Instead of doing the whole gift exchanging thing, my brother, sister and I get together for an early Christmas potluck and spend some quality time with our significant others. Growing up, we were surrounded by lots of uncles, aunts, and cousins on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so it’s nice to gather more intimately during the holidays to catch up and reminisce about our days as kids. Sometimes we go out for dinner but this year my sister hosted and, you guessed it, I set the table.

Again, the goal is to minimize spending and try to re-use items already owned. My sister bought the red chargers and I bought flowers from a local florist and the little stockings from the 99 cent store.

I like bringing in different variations of colors so the overall look feels more unique and not so traditional. The flowers felt a little tropical, adding to the way the season had been feeling here in Southern California; warm and sunny.

Happy Tuesday!