I'll tell ya. In this economy I love the Dollar Tree. I think the "dollar stores" often get a bad rap for having cheap tacky decor items. Cheap...yes. Tacky...not always. I have been so impressed the last few years with items I've found at the Dollar Tree and what I've been able to do with them when I utilize a little creativity. I find that when I mix the "cheaper" items in with items I already own especially my antiques and more classic decor I am able to create fresh, new centerpieces and decorations for very little money.
Case in point. My Christmas centerpiece this year for my dining room table.
Almost all of the items you see in this centerpiece were purchased at the Dollar Tree. If I had not already owned some of the items, I could have easily recreated this centerpiece with ALL Dollar Tree items. Take a closer look.
You might recognize these "hurricane candle holders" from my Fall Centerpiece. I filled one with ornaments...from the Dollar Tree. I filled the tall one with a sparkly miniture tree, purchased from the Dollar Tree last year. Behind it you will see a hurricane top on a brushed gold base with a candle glowing..you guessed it all Dollar Tree.
Here is another hurricane holder. Nestled within is another miniature tree. yep. Dollar Tree. The tiny crystal candle holder is also from there as well as the ornament sitting on top. This is a fun way to use candle holders if you don't want to use taper candles in them. Now behind them is a chunky silver candle holder that I purchased several years ago. On clearance. At TJ Maxx. I know, last of the big spenders. But of course sitting on top of it is..you guessed it another hurricane topper from the Dollar Tree. And you will notice another of the gold candle bases and topper purchased from there as well.
I love this centerpiece for several reasons. It's sparkly, it has great height. It has visual appeal (there is a lot of detail), but most importantly because it is glass and therefore clear, it makes it very nice for seeing your guests while eating. I hate centerpieces that are impossible to see around. They always ended up being moved because usually guests like to see each other when they are eating and visiting. (Unless of course you are my husband and he knows I'm trying to catch his eye across the table to get him to perform some necessary dinner host duty. Then he loves a nice tall centerpiece that blocks my line of vision.) Otherwise though, they are a pain.
I also love to mix my Dollar Tree finds with my antique dishware.
It's fun to place Christmas decorations in little tucked away places. They are not obvious but are charming when you get a glimpse of them throughout the home. Again, so cheap to do when you purchase the ornaments at the Dollar Tree.
One other fun idea I came up with this year was to re-purpose some pretty olive green table runners I found at the Dollar Tree last year. I believe I saw them again this year as well in both cream and the green. As a table runner they weren't super impressive but as decorative bows on my dining chairs I think they are adorable!
I want to share one other idea I had this year for my kitchen island. I love using large jars of Christmas candy and holiday cookies, etc as part of my Christmas decor in the kitchen, and I will share more of that with you in the next few days. I wanted something along those lines but a little more dramatic then just jars of candy for my island. It needed to be bright and cheery since it is the kitchen but also something I could easily move when I needed use the island for baking. I think this fit the bill!
This year the Dollar tree has the cutest "candy ornaments" They come several to a pack for...you guessed it a dollar. I also purchased all of the regular ornaments in the jar there as well. I love the green ones. They are not "christmas green" which I try to avoid but a more chartruse green which I love.
I think it looks so festive and kitcheny at the same time. I placed them in a large arpothearpy jar I normally keep on my kitchen table, but I think for the holidays it looks perfect right where it is!
You can find other great ideas on the Dollar Tree's facebook page. They are also hosting a contest
Tomorrow I will share with you a few more of my holiday decorations including my mantel, which you guessed it uses Dollar Tree items and last but not least on Saturday I will share our tree during the
Cookie Exchange! Get ready to link up your favorite cookie recipes to our Sister Saturday Cookie exchange where my sister, at Southern In My Heart, and I host virtual parties during the holidays! So mark your calendar for this Saturday the 11th and visit both of our blogs to link up your cookies for the cookie exchange!
*I was in no way compensated, bribed, or otherwise coerced to feature the Dollar Tree in this post. I just really, really like them! :)