Monday, November 26, 2012

Dare to DIY: Dare to Entertain

If you've been around awhile, you prob remember me linking up to exactly one blog link party year after year and my friends, that time has come. This year, Kim from NewlyWoodwards is teaming up with a few other ladies and although I skipped last week's turkey day themed shindig, I'm all in this week. Because duh, this week is Dare to Entertain. And if that means I can set a table, then damn it, I'm doing it. 
Each year, I change it up and decorate based on how many people I'm having for Christmas Eve dinner and whatever decorating whim I'm on that year. Last year was fancy and formal turquoise and lime and the year before was comfy and cozy sweater wrapped everything. I already clued you in on this year's theme, so I give you my Scandi-Shabby Christmas Table.


I started off by stamping some plain white napkins with a pencil eraser courtesy of my own stamped napkin tutorial. (Sorry this place is link city today!) I added some mini faux boxwood garland wreaths that I made. I found the mini garland on etsy.


Then I "suggested" John go out to our recently downed tree, courtesy of Sandy, and slice me up a couple a nice lookin logs. Then I "suggested" he drill some holes in them to fit the squat little taper candles I found at the Dollar Tree. FYI, when they're called Emergency candles, they are a lot cheaper...6 for a buck!


Turned out pretty cute eh?


Have you noticed that I forgot something when setting my table? That's right, my knives were dirty so they were all in the dishwasher. Use your imagination. Or pretend we'll be eating very tender meat.



 I threw a quick black kraft paper runner down the middle and called it a Scandi day.

 


See that boxwood wreath up there? Made that ish. Tutorial coming atcha in a few days.


Way to go John. Seriously.


So I dunno, it's definitely not my normal thing. It might actually be a little sparse for my taste. And we're gonna need to pump up the twinkly light/glitter factor. But that's why I tried it out today, took pics, then took it right back down. I've now got a month or so make some magic.

Do you think John would go for me dumping a pound of glitter on those logs? No? Me neither.

18 comments:

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

your photos and designs are very beautiful.
lets be blog friends

www.mirrorofmyworld.blogspot.co.uk

ellie xxxxx

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

Your table is beautiful! I LOVE those log candle holders and mini boxwood garland wreaths! Very pretty :)

*claire* said...

i LOVE this! i was excited to see how you would scandi it up this year (and i'm sure there's more to come!) also - kinda jealous of those logs. way to turn a crappy thing into diy awesomeness.

Kate said...

Loves it. But you know I am down with the Scandinavians. Ikea is my favorite home away from home, after all. Alright, let me see what I can come up with now....you guys have inspired me.

DecorandtheDog said...

I should have had you do my post too. :P Your table looks amazing. As always. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

PEACHES said...

How does one say LOVE IT in Swedish? Very cool. I tend to pile it on come winter/holidays, so I really appreciate anyone who can make stuff seem warm and lovely without being fussy. It's a skill I have yet to learn. Well done, you!

K @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

Love your place setting wreaths. What a great idea. Those logs look really good. I bet they look even better after the candle wax dripped down on them? Looking forward to the tutorial!

Meghan said...

Log candle holders? I mean, come on. Love it!

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Ashley said...

Love the log candle holders! Gotta do that myself!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Okay, this looks Scandimazing. Just lovely. It's pretty close to your inspiration, too. Only cooler. Also, your hubby is awesome for cutting those logs for you? That husband rocks. And you rock - those boxwood wreaths are pretty awesome.

Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY. You always put together the best projects.

Melissa said...

I love the candle holders made from logs. Combine that with the black chalk wall, dark furniture, and the green wreath- perfect! Great job!

Chelsea @ two twenty one said...

Beautiful table! I love the logs and Dollar Tree emergency candles. Don't worry about not including the knives-- I didn't put out any silverware for my table setting. I claimed that we only eat with our hands. Thanks for linking up!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

can I just say YOU my dear, are amazing!

Jillian Keefe said...

I just LOVE this table setting. All of it. Those log candle holders are amazing! I want!! Now, I say next round of candle holders...say Valentines Day table for two...need a hellofalotta glitter! ;)

katherine @the creative collection said...

I love the simple style of this. No matter where you are or who you are hosting, this setting is gorgeous. I found you through the DIY link party and although my centerpiece IS glittery, it's only a centerpiece. :) Enjoy this Christmas season!

<3,
Katherine @ thecreativecollection

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

Major props to the hubs for being such a team player! I love how the table turned out. It looks so fresh and clean. Charming!

Joi said...

LOVE this!! So rustic and chic!

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