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Setting a Modern Vintage Christmas Tablescape

This modern tablescape maintains a vintage Christmas feel with fresh greenery, bright, vibrant blooms. The bottlebrush trees and cheater-putz houses all lend a nostalgic feel, and the geometric globes hold a special gift, just for you – free Holiday gift labels! 

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Hello, Friends! The most magical time of the year is upon us with Christmas Day arriving in T-minus -21 days! I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I’ve been busy decorating every nook and cranny – I’m sure you have been, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and joining 27 beyond-talented bloggers and me for our Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to visit them all to soak up every fabulous Christmas table decorating idea!


I stepped outside of the box on this one and created a tablescape with modern color, style, and accents, which still maintained that vintage Christmas feel I’m so crazy about.  I love green and red as much as the next person, but I like pinks and blues and turquoises far more, and this setting has that in gangbusters!


Like many of you, I’m sure, the only time my dining room gets dressed up is special occasions. A few years ago we created a dining/play multipurpose room. During most of the year, our dining table folds up and acts as a console table. But when Christmas (Or Thanksgiving. Or Halloween.) comes around, things get fancy, and that table folds out!  Here it is the night before the big decorating! For more information on that, click here!

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I started by laying a scotch-pine runner, adding sprigs of Leyland cypress and boxwood atop a teal and vintage looking lace-edged layered table runner, right down the center of the table.

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I nestled glittery candles and cheater-putz houses bathed in glitter in pinks, blues, and other pastels. I’ll be sharing the fastest tutorial on these later in the season!

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Next, came various sizes and colors of bottlebrush trees, along with clementines for color and texture.

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Colorful reindeer ornaments adorned with sparkle flank the sides of the runner.

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Geometric globes hold small gifts, wrapped in ribbon and love from Santa, just for you. His gift? These free downloadable gift tags!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic


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In the center sits a large vase of vibrant blooms and evergreen stems.

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The gold chargers are my holiday standbys, but I love finding new ways to use them!

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The salad plates were a budget find this year. I love the whimsical message and images and the mix of colors and patterns. Linen napkins wrapped in gold napkin rings and red and white baker’s twine bows set the scene. I wasn’t able to find Christmas crackers in time, but rest assured I’ll be adding them before the season is out!

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I’ve been dying for pink dinner plates, but I’ve been unable to find any in the right shade (or budget).  I decided to take matters into my own hands and painted these on regular white dinner plates using a non-toxic enamel – I’ll be sharing a tutorial shortly!

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Being an informal table setting, I skipped the place cards. I may decide to use my gift tags as place cards later in the season.

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Just because it’s an informal setting doesn’t mean I’m skipping the crystal! These crystal goblets hold cranberry mimosas garnished with fresh cranberries, orange slices, and sprigs of Rosemary. I know what we’ll be serving for Christmas breakfast!

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Even with its non-traditional colors, this table still holds all that is near and dear to me at this time of year – a place to gather with my family and friends, to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, surrounded by magic! And, of course, a visit from all of you!

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Merry Christmas and many thanks to Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate for organizing such a fun blog hop – always one of my favorite collaborations! Don’t forget to visit the other contributors – I’m headed over there now!


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How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

How to Set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table with informal stuff. Use your everyday dinnerware and decorative items from around your home to set the festive holiday table of your dreams! 

How to Set a Semi Formal Thanksgiving Table

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I’m popping in today with some tips for decorating your semi-formal Thanksgiving table using your everyday dinnerware and items from around your home. To make this task even quicker, I’m also sharing a free Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet PDF that we can both refer back to every year! #whichsidedoestheforkgoonagain

Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet



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 As a blended family with busy, grown children, that also shares custody of our younger children, we celebrate Thanksgiving twice – once on Thanksgiving day and usually the week before. We often invite friends to join us and have affectionately named this day Ca-Merican Thanksgiving, combining my Canadian traditions with My American hubby’s. Our family looks forward to this celebration every year. This year was even more special as my bestie of 33 years was visiting from Canada. This girl and I go waaaaay back and will forever be friends if for no other reason then to protect our secrets. #SheKnowsTooMuch
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We enjoyed a hectic visit with all kinds of shenanigans and even managed to fit in an overnight road trip! Her response to everything we saw in Washington DC? “I thought it would be bigger.” Just like a Canadian.
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Finally, Ca-Merican Thanksgiving arrived, and it suddenly occurred to my foggy brain that I hadn’t given three seconds of thought to my Thanksgiving table decorations. #alottawine #stillrecovering
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I know – the world would not end if I didn’t have a perfect table-setting, but my blog brain doesn’t work like that.No doubt you can relate! But what if you don’t have the tablecloth/charger/fine-China/Crystal wine glasses/etc., but still want to set a semi-formal table? Use what you have!

