I wanted to create a red themed Christmas tablescape, but this one took an unexpected turn.   In a good way.

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I had to go digging in the back of where I keep my table linens for the red tablecloth, and instead found this red and retro table runner.  It belonged to my Auntie June, who passed away two years ago at Christmas time from ALS.  (and BTW – many thanks for all of you who #icebucketchallenge for ALS!).  I have such fond memories of Christmas with the entire family at June and Bob’s house… I had to create a special tablescape to honor her memory.  Since the runner had a little retro vibe to it, I went with it.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I used the red chargers which coincidentally had matching bling.  I was originally planning on using the Christmas place settings, but instead went with the standard white.  A little stocking with some bells makes for an adorable utensil holder.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I kept the centerpiece simple, a mixture of red and white candles, and silver pine cones with red berries.  The fire and Christmas tree in the background make for a perfectly cozy Christmas dinner.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Auntie June would be proud of this table.  She was all about simple glam.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

One last pin-able picture for you… and not sure if you can see the pattern on the wine glasses, but they are also retro 1960’s, and from her wedding set.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Every year, the family posed for pictures on her staircase.

 

Christmas at June

 

This can be a tough time of year for those who have lost loved ones, and my prayer is for those who are grieving to find peace and comfort in fond memories.  In the middle of all of the holiday hustle and bustle, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug and be extra kind to others.

 

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What about you?  What are some of your favorite Christmas memories from those who have passed?

Love, hugs, and being nostalgic.

Holly

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