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This Post Could Possibly Include Christmas Decorations (Yes Before Turkey Day)

11.22.2009
I am back for week 2 of the blog party....this time it is Dare To-Entertain.
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(good thing Emily having this party to make sure I post occasionally during this incredibly busy time at work....this week will be better I promise). Last week there were so many awesome thanksgiving ideas at the party and I met so many great bloggers.

Anyways for this week we were supposed to show off our table, whether it was set for everyday, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Since I like to use any excuse to get out the good china and I have so much more Christmas stuff and because it was a great excuse to start decorating for Christmas early.....I chose a Christmas setting.

The challenge I gave myself: not spending a single cent. I have a slight weakness when it comes to spending money on holiday decorating. But we are not hosting Christmas or Thanksgiving this year so spending money was a little silly.

So here is the Anything Pretty Dining Room (almost) all decked out for the holidays-
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The details-

These frames were left over favors from my bridal shower, now they are perfect place markers-


My knock-off Pottery Barn plates I found a couple of years ago at ABC Distributing for $10 (for 12). They are less formal than all the china, but I think they add a fun Christmas element to the table-

The bead garland around all the candles-
The table runner-

The napkin and napkin ring-

Of course there were things I would have liked to done (like maybe a glass personalized ornament hanging from a silver branch at each setting or red sparkly candles instead of white) but that would have cost some money so I am happy with what I was able to do with things sitting around the house. This week I am going to add some more decorative elements to the dining room as a whole but this party got the table kick started. Now I just need to pour the red wine!
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20 comments on "This Post Could Possibly Include Christmas Decorations (Yes Before Turkey Day)"
  1. Beautiful! And way to go on not buying anything new--you did fantastic with what you have.

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  2. I love it all, but I'm totally floored that the plates were so inexpensive. Love that! I actually have two sets of Christmas dishes... I'm crazy.

    Thanks for joining in this week.

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  3. Your table turned out beautiful! I really like all of the candles.

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  4. That looks so beautiful with all the candles lit! I love seeing what I (and others) can come up with without spending money.

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  5. I love the glow of the candles! And what a steal of a deal on those plate, too freaking adorable!

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  6. I am so very very jealous of your knock-off dishes! They are so cute, and I would have never known they aren't the "real" thing.

    PS. So glad you did a Christmas table, I've been dying to start decorating but have been waiting until Friday. It was so refreshing to see someone else who is as excited!

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  7. Everything about this table is fabulous! I love the runner, and the candle-ful centerpiece, and all the glittery goodness! Those reindeer plates are so cute, as are the little frames!
    Impressed that you didn't spend a cent, too!

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  8. I've been keeping my eyes peeled for silver chargers for my dining room table - love them. Your table looks absolutely stunning!

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  9. Very pretty--love how different it looks with the candles lit! Congrats on not spending any money--I have the same problem.

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  10. All those candles are gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. This setting is stunning. I REALLY love all the clear glass decor with the red.

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  12. i love the candles! nicely done.

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  13. Pretty & simple! I love love love the red! And the candles add such a warm home-y feel

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  14. The candles make it so elegant and give it such a balance with the more casual plates. I love the place card holders too. It looks wonderful!

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  15. Clear glass is my go to staple for dishware. Your table is so festive & elegant.

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  18. Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

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  19. Awesome blog, I had not noticed anythingpretty-jenny.blogspot.com previously during my searches!
    Continue the good work!

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