Christmas Table Setting + Log Tea Light Centerpiece

How to make a multi-candle glittered log to use as a holiday table setting centerpiece.

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. Don’t miss how I decorated the table in past year’s Christmas dinner table setting and How to Make Snowflake Placemats.

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. I used the sheet music from one of his most popular songs – It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.


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


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


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.


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


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.






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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Aside from the cooking, decorating the house for Christmas 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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  1. Kim Mason says:

    Very inspiring. Is it dangerous to place a tea light near the log?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – The tea lights are encased in metal so the wax never gets on the wood. I have been using this for a few years now and have never had a problem. As with all lit candles though, I never leave it unattended when lit.

  2. ashley @ the handmade home says:

    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!!!

  3. Angela Conley says:

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

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    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.

  5. Katharine from Kat's Almost Purrfect World says:

    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

  6. elizabeth says:

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

  7. Nif @ Call*Me*Nif says:

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

  8. absolutely charming!

  9. Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips says:

    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.

  10. 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!)

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

  12. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

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

  13. Anne Boykin says:

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

  14. Mary Beth Schwarz says:

    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

  15. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    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!