My Christmas Table

Noel Canape PlateApparently humans aren’t the only things I like to dress- ha! I like to dress all sorts of things, like tables, mantles, and Christmas trees! That is, when I have the time. Luckily for me, when I hosted a dinner party for 16 friends recently, my sister and brother-in-law took my boys, so I was able to spend all day dressing my table and house! And yes, it took all day! My husband and I love to have friends over for dinner. I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, so I thought I’d share a few of them just in case you need a little Christmas table inspo.Noel Canape PlateThe only dishes I had 16 of, that were somewhat mathcing, were blue-and-white and red-and-white plates of my mom’s. As my husband put it, “Blue and white? That’s not very Christmassy.” So I went straight to work trying to figure out how to make blue and white plates Christmassy. Then I found these

Noel Canape Plate
Nutcracker “canapé plates” at Anthropologie. I love Anthropologie for whimsical, interesting, fun (not stuffy) pieces for entertaining. I decided I would use the canapé plates as my salad plates. I like to break rules when dressing my tables as well. Ha!

Noel Canape PlateI laid out the red and blue plates in a variety of combinations, and in the end, I decided I liked them at the end of the table with my gold chargers. I only had 12 silver chargers, so that worked well! I found this table runner at Pottery Barn, and it helped tie in the red plates. I found this Christmas plaid ribbon in my decoration boxes, and I loved how it tied in the blue.

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I decided to wrap the ribbon around the poinsettias I found at the grocery store. I like flowers that are low so you can see the person on the other side of the table.

Noel Canape PlateI love the Barefoot Contessa, and I love to read all of her entertaining tips. My favorite tip of her’s is how she recommends putting the talkative people in the center of the table. It works like a charm. For table placements, I used my wine glass writers. This time I used the gold, but I like the green pen best.

Noel Canape PlateI put a few table topic cards under each charger. I’m obsessed. I like “deep” conversations, and table topics are a sure bet! I recently learned from a friend that you are not supposed to put the napkins under the forks. Oh well -ha! But looking back on it, the napkins under the salad plate would look pretty. Some of my favorite memories with my family and friends are around our table! I can’t wait to make more memories this Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and found a little inspiration from this post.

Here are a few of the items you see in this post:

Table Runner- Pottery Barn, Canapé Plates- Anthropologie, Wine Writers- Amazon, Mini Poinsettias-Randalls, Christmas Garland- local boyscout, Goblets (used for water)- Anthropologie, Chargers- Amazon

 

Oh, and this is what I wore:

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Skirt- J. Crew, Turtleneck- J. Crew, Mules- Kate Spade, Earring- Lisi Lerch ($$) or here ($)

How to Avoid the Caked on Makeup Look

IT Cosmetics CC cream

My early days of wearing makeup have left me with a slight paranoia. Do you remember the Cover Girl pressed powder in the old tortoise shell compact? The one that would go on thick and leave your makeup looking caked on with a slight orange tint? Hahaha! Well I do, and since then, a slight paranoia was born. But here’s the problem, I actually need, and like, full coverage makeup because my skin is splotchy (red in some places, and not in others). For this reason, I’m hooked on CC (color correcting) creams. I started using the IT Cosmetics CC cream. I love that it evens out my skin, but unfortunately, it still looked too caked on for my taste.
IT Cosmetics CC cream

That’s when I decided to make my own “beauty cocktail.” That’s what I heard a beauty expert call it anyway. I’m a fanatic about wearing sunscreen on my face every day (for obvious reasons), so I decided to add a little dollop of my sunscreen to my cc cream. I rubbed my hands together to mix the two and then put it on my face like I apply my moisturizer (all over). Viola! It’s full coverage without looking cakey! The sunscreen made the CC cream less thick and much easier to apply. If you look closely in the picture, you can still see my freckles (or are those moles?). Either way, I like them! Then I add under eye concealer for full coverage under the eye. If for some reason I didn’t get my cocktail just right and the CC cream looks a little too thick, I’ll take a piece of toilet paper and pat my face to get any excess make up off (like when you’re getting the grease off a piece of pizza -ha!). See I told you, I’m a little paranoid. Anyway, if you find yourself in the same situation, try adding a sunblock or moisturizer to thin out your base/foundation/cc cream! Oh, and if you are looking for a new cc cream, under eye concealer or sunscreen, I highly recommend all three! I am wearing light in both the cc cream and the concealer, but they come in multiple shades.

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