Our family spent a very quiet December 31st together. I made a little centerpiece for the table and thought you might like to see it.
I decided upon a Winter Wonderland theme for our New Year’s table and sideboard.
It included elements that have regularly been spotted~ Villeroy and Boch plates, silver napkin rings, antique napkins trimmed in handmade lace, and Great Grandma Lenora’s S & H green stamps silver.
While I love tarnished silver for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there is something so sparkling and lovely about using newly polished silver to ring in the New Year.
Grandma Mary and Papa Jack’s wedding crystal. I shall have to do a bit of research to find the name of the pattern.
Over on the sideboard I piled on the silver by stacking two trays to create a snow flocked forest.
In the midst of all the snow the chimney sweep plowed on.
Every New Year’s Eve we have what my Grandpa Ingalls referred to as “pickin’s” ~ shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, and a few favorite cookies such as Trader Joe’s Pfeffernuesse. They look SO pretty and taste even better.
Ok, back to the centerpiece. The Fashionista loved my Anthropologie Tree Topper so much and repeatedly kept asking me to make one for her, but in a woodland friends theme.
Last year, um I mean December of 2010, I went to Michaels after Christmas sale and selected several decorative picks and ornaments that fit the bill. I wasn’t really thinking about blogging when I started making the centerpiece/tree topper last week so I apologize that I didn’t take any pictures of the supplies but they look somewhat like this:
A circular 5 X 7 wreath that has a flat base and top.
Assorted picks similar to those shown featuring white sparkly stems and extra large pine/evergreens that I then took apart.
I took the various loose evergreen pieces and wired them onto the styrofoam base with thin green 22 gauge craft wire. TIP: Do this outside because it is messy work.
You can ever so slightly see the handi work.
I then cut the corded hanger off of each ornament.
My fine furried friends were made even more foxy by a dab of glue and glitter. They were then hot glued onto the wreath.
Wee little pinecones and spun cotton mushrooms were also glued on to the wreath.
Soon it will be packed up and ready for my darling girl to use on top of her tree next year, but for now the addition of a clear hurricane vase and white pillar candle make for a lovely centerpiece.
For those who inquired, yes, Rudi the dachshund is thankfully still with us. He has been a devoted constant companion who offers quiet comfort.
Thank you for your understanding in that I have had to turn the comments off temporarily. Blessings to all.