Table Decorations, What is appropriate for January?

From July to December this past year I kept with a dinner table decoration theme.  This theme mainstay consisted of wood round slices, my grandmother’s small glass cake stand, and small antique medicine bottles as vases all spread down the middle of the table.  Throughout the seasons I changed the tablecloth, place mats, candle colors, little objects, and so on to fit the seasons.  The theme began with summer wild flowers in the little old bottles, a navy blue and white striped tablecloth, and a pile of Big Sur books.  The Thanksgiving decorations included a gold tablecloth, orange candles, green place mats, a paper turkey, feathers in the old bottles, and gold pine cones.  The Christmas table featured mini wrapped presents scattered about (no, I didn’t wrap them, thanks Pier 1), vintage ornaments, sparkly stick ornaments in the old bottles, a baby Christmas tree, a Swedish red and white table runner, and reds and greens of course.  Another Christmas decoration idea I stole from the Gap was Ball canning jars filled with Xmas lights (see last photo in above set). I know it is a little late for this Christmas decoration tip, but there is always next year!

We live in the mountains, in the wilderness outside of Silicon Valley.  I’ve always felt most comfortable in the modern and/or retro style home but living in a cottage in the mountains makes that style pretty hard to accomplish.  Succumbing to the cabin style has taken hold these past few months. It has been fun to give the table some guidelines with the wood rounds and glass cake stand.  Hey, but what do you do to decorate for January???  So far I have a Ganesh and beeswax candles out.  What else?  Any ideas?  Scattered Black-Eyed-Peas could be neat.  Chinese New Year decorations?


  • Summer: Wild flowers, white and navy striped table cloth, Big Sur books, (Ball Jars as cups)
  • Fall & Thanksgiving: Oranges, browns, a paper turkey, feathers, and gold pine cones
  • Christmas & Holidays: Mini wrapped presents scattered about, vintage ornaments, a baby Christmas tree, a Swedish red and white table runner, and red and green candles
  • January:  ???  I need some ideas here folks ???
3 comments… add one
  • This may be too christmasy, but I love poinsettia’s – i often use this as my centerpiece through the winter. It is a nice splash of color when the world is grey outside.

  • Martina – Thanks for the idea – I love the splash of color part. I was just thinking, even white poinsettias could be nice!

  • I have decorated with snowmen for several years. The house looks so drab after all the Christmas decorations. I even have put foam cups in the oven, which turn out in neat shapes and then decorated them. the cups turns into a shape some look like bakers hat, cowboy hat etc. place on small foam balls and decorate.

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