I Had A Blue, Blue Blue Blue Christmas

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Good afternoon everyone! I hope you all had a memorable Christmas yesterday. I spent the morning with a smile on my face shopping for wrapping paper at some after-Christmas sales and tidying up from the festivities at my house yesterday.

This year, I challenged myself to create an out-of-the-box Christmas theme. I decided to collect 20 pairs of unwanted denim and see what I could come up with. I tried to use as much of the jeans as possible to make all of the decor in my house, and let me tell you almost nothing went to waste! I am so pleased with the end result, and I hope you like it too! 🙂
{Peace on earth}

Here’s my table setting. I got a new Christmas dish set from my mom this year, and it is so gorgeous! To flank the blue poinsettia, I found two lanterns at a yard sale and sprayed them blue, then lit pillar candles inside. I also found a long piece of denim at Goodwill that I used as a table runner.
The denim napkins placed under the dinner plates are from a yard sale, and I used extra scraps of denim I had leftover to finish off the table. I made mini trees out of scraps and topped them with stars to use as place cards. Then, to hold the silverware I cut out the most interesting pockets.

By the way, who knew that they make blue pointsettias? I didn’t! I picked this lovely plant up at Frys, and re-planted it. (It needed a little TLC…) I love that it’s a classic staple of Christmas but it also fits my theme perfectly. At the last minute I found out I was having 8 guests instead of 6, but we made it work and everyone enjoyed a beautiful Christmas dinner.
Blue Dove chocolates, blue striped candy canes and pretzels covered in white chocolate dropped into glass jars made for a cute mini candy buffet.
Tossing ornaments in a bowl is always a go-to decorating idea in my house. I thought these blue snowman ornaments were too cute to pass up at a yard sale!
The best picture I could get of my all-blue tree, but really it doesn’t do it justice. I used blue ornaments as the base, then added gorgeous crystal drop ornaments to give it sparkle. Then, I changed out a vintage strand of big multi-colored bulbs (which ended up being a little dangerous, I wouldn’t recommend messing around with those!) so that they were all the beautiful blue/teal colored bulbs. The bulbs somehow gave my tree an industrial feel, which I didn’t intend on, but I really loved it! It looked like it could fit right in as decor in the Gap, or in a hop loft apartment in NYC. (At least it did to me, but I like to flatter myself haha!)

The garland near the ceiling was also difficult to capture in a picture. It was the biggest statement of all in the room, covering 30 feet of wall space! It was really easy too. All I did was cut up A LOT of denim strips from jeans with all different washes, then I tied them to a string of lights until it was full and bushy.

I rolled up the remnants of the jeans I had left, and used them as extra-large ornaments.

And we even used the last pieces to wrap a present! All in all, the decor cost less than $20, and it set the stage for a very special day with friends and family. But alas, now we’re on to a new year, filled with lots of exciting plans for the Antique Plaza and the blog. We’ll see you all in 2012!

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