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Monday, December 15, 2008

Pretty Table Tutorial

Two of my favorite bloggers are sharing some really beautiful holiday spirit with all of blogland.
Pretty Petals is having A Pretty Little Christmas Party. Make sure you stop by and say "Hello"!

Next, the ever sweet and gracious Kimba of A Soft Place to Land is hosting a Holiday Open House.



Wanting to join in the festivities I thought I would show you how to create a sweet little holiday table that can showcase your favorite collectibles.




Begin with a round table or something similar. I have also created this look on a grander scale for large buffet tables. The size is up to you.



Drape a cloth over it. It can be any color choice. I selected white as the end result creates a very erethral feeling.



Next, you'll want to select four clear glass votive holders (more for a larger table). Here are some examples of styles that work.




Take the four votive cups and place one in each corner area, upside down.





Take a short strand of lights and arrange them in a circular manner on the table. (You can select any color of lights.)




Then place a layer of tulle, in your color choice, over the lights. This table size uses about 1/2 yard.




Top the netting with a piece of glass sized to fit the table. The glass will rest on the four votive holders.




The table looks the most lovely lit up at night. Here is a table next to Mr. Decor's reading chair. It is topped with his collection of German nutcrackers and smokers.



Smokers are generally male figures shown with a pipe that come apart at the waist. You place an incense cone in the metal circular ring located in the center of the base.




Once the cone is lit and the top once again covers the base it appears as if the "smoker", in this case a chimney sweep, is smoking and the area is filled with scent. (I usually select vanilla or pine.)



A Word Of Safety: As a precaution, you never want to leave this table, or a lit smoker unattended. Also, smoking is fine for wooden people, but sadly it can cause cancer in actual people.
Just looking out for my adorable readers.
Have a blessed day!

90 comments :

Mildred said...

What a festive idea and I love Mr. Decor's collectibles. I know your table must be lovely in the evening.

heather said...

When we were married our wedding cake was on a table like that, minus that glass over the top. They raised the cake somehow -it looked like it was floating in a cloud of twinkle lights. I loved it!

And Hubby picked up one of those nutcrackers when he was in Germany once. He loves making it smoke at Christmas. :)

Lorrie said...

Another great idea, Laura. The effect is so soft and beautiful. Oh, there are so many wonderful ideas in the world - I want to try them all!

Lorrie

Lori said...

what a lovely idea!!!

Katie said...

Lovely idea! Katie

dollybelle said...

Terrific crafty suggestions! And cute blog too!
Sweetest blessings!
xoxo
Dollybelle

LW said...

What a wonderful idea....

So very clever!

Louise

Michelle (Shell) May said...

What a great idea! Just lovely.
Merry Christmas.
bunny kisses,
shell

Jorgelina said...

Hi Laura!
Very pretty the detail of the table and the lights. Adorable the nutcrackers. Kisses

Fete et Fleur said...

Wonderful Idea! It's romantic and I think would be great for a New Year's celebration as well. I never knew there were smoking Nutcrackers. Thanks for sharing on these little collectibles.

Nancy

Deb said...

What a beautiful, creative idea for a table top!

Maija said...

Your last comment is so clever! I've collected about a dozen or so of those smokers over the course of my marriage! I just love them! Your table idea is brilliant!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

what a good ideal !

debi said...

Thank you for sharing that lovely table idea...I'm going to have to try that...so pretty!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Have a wonderful day,
Debi

Liz said...

You are so dang smart! I can see how this would be a neat little trick in all kinds of situations. I have never heard of a smoker... Cool!

~Liz

KDLOST said...

LOVE THIS IDEA!!! so neat!

Efrat Dalton said...

What a beautiful idea!
Thank you for stopping by my blog it was wonderful meeting you.
Merry Christmas.
Efrt

Efrat Dalton said...

What a beautiful idea!
Thank you for stopping by my blog it was wonderful meeting you.
Merry Christmas.
Efrt

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

I love the festive table idea! I have never heard of "that type" of smoker! They are really fun!

Can you tell me where you find the Nutcracker/seasonal tea you spoke of a few weeks back? You said it's only available this time of year and you stock up?? I have looked at my grocery stores and can't find it :(

Thank you!

Kasey said...

great little idea there.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You are so cute! Now I would be afraid my cat would knock over the smoking nutcracker!!

