Friday, December 24, 2010

Setting your Christmas Table

It's so much fun to set a holiday table. I do my Christmas table weeks in advance, and the dining room table sits festive, ready and waiting for a feast to come and our family to gather. (I am sure to wash the plates and glasses before the meal now…made the mistake one year of not doing that. Mike wrote: "hi" in the dust of his plate to tease me about it. Ewww and thanks, hubby). I have two huge bins in my closet with different linens and napkin rings – playing around with them is so much fun. Now my head is full of all kinds of additions to the table thanks to our design team – and it doesn't involve hundreds of dollars at Pier 1. Better yet, they are handmade!

Our designers Julia Aston and Mara Campbell have some great ideas to set your table this year. Mara created these fun napkin rings using Peel & Stick stamps from our Rudolph & Co. collection. These Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stamps are a new license for 2010 for PSA Essentials. They are too cute for words. Check out both the packs if you have a second at I love how Mara colored the stamps up to give them even more character.

Julia's ideas are fun too – and I always love when a designer doesn't use literal colors to celebrate a holiday. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all of the red and green that blue is very refreshing and calming. Julia created a napkin ring, a treat bag, and place card. She stamped using Peel & Stick Tree-O.

Put it all together and it looks something like this…

Supply Spotlight:

Holiday Napkin Rings.  Stamps: Rudolph & Friends Peel & Stick (PSA Essentials), Paper: October Afternoon and Crate Paper, Tools: Cricut, Other: Pen (Sakura)
Coordinating Place Card, Napkin Holder & Treat Bag.  Stamps: Trees (PSA Essentials), Simple Alphabet (Papertrey Ink).  Card Stock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Pacific Point (Stampin Up). Patterned Paper: Daydream/Freshly Mown Lawn (October Afternoon). Ink: Espresso/Turquoise (PSA Essentials) Dies:  Fancy Tags, Big Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Labels 16 Nestabilities (Spellbinder). Other:  Rhinstone Stickers (Michaels), glassine metal closure bag (Papertrey Ink), Wrinkled Seam Ribbon  

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