A couple of weeks ago my mother, two sisters and niece went on a Christmas house tour. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a festive event held once a year where you and hundreds of other people get to enter and judge other people’s houses. Of course there’s a price for such a luxury. $25 for a tour of 4 or 5 houses.
The homes are decorated for Christmas to give the illusion we’re all just looking at Christmas decorations, but really we’re snooping and judging. It’s fun. Because it’s not at our houses.
Everyone is quite vocal about the things they like on these tours. Oh I LOVE that. THAT’s beautiful! LOOK at THAT! And they’re just as vocal about the things they don’t like, but instead of yelling it at the top of their lungs they whisper it to whoever’s next to them. Psst. Get a load of that sofa. Last time I saw a sofa like that it was covered in porn stars. That sort of thing.
The reason I go is to see if there are any good and new Christmas decorating ideas. After going through 4 or 5 houses my family and I usually walk away with at least one good idea and some very definite opinions on whether it’s appropriate to to peek into rooms that have “Do Not Enter” signs on them.
One of the things we saw this year that pretty much everyone commented on was a floating tablescape. It’s not really floating of course. ‘Cause that would require magic and as we all know, all the magic available right now is being used up by crack smoking Rob Ford, who is still the mayor of Toronto. Magic.
All you need for this tablescape is a piece or two of glass (I used 2 old glass shelves I had in my basement) and anything clear to support the glass.
I used plain, cylinder shaped glass vases. The glass on the Christmas house tour was held up by crystal wine goblets. I liked the look of it, but wanted something that would almost disappear when you looked at it. The plain glass vases did the trick.
Then it’s just a matter of putting whatever you want on top.
I mixed bunch of natural elements with sparkle.
By the time I finished I also had a little bit of each of things things embedded in my eyeballs.
Looking head on, you can see how the vases that hold the glass up just sort of disappear.
Then the mandatory for all Christmas decorations … mini lights and candles.
And that’s it. The floating tablescape. Which I am now going to completely disassemble and remove from the table. It’s just far too big to keep up for the whole season, but will be very pretty indeed when I set it up again on Christmas Eve for my annual Christmas Eve party.
O.K. Now it’s your turn. Feel free to judge. (But not publicly in the comment section, that’d be humiliating … just whisper it to whoever happens to be next to you)~ karen
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