Superb idea for a holiday table! That would look great for a dining table, too!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Becky

Miss Linda said...

What a lovely idea! Mildred at Nalley Valley told me I HAD to come over and see what marvelous things you did with a table--and she was SO right!! I love the fact that you set up a table for your husband, with his own little ornaments on it. I know that must make him feel quite special!

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,
You know I adore this table idea! I'll have to tuck this away in my idea file for an upcoming winter party! THANKS!!!!!

Jeanne said...

How pretty this table is! And very clever too. It's beautiful.
xo
jeanne

The Victorian Parlor said...

Wow! I love the table idea-that is great! Thanks so much for visiting my blogspot! I look forward to more of your decorating ideas! Merry Christmas!

philben5 said...

Oh thank you so much for the tutorial. Can't wait to do this in my bedroom.
Blessings
Roxanne

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura...thank you so much for visiting my Blog. The tutorial for the table was fabulous and many thanks for sharing that. I am marking you in my favorites :)

Happy Holidays,
LuLu Kellogg

Maison Douce said...

That is a really cool idea!!!! I will definitely have to try it one day!!
Isabel

vickysplace1 said...

Your table creation is very pretty for the holidays or for many different kinds of festive functions.

Sweet Remembrance said...

Love the table top with the lights...Thanks for sharing!
Happy Holidays,
Priscilla

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a lovely idea! It looks so magical!
:)
Merry Christmas!!
~Becca~

Kristi said...

What a fabulous idea! This would be so pretty at wedding receptions too. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Ohhhh what a great idea! thanks so much for sharing, it is so lovely.

thanks for joining the party... have a merry Christmas!! xoxo Heather

scrappysue said...

what a cool idea! so effective

~♥~ Monica S said...

Lovely idea! :-) Those nutcrackers and smokers are adorable!

Monica

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Your table is so gorgeous.It was lovely visiting your christmas home. It was fun visiting your home. Wishing you Merry Christmas, Marina at Only cute things!
Marina

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

What a great idea.I will have to try it some time.
Brenda:)

The White Bench said...

Thanks for your comment! Your table idea is great and soo festive!
Monica.

Marilee said...

What a wonderful table. Thanks for sharing the step by step, that is so helpful. Becoming a wrapping maven, I loved your yesterday's post. Beautiful packages and helpful tips.
Merry Christmas!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Thanks for stopping by my "Shabby Cottage". Your lighted table idea is great! Have a wonderful holiday, Esther

Her Shabbiness said...

What a fun idea! You are always so creative. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

This is genius! I love it.

Lisa Ann said...

What an awesome idea!

Kris said...

What a great idea! When the little ones get bigger this is one I will do for sure! Right now I see them pulling the cord out from inbetween!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Now that is a PRETTY table ;) I love those smokers my parents have a few!

Good luck on your finals!!

Kass said...

I LOVE that table so- cloud like!
I'm hosting Christmas Creche Week from the 21st-27 on my blog http://kathleensfolly.blogspot.com. Ill be sharing my different creches all week and hope you and my fellow bloggers will join in- a little way to remember what Christmas is all about.

Off to decorate the tree- finally!

LiLi M. said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Have a merry and bright pre Christmas time!

Judy said...

Hi! I am so glad you found and visited my blog today. Most of all I am glad you left a comment! Love this table idea! Also liked the hints about wrapping a really neat gift -- creasing all the edges! I will store that one away in my old brain for upcoming birthdays, etc. And I will check back on Friday!! Thanks for the heads up!

jenjen said...

Cute idea with the lights and table. So cool! Love the nutcrackers too! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Jen

Traci said...

OH, I love the table idea...so clever. I have a great table that this will work with.....thanks so much!!1

Sarah Mae said...

What a cool idea! I like it for entertaining...maybe have the wine and wine glasses on it...

:)

Bonita said...

What a unique idea and so very pretty.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

What a cool idea - the look is beautiful and I've never seen a smoker before!

Manuela

aimee said...

Very neat! Your blog is awesome I'm so glad I found you. I will be back. I'm drooling over your wrapping tutorial, all those packages are amazing! See you soon!~aimee

Jen said...

I love the lights under the glass. What a warm & cozy feeling it gives. I have a Santa "smoker" from Germany but haven't lit him yet. He just hangs out with the other Santas for now. Thanks for stopping by my tour. Merry Christmas!

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

That is sheer genius! Thanks so much for visiting my blog so I could find yours! It is lovely and I look forward to reading much, much more. Have a Merry Christmas. Warmly, Cathy

Sharon said...

Your website is so lovely! You have great decorating ideas and such style...I'm definitely coming back. I can use all the tutorial help I can get! :)

Thank you for your kind words on our blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God Bless!

Melissa Wertz said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by my blog and posting.

angi_b72 said...

wow...how creative!! Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to read more of your blog!!

The Graves' House said...

what a creative idea! i decorate for wedding receptions and this is something i will have to remember! thanks so much for visiting our blog, love yours too!
~nicole

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is so clever! I might have to wait until I no longer have toddlers in the house...it might be awhile...but eventually it would be fun to try this! :)
Carrie

Laura said...

That glass table idea is fabulous! I will be sharing that with my step-mother for sure, who has a a very similar table!

Thanks for stopping by. I had thought I posted earlier but I guess not!

Beautiful

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

Wow! That table is so creative! You have great ideas!
-Kim

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Laura,
This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
Diane

Brooke said...

Thanks for your comment!! I love your table lit up!!! How lovely that would be at night!

Merry Christmas

Millie said...

beautiful idea! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Chris said...

What a wonderful (and easy) tutorial. Something I never would have thought of, yet so genius! Thank you for sharing!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Wow, so simple but the end result looks GREAT! (Guess we should all think back to our wedding decorations every now and then, huh? Lots of good ideas there!)

Jana said...

Great ideas! I love the ideas for wrapping gifts too! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll have to come back and see more great ideas!

Thanks,

Jana

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Hi Laura,
What a wonderful idea! I am going to have to try that. I bet it looks just lovely in the evening.
Happy Holidays.
Carrie

cherished*vintage said...

Love your lighted table! Thanks for the tutorial. Have a very Merry Christmas!
-Karoline

Mimi Sue said...

Those tables would be so beautiful for a wedding reception. Just gorgeous. Mimi

Marilyn said...

What a lovely way to dress up a table--thanks for sharing how!
I haven't seen a "smoker", how fun!
Happy Holidays to you:)

Bumpkin Bears said...

I love all your decorations, I see a whole shop full of old wooden decorations and lots of those smokers - I'l put some photos of the shop window full of these toys on my blog soon. I really enjoyed your wrapping post, I just love wrapping presents so this gave me lots of new ideas :) Catherine x

edie said...

Love this idea and thanks for the wrapping tips!

Frugal Finds said...

I love the table but I find Nutcrackers to be scary!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

Katy Lin :) said...

what a neat idea!!! i am definitely going to borrow this one! :)

kymber said...

I LOVE your table idea- I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it!
Blessings,
Kymber

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

So pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!

Amy

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

Lady Farmer said...

Thanks for stopping by today! I must use images (I prefer vintage) on my blog because I haven't got a camera! (Actually, I do have one, but it is my Christmas present so "I don't have a camera, yet!"*wink*)
Now, I would like to take a peek around your place. :~}
You have a lovely family, by the way!

Musings of a Housewife said...

I love the light up table! How very festive! Thanks for stopping by.

Charlene said...

The table idea is wonderful!!!! Thank you for sharing! And also, so glad you dropped by to say Hi yesterday. This was fun looking at all the ideas. I'll come back to see you again. Happy Holidays

Celestial Charms said...

Your smokers and nutcrackers are so precious. I have a collection of nutcrackers, but have never had a smoker. They look like fun. Also, your family portrait looks lovely.

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh I love that idea and I have everything needed to do that! I am going to try it! :) Thanks for the idea!!

deepfriedapplepies said...

WOW! That is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial- and for stopping by my blog!~ I'm off to browse through your blog~!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

What a really great idea! I never would have thought of that.

Jamie said...

What a beautiful blog you have! I love the lit table idea. Genius!

Blue Castle said...

Beautiful!!! This looks amazing!

acj said...

Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog! This is such a great idea with the table (and I have one of these)--I am definitely going to give it a try. By the way, I love the disclaimer about smoking. Very nice touch!

pcb said...

Love the lights under the table! I plan to do this on just part of my sideboard with a random piece of glass and think it will work great, esp with pale gold tulle on the wood! Thanks for this great idea.