I got a little carried away with Christmas tablesettings this year so I decided instead of posting Christmas #tablesettingtuesdays until March, I'd do a post with ideas for you to take to decorate your table. I did some fancy, some casual, some with just normal white kitchen plates and some with fancy fun stuff that I've collected. My hope is that you can draw inspiration from them to create an amazing Christmas table to host your family and friends this year.
I think a lot of times being "pinterest-y" and going all out on a tablescape, decoration, dessert, meal- whatever it is, gets a bad reputation. For me, it isn't about impressing people or having people think I'm the most amazing at decorating a table but its about creating a space for memories to be made. It's about creating a thoughtful table that brings joy and starts conversations. My word for 2018 is "bless" and I've talked a bit about it before (and may dive into it more later) but my goal is to bless people through hospitality and make them feel comfortable and thought-of when they sit down at my table. One of my favorite quotes by Jen Wilkin that I keep in mind when inviting people into my home is :
"Entertaining Seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless"
So I encourage you to be thoughtful about your table this year. Have fun with it, use it as a way to bless your friends and family. Below are some fun ideas in different levels of formality. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or want to know what to pair with your grandmother's china to make it look festive. Merry Christmas!
1) Formal Gold and Green
I'm completely obsessed with this one from a collaboration between Kate Shungu and Liz at EJD Design. I love the layers of textures and colors, the personalization of the placemat (by EJD Design) and the Bible verse reminding guests what we're celebrating.
To create the centerpiece I cut sprigs of evergreen (from Fred, our Christmas tree), bunched them together and wrapped them with tape to keep them together. If you're having more than 6 people to dinner, I'd suggest making a couple arrangements to put down the table. Add votives if you're eating at night (no candles during the day). Then use your Christmas china (because everyone has Christmas china, right? ;)), fancy glassware and your best silverware. Add pops of color with the napkin and linen. The small wreath is from Hobby Lobby- they came in a pack of 6 for $5! Any small ornament would work really well though, just make sure the colors go together. If you have the Spode Christmas plates, take it in a vintage direction and add ornaments to the plates that look like the ornaments on the Christmas tree.
2) Classic Magnolia
I love greenery runners for dinner parties; they're easy to create, cheap and don't make it difficult for people to see each other across the table. For this tablescape cut enough magnolia to layer down the length of your table (make sure to give it a really good shake before bringing it in the house) and then add various red and orange fruits and vegetables. For the rest of the table just pull out your favorite dishes, silverware and glassware, add some chargers if you have them and you're finished! If you want to be an over achiever, write name cards on extra magnolia leaves.
3) Colonial Williamsburg
I love anything colonial, especially when it's Christmas themed. Williamsburg during the holidays is magic and I wish we still lived close so we could make a day trip to see the decorations.
After my Thanksgiving tablesetting, I dried the blood oranges to use for Christmas decorations and I couldn't think of a better way to use them than in a Williamsburg inspired table. To dry oranges, thinly slice them, pat dry and line them up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 6 hours in 200 degree oven. Flip halfway through. Mine needed to sit for an additional two days to completely dry out so give yourself plenty of time to make them. When you're ready to set the table, lay evergreen branches down the table, I find it easier to clip smaller sections and layer them rather trying to make large sections fit the table. I wanted the table to have lots of layers so I used magnolia placemats as well as simple silver chargers and then put the napkin on top of the plate. I used silver napkin rings under the orange slice to keep the napkin together but you could loosely tie with a ribbon instead.
4) Casual Green and Black Plaid
All you need for this one are fun, festive placemats (I used these) and a greenery centerpiece. Use white plates if you have them, but really anything that matches your placemats will be perfect. Finish with your favorite glassware, napkins and silverware. You don't even really need a table linen since you have a placemat so you could do this on top of a wooden table to create a more rustic look. This would be especially cute for a brunch with Christmas-y hot coco mugs in place of the glass.
5) Fun and Festive
For this one, I used a funky garland I bought at Hobby Lobby, a Christmas dish towel and a jingle bell placemat. I tied the silverware with a sparkly ribbon to add something fun to the plate, and then added a bright cocktail napkin under the glass. Again, you can use anything you already have at home, just make sure the colors go together (I based mine off of the colors in my cocktail napkin) but just run with it and use anything that is bright and festive.
6) Blue and Silver
I had to use the blue and white china (because, duh) so I paired it with my cement chargers I think it makes for a very calm (and kind of modern?) setting. I used the layered greenery again with tucked silver ornaments into it, simple silverware and glassware. You could use this base with any plate you'd like though. Set the table with a white linen, lay out the greenery runner, add silver ornaments, plain glassware, silver chargers and whatever your favorite plate is!