Every year growing up my Aunt and Uncle would host a Christmas Caroling Party. I remember looking forward to this party every year. We would gather at their house along with other family and friends, sip hot coco and cider, and then embark on a mile long walk in which we would stop at every house and sing a Christmas carol. So.Much.Fun.
Included on our caroling walk was a book of Christmas carol sheet music for our reference, which is the inspiration and theme of A Christmas Carol Tablescape. The focal point of the table is the sheet music table runner. I found printable sheet music on Pinterest and simply printed several copies on my home computer. To give them a more vintage look, I tea stained and distressed them. You could easily use real sheet music if you had it, or found it at a second hand store as well.
I used a simple vintage green linen tablecloth and layered the DIY music table runner. Gold chargers with crisp white dishes are always a holiday classic, and I topped the dishes with trendy plaid holiday napkins wrapped in a DIY sheet music napkin ring.
Any holiday I can, I try to use my grandmother’s vintage cut crystal glassware, and also the gorgeous mother of pearl flatware from my mother in law, which just gives the whole table that vintage feel.
I hung some festive ornaments from my chandelier for some dimension. And lastly, I added a few floral arrangements. A larger arrangement in the center of the table placed on a stack of vintage books, and two smaller arrangements with cranberries in the water for some extra color.
So there you have it, a Christmas carol music themed table for your celebrations this holiday season.
Sheet Music Table Runner
Sheet Music (as many as needed to fit the length of your table)
Tea Bags (4 – 6)
Boil 6 cups of water and seep tea bags for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the tea to finish, gently crumple the music sheets into a loose ball. This will give the pages a more distressed/vintage look.
Once your tea is done, pour into a large pan. Un-crumple your music sheets and submerge 2 or 3 in your pan of tea at a time. Leave the sheets in the tea for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then remove and lay flat to dry.
When your sheet music is dry, lay them out on your table to give yourself an idea of the length and width you want your table runner to be. Once you decide what you want it to look like, flip the sheets on to their backs and use a dab of Mod Podge to adhere the sheets together. The reason I do this from the back is I wanted a really loose look for the runner. . . I wanted ends of the paper to kind of roll up and look natural. You could also Mod Podge over the entire top of the runner if you wanted a more shellacked look. Let the adhesive dry, and you are ready to set your table!