Table settings! How exciting!!!
...or ya know, not. Around October (YES, October- the month that ended 38 days ago. Shut up,) I laid out a new-to-me (i.e. inherited), thin yellow tablecloth. I'm really digging the pattern and I love how thin & gauzy it is- makes spills easier to get out! I threw some small, decorative pumpkins (not pictured) on there & called it a day.
Then, I got inspired. I envisioned a holiday table full of mis-matched candlestick holders, all in silver finish. So after obsessing over this idea for a few weeks, I finally got to Goodwill & a local thrift store to raid their selection.
It just so happened the thrift store was having a 1/2 off EVERYTHING sale, that day... so I think I paid a total of $6 for all these candlestick holders:
To clean, I merely submerged* in a big pot of boiling water for a few minutes and wiped/dried with a paper towel. Added bonus: fun droplets of wax floating around the pot, (and later solidifying into a filmy layer floating on top!) A quick sanding and it was SPRAY PAINT TIME!** A few coats of Rustoleum Metallic Silver (making sure to get all angles & crevices!) and done-zo.
*Or, submerged as much as possible, seeing as some were too tall to fit in the pot. Others had felt bottoms, which I didn't want to get wet, so those were dunked only halfway.***
**Yes, again with the spray paint.
***WORD TO THE WISE: be very VERY careful when taking the pieces out of the water! ESPECIALLY with the half-submerged ones! Water (BOILING water!) tends to collect in crevices you didn't know existed. This means when you flip the holder right-side up, all that boiling water falls onto your hand and scalds you and then you have to fish out ice cubes from your water while dining at a restaurant with friends to cool the burn. Seriously, be careful. It could happen to you.
How'dya like dem, er, pumpkins??!
At first, I piled all those tiny pumpkins in the center, grouped the candlestick holders into two parts and arranged all on top a shiny, olive-y/candy-apple-green table runner (from Overstock.)
... then I got a'lil quirky:
This is how the table looked while family visited over Thanksgiving.... they were amused. What I found fun was how much the pumpkins encourage playing and rearranging by my guests! It was a fun conversation starter, at the least.
And then? Then we enter the Christmas month:
The original vision was to use these candlestick holders to ACTUALLY hold candles! Wild! I picked up a container of candlesticks at Ikea for a song. Went with the "chandelier candles" over pillar/long taper candles as, 1) the tapers were out of stock, 2) tapers are more prone to shifting & sitting at an angle instead of straight up at attention, and 3) I like 'em chunky. So, literally minutes after my Thanksgiving guests left, I changed up the tablescape because I was a very eager beaver.
And then I couldn't stop myself...
TA-DA! This was the vision I had back in early November:
a) Hodge-podge of candlestick holders, spray painted silver and grouped together
b) Chargers! Like a grown-up!! Again, in silver.
c) Lighter (i.e. NON-hunter) green table runner
d) All added to my red plates & INSTANT CHRISTMAS!
I think I did pretty well for myself. In un-packing some of the beau's boxes, I stumbled upon a set of white, hotel napkins, which complete the look perfectly.
Yes, those are Hershey's Kisses on top of the napkins.
What do ya think? I do a little happy dance (on the inside) every time I see this. The runner is perfect! I wanted a simple runner that could be used for multiple designs and seasons. As done above, it works great for the fall with more oranges & browns. Add some red and silver, and we got Christmas. Maybe add some yellows and light blues or pinks & I'll be set for the springtime??? So many possibilities!
While gift shopping online, I saw Pottery Barn has the same idea... for 3-8 TIMES the cost I paid... FOR A SINGLE CANDLESTICK HOLDER! Ridiculous. I also saw Centsational Girl had the same idea for candlestick holders (and beat me to the posting-punch!)- don't they look awesome? The only problem is resisting the urge to buy more....