Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas TableNovember 29th, 2016 in projects
Merry in Moderation
The holidays are almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but as for me I like to keep things simple, stress free and efficient. I say it’s about time the entertainer gets to enjoy the festivities rather than wipe sweat from her brow from start to finish. Imagine if you will a dinner setting on a gentle, snowy winter evening. If all were right in your world, what would you see? Do you envision glitz, glam, bling, flashing lights and bedazzle? Or do you find that image a bit disturbing? Although festive décor has its place, I’d like to introduce an approach to your winter wonderland holiday table that’s more refined. Not so much Griswold’ Christmas Vacation, but more in the direction of old-fashioned good taste. This plan of attack will save on precious energy and won’t blind your guests as they take their seats at the table.
On Your Marks, Get Set
Soft, unexpected colors and subdued place settings are two good examples of the art of merry in moderation. My first rule of thumb is to utilize what you already have on hand before hitting the marketplace to purchase extravagances that will most likely be dust bunnies for most of the year. One strategy is to employ a clever combination of everyday dishes and collections you may already own. Or, you might even consider raiding the cupboards of your close friends to complete the look. I did! Dolled up thrift store finds as a chargers, white every day ditties, vintage brown and white transfer ware and sought after green depression glass combine to create a look that’s lovely.
Linens and Other Side Dishes
There’s just nothing better than luscious linens of the vintage variety during the holidays. Save your paper napkins for picnics! A simple white tablecloth paired with classic white napkins is a natural choice. There are so many things bottlenecking your brain during December so avoid over thinking while setting your table! Napkins can be presented in many different ways; simple rolls to simple folds. I chose the fold. This Christmas tree napkin may seem difficult and time consuming, but in in reality it’s as easy as one, two, three. To finish the tree, dress it with a vintage stir stick, a button and a stem from nature. Poof you’re done! The Depression glass sherbet dishes, Aunt Ethel’s crocheted ornaments and outdated electrical pieces are removed from the plates once your guests are seated and employed as personal centerpieces. I call that a nice touch.
In keeping with the rest of the tabletop I designed a centerpiece with understated elegance. What are intriguing are the unlikely bedfellows in the combination. A thoroughly Modern Millie candleholder comingled with a well-worn primitive and tarnished duo along with timeless glassware. It’s a threesome, always a good design way to go! The trio, of course needed a bit of embellishment to make it pop. What could be better than fresh picked components from Mother Nature? I say absolutely nothing! A quick jaunt through the woods and you will find most of what’s essential. Fresh greens, pinecones and other organic gatherings of your choice blended with fruit from the grocery store produce aisle will just about have you covered. If you like, throw in some fresh cuts from your local florist. This approach to holiday arrangements saves money, which is always a welcome surprise around the holidays!
Last, but certainly not least I’d like to offer up a holiday brew, JUNKMARKET Style. As you have come to expect from me, this merry mixture is less than traditional. Let the beverage begin with American Born Original Moonshine. The first step is to infuse your moonshine by mixing one bottle with one cup dried cranberries, orange peels and lemon peels. In a glass container, infuse for at least 24 hours, but not more than one week. When your moonshine is ready combine two cups infused moonshine, two cups cranberry juice, 1cup lemonade concentrate, ½ cup Grand Marnier and juice of one fresh lemon. Join all the good stuff together in a pitcher, blend thoroughly, shake it up over ice, strain and garnish with fresh cranberries and orange sections. Before pouring you may want to rim your vintage stemware with sugar. It’s all about options. This libation shall be now and forever known as the JUNKMARKET “Not so Cosmo”! Enjoy, and I wish all of you a joyous holiday season. Remember, please merry in moderation.
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