We decorated for Christmas. Which, I never used to be crazy for... UNTIL the beau came along and UNTIL I was slapped in the face with so much internet-blogland inspiration. And let me tell you, I am loving what we got going on! Now, there is more I would love to do, but budget, time, and space to store the other 11 months of the year is keeping me under control.
First, I put out some Silver & Gold (by ways of my spray-painted pine cones featured before.)
Second, I filled 3 vases with silver ornaments and silver Mardi Gras beads.
I LOVE these. I would love to make some fake presents (in shiny red wrapping) and place around the base of the vases and under some vases to give more dramatic height. But I couldn't justify this when I had no room to store these empty boxes in the off season. Next house, for sure.
Third, we got a tree. A fake tree. A fake, white tree. Oh you better believe we got funky up in here!
won't you take me to FUNKY CHRISTMAS TOWN?!
Fourth, the peace wreath from last year (seen/done here)? It's inside. MADNESS, I KNOW! But we needed to balance out an empty space & add some height so onto the wall it went (hung with a 3M removable hook.)
I figure, this is a more stylized wreath that could rep the hippy indoors and match the circular plate on the other wall. Oh! And we did think about mounting the wreath ON the gold plate, but it didn't look as good as we thought it would.
Fifth, the bar got blinged.
That's a basic lit garland draped along the frame (with 3M hooks,) and strings of beads (usually for the tree) hung through the glass racks. It took a bit of finagling to get the beads to stay and more to get them the right lengths.... I scrapped having them all the same length because that would talk TOO LONG. Look at it all lit up! I love how the garland really frames the bar.
The bowl is Ikea. The filler is, yup, more beads. The napkin rings? BEADS AGAIN! (Bet you didn't see that one coming!) And that lovely, delicate table runner was a gift from a very close family friend.
I have also, when we were using the chargers but not the fancy-pants napkins (I use those only for foreign dignitaries,) I put them all in the center bowl. I kinda like this too... like a pick-your-poison of, um, hand towels. Whatever.
So, there you go! This is how we deck our halls and bring out the figgy pudding. What did you do? Anyone hate a non-green tree??