Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Dollar and a Holiday Place Setting

Hello dear friends! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are taking some time to relax now.

I am a Target shopper by nature. I love many of their selections at reasonable prices, and though I only go there about once a month, I do usually come home with something for either Plum Tree or The Nest. After I finished my actual Christmas shopping and wrapping, I went over there to pick up some bagged kale salad mix (they carry the one that's my favorite), and stopped in to browse the bargain section. If you shop there you may have noticed that right at the entrance, where you pick up your cart, there is usually a small section of items on sale, mostly seasonal. I couldn't help but notice that some of the Christmas doo-dads were things that had not previously been in the main Christmas department, so they must ship the inventory in from other stores.

I couldn't resist buying 
two packages of these...

...seasonal greetings printed 
on burlap-style fabric...

...and at four for a buck
who could resist?...

Of course, the red string did not do it 
for me,

...a bit of a quick-change act
to black and jute twine...

...tied with some faux rusty bells
with silverware 
and taupe linen napkins
(also from Target)
and we have a place setting
for not-so-much-money-or-work...

For the first time I actually found chargers
that suited my dishes.
They were from Kirkland's for $3.99 each,
and believe it or not,
they are a nice grade of plastic
and won't scratch the table!
No place mats or table cloth necessary!
Love it.

If you're wondering where the wine glasses were,
we were already drinking out of them,
as these photos were taken just prior to
our Christmas Eve dinner!


Did you incorporate any budget items into
your holiday decor this year?


  1. Oh My Word Sue you have the greatest ideas! : ) so inspiring~ I must remember that one. So smart & stylish. Like the chargers too! I did not feel like doing a lot of decorating this year; but did do my bird cage:) I need to take a pic. Blessings to you, ~Karen

    1. Thanks Karen! I think there are some that we know who thought we were weird for doing a small tree this year. Light decorating felt good for a change. I would love to see your bird cage! Have a great New Year, and blessings to you too!

  2. Your setting looked just gorgeous for Christmas Sue and it goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune either. Your cards, serviettes and plates look really elegant.
    Have a wonderful New Year full of love and joy in all things and hopefully will see you back at Simply Neutrals Tuesday all going well.

    1. Thanks Suzy. Same to you with the New Year. I'm looking forward to the return of Simply Neutrals Tuesday! Hugs back.

  3. Hello Sue, your setting looks wonderful, love your plates, and the burlap style tags, for your table. I always look for things like that, too, on budget, and sometimes find it with a happy smile. This December I found a lot for almost nothing, which with few changes, will be used in my new creations .
    Thank you so much for your New Years greetings, I wish you ,too, a wonderful 2016. Hugs, Dorthe

    1. Thanks, Dorthe. I can't wait to see those new creations! Hugs!

  4. Great finds! Best wishes for a wonderful 2016 - with lots of creativity, good health and joy!

    Gaby xo


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