Ice Skating On The Pond
I love this tablescape! My inspiration for this tablescape came from mini ice skate ornaments and sweater ornaments I found on sale a couple years ago at Michael’s Crafts after Christmas. They reminded me of a day of ice skating on a wintery pond, drinking cocoa, and wearing a colorful red sweater. So I set about to gather other sweater/ice skate elements. I also re-created this table for the annual women’s Christmas dinner held at my church, Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, CA.
The table top was made from old floor boards we had left over from another project. Danny screwed them together to fit the length of our table. It could be easily laid on any other table top or even across saw horses for a makeshift table. I think it really adds to the rustic feel of the design.
I found these red and gray scarves at Walmart, and I thought they would make great chair sashes. I attached the mini ice skates to them with a safety pin.
The Ice Skating Elves were an awesome find this year at Grandin Road. I love Grandin Road products! To help them stand, I used porcelain doll stands and posed them as if they were skating smoothly across and icy pond.
For my place settings, I found these 222 Fifth plates at HomeGoods. I love them!! They are so heavy, and cost me very little. I added water glasses found last year at Cost Plus World Market. They match the deer silhouette on the plates. Red and White gingham napkins I’ve had forever, subtly pick up on the red and white border on the plates. I hung the mini sweater ornaments on ornament holders I found at Target.
And what is better after a cold day on the ice than a cup of hot cocoa!! For my guests at the dinner, I thought it would be fun to give a small gift to commemorate the evening. I purchased cans of cocoa mix at Starbucks, and wrapped them with scrapbook paper matching the theme, and topped them with a bag of marshmallows and a gift tag. My guests loved the gesture.
Fairy lights, snow covered branches, red berry branches, red ball ornaments, faux snow, pillow batting finish the table. This table makes me want to strap on a pair of ice skates and glide across a pond, just like I did when I was a kid!