How to Set your Holiday Table – 5 Stunning Tablescape Ideas

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Are you hosting some friends or family for a meal this holiday season? Are you stressed about or unsure of how to set the table? I’ve rounded up 5 beautiful holiday tablescapes that are easy and doable for anyone, and I’ll even talk you through how to duplicate each look! I’ve also included a few tips for how to get your table ready ahead of time so you’re not stressed the day your company comes. Holidays are for relaxing and enjoying your company! I hope this post helps you stress less and enjoy more! 🙂

TABLE 1 : SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

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This is a high-end look, and yet so very simple! While I would definitely keep all of this in a neutral color scheme, you can use any shade of white, cream, or gray and this setup will still look fabulous.

Here’s how to set it:

    • Start by running neutral runners between seats across the short direction of your table, in lieu of placements.
    • Set each place setting with a simple charger (the ones shown here are a gray wood) and neutral plates. Tuck a neutral (but festive!) napkin between the plates and top with a simple place marker.
    • To glam it up a bit more, use gold servingware instead of the more common silver or nickel.
  • This beautiful centerpiece can easily be achieved with some mercury glass candles and neutral colored christmas bulbs. Just think about using varying heights of candles and multiple sizes of bulbs to add dimension.

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TABLE 2 : NATURALLY ELEGANT

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This is one of my favorites, of course because I love farmhouse style anything, but it’s a super easy table to set and looks really elegant all put together.

Here’s how to set it:

    • Start by setting each place with a rustic napkin tucked under a wood bark charger. Then top with white dishes and a simple place marker made out of a cinnamon stick and greenery piece tied together with a tag.
    • Used gold silverware to stick with the color scheme.
  • Decorate the center of the table by placing a wide strip of greenery branches (can be purchased at any nursery or even a garland that’s pre-made) and then setting candles and candleholders throughout. For the candle holders, start with the four tall ones evenly spaced on table in the center of the greenery and then alternate mercury glass votive holders and large white pillars along the edge of the greenery on each side.

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TABLE 3 : BRIGHT & CHEERY

While red isn’t a color I use in my normal decor, I love it during the holidays. Something about it makes a home feel joyful! This table is fun and festive and would be great for a dinner that includes kids.

Here’s how to set it:

    • Start by placing a white table cloth over the entire table and then layering red striped runners across the short direction of the table between seats instead of placemats.
    • Set each place with a red charger, white plates and a white napkin. Roll the napkins and tie off with a sprig of rosemary and red ribbon.
  • For the centerpieces, place red berry bouquets in small white vases or pitchers. Depending on your table size, I would place 1-3 large bouquets and 2-4 small bouquets, with a large in the middle and alternating from the middle out.

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TABLE 4 :  RUSTIC & COZY


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I love the flannel table cloth on this one! Doesn’t it just make you want to cozy in for a drink and dinner? Want to know a secret? It’s actually just a throw blanket pretending to be a table cloth – that’s right, you can use blankets on your table! 😉 Another awesome thing about this one is that it’s really simple and yet looks totally complicated – the perfect combination to impress your guests!

Here’s how to set it:

    • Begin with a dark neutral, flannel throw draped over the table like a table cloth.
    • For each place setting, set with light neutral plates, a white napkin, and top with a large pinecone. Add gold silverware to bring warmth to the table.
  • To decorate the center of the table, place a large eucolyptus bouquet in the