Tuesday, December 17, 2013

our home: dining room christmas decorations

This past weekend we hosted a Christmas potluck dinner with some of my husband's co-workers and their spouses.  My husband took on the cooking so I just had to focus on getting the house decorated.  The party was definitely the push I needed to get all of my Christmas decorating done ahead of the holidays!  The dinner was a lot of fun and definitely got us excited for next week.

Since my husband sees his co-workers everyday, we decided to just e-mail out the invitations.  Here is an example of what I put together...


If you wanted to make your own, you can grab the background and fonts at the following links:

And here are the Christmas decorations I put up in the dining room….




I added some burlap bows to the hanging candleholders in our dining room.  As you can tell, I love burlap.  Our house has an open floor plan so the burlap in the dining room tied in well with the burlap wreaths I made for the living room {see here}.  



For the table centerpiece, I made a wood box and filled it with a garland and various pinecone and berry bushes and trim that I picked up from Michael's.   The box is made of three pine boards (two 1 x 4 x 8 boards for the sides and one 1 x 6 x 8 for the bottom).  I cut the boards to be 3 1/2 feet long and then stained them using the Varathane stain I had left over from the photo ledge I made earlier this month {see here}.  After three coats of stain, I simply screwed the boards together.  


I was really happy with the end result and figure I can fill the box with other decorations throughout the year depending on the season.


In the window bay, I hung the two wreaths I made last year along with some mini trees that my niece helped me decorate last year with some small pearls on wire.




For the buffet, I simply switched out the potpourri in the candleholders with some Christmas potpourri from Home Goods.


The napkin rings are just ribbon and pearl trim that I had from previous projects.



Now that the house is all decorated, I just need to get my Christmas shopping done!

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