Setting a holiday table for family and friends is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s part of the annual Christmas Tablescape Hop!
Even last year — while recovering from foot surgery and using a knee scooter — I styled the Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas.
Today, I’m joining 20 talented bloggers to share festive table settings and centerpieces. Our large group is organized by hostess extraordinaire, Rita of Panoply.
My holiday table, centerpiece and decorated chandelier were all inspired by a visit to Dollar Tree. While there to pickup fall crafting supplies, I realized the store was already stocked with Christmas items. One woman had filled an entire shopping cart, and was well on her way to stuffing a second, lol!
That’s when I noticed all the items depicting a vintage red pickup truck touting a Christmas tree. For under $11, I’ve styled a nostalgic holiday table theme with my existing seasonal tableware and decorations.
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Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Pam of Everyday Living starts off this year’s hop, and you don’t want to miss her wonderful Nutcracker Parade! Several years ago, I shared my own Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table. So, during the same visit to Dollar Tree, I picked up nutcracker items for a planned update to the Christmas Day setting.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
For this year’s holiday table, I selected 20-year old Pfaltzgraff Nordic dishes (retired). They get used for Casual Christmas Table & Bar and winter theme settings, throughout the months of December and January. And, with an evergreen tree depicted on the dessert plate and mug, they are perfect for a Bringing Home the Christmas Tree theme.
Covering the round glass kitchen table is a forest green tablecloth, with red-handle flatware flanking each of four place settings.
And, I couldn’t resist using one of my favorite holiday napkin folds —the ever(green) popular Christmas tree!
I’ve used it twice before on a holiday table, but standing upright at each place setting.
The standing version of the Christmas tree napkin fold would also work well for serving large groups from a holiday table buffet.
Imagine 12-24 arranged on a large tray or platter — like a forest of napkin shape trees! And you could use a variety of napkin fabrics, like holiday prints, plaids or checks. Spread a little faux snow around and voila, instant Christmas tree lot! An easy and festive way to decorate the buffet tabletop too.
Can you see it?
Family Tree on Wheels
Also at each place setting is a glass (Pottery Barn a few years ago) decorated with images of a vintage red car, touting home a Christmas tree.
Remember those station wagons with the wood siding? Growing up, did your family have one?
New this year, are the little metal votive holders (Dollar Tree). Each red truck is carrying a star-topped Christmas tree. And if you look to the back of the picture, you’ll see a mini string of lights (Dollar Tree, requires two AA batteries) depicting a similar truck.
Shopping Tip: When I purchased the candle holders, the store carried three other designs, including a “Merry Christmas” tree, snowman and Santa.
Come evening, a lit candle glows to illuminate the word, “Noel.”
For this year’s holiday table theme, I styled a new centerpiece incorporating just $3 worth of red truck embellishments (Dollar Tree).
First, I took an evergreen shaped, pie stand. During the holiday season, the tiered rack usually holds extra Pfaltzgraff plates on the kitchen island. It’s handy for emptying the dishwasher or setting the table and bar.
Next, I placed woodcut chargers on the two bottom racks of the pie stand. A snowflake glass dish sits on top.
The woodcuts and bowl provided the underlying structure to “plant” or support a rising forest of trees. Then, I wrapped a wide ribbon — decorated with another vintage red truck and snowy tree scene — around the base of the pie rack.
Two more Dollar Tree finds decorate the bottom woodcut tier, along with the strand of mini lights. Pictured above is another truck carrying a tree.
On the opposite side of the holiday table is a small wooden sign shaped like a mason jar. It’s my favorite vintage red truck find at Dollar Tree. I love how they all generate a warm feeling of nostalgia, even if the vintage trucks were before my time.
How about you?
Bottlebrush, sisal and birch trees decorate all three tiers of the pie rack, with a few chunks of “ice” here and there.
Most of the trees are Department 56 accessories. Take A Tour of the Magical North Pole to see the holiday village display.
Finally, here is part of the centerpiece lit up at night. A green LED light glows from within the truck.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Overhead, icicles and snowflakes dangle from the decorated chandelier.
I frequently decorate a chandelier to tie-in with a theme tablescape and to extend the centerpiece vertically.
This year, I added six light-up icicle Christmas tree ornaments. Even when they aren’t glowing icy blue, they sparkle. Yes Virginia, they also came from Dollar Tree (two in a package, batteries included)!
All the other icicles, snowflakes, greenery and strings of beads/crystals I’ve had for years.
I’ll probably leave the chandelier decorated as it is until late January.
It’ll nicely compliment any of the winter theme tables I routinely set, including Polar Bear Frolic and Moose Toboggan Ride. As well as one of 5 Snowman Centerpieces and the Building a Snowman Table Setting.
Hubby and I will enjoy this holiday table setting and centerpiece for the next few weeks. It’ll be perfect for the night the family arrives to decorate the live tree in the family room.
But for the week heading into Christmas, I’ll switch over to the vintage-look, Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Dishes and Table.
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Christmas Tree Family Traditions
Except for our first Christmas living in an apartment, Mr. Buzz has always insisted on a live tree in the family room. But, it wasn’t until our sons were little, that we began cutting down a tree at Hozaks Farm.
That first year, it started to snow just as we headed out in a hay wagon. By the time hubby was sawing down the tree, snow blanketed the woods. It was magical.
A few times we went to cut down a tree in a caravan with neighbors or friends. My parents joined us when they were visiting from Texas or Florida. For many years, cutting down a tree on the day after Thanksgiving was our family tradition. It worked especially well when the boys were home from college between the two holidays.
Last Thanksgiving, our eldest son wanted his girlfriend to have the experience. Having grown up in California, V had never cut down a tree before. Because of my foot surgery, I stayed home. Darling V brought me along via FaceTime.
Later, we enjoyed a wonderful evening, as they decorated the tree. I pointed out bare spots while carefully unwrapping and waxing nostalgic over every single treasured ornament.
And I gotta say, it was one of the most beautiful Christmas trees ever! This year, not so much.
Not So Merry
Worried about a shortage of trees, hubby and I headed out last week to pick an already cut tree. Our plan is to set it up with lights in the family room this weekend. We’ll wait to decorate the tree with the kids.
Our fears were realized at our first two farm stops. Not only were the seven to eight foot trees more expensive, they looked dry, skimpy and misshaped. So, we headed off to a pricey nursery where we hoped the selection might be better.
As we were heading that way, at 35 miles an hour on a busy two-lane road, our merry making came to an abrupt end. A large SUV made a left hand turn from a parking lot, abruptly cutting us off. Hubby slammed on the brakes, but there wasn’t enough time or distance to stop in time. It was over in seconds, as the front end of our car hit his rear left wheel well. There was a sickening crunch as our grill disintegrated and the entire bumper was torn and crumpled.
No one was hurt. Our airbags didn’t even go off. But, boy was I seething inside. People immediately came running to check on us and help clear all the debris from the road. The SUV driver immediately apologized and said he was completely at fault. Apparently another driver going the opposite direction had stopped and waved him out. He never looked left and only realized his mistake when he was in the road.
And the guy who had motioned to go? He never stopped to see if everyone was ok or act as a witness. Worse, he weaved around the wreck and went on his merry way — bah humbug!
Counting Our Blessings
The car is drivable. Where we hit the SUV barely left a scratch but likely damaged the tire. Serious damage to his front end was caused by the car hitting a pole on the other side of the street.
In fact, after notifying our insurance agent, hubby took us to two more places before we settled on a decent tree. It looked pretty ridiculous to see the blanket I brought to protect the car’s roof, when the front was all smashed in lol!
Normally, we bring my now 12-year old Mini Cooper Clubman to get a tree. However, hubby pointed out that it would have sustained much more damage. And with the Mini’s low clearance and small size, it likely would have been totaled and we may have been seriously hurt.
We are waiting and worried that supply chain issues may mean a long wait for the new bumper and grill. Plus, the repair shop is scheduling an entire month out.
Making Merry 2.0
The good news is we are fine, we have a tree, and we have a wonderful Christmas to look forward to.
Both our adult sons are coming home for nearly two weeks through New Years! V will be joining us the entire time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And this year, no cast, scooter or crutches for me! My Scottie puppy, Whiskey, turns one, and our son’s lab mix will be here too.
All fully vaccinated and boosted, we plan to enjoy a number of outings that include a Steeler football game, visit to a Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show, and Penguin hockey game (on ugly Christmas sweater night).
New this year is a VIP experience at Pittsburgh’s unique Liberty Magic theater, and Hip Hop Nutcracker. The later is described as, “re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography.” Have you seen it?
Most importantly, we’ll celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in church, not watching it on TV at home.
“That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown” — faith, family and friends.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season, and a most blessed Christmas.
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