Friday, December 10, 2010

The Christmas Tea... a centerpiece you can make!

one of my   f a v o r i t e  things...

So this is what has been going on "In the Studio" this past week. I knew I wouldn't be able to participate in the ornament exchanges with my "fabulous flying friends" because of the crazy schedule I had set up for myself~~ but I am happy to share a fun way to display all those beautiful ornaments you may have received.

 Last week, was filled with complete craziness. Three Holiday Boutiques and a Christmas Tea at the end of it all. I had agreed to help do the table decor for the Christmas Tea, not thinking too much about the "sell some plates, make some plates concept". Oh- yes.. the happiness of selling my creations, blurred by the late nights of creating more for the next venue. 
Sell some--make some. It was great! 

At the end of the week, my friend and I had planned to prepare the decor, 
for a table at the Women's Christmas Tea. How much fun we had! 
We decided to take a "folksy approach " rather than the traditional elegant approach. 
We both   f e a r e d  the concept of waking up in the morning, 
setting up our table and thinking "what were we thinking??? 
Well, I am happy to say, our table looked quite lovely and was well received. 
We got a lot of "ooooh's and ahhh's" and questions on how to decor the plate stand. 
So... I thought it might be fun to share this little treat with everyone. 
It was easy to do, and you can just about go crazy 
on how you want to personalize your own.

You would need any kind of plate stand- 3 tier is most common. A couple of tree branches, trimmed clean, with a few pieces off of each stem to hang your ornaments on. I chose birch because it is quite pretty with the white bark. (Oh- and also because I had it). Make sure your branches are sturdy, as it's not fun to lose any ornaments. You will also need a spool of raffia (I chose white to keep with the birch feeling) or a ribbon of your choice. And lastly, greens, or in my case Christmas "picks" from any craft store --Michaels, Joanns etc. I chose 2 picks that look like they are encased in ice. It added a folksy feel to the decor. Any kind of greenery (real or not) would look pretty, perhaps some picks with berries to catch the red? 

Once you have all of your materials gathered, wrap your branches to the sides of the plate stand using the raffia. I first tied the raffia at the bottom and then I just did a criss-cross kind of pattern with the raffia. I went back and forth over it to keep the branches in place, tying at the top and going back down to the bottom. I also wrapped, with a little clear packing tape, in a couple of discreet places when I was done to make sure the branches didn't shift. (Tape...the big cheat- hey- really didn't want to lose any ornaments.) I then tucked my picks into place. (If you are using greens, you may have to wrap the ends of them with tape to be able to push them into the raffia area. Or perhaps tape them into place before wrapping with raffia).  I also added a stand of berries to the top, by wrapping it into place with the wire it was on. That added a nice little pop of red!

When the sides were complete, I just started to decor it as if it were a small Christmas tree. Be sure to look at it from both sides for balance, and try to allow for some air within the ornament area. Less seems to be better.   V o i l a !  (anyone can do it... and if not- send me a note- I'll take orders, afterall- nothing like keeping crazy!)

And my favorite part of the whole thing... I made 3 plates to go on the stand that I am listing on etsy today. They are simple and sweet. If you mention this code CHRISTMASTEA you will receive a 15% discount on any or all of these three plates. As a special treat-I've priced these plates a little lower than the usual. 
Merry Merry everyone! 

Order by the 18th of December to receive before Christmas with standard shipping fees.

~  h o p e     j o y    &    p e a c e    of the season~



  1. what an awesome ... statement of twig2nest ... Thank YOU

  2. What a fun project to do with your friend! Such a gorgeous centerpiece. I love, love, love the plates. Beautiful! So happy you joined us this week to share what you have been creating. Hope to see you on Fridays next year! :)

  3. I love the plates. What an amazing way of sharing a tea party! Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog!

    Have a lovely week!


  4. Thanks for idea of decorating the plate rack. Great idea. It looks awesome. Also, love the plates and the words always makes it so special. Missed you in the exchange...maybe next year!

  5. I love how all the colors and textures are so interesting and cause your eyes to just DANCE!xoRobin

  6. Oh Valerie ..the ornament just arrived and it is already in a specila place on my tree. It is gorgeous. Love that the word "joyful" reminds you of my work! Thank you sooo much sweet friend... Have a wonderful Christmas time!! Hugs,


  7. Dearest sweet val, these are beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing lovely friend. I hope you had a wonderful christmas! Wishing you JOY and LOVE for a wonderful New year my sweet friend. Thank you for all the blessings, love and support you have given me this year. Have a lovely merry happy last week of 2010! Love to you!


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