A cozy table full of simple elegance and charm.
It is no secret that I love outdoor tables. Under the stars. Under the oak tree. Out in the back 40 woods, a field or even by the lake (yes all tables from my book Inspired Gatherings.) And even under the covered patio in the backyard. You name it- I love them.
Where it began
You might be surprised at what inspired this table. The simplest of winter beauty- those wee narcissus flowers in pots.
I planted the Paper Whites back in September knowing that I work ahead and wanted to have those winter flowers blooming early. We grew them outdoors in the garden and then moved them into the greenhouse when it got a tad chilly at night.
Tip: Use potted plants for a centerpiece instead of traditional cut flowers. Bring in some natural elements- bark, greens or moss. And add candles and a few mercury glass baubles for a bit of charm.
So when thinking of ideas for this table- they were the first thing that came to mind. I started with the pots of paper whites (aka Narcissus) and tied them with a bit of twine to keep them from falling over. Then added some candles, baubles and a last minute unexpected sprinkle of moss covered bark that I found while giving the goats a bit of love. They love to eat moss off of bark- and my husband had brought a whole bunch of pieces over for them to enjoy. I borrowed a few and promised to bring them back when I was done.
A twinkling tree
Tip: A twinkling tree outside by the fireplace is a perfect way to add that holiday magic. Add a few extra lights for a bit more merry & bright.
A cedar tree covered in twinkling lights- and a few extra cherry light garland pieces for a fun effect was perfect for the corner of the patio. We always have Christmas trees twinkling away on New Years Eve- and so- this one wearing just lights adds that holiday ambiance. This is the Grand Canyon Cedar from Balsam Hill & Cherry lights are from them as well.
Fresh branches on the mantel
I draped a dozen or so fresh cut cedar branches on the mantel to create a welcoming holiday garland. These came from our property- though we did not cut them off the trees. Here in California- the power company has been coming through and removing trees that are close to any power lines – and these trees happened to be lining the edge of the property on one side and were considered to be too close to lines in the area. So, they cut them down and left the wood and branches for us to use.
Tip: Use natural touches for the fireplace mantel to tie the setting together. Think fresh cut branches, garland or pinecones.
Ambiance in the background
Tip: The more the merrier- don’t overlook the opportunity to add more ambiance to your outdoor settings- look to areas just beyond where you are set up to add another layer of magic.
A few twinkling lights in the trees in the backyard – why not? I am all about the more the merrier when it comes to ambiance- and so, lights off in the distance twinkling away as well. I think those lights bring a magical feeling the yard at night.
Faux Fur or chunky knits
Tip: Bring in those faux fur blankets and chunky knit throws to warm up guests when entertaining outdoors.
Though the fire is warm and cozy right next to the table- guests on the other side of the table might get a bit chilly depending on where you live. Even here in California it has been getting a tad cold when the sun drops- (remember my faux fur tree skirt as a cozy shoulder wrap while working on an evening photoshoot story?) So add a few throws and blankets to the chairs for an easy grab.
Happy almost New Year
Whatever you do this New Years Eve- wishing you all a wonderful healthy happy New Year.
Stay tuned for a year end recap and my 2020 reflections- and 2021 goals and dreams post.
Happy New Year everyone.