Happy December everyone! Have you started your Christmas decorating yet? Well, if you’re looking for table inspiration, I have a bunch of beautiful ideas for you! Today, I’m joining a group of talented bloggers for a Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. Each of us will be sharing our latest holiday tablescapes. For my contribution, I’m sharing my traditional Christmas table decor in the dining room!
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If you are just arriving from The Zucchini Sisters, Welcome! Rebecca is so creative and I’m sure you enjoyed her deer themed table!
When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful Christmas table inspiration!
Welcome to my Dining Room Decorated for Christmas:
Each year, my dining room is one of my favorite spaces to decorate for Christmas. The dark navy on the walls sets the mood for cozy Christmas celebrations. This year, I even added a Christmas tree in the corner. So far, I’ve only hung lights and some ribbon but I have a few ideas for decorating it. Be sure to come back later in the week to see it completed.
Today, we’ll just focus on the table which I decorated in a traditional Christmas style. Last year, I used my blue willow dishes on the table but this year I went with my cream colored Lenox china. As you can see, I still displayed the blue willow in my china cabinet and on the wall shelves.
Traditional Christmas Table Decor with Red, Green and Blue:
To pick up the color from the navy blue walls (which are Sherwin Williams Naval by the way), I set each place setting with navy blue napkins. Then by adding lots of greenery and a bit of red, I was able to achieve a classic Christmas look. Since my candles and placemats are white, I had to be careful not to make the table look too patriotic. That’s why adding all the greenery is so important.
Then again, it is an election year…so I guess a patriotic Christmas table isn’t exactly a bad idea! After all, anything goes in 2020!
Easy Christmas Centerpiece:
Since this table will be set for the next month or so, I didn’t want to fuss with fresh flowers for the centerpiece. Instead, I took a simple approach and filled a glass bowl with red and green glass ornaments. With a few pine cones and some fresh greens from my yard, my easy Christmas centerpiece was complete.
Tie the Colors Together with a Plaid Christmas Table Runner:
Years ago, I bought this navy tartan Christmas table runner. Since it’s always nice to add a little pattern, I thought it worked perfectly for this year’s Christmas table.
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Then on each place setting, I placed a pine cone and some fresh greens…once again repeating the red and green with some velvet ribbons.
With a dark runner and a dark brown table, I felt like I needed light colored placemats.
Since I was going for a more formal, traditional table setting, the off white china fit right in. Then to keep the whole table from looking too stuffy, I mixed in the natural elements.
A Simple Trick to Dress up Placemats:
As I was setting my Christmas table, I felt like the placemats needed something. So, I laid a piece of wired plaid ribbon across each placemat and folded the ends under to keep it in place. This gave each plain placemat a striped look and reminded me of a wrapped Christmas present.
As you can see, I was able to find ribbon that matched the plaid Christmas table runner almost exactly! I’m also using some of the plaid ribbon on my Christmas tree.
With the glow of a few candles…
And the sparkle of the Christmas tree lights, it’s beginning to feel like Christmas in here!
So, there you have my traditional Christmas table decor! As soon as I finish decorating the dining room Christmas tree, I’ll have one room I can cross off my list! You’d think I’d have the whole house down by now but I’m just taking my time. What else is there to do in 2020, anyway?…
*Update – My red and blue Christmas tree is decorated! Come take a look!
Traditional Christmas Table Decor Sources:
- China – Lenox Courtyard Gold and Ivory Dinner Plates
- Navy Napkins – Exact Dark Indigo Napkins
- Rattan Chargers – Pier One (similar rattan chargers)
- Plaid Runner- Homegoods, this plaid table runner is similar and this tartan table runner is similar too.
- Placemats – Pier One (exact), similar place mats
- Silverware – International Silver
- Crystal – Noritake (but I can’t remember the name of the pattern)
- Plaid ribbon on placemats – Ballard Designs
Once again, thank you to Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate for hosting. Please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below.
If you’re following along in order, Everyday Living is next! Pam’s tables are always so beautiful – enjoy!
Home is Where the Boat Is
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Me and My Captain
The Zucchini Sisters
Calypso in the Country
My Hubbard Home
Mantel and Table
Living With Thanksgiving
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Life and Linda
White Arrows Home
The Sweet Sensations
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Thistle Key Lane – Tuesday Turnabout, Zucchini Sisters – Celebrate Your Story, My Life Abundant – Wonderful Wednesday, Shiplap and Shells – Charming Homes and Gardens, Between Naps on the Porch – Tablescape Thursday, Imparting Grace – Grace at Home, The Painted Hinge – Farmhouse Friday, Katherine’s Corner – Thursday Favorite Things, My Hubbard Home – Friday with Friends, Pieced Pastimes – Saturday Sparks, Two Chicks and a Mom – Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make, Finding Silver Pennies – Silver Pennies Sunday, Love My Messy Mess – Happiness is Homemade, Life and Linda – Love Your Creativity, Marilyn’s Treats – Over the Moon, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Inspire Me Monday, Follow the Yellow Brick Home – All About Home, Karin’s Kottage – Centerpiece Wednesday, Two Chicks and a Mom – Funtastic Friday, A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday