Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas Memories and Creating New Ones: {Sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart}

As a Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker, I am honored to work with their amazing brand sharing their stylish and affordable line of home products available at Walmart! As always, any product reviews or opinions are honest feedback from my personal experience.  This post contains affiliate links to Walmart, which means the brand rewards me with a small commission for any sale resulting from a link click through from my blog.  I am excited to share my December project with you today!

My favorite holiday memories were made at the dining table!  Growing up, my parents always hosted Christmas dinner.  I remember waking up on Christmas morning with the smell of the turkey cooking in the over.  I remember waiting at the top of the stairs with my sister until my mom said we could come down.  Turning the corner to the living room, I can remember the excitement and anticipation of seeing what Santa brought!  After Santa gifts, we would eat a yummy breakfast and then do what we called "family" Christmas with just us.  We would take turns opening gifts and creating the biggest mess of torn paper, boxes, bows and ribbons. A beautiful mess it was! Once done, my sister and I would play while my mom and dad started getting ready for the rest of the day!  While those memories are so vivid and fun to revisit, nothing beat our Christmas afternoon and evening.  My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would all come over.  We would sit and chat, play with our new toys and just enjoy each other's company.  Once my mom was done prepping dinner, with the help of other family members, we would gather around our beautiful dining room table...and the kids' table close by, and enjoy a wonderful meal.  It wasn't the food or the beautiful table my mom always created that made it so memorable, those both were was the time we got to spend all together.  

I was inspired to create a beautiful Christmas table in my own home.  Using gorgeous pieces from the Better Homes & Gardens line from Walmart, along with some items I already owned, I put together a pretty table that anyone could create!  I love the high quality and reasonably priced options from the Better Home & Gardens line and how well they mixed in with what I already had!  It came together beautifully. 

To add additional seating to this space, I selected these gorgeous, spindle back chairs from the Better Homes & Gardens line.  I love how they mix with my bistro style chairs!  For comfort, I added plush seat cushions that I can use all year long!  

Link:  Set of 2 Spindle Back Chairs

Link:  Memory Foam Chair Cushion

Link:  Round Back Bistro Chairs

Next was setting the table. I fell in love with this heirloom quality "Twelve Days of Christmas"  dinnerware set.  I feel like these are something I will pass onto my children.  I love the metallic details, they set the tone of the table.  These dishes are absolutely beautiful! 

Link:  12 Piece Dish Set

Up next, I added these gorgeous rose gold utensils.  I love the contrast created against the placemats.  Since I do not decorate with color, the metallic touches add a lot of interest to the table! 

Reversible placemats add a vintage feel and are something we will use all year long! I love that we can use the other side for a fresh, new look!

Link:  Reversible Striped Placemat

Staying with the metallic color palette, I added a touch of silver with these honeycomb wine glasses.  I love the subtle shimmer they add to my place settings. 

Link:  Stemless Wine Glasses

I created a pretty centerpiece using items I already owned mixed in with new lanterns from the Better Homes & Gardens line.  These will be used in so many different ways other times of the year.  They look so perfect on the table filled with vintage style bottle brush trees!  To finish off the centerpiece, I added inexpensive candles.  I love how whimsical it looks...

Link:  Medium Gold Lantern

Link:  Large Gold Lantern

And of course, no Christmas dinner is complete without a kids' table!  I spent many years there and although I did complain a time  or two, I do have fun and fond memories of spending my time there!  Since  I am limited on space, I used my kitchen island for the kids' area.  I wanted to create something fun and festive so there wouldn't be any complaints here! 

I went with a coordinating table runner over here.  It makes the rooms flow together while creating a special spot for the kiddos!  

Link:  Reversible Striped Table Runner

I am pretty sure with this treat station I created, the kids will be more than happy to sit over here.  This 3 tiered stand made my job easy...just add yummy treats!  I know I will use this for entertaining for years to come and I will leave this out filled with goodies all season!

Link:  3 Tier Tray

I think the kids will be very happy eating here!  If not, then I might offer to trade places!  I hope my Christmas table ideas have inspired you to create something special for your family meals!

Another one of my favorite memories is watching everyone open their gifts!  I love picking out special presents for each person on my list!  It brings me so much JOY! If you are still doing your holiday shopping and need some go to gift ideas for anyone, check out some fun ideas here...

All of these items are great for anyone on your list and are all very inexpensive to put together!  Adding a few special touches, like cute gift tags, give them a personalized touch! 

Link:  Cozy Throw Blankets- lots of options

Link:  Glass Drink Dispenser

Link:  Ceramic Popcorn Bowl

I am wishing each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with lots of new memories made!  It has been a challenging year for all of us so I hope we all can find some JOY this holiday season!  Many blessings to you and yours!  XO

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