15 December 2009

A Christmas table setting

Hi bloggers,

How are your Christmas preparations going?

I made this table setting for a display at Photo Continental (it's over there now) and thought you may like to see. Hopefully it'll give you an idea or two for your Christmas table. Anything that you don't have to think up for yourself can be good, right?

Here's the table set for two at home in my office. There was only room for a small table setting on the table over at PC, so I just did two place settings.

Imagine a red tablecloth underneath it. You know those ones you can buy for about 10 to 12 dollars from Spotlight or Big W at this time of year? They're polyester and can be chucked in the wash for a quick clean up everytime.

I've got a nice red striped one too, but we don't eat off that. It's cotton and stains are harder to get out. I'm fussy about tablecloths.

Okay, this is how fussy. Admission time here! I have a tablecloth on our table all the time - it's a blue striped one at the moment. It's for show and it brightens up the place. I put another tablecloth over that one when we eat in case of spills...Weird, I know. But hey, my good tablecloth stays good, so good!
We've all got quirks, right? :o)
Here's some fun placecards. Does the design look vaguely familiar? Hmm, that's right, took the Christmas card and put it straight on the placecard.

Remember there's a red tablecloth underneath, so that's kind of like the red base on the card.

The acetate I used for the placecards was blister packaging from some embossing folders. I scouted around my room for something different to use and found them...cool, let's give it a go, I thought.

And yes, your Bigz Sizzix die will cut acetate. It cuts lots of different things. Thin wood and metal, cork, fabric - give 'em a try.

The scallop square I used for the placecard is the original one - it has six scallops on each side. The scallop on the snowman card above is from the Clear Sizzix line - it has seven.

They're both cool.

Here's the glass. Glasses with bows always work well, particularly if there's wire in the ribbon.

Mine looks like it needs a bit of fluffing attention, doesn't it? Looked okay in real life.

A strawberry candy cane finishes the glass. Ever seen strawberry candy canes before? Nup, me either. Got them in Coles.

Unfortunately I don't have proper white napkins, so I used paper. I made a border strip with Martha's ornament punch and tied it with some gold cord.

The positive ornament bits that came out when I punched the strip were used on the plates as confetti.

That little scallop with a white middle just says that I used blister packaging for the acetate.

It went on the table at PC for a bit of information transfer.

The centrepiece was the last thing I made. It's just a little dessert dish with baubles and some berry things I bought at Spotlight.

If you look closely you can see the reflection of the camera in the gold baubles. :o)

I think I made these last actually. They're little treat boxes filled with three lollies. Made them on the Scor-Pal pretty quickly.

I tied the gold cord in a bow and glued it to the bauble with some Dimensional Magic - took a bit of fanangling because it didn't want to stay to start with.

The scallop square punch is from EK Success and I embossed the baubles using the bottom corners of the Lace Tree embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

Can't see it very well in the photo unfortunately, but it's there!

And here's a card I made using the same baubles. They're sprayed with Perfect Pearls too, so they're nice and pearly.

You can see what the Perfect Pearls looks like in Friday's post - the card with the wreath.

Hope all that gave you a couple of ideas for your table. May it be festive and bright!

And in saying that - Ali Edwards puts fairy lights in the house. Your table would look lovely with some fairy lights hanging nearby.


PS. While I was over at the EK site, I saw these new punches. Love the little stocking, the reindeer has lots of cute possibilities and the ornaments...well, they're a given.

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