Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Tablescape Challenge 2014

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I have been looking several days for a tablescape I could copy for a challenge over at Cuisine Kathleen.  My only criteria was that I had to do this without spending any additional $$~
The one I choose was from Andrea over at 
Opulent Cottage
I love the colors, plaid and that great sleigh...could I do this?  Well yes I can!
I recently found a sleigh at a thrift shop and knew this was the table I was going to 'copy'!
Of course I changed it up's my interpretation 
but I am really happy with how it turned out!
I had some plaid place mats found at the thrift shop this year but no green chargers.  
I changed it up to use white chargers and red plates.
My sleigh is a little different but gives the feel of the original.  I did use a small burlap bag underneath because I didn't want the metal runners to scratch my table.
I used a green napkin instead of a green plate and added some greenery to give the feel of the birds nest she had on each plate
I had two different picks I used since I didn't have four of the same kind.  Making do and not feeling like I have to be perfect is what this challenge is all about to me.
I used some Winterberry patterned water glasses
and I like how it kept the table looking a little bit lighter.
Votives' with gold tea lights add some glow
My sleigh has a Cardinal on it so using more red appealed to me.  I filled it with greenery and a couple of bottle brush trees like the original

Andrea used a more casual flatware, but I loved the look of this old set of Reed & Barton sterling in the lovely Tara pattern
My table is in a dark part of the house, so I took a couple of flash photos
Instead of green tree bowls I used red and added a few tiny ornaments to pick up all the colors!
I'm pretty happy with my copy cat interpretation!
Andrea's original

My interpretation!

Join me and many other tablescapers at 
Cuisine Katheleen for our 
Christmas Tablescape Challenge

Wishing you JOY,



Kathe said...

I think you did pretty darn great Ms Linda!! I love your little sleigh, but then, I am particle to cardinals :-)

Marigene said...

Linda, great minds think alike...this is the table I copied, too! You did a great your sleigh.
Have a great week.

Mary said...

Love your copycat table Linda! I love plaid at Christmas and your sleigh with the cardinal is adorable!

Nellie said...

Loving your table, Linda! I love all the red and green, and the sleigh is precious! xo Nellie

Lynn said...

It turned out great Linda and good for you in using what you had-enjoy:@)

Julie Corbisiero said...

I really love how your table turned out Linda. It is so pretty and perfect a Christmas dinner! Julie

Susan said...

What an absolutely lovely table setting, Linda. Great job. Love the sleighs.... Susan said...

Great copycat Linda! The sleigh is perfect!


It's great tablescape! Even better that you didn't spend any $$$

Sarah said...

Great job, Linda. My copycat table didn't come together as I'd planned, and doubt I get it posted. ;-)

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Great tablescape! I really like the burlap under the sleigh; all the more charming!

Feral Turtle said...

That looks awesome! And you did it all with what you had on hand! Good job Linda!

My thrift store addiction said...

Linda, I LOVE your tablescape. Sweet cardinal and sleigh--so charming! Blessings, Cecilia

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

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Audrey said...

Great job Linda. Looks really pretty.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


Your table came out gorgeous! I love that pretty sleigh you found and beautiful centerpiece. The festive red is what I like the most here and of course, all the lovely elements. Great job!
Enjoy the holiday season.

Vonlipi said...

You did very good! Your interpretation is very festive yet simple, I love it!

hugs Valerie xxx

Vicky Hunt said...

Your interpretation turned out great. I love it all...especially the flatware. It is so pretty! What a neat idea to do a copy cat table and not be allowed to spend any money. Sounds fun. Have a great rest of the week!

Blessings, Vicky

Lady of the Manor said...

Great job!! I love those plaid placemats. They make the table so cheery!

xinex said...

Your copy is perfectly done. Beautiful, both tables!...Christine

Art and Sand said...

I really love this table setting.

Last Christmas I did a different fancy table setting each night. This year, although it is already December 10, we have only sat down to dinner together two nights. We have been out so much. You make me want to set a pretty table tomorrow night.

I am finding that so many blogspot blogs are now requiring commenters to prove they aren't a robot. I noticed that it comes up on my blog for commenters even though I have checked not to have that option. I see it on your blog. Have you added it or is it now something blogger is doing?

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Your table is lovely Linda, so pretty and I think you did a great job of meeting the challenge. I missed joining in for a few reasons, but will enjoy visiting. Your sleigh is great!

I'd better check my blog if blogger is sneaking that verification back in.

Anonymous said...

Your version of the table is the plaid and your sleigh is delightful. Score!

EM said...

I like yours better than the original.

Joy said...

What a darling sleigh! Perfect for this table. And I'm in love with your Winterberry glasses. Beautiful tablescape!

Kathleen said...

You did a great job, on this. Marigene did too! So much fun seeing everyone's take. The sleigh is so cute! I had this one on my list too, as I was determined not to buy anything either!
Thanks so much for taking the challenge!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Wonderful copycat Linda. you nailed it! What a cute sleigh. Happy holidays.

Mereknits said...

I think your table is absolutely gorgeous.

Consider It All Joy said...

I really like it Linda! I love being able to use things that I already own instead of having to purchase more! You did well! Blessings, Cindy

Little Vintage Cottage said...

It looks lovely, great job!


Barbara F. said...

Wow! All the nice comments. You did a great job.

Lulu said...

Your table appeals to me because it has just enough without being overdone. It is both warm and welcoming.

Chatty Crone said...

I think yours is even prettier!
You know you do not have to put the number in - I think if you are a member of goggle - you just hit comment.

bj said...

you did a great job on your copy....very nice, fun it is to copycat. :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your interpretation Everything is so festive! The annoying word verification has popped up on my blog too and so many others. It works just to click right past it.

Jann Olson said...

Linda, I think you did a fabulous job on your copycat tables cape! I love how you filled the sleigh. So very cute!

Jann Olson said...

Thanks so much about the word verification tip! It has shown up on mines well.

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Linda, I love your table! It looks absolutely perfect, and just as pretty as the original. That sleigh is beautiful!

Candy S said...

Linda, You have done a beautiful job of interpreting this lovely tablescape. I think I like it better with your touches and your sleigh. I am still partial to the green plates too but your table is every bit as pretty if not more so.

Dawn from We Call It said...

This is really a lovely recreation of the original, Linda. Those Winterberry glasses are so pretty! And you've inspired me to make my own centerpiece w/ a sleigh planter I have rather than buying one for Christmas :)
Merry Christmas - Dawn

Diann said...

Very pretty Linda! You did a wonderful job with your interpretation!

Diana Petrillo said...

Just beautiful, Linda! I think I like the white plate chargers better, and your flatware is gorgeous--don't tell me it was a thrift store find(!). Must be a family heirloom.
Hoping your holidays are blessed,

Alycia Nichols said...

Bravissimo! You did a wonderful interpretation! I especially applaud you because you were able to do it without spending one nickel! That takes talent and forethought. Very nice!

I noticed that word verification thing suddenly appearing on everyone's blog who uses Blogger. Weird! I hope they fix that soon. It's annoying, I'm sure, to those who don't want it.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!