the table during the holidays or family dinners, having a pretty space to make those memories make it special.

Are you all decorated for Christmas? Last I checked, there were no trees up yet at my parents’, so my mom still has some work to do (I’m on a decorating hiatus while in grad school since I am usually in Texas for the holidays).


For more information on our inspiration photos and decorating tips, here are the websites:

Chandelier – 15 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Pendant Lights and Chandeliers

Mercury glass and pine cones – Vintage Soul

Gold and silver decorations – Decorating for the Holidays with Suzanne Kasler