Welcome friends! I’m so happy you stopped by today! If you’re looking for winter or holiday decorating inspiration, we have a treat for you. Today, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for a Winter Wonderland on a Tray Tour hosted by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner. On this tour, 24 bloggers are sharing their winter tray decorating ideas! For my contribution, I’m sharing my kitchen island tray decor with a cozy winter theme!
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Winter Tray Decorating Ideas:
Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Bubbling with Elegance and Grace! I’m sure you were inspired by their cute and colorful tray!
When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful Winter Wonderland tray ideas! Maybe we’ll inspire you to decorate a tray in your home!
When I began thinking of decorating ideas for this tour, I planned to just share the tray on my kitchen island…
Well, you know how one thing leads to another… So today, I’ll start with the decorative tray on my island. Then, I’ll show you another tray in my kitchen with a coordinating winter theme!
Kitchen Island Tray Decor:
For me, Christmas decorating is a process…and a process I really enjoy. Since we spend most of our time in the kitchen, it’s always a great place to start!
With our island right in the center of it all, we have a built in focal point to decorate. It’s the perfect spot to display seasonal decor and to create a festive kitchen island centerpiece on a round tray. (Here are a bunch more ways to decorate with round trays!)
On this cloudy day, the soft glow of the candle and twinkling Christmas tree lights warmed up the room. By the way, the birch candle you see is actually battery operated. I’ve been using battery operated candles more and more lately and especially in my holiday vignettes. For extra sparkle, I might even add some fairy lights at some point.
Although I usually add more color when decorating, I decided to style my round wooden tray with whites and neutral colors. For this cozy winter wonderland theme, the serene color scheme felt right. Then to liven up my vignette, I added two silver reindeer. I just love how they reflect the flickering candlelight.
When deciding on a base for the tray, I knew I wanted to go with white to represent snow. At first, I thought of using some artificial snow or a fluffy cottony fabric. Though in the end, I just went with a plain white cotton napkin. After all, this tray sits right in the middle of the kitchen island where food could be flying around. If the napkin happens to get dirty, I can simply replace it with another!
It’s always fun to see how it all comes together. Overall, I’m happy with the mixture of the shiny and rustic elements on my island tray.
As you can see in the background, I’ve added some more wood accessories to this year’s Christmas kitchen. By starting with my kitchen island tray decor, I’ve started to slowly come up with more ideas for the rest of the room.
With my white kitchen cabinets, and all the neutral colors on my round tray, I decided I needed a bit more color. So now, I’m turning the tray to face the other direction and I’ll show you what I did on the other side of the room…
From here, you can see I added a colorful coffee station…
Coffee Station and Tiered Tray Decor Ideas:
In this corner, I decided to add a pop of color to stand out against the white subway tile. With a few red ornaments and my favorite Fair Isle mugs, I added just the amount of color while still coordinating this area with my kitchen island tray decor. (If you love the look of Fair Isle patterns for the holiday, here are more Fair Isle decorating ideas!)
When decorating this tiered tray, I repeated many of the same type of accessories from the island tray. Only in this case, I chose items that were smaller in scale…tiny reindeer, smaller trees, a tiny ceramic house.
With the same style of decorative accessories, I was able to coordinate both of my trays for a cozy winter theme…perfect for Christmas!
For more tray decorating and coffee bar ideas, read Kitchen Countertop Coffee Station Ideas.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my winter tray ideas!
Once again, thank you to Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for hosting! Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the tray tour from the list below.
Since I’m last on the list, you can start at the beginning of the list below:
Will you be decorating a tray this winter season?
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