A winter themed table decoration is a wonderful way to make your guests feel special in the cold and drear of January and February. After all the festive looks we used at Christmas and New Year’s, we want something different, but something that is still warm and welcoming.
I created this tablescape for a small dinner party after Christmas. I wanted to use a bare table with woody chargers to create a rustic look that complements the wintery dishes I bought at Target after Christmas a number of years ago. The heavy pottery of these forest green and cream dishes with pinecones, greenery and red berries as accents has an outdoorsy look.
On top of the woody chargers, which came from Target several years, I layered brown rattan chargers I found at the Goodwill, the large green dinner plates, the berry-bordered salad plates and the coordinating soup bowl. I then added red cloth napkins tied in simple knots for an easy-going casual look.
I used cream-colored mugs to go with these dishes, Libbey glass goblets and some natural-colored porcelain coasters, a very useful gift from my dear friend Charlotte, as a protection for the surface of the table.
The centerpiece for this table was quite easy to put together. I used an inexpensive clear glass candlestick I have, available at most department or discount stores, which can also hold a taper candle, with a cream-colored pillar candle. Then I added a clear glass hurricane lamp top which I found at the Goodwill. This lamp top would fit on the top of many glasses or vases, and you would be able to fill the glass or vase with a candle and filler like cranberries, greenery, or small pinecones.
At the base of the candlestick is a moss mound wreath decorated with twig vines, small pinecones and berries. This wreath has a wintery look, and the red berries pick up on the berries in the plate design.
I originally thought I would use this wreath as a door decoration after Christmas, but I realized that it also made an excellent table centerpiece. It is constructed on a cardboard circular wreath form that has been painted dark green. (Be sure to add a hanger on the back of the wreath form if you intend to use it as a hanging wreath.)
You can order moss mounds from online craft stores to glue down close together to fill in around the entire wreath form. You can also purchase sheets of green preserved moss and glue it over assorted size mounds of ball-up aluminum foil to create the look. As the final touch, you can add a thin, flexible branch or vine and glue on small pinecones and berries from your yard or from a craft store.
You could achieve the same basic look by purchasing a grapevine wreath from the craft store, and adding accent pieces of moss, berries and pinecones. This wreath would give the same woodsy look.
Enjoy a casual dinner with friends with your winter themed table decoration! Your decor, meal and hospitality will warm the hearts of your guests!