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Easy Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Holiday Tablescape

Today I’m really excited to be sharing a pretty, elegant, and easy-to-create holiday get-together tablescape full of simple and affordable holiday table decorating ideas. 

I’m looking forward to hosting Christmas dinner this year… perhaps even twice! We always have a pre-Christmas big family dinner with our entire extended family (both sides together), as my sister-in-law often has to work Christmas day and they live in Vancouver so are only able to travel here for a few nights.  Then we generally have a smaller quaint Christmas dinner with the remaining family members (one or both sides) on the big day itself.  So much cooking and eating! But I’m really excited about having double-ovens for the first Christmas ever, this year.  And really, when it comes down to it… the focus is on enjoying the brief time that we have together as a big extended family; some at the table, some at the island, and the kids tucked into the dining nook.  Best spot?! Definitely the table!

Beautiful Holiday Table graphic.

I’m excited to be joining my friend Bre, from Rooms FOR Rent, along with 16 other bloggers who are sharing their holiday table decor ideas.  Bre creates the most beautiful table designs, but what I love most is that she focuses on the deeper reasons why we gather together to enjoy meals with friends and family.  In fact, she recently published a book called The Gift of Gathering that I know you (or someone on your Christmas list) would love!

To pull together this simple holiday get-together tablescape, I started by laying down a large blanket scarf as the “table cloth”.  I like the way it leaves the ends of our table exposed, showing the fun herringbone pattern of the wood.  Plus… why not repurpose things you already own?  (I even used a throw blanket as a tablecloth in this post).

A wooden table with a holiday tablecloth, candles and decor.

There is evergreen around the picture on the wall.

Next, I layered on my everyday use round woven hyacinth placemats (Soare from Ikea – see them here).  I love the texture these placemats add and I confess that we own 16 of them!  Before adding plates, I layered on my turkish dish towels as oversized napkins (another way to repurpose something lovely that you already own.  I topped these with our everyday plates (confession: we don’t own any fancy plates – this is it!).

Two wreaths hanging in the window in the dining room.

Wooden and cloth chairs at the dining room table.

For ALL regular sources in our dining room see this post – our light fixture is from here.

There is a plaid tablecloth on the table.

To give them a bit of a Christmasy feel I added some simple and inexpensive small plaid salad plates that I picked up at a local grocery/big box store (Real Canadian Superstore for my Canuck readers).  These plaid plates are a super easy and thrifty way to give our regular dishes a holiday twist.  I topped each of these pretty plaid plates with a pretty light bulb ornament (learn how to make these here).

Light bulb ornaments are on the plates.

Flocked greenery and pinecones are in white vases on the table.

I added our stunning gold cutlery (an inexpensive find from Walmart that I use for special occasions). Then I added our turquoise blue Mexican glass wine goblets to keep with the blue/green/pops of red scheme.

Blue and green Christmas tree ornaments are on the table.

Holiday plaid plates are on larger blue plates.

Next I moved onto the centre of the table.  I grouped three white vases, with a wider one in the center, and stuffed them with some simple flocked pine pics that I bought at Michael’s a couple of years ago.

Up close picture of the plates on the table.

Then I filled the middle of the space with some simple glass candle holders from the dollar store, as well as variety of blue and green ornaments which add that perfect bit of elegance and glam.

There is a large light fixture above the table.

I really love how this holiday scheme came together.  And the best part is, you can change up these guidelines to work with your own favourite holiday colours and patterns, or stay more neutral. What do you think?

What are your holiday plans? Are you excited about hosting your family or friends for a get-together this season?!  As I mentioned, my friends and I are sharing our simple holiday table decor ideas today.

Be sure to hop around and find some more inspiration…

Holiday table inspiration 1

Rooms FOR Rent | Modern Glam | Home Made Lovely | My Sweet Savannah

Holiday table inspiration 2

Maison De Cinq | Almafied | Pine & Prospect Home | Craftberry Bush

Table inspiration 3

Making Home Base | Paint Me PinkSincerely, Marie Designs | The Happy Housie

Pretty decorated tables for the holidays 4

Zevy Joy | Amber Tysl | Nick + Alicia

Decorated tables.

Ella Claire & Co. | House by Hoff | Crazy Wonderful

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  1. All these tables look beautiful but where do you put the food? We will be having 18 to sit down this year and that means many food platters and dishes. Do you move all the decorations before the meal is served?

    1. Hi Lynne,
      This table decor would only work if you didn’t have to put all the food on the table… if you have a area to place all your plates of food, like a buffet or island. I am sharing a transportable/portable holiday centrepiece tomorrow that is just as pretty but much easier to move out of the way when it’s time to actually eat! More practical for many who don’t have a big surface nearby for all the dish of food:)

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