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