An Unconventional Holiday Tablescape

Next week, I'm hosting a table at my church Christmas party. It's an event where the ladies of the church volunteer to host and decorate their own tables, so that each table has its own unique flavor. Then we all wander around and admire the different styles before enjoying a Christmas program.

Anyway, when I found out that Kate of Centsational Girl was hosting a tablescape blog party, I thought it would be a perfect time to do a dress rehearsal before the big event. My best friend Kelsey helped me set up our patio table with what we have planned for the 8-person table at the event (on a smaller scale, of course) so we could see how it looks and what we want to add to it before next Thursday.

When I was presented with this opportunity, I knew I didn't want to do anything that just screams "Christmas." I wanted it to be fun and festive without the stereotypical red and green color scheme (not that there is anything wrong with red and green– my living room is sporting that look right now). My second thought was that I didn't want to spend tons of money on this event, and I would need to be resourceful, using what I already have.

So... It just so happens that I have a thing for pears, and I have a ton of pear ornaments on my Christmas tree. I decided to use the pears as my jumping off point for the table theme, and this is what we ended up with!

I wanted warm metallics to play up the beautiful pear green colors we had throughout the table, so we collected some different sparkly crystal or mercury glass pieces to add shimmer to the setting. Nothing says festive like a little sparkle, right?

Kelsey inherited the china from her grandmother, and it was perfect for our table. It would have been nice to use our own china, but I only received two sets from our wedding registry. Is the giving of china as a wedding gift an outdated practice? All I know is that my mother forced me to register for it!

The champagne gold chargers really beef up the presence of the china and add formality to the table. 

The place cards were so simple. I layered white and tan cardstock and wrote the names in a whimsical calligraphy style. I just love the simple neutral colors against the punchy green of the pears. I think that's why I love pears so much– that green color is so appealing!

Though the china has gold accents, we went with silver flatware to mix it up. The mixed metals work really well because the mercury glass throughout the centerpiece has touches both silver and gold, so it all makes sense together. 

Have I mentioned that I LOVE mercury glass? It's so beautiful. Once we lit the candles, this tablescape really came alive. The reflective surfaces of the mercury glass and crystal bounced the candlelight all over the table, and the effect was warm and magical. 

I had the manzanita branch left over from our wedding decor, but I chose to glitter some branches from our own trees to add another dimension to the centerpiece. Using spray adhesive and Martha Stewart Smoky Quartz glitter, I crafted up some simple branches. That particular color of glitter is my favorite– it's subtle and gorgeous. Leave it to Martha to master the perfect glitter!

As far as table linens, we used a vintage white embroidered tablecloth that I inherited from my grandmother and layered it with two linen table runners from CB2 (a wedding gift). The vintage cloth and linen color added a softness that really complimented the shimmering metallics in the tablescape.

It's ironic that the blog party contest has a HomeGoods gift card as its prize because so much of my tablescape is from HomeGoods! That store is definitely my favorite place to go when shopping for my home.

Let's talk about where I got all of this stuff in case you saw something you like!

Source List:

Large mercury glass vase: HomeGoods ($15)
Pear ornaments: HomeGoods
Sparkly pine cones: Hobby Lobby
Mercury glass votive holders: Target ($1 each)
Oversized pear: HomeGoods
China: vintage
Gold dotted bowl:  DIY/thrift store (Read about it HERE.)
Crystal candlesticks: HomeGoods
Green pears: HomeGoods
Manzanita Branch: HomeGoods
White tablecloth: vintage
Table runners/placemats: CB2
Champagne gold chargers: Michaels
Sparkly berry branches: Hobby Lobby
Flatware: Dillards
Patio table: Target
If I forgot anything, let me know. 

Fortunately for me, I already had many of the items I used for this tablescape. That helped me to keep the budget down, which is especially important this time of year.

If you want to recreate something like this without buying a lot of stuff, do what I did and think about what you already have around the house (or in your Christmas boxes in storage). I have started to collect pears, so it was a no-brainer for me to go in that direction so I wouldn't have to spend a lot of money. You may have some neat items around your home that would look beautiful when arranged as a centerpiece!

So, now that the table is set...

* Let's eat! *

Now this post is linked up to the first party and another great blog party thrown by Layla at The Lettered Cottage. Check it out HERE!

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