Last week, I revealed my house all dolled up for Christmas. If you missed my Christmas House Tour, be sure to check it out! There are 30 amazing homes on the tour and it’s definitely worth a look.
I wanted to linger a bit today in my dining room and share some tips on how to create an easy candy-cane Christmas table setting. To add some drama to the tablescape, I used red grosgrain ribbon from the dollar store and attached it to the candle chandelier. When the afternoon light filters through the window the ribbons look especially pretty! This is a great way to add inexpensive flair to your table.
I had purchased some faux boxwood wreaths from Ballard Designs for the backs of the chairs. My original plan was to create pipe-cleaner monograms for each wreath, but after seeing how cute they looked at each place-setting I changed my mind! I found the candy cane pipe cleaners in Target’s dollar spot, but you could easily create your own by twisting a red and white pipe cleaner together.
To make each monogram, I opened up Word on my computer, chose the font Lavanderia at 400, and then laid my laptop down on the table to “trace” each letter with my pipe cleaners. You will need to twist two pipe cleaners together for most cursive letters. Just twist and bend the pipe cleaner until you have an adorable letter. Clip off any excess and you are done!
You can see how my “M” and the “B” turned out in the picture below.
This is such an inexpensive and fun alternative to place cards for the family.
For the backs of the chairs, I created some pipe cleaner candy canes. I attached the wreaths to the chairs with corsage pins.
One last tip for you! I bought two rosemary plants from the grocery store and painted the plastic pots with white chalk paint. A gingham ribbon and dollar store cardinal were all that was needed to create a wonderful smelling centerpiece. I think these pots would make terrific housewarming presents as well!
Here is a list of sources for you in case you were wondering where everything came from:
- Tablecloth from Amazon.
- Bird plates and santa bell napkin rings from Pier 1.
- Cardinal cream & sugar from Marshalls.
- Stemware from Target (purchased several years ago).
- Chair wreaths from Ballard Designs.
- Rosemary plants from Wegman’s grocery store.
- Cardinals from Dollar Store.