Blue Christmas

Alexandra of Enchanted Events & Design is a talented graphics designer and event stylist/blogger.  She has a flair for modern sleek design and creates lovely paper goods which she sells in her Etsy shop.  Today Alexandra shows you how to re-create your holiday table from one year to the next.  She starts out with her wedding china as the staple items and is inspired by the blue band in the pattern.  Read on to see how she transforms her 2009 table for 2010, and get the printable items seen here FREE!

In Alexandra’s words:  I decided to accentuate the white and blue of the dishes in this look. I laid out a simple white tablecloth (on sale from a fabric store) and put silver chargers (from a dollar store) under the china. Each year I use an ornament for a place card (so each person will have a memento for their tree to take home). Last year I was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath. I decided to make mini wreaths for each person and used the extra fruit to craft silver trees for the table. For my centerpiece I raided my Christmas tree decorations! I got a clear glass vase and stuffed it with white stuffing. Then I stuffed sparkly white branches and hung all the small blue and silver ornaments I could find in my collection from them. Lastly, I found some silver tinsel garland from the dollar store and strung it up and down the table.

For my 2010 transformation I again started with the same china and dollar store chargers. I laid my white fabric down on the table and covered it with a cotton damask fabric I purchased at the fabric store. For my centerpiece I found the candle pillar holder at Target for only $19.99 and filled it with silver and blue ornaments I found in my ornament collection. You can also see the sparkly white branches from last years centerpiece in it as well! For the place cards this year I found these pretty black ornaments for $2 each at Target. I further dressed up the table setting by printing my own menus. The silver sweetgum-fruit trees are getting used again alongside some fresh flowers. Finally I strung some larger blue and silver ornaments from the ceiling all of which came from a dollar store! 
I hope you enjoyed my table transformation.

Thank you, Alexandra, for a great example of “freecycling” and creativity.  We love your beautiful tables!  Now, as a gift to you Alexandra is offering the menu card seen here (love it!), with matching place card, and invitation for FREE to all of her followers.  Head over to her blog to sign up and get them!

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