How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

Add a tablecloth

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I found this runner last spring on clearance at Home Goods – it’s me to a “T” with lots of color and pattern.
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My tablecloth is another matter altogether. Whether you have a 10 feet long table such as this or are putting together multiple tables, I’ve yet to find an affordable cover that will fit. This year, I used curtains panels and layered them on top of one another. Here are some other ideas for runners and cloths:
  • bed sheets
  • blankets
  • long scarves
  • unfinished fabric
  • wrapping paper
  • craft and scrapbook paper

Make a centerpiece

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Make a centerpiece of several colored pumpkins, both real and faux fabric, dollar store tealight candles, and glass bottles filled with 2-3 stems of faux flowers and eucalyptus stems. Even better? Use Fresh flower stems! Other centerpiece ideas:

  • A single row of lit candles
  • seasonal fruit
  • flowers laid out in a row, interspersed with candles or tealights

Pick a charger – or not

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You don’t need a charger, but they give an additional layer of depth to the table. Find metallic chargers at Walmart or the dollar store for $.98 apiece during the holidays. I use these gold chargers for pretty much everything – they are a classic look that works for many occasions. Other charger ideas:
  • placemats
  • wrapping paper
  • cardstock or even fabric


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I almost always use real fabric napkins to up the fancy-meter, no matter what else is on my table – paper plates, plastic plates, etc. If you don’t have any hanging around, you can achieve a fun look by layering paper napkins, folding a cocktail napkin over a dinner. Napkins rings are elegant when you tie a colorful piece of bakers twine or ribbon around your napkin.

Add your dishes

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Place your Soup Bowl, Salad Plate, and Dinner Plate on a charger. Not serving soup? Skip the soup bowl. Serving coffee? Set a cup and saucer out. Go eclectic by mixing and matching your dinnerware instead of making them all the same.
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One of my favorite looks is to set a white dinner plate with a patterned or colored dessert or salad plate. In the past, I have used formal style plastic plates as well as disposable plates. I do have a set of China, but I only have eight place settings. To get around that, I used my everyday white dinnerware and alternated the plate patterns. Just go with it – An eclectic table can be fun and beautiful!
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No matter what you’re using, you can up the elegance factor by setting your table correctly. Here’s a free cheat-sheet that you can download after subscribing to my newsletter. No spamming, I promise!
Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet
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Although it was unplanned, our Ca-Merican Thanksgiving table was beautiful and festive. With just a little bit of creativity and a few minutes, yours can be too! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by your besties and all of those you love!
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How to get an A+ in Fun with a Back to School Party Table

Make the grade with your family when you put together a celebratory and fun Back to School party table, using inexpensive items and things from around your home! 

Back to School Party Table

In addition to pumpkins and crunchy, whirly twirly leaves, Fall means back to school. I know many of you are already back in class, but here in Virginia, we start back after Labor Day. This year is a bit different for us – we’ve decided to take a break from homeschooling with our youngest child. A lofty decision, to say the least, but one that feels right for us. Wish us luck and send tissues!

To celebrate Fall and the start of the new school year it seemed like a fun time to set a back to school party table to mark the occasion – you know how I love a good tablescape! Lucky me, Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate asked me to participate in a Fall tablescape right around the same time. Be sure to scroll down to see the other Fall tablescapes – there are new settings all week so check back often.

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To add to the fun, I’ve added these fun cupcake toppers and place cards to my Goodies area, available to subscribers. You can get them here! Now on to the fun stuff!

Back to School Party Table Ideas

The Table Runner

A paper table runner in gold is the perfect backdrop for the magnetic letters borrowed from your kid.

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A black flannel-back vinyl table cloth, cut to size, and placed over a flannel “shooting star” table cloth makes for a quick and chalkboard – and what school function is complete without a chalkboard?!

Use white drawing chalk to prepare the vinyl before writing on it and offer colored chalk as a fun alternative. Let everyone go nuts, writing on the board!


The Centerpiece

Grocery store flowers add color and height to the table when displayed on a cake pedestal. A fun ceramic apple figurine is a perfect addition to the casual centerpiece.

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The Table Setting

I have fancy china, but hardly ever use it. Instead, I love to pair colorful dessert and salad plates with plain, white, every-day dinnerware.

Always check Target dollar aisles for cute back to school decor like the adorable pencil figures and apple clothespins below. Download these fun place cards here!

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Buffalo Check napkins keep things fun and add color.

Pairing measuring tape or ruler ribbon with alphabet letter beads makes a quick and easy napkin ring, especially when you use the beads to spell out school-related words. Use scotch tape around the edge of the ribbon to easily thread the beads.


Food Serving Ideas

Retro looking Milk Bottles with Tops and straws add color and a bit of pattern and are the perfect vessel for apple juice poured from a fun Mason Jar Drink Dispenser.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly – the quintessential school lunch!

Download these cupcake toppers here!

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Other Decor

Using Paper Fans in your party decor is a simple, inexpensive way to bring in color and texture!

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I’ll be a little teary when they all get on the bus this year, but I’m so glad I’ll have the memories from the summer – and this little tablescape – to get me through the day.

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I hope you’ll be flying through your day, too! To help with that, don’t forget to stop by and take a peek at these other lovely Fall table settings.

Thanks for stopping by!

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