Simple Holiday Table Setting

It’s already time for the second round in the Dare to DIY challenge.  This week’s theme?   Entertain.

I created this sparkly bird themed centerpiece for our kitchen island.  AND I used everything I already owned so, like my Thanksgiving bunting, this project cost a whole $0.  That meant more money in my pocket for Black Friday sales.

 I grabbed a silver sequin placement I’ve had for a few years and plopped my Ikea lantern on top.  But I didn’t wuss out and throw in a candle.  No, no.  I grabbed some moss, a fake bird nest, a glass bird ornament (complete with tail feathers) and put them inside the lantern.  Then I placed a tealight candle on each corner of the placemat   Boom.  When in doubt, put a bird on it.  Or in it.

Deciding to go the extra mile, I put out two table settings (with things I already owned).  An over achiever I am.

I used a silver beaded placemat from Kohls, silver charger from Micheal’s, my late aunt’s Silver Moon china, white napkin, and a glittery pine cone ornament (last year at Kohls) for each place setting.

Here are a couple romantical nighttime photos of the centerpiece.

There you have it.  Will you dare to entertain on Monday morning?  I just proved that it’s pretty simple, so you really don’t have an excuse.

Need some extra inspiration?  See how Kim, Michelle, and Rachel entertained.

Are you planning to participate in Monday’s challenge?
Do you believe in the ‘put a bird on it’ motto?


  1. Very pretty! Ihat placement is rockin!
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  2. Love that you dressed up your island seating!
    Diggin’ all the bling, too :)
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  3. I really like the silver pine cone place setting! Fancy schmancy. I’m glad I’m not the only one that only partially set the table. :)
    michelle@decorandthedog recently posted..Dare to DIY: EntertainMy Profile

  4. It’s so sparkly and pretty! I love it =)

  5. I really like how the candles make the glitter sparkle. Glitter ROCKS :) Love it!
    K @ Shift Ctrl ART recently posted..Felt flower napkin ring and ornamentMy Profile

  6. So pretty! Gotta love the shine. I have that same lantern from Ikea, and it’s only ever occurred to me to put a candle in there. I love the less-typical nest and bird inside. Very cute!
    Rachel recently posted..Dare to DIY: EntertainMy Profile

  7. Beautiful! I love the china and the glittery pinecone. It is so simple but very stunning.

  8. So elegant! Metallics are so elegant!

  9. Beautiful! I love how sparkly the placemats are :)
    Caitlin @ Desert Domicile recently posted..DIY Wood Box CenterpieceMy Profile

  10. Love the simplicity of your set up, goes well wtih your elegant Dining room. I love the pinecone the most. :-) Just wondering though, where did you place the silverware? Is it underneath the napkins? :-)
    vel recently posted..Christmas Dining Room 2012My Profile

  11. This turned out so cute. Love all the glitz and I adore the fact that you were able to use things you already had, Also, the bird inside the lantern is genius.

  12. LOVE the sparkle! Looks great with candle light :)
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  13. Cute! It’s so simple and classy! I love it!

  14. I love the way all of the metallics reflect the candlelight. So beautiful! Great job! :)
    Erika @ Our Cozy Cubbyhole recently posted..Date Night Winter Table SettingMy Profile

  15. I love the clean simplicity of this! I am part of a holiday link party and my blog is hosting tablescapes starting tomorrow. Would you link your table up? I love it! xo Kristin
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  16. oooo, I love this!!! simple & elegant plus I just {heart} those lanterns! You have inspired me to figure out how I can use mine this holiday season!
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  17. How gorgeous! I am a big fan of metallics for the Christmas season. :-) I just love your sequin placemat, too — how fun is that?! Thanks for sharing this centerpiece idea. So glad to have found your blog!
    Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation recently posted..Our Christmas Tree 2012My Profile

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