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Nov 26 / Erin

A Christmas Buffet Vignette

I’m not exactly sure what got into me this weekend, but it only took about 24 hours for the Christmas bug to bite me once we wrapped up our turkey feast on Thursday.  And I’m happy to report that the majority of our Christmas decorating is now done, except for the tree—we’re getting that next weekend.  Now if only I were on top of the shopping…

In the midst of my decorating, I decided to pull together a vignette that can be used for a buffet table throughout the holiday season (after all, it is the “dare to entertain” week for the Dare to DIY challenge that the NewlyWoodwards and blog friends are hosting.)

Let me back up a bit and explain.  For those of you who follow my blog, you might recognize the wall and table above from our dining area.  The table doesn’t usually sit against the wall, and I don’t generally keep the table decorated so ornately.  So, you guessed it, I rearranged, set up the vignette, took pictures and dismantled it all! This is my idea of fun on a Sunday morning.  For real.

But, my work is not for waste, I promise.  Over the next month we are hosting a few holiday gatherings and since our overall entertaining space is relatively small, I plan to move the table against the wall for the buffet and move the chairs elsewhere for seating.  Let’s just say that I’m practicing!

Let’s dig into the details, shall we?

I’ll start with the wreath on the mirror.  A local craft store had those wreaths on sale for less than $2 per piece, so you can bet your jingle bells that I stocked up on a few, along with that burlapy-type ribbon.  A little faux natural, if you know what I mean.

Below the wreath is an array of items that I pulled together from my existing Christmas collection and from “shopping” throughout our house.  The only items I purchased for the display are the three mini bright green trees.

To add a little DIY effort to this table setting, I used a gold paint marker on some wooden stars that I bought for our wedding (ahem, five years ago!) and never used.  I still have a few more bags of these stars, so I might need to take a little more time, paint a little nicer and drill a hole through these to use as ornaments.

A big bag of pinecones that I bought several years ago has served to be one of the best investments I’ve made.  I use them throughout the year for decorating, but particularly in the fall and winter.  If you don’t have a nice selection of pine cones, wait until the after-Christmas sales and stock up.  They come all clean and pretty, and a little easier to deal with than the ones found in your yard!

It was fun to dress up our table, and I can’t wait to recreate something like this when we actually have guests over.  Chris thought I was totally crazy when I told him that I created all of this and tore it all down in less time than it took him to take Ike to the playground.  He knows me well enough by now that he really only rated me a 7 out of 10 on the crazy scale.

Do you have any plans for holiday entertaining?  If so, be sure to jump on over to NewlyWoodwards and see all of the other projects linked up for the Dare to DIY Challenge.  I’m sure there will be plenty of inspiration!

Happy (almost) holidays!


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  1. michelle@decorandthedog / Nov 26 2012

    The stars are darling. As is the whole buffet set up! Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY this week!

  2. Erin / Nov 26 2012

    Beautiful vignette! It looks very “nature-inspired”. And love your name, BTW :) I’m new to the blogging world and am shocked how many Erin’s are out here!

  3. K @ Shift Ctrl ART / Nov 26 2012

    Love it! Those mini green trees are the perfect touch to tie everything together.

  4. Biz / Nov 26 2012

    I love your color palette.
    It’s something I would use in my own home.
    Warm and cozy if you ask me.
    Stopping by from Newlywoodwards this week!

  5. Kim@NewlyWoodwards / Nov 26 2012

    This looks really pretty – not that I’m surprised. You are a whiz at holiday decorating. And I totally understand what you mean by spending a fun Saturday putting together a vignette. =)

    I really love the stars.

    Thanks for linking up again, friend. Your posts are always amazing.

  6. Katelyn {A Wifes Life} / Nov 26 2012

    Looks great! Very crisp and elegant

  7. Ashley / Nov 26 2012

    I love your vignette…may have to try something like that at my house! :) Did you make the larger jute (straw?) tree? I love it!

  8. Gretchen @ BoxyColonial / Nov 26 2012

    It looks great! The stars are a really cute touch, and I love the little trees :)

  9. Rachel / Nov 26 2012

    How pretty! I love all the natural touches. I really need to find myself some pinecones to work into my decor, I always love them in winter displays. It’s such a gorgeous vignette, I love it!

  10. Kelly @ Corner of Main / Nov 26 2012

    Very pretty! It is so warm and festive =)
    Stopping by from the DIY party…

  11. Emily Kennedy / Nov 26 2012

    Beautiful! I love the arrangement with the tree and natural elements on the plate/charger! I’m also stopping by via Dare to DIY :)

  12. Amber @ Wills Casa / Nov 26 2012

    It looks great! I love how neutral it is. Your stars are awesome!

  13. Sarah / Nov 27 2012

    Love the colors! And its a great idea to push the table against the wall to use as a buffet.

  14. claire / Nov 27 2012

    haha i love the dose of real life! i totally had to move all my stuff too – so not practical. i really love how this looks and the tree is so cute!

  15. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno / Nov 27 2012

    This is so pretty…you did a great job! :)

  16. Alie / Nov 28 2012

    Love the cheap wreath idea…how did you hang it on the mirror?

    • Erin / Dec 2 2012

      Hi Allie,

      I used a clear Command hook (one that is removable).


  17. Chelsea @ two twenty one / Nov 28 2012

    Hah! Creating a vignette, photographing it, and tearing it down in the matter of an hour or less is definitely something I’d do. I love it! Well, I love anything that includes miniature trees. . . and pinecones. Thanks for linking up!

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