Christmas ideas – a white Christmas tablescape
The phrase ‘Christmas tablescape’ has emerged from Pinterest, along with ‘Christmas mantelscapes.’
A Christmas tablescape isn’t always about decorating a dining table. It’s a Christmas still life, on a coffee table, a hall table, or even the top of a piano or bookcase.
Faversham florist, Charlotte May, of Lotty’s Flowers, has decorated Denise and Adrian Riggs’ house with tablescapes and a mantelscape. Denise started it off by collecting her favourite ideas on Pinterest, to show Charlotte, and she also specified the colour theme, which was white.
Denise wanted to be able to re-use some elements, such as stars and fake berries, from year to year. Others are fresh – such as the holly, eucalpytus and pussy willow – and can be varied to create different effects in other years.
A new way with holly
The red berries in this vase are holly branches stripped of their leaves. You can buy them like this in florists’ or you could, possibly, strip your own holly branches of leaves.
Water pearls are tiny dehydrated beads which swell when you drop them into water. They have a silky, slippery texture, when fully expanded. Use them with water in clear glass vases to hydrate fresh flowers or twigs.You can buy them at a florist – Lotty’s Flowers sells them, for example. You can also buy them as ‘water beads’ online from Amazon (where I’m an affiliate so if you buy, I may get a small fee but it won’t affect the price you pay.) Water beads are also available in a range of colours.
The practical side of a Christmas tablescape
If you put a Christmas tablescape on a side table or a coffee table, the arrangement may be moved around by people using the table. So Charlotte used trays to anchor the display (see below). When arranging the objects, think in triangles – an overall triangle shape usually works well in still life.
By the way, if you like the white birch twig tea light holder, you can adapt the techniques in this Jam Jar Christmas post to make it yourself.
Charlotte May does wedding flowers as well as floral decorations for homes, and her florist shop in Faversham is a delight.
Lawn moss and a vintage vase…
Here’s another clever idea from Julie Davies Flower Workshops. Julie teaches floristry in workshops and online courses. If your lawn has got very mossy, she suggests you pick it carefully away and use the moss for Christmas decorating. There’s a short video showing how here, on The Middlesized Garden YouTube channel!