Whew! Where did November go? Thrift Chick was finishing up her student teaching and working on the last major projects of her college career. I have been swamped at school working on a grant and proofreading all of Thrift Chick's papers. All of the sudden, November is almost gone! However, a sudden snowstorm tonight has given us a two hour delay tomorrow (I just love a school system that makes that call the night before!) We decided to use the time to create our first ever tablescape and enter Censational Girl's Contest.
It is just a simple red and white theme. Nothing fancy because we just are not the fancy kind. Everything but the tree is thrifted or handmade. Last year we started a Christmas morning brunch tradition with our immediate family and we used these red dishes. This year I will add a few more touches. Check back in a few years, we might just make it to :"fancy."
Okay I lied. Not everything was thrifted. The picture frames came from the Dollar Store. I printed off old winter pictures of the family to put inside. (My brother transferred 150 boxes of family slides to digital pictures and gave us all CDs...talk about a gift of love! I now have digital files dating back to 1950.)
Eat Drink Chic and the recipe for scratch offs from Martha Stewart. Thrift Chick wants to know what you win, but it is a Christmas secret!
The Christmas tree is not part of my tablescape, but it is my favorite part. My mom used cookie cutters like these when I was growing up. A few years ago I saw a tree in an antique store that had red cookie cutters for ornaments and I fell in love. They bring back memories of sugar cookies with rock hard icing. (My mom was a fan of the powdered sugar and milk type of frosting.) I have been buying them whenever I find them. I finally have enough for a tree. I think I need a lot more to be real impressive, but that just means the hunt goes on. The white bells came from a bin at the Goodwill. Twelve bells for a quarter.
Since I am throwing everything in but the kitchen sink, I will show you a picture of my counter. It never looks like this. Thrift Chick laughed when she saw it and asked how long I thought it would be before everyone started piling stuff on it. I am a Dr. Seuss nut (it is my classroom theme.) The white frame is really plastic and I cost me less than a dollar at the Goodwill. White spray paint makes everything look better, don't you think? The white pedestal vase and the round swing top jar were from a local thrift store. The green glass jars were my best summer find. Only $1.50 each at a Goodwill I stopped at while I was out of town. (Do you do that? Do you look up thrift stores when you are in a new town?) They look very vintage don't they? I think they are reproductions, but I am not picky. The hexagon large jar was a Home Goods clearance item.
My oldest son stopped by tonight. He looked over our handiwork and said, "It would be a lot more impressive if there was food." Sigh....like I said, we are just not fancy people.
I am linking up to Censational Girl's Tablescape Party