When I create a tablescape, I like to make it more than just pretty. A holiday meal is just more special if the setting conveys meaning or honors someone. This Christmas Magic Table Setting may look like a pretty but ordinary Christmas dinner table setting, but it isn’t. One of the objects is a tangible reminder of a very special childhood Christmas memory.
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The Items Used in This Christmas Magic Table Setting
It started with a visit to a thrift store.
Every time I’m in Des Moines I make a stop at the Many Hands Thrift Market in Grimes. I always find something good there. One of my favorite finds is the tablecloth and napkins shown in this table setting. It’s a beautiful ivory color, in great condition, and I could tell it is old.
As I’m ironing this tablecloth I gasp when I see the tag:
Apparently, this tablecloth and napkins are antique and collectible, though I don’t know the value. They’re beautiful and quite a bargain at $4.00. And I bought them thinking I’d just make something with them if the tablecloth doesn’t fit my table. Fortunately, the tablecloth fits and looks great with my Pioneer Woman dishes.
Getting all the wrinkles out of these old linens is difficult. I don’t want to ruin them so I just let some of the wrinkles remain. They old. They’ve earned their wrinkles. 😊
Thrift Stores, Dollar Tree, and a Marshall’s Find
The red chargers are a Dollar Tree find. I found almost identical chargers here on Amazon if they’re not available at your local Dollar Tree. They’re pretty bright and I stopped and bought some charcoal chalk spray paint in case I decided against the red. But the red is so pretty with the ivory! I’m returning that spray paint.
The bows and jingle bells are also from Dollar Tree.
The centerpiece is a rectangular-shaped white ceramic tray from Marshalls. It’s been the foundation for several centerpieces and a pretty serving tray. We bought this artificial tree last year which is much smaller than our old one. The leftover Christmas balls and the stems of artificial red berries and faux eucalyptus I’ve had forever pair together in a pretty centerpiece.
My husband gave me the silverware and the crystal water glasses and wine goblets. I appreciate how he provides nice things for us to enjoy on special occasions.
We have a row of pine trees on our property, so I “shopped” nature for the pine sprigs. The red and green striped candy canes are from the local grocery store. It’s the red and green striped candy canes that make this Christmas table setting magical.
Creating the Candy Cane Embellishment
You’ll need four sprigs of pine roughly the same length as the candy canes. The little bows just have a wire twist-tie holding them together so be careful removing them from the packaging. The jingle bells are all actually a garland. But only four are needed for this tablescape, so I just cut four bells from the strand with enough string to tie them around the pine sprig and candy cane.
Lay the candy cane on top of the sprig of pine.
Tie the bell around both the pine sprig and candy cane. Then add the bow twisting the twisty tie on the back.
And now you have a pretty and simple embellishment for your Christmas table setting.
The Red and Green Candy Cane Magical Christmas Story
Every year I shop for candy canes with both red and green stripes. This candy cane is special to me.
You see, when I was about 7 years old (around 1976) my sister and I are sitting on the floor in our flannel jammies watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on TV. A few weeks earlier, our mom sent out an antique rocking chair for repairs.
While we’re sitting by the twinkling Christmas tree engrossed in Rudolph someone knocks on the door. We hardly notice Mom getting up to open the door. But our jaws hit the floor and our eyes bugged out of our heads when into the living room steps Santa Claus!!
Santa Claus IS Comin’ to Town!!
He lets out a giant HO HO HO!! and returns Mom’s rocking chair to her.
SANTA FIXED MOM’S ROCKING CHAIR IN HIS WORKSHOP AT THE NORTH POLE??!! THAT’S WHERE IT WENT??!!
This is too much. We can’t move. In our minds, my sister and I are going through every rotten kid-thing we’d done lately and shrinking a little inside.
He really IS watching! Oh no…we’re caught.
Santa turns to my sister and I and asks us if we’ve been good this year. We say nothing. We can’t talk. We’re still in shock. Santa laughs his booming HO HO HO and reminds us to keep being good so he can leave us presents on Christmas Eve.
We just nod yes.
And then he gives us each a candy cane.
The candy canes he gives us have both a red and green stripe.
I’d never seen a candy cane with a green stripe! Oh my gosh, this is a magical candy cane from the North Pole! The green stripe – that makes it special and magical.
Santa laughs again (I’m sure our expressions were hilarious!), waves goodbye and walks out the door to disappear into the night.
That’s my favorite Christmas childhood memory. And that’s the meaning behind the candy cane with both red and green stripes and why I seek them out every Christmas.
Shop Here for Items to Create this Christmas Magic Table Setting
Since some of the items in the tablescape come from a thrift store, I shopped Amazon for similar items to help you recreate this tablescape.
Thank you for letting me share a childhood Christmas memory. I hope this tablescape inspires you to incorporate meaningful items into your Christmas table setting. Perhaps you have some game pieces, small toys, antiques, photographs, or hand-written recipe cards to make your table special.
Use your imagination! I’ve learned in the last month that creating tablescapes is a lot of fun.
I’d love to hear your favorite childhood Christmas memory. Share it in the comments below!
Have a Merry Christmas!
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