Friday, January 23, 2015

christmas in our barn OR i better get this done before january is over

Well I'm not sure what happened to the end of December... or the first three weeks of January for that matter but figured if I was going to FINALLY say something about our break from tradition this past Christmas I should get it done before NEXT Christmas rolls around!

During my niece's wedding reception last October (and yes, that's still a future topic for posting!) the idea was tossed out that we should have Christmas in the barn.  After all the work of clearing, cleaning and finishing the barn it would be a fun opportunity.  Later in November when I asked family the response was basically "heck ya!" so Christmas in the Barn was officially on.

Of course I had a theme in mind... think Scandinavian meets galvanized meets rustic.  I had come across some cute little red and white mushrooms that look vintage, but actually were not and thought I'd add some gnomes as well.  I already had galvanized and a whole bunch of rustic so it was pretty simple to pull together decorating wise.

Bottle brush trees, mason jars and these super large mason jar looking containers helped fill up the space... and we couldn't forget about a tractor or two... real and ornaments.

My white and red wreaths that I use every year in the house were saved for using on a couple of the barn windows this year.... I picked these up our first Christmas at Red Gate Farm.  I'm not sure it still happens but it used to be that Starbucks would sell it's holiday decorations every year... so these two wreaths are from Starbucks, circa 2004... and were just $5 a piece!

Now you may want to keep in mind that our barn is unheated... we have a couple of propane heaters we could use but I was kind of hoping for a regular, mild Pacific Northwest kind of day... since it was sunny it was a bit chilly but we persevered!

One of the original barn doors that now hangs INSIDE was covered with lights and a bit of rustic garland.

Another old original barn door proudly showed a gnome covered cloth.

The cold weather called for a hot chocolate bar... I added additional winter/holiday elements like Thermos's

pop crates and even a couple of vintage paint by numbers I picked up at the thrift store... wouldn't it be fun to recreate the paint by numbers in a larger size??  Hmm, perhaps a project for a future Christmas in the Barn...

 I even reused some items from my niece's wedding (like the sign)...

Our tree for the day was my small artificial tree... up high and in an old market basket.

A top an upside down galvanized wash tub... Which left lots of room for gifts below!

The vintage wooden ladder, a gift to my husband, was festooned with lights and I tied some vintage blue jars on it as well.

I like the way the lights reflect off the glass... and the cords on the lights are actually brown!  So much fun to use in our barn instead of green or white cords.  An old bench was pulled out for seating....

A wooden box, hay and a vintage child's chalkboard round out the base of the ladder... and yes, those are tractors in the background.  The barn is home to a collection of vintage Farmall tractors.

The table we used for food is the same table used at my niece's wedding.  My husband bought a HUGE wooden table a few years back.  Perfect for a rustic party and it's so big that you can actually have room for food and decorations!

Some reindeer in a snowy jar.

Another view of the food table.  You can see the rustic top of the table, as well as a burlap runner picked up at Michaels and a vintage table linen that fits with the Scandinavian aspect of my theme.  I picked up these galvanized houses (lanterns actually) at the same place as the little mushrooms.  If you look closely you can see the loft at the top of the photo... I used more rustic garland to drape along the edge.

The best part of Christmas in the Barn was having room for tables for everyone to sit at!  We lined up some folding banquet style tables... I covered them with white tablecloths from my "collection" and topped them with more galvanized houses and these super cute honeycomb style paper trees.  These came from my favorite local shop, Grandiflora.

More tractors in the background...

And also included were these galvanized trees I've had for a number of years, also from a local kitchen and gift store.

It was definitely chilly that day and we spent a lot of time huddled up around the heaters.

Of course Miss Bee kept all of us warm with her cuddles... and looked adorable in her winter fleece snowsuit!

I'd say Christmas in the Barn was a success this year...

To family and new traditions... and the hope and promise of a new year.

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  1. Oh Chris, this is so great! It looks cozy, fun and festive in the barn. Such a fun new tradition for you and yours!

  2. Hello,i must tell you that i think your Christmas in the barn looks Wonderful,what a lovely idea..and you all looked like you were having such fun.!!!!.x.Una.

  3. This is beautiful!!! Love it! I found you on Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop.


  4. What a fabulous idea...I love it! I love the tractors (!) the lights, the table, the decorations. Someone told me once that "atmosphere is everything." Well, maybe it's not everything, but wow, you have atmosphere galore here...what a fun time it must have been and what great memories were made I'm sure!

  5. What a fabulous idea and such a great space! I love all your themed decorations, they are perfect! I dream of a big old barn to decorate and have functions in, although our almost 18 year old would fill it up with his cows. He owns 2 Jerseys so far and one is due in the spring (they are housed up north on his cousin's dairy farm.)

  6. I love your Christmas in the barn celebration! You're lucky yours is clear and clean enough for this. Ours is way too full of "stuff". I do love your decorating style.. it's right up my alley. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Oh my goodness Chris, what a cool idea to have Christmas in the barn! Everything looks beautiful - love the rustic, vintage, industrial décor. Maybe you should consider a new career in event hosting and decorating!

  8. What a wonderful place to gather! All your decorations look so pretty and festive, I bet everyone had a wonderful time. I know I'd be like, "I'm having Christmas in a barn - - and it's awesome!"

  9. What a wonderful place to gather! All your decorations look so pretty and festive, I bet everyone had a wonderful time. I know I'd be like, "I'm having Christmas in a barn - - and it's awesome!"


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