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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Decorating with Children

It can be done, I promise! For our New Year's Eve table I enlisted Sweet Boy's help. He's seven and all boy, but oddly enough likes to help decorate. Trying to not include him could be disastrous on many levels. For the table I channeled my inner Frosty.

We began by creating a table runner made out of various doilies that I had on hand. They reminded me of snowflakes.

I then added some tarnished sparkle in the form of unpolished silver (the best kind) and some crystal candlesticks. Sweet boy's job was to select scrabble tiles and create words for the trays. I then upped the concentration factor and asked if he could think up words representing cold and ice that began with the letter of each person's name and create place cards. He became Igloo. Mr. Decor is Eskimo.

I liked how the table worked so well with my Snow Village that is shown in the background on the sideboard.

This Christmas we added another piece to the collection. It is a lodge that we found on Ebay.

Which aptly enough turned out to be my place card name. Laura = Lodge. :)

We're now off to construct our party hats!


Princess Of Pink said...

What a lovely table setting! Romantic and fun.


The Berry's Patch said...

Wow, what a cute idea!!! I love that your son is helping. Looks like your getting ready for a big New Year's party. Sounds like fun!

Miss Linda said...

What marvelous ideas! Your son is so creative in thinking up names and it sounds like you are having a wonderful day together!

Blue Castle said...

Your table is beautiful! Love the doilies.

Terri and Bob said...

That is totally gorgeous. I added your idea of using scrabble tiles on my next year's list for things to do at Christmas. Totally adorable!

~♥~ Monica S said...

Nice! What a great idea to use many small table cloths ( I already forgot the word you used for them.. doilies??)
And what a great idea to use scrabble!!! :-) FUN!

Have a happy new year Laura!


Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Delightful blog! Enjoyed my visit!!!


The Charm House said...

I love this....And I love the fact that you had a little one to help!! Tell him that HE did a great job!! Have an AWESOME NEW YEAR Party!

Lorrie said...

Great ideas here Laura. And it's so wonderful that your son is involved.

Happy New Year!


quitecontrary1977 said...

So lovely! That's awesome that you got a man's perspective in decorating. It usually helps give a real balance to decor.

Have a Happy New Year!
- Mary

Neabear said...

That is cool that your son is helping you. He came up with some cool cold names for your table. Cute!

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura...this table is absolutely lovely. All the more special that your son assisted in the magic :)

Happy New Year,

starsfault said...

This is such an awesome idea, and yes, they DO look just like snowflakes - only warmer....!

Happy New Year ~

Kitty Scraps said...

Your table setting is goregous! I love all the white doilies, I would never have thought to do that. And your snow village is so pretty and of course I love your sideboard!

Jorgelina said...

Happy New Year!

Liz said...

What a pretty table! And a sweet memory for you too. Your an awesome Mom!


Tracy said...

How fun for you to have such an enthusiastic (and talented!) helper. You both did a beautiful job. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a special way of involving your son and it seems he really enjoys it! The table looks great. Have a very Happy New Year!

carolinagirl said...

Great great table!!!! Maybe
I should enlist my 7 year old's help occasionally!!! Of course then my 5 year old would probably destroy the creativity! :) Seriously, though, great job!

Miss Sandy said...

I love how you kept everything simple, clean, and sparkly white! Love the tiles for place cards too! You have THE best ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a festive idea for you & your son to share decorating duties! You've created memories that will last him a lifetime!! Beautiful tablescape, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Rue said...

Good morning Laura :)

I had to come see your tablescape when you said it was white too. It's really beautiful!! I love the bit of whimsy that your son added to the table. How odd that we had a white setting too and that we played Scrabble. Great minds?? ;)

Off to read more....

Shimmy Mom said...

That is awesome, and I am totally going to steal the scrabble piece idea. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us this year.