Christmas @ Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Frequently on a Saturday morning, you will find hubby and I strolling the isles at our local Farmers Market.  This year, I was offered the fun opportunity to take part in a special Christmas Shopping Event at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market.  Specifically, I was asked to do two tablescaping demonstrations each day of this two-day event.  Kind of “up my alley” eh?  I encouraged my demo participants to think outside of the box as they set their Christmas table this year.  We chatted first about how we have dishes, etc.  that belonged to special people.  (grandparents, aunts, mothers) For some strange reason we tend to keep these items all packed away in boxes, stored in closets, basements, and they remain completely out of sight.  Why do we do this?  Let’s unpack these dishes, and memories.  Let’s use them on our tables, or repurpose them in our decorating.  I challenge you…

The demo area, used by myself and others doing demo’s was in the center of the Market under the wooden trellis structure you see below.

On the other side of the big glass garage doors you see here, is the beautiful Halifax Harbour.

We discussed the different elements of a table setting:  table cloth, runner, place mats, charger plates, place card holders.  I shared some of my ideas of how we can think outside of the box and use non-typical items in place of these elements.  For example, I showed pictures of tablescapes with a chenille bedspread as the table cloth, or a window shutter as a runner.  So very fun!!

Once we discussed how we can use some non-typical items in our tablescapes, we proceeded to set four different themed tablescapes.  For the sake of time in the demos, we created a centrepiece and one place setting for each of the tablescape themes.  All four themes have the same cheap white plate…so the excuse “I don’t have any Christmas dishes!”  doesn’t work!  😉

Winter/Snowman Theme:  (Wouldn’t this make a great table for the children at Christmas)

-Dollarama fleece scarves as table runner and tied around plate as “charger”

-Centerpiece – Mason jar filled with epsom salts and buttons stuck on front

– Table cloth – Chenille bed spread

Rustic Woodland Theme:

– Grapevine wreath as “charger”

– Centerpiece –   My grandmothers old baking pan filled with pinecones, berries, deer sheds, and a pheasant feather

-Table cloth – canvas paint drop cloth

-Table runner – white candles en mass down the centre of the table (all shapes, sizes and heights)

– Napkin ring – cheap berry pick wrapped around napkin

Silver and Sparkle:

-Thrift store silver platters for centrepiece and “charger”

-Centerpiece – mercury glass candle holders and tree ornaments, candles



We had such a great time together!  Once my demos were finished, I took the opportunity to shop the market!!  I picked up some beautiful Christmas gifts myself!  If you are local, and haven’t experienced the Market yet, you are missing out on some fabulous local vendors!   Shop local this Christmas!


Photos courtesy of Nicole Payzant Photography


December 18, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Holly - Such pretty tablescapes Tanya. I hope all the ladies left excited to use some of your ideas. Have a merry Christmas!

December 20, 2013 - 7:46 am

Inspire Me Heather - How fun – that market looks great!! Your tablescapes look beautiful Tanya, so many good ideas! I loved the photos too, very well done.

December 28, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Wynn Anne Sibbald - Lovely tablescapes. I like the idea of using unconventional items (like scarves or blankets) to create a festive table. I’m not sure I could cut my meat while my platter is set on a grapevine-wreath charger, but it sure looks inviting!

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