I am going to let it snow on my Christmas dinner table this year in the form of paper snowflake place mats.
I am trying to keep things simple this year and my holiday table setting is no exception. I went in search of something easy and found the white cardboard snowflake cutouts that I used as place mats at U. S. Toys/ Constructive Playthings. It is a store filled with lots of teacher supplies. They come 4 in a package.
There are 4 different snowflake designs – I just placed one under each plate. No fuss – no sewing, cutting, ironing or washing! The manufacturer: The Beistle Co. The Item: Snowflake Cutouts # 22934
You can purchase them here: Large Paper Snowflakes
If you would prefer to make your own snowflakes, you will find an easy tutorial here.
They are the perfect size and look so festive with glass dinner plates on top. My plates came from the thrift store, but I know the dollar store and Walmart sell glass dinner size plates, also.
I am such a “tweener” I like a little bit of glitz and a little bit of nature on my holiday table – so I mixed them together. Burlap style cloth, shiny ribbon, glittered wine glasses, pine twig and a sparkly earring for the place card. Simple, festive… do-able. I created the place cards in Microsoft Word using the font CAC Champagne. I cut them out and folded them into a tent to place over the pine twigs.
The candle holders in the middle are Kosta Boda Snowballs. I love and collect them and use them all over my house during the holidays. I am not big on napkin rings – what do you do with them when you put your napkin in your lap? They just end up cluttering the table or the hostess has to get up and gather them. I just simply fold the napkins.
I got the idea to glitter my wine glass stems when I was at the the National Christmas Museum in Paradise, Pa. Martha Stewart Living featured the museum in this month’s magazine. A few weeks ago I went out to the Pottery Barn outlet to shop for some bargains. As we were coming home, my friend, Toni suggested we stop since we were passing right by. It was like stepping into a Christmas time warp with all the old-fashioned decorations and toys. It was late in the afternoon and we didn’t stay very long, but in the gift shop I saw stemmed glasses with glittered stems for sale. I knew the minute I saw them that my green stemmed wine glasses that I haven’t used in years would be seeing the light of day once again.
How to Glitter the Stem on a Wine Glass
1. Make sure the glass is clean and dry.
2. Use a small paint brush to cover the stem with an even coat of tacky glue.
3. Hold over a tub of glitter and sprinkle the stem with glitter until it is covered. Shake excess off. Let dry. Don’t put the stem in the glitter – it will get all thick and globby. Use your fingers to pick up the glitter and sprinkle it over the stem.
Place on your table. If you want to keep the glitter on after use – hand wash. If you submerge them in water for a bit, you can remove the glitter and your glasses will be back to normal.
Have you planned out your holiday table yet? You can find more inspiration over at the Lettered Cottage. Layla is hosting a Tablescapes for Christmas Link-up.