December 5, 2014
Steal these ideas! Mantel & Table Decorating
It’s that time of year…the Holiday Season, a time to celebrate! What better way than to decorate your home. I love this time of year. It’s when you can be the most flamboyant with your decorating and get away with it.Some of the most commonly asked holiday decorating questions are: “How do I decorate my mantel” and “How do I decorate my table?” My answer: Anything goes!
Sometimes I am traditional, other times Victorian. Being in the retail business I have collected many decorations over the years. I have had as many as 11 trees decorated and displayed in my home in a season. This year, it will only be a slight seven. But with so many ornaments…let the fun begin!!
For the mantel, I sometimes swap out my picture above for a large wreath that compliments the tree and the room. Then I add some garland and insert matching silk floral stems and berries to coordinate with my theme.
To change it up a bit this year, I am using a mirror on my mantel that reflects the lights from my tree. It’s a wonderful way to add more sparkle to the room. On one side of the mantel, nestled in the lighted garland, I placed candlesticks and balanced the other side with a taller statement piece, my large Santa. I filled in the center with lower items (stocking holders, berries, silk floral stems, and so forth) to move the eye from one spot to the next. If your garland is longer on one side, simply continue your flowers and berries to the floor and anchor it with another Santa. Nothing should be too symmetrical. The delight comes with the unexpected!
For the holiday tablescape, I love to use my Spode Christmas china. It was given to us by my husband’s grandmother and brings fond memories of family Christmas’ past.
My design plan for this year is to start with a beautiful tablecloth or runner, and then create the centerpiece. TIP: If you want to add a layer under the runner, use felt from a fabric store. It’s 72” wide so no need to sew or seam, and it is easy to cut to the correct length of your table. This is a great tip when you have created or rented an extra long table for large gatherings. For me, the centerpiece changes from year to year but I always love to showcase my collections of Byers Choice® Carolers, small trees and candlesticks.
What’s important is to bring out the things you have collected, are family treasures, or something new that gives you great joy. Start with a beautiful item, color or pattern and build from there.
To each place setting I always add a decorative napkin and a little gift. The adults love to open the crackers and the children love the 3D glasses that make lights magically appear as Santas, snowflakes or reindeer! Guaranteed laughs and good times and enjoying the season with friends and family…that’s what the holidays are all about.
Donna Dentner | Lifestyles Manager