It is really starting to feel like fall and that winter is creeping up on us. We have had several snow showers already and most of the leaves are finished falling. All of this gets me even more excited about this holiday season. Today, I am sharing the first of several Christmas table settings for events I have planned through the holidays. This Simple Woodland and Pine Cone Christmas Table Setting was so easy to do and will be great for the “Think and Drink” function I am hosting tomorrow.
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You are probably thinking…what in the heck is a “Think and Drink”?! This year, I am again chairing the Morgan Adams Foundation Concours d’Elegance event to raise money for pediatric cancer research. It has been a tradition in the past on the Executive Committee to hold these functions to collaborate and brainstorm (“think and drink”) over cocktails. I am hosting our Auction team on Thursday to do just that!
When you can, I always recommend that you set your table ahead of time for several reasons. One…no last minute hustles required. Two…you can make sure you have everything you need to complete your desired look. Three…if you work on your table ahead, then you can focus on what you are serving in the days just ahead of your event. Four…less stress right before your gathering. I am all about less stress!
All of my table settings start with an inspiration. Last week, I attended a Holiday Open House at one of my favorite local stores…T is for Table (they have one location here and two in Florida). I stumbled onto these beautiful Pine Bough Linen Napkins that I just had to take home!
They are so classic and can be used for so many different ways for your holiday table settings. I am sure you will see them again in one of my future table settings. Pine and pine cones remind me of winter and, luckily for us, we have hundreds of them in our yard every year. Bonus!
You may have seen me use these burlap table runners before. They were perfect to reuse for the look I was trying to achieve. I love using runners instead of placemats not only to mix things up, but it can also save you a bit of money if you buy them wisely. These were less than $10 each.
Since I decided to feature pine cones, I pulled out this great faux Christmas garland I have had for years. It already had small pine cones dispursed throughout the garland so it was perfect. Plus, I love the little snow crystals on the ends of the pine needles for a little touch of special!
Since we are actually having a meeting, I felt it was important to keep the centerpiece low. I just bent the garland into a wavy pattern so I could easily place in a couple of hurricanes and a few other elements.
Part of what made this centerpiece so simple is that I only used a few items to create it. The garland, pine cones, the rattan ornament balls, the cake dome filled with pine cones and a few candles.
For the focal point, I simply filled my glass cake dome with pine cones from my yard…super easy and organic!
These wood grained chargers were perfect for the place settings.
To top off the place settings, I added these lovely acorn ornaments from Hobby Lobby for my team to take home for their own trees. I am deeply grateful for all the hard work of our auction committee!
To break up the white plates, I used my Coventry Stoneware salad plates and then topped them off with the square white bowls. Voila!
The huge Sugarpine pine cones at the ends of the centerpiece added a little drama to the table setting and finished things off nicely.
Wish us luck as we “think and drink” tomorrow night to help raise more money for pediatric cancer research! I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of this simple Woodland and Pine Cone Christmas Table Setting. What is your favorite part?! I would love to hear your comments.
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