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Holiday entertaining is one of my favorite things about the holiday season. Getting my house decorated, baking, and having good friends over for ornament and gift exchanges is just so much fun for me. One of the major decorations I love during the holiday season, is Tablescapes.
Tablescaping is somewhat of a new field for me as we JUST (3 months ago) got an actual dining room table as opposed to the small bar table we had been using for the past 3 years. Holiday season, starting with Halloween has been such a blast coming up with new themed tablescape ideas for each holiday. This year, for Christmas, I decided to go with a “Christmas in the Mountains” themed table along with an incredibly delicious cheese plate featuring Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese.
My family lived in North Carolina for 5 years, and during the holidays when it would snow and fireplaces would be lit, is when I miss the mountains the most down here in sunny Florida. A country themed table, filled with lumberjack plaid is the perfect way to pay homage to my past while celebrating the holidays with new friends and family.
To create this table, I wanted some amazing cloth plaid placemats, but I didn’t necessarily want to spend the $9 per placemat that retailers are charging so I got thrifty. I bought 1 yard of a great machine washable red&green flannel fabric and liquid stitch-which is also safe to wash.
I used last years Christmas placemat to trace the size I needed, then cut out 4 rectangles from the flannel.
After my mats were cut, I outlined each side with liquid stitch and folded the seam over to create a “seam” so that all the exteriors were perfectly neat.
I cut the interior corners on the seams at an angle so each mat laid flat and there was no bulging at the edges when they are turned over and used.
After allowing my completed placemats to dry for 30 minutes, they were then ready to be used!
This craft was so simple and ran me $7 total compared to the $36 it would have been to buy similar ones in the store! Plus it took less than an hour to complete including dry time!
To finish off my Christmas Cabin tablescape I added a great wood bowl filled with cinnamon pinecones and mini christmas ornaments, then placed these amazing vintage candlelight lanterns that my mother gave to me on each side of the bowl for great symmetry.
Once the table was complete I needed something delicious for me and holiday guests to enjoy at the gorgeous tablescape I created! Since having my second child in June, in order to loose baby weight I have been living a low-carb lifestyle. I LOVE the energy the mass amounts of protein I get on this lifestyle, and one of my new go-to snacks is a charcuterie spread.
The perfect cheese tray is all about balance. It needs to be just as visually appealing as it is tasty, which is why I always choose high contrasting items to arrange on my cheese tray. I center my choices around one good cheese, for this appetizer I selected Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese.
The Boursin line of cheeses is great, you can find all the varieties easily in the fine cheese cooler at Walmart. I’m a sucker for anything garlicy, but they also have these other amazing flavors: Boursin® Red Chili Pepper, Boursin® Cranberry & Spice, Boursin® Basic & Chive, Boursin® Cracked Black Pepper, and Boursin® Cranberry & Apple that are equally delicious. Delicous and full of a surprising WOW factor, Boursin® cheese is creamy and crumbly and perfect for guests at any gathering you plan this holiday season. Now you can enjoy it even more with a special $1.00 cash back coupon on Ibotta!
After my cheese was selected I chose: dried cranberries, flax multigrain crackers, bacon, grapes, fresh cilantro, and roasted almonds as great low-carb compliments to the cheese. I arranged them on my tray in an alternating sweet-salty patterned circle around the cheese, and garnished with the fresh cilantro to add some great color.
This charcuterie spread was a HIT and my holiday guests were wowed at the amazing flavors the Boursin® cheese literally brought to the table! I love how such minimal effort goes into a cheese tray, yet it’s always a party hit and absolutely a wonderful option for those guests like myself who are still watching their waistlines during the holidays. Even better, the wood cheese board looked perfectly rustic atop my Christmas cabin themed table!
Do you have tablescape themes & matching recipes for holiday gatherings? Share them below!