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April 21, 2010

Christmas in Paris, Holiday Tabletop Theme Decor

Diy Christmas Table Decorations, Make-it-yourself holiday tabletop.

Miy Project creation and Photo by: Madeleine M Langlois

My “Christmas in Paris” theme is based on a composition of blending the old with the new. My grandmother’s table was always set with the finest bone china and antique silverware. Oil paintings, painted by my grandfather, graced the walls. Her holiday décor was fashioned with stylish satin ribbons, shimmering crystals, and an exquisite white Christmas tree, decorated with but a few striking ornaments. Place cards, Christmas crackers and a personalized centerpiece coordinated the whole ensemble. She always used fresh greenery and flowers to garnish her home.

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Even thecolour palette that I selected was nostalgic; a combination of bright turquoise, greens and blues with soft pastels in similar hues amidst accents of silver, angelic whites and chocolate brown. As a young girl, these unusual combinations of Christmas colours made quite an impression on me. My table this year is an homage to my grandmother who is now 98 years old. You could say that style influences along with traditions are also passed on through generations. With this specific concept in mind, the table I chose is a cream-coloured dining room set by Tommy Bahamas. This set was very close in resemblance, shape and style to the look I wanted to recreate. Even though this particular set is more intended for a Bahamian plantation, which is much en vogue, it worked beautifully to accomplish my goal.

The square-patterned taffeta table runners are in bright iridescent colour blocks of emerald greens, deep-sea turquoises and opulent blues. The organza centre panel runner is a soft pastel aqua shade. The runners are all trimmed with luxurious satin borders. The main table cloth is a sheer underskirt in a delicious café-au-lait colour. It is edged with a multi-coloured trim made with fun-fibre wool.

For the place setting for four, I chose the Rochelle Platinum collection by Noritake – fine white china, trimmed with an exquisite silver-dotted textured border. I transfered images of the Eiffel Tower, in tones of deep turquoise, to the center of clear plates. Using clear plates allows the bright image to stand out on the white background of the china.

Beneath the place settings, sit lovely silver charger plates with beaded edges. The glasses are from the Grossgrain collection by Vera Wang. Tiny white dots and fine stripes line the borders of the shapely glasses. For the water glasses, I transformed plain glasses (picked up at a rummage sale) with turquoise and green stripes using glass paints.

I wanted a chic, yet fun centerpiece with a different twist. I used a crystal, square-shaped cake stand and filled it with assorted pearls, green and silver balls, and placed a pillar candle at the center. To decorate the hutch and the buffet I used fresh greenery, supplied by Westmont Florist, to make graceful arrangements. Eucalyptus sprigs, pine and willow branches, Queen Anne’s lace and Ornitogalums are refined with silver angel hair accents. The vases are accented with marble-pattern squares, blending assorted shades of blues and greens.

The crystal candle holders are bejewelled with a crystal beaded fringe, which is repeated throughout the theme. The tea-light candle holders are edged with a white feather frill. Two frosted glass votive lamps are embellished with clear micro beads in shapes of Eiffel Towers. I revamped an old chandelier to coordinate with the setting. I painted it silver, added fine details such as: crystal bead fringe, fancy white and silver fuzzy wool, draped with pearls, lavish ribbons, and crystal pendant jewels (taken from other items that I recycled).I created a mini art gallery incorporating mainly photographs with assorted art mediums including a painting of the

Eiffel Tower, lit up with tiny rice lights. Photo montages are made with panoramic pictures of Paris placed over canvases covered with patterned rice paper. Two canvases were covered with textured wallpaper and bordered with satin ribbons. My teenage son Spencer made his contribution to the mini gallery with a graffiti sign of Paris using oil pastels on canvas.

For the finishing details, the backs of the chairs were decorated with a blue satin bow, a crystal bead tassel and a pine branch surrounded by a silver wire swirl accent. I applied family photographs onto self-hardening clay to create an advent calendar tree and attached them onto a white feathered tabletop tree. A coordinating feathered square wreath centers a grand round mirror.

The Christmas tree: An Eiffel tower shaped tree made out of willow branches is gracefully trimmed with a fluffy white feathered boa. Tiny glass balls and paper ornaments are decorated with feathers, crystals, micro beads and sequences.I made a simple garland using a spiral silver wire, a few pine branches, silver holly shapes made with foil and a silver wire to spell the word Noël. I made mini Eiffel Towers out of wire for the place card holders. Fake chocolates were made with clay.

The gifts were uniquely wrapped in shapes of bonbons, and frilly purses using assorted papers, pictures, fabrics and ribbons left over from the items created for this theme. Wire monograms, old-fashioned labels, and fun-fur were also incorporated in some of the pretty wrappings. Hand-made greeting cards were customized using similar materials, and also micro beads, silver foil, fuzzy wool, shrink film designs and sequins. There is so much more to describe, a Paris travel souvenir tray, a cake candle, hat boxes, a lavish picture throw, and more.

The decorations that I created for my theme table, even if they seem quite elaborate, can easily be recreated with very few craft supplies, available in arts and crafts and fabric stores and many various remnants from around your home. Make your holidays special, personalized it!

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