Welcome to the Table Topper!

Join me as I walk you through the VERY EASY steps that you will need to take to bring your table from flat to FABULOUS! Believe me, it's easy but your guests will think that you spent hours on it!

Join us for dinner on a layered tablescape! 

This year for the holidays I had the pleasure of styling a client's home for the holidays. I decorated from stem to stern, even the dining room table!

My clients wanted their guests to feel warm and welcomed the minute they walked in the door. There is something special about sitting around a table with friends and family. An inviting table can make guests want to linger longer, and isn't that what the holidays are all about?

So how did I get the look? Well, come take a peek!

My secret formula is LAYERS. Lots and lots of layers.

Start with a good base. Any tablecloth will do as long as it is neutral. In the end, we will be layering so many beautiful things on top of it! 

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The tablecloth in this picture? It's a THROW! Yes, a throw. Why not? It's plaid and it has the perfect color tones! While I was shopping at World Market, I can across this cute plaid throw and I knew that it had to be the next LAYER of this tablescape! It gives a feeling of being wrapped in a cozy blanket!

The first layer: Chargers and Centerpiece Bases

Chargers are those  are good for so many things, but this time I used them the traditional way! I found these gold chargers at Micheal's for a steal! How can you beat $3? I was also lucky enough to find two of these evergreen centerpieces at HomeGoods! I just jazzed them up a bit by adding some loose ornaments and battery-operated lights (a must in every home for the holidays)!

A fun soft layer

The next thing I came across were these sweet little cotton ball wreaths! There are so many ways to use these and one of my favorite ways is to layer them under plates! It gives the place setting height and dimension!

Make your place setting different. Give them something to talk about!

I also always love to incorporate things that MEAN something. You can always make the things you already own work with your new designs! You just have to build off of them and make it look like they were always intended to be placed together! My clients wanted to use their Grandmother's china for this tablescape, so I just built off that color palette!

Her beautiful crystal also really gives this table some SHINE!

Cotton Wreaths found at Olathe glass  (Similar)

Cotton Wreaths found at Olathe glass (Similar)

A Joyful Layer

These cute plates were a must! They have four different sayings! I love adding a little whimsy to a table!

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Take a seat and be our guest!

Everyone will feel special when they find their name in a sweet little frame like this. Name cards are great, but why not go the extra step and make them special? I found these little crystal frames at Michael's for around $6 each! Then I just picked up some gift tags, wrote the guest's names on each one and "framed" them!

The final touches

You are almost done! Now all you need is a fun little cloth napkin to finish off the look!  I came across these "gather" napkins at HomeGoods and knew they were going to be the perfect final touch!

Napkins found at homegoods (Similar)

Napkins found at homegoods (Similar)

The Finished Product!

You are DONE! You are ready to host a fun dinner party and seat your guests at a table that you can be proud of!

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Setting tables for people should be way for you to express how you feel! Making a pretty tablescape doesn't have to cost a lot of money. You can load it up with things that you may never have thought you could use on a table before!

Have fun and get creative!

How will you be spending your holiday dinners? I would love to hear from you!

xoxo,

Erica

Things Are Starting To Get Spooky Around Here!

We are quickly approaching Halloween time here at the Style and Grace house! I have so much fun decorating our house for holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It's fun to pick out the darker, spooky whimsical decorations that (obviously) you wouldn't find as part of my decor! 

We get quite a few trick-or-treaters at our house, so I like to make it look inviting and festive for all of the kids, no matter WHAT their ages! 

Okay, now who has a good idea for costumes? What are you being for Halloween? 

Our Annual Holiday Party 2016

Today is the day!

Every year, we host a big holiday party for our friends. We are looking forward to spending the evening with everyone! I snagged this brand new porch decoration and I think it's the perfect festive touch for tonight. Every year I try to add another special element to our Christmas decor, and this giant "Merry" sign is perfect. I knew the minute I saw it, I had to have it!

We love to throw this party every year to host our friends who we love so dearly. Every year, people come into our home to celebrate the season and during that time I always realize how fortunate I am to have wonderful friends and family with whom to spend the holidays. I wouldn't have it any other way! 

Every year we give a small party favor to our guests. This year, it was these sweet little mason jars filled with stovetop potpourri! It's an awesome and easy way to make your loved ones' homes smell like the holidays. Tis' the season!

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Baby It's Cold Outside

Today we experienced one of the prettiest snow falls I have seen in a while! It was that beautiful blend of big and flaky snowflakes mixed with a sense of calm and belonging. It was a good day to stay at home and get some much needed work done, but not before I took a minute to run out and capture this perfect moment! 

What are some of your favorite snowy-weather activities? Do you like to get outside, or are you more of a "snuggle up inside" kind of person?