By MaryAnn Skaro
One of my favourite ways to decorate a table is by using things I find around my house. For a last-minute holiday look, I went into my recycling bin to see what I could find. I picked up a few empty beer bottles, one empty wine bottle, and a string of white lights I found in our garage. I was going to let these few items guide my inspiration. Of course, I had my doubts, but I didn’t let that stand in my way of creating something my family was going to love.
Using these and other items I already had in my home, here’s how I created this festive tablescape:
I already had a red and green festive tablecloth that was going to serve as a backdrop to my creative scape. On my way into the kitchen, I noticed martini glasses that I knew would somehow add to the ambiance of my table.
Next, I soaked the beer bottles and peeled off the labels. I had a feeling they were going to act as a vessel for my lighting. I knew I wanted greenery, so I cut off a few fresh branches from our Christmas tree, and grabbed some pine cones I had lying around in a decorative bowl on my coffee table. I had left over gold and silver ribbon that I was going to use, as well.
I placed all these items on the table and, before long, a rustic theme emerged!
I filled the beer bottles with the white lights, and filled the martini glasses with the evergreen cuttings and pine combs. I used the leftover ribbon to wrap the wine bottle, which became my candle holder. I also decided to mix and match the placemats, so I ended up using festive green and red napkins. (By the way, my kids ended up loving these placemats the best.)
To be completely honest, I surprised myself with the quality and the aesthetics of our holiday table! I turned on the lights, and the subtle yellow glow from the beer bottles transformed our dining experience. It was a fun table, a great conversation piece, and, best of all it was easy, effortless, and inexpensive.
About MaryAnn Skaro:
As a joy coach, I’m here to inspire you through great food, delicious conversation and elegant ambience.
I host healthy, beautifully crafted luncheons for busy Moms who are ready to pause, find their joy and reconnect to the things that matter most. As a busy Mom myself, I know the importance of recharging my body, mind, and soul.
As your hostess, I am ready to feed and serve you, so that you leave my table feeling inspired and filled with a sense of purpose to fuel the success of your business. You can find me online at www.maryannskaro.com.