I blame these! I blame these adorable metal cafeteria trays for our entire theme this year at Christmas….. Have you ever spotted something in a flea market or thrift store and you just couldn’t stop thinking about it? For months, I thought about these trays after seeing them in June at one of our favorite flea markets in Victor, Montana… I thought about how fabulous they would be at a trailside cowboy cookout or at a picnic by Lake Como… For months we drove by the flea market on route to Missoula and I wondered if someone had snatched up my beautiful trays. I didn’t have time to stop when it was open and when I did have time, it was closed. Then finally….. one chilly October day, it was open and I ran into the market with a mission! I went straight to the area where they sat collecting dust with chipped china piled on top of them. Where are they?? I wandered around lost for a few minutes and disappointed and then Greg (seeing my sadness) took me by the hand and led me right to them. I guess he was sick of hearing me go on and on and on about some silly trays. Who knows what institution they were at originally… A set of 6 for $10.00. I was determined to use them for the Christmas Table scape and I was not about to give up! This became more challenging than I thought because I truly wanted to use things we already had around the house. As Christmas Day approached and guests arrived, I played with ideas and looked at what I had to work with:
- Wine Bottles
- White spray paint
- Fresh Evergreens
- Scraps of fabric
- Mismatched silverware
- Shop Towels
- Burlap and ribbon from the Burlap Garland on the tree and
- Shower Curtain Rings- I adore shower curtain rings!
I already had the No Sew Burlap Table Runner
So, I grabbed the shower curtain rings and fabric scraps and began tying knots
Ok I spent $3 at Target in the dollar bins area because of the cute little burlap covered buckets and I stuck some candles in those…
So, sticking with the theme on the Tree and the Mantle, I spray painted some more wine bottles and snipped some more greenery and viola!
I love a good challenge! Sometimes, its rather fun to see what you can come up with… There are endless ways to use these trays (better ways) and believe me I will be using them for other meals, but this made for such a lovely Montana Christmas!