I wanted to do a Christmas table that was different. Something fresh, crisp and clean. I decided on a green and white table with snowflakes of course.
I covered my table with a piece of canvas fabric left over from a sewing project. (I didn’t even hem it.)
Then I changed out my dining chairs. I normally have yellow painted French chairs around my breakfast room table, but for this setting, I used my white MIL chairs. (Now you see why I keep 6 extra dining chairs upstairs.)
I used my Spode Christmas plates and some hand-painted green ribbon heart plates.
Green ribbon for a simple napkin ring added more of my green color to the table.
I decided to use my twisted flatware for this tablescape.
And now, here is where it got fun. I poked around my house on a treasure hunt, looking for green things to put on my table. I wasn’t disappointed. I found a green footed piece from my Grandma,
a green cruet from my MIL,
an vintage green syrup jar,
a green Martha Stewart cake stand, Fiesta green salt and pepper shakers,
a green tray from my MIL that I painted with ASCP,
another green cake stand, a green glass basket from my MIL,
and my green Fiesta disc pitcher.
And now another look at the whole table.
The embarrassing thing? I didn’t even know that I collected green things.
In my defense, half of these things were inherited.
And to top it off, my daughter and I cut out snowflakes to hang from the chandy. I wanted to buy a punch to make snowflakes, but they were all too small. I was thinking I would have to abandon this project idea since I wasn’t able to find the punch I needed. Instead, I decided that I could just make the snowflakes the old-fashioned way with a scissor. In the end, I did buy a Martha Stewart punch at Hobby Lobby that I used for some of the snowflakes. It took four punches to make each one of these.
For most of our snowflakes, I made them by hand. When my fifteen-year -old came home from school and saw me making them, she jumped right in to help.
This one with the hearts is one she made.
I think everyone knows how to do this, but just in case you don’t, here is what we did. First, we took 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of paper and cut them down so that they were square. (We made them different sizes, but the biggest was obviously 8 1/2 by 8 1/2.) After cutting the paper, we folded the sheet in half.
Then we folded the paper in half again.
Next, we folded the paper on the diagonal.
Then we started cutting out little shapes on the edges,
until we decided we were done.
Now time for the big reveal, when we got to see what the snowflake looked like.
Finally, we punched a hold in the top of the snowflake, and used clear plastic thread to tie them on the chandy.
Stuff I learned while doing this project –
1. Be sure the snowflakes don’t block the view of the people across the table from you.
2. If your chandy is close to your table, cut the paper down even smaller for smaller flakes.
3. You can look for a snowflake punch, but they are much more fun to make by hand.
4. And the biggest lesson I learned? Teenagers still like to do things with their moms.
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