Sunday, November 11, 2012

Great Holiday Ideas

The Ethan Allen furniture store near me had a holiday decorating event. We walked around the store to different rooms of tablescapes as designers shared their great holiday ideas. It was really fun. As you can see here, something as simple as blue ornaments can really jazz things up for the holidays. 

Here they added touches of pink. They suggested using remnants of fabric or a duvet cover for a table runner as they did here.

They told us how they sprayed already glittered fruit with silver glitter spray paint.

Here they took a cone shaped piece of styrofoam and crumpled up little pieces of tissue paper and glued them on. They put some tulle on the bottom and a silver glittery star on top.

They sprayed branches white and put tissue paper in with the ornaments. They also used jeweled garlands to add some glitz.

Apples look great in a clear glass vase.

Some of my photos were too yellow so I made them sepia color. But what was neat about this hutch was how they 

made the back look like different wrapped packages. They took a piece of cardboard, added some batting, then wrapping paper.

Then we walked to this rustic table setting. It was so pretty but I couldn't have you look at my yellow photos.

On the buffet, they added a string of lights to the garland then stuffed it into the stars.

Placing something as simple as a garland of beads around the base of this planter adds a nice holiday touch.

They told us to use silky pieces of fabric to add some richness to the tablescape like they did here

and here

and here.

And for a buffet, to list what is served in a picture frame.

More fruit in clear glass...

and ornaments.

This is a nice way to add sparkle to a holiday bowl

and you can see me in the mirror - haha.

I really enjoyed gathering some holiday ideas from this nice event.


  1. Lots of great ideas, the Ethan Allan near me went out of business. I used to love going in there for ideas.

  2. Love these simple table top ideas Patty. Very inspiring.

  3. Patty,
    What pretty ideas, and things!
    Thanks for some ideas.
    Pat @ Pat's Pink Apron

  4. Oh my goodness...eye candy everywhere! What a great idea to get some really creative holiday decorating idea. I love all the pops of color, but my favorite has to be the sprayed branches. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Fabulous ideas! I love those white plates wrapped in pink ribbon like a gift! And the extra silver spray paint on the fruit -- I'm going to remember that!

  6. Stunning images, my goodness!! I love it all, I don't know where to start. I justwas oohed and aahed looking at all these amazing ideas! Thanks for sharing and for your sweet visit.

  7. How fun, Patty. So many good ideas. I really like the hutch with the back done like packages. I have a hutch in my dining room so it definitely inspired me, but I'm looking with one eye shut because I cannot bear to say goodbye to autumn so soon and refuse to even think Christmas until Santa makes his way to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. :)

  8. This was great! I was thinking the other day I am not sure what to do with my table come Christmas. Now I have some great ideas. Thanks for letting us come along.

  9. Thanks for sharing these great inspirations!


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