I’ve been sharing ideas for Christmas tablescapes all week…there was this one and then this one. I love decorating a table to set the mood or theme for a dinner party! It’s so fun to put together various linen and plate combinations, as well as place cards and centerpieces.
Today I’m showing you an idea for a fun, whimsical tablescape featuring everyone’s favorite reindeer! Yes, Rudolph!
As I mentioned earlier this week, you don’t always need to invest in a tablecloth if you are only going to use it once. For example, I used red polka dot wrapping paper as my “tablecloth.” I put a white tablecloth directly on the table and then cut a long piece of wrapping paper to go on top.
The placemats are black chalkboard paper, which make a fun contrast against the red polka dots. Square white plates and clear glasses keep it simple.
Now there are a few small DIY projects that help this look come together…
First, I made my own napkins by purchasing some red fabric, a circle sponge brush, and some white acrylic paint. I cut the fabric with pinking shears to give it a zigzag finish (and avoid having to sew them). I then “stamped” white circles on the fabric to make polka dots. Once dry, I folded them into napkins.
The placecards were created by carefully cracking a peanut shell in half. Hot glue the half shell onto a white tag. Then using a black sharpie marker, draw the eyes and ears and write the name. Finally, hot glue a small red pompom for Rudolph’s nose. How cute is that! And so simple to make…you can even snack on the peanuts as you make them.
You can even add a fun embellishment to the red-striped paper straws by tying a gold jingle bell to it with some baker’s twine.
Now for that fun centerpiece! I cut a long strip of black craft paper and wrote the lyrics to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on it with a white chalk pen. (Don’t look to closely…I realized once the table was set that I left out a line of the song!!!)
I placed the black paper with the lyrics down the center of the table and placed some gold glitter and white reindeer on top. But wait…those reindeer needed red noses! I hot glued red pompoms to them…now we have Rudolph! For extra fun, I scattered more red pompoms on the black paper.
This tablescape would be perfect for a kids’ table! Set out a mason jar filled with chalk for the young ones to doodle and draw on the chalkboard placemats while they are waiting for dessert to be served.
Or I’m sure the “young at heart” would also enjoy this table!
You can find the sources below…
white dishes…Crate & Barrel
red polka dot paper…Target
black paper…JOANN Fabrics
chalk pen…Michael’s Craft Stores
red pompoms…JOANN Fabrics
gold glitter reindeer…Target
red paper straws…Party City
red fabric…JOANN Fabrics
white paint and sponge brush…JOANN Fabrics
jingle bells…Michael’s Craft Stores