Using Deeply Discounted Holiday Decor For a Spring Tablescape

At the end of this post, I'd love to hear your ideas on re-purposing holiday decor throughout the year.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We had absolutely gorgeous weather here in Detroit.  It was simply perfect.  After the long winter we are really excited about the change in season.  A few weeks ago I jumped the gun a little and cooked my family one of our favorite meals and put together a bright, cheery, spring inspired tablescape.  Even though it was still snowing at the time it felt a little like spring inside.  

I was able to put the table together inexpensively with some items I picked up in the discount aisle at HomeGoods.  I jokingly refer to this aisle as the land of misfits, but in honesty it's my favorite area of the store.  Not just because it's a sneaky alternate route around the more popular aisles, but because if you have a little extra time to dig for goodies you can find some beautiful things for next to nothing.  During my last visit I scoured this aisle for items to use in this spring tablescape. 

On this particular day, the aisle was filled with damaged merchandise and the last of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day stuff.  At first glance it seemed there would be nothing to use for spring.  But at second glance, there was.  It was just a matter of perspective.  Instead of looking at the holiday decor like it could only be used for said holiday I looked at it in terms of function and form.   

When it comes to purchasing damaged items, I asked myself three questions; "How noticeable is the damage?", "Does the defect affect the safety of the item or the way we will use it?" and "How long would something like this look new and perfect in my home anyway?".  For example, I purchased this beautiful gray footed cake plate with a small chip on the base.  The small imperfection took the price of this beauty down to $7.  It was a fantastic piece and the small chip was hardly noticeable.  

I topped it with pretty yellow cupcakes and used it as our centerpiece.

I found these adorable heart shaped bowls in the Valentines Day pile.  Just because they are heart shaped does not limit them to Valentines Day.  They blend well with my simple white dinnerware and soften each setting with their sweet shape.  They made perfect salad plates for our spring dinner and I look forward using them throughout the year.

These beautiful mercury glass candle holders were in with the left over Christmas decor which was deeply discounted.  Instead of looking at them as Christmas mantle decor (as they were advertised), I looked at them as a beautiful gray accent that picks up on the color of my linens.  At less than $1 a piece these are a gorgeous mercury glass accent that can be used anywhere, anytime. 

The last Holiday item that I re-purposed for our spring dinner was a Thanksgiving printable I had tucked away in a closet.  I leaned it behind the food serving buffet to remind us that we should be thankful and grateful all year long.  Why limit these words to the month of November?

Our spring dinner was heart warming, both figuratively and literally.  We ended up pushing the table in front of the fireplace to thaw the children out.  While I was busy preparing our dinner they were out enjoying the snow this one last time...

I'd love to hear how you have re-purposed holiday decor, please leave a comment here or join in on the conversation on my facebook page.  Happy spring everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Great finds. Yes, I am learning to repurpose more seasonal items as every day things too. Love the heart bowls and those candle holders too.

  2. Gorgeous, Sarah! I love to use boxwood wreathes and topiaries year-round, even though they can read traditionally 'Christmas'. For Easter, I used a pale pink satin ribbon on a wreath, and it looked so pretty with pastel Easter eggs. The texture of boxwood and other greenery just looks fab any time of year! Happy Spring xo

  3. When I was a child, I would cry when my parents needed to take down our live Christmas tree. So my dad, would cut the top two foot or so off of the tree and at Easter we would stick jelly beans on the ends of the branches. I am now in my 50's and have two sons in their early 20's. I still continue that tradition of cutting the top 2 foot or so off the tree, but I strip the needles, best as can be done, and at Easter, put darling little wooden eggs, bunnies, ducks, etc. on the tree. I place it in a small bronzed color pot with sparkly Easter grass at the base.


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