Our Dinner Table

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!


  1. January 8, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Wow it is beautiful! He did a great job!

  2. January 8, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    What a gorgeous table and such a great story behind it! That table looks like it will definitely stand the test of time. You just cannot buy quality furniture like that these days in the stores!

  3. January 8, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    No way!! That table is my dream table!! You sure do have a great hubby 🙂 The entire setting looks beautiful!

  4. January 8, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    WOW! What a beautiful table, I cannot believe he made that by hand! Decorated with your classy place settings I just know y'all had the perfect table for all your family to enjoy:-)

  5. January 8, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    Beautiful table! I've got this pinned to share with my hubby… 🙂

  6. January 8, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    OH EM GEE! That's incredible! It's so beautiful!

  7. January 8, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I'm now 100% convinced that we would be best friends if we could ever meet! Mybhusband is the exact same way…we designed our house and he built it himself, along with several pieces of furniture in it! He even welds and does metal work, including art pieces (when he has the time). I'm convinced they would be bff's, too! Seriously though, that table is straight out of Pottery Barn! I love the mix of metal and wood…totally up our alley and those chairs give it the perfect pop of color! Loveeeeee!

  8. January 8, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    That is a Beautiful table! And you have it decorated so beautifully too! It really is picture perfect!

  9. January 8, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    Your husband is amazing for undertaking such a project and totally knocking it out of the park! Beautiful! I love the gold, blue, and rustic. Exactly my taste, so gorgeous!

  10. January 8, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    You're table is gorgeous!!! My husband is the same way, so talented and crafty and can do things much better than me. He built us a deck this summer and it turned out beautifully. It is a love/hate though because I hate how much time those type of projects take away from time spent as a family.

  11. January 8, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    its beautiful! And those chair! LOVE THEM!

  12. January 8, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, GORGEOUS!!!! Can he ship one to Texas?!? 😉 Love your decor too!

  13. January 8, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Looks like something out of Better Homes & Gardens!! Beautiful!

  14. January 8, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    He did amazing…it looks like you bought it for biggg bucks! 🙂

  15. January 8, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    He did a wonderful job! It looks great! I have that bar cart and LOVE it.

  16. January 8, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    its perfection!! i LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!

  17. January 9, 2014 / 1:37 am

    That table is gorgeous! I love it! Actually, I love the entire set up 🙂

  18. January 9, 2014 / 3:14 am

    This looks awesome!!!! He did a great job on the table and YOU did a great job on the tablescape!!! What a memorable Christmas!

  19. January 9, 2014 / 6:58 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS table and tablescape! And I loooove your bar cart! I want one!

  20. January 9, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Oh My Goodness….what a guy!! The table is gorgeous!

  21. January 9, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Wow, I am so in love with your table!! It is gorgeous and your husband must be pretty amazing haha! Love Love Love this post!

  22. January 9, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    I absolutely love that table, your husband did such a great job. We've been looking for one with a bench forever and have yet to find one we love!

  23. January 9, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    Wow your table is beautiful! The colour of the chairs and shelf in the colour with the gold are the perfect accents… and if you don't know anything about tablescapes (I don't think I have ever heard that?) then I don't want to see an expert because I think yours is perfect!

  24. January 9, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Oh.my.word. I absolutely love the table! Your husband did an amazing job! And you, my dear did a great job with the tablescape. Love the beverage cart, too!

  25. January 9, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    It's gorgeous!! Love love love the burlap and gold, too!

  26. January 9, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    Wow… that is the best set Christmas table EVER! I love it… and your husband made it. WOW.

  27. January 9, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Wow! That table is amazing! Your husband did such an amazing job!

  28. January 10, 2014 / 12:38 am

    How special to have a table hand made by your man! You will cherish it forever!

    The tablescape you put together is perfect! Love the gold balls on the plates!

  29. January 10, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    The table and table scape are gorgeous! Great job to both of you!

  30. January 13, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    I love the table, especially the bench! Your husband is really talented.

  31. January 13, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Love the table!!! Your hubby has a true talent! The benches match it perfectly. Your tablescape looks great too! I found a similar looking table (just the same feel, really) at World Market. I've yet to purchase it but seeing your setup totally makes me want to go buy it…now! Haha

  32. January 13, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    Oh my goodness this is fabulous! I showed my hubby as well because he also loves to DIY almost everything and this one takes the cake! Way to go!

  33. January 13, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Um, can he make ME one?! AMAZING job, absolutely gorgeous.

  34. January 14, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    This is so beautiful!! Love the table, love the decor, love it all! What a lucky lady you are to have such a handy husband! Loving the wine rack as well…did he make that too??

  35. January 14, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    How incredible! He did a great job. I am in love with your table and those chairs. Swoon!

  36. January 23, 2014 / 6:26 am

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