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.

 

 

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards

My good friend Christine is back with a really fun DIY project.  She made place card holders out of candy cane sticks and we spent the afternoon making a video of the project for you! We ordered the candy cane sticks on-line (source below) and I went to Paper Presentation in New York City for the red cards, twine and white pen.  With Christmas less than a week away, you may not be able to find locally the candy cane sticks or get them shipped in time, so I suggest you use paper straws and cut them to the desired length.

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (1) | Ridgely's Radar
DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (2) | Ridgely's Radar
~ Supplies ~
glue gun and glue sticks
white pen
red flat cards – 2″  x 3.5″

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (3) | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: felt trees

photographs by Ridgely

Want to transform a can into Straw Covered Containers?

Occasionally I will walk around Michaels Arts & Craft Store to get inspiration and ideas for new projects.  On my last visit, I found packets of red and green patterned straws in the one dollar bin and knew I had to use them for a Christmas DIY craft.  Lucky for me, my husband likes to save empty food cans for his own projects and storage, and I was able to take a few to use with the straws.  It was such an easy project.  I cut the straws down to the height of the cans and used my glue gun to adhere them.  Then I went to the flower market in New York City and got miniature Poinsettias for each of the cans.  As a finishing touch, I added some green moss around the base of each pot. Viola! I had a centerpiece for my kitchen table.  I also covered a few cans in candy cane sticks (not pictured).  The containers are so cute and you could make them in any color and pattern straws.  Instead of putting a plant in them, you could use them for crayons, pencils, pens, scissors and they would make a really nice teacher gift!
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

DIY Jingle Bell Napkin Rings

Did you see the napkin rings on my post Setting the Table: Christmas?  I made them with bells, wire and sliver wired ribbon.  It is an easy and fast project that you could do with your kids.  The bells come in all different colors and, depending on your decor, you could do all gold, red, green or multi-colored with matching colored ribbons.  I chose to be traditional and used silver bells.  They would also be a really nice hostess present.

DIY Jingle Bell Napkin Rings (1) | Ridgely's Radar
DIY Jingle Bell Napkin Rings Supply List:
  • 1/2″ Silver Jingle Bells – 144/pk – I used 28 bells per napkin ring.
  • florist wire – cut in approx. 6″ lengths
  • silver 1/8″ wired ribbon – cut in approx. 6″ pieces
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
DIY Jingle Bell Napkin Rings (2) | Ridgely's Radar

Directions:

  1. Cut the florist wire in a 6″ length and created a loop at one end so that the bells will not fall off as you string them onto the wire.
  2. Add the 28 bells to the wire
  3. Push the bells close together
  4. Take the end of the wire and put it through the loop on the other end, be sure the bells are strung tight together and tightly twist the ends of the wire together.  Cut off any excess wire and tuck inside the bells. Tie the wired ribbon in a bow around the napkin ring.
DIY Jingle Bell Napkin Rings (3) | Ridgely's Radar

The bows gets a little smushed when you store them, but the wire ribbon is easy to maneuver to  make them come back to the shape you want.  Happy Projecting!

 

Setting the Table: Christmas

I am officially in the mood for Christmas!  I set my table for our annual girls Christmas dinner where we exchange $5 and under presents (yes, it is possible to find really good presents for $5 if you look and take advantage of sales throughout the year!).  I have to ask the group, but I think it is now going on 14 years!  I was inspired by my vintage plaid tablecloth to have fresh evergreen and silver decorations. Here is a sneak peek:

Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar

To make my centerpiece, I used a low footed mercury bowl. I cut two Wet Foam Blocks to fit in the bowl and then soaked them in the sink for about 10 minutes.  I placed the wet blocks back in the bowl and started to arrange the evergreen branches I salvaged from the Fireman Christmas Tree Sale.  I cut the branches in easy to use pieces and stuck them into the foam to create a loose and simple arrangement. I placed glittery Silver Pine Cones randomly in the evergreens. Once I placed the bowl on my table I took a few more branches to place around the base and added several more pine cones.

Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Christmas | Ridgely's Radar

Ladies, if you see this post, I am looking forward to a fun, festive and sparkly evening!

Make these Fun and Festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer

Every year I used to make DIY candy cane reindeer for our kids to give their friends and teachers at school.  I would make extra to put on our tree, stick on christmas presents and as everyone’s table present Christmas Eve. The past few years, as they have become teenagers, they are not so interested in giving them out, but I still enjoy making them and I love picking them off the tree for a sweet treat.  They are easy to make and do not take too long, the hardest part is not burning your fingers with the hot glue on the tiny eyes and noses!  It is a fun, easy DIY project that I like to do one morning before Christmas.  It takes me about an hour and gets me excited for the Holidays.  All you need is a box (or two) of  candy canes, pipe cleaners, mini 5mm googly eyes, 5mm pom poms for the noses and a glue gun.  Looking for more Christmas DIY ideas?  How about making these straw covered containers?
Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode shows you how to make fun and festive DIY Candy Cane Reindeer on Ridgely's Radar

What you need to make the Reindeer: candy canes  /  pipe cleaners  /  mini 5mm googly eyes  /  5mm pom poms for the noses /   glue gun