The Farmhouse Holiday Decor Series is back and today I’m sharing a winter tablescape. I’m not quite ready to break out the Christmas decorations, especially since I use a lot of fresh greenery, but I like the idea of a festive winter table to fill in that decorating gap.
This week’s “theme”, a holiday/Christmas tablescape, was sponsored by HomeGoods, so I drove out to the nearest one with my mom last week to stroll the aisles and pick up some goodies. Now, when I go to HomeGoods, I need to carve out at least a couple of hours. There is no “popping into HomeGoods real quick.” That just isn’t possible for me. It may be because I don’t live very close to one, but, more likely, it’s because it’s a place I need to really comb through to make sure I don’t miss anything.
I had a few things unrelated to this post that I was hoping to find, like the rug I shared yesterday, but I also needed to find things to incorporate in a holiday tablescape.
My other blue-and-white loving friends will relate to the fact that it’s hard to find decor that isn’t red and green. I don’t oppose red at all. I actually love it, but for my home, I love blue and white. Even at Christmas. And if you add red into the mix, it looks like the 4th of July.
I didn’t want red, which immediately nixed well over half of the Christmas decor. I also like decor that is flexible. Yes, it could be used for a holiday table, but it could also be used in other ways or other times of the year.
I walked through the aisles, waiting for inspiration to strike. Right away, I gravitated towards some round wooden cheese boards covered with handblown glass cloches. I grabbed two that matched. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, yet, but I’ve learned to claim things I like and then edit once I see everything together after the first pass through the store.
I also found a petite hobnail milk glass cake stand. I like using cake stands to add height to a table and the vintage styling of this one caught my eye, so it went in the cart as well.
I found a lovely set of French steak knives with cream handles. I don’t have any steak knives and having steak with our Christmas brunch is a tradition of ours, so they seemed perfect.
And then I spotted these “wood slice” coasters…
…and I had a clear direction for my table – white & wood.
It was at that point that I recalled seeing a bunt pan, with the forms of six little houses, in the baking aisle. Wouldn’t that be a fun little addition? Every guest can have their own little cake house! And that could be the place card holder, too.
I actually dropped the first six houses on the floor in a spectacular display of my clumsiness. Sebastian was the only one who was around to appreciate it and help me clean up.
The houses were about 90% successful, but powdered sugar for these houses is like caulk to wainscoting. It can hide a multitude of mistakes!
I made little tags out of brown paper and wooden coffee stirrers. HomeGoods had ironstone-ish white plates and pretty white napkins, but I already have enough to host an army, so it seemed silly to buy more. You could certainly replicate this look, though!
On top of the milk glass pedestal, I put three ironstone cups and filled them with small taper candles. One of my favorite “tricks” is to group smaller things together for a greater impact.
On a whim, I filled the cups with raw quinoa from the pantry to keep the candles stable. The color and texture worked perfectly with everything else happening on the table.
In the holiday section, I found this beautiful garland made of dried leaves, small pinecones, and bundles of sticks. I wish I could’ve found one more, but I snagged the one I did find. I thought it would be perfect to weave around the pedestal and cheese cloches to add texture. It did have some faux red berries on it as well, but I plucked them off!
I filled it out with some of my own pinecones and some shelled nuts.
In that same aisle, I found a garland made of whitewashed wooden snowflakes. I cut the garland apart, restrung the snowflakes, and hung them from the chandelier.
I love how hanging something from a chandelier draws the eye up.
I’ll share the other things I found at HomeGoods in another post, but those were the things I found on that shopping trip for the table. As I was working out the table in my head, I knew I would want a few more things, so I went to my local TJMaxx. There, I found the faux white mini-trees…
They really do look like snowy branches and even the burlap-wrapped bases fit in with my loose theme.
I also picked up the little birdhouse ornaments…
…and the porcupines…
They were both perfect to tuck around the centerpiece and will be equally perfect as ornaments when we put up our tree. I fleshed everything out with a few fresh trimmed branches from a tree in our yard (that gets mauled every time I need fresh evergreens), and some warm LED string lights. (I hid the battery packs under the cheese boards.)
I also picked up some “sweater” pillows with faux fur poms at the corners. They just made me smile. Again, they look festive and wintry, but don’t scream, “I’m a Christmas pillow!” They also have feather inserts, which always win me over, and they were on clearance at my TJMaxx.
So, there it is! My white & wood wintry table…
When my son’s came home from school, Calvin declared, “Oh, isn’t this cute!” I don’t expect much of a reaction from my boys when it comes to decorating, so it’s always nice when I overhear a little word of appreciation. And they immediately found and claimed the cakes with their names on the flags.
And, because you may be feeling inspired to hit your local HomeGoods or TJMaxx, I am offering a $100 gift card to one lucky reader!
If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me what you would hope to find and spend that $100 on.
Valid entries will be accepted through Friday, November 11, 2016, at midnight PST. Readers must be 18 years or older in order be eligible to win.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HomeGoods. All words and opinions are my own.