Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Tablescapes {Christmas Tea 2013}

I blinked during Halloween and suddenly Christmas is here. In our family, Christmas is in full swing by the first Saturday in December because I participate in our church's annual Christmas Tea.
This is a wonderful tradition at our church attended by almost a thousand women with men from our church serving as our butlers. Last year I decorated three tables for the tea, one table for my personal guests and two tables for guests of the church.

My first table was classic and traditional with a touch of whimsical. I used my beloved vintage glass snack plates and cups. The napkin rings are paper towel rolls covered in gift wrap.

For the centerpiece, I simply put ornaments from the dollar store in an apothecary jar. I added matching "peace" and "joy" plaques  also from the dollar store.
I've had this "be merry" platter forever and it matched the table perfectly.

For favors, I wrapped up some hand cream. Everyone needs extra hand cream in the winter, right?

The inspiration for the second table I decorated came from these paper plates I bought on clearance back in 2012. I normally would stay away from using paper plates at the tea but these plates were so pretty.

The centerpiece for the table were pine cones in a cylinder vase with silver glitter branches
For favors, I picked up some hand soap at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The soap bottles were $1 each but I bought 15 bottles and used my $5 off coupon making them less than a buck each.

Oh the sweets! I made these chocolate cups and filled them with cream cheese frosting.
For my final table, I went with a sparkly blue and black theme. For centerpieces, I mixed some cone trees from the dollar store, Home Goods and glass trees I found at Costco

 As I write this, I am prepping my supplies for this year's tea. I am wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas season filled with crafting, friends, laughter and the love of Jesus.

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