Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Holly Boughs and Bows

Just like the song, I did deck my halls with boughs of holly this year!

Why do I feel like that needs to be followed up with a Fa, la, la !?!

Just in time for Chloe Crabtree's Christmas Tablescape Hop this week.
I am joining 20 other talented ladies in adorning our tables for Christmas and sharing them all with you on our blog hop.  All the links will be at the bottom of this post and updated daily for lots of inspiration as the week goes on.

I went with the traditional Christmas color palette of red and green.

I just adore the candy cane striped plates I purchased this year from Pier 1.

I really just wanted to keep the rest of the plates pretty simple to let those 
striped plates be the star.

Each place setting has a tiny jar of peppermint striped candy as a little treat.

My centerpiece consists of holly boughs, a string of red beaded garland and red candles - in various states of being used!

You will rarely see a pillar candle like these being burnt in my house.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know that my father was a fireman and he NEVER let us burn candles.

It is kind of like not letting a kid do something and then when they grow up, they rebel!
Because I do burn candles all the time now- but only the ones in the jar where I know they will be safe.  I do clean my dryer lint out after every wash though because I can still here the fireman in the back of my head!  I digress - back to Christmas now!

Gotta love Target and their collaboration with Chip and Joanna for these Hearth and Hand cedar wreaths!   I saved up all my $5 rebate cards from buying 2 bottles of Tide at a time to pay for these little babies!

They aren't cheap - but they are darn cute.  I just tied them around the chair backs with a simple bow from a spool of velvet ribbon, the same ribbon I tied around the napkins - which just happens to be from Target too! I always get the wired edge ribbon so that it is easier to keep the bows fluffed and looking full. 

Be sure to check out all of these wonderful blogs for many more Christmas Table Ideas:
I hope you are enjoying your Christmas decorating and that you are almost done with all your running around - so that you can sit down and enjoy the season.
If you know me well, you know that in the evening I have my feet up, my christmas throw wrapped around me and I am watching Hallmark movies with my hubby!

I have linked up to Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch and
Celebrate Your Story  @ Celebrate & Decorate

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley

In the past few years my interests have grown from fabric to paper and now to dishes too! I just love prints, polkadots, plaids and paisleys- hence the blog name.


  1. I have visions of candy canes and holly boughs dancing in my head now Ann! I love your cheery candy cane striped plates and tablecloth. The addition of the greenery around the rims of the plates is such a festive touch along with your jars of peppermint candy, and your sweet cedar wreaths on your chairs. (I’ve circling all the Hearth & Hand items at Target too, great way to take advantage of those rebates by stocking up!) I have a healthy fear of fire from candles and I only burn them when they’re contained in a lantern, jar or glass votive and always clean the dryer lint. :) As always it’s always a joy to blog hop with you, Merry Christmas!

  2. Love the red & white table, Ann! What I really love best (hmmm, hard to say - tablecloth, plates or chair wreaths??) is that you've kept it from being too sugary in appearance, if you know what I mean. I love the look with your textiles and centerpiece of holly boughs, bead garlands and candles - very natural. The etched stemware is perfect for a frosty look too. Your tables are always classy, and I'm happy to be in your company on this hop, on this day! Merry Christmas!

  3. Ooh I love the theme here! Love the striped plates and they do show off well. The center arrangement is beautiful and I love the holly accent. Those little wreaths on the chairs added the perfect touch! My husband doesn’t like real candles burning so I use them in a very limited way too. Happy Holidays Ann!

  4. So sweet, and really does show off the candy cane theme. I love scented candles too.

  5. As long as wee are talking burning candles Ann, I will throw in my two cents worth. I try to use only my luminara candles as they "appear" to have a "flame" burning, but in reality, they are battery operated and look so real that my guests have to touch them to see the flame is fake. That said, I also clean the dryer lint after each dryer load.
    Now that wee have the fire issues out of the way...I love your decking the table with boughs of holly...fa-la-la-la!!!
    The wreaths on the back of your chairs are adorable....as are the peppermint striped plates and bottled treats at each setting. Your napkins with red bows are a perfect compliment to your plate stack. It is such fun seeing all the inspiration of each table stylist and if one does not get inspired, then they are not looking.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  6. It's perfect Ann! I love the traditional feel of your table and the way you let the striped plates and holly be the star! The greens under your plate stack are fantastic, as are the individual wreaths on each chair!! I would love to sit at this fun holiday table, and it's so perfect for your cute kitchen!

  7. Oh everything is so pretty! I love that candy striped tablecloth. The red candles and bead garland against the greenery gives your centerpiece a ton of pop. I love the wreaths on the back of your chairs. Everything just comes together so well! So happy to be hopping with you!

  8. Lovely, lovely, lovely! This candy cane theme is perfect for a sweet Christmas! Love it!

  9. Ann, I always prefer the traditional colors of Christmas. Your table is beautiful with the striped cloth and the cute Pier 1 candy cane striped plates. The wreaths on the back of the chairs are perfect, Burning candles can certainly be hazardous, and I limit myself to the scented ones in a jar. I would love to pull up a chair at your pretty table. It is always fun to hop with you!

  10. Your table is so well done! Love those candy striped plates and all the fresh greenery and candles. The wreaths on the back of the chairs look great.Your striped tablecloth and the greenery tucked in the chargers along with the darling embellished napkin is striking.I'm crazy about etched crystal too.
    We all need reminders about fire safety. Thanks for that!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Such a fun table! I have read this twice and I don't see anything about the cedar under the plates. I love that look. It looks like it is real, I love it. The candy striped plates are so sweet, and I really like it when the chairs are decorated too! Thank you so much for joining another tablescape hop! Merry Christmas!

    1. Chloe, the greenery in the plate stack are placemats from Pier 1. I have had them for a couple years but I think they still had them the last time i was in there.

  12. Very very nice! <3

    Molto allegra questa tavola. Sono sicura di trovare qualche bella ispirazione per le prossime feste natalizie e per la tavola di fine/inizio anno!

    Sono arrivata qui da te grazie al blog di Donna Bianca!

    Ciao, Fior (https://hovogliadichiacchiere.wordpress.com/)

  13. Ann, what a lovely tablescape. I adore your wreaths hanging on each chair. It's all in the details and you have got it covered. Those candy stripes plates are adorable. Love the cedar greenery under each plate stack. The striped tablecloth and that centerpiece is gorgeous. I would love to sit at your charming table. You are very welcome. I hope you are enjoying your new blog look.

  14. Ann, candles can be decorative and not burned. I do it all the time. Love the stripes and and greenery. THe wreaths on the backs of the chairs is a wonderful idea. I may be using it myself. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your beautiful table.

  15. What a fun theme and I was instantly drawn to the wreaths on the chair backs. Now I want to find those plates and napkins. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  16. Ann, another perfectly styled tablescape! Love the tablecloth and placemats. They really set off all your other wonderful details. Especially love the peppermint candy favors at each setting. I'm so thrilled to be blog hopping with you as I've admired your tables for years! A very Merry Christmas to you.

  17. Ann this is just absolutely adorable. Red and white stripes are perfect for Christmas and I just love those plates and table cloth. Pinning!

    So happy to be hopping with you this week. Merry Christmas!

  18. Ann, your table has me yearning for all the sticky goodness of candy canes! I love the cedar peeking out from the plate stack. Cute table! Happy Holidays

  19. Ann, I don't know where to start! Everything is so on point. Your plate stack is seriously stunning, and that centrepiece. Swoon!! I wish we had Target here in Canada still. Those cedar wreaths are so pretty. Merry Christmas!