Lights Under Burlap Table-Scape {Kid Friendly}

The date is December 18th.  You don’t need Christmas decor advice.  And I’m sure you also don’t need gift suggestions.  So I’m not going to give you any silly holiday tips to fill space.  I just want to use my blog to document my last minute holiday doings in Green Meadow Manor.  Planning ahead on table-scapes makes too much sense.  I must be the only blogger who is just now getting into table joy.  You’re not like that at all, are you.  You aren’t a procrastinator like me, huh.  You’re much better.

I see pictures of beautiful lavish table-scapes and think:
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but where do you put the food?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but do these people not have children?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but it looks like they spent their food money at Pier 1 Imports.”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but how do you see the person sitting across from your face?”
“Wow, that’s really beautiful, but it’s as ridiculous as the Pope at an Elton John concert.”

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by lavish and flashy table decor?  I do.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!  You just have to move it all when it’s time to eat anyway!  What a waste.

I wasn’t planning on decorating my table at all for Christmas.  It just sort of… evolved.  It grew from a wrinkly pea plant into a smooth yellow plant.  Er…?  That’s not evolution.  I thrived in 10th grade biology.

Anyway.

I’m a big fan of candle lit dinners.  They are full of allurement.  But they can get dangerous.  Especially when you’re tempted to dangle your bread stick over the flame you have wiggly eaters around the table.  Addi knows how to shake it like a poloroid picture whilst eating.  Even grown ups get the wiggles.

I have a magical alternative that cost me nothing.  I had the extra junk in my trunk laying around in my craft room.  But if you wanted to conjure this magic up, it would probably cost you less than $5.

Put a string of Christmas lights under a burlap table runner.  If you want to get really wild, sprinkle some confetti.  Live on the edge a little.

Are you blown away with complexity?  Is your face melted with sarcasm?

It’s easy.  It’s functional.  It doesn’t get in the way when you eat.  It’s safer than candles.  It’s pretty.  It isn’t over the top and ridiculous either.  It brings the right touch of enchantment to the table.

Cheap Kid-Friendly Table Scapes _ Burlap Christmas Table Decor

Cheap Kid-Friendly Table Scapes _ Burlap Christmas Table Decor
When the lights go off, the table comes alive.

Cheap Kid-Friendly Table Scapes _ Burlap Christmas Table Decor

Cheap Kid-Friendly Table Scapes _ Burlap Christmas Table Decor

And that’s how babies grow? (Bad Lip Reading anyone?)

Anyone else up to last minute decorating?  Or am I the only procrastinator on the Internet?  Is there a corner of shame for people like myself?

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Festive! I like it. And I totally agree…I can’t get into table scapes…It just seems like I have a million other things to do rather than make the table look stunning

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Here here! I wasn’t even planning on doing this much. Someone happened to leave a string of Christmas lights in the kitchen, and I didn’t feel like walking downstairs to put them away.

  • http://twitter.com/SandpaperGlue Stephanie

    My dear, it is the 18th today. Also, I am a super wiggly eater.
    And I agree with you- tablescapes aren’t my jam. I’m more interested in making sure the bread and butter and cheese fit on the table.

    And because I love the internets, here’s a whole thread of “ain’t nobody got time for that” http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/ain't-nobody-got-time-for-that-gif

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Oh Lawwwwwd. It IS the 18th. Turns out you should write a blog post under the influence of benedryl. I should probably go back and fix it. But we know I’m not gonna. And… thank you for the thread. It blessed my waking up experience.

  • mk_marie

    I like the runner, it’s festive and simple.

    And no you’re not the only one. The corner of procrastination is a vast space, so welcome my friend. We will be serving snacks whenever we get around to it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      lol, thanks! I’ll bring the drinks if I ever make it to the store.

  • eranfaraway

    Great ideas! Yes, I often wonder the same things. I really like your solution!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Erin! I am into easy solutions. All the adult children really like it. They make us eat with the lights off lol

  • http://twitter.com/MiddleClassMod Tracie

    This is cute. As a wiggly person, fancy tablescapes freak me out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      I’m glad I’m not the only wiggly adult eater. :) I can’t even IMAGINE having a fancy table scape with children involved. I imagine it turning into the scene from Hook where they have the food fight.

  • Addi

    Haha I do like to bust a move every once in awhile at the dinner table ;) very pretty! Sad I missed this joyous lit dinner

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      If only I had moves like Addi! And don’t you worry. lit dinners from now til new years!

  • http://boxycolonial.blogspot.com/ Gretchen

    ooh, sparkly fun! Things that light up are the best :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      I feel so ridiculous. It’s a daily temptation to not put string lights on everything.

  • http://everyday-simple.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    It looks awesome! Really pretty and perfectly functional. And haha – I love that you quoted the Hunger Games bad lip reading! Ha seriously awesome :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Hi Rachel! It’s good to meet you, and thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you knew what I was talking about. I’m sure everyone else thinks I’m cray. “You’re too excitable!”

  • Jennifer Dawn

    Just beautiful! I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my weekly link party. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-21.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks for the invite. I’ll be right over :)

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  • karen

    I think it is very nice and shows you care .I think it would make the kids appreciate the table . should not criticize others for their effort. should enjoy