Friday, January 13, 2012

The Christmas Tea Tour

Ok, I was just going to wait until next year to post about this past Tea,
                                                                                    but it is next year... so here goes!

This was taken while we were still working and with overhead lights on,
                                                                 don't you love the Santa Hat Chair Covers

Our theme was "All Aboard the Panther Express for An Exemplary Christmas"
So much of the fun is picking a theme.

We need centerpieces for seven tables and back this summer I spotted a box of wooden blocks that looked like trains for I brought them home and put them in the shed and didn't open them up for closer inspection until we were hauling our things to the school, but...when I did I found seven of these! The middle cars needed painted, since they were primary colors, but how perfect can you get for a train theme?~ I added the candle in the middle, using a shot glass, bed spring, galvanized canning jar lid, and some snow and bling.

 We  wanted to add in some color, so RED it was!
and along the way we picked up Santa's Wardrobe, especially His Hat. as a little side theme, as you will notice as I post...

Vintage toys are always fun and fitting for Christmas Decor, too.

I made the flat Christmas tree from bed springs  
Suzette made this awesome Burlap Tree!!!

& here is a burlap wreath... Suzette, made too!

She is the QUEEN of the flower makers, love this one...

and a paper song sheet wreath Sandra, one of our Junkin' Sistas, and Suzette collaborated on.  It was even prettier in real life, if you can imagine!

Here is another shot of the over-all area, from the other end...

 Again, the lighting was softer on the real day...

This is the method  Suzette and I have for figuing out our design, for the whole room, after we get our theme and color scheme going, we break it down to areas...more areas to come! I'm interested to know, How do you go about planning and the creative process?

Hey, I'm not a procrastinator, I am about 11 months ahead!!!


P.S. I went to yoga twice this week...the stretching was so good for this old body.


Tete said...

I wing it most of the time- start with a theme and go around picking things up. If I can't find what I am looking for, I make it.
Love your theme and all the decor! Wonderful job and I am so loving that Christmas tree!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I've seen those Santa Hat chair covers I think you get them retail...did y'all make those or buy them?
As for the theme...I love it. I love all the vintage toys. That bubble gum machine looks cute sitting there.

can't wait to see more. For all of us who DIDN'T decorate this past Christmas...11 months should be a good running start! HA!

Jill said...

It looks so festive and awesome!

Coleen's Corner said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL! Love all of it... and there's more?!? You girls sure do know how to make things special. I'd love to know what people said when they walked into your wonderland.

Diane in the Valley said...

Prior, I love your style! Your blog is one of my favorites.

Daphne said...

I'm so glad that you did not wait a year to share this room with us. Both the theme and the execution are wonderful!