Last weekend, we got our first big snow of the season. It began snowing late on Friday, and by the time I woke up Saturday morning, this is what I saw.
Unfortunately, it happend to be a weekend when my husband was scheduled to work all weekend. He got home about 10:30 on Friday night, and had to turn around and go back out in the cold and snow again at 6:30 the next morning. And again on Sunday morning.
I knew he’d be exhausted by the time he arrived home on Saturday, and still would have to go out and clear the snow from the driveway, so I decided to set up a cozy dinner at home for us.
Since it was so pretty and snowy outside, a naturey winter tablescape seemed perfect.
I found these adorable winter deer plates at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, and have been itching for a way to use them, so they were the starting place for this tablescape.
Placing my woven water hyacinth placemats under them added some more naturey texture.
These wood slice coasters layer in yet another woodland element.
I have been thinking about different napkin folds for our Christmas dinner, so this winter tablescape gave me a chance to try out this pretty tree fold.
I’ve had these two little artifical pines in baskets from Target for a couple of years now, and I use them in different places around the house at Christmastime. I rounded them up, and placed them on the table as the centerpiece. I wanted to offset the heights, so I tucked a wooden tree slice from our wedding reception under one of them. Plus, that added even more rustic, nature vibe!
The trees are lit with my favorite fairy lights. I have so many sets of these!
The two wooden carved deer from my kitchen island Christmas centerpiece were perfect complements to this scene.
The sun was just starting to set as my husband arrived home from work. The view over the snowy pasture was the ideal backdrop for this tablescape.
It was fun to suprise him with this cozy table and dinner after such a long couple of days at work.
He went out to clear the driveway of snow, while I began preparing dinner.
Here’s my secret to a “fancy” dinner with little effort— HELLO FRESH! This dinner came together in less than 30 minutes, with little clean up.
I initially signed up for Hello Fresh for what I thought would be a short span to help us get through the chaos of back-to-school during a pandemic time. We’ve continued to do it, because it feels a bit like a “dining out in a restaurant” experience, since we aren’t doing that right now because of the pandemic.
We poured some wine in my new favorite wine glasses that my husband got me for my birthday last week from Crate & Barrel. I love the extra long and slender stem on these glasses.
We had some Christmas music playing quietly in the background, and we both agreed that it felt like we were trying out a new restaurant and having a cozy meal like we used to pre-COVID.
Setting a pretty and unique tablescape is a fun way to create a special meal at home, even if it’s not for any special occasion other than a snowy Saturday night.
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