Monday, December 28, 2015
The girls in our house had fun making sugar cookies while the boys went to see Star Wars! After cookie decorating and lunch, we took a nature walk to collect goodies for decorating the table.
Setting a festive table is one of my favorite things! And I don't always have an idea in advance, the only thing I knew this time was that I wanted to incorporate things from our yard/neighborhood.
Three kinds of berries, moss, ivy, evergreen, oak leaves and pinecones were collected! I put a tablecloth on the table and then a runner of brown kraft wrapping paper with evergreen and pinecones on it already.
The plaid memo board was thrifted from Goodwill! I can't wait to show you how I used many of the same pieces and came up with new centerpieces for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas morning breakfast and Christmas dinner. Time to switch things out is short but it's fun to switch it up a bit.
This round galvanized tray is my favorite! It works for so many things, I found it at TJMaxx a few years ago. Greens, berries and pinecones become a pretty centerpiece that adds height and texture. Simple cream tea lights encircle the jar. I put the evergreen clippings and some cranberries inside the jar.
Vintage thrifted Jell-O molds were fun for candle holders. I filled them with dried split peas and then covered with moss that we collected on our walk. The candles were in a box of thrifted Hanukkah candles - they burned really fast, but were cute while they lasted!
Felt leaf wreaths were $3 for three at Target - look for them on the after-Christmas clearance! I pulled out a few wood slices from our Gratitude Tree for a fun touch.
The same little placecard holders cut from sticks in our backyard that I used for Thanksgiving made an appearance!
With the table all set and ready, it was time to go to Christmas Eve Service at church. I love when we end with candlelight and Silent Night! Such a special time!
Christmas Eve evening is my very favorite - I love the glowing of the candlelight and Christmas lights! Seeing Christmas lights on the drive home from church, the same meal every year. Magical!
My kids favorite thing is our Christmas Eve pj tradition with scavenger hunt. Several years ago on a whim, I decided to hide their pj's and have them hunt for them. Well, it has settled in for a nice long stay! I try to run them all over the house back and forth before they find them!
Speaking of Christmas Eve pj's - I tried something new this year. I watched thrift stores all year for the girls pants, Samuel's are a hand-me-over from his cousin. I never had success finding pj tops but decided that making personalized long sleeve t-shirts would be a fun option. I got the t-shirts at Wal-Mart and ironed on with interfacing and stitched around the edge. I think I spent about $15 total for all three sets of pj's - I will definitely try thrifting Christmas pj's again!
And then there was this sweet bedtime scene, love.
Tell me the best part of your Christmas Eve!!