This is the first year I’ve had a “big girl” dining room table. (If you’ll remember, I bought this gorgeous mid-mod table earlier this year and then recovered the chairs and cleaned it all up a bit.) I literally could. not. wait. for Christmas to come around so I could decorate it just so. And so I did. Let’s take a look. (I apologize in advance for the lighting. I took these pictures very late Sunday night and honestly, there are no windows in the dining room so the lighting isn’t great in full sun either.)

I started out with a gorgeous table runner I bought last year at Target. If I recall correctly it was at least twenty bucks and hubby had to convince me that it was OK to buy it. (I have issues with spending money.)

Then I layered on some inexpensive round, green placemats from Marshall’s that I bought last spring.

I topped those with some cheap (and I do mean cheap – $4.00 for a four pack) gold chargers I got at Target last year. I topped the chargers with some red napkins I’ve had since The Hubs and I moved in together and used candle rings as napkin rings to tie it all together.

The fun part is in the middle. See those white containers? They’re bed risers from Ikea.

The Hubs and I finally splurged and bought a headboard/footboard from Ikea over the summer after waiting forever and we realized we didn’t need the bedrisers we’d bought while waiting for the bed itself to come back in stock. They’d been sitting in my craft area forever when I realized that they didn’t have holes in them so they could be used as vases! I had planned on putting tiny, real Christmas trees inside them as a centerpiece until I saw the price tag and calculated how much that would be (see? spending issues). Instead I popped some floral foam in the up-turned riser (just to make it a little more shallow) and filled each one with festive red and green plastic Christmas ornaments we already had! I wanted something low that I didn’t have to remove every time we decided to eat. It works perfectly!

To add a finishing touch, I placed small glittering Christmas tree ornaments (for a dollar last year at Walmart) at each gap in the risers. The best part is, you can use them as place card holders if you plan on entertaining. I just added a little sparkly scrapbooking fiber and a piece of scrap paper trimmed a labelled. Super simple!

It may not be the fanciest table on the block, but I think it’s fun and festive. I hope you like it!

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