I am biased, but I seriously lucked out in the husband department. I try to look like I have my act together, am creative & a good wife & mother ... yet most often, my successes can be tracked to my man. He really is so good at so many things, it makes me love him & hate him for making me look bad all at the same time. :)
A couple of months back when we decided to host Christmas dinner this year, Joe had the bright idea of making our dining room table. Himself, so that it would be big enough for at least some of the people in our huge families. I (naturally) questioned his sanity or the fact that it could happen, but let's just say he proved me wrong again. We had the most memorable Christmas dinner at this special table & it has been beautifully displayed in our dining room ever since.
We knew we wanted the table to look rustic & be one that would last us forever. After tracking down the "materials" (a wormy chesnut for the wood) from a friend, Joe took a road trip to get it & went to work in his shop. For pretty much the entire month of December, he would come home after work to have dinner with us before returning to the shop until one in the morning. His hard work obviously paid off, the entire table & both benches were built 100% by him. The two chairs on either side were our Christmas gifts to each other, they are from Pier One & I think they complement our table perfectly.
I can't even explain how proud I am of him or how much I LOVE our table. Best of all, I feel so lucky that it will be ours forever & we can share the story of it with our kids one day. That they will grow up eating at this table & so many memories will be created there.
Though anything I could contibute could clearly not compare to his, I wanted to help make our first official dinner one we would always remember. Honestly, I know nothing about tablescapes (not sure I even heard the word until a couple of months ago) but thank goodness for Pinterest & good blog friends. Based on lots of inspiration, my vision came to life on December 25th.
Two of my obsessions right now are gold & burlap so when I saw this no-sew tutorial on Hello Erin, I instantly knew this would be the perfect touch to our table. I also made the napkins for each place setting with gold burlap from JoAnne Fabrics, it was so super simple that even I figured out how to make it happen. :) I simply cut them to the same size & then pulled the sides to create the fringe look.
The chargers are from Micheals, gold balls & trees were found on sale at Target, chalkboard was purchased at TJ Maxx, & all of our dishes were a wedding gift from Williams-Sonoma.
Santa also helped bring my vision come to life, as soon as I saw this bar cart visions of it sitting next to our new table were dancing ALL over my head. Jazzed up with this "cheers" pitcher, glass & gold straws (all from Target), it was everything I hoped for. Any maybe even a little bit more. :)
I can't wait to continue to decorate it this year for each holiday & season.
So this really is it for my continued holiday posting, I do realize it is time to get back to real life without celebrations. I promise I have in non-blog life, but there was just so much excitement in this special holiday season!! Happy HALFWAY through the week, friends!