Silver and White

Hi Everyone!

Well, Christmas decorating here at Casa Chaos is moving along a little slowly. Usually I am one of those people that gather all my boxes of Christmas decorations and just go to town decorating. Not this year. We seem to have a whole lot of other things going on so, it is a little decorating here and there.

Normally I do our dining room in lots of gold, wine and forest green colors. This year, however, I am doing a bit of a dramatic change. All silver and white! The reason? Russia. Huh?

Let me explain. One of our favorite Christmas traditions is a tradition Troy and I started with my parents the year before we got married. And that is, we host a International Christmas dinner for my parents on Christmas night. Every year, we pick a different country and try our best to create a traditional Christmas dinner from that country. And this year is Russia.

We spend the year researching out the traditions of that country's Christmas/Holiday. Let's just say that over the last 12 years, we have had some very interesting Christmas dinners! 90% of what we serve is completely unfamiliar to us.

I try to add an element of that country into my decorating of the dining room. When I thought of Russia, I thought of cold, ice and snow. So, that is the reason for all silver and white.

So, with that in mind, here are some of my dining room decorations so far. Oh, and let's not forget, I am on a super tight budget! LOL

I started on the dining room table. I found this set of two white poinsettia place mats at the dollar store. I thought they were perfect for what I needed.



This past summer I got this huge heavy glass cookie jar at a yard sale for free. It was on the "free table" because it has a chip in the lid. I told the woman I would still have bought it and even offered her some money and she said no, she just wants it gone. The day after Thanksgiving, I told you that the only store I went to was a local thrift store because they were having everything in the store 50% off. Well, she had a lot of Christmas stuff and I found 4 boxes of silver bulbs for .45 cents each. The large bulbs are quite old. I added some dollar store white poinsettias and silver leaves.



I also bought several of the little silver trees at the thrift store for .25 cents each.







Next, I have this old bakers shelf on the brick wall in our dining room, which by the way I really despise this wall. LOL Anyway, I started out with my mercury glass jar that I got last year at Home Goods Store and then I used a couple of cheese domes I had, cheap glass candlsticks and plain white plates. The cheese domes don't even match, but who cares. I added dollar store poinsettias and other faux pretties along with a white roping. I picked up a package of 30 little wrapped packages also at the dollar store. And at the thrift store, I had bought this huge bag of misc. silver tree decorations for $1.50. I used a couple of silver cherubs and the silver sleighs in each of the cloches.















So, that is what I have decorated so far in the dining room. And here is just a little cloche I haven't finished yet. I need to go through my stash of ribbon and find a pretty red one to tie on here and I wanted to add some fake snow. I went to 3 dollar stores last night looking for fake snow and each one of them said they were sold out.




I am joining lots of fun parties!

Christmas Open House

Poinsettia Party

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday

Junkin' Finds

Tickled Pink

Feathered Nest Holiday

December Cloche Party

Round Robin

A Few of My Favorite Things

Silver Sunday




52 comments :

  1. Diann your dining room decorations are gorgeous girl! I think you are definitely getting the Icy Russian feel going on there. I love how you can decorate on a tight budget and make it look so good!! It will be fun to see what your Russian meal is like!

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  2. What a wonderful family tradition! and everything is just glowing and sparkly. Thank You for sharing and have a good rest of the week.......

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  3. Oh yes, I forgot about your Russian theme. I love it. Everything looks so pretty.

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  4. Diann,
    Love all your silver and white...looks beautiful. Thanks for coming to my OPEN HOUSE!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. Everything looks beautiful! I love the white and silver.

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  6. The way you decorated the shelf is breathtaking. You can do more on a tight budget than some decorators can do with unlimited funds. I love the tradition you've carried down through the years. Thanks for sharing a part of that tradition.

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  7. I love it..what an awesome tradition also...Everything looks just beautiful. Amazing finds for so little and FREE..oh my,,they are fun to get aren't they.

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  8. Lovin' the white and silver Diann, very pretty:@)

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  9. I love your tradition of cooking a meal from another country...how do you choose the country and meal?
    Your silver/white decorations are so festive. Those little star topped trees flanking the mercury glass apothecary are adorable. I can't believe you spent so little on something this pretty!

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  10. What a great tradition. I love what you have done on a tight budget. I am also on a tight budget>
    Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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  11. Diane your decorations are not only thrifty but absolutely gorgeous!! I love the use of silver.

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  12. What a unique tradition. I bet it's really fun. Your decorations are beautiful and it sounds like you got some great deals. I love good deals!

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  13. Diann I wanted to come back and thank you for joining Junkin Finds Friday!! I saw some blue ornaments today and thought of you and your Russian table!!

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  14. You found some great bargains and pulled it all together nicely. It looks great.

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  15. Love all the silver and white Diann. The cloche is darling and just fine sans snow. You will be proud of me I made my tree topper with thrift finds for a dollar. ♥O

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  16. Wow...how beautiful and dramatic that silver is. It looks like a winter dream!

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  17. Glitz and glamour! Love the silver and white theme. I did the same in my great room. I hope you enjoy your Russian dinner. Do post your menu! ~ Sue

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  18. Diann, I love your tradition of choosing a different country each year and making it part of your Christmas dinner. I would love to see what you serve. You did a great job decorating and I especially love the cookie jar with the ornaments and poinsettias, and the cloche with the litle silver packages. Your silver and white is stunning! Thanks for joining the Poinsettia Party!
    Beth

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  19. What a wonderful tradition and your decorations are gorgeous!

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  20. Nice finds! Your silver and white theme is very pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us. Wished I could get more motivated this year.

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  21. Oh how beautiful. All of your silver decor is gorgeous. Love the tiny presents under the cloches. Your cute little snowman in the teacup is precious. Such beautiful vignettes. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

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  22. Well I'm amazed at both your decorations and your "country" tradition! Love your color choice this year, and I just think the thrifty way is the way to go! Jacqueline

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  23. Such a pretty setting and I love those little silver trees- they remind me of slinkys!! HMM wonder if you can make those!!

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  24. Hi Diann! Oh, this is a wonderful tradition. I'm sure you've had some great decorating going on! Your Russian theme is gorgeous! Your cloche displays are so pretty and I'm in love with those little twirly wire trees! :)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. The silver, the white, the crystals....I love everything about your vignette!

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  26. Just love that silver and white theme. You did such a great job. Everything is so pretty!

    Merry Christmas!
    ~Liz

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  27. Love all the silver and white.
    Frugal is half the fun...
    Happy holiday
    Michele

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  28. Love the dining room, Diann. I love white and silver together and you created a winter wonderland atmosphere with all the glitters. Stunning!...Christine

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  29. Love the pretty silver and white decorations...pretty touches of glitz...just lovely!

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  30. Hey sweet lady! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my house and Christmas decor...I love Christmas! :) (although this year I think it's going too fast...not getting to sit and enjoy it as much as I usually try to do!)
    I LOVE all your white, silver and glass...it's so pretty! How cool that you do an international dinner, that is such a cool idea! So, what's on the menu for Russia? I don't think I've ever eaten "Russian" food. You'll have to let us know how it turns out!
    Better scoot..have a great day and Merry Christmas!
    Missy :)

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  31. Beautiful, fabulous and fits the theme excellantly. May I suggest any hobby store that sells train layouts to find snow if your other stores are sold out. Or tear apart a lot of cotton balls, or recycle another fluffy white fabric, maybe adding some glitter.
    I really like the sparkle of it all and those 25 cents wire trees are great. So much potential to use in different ways year after year.

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  32. beautiful! love the silver and white!

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  33. I don't think anything is as flat out glamorous as Silver at Christmas. Your house glistens!

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  34. Hello Diann,

    I love your family's tradition of selecting a different country each year and making it part of your Christmas celebration. I cannot wait to see your menu and the dishes you prepare for your International Christmas dinner.

    Love your decorations! The shelf looks great! I especially love the cookie jar with the ornaments and poinsettias.

    ~ Tracy

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  35. I love the white and silver.
    It looks very elegant.
    I'm visiting from Round Robin.
    Merry Christmas!

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  36. Wow I want to come to your house.. Love all of the decorations.. Thanks for taking the time to link up to the Round Robin..

    Have a great weekend.

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  37. Diann, your dining room is looking beautiful. Love all of the sparkly silver. The silver wire trees are so pretty. I never find great stuff like that at thrift stores. Your snowman in a tea cup is adorable. laurie

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  38. What a great job you have done with the Russian Theme. Your mantel looks like something from a magazine...just beautiful! Enjoyed your post!

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  39. That's a great Christmas tradition you started with your in-laws! Your Russian theme looks great...icy and snowy....you've certainly achieved the effect AND on such a thrifty budget!

    dana

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  40. Lovin' all the silver & white. And I love the idea of celebrating a different countries Christmas traditions and food each Christmas. Fabulous idea.

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  41. Diann, I just love your Russian Christmas this year. What a fabulous idea and wonderful family tradition. It's so creative, adventurous, and fun. I hope you all have a wonderful time with your Russian Christmas dinner and all your celebrating. You decorate fabulously on a budget, my dear. Just fabulously. Everything is gorgeous.

    Blessings,
    Susan @ CluckleBees

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  42. Lots of slivery delights here. I like your idea of an international Christmas dinner.
    Like you, the decorating around here is moving slowly. Still working!
    Have a great day! ~ Sarah

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  43. Hello Diann,
    amazing that you cook for your parents international dinners for Christmas. We started the very same tradition for my parents iL many years before, but for New Years eve. We got inspirated by holdiday trips in countries which my parents in law never has visited. So we could show photos, cook am meal and decorate with things, we brought with us.
    Your Russian decoration is so wonderful. It is so really winterly as much as I imagine that they have snow and ice. So pretty! I think, your parents will love it. And what will you cook? I guess you will found some very nice recipes in the world wide net and that will be a great fun party. Hopefully you will show us photos after it happened.
    Wish you a great time.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  44. Wow! So shiny and festive. Love the look.

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  45. Wow I love your tradition...and nothing's better than pretty white and silver.Thanks for playing along and have a wonderful Holiday!
    hugs
    Beth

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  46. How gorgeous is this? You managed to capture the gorgeous sparkliness so pefectly! I love all that silver in your new jar.

    Sarahx

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  47. Love Casa Chaos - I am so using that!

    Your tradition is fabulous - what a great way to explore the world!

    And your decor is lovely! So pretty and bright and shiny!

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