Do you love those drool-worthy outdoor wedding tablescapes you see on Pinterest and dream of backyard dinner parties with all the finery? Me! Me! You don’t need a ton of money or a holiday or wedding to get all Pinteresting and decoratey. Okay, I know neither of those are actual words. Still, you will feel like Martha Stewart (without the prison record) and get the biggest bang for your decorating buck when you create a beautiful fall tablescape using faux Christmas garland greenery – inside or outside.
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REALISTIC FAUX GREENERY GARLAND IS AN INVESTMENT
I love fresh evergreen garlands at the holidays, but I love to decorate for Christmas early and keep it up until January, and fresh greens dry out as garland. I say “invest” because getting realistic faux greenery often means being pricey.
Three ways I’ve found to get the most out of your faux garland investment are to:
Consider layering less expensive faux garlands with real evergreen cuttings and switch them out as they dry out.
Layer a single upscale garland with other varieties of faux greens that might be more sparse and cheaper. The mixed greenery look is very high-end!
Get more CPU (cost per use) by using faux garland greenery for more than just Christmas.
AND THAT BRINGS ME TO MY BEAUTIFUL DIY OUTDOOR TABLE
If you’ve been a subscriber here for several months, you may remember a newsletter when I told you Mr. Dimples finally made me a wooden patio table this summer. I’m in love with it, and I’m using this post to share those final results. It was pretty easy to build with this plan.
We’ve used it a lot this summer, and our cat loves to guard the yard from atop it. But my favorite thing to see is all my grandsons gathered together around it in their swimsuits. Listening in on those conversations is PRICELESS!
But as the weather has cooled down and the leaves are changing, I’ve been dreaming of creating a beautiful outdoor tablescape that makes our inexpensive table, made out of mostly 2X4s, look like a million bucks.
WHY A FALL OUTDOOR TABLE SETTING?
Now, this table setting will work indoors too, but I drool over those Pinteresty outdoor wedding reception tablescapes, and I thought, why not make a simple friends dinner something extra special?
Early fall chili suppers, a lady’s lunch or bible study brunch, or an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner, if you live in warmer climates, would be GORGEOUS.
I had plans to throw a fall lunch with my friends this year, but unfortunately, my mom’s health took a turn for the worse, and I had to leave town for an extended period. But since I styled this table for the photos, I now have a plan for next year!
TIPS TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL FALL TABLESCAPE WITH FAUX CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Okay, I know this looks fancy, but it’s very simple. Here are a few tips for how to create a fall tablescape with faux Christmas garland greenery, whether inside or outside:
- Start by laying the garland or greenery down the center of the table.
- Keep the garland a plate’s width away from the end of the table if you plan on seating anyone at the head.
- Simple can look just as lovely as going overboard, so you can leave the garland unadorned, or you can layer in dried flower clippings or candles.
- White dishes are my favorite, and I think they look striking against the natural elements of the greenery, natural wood table, and the backyard in its full Autumn glory! However, use what use have; it will look lovely.
- I chose not to use placemats and kept it simple with a plate, a folded cloth napkin draping the table and my everyday silverware.
- We rarely use these water goblets except for company (Do you guys say “company”?), but honestly, they make a fancy-looking setting, and they hold a decent amount of whatever your guests are drinking.
I’ll be sharing my non-alcoholic sparkling cider recipe soon.
An outdoor heater will let you extend your outdoor entertaining season a little longer if you live in cooler climates.
BONUS TIP TWO:
If it’s extra chilly, lay a blanket scarf over the back of each chair for your guests to grab if needed. You know you’ve got a bundle of them left over from the 2010’s. 😉
DON’T SAVE IT ALL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
To quote the song, Don’t save it all for Christmas day. 😉 We’re not those fancy peeps who keep our tables set all the time; besides being too busy for me, it’s a cleaning nightmare.
However, there’s no reason to keep “fancy” for holidays. With only a little extra effort, you can get more use out of your faux Christmas garland greenery and make your guests feel extra special.
Would you bundle up for an outdoor fall dinner?