Fall to Christmas Decorating: 3 EASY Tips

So, Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially time to pull out your Christmas decorations.  But for some reason this year, you’re a little more tired than usual!!  Could it be because:  your boss gave you an extra work assignment, or maybe the kids’ crazy schedules (school Christmas parties, extracurricular activities &  the Church Christmas program), OR maybe it’s your husband’s “football watching schedule” – hahaha!!  And don’t feel bad – all of these things are important… they really are!!  It’s just that you just could USE.A LITTLE.HELP!!  Anyone??  Fly Me In An Angel Please!!  Enter in……Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 EASY Tips .

Click How To Make The Perfect Bow to get gorgeous bows for the Christmas Decorating season.


FALL TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING:  (3 EASY Tips)

When making the transition from Fall to Christmas decorating, follow these 3 tips.  They work in every room of the house, and they are super EASY to follow.  It’s kind of like a math formula, except it’s for your house.  Plug the formula in, fill in the blanks, and woo-lah!!  You have a winner!!

3 EASY Tips = Decorating Formula

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations (from Fall) and alter to fit new holiday (Christmas).  

These tips will work in every room of your house.  But to save some time, I am only going to focus this post on the dining room, foyer (entry), living room/kitchen.  These are my favorite rooms to decorate, so I thought I would focus on these areas.

THREE MAIN AREAS:  

  1. Dining Room
  2. Foyer (entry)
  3. Living Room/Kitchen

 DINING ROOM:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the dining room I chose navy and white as my main color theme, and then changed out the Fall (orange) to the Christmas (red).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING ROOM:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

Here again I kept the same lamps/shades, mirror, and candles sticks the same…..but just changed out the wreaths and table accent pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***NOTE***  I changed out my rug this year (moved to my living room), but normally this would stay the same.  Since flooding- I was a little over excited to do some switcher-oos ;).  I needed the blue and white rug to carry out the navy color theme into the living room, so I switched them out.  See how that works??


DINING ROOM:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday.  

If possible, use the same table linens (runner, place mats and napkins) and change out napkin rings, glasses, or chargers.  

In here, the biggest change was getting rid of the gold chargers & pumpkins (orange tones) and replacing with pops of bold red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the tablescape broken down by steps.  If you look at my post Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, you will be able to compare the two different seasons.

 

Plus, you can see how easy it is to remove a couple of accents of one color, and simply replace them with another color.  LOVE IT!!

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same in the dining room (NAVY DECOR):

  1. table runner
  2. napkins
  3. place mats
  4. plates
  5. lamps/lampshades
  6. candle sticks with navy glass balls

Things that I changed or added (RED ACCENTS):

  1. red wreath
  2. red berries candle rings
  3. red martini glasses
  4. red napkin rings
  5. red poinsettia table garland
  6.  red candles to table

 

I also added some silver ornaments to the chandelier,  “joy” letters to the buffet, and 2 mercury glass decanters to the table.  All of these are neutral in color, but add a metallic (shiny) component.  These help break up all of the bold, dark colors and let light bounce around.

Since I knew I was hosting Dinner this year at my house, I removed the blue vase/flowers and opted for the above mentioned silver mercury decanters instead.  I wanted to keep the sight line clear so that we could see each other and visit…. without a floating distraction on the table.  I also decided to use my plain white bowls in place of my polka dot bowls to keep the table decor all unified.  I really wanted the red to POP and get all of the glory!!

Now, we will just keep using the same tips (formula) for each room.


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the foyer I kept the blue and white again, but got rid of the yellow.  I decided to use different shades of blue to add depth, and used pops of red on my Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

On my console, I kept the basic foundation the same.  I changed the Fall decor (yellow) to Christmas  decor (3 large ornaments, trees, and sleigh).  See below for tutorial on buffalo check ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In the 2 candle lanterns on the bottom shelf, I replaced the Fall decor (pine cones) with Christmas decor (ornaments).   I also kept my white basket, but simply removed the yellow throw and replaced it with a blue pillow (above picture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUFFALO CHECK ORNAMENTS

Click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2) for the tutorial or Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Emboridery Hoops (part 1) for that tutorial.

Either of these DIY projects would be perfect for an Christmas entry or foyer.

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same (BLUE/WHITE DECOR):

  1. two pictures
  2. two lamps
  3. wall hanger knob
  4. blue console
  5. white basket

 

Things that I changed or added ( CHRISTMAS DECOR):

  1. three buffalo check ornaments
  2. white bottle brush tree set
  3. white fur, silver  and navy sleigh
  4. two turquoise ornaments
  5. blue home pillow

*** replaced Fall decor from silver lanterns with Christmas decor….. photo below***

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In my living room, I used the same blue and white color theme again, and switched out the pops of orange with pops of red, green and turquoise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath for the tutorial.  It’s a very

budget friendly way to decorate a large wall.

It can be made with 2 or 3 wreaths, depending on your wall dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

In my breakfast nook I switched out my orange pillow with the matching plaid pillow.  I love this rug and pillow combo!!  The rug has both orange and red tones so I can use it for both seasons – win-win!!

Click Fall Home Tour 2018 to see more pictures of my house or 5 Secrets to Fall Decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In my living room, I used the same throw pillows, lamp, and ladder decor ….but just switched some accents out.  I removed  the fall orange plaid and dark teal throw blankets, and replaced with a muted cornflower blue throw blanket.  I switched the linen lampshade for a dark navy lampshade.   And then I changed out Fall (oranges) for Christmas (reds).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also changed out my rugs (went to dining room) so that I could add more navy and white to the living room.  I love how I can switch out those 2 rugs.  It’s like getting a new room without a new pricetag!!

 

 

Want to see how I painted the entry table blue, Click World Market Console Table Maekover:  Painted Smoky Blue.

Want more Christmas Decorating inspiration, Click Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red, 20 Best Christmas Wreaths,  or 33 Fabulous Christmas Stairs Ideas.

Want ideas for an adorable Christmas Party, Click Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  (part 1) and Food Planning (part 2)

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

 

 

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Christmas Dining Room: Navy + Red

Well, it looks like Christmas decorating is starting a little earlier than usual these days….. for everyone!!  With Thanksgiving falling earlier in November this year, and all of the dept. stores pulling out Christmas decor in like JULY, more and more of us are moving to that same trend.  And I gotta admit- I ain’t hating it!!  LOL!!  Not to dismiss Thanksgiving or anything fall related, Christmas is a magical season that brings people together!  And where does that take place (- in the bellies )….- well really in the dining room- where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!!  AMEN!!  So, here is my Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red.


CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM:  NAVY + RED

So, I set up my Christmas dining room with a couple of quick swaps from my Fall Dining Room.  Click here to see Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  It is a very informative post that helps you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gives you the tools to transition from one holiday to the next with little effort.  WOOHOO!!  And that means more time to spend with your family and do some Christmas shopping.  Click here to see my dining room before we flooded Blue Christmas Dining Room.

I love how easy it is to change out a couple of decorating items, and basically you have a new “season.”  Stay tuned for my next post Going from Fall to Christmas: Dining Room – coming soon!!  Click 33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas or 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths for more holiday decorating inspiration.

***TIP***  Make a wreath to form an “O” from a pom pom pick or floral (greenery) pick by bending the wire.  You could always use a candle ring too….like the red ones on my 3 candle sticks. 😉

Remember to use what you have on hand to help save extra money.  I found my red napkin rings in one of my buffet drawers – that I had from 10 yrs ago.  Just never know when you may need something small to add a big punch of color.  It’s your Christmas Dining Room, so use YOUR goodies!!

Adding Christmas words like joy, merry, hope, peace, and noel help add a touch of whimsy to a formal decor palette.  Use them on walls, pillows, signs, or even on dishes.

Want more buffalo check ideas….click Buffalo Check Snowman Using Embroidery Hoops or Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls.

Don’t forget to add a couple of sparkly ornaments to your chandelier.  Use different sizes and shapes to add interest, and also hang them at different lengths.  Just remember to use light-weight and shatter proof ornaments.  I think I dropped all but one when trying to figure out where to hang mine – HA!!

Add some colored glasses to bring in a little holiday cheer.  I used my red glasses that my dear friend gave me over 5 years ago.  Not only to they add some fun to the table, I think of her every time I glance over at my table – LOVE THIS!!

Make sure to add a couple of candles in your Christmas Dining Room for a little ambience.  Use white, red, gold,  or silver – for some lower lighting.

And don’t forget to light them – LOL!!

Now, sit back and relax……well for about 30 minutes until one of your kiddos or husband needs something!!  And then- use one of those “red martini – or wine glasses” – AND FILL IT!!

Hope you love my Christmas Dining Room & your’s too!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

Want more Christmas Party inspiration or DIY craft ideas – try  Let it Snow Donut Christmas Party, Donut Ornaments Using Pool Noodles, Christmas Snowman Cotton Ball Wreath.

Need a gorgeous bow for your tree – try How to make the perfect Bow

 

 

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Setting a FALL TABLE in 8 Easy Steps

So, you have spent like HOURS decorating and setting up you dining room fall table, and it is stunning!!  You pat yourself on the back, and pop open the bubbly.  Then you’re doorbells rings, and you are ready to.drop.the.mike!!  The moment is here!!  Your best friend strolls in….and…. walks….right….by….. (like she always does) without even a glance over to your fall table.   WHAT??!!  How did that happen?  You worked soooo hard.  I mean….she didn’t even glance!  cry-cry, sniff-sniff!!  That’s where Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps comes in to rescue you!!

I know that you would LOVE your family and friends to ooooh and awe over your gorgeous fall table decoration this year and actually STOP (even better if their draw dropped) to admire your work.  We all want a gorgeous fall table centerpiece to grace our dining room and make an entrance to our home.  But let’s be real here……. we just don’t have the time to get it done right.  So, today I am going to show you how to set a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  ***As a bonus*** I will also show you how to change out the “decor” so you can replace certain pieces with serving dishes – WOOHOO!!  So not only can you have a beautiful table set up right now, all you’ll have to do is wave your magic wand & POOF you will be ready to host a dinner!!  Let’s get this party started 😉 …. shall we??!!

Want more fall inspiration and tips click 5 Secrets for Fall DecoratingFind Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths , Fall Home Tour 2018 or Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.


 

source: etiquettescholar.com

SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS

First things first:

If you want to explore informal and formal place settings at a greater length click here.   This is a great website!  It has everything you need to know about flatware, serveware, glassware, etiquette, manners and more.  You can always pin it and go back to review it a later time.

Since we are hitting the decorating portion of table setting today, I just wanted you to have something to refer to….. when it is time to set up for your actual holiday dinner!!

 

 


SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS

SUPPLIES FOR 6-8 GUESTS:  CORE, ACCENT, TEXTURE

1)  CORE SUPPLIES

  • 6-8 gold chargers
  • 6-8 dinner plates (mix & match)
  • 6-8 bowls (mix & match)
  • 6-8 napkins
  • cake stand
  • buffalo check runner (not pictured – see below)
  • 6-8 placemats (not pictured – see below)

***TIP*** I used a blue and white theme, but use whatever colors you want (just keep the core supplies in TWO colors).  

 

 

 

2)  ACCENT SUPPLIES

  • 2 glass hurricanes
  • 2 white pillar candles
  • 2 glass jar candles
  • 2 bling votive candle holders
  • 2 candle votives
  • 2 milk glass flower holders
  • 2 white flowers
  • 3 white sized pumpkins

***TIP***Use whatever accent color you like (just keep the accent supplies all in ONE color palette).

 

 

 

3)  TEXTURE SUPPLIES

  • large textured orange pumpkin
  • small pumpkin
  • 2 natural beaded garland strands
  • assorted pinecones
  • assorted acorns in orange & gold

***TIP*** These are all in the WARM color palette – orange, brown, natural, and gold tones.  This keeps the blue and white from looking too cold and stark.

 

 

 

 

…….and the show stopper.  The one final addition that MAKES the entire table come to life!!  It is THE final accessory must-have.

 

 

 

 

 


CHEAT SHEETS – FOR QUICK REFERENCE

***STEPS 1-4***


***STEPS 5-8***

 

 


 

 

STEP 1:  runner + placemats

Put your table runner in the center of the table (longways) and place your 6-8 placemats down.  My table setting has 6, just because I don’t have my leaves in.  For a table setting of 8, everything will work the same.  Simply add 2 extra placemats to the sides so that you will have 3 and 3 on each side.

***NOTE*** I only 4 placemats on my setting so that more of my buffalo check runner would stand out.  It is just my personal preference.  When using the setting for function, I would add my other 2 placemats at the ends.

 

 

 


 

 

STEP 2:  chargers

Add your 6-8 gold chargers.  ***NOTE*** The gold picks up the WARM tones in my TEXTURE supplies.  This will make a big difference to your overall color palette.  So whatever colors you choose, just make sure your chargers and texture go together.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

STEP 3:  dishes

Now you can add your 6-8 dishes/plates.  ***NOTE***I used 4 salad plates (on sides), and 2 dinner plates (on ends)…..just for the decorating purposes only!!  I always like a little CHAOS to my method – lol!! and the smaller salad plates allow for more of the gold charger to show.    If you are using the setting for function, you would use all dinner plates.

 

 

 

 

 


 

STEP 4:  napkins + side bowls

Add your 6-8 napkins and lie on all of your plates at a diagnol.  Then place 4 (or 6) bowls to the side settings.  The bowls on the end settings will be different.  ***NOTE***As noted in the article I linked above, the napkin on the plate is an option for a formal place setting.  You can also add the napkin to the side of the plate if you want.  I like the diagnol position on top of the plate because it adds movement to an otherwise “clean lines” table setting.

 

 

 

 


STEP 5:  cake plate +  end bowls

Next add in your cake plate to the center (or just left of the center) and your 2 end bowls.

***NOTE***  I have the cake plate in the center here on the picture to the right so you can see it easier.  I like things a LITTLE funky, so I moved it to the left so that the flowers could stand out more (see step 8).  I also mixed the bowls up so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.

 

 

 

 

 

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***TIP*** When mixing a lot of different patterns, keep the colors the same using different sizes/scales.  I have used blue and white:  buffalo check (runner), polka dot (side bowls), large medallions (placemats), small geometrics (napkins), and stripes (end bowls).

 

 

 


STEP 6:  add ALL accent supplies

So, now you will add ALL of your accents onto the table runner.  Each one will be placed at a diagnol like the picture beolw shows.  You will see that I placed 2 white pumpkins into the 2 end bowls, and one pumpkin under some extra napkins (in front, left of the cake stand).

 

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***NOTE***  This design is for those of you who like a little DRAMA!!!  If you like a more simplistic look, you can skip steps 6-8)

 

 


STEP 7:  add texture

Place your larger pumpkin onto you cake plate and weave your beads in between your white accent supplies. Once you like the placement of the beads (sometimes you have to play with this part just a little), you can sprinkle in your other textured supplies.

 

 

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***NOTE*** Use the other textured supplies to FILL IN the holes in your decor.  I always like to throw in the pine cones, acorns, and extra pumpkins so that they look random.  They look more natural if lying sideways or clustered like they “fell” onto your runner.

 

 


 

 

STEP 8: vase +flowers

 

DRAMA
DRAMA
DRAMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GO FROM FABULOUS

TO FUNCTION:

Simply replace decorations with serving dishes and your are ready to host your dinner party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOHOO!!  BRING OUT THE WINE + WINE GLASSES!!

CHEERS!!

 

 

 

 

 


CLOSEUP PICTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!!  LOVE & FALL HUGS 🙂  jael

So…..are you a high drama or clean lines kind of girl??  Which one of the supplies is your fav….. and why??  Shoot me your feedback in the comments section below!!  Mine is the large textured pumpkin!!

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If you need more fall inspiration click 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, or My Fall Home Tour 2018.  I have also updated my 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools and Modern Farmhouse Staple: Black Bed (part 2) Posts.

 

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