Yesterday, I made my first trip ever to Hobby Lobby. I know what you’re thinking. How the heck can she claim to be be even a half decent crafter having never made a pilgrimage to the great Hobby Lobby?
Honestly, there are several valid reasons why I had never gone. Thanks to Michael’s, A.C. Moore, JoAnn’s Fabrics and (not least of which) Amazon, I haven’t had a reason to visit HL. There isn’t a convenient location in my area; the closest one was a 25 minute drive. Plus, I do not support their social practices.
Yes, I’m a Christian, but I’m also a firm believer that if you don’t have anything nice to say it’s best to keep your opinions to yourself. I prefer to shop at stores whose owners don’t try to force their employees to abide by their religious beliefs. That being said, I’ve decided to apply the Chick-fil-a rule to Hobby Lobby. Chick-fil-a’s owner’s are also a little crazy but their product is addictive! If you’ve ever had a spicy deluxe chicken sandwich you know exactly what I’m talking about and don’t even get me started in the waffle fries…YUM! I digress.
So what could persuade me to visit Hobby Lobby in spite of their shady practices??50% off all Christmas decor, that’s what!
My friend Lauren from the blog Gin and Glitter went with me. We initially set out to do a $25 tablescape challenge. Warning, a first time visit to to Hobby Lobby is no time to set a $25 budget! I don’t know what I was thinking. I ended up shopping for three projects. Luckily, with the sale I managed to only spend $84.
In this post I’m going to share the tablescape idea that I pulled together. Don’t worry, I’ll definitely post about the other items in the coming weeks.
When I got home I was super excited about my purchases so I did what any reasonable girlfriend would do. I insisted that Mr. AD come come downstairs and help me do a mock set up! By help, I really mean admire what I had come with and humor me with, “Ooooooo[s]” and forehead kisses.
Alfredo is also constantly taking pictures of me. Every once in a while, he manages to capture a surprisingly cute shot. BTW I look 15 without makeup🤦🏾♀️.
We’ll be hosting Friendsgiving Dinner for 10 of our friends on Black Friday. Since our dining room is tiny, I plan on transforming our living room into a dining area. I used our beloved “bacon table” for my mock set up. I’ll be using our long folding tables for the actual dinner but I didn’t feel like lugging them in from the shed.
I love these berry garlands that I found at Hobby Lobby. I actually picked up two of them so they can run the full length of the tables. The garlands were originally marked $29.99 each. For that price, I would have left them on the shelf. Thank goodness I was able to score them both for the $30! Only one of the garlands is pictured in my photos.
I also picked up two large red pilar candles. They smell amazing! Candlelight is wonderful for creating ambience (and it’s cheap). What better way to create a cozy environment with friends than a delicious meal and an elegant table. The red candles look great with the cream colored flame-less candles that I already owned.
I consider any time I can repurpose design elements that I already own, a major win. I incorporated the green votives that you may recognize from my fall front porch display and my gold mercury glass votives into this set up.
Once the table cloth and chargers are laid out nicely, I think this tablescape is going to look gorgeous.
What are you planning for the holidays? Do you do a seated dinner or lay out a buffet and let people roam? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!
Hobby Lobby photo courtesy of Matt Charney via Google Images
All other photos are my own.