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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A rustic, natural Christmas table
We are hosting Christmas this year at our house, and as I mentioned before, as we are saving for our wedding we wanted to create simple decorations that weren't going to cost much. I've already made a garland for the fireplace using leaves we collected in Richmond Park, so I decided to carry this natural theme through to the Christmas table. I turned to Pinterest to get a little bit of inspiration which is rife with beautiful Christmas ideas at the moment! This is the kind of look I wanted to go for... (you can see more ideas on my Christmas pinboard)
I loved the idea with the cinnamon sticks as not only do they look great, they also will make your room smell lovely! I ordered these extra long sticks on eBay for a couple of quid. I found a few French linen teatowels I had in a drawer and decided they'd be put to better use as napkins! So cut them in half and added a hem. Then I went scavenging in the garden for some rosemary and bay leaves... again adding delicious foodie aromas to your decorations! Then simply bound the lot up with some twine...
I also loved the idea of adding rosemary around tealights - so I did
this in the centrepiece. I got a piece of thin wire and entwined it with
the rosemary sprig and then wrapped it around the tealight holders.
The little berries with the bakers twine actually came in a gift box
from Kiehls! So I thought I'd reuse it, but you can get similar in any
bag of Christmas pot pourri.
whipped out the good old gold spray paint again and sprayed a few glass
jars and tin cans to add a little bit of shimmer to the table, and then
finally added some pine cones and dried limes which we found in the
The only real expense here was the vintage French linen tablecloth which I ordered from Etsy, but even that was only about £25 including delivery from France, and is obviously something which I can use all year round. Even the flowers I picked up from the reduced section in Waitrose for just £1.49!
So there you go! Save on your table decorations and there'll be more money left for wine and mince pies!
Merry Christmas everyone! xxx
PS... if you happen to want to pin any pics you can find them on my Flickr page!