Try as I might to create a beachy look this Christmas, I just keep heading back to Nordic Red and White. And why wouldn't I, when the prices for Nordic chic are just so right at Ikea. Each time I do a story on Ikea, I get lots of comments and emails along the lines of, 'Oh I wish we had an Ikea near here'. I hear you dear reader, because it is a great day out. But that is why my friends, they invented online shopping. Accordingly, you can put together a beautiful looking Christmas tablescape at the right price, delivered straight to your door. Even if it is a five hour round trip to the nearest Ikea.
Now this table is certainly minimalist, but it is simple and stylish and only cost me $19.95 to put together. I am assuming you already have the plates, cutlery, wine glasses and table cloth, a white sheet would do. I did cheat slightly with the table runner which was some left over fabric from my Nordic patchwork ornaments. The ribbon to tie the cutlery, I also had, but together they would have cost less than $5. So even if this complete look was to cost $25, then you still have an elegant table that is sure to illicit some ooohs and arrrs from your guests at Christmas.
The little stand with the decorations makes a fabulous centre piece and cost $6.99 in total. The little silver heart garland was only $1.99. When Mr Beach House arrived home I had moved the centrepience onto the coffee table 'cause he had been complaning about my cypress arrangement blocking his view of the TV. My suggested resolution was change chairs, but that would be too easy. So to enhance his viewing pleasure, I moved these little silver babies onto the coffee table instead. His comment when he first saw them was 'What are those? Aren't they supposed to be on the tree?' Gee he can put a pin in my balloon sometimes. But that won't stop me foofing and jooshing the house to within an inch of its life this season.
These cushion hearts decorations would do beautifully as a party favour. They come in packets of four. I have been known to take a packet of Ikea decorations as a gift rather than a bouquet of flowers. It's different and is usually very much appreciated
For the rest of the room, I pulled together what ever red accents I had about the Beach House. I believe the Coca Cola colours were the reason that Santa's suit is red and white. Some marketing genius way back when, really hit the nail on the head with that one, as the rest is history!!!!!
Love poinsettias at this time of year. Not sure if they are seasonal here in Australia or are forced to grow, but they are definitely everywhere at Christmas time.
So if you are on a budget that is growing tighter by the week like me, then get your skates on literally or virtually for some Christmas tablescaping value at Ikea. The range was the YRSNO, which appears to be the name of the entire Ikea Christmas range.
And be sure to check out my growing list of Too Easy Christmas Ideas for some simple and cost effective ideas to help you survive the festive season without blowing the budget.
This post was not sponsored by Ikea in any way, even though it should be.
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