I brought some old fashioned charm into our kitchen this Christmas, inspired largely by a “Little Women Christmas”. Come see how I used fresh foods, fresh greenery, homemade candles and lots and lots of linen to create a festive look reminiscent of simpler times.
I wasn’t going to bother with doing much in the kitchen, besides pulling out our Christmas dish-ware and our red crock.
After all – kitchen Christmas decor usually comes in the form of an explosion of dishes due to candy making, and that is about all this mama can handle.
But then, visions of linen and garland started dancing in my head, and I simply couldn’t resist the urge to create this scene for at least one special night of warm soup and candle light with the fam.
So I ordered up some green 100% linen and set to work making a very simple tablecloth involving only 2 seams to make it wide enough for our table. I left it un-hemmed since I opted to leave the edges raw and full of texture for now.
Then I centered a fresh wreath with a bowl of juicy oranges inside, and sprinkled our homemade candles, dehydrated orange slices and paper stars down the center.
It made for the sweetest, easiest and most inexpensive tablescape I’ve ever done – and most likely my favorite!
We chatted over dinner and watched our handmade beeswax candles dance and get more drippy and beautiful by the minute.
I carried the greenery throughout the kitchen by tucking it above the oven alcove and mindfully stuffed along the open shelves.
It feels so effortlessly charming and extremely festive!
I added pops of red with my favorite fruit of all time – pomegranates! I picked up some fresh flowers from the market and broke up the arrangement to sprinkle bits of florals all through the house. Early on, I picked up a rosemary tree, that admittedly is struggling to hang on due to my neglect. But it sure smells good!
I bundled up the very last of my fresh cedar garland into a cute little swag for my kitchen hooks and tied it up with a TIDBITS Linen ribbon.
Now I am 100% glad that I allowed myself the joy of bringing more than dirty dishes to our old fashioned Christmas kitchen.
And thrilled that I now have the linen tablecloth of my dreams for many special occasions. Do you think I should add tablecloths to the linen shop? Let me know if it is something you would use.
Now I would like to thank you for joining me in my Christmas tour this year! This is the last of the posts for the Holidays and I’ve felt so much joy bringing you inspiration for a simpler Christmas full of handmade and natural elements.
For the first time, I’m actually not dreading Christmas clean up, because so many of the items can be tossed with only 1 or 2 totes to pack away.
I can truly see the benefits of keeping Christmas decor simple and as natural as possible. If anything, I hope that is the inspiration you take with you today.
Merry Christmas my friend! I hope you have a blessed one filled with the love and peace that comes from our Savior and His eternal plan for us.
Be sure to catch up on all the other posts I’ve done for our Old Fashioned Christmas this year:
- Old Fashioned Christmas Living Room
- Old Fashioned Christmas Porch
- Old Fashioned Christmas Tree
- How to make dipped beeswax taper candles