I LOVE playing hostess. I grew up in a home where we were ALWAYS the ones being “hosts” – whether it was for holiday dinners, sleepovers, parties, you name it. My mom and dad were very much people who believed that you should keep an “open door policy” and invite people into your home and make them feel welcome. I loved it. I always looked forward to big dinners with 10, 15, 20, even 30 people! We always had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner be the kind of dinner where if you didn’t have a family to eat with or you didn’t have anywhere to go, you were welcome at our house!
I’m so happy to say that John and I are trying to keep that tradition alive. We love having people over, we love welcoming people into our home, giving them a place to stay and a warm meal. It was really tough to do in our tiny house our first two years of marriage, but now that we have a house with space (and a guest room!!!), we are playing host and hostess more and more and I LOVE it.
We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house again this year and I can’t WAIT. The holiday season (Thanksgiving to Christmas) is probably my favorite time of year… not only for the delicious food, but I LOVE to decorate. It’s so much fun! I’m, by no means, a pro decorator… there are people who are way better at decorating and have way more of a vision than I do… that’s for sure. BUT, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to at least give it a try.
Anyway, my good friend Stephanie (owner of the shop Ooh Baby Designs), wanted me to take some photos of her new line of holiday table runners for her. Y’all know I love photography and I thought this was just the PERFECT opportunity to play around with some holiday tablescape ideas. As I’m planning the menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I also wanted to plan out some ideas for tablescapes. 🙂
So, I thought I’d share some of the shots I took for Stephanie and give YOU guys some inspiration for your own holiday tablescapes. MOST of the items I used to decorate (minus the plates, glassware, and runners) are ALL from Dollar Tree! Not only are these tablescapes pretty (if I do say so myself) but they are also affordable!
BTW: Stephanie has a coupon code for my readers for 10% off ANY table runner in her shop! Just use code “MOLLY1.”
All of the decor on the runner is from the dollar store!
The plates and glasses have been in my family for over two generations! My grandparents ate on these plates growing up!
The silver vases in the center of the table I snagged on clearance from Marshall’s for $4 each!
The china was my moms!
Everything else on the runner is from Dollar Tree!
I love this runner so much! It’s absolutely my favorite.
The FABULOUS Stephanie is giving away one CHOICE table runner (sans burlap overlay) to one of my lucky readers! So, be sure to enter the giveaway below! And, in the meantime, if you just can’t wait, Stephanie has been so kind as to offer my readers a discount code for 10% off ANY table runner in her shop! Use the code “MOLLY1”! Good luck!
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