Setting a Festive Table for Christmas with Vintage Finds

Every year, I try to come up with a new way to set my table for Christmas and, this past Summer, I found a really beautiful vintage tablecloth and matching napkins which I have been holding on to until now to break out.  I love how the red berries set off the green leaves in the holly and wanted to highlight that when I set the table. It was so much fun to put it all together and I hope you enjoy seeing how it turned out. I still can’t believe Christmas is here… I  have a pile of presents to wrap and some dishes to prepare. I am going to keep it simple so that we can all relax (that means me too) and enjoy the festivities.  If you need a last minute dessert idea, this is delicious, or, if  you are looking for a make-ahead breakfast, for Christmas morning, this is a favorite in our house and won’t take very long to assemble.  Have a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

 

 

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving

All year-long I hunt for fabrics to use for tablecloths and this year I scored three remnants of fabric with a brown/ blue bird pattern.  I knew immediately it would be the inspiration for setting my Thanksgiving table. Luckily, when we sewed together the sections, the cloth fit our table perfectly.  I went hunting in my house for items to use for a centerpiece and pulled out the various sized brass candlesticks I had collected over the years from my Grandmother, tag sales and flea markets.  I  decided to forgo the laborious task of shining them all and left them in the original patina. I then went looking for pieces to compliment the tablecloth.  I borrowed three brass planters for the centerpiece from Found, a fabulous decorating and home store in New Canaan, CT and Juliska very nicely lent me the table settings.  It was so much fun pulling it all together and layering all the elements that I got a little carried away with the pictures but, to be fair, I wanted to give you lots of angles to see how it turned out. I hope you love it as much as I do…Now if only I could keep it as is for Thanksgiving!

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Juliska Tortoise Knot Napkin Ring c/o /  Juliska Hemstitch Napkin c/o /  Juliska Bistro Gold Flatware c/o /  Juliska Bamboo Dinner Plate  c/o / Juliska Firenze Delft Charger c/o /  Juliska Arabella Clear Goblet c/o /  Tablecloth made from Vintage Fabric /  Brass candlestick collected over time / Brass Planters c/o  / Starlight Wire String Lights

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5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving

One of my favorite things to do is set my table for a party, family gathering or holiday.  I look for ideas all year long and buy vintage fabrics when I see them to make tablecloths for different themes. I have bins of decorative items like pine cones, faux branches, gourds and pumpkins that I can use as filler for my centerpieces.  It may be a bit excessive, but I try to get them at the end of each season so they are on sale, but sometimes I don’t have a choice and buy them full price. I love browsing One Kings Lane, AmazonPier 1 Imports, and Home Decorators Collection for ideas and to add things to my stash.  Here are 5 unique ways to decorate your table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving Inspiration
  2. DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  3. Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving
  4. Another centerpiece with the Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  5. Green and Silver Thanksgiving

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

Images top : Thanksgiving Inspiration  middle:  Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving  ( DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds) Bottom: Green and Silver Thanksgiving

 

Decorating with Faux Foliage

I like to get a jump on my Fall table decorations and order faux foliage from around the web to have on hand when I start creating tablescapes for dinner parties and the holidays.  I always do a pass through Pottery Barn to see what plants and branches they have each season.  I have had great luck finding really authentic looking specimens, like these magnolia branches a few seasons ago, that I can incorporate with or with out fresh cuttings from my yard or the flower market.  I buy enough that I can cut them up and use pieces to stick in arrangements or to incorporate into a garland for my table or mantle. This season I am definitely getting these feathers, a bunch of the golden magnolia stems, the olive branches and maybe the ivory hops branch. Be sure to buy what you like sooner than later as I have found they quickly disappear..

Decorating with Faux Foliage | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Pottery Barn Faux Foliage

 

How to Fray Jeans

I have had frayed ankle length jeans on my mind ever since I did this post on cropped flared jeans earlier this Summer. I realized I had a  pair of bootcut jeans that had shrunk up in the wash and were a little too short for anything other than the flattest of flats.  I decided to transform them into a better more hip length.  I got out my best sharp sewing scissors and got to work.

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Here is what I did:

DIY – How to Fray Jeans

PRINT instructions

1 . Try on your jeans and fold them to the length you want them to be after you cut them. I erred on the longer side to be safe. (2.5″ versus the 3″ I folded them to)

2. Measure the folded portion of the Jeans to determine how many inches you want to cut off.

3. Turn jeans hem smooth and lay on flat surface.

4. Pin the pant leg together so that when you cut them it will be even on all sides

5. Using a Measuring Tape, mark the jeans with a Marking Pencil (that dissolves when washed)  at the desired length you want to cut.  I cut mine at 2.5 inches.  I figured I could always go shorter and I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to fray them and that makes it even shorter.

6. Using a Good Sharp Scissors cut along marked chalk line through the jeans

7. Using a Seam Ripper pull the threads along the cut edge of the jeans.  Pull as many as you want but remember the hem gets shorter with the more you pull.

8. Put jeans in the washing machine and wash/ dry as you prefer.

9. You can leave the hanging frayed edges or cut the long bits off.  I cut mine off to make a cleaner edge but know they will fray more as I wear them.

10. Ta Da!  That’s all .. How easy is that?

Supplies:  Bootcut Jeans  / Good Sharp Scissors  / Pins and Magnetic Pincushion / Measuring Tape  / Marking Pencil  / Seam Ripper

 

Check back later this week to see the results!  

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Bootcut Jeans  /  Good Quality Sharp Scissors  / Pins and Magnetic Pincushion / Measuring Tape  / Marking Pencil  / Seam Ripper

How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight

When we moved into our home some 18 years ago (!!) flat screen TV’s were the new hot thing.  We loved how thin they were compared to the big, deep TV’s we grew up with. It changed how we decorated and the size of the furniture we needed to house them.  We still have one of those original flat screens on the wall in our family room and it is not flush to the wall or as thin as the latest models you see now.  Ours is attached to one of those pivoting arms that lets the TV swing out and around depending on where you want to view it.  It is actually very deep and not so pretty from the side.  It is time to upgrade and  I love how you can hide the TV in plain sight by arranging pictures, art and other wall hangings around the TV.  I went to the internet and Pinterest for inspiration and these are some of my favorite gallery walls that “hide” the TV….

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

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