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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Challenge


I have been busy looking in magazines, Pinterest, blogs, etc. for ideas on what I can build for Cuisine Kathleen's December Christmas Challenge without buying anything. I think I have come up with fairly close copy of Opulent Cottage's 2009 Christmas table. Thank you, Andrea, for doing that gorgeous table I have tried copying...hope it isn't a disappointment! Cabbage leaf plates, red plates, green stems, silver flatware, a sleigh centerpiece. I did add a "runner" for the sled to sit on and a few trees. I couldn't find any printed napkins or little tree plates so I improvised with mini sleighs and tree napkins!
Our weather has been over cast and rainy for the past 4 days so the photos are not very good. I took a few without the overhead light. I am disappointed in how they came out.

After  I had already taken pictures, I decided to "make" green trees...a napkin fold! I placed them over the handle of the  forks.











This picture was taken with the special effects program.


This is Andrea of Opulent Cottage's table that I copied...what do you think, did I or didn't I...be honest?


Thank you for taking the time to visit today...hope you will return next time!


Green chargers/Bordallo Pinheiro/gift from my friend JoJo
Red plates/Better Homes & Gardens
Green stemware/Dollar Tree via Goodwill
Flatware/Savers
Red napkins/Savers
Plaid placemats, table runner/Savers
Large sleigh/ARC Thrift
Mini sleighs/WalMart
Greens/Goodwill and eBay
Red cone trees/ARC Thrift
Bottle brush trees/WalMart
Candle holders/Dollar General

32 comments:

Mary said...

Hi Marigene, You table is so festive! Love the sleigh ornaments at each place setting and your snowman driving the sleigh in your centerpiece :) Your tree napkin fold is fun too!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This table is really cheery! The reds are so nice and bright and yes, you did a darned close copy of the other woman's!
Love you,
jude

thepaintedapron.com said...

Nothing says holiday like plaid, a sleigh and Christmas trees! This is so warm and holiday jolly Marigene, great copycat!
Jenna

Parsimonious Perfection said...

You did a fab job! You took inspiration and ran. I definitely see the reference, but you've made it your own....that's the way I like to do it as well. Nicely done. :)

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, Marigene, your table is wonderful. I love the sleigh as the centerpiece, but also on all the plates. The Christmas tree napkin fold is fabulous! I have green napkins and I must find out how to do this.

Susie Holler said...

I think your table looks wonderful anything with sleighs snowmen and Christmas trees says it all to me. I wish I could fold my napkins like that when I tried they looked like a filled diaper this table says Merry Christmas to me.Susie

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Wow Marigene, you absolutely hit it out of the park with this one!! I love your table. The colors are all so bright and cheerful. I love that you chose a plaid table runner (I'm really mad for plaid). :-D

Your sleigh with the snowman is beautiful, and so are the little sleighs on each plate. The best thing of all, though, are those Christmas tree napkin folds -- awesome!! I'm no good at napkin folds at all; I guess I just need a lot of practice.

Your whole table turned out lovely, Marigene. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Hugs,

Denise

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene since we both used the same inspiration table, I can say that you knocked this out of the park! Sooooo cute. Love the little sleighs on each plate and the napkin fold in a tree shape, perfect! I like that you added the trees to the runner also. Great job!
hugs,
Linda

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Another gorgeous table Marigene! You did an awesome job with the challenge, your table is perfect and the sleigh is gorgeous, what a great piece! Love all the plaid, so festive for the holidays.
Hugs,
FABBY

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So pretty and christmasy. I love the napkin fold - I'll have to look that up and find out how to do it. I love the sleigh - and the dishes.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You did it! Those bright reds and greens are smashing! Love the little sled theme. The tree napkins are wonderful! Is there a tutorial on those, love them!

Merry Christmas!

Katherine

Lady of the Manor said...

Lovely table! I'm loving those reds and greens - so cheery and festive! Neat napkin fold, too!44439

xinex said...

You definitely met the challenge and then some. Love those sleighs and trees....Christine

Sarah said...

You did an excellent job! Your tree napkin fold is adorable and of course I like all the tartan details. Fun holiday table for sure.

Candy S said...

I like the festive reds and greens. You stayed true to the inspiration table and added your own touches. Fabulous!! I do like the Christmas Tree napkin fold a lot, The napkins are very festive as is the whole table.... Candy PS - your word verification is on.

tablescapesbybev.com said...

Love your version and that napkin fold is wonderful. Beautiful table!

Kathleen said...

You came very close, Marigene, and it is lovely! I looked at that one too, but I didn't have nests like that! I love your napkin fold, I have never tried that one! Is it hard, ie, curse worthy? :)
Thanks for taking the challenge!

Chris Scheuer said...

You did a wonderful job. Love the way you folded your napkins, so fun and so pretty!

Joy said...

I think you did a great job! The napkin fold is really cute, and I love the bottlebrush trees, too.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Marigene. You did an amazing job on this table. this must be a popular inspiration.... The sleigh is darling and I love the napkin. Happy Holidays...xo

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Rettabug said...

I think you did a GREAT job, Marigene...darling collections filling those tiny sleighs & the green Christmas tree over top of the red napkins looks fantastic.
Its good to be see so many pretty place settings again.

Anonymous said...

Every tablescape is spectacular.
Thank you for sharing your marvelous talent. bbb

Jody Klein said...

Marigene, You visited my Woodland kitchen table at Southern Seazons and invited me over so I came and I have to say that I love your tablescape. Job well done. I also have the sleigh ornaments from Wal-Mart. I wish that I had that larger sleigh that you used and those napkins folded like a tree is fabulous. Have a wonderful weekend!

Elaine Cariglio said...

Marigene,
I think you nailed it! You took the inspiration and did a grand job! Love the sleigh ornaments & centerpiece and the tree napkins. Very festive!
Merry Christmas!
Blessings My Friend,

Shelia Dowd said...

Hi Marigene! I have a huge crush on your green "tree" napkins - they are adorable! It makes the table - great job of making this table your own.
Shelia
House of Highlands

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I think you did a great job with your table. I am really enjoying this challenge and getting a lot of ideas. I have that tree napkin fold on my schedule for this year. Will I get to it? Who knows? I may have to do it in a different color for spring. ;-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That was a great replication, Marigene! I also love that tree napkin fold.

Babs R said...

You did it! Love the little sleigh ornaments that you put at each place, and the fun napkin fold. Cute, cute.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You sure nailed it perfectly! Oh my how more of a copy cat can you be, my friend. It is gorgeous, cheery with so much lovely reds and the sleigh in the place set, the fold of the napkins, wow, it came out awesome!
Merry C'mas!
FABBY

Pat Cantwell said...

Marigene,
You Did, dear friend!!!
Quite nicely, too!!!
I LOVE the napkin fold!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Meike ° eat in my kitchen said...

I love the sleigh Marigene, it looks too cute! This is the perfect Christmas table!
Have a wonderful Christmas time!
Meike xx