Christmas Table Setting + Log Tea Light Centerpiece

by Diane Henkler on 12/24/2012

Over the weekend I put the finishing touches on my Christmas table setting. I enjoy setting tables for entertaining – simple, nothing elaborate, but always festive.   I use white dishes, but change the items I use with them every year.  This year I used touches of turquoise, greenery, and glitter.

If you read my Favorite Things post a few weeks ago, you may remember that I wrote that the holidays would not be the same for my family without the music of Andy Williams playing in the background. Since he died earlier this year, I thought it fitting to create the table in his honor for helping us make so many wonderful Christmas memories over the years. I used the sheet music from one of his most popular songs – It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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I made a copy to use as the place mat for each place setting on 8 x 14 paper at my local copy shop.

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and then deckled the edges.  The deckled edge makes it appear like the sheet music is from an old book- not just copy paper.

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It is very easy to do with a deckle edge ruler.  You can buy one for under $10 at any craft store or on Amazon.

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The one I have is 12-inches long and is 2 sided – each side will create a different size deckle.

How to Deckle the Edges of Paper

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Choose what size deckle you want and line that side up along the edge of the paper. The larger the excess of paper that you will be removing – the easier it is to pull the paper against the ruler.

Since the music was pretty close to the edges of the 8 x 11 sheet, I only had a little bit to rip off.  Pull the paper down and against the ruler to deckle.  If the ruler is not as long as your paper –just do a section at a time until the entire edge is deckled.

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The rest of the items I used to decorate the table are things from my yard, crafts cabinet, and classic ball ornaments.

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I tied paper ribbon to the top of the ornament and simply wrote the name of my guests on the ribbon with a marker.  I snipped the ends with scissors and tucked a sprig of greenery into the knot on the ribbon.

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I found the turquoise ornaments at Michaels, but wanted them to look lighter in color and a bit more old-fashioned. I glittered them in the same way I did the glass trees along the mantel that I posted about last week.

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I found a nice straight tree branch in my yard after Hurricane Sandy.  I evenly spaced and made 12 marks along one side and had Ed drill the holes using a wide drill bit for tea lights to fit in.

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It needed some sparkle, so I sprayed glue all over it and sprinkled it with glitter.

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My favorite Kosta Boda candle holders make it to the table every Christmas. I place one at each place setting.  Like the white plates – they go with everything.

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Aside from the cooking, everything else is pretty much ready to go.  My daughters are both home and I am looking forward to baking some more cookies and just hanging out with them today.

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M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S  to all of you…Enjoy your family and friends and all the joys of the season.    XO

Merry-Christmas

 

 

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1 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions December 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Your table looks lovely, Diane! I love the sheet music as a placemat. I’ve never seen that tool before, but it looks like a good thing to have on hand. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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2 Mary Beth Schwarz December 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

This is beautiful! I must get a deckle edge ruler after Christmas. Where do you find sheet music (some music shop or is it readily available?)? The glittered glass trees are a great idea too. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas. Mary Beth

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3 Anne Boykin December 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hi Diane, Merry Christmas to you & yours! The place settings are lovely – thanks for the tips.

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4 Diane | An Extraordinary Day December 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Lovely tablesetting Diane!!
Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

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5 Sherry December 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hi Diane, you are so creative & inspiring
Happy Holidays.
Thanks for all you do….

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6 Pati December 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

Beautiful idea. Diane, you are amazing, you even did a blog on Christmas Eve! You are so talented, organized and creative! Thank you so much for all the fabulous ideas you give us every day without fail. Have the merriest Christmas ever and enjoy the time with your wonderful family, you deserve the best and a rest! (Make sure somebody else does the dishes!)

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7 Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips December 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

I know everyone at your home will have a lovely time, because everything looks so festive and because you appear to be relaxed, even though you’ve been doing so much in preparation. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

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8 suzanne December 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

absolutely charming!

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9 Nif @ Call*Me*Nif December 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

This is such a simple and elegant idea. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas planned – hope it was wonderful!

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10 elizabeth December 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

just stumbled onto your blog. Love your ideas and your colors – everything really is simple yet gorgeous. thank you

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11 Katharine from Kat's Almost Purrfect World December 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

Merry Christmas As always your tables look amazing! While we drove to my step-sister’s we listed to that song and I guessed it was Andy Williams. I was right! I had looked up some youtube videos of Andy Williams with Donny and Marie when they were little. Maybe you are the one that wrote about them. Anyways, it looks like you had a wonderful holiday. Have a Happy New Years too! Katharine

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12 Sheryll & Critters. December 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m late…. uh oh. I don’t know why, but I seem to have been missing some posts from you. Might just be me?

I love this idea of yours too. I have never even heard of this ruler, but wow is all I can think of to say. Again, so very clever and inventive. I am sorry we lost Andy Williams this year too.

You always come up with the very best table settings and always not expensive (that is the part I so love). The log is just wonderful. I am planning to do this too, but I guess next year for me. I was going to ask you about bugs in the greenery, but now I see you spray them like my mom used to do.

Thank you so much for all your instructions and ideas and that you don’t break my non existent bank roll….. grin.

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13 Angela Conley December 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

What a beautiful table! I love the sheet music placemats and the tea light holder. Simple yet fabulous!

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14 ashley @ the handmade home January 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

I ADORE this! So cute and simple and awesome all at the same time! You know it’s my favorite color! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Hope you and your sweet family are enjoying some time off! Well earned, my friend! Have an awesome new year’s day!!!

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