Christmas Tablescapes, Party Tips & More

by Alli

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I’ve been busy planning my tablescape.  For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescapes are my very favorite and I try to mix it up every year without breaking the budget.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of my Christmas Tablescapes, Party Tips & More.

Christmas Tablescapes, Party Tips & More

 

Let’s start at the beginning with my Top 10 Holiday Party Planning Tips.

Holiday Party Planning Tips

We must have napkin rings – a tablescape weakness of mine.  Yes, Christmas calls for real napkins and napkin rings.  Since I have a pretty large crowd for Christmas and I don’t like using the same napkin rings every single year, I started making my own.  You can use paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls.  I don’t like the idea of using something on my table that has been in the bathroom, so to make my napkin rings, I pulled the little cardboard piece out before the TP ever made it to my bathroom.

Christmas Napkin Rings

Holiday Napkin Rings from TP Rolls

Beautiful Holiday Napkin Rings from TP Rolls

I’ve created so many napkin rings from TP rolls and I can’t decide which ones are my favorite.  I love them all.

Holiday Napkin RIngs

And we can’t forget the kids’ table!  The grandkids loved this one.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer Tablescape

Are you planning a Gingerbread House Decorating Party?  Here’s a party I did for our church kids and it was published in an online children’s magazine.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

A Carolina Coastal Christmas is one of  my favorite party themes ever.  I made all the centerpieces and we had such a good time.

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If you need a few pointers on decorating your tree, here’s my Top 3 Tips.

Tips for Decorating Your Christmas Tree

Last, but not least, here’s a little holiday tour of my house that I did a couple of years ago.

Three Tips for Decorating your Christmas Tree

As I prepare for the Christmas season, I’m reminding my type-A personality self that it’s not about achieving the perfect atmosphere to celebrate, but rather the celebration itself – spending time with loved ones and making memories to cherish forever.  Remember, it’s the little things that one day become the big things that people remember (or something like that).

PS – It’s usually the things that went crazy wrong that we remember and laugh about later.

21 comments

Jaime Nicole November 16, 2015 - 6:15 am

You’ve given some really awesome tips here! I love the napkins with just a hint of the animal print – this would be perfect for a girl friends dinner!

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Alex November 16, 2015 - 8:29 am

Love this post! First of all, I LOVE napkin rings. IV never used them in my house, but would love to grab some this season. I definitely want to make a gingerbread house this year, as well!

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Zan November 16, 2015 - 9:47 am

I guarantee, you ALWAYS have the best stuff! Love this – Pinning so I can remember – I need some help with my tree decor!! Thanks!

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Erin November 16, 2015 - 10:25 am

These are all fabulous tips! I’m already planning my tablescape so this perfect!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 16, 2015 - 11:20 am

So much awesome info here, Alli, thank you! I’m starting to get really excited for Christmas!

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Grace Hodgin November 16, 2015 - 11:20 am

In the past I have gotten away from going all out and decorating and then realized finally that the holidays were just not festive anymore. So I have started making them special by decorating and inviting people over to celebrate. I love these ideas with the napkin rings and I love using the resources I all ready have. I love the bird ornaments with the feather tales and they would be great for other occasions as well.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 16, 2015 - 2:13 pm

These are great party tips. The gingerbread house decorating party sounds like so much fun. My aunt used to set up a get-together for me and my cousins, and we would make gingerbread houses & decorate Christmas cookies! Such beautiful memories!

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Shell November 16, 2015 - 3:53 pm

I love all of these, especially the last photo. It’s so fun to look at other people’s tablescapes.

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Miranda (Myrabev) November 16, 2015 - 4:20 pm

All these decorations and the tips are really making it clear to my brain that thanksgiving and christmas are not really too far away and we could do with having some of these items

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Jeanine November 16, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Oh my goodness, I love ALL of these! Such great tips too. Makes me wish I did way more and had way more people over and parties around the holidays!

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michele d November 16, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Everything looks so beautiful. I’m like you, it’s my favorite time of the year for decorating. I just love walking into a room that looks so festive.

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Valerie November 16, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I love all that you did with toilet paper rolls. They are all so pretty and perfect for Christmas.

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Maureen November 16, 2015 - 8:16 pm

So gorgeous! You really have a lovely talent with decorating. Your photos are beautiful too. Makes me miss Christmas would come soon 😀

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April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition November 16, 2015 - 9:18 pm

These are all such great ideas! I’ve been looking for new ideas since we have a new grandson and it’s the perfect time to start new traditions with him.

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Tammileetips November 17, 2015 - 10:38 am

I love to decorate for Christmas and Thanksgiving it makes the holiday even better. I love the napkin rings!

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Carmen Perez (listen2mama) November 17, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Aw these are all so beautiful! I absolutely love to decorate at Christmas time!

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Chantal November 17, 2015 - 8:54 pm

This is such an awesome post Alli! I can’t wait to start decorating and to get my Christmas tree up!

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Alli November 19, 2015 - 10:04 am

I finally got my tree up yesterday. I still have the dining room tree to do and decorating our church the day after Thanksgiving. I always look forward to decorating. It’s taking it down after all the festivities that I don’t much care for. 🙂

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Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy November 18, 2015 - 12:16 am

Oh I just love your ideas! I never know what to do with all those TP tubes, but I think I’m going to have to make some pretty napkin rings now.

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Adriana November 19, 2015 - 12:04 am

This is SO beautiful!!! I love creating center pieces – such great inspiration so thank you!!! : )
xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

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lexie November 20, 2015 - 7:16 pm

so many cute ideas for christmas!! I am so excited now 😉

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