December 03, 2011

a christmas tablescape

There's nothing better than a little holiday tablescaping. Here's what I've been playing with this weekend.

For most of my tablescapes I just shop the house. But this one is about 50/50 on items I already owned vs newly purchased items. Only because I was near an Ikea during Thanksgiving in Florida and couldn't resist adorable white bowls with silver snowflakes, sparkly white snowflake ornaments & white wicker balls (there has to be a better name for those, right?)

Oh and then there was the most fabulous fabric store ever where I bought the beautiful grain sack inspired runner and the red and white stripe napkins. Which I think are actually dishtowels, but I like them as napkins so let's just go with it.

These antique ball jars are new to me, but I didn't have to pay for them so they don't count. Mom gave them to me. They've got the old zinc lids and everything. Super fun. What was she thinking leaving them in the garage to collect dust all these years?

I heart Ikea. And white bowls with snowflakes.

Handmade clay tags make every tablescape better!

We have a lot of holly bushes in our landscaping. I don't care for them most of the year, but right now they are full of red berries and are actually really pretty. Don't be fooled by their looks though. I stabbed myself 5,987 times while cutting and arranging them for this table. you spot my other new Ikea item. Yep, its my Christmas-y striped rug. How on earth do they make a rug for $4? Someone please tell me. I bought 3 of these because they were just too good to pass up. And if Sarah and Melissa have one....well then I need one too! :)

Oh and I almost forgot about the vintage-inspired paper straws - super fun for Christmas entertaining. You can buy them here

I've been working on some mantelscaping this weekend too! Hoping to show that to you this week if everything goes according to plan.

alima ;)

Head over to Layla's to see some other great Christmas tablescapes!
The Lettered Cottage

and to Sarah's for a Good Life Wednesday!
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  1. Whimsical!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. LOVE your table! I think you are about the luckiest person on the planet to have had those jars just fall into your lap -- everywhere I see them, they cost the earth. The red/white stripes are just wonderful.

    None of my holly has berries... what am I doing wrong?

  3. love your entire table my fave and best coastal-farmgal....

    you SOOOO needed a red and white ikea rug ;-)

    love the jars- does you mama want to have another look round her garage for your CF bestie!! why does my garage not hold such treasures??!!

    your grain sack runner is divine- is it from that shop you sent me the pickie of?

    AND FINALLY - i llllllooooooooovvvvvvveeeee the numbers- love mine too - more than you may even know....

    Melissa xx

  4. Your tablescape is my favorite so far from the Lettered Cottage Link Party! I love blue bell jars but had not thought of incorporating them in my Christmas decorating. And I just so happened to have found 5(!) at Goodwill for 0.99 each:)

  5. Love love love it all!! Those little clay tags are my favorite, though. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your style seems very similar to my own! I have those red striped straws left over from my wedding and I own more blue mason jars than I would like to admit (also from my wedding). I included a mason jar in my tablescape as well and paired it with some yellow craspedia and a blue pedestal bowl full of ornaments. I'm really loving your use of red and blue.

  7. I love the red and white ticking napkins, your table looks beautiful!

  8. Soooooo sweet, Alima! I just love the way you put your tablescape together! I'm a sucker for grain sacks, and your runner and napkins caught my attention. GREAT job! Sooooo pretty! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. Found you at The Lettered Cottage. I love your tablescape. I'm now a follower.

  10. Okay, I almost cant's stand it how much I love every single detail! Really! You're so talented! I love the pops of red! I'm going that route next year! The mason jars are perfect and the straws, oh my goodness! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!
    XO, Aimee from

  11. Thanks for all your sweet comments girls! I really appreciate them! :)

  12. So lovely! I love all the little details of the table scape. Thanks for linking up with me for our Christmas Cheer party (:

  13. that table looks adorable! i love all the colors and textures- beautifully done!

  14. I just found your blog, and I am really enjoying it :-) Your Christmas table is SOOOO pretty, the colors are my favorites (and I have a few of those old blue jars that I never think to use!). Would you mind sharing where you found your red/white napkins? I love them! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!


  15. The red/white napkins are from an amazing quilt shop in Dunedin, FL called Rainbow's End. The tag inside says "Dunroven House" if that helps you at all!


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