DIY: Elegant Holiday Table

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The one thing that stresses me out the most about Christmas is not the holiday shopping, but hosting the big dinner! It’s the one thing that everyone looks forward to at the end of a long day of socializing and gift giving and it needs to be great. It’s not the boring pair of socks your Uncle gave you that you'll remember, but how delicious the Christmas dinner was! But I also put just as much effort into creating a memorable holiday table. With budgets being stretched at this time of year, it’s important to make my holiday table look great, without having it cost more than my holiday shopping!

I have planned and put together a great tablescape for this Christmas using a few DIY projects to save some of that holiday budget for Boxing Day shopping.

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This year I chose a woodland-chic theme. I love gold accents on everything right now, so why not on my holiday table? I decided to incorporate pine, berries and wood accents to ground the sparkle a little.

I always set up for dinner buffet style so I have more room to have a decorative elements on my table. I started with a simple white table cloth which I already had (I believe I bought it from Walmart, the table cloth is just a base and doesn’t need to be expensive), and lined it with a table runner made of burlap which I cut and made myself using fabric from Fabricland.

I layered in some great centerpieces from Homesense which were full of pine and berries and had a spot on top for candles. White and birch bark candles (also from Homesense) added the height I needed.

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I wanted something fresh on the table, so I chose to pick up some pine branches from Home Depot. They were only $5.98 per bundle and I weaved them in and out of my centerpieces so they seemed to be overflowing. The smell was amazing and the fresh element really livened up the look!

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When it came to each place setting, plates were not enough. I picked up some great faux-wood chargers at the Supercenter for just $5 each! I used fabric napkins because they have a more elegant feel, and they're a worthwhile investment since you can wash and reuse them for other holiday meals and parties.

For the place cards, I decided to create my old holders using pinecones. I could have left them as they were, but instead I spray painted them gold to match some of my other metallic accents. I used thick white paper to cut rectangles and then wrote each name with pencil crayon and punched a hole and added a sprig of rosemary. Not only does rosemary give off an amazing aroma, but it also adds a great festive touch.

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I had some other gold accents to add, like a polka dot trifle dish which I filled with more painted pinecones, and a cake platter to display some pretty candy cane rock candy (My glasses just happened to match the polka dot theme which was perfect!)

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I had two final touches that were essential to creating the perfect table. Gold flatware was one of them: What a great way to finish off a table! Target has an amazing set at a great price, but they do not ship that particular item to Canada so you would need to head stateside to pick it up. I have also found sets at Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel. I love what a flashy addition it is to the look!

The last thing I wanted to do was add a bit of coziness, so I put some complementing throws on the backs of my dining room chairs. I used some plaid throws and some faux fur ones - they're a great way to add a bit more style and bring some extra warmth to the room - literally!

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No matter how you decorate your table for the holidays, it’s important to have fun with it and get creative! You don’t need to spend a lot to make it look full and overflowing. Layer décor in a creative way - that in itself will add richness to your table. I hope you have fun creating your own table for the holidays!

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Author: Mandy Furnis

Mandy is the blogger behind sparkleshinylove, which is a lifestyle blog for hip urban moms. She writes about shopping, events, beauty reviews, DIY projects, restaurants, travel, recipes and life with a toddler. She is based out of Whitby, Ontario and lives with her husband, her son and their Yorkie named Maverick.

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