Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time Proven Holiday Tricks #1

I have been decorating for the holidays 
with joy and abundance for many, 
( oh dear, many many ) years.
I have also worked as many years with clients
 to make their homes festive, whatever their style is.

One of my standby tricks when I am decorating tables
 is to always do displays in a container,
 a box, a basket, a trough,
anything that fits the table size
 and mood of the room.

At a moments notice, you can remove the display and
 make room to set the table for an impromptu
 dinner or extra guests etc. 
If you also set the table with a cloth
 and then a guest, or klutzy me, spills food or drink 
on the cloth, the cloth can be easily removed,
 laundered and put back.
If you do standard tabletop displays
 and you need more room or  
there is an accident, you need to remove each thing,
set it aside  and so on.
My way?
Whisk the container off and store
 temporarily in the garage or on a coffee table, 
or even on top of the washer.
This exact thing occurred yesterday when 
an impromptu gathering of crafting friends
 started to gather at my home, 
and as the dining table grew more crowded,
 we simply removed the display in the second photo, 
threw a drop cloth over the table
 and they painted, stitched,
  beaded and glued away.
You also can easily remove to
 set the table for a formal dinner, and then post dinner,
return the table to your regular holiday display

We had a blast yesterday.
The first pal came at 9:00 am Sat
and I said goodnight to the last gal 
( who happened to be the same pal lol)
at 12:45 am Sunday.

My heart is full of glad tidings
 and friendship for these women.
What a great bunch of great friends.

Tanya from Bead and Needle (link)
referred to my home as a Christmas Palooza to our 
mutual friend Carole at Maynard Greenhouse.(link)
Like Scarlett had Tara, I now have
 my oldgreymare estate. 
Christmas Palooza 
It fits me.

Check Tanya's site for 
the tin type pendants
Tanya was/is making.
We all went bonkers for them.
You local gals, Tanya will be at Doodlebug in
Boulder City on the 3rd.

Carole is going to tease us daily
 with wonderful photos from 
her Holiday shop in CT, 
so check them out each day and if you are
 within driving distance,
 please go visit her fabulous shop.
 I will be so jealous.


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Z,
You are going to give me so many ideas over the coming weeks. Your Christmas decorations give me so much inspration for my most favourite time of the year.
Can't wait to see more. XXXX

sissie said...

Thanks for this great tip! I never really thought about doing this and it's a wonderful idea. I'm going to try it and make my life easier!

Sissie said...

What a great idea that is. We have an old french farm table that isn't very wide. Every time I put something on it (all of the time), and it is time to eat, I get 'the look'. I just smile and move the things back and all is fine. lol But putting it into some kind of container would be a great idea;)
Glad you had so much fun. I'm heading over to Carole's blog to see what she is up to:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Carole said...

It's all about easy living....I need to practice that more myself.
Your gathering have me jealous!!!

thanks for the big ups!

Ames said...

I like your decorating style. I just wish someone would push start me. ~Ames

Jane said...

How wonderful to have a gathering of fun, crafty friends! I'm going to go check out Tanya's site.
Great idea on container decorating! I just bought a cool, old crate that is going to be fun to decorate. I think it's going to find a home on my kitchen table!

TheCrankyCrow said...

I should have thunk of that myself. Uh duh - yeah - makes perfect sense. I can tell I'm gonna love these tips. Christmas Palooza - yeah, I say that fits you well my dear Z.... ;o) Have a happy week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Theresa said...

ohh I am so jealous of the crafting girls that got to visit the Christmas palooza! Sounds like a great time! I have a friend coming over tomorrow for a 'play date' and I can't wait to see what we come up with :)
Sweet dreams!

Createology said...

Great idea you have and thank you for sharing. How wonderful to get together with friends and spend a day creating. Blissful inspirations...

Kathy said...

Great idea! I think I'm going to apply it to the 'nest' the husband always builds on his side of the kitchen table - tehe!

Susanne said...

Wow, you've been so busy and it all looks so wonderful! Your giveaway is so generous, wish I could swing it! I've been pretty MIA in blogland, couldn't even tell you what's been keeping me so busy, but it's NOT been cleaning house so that when we get back from TG I can start decorating. But I did finally pick up Where Women Create and of course read your article first. Very cool, so excited for you! And can't wait to see what's coming up....

jojo said...

busy, busy = beautiful! I love this idea and plan to use it. Thanks for the great tip. I sure would love to live nearby so I could visit Christmas Palooza!

Lana said...

I am SO GLAD I found you through WWC!!! Love your posts,(reading the old ones too!),and you inspire me over and over. Love this idea of "container decorating"! You're a genius, Z!! :) I've even thought of entering the giveaway and, if I should win, just telling Oklahoma goodbye for a weekend and wing my way out!! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Fantastic advice! Now to go find myself a big trough! LOL! Or even a bread board would work, wouldn't it.

XO Diane

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hehe, just saying the word christmas palooza is fun !
solid idea. i just had this wooden tray thing that i was thinking of what to do with. (did that make sense ?)
it has purpose again
~laura xx

Cindy said...

You have been a great inspiration to me this holiday season! I am going to take out all my Christmas stuff, organize it and try to display it with you in mind. It won't look as good as yours, but I will have the things that I love out for all to see! I am off to visit your friends!

A Cottage Muse said...

This is a great idea Z, thanks!
The mister has quite a few vacation days left and I am going to try and talk him into taking a trip to Carole's in CT, not too far from me! Wish me luck!!

Bead and Needle said...

A veritable winter wonderland, Christmas PalooZa is! I felt bad about not sitting at that very table, when you cleared it off, but am so glad it was just that easy to redecorate, when we changed our minds. The more the merrier at ANY craft table is a grand thing, and I'm glad we were out with the rest of the girls.

Thanks again for the charming and gracious hospitality, Z. I could hunker down in your house for days, I think! Yes, it ROCKS!

Romeo said...

*sigh* sounds like soooo much fun!!! But at least we, who could not be there, get to share in your decorating and tricks :) If you have a planned event, maybe "she" could mail me in a priority mail box and I could play too?!??


Romeo and "her"

Boxwood Cottage said...

Great tip Z and so true, I too should do that at least on my dining table lol
xoxo~ Carola

Jill said...

I'll be looking at all my trays, boxes, etc and trying this!! I have a huge old chicken feeder. I think it must be six to seven feet long. It can sit on one of my high shelves but it just gets lost. It could hold quite a bit of "festivity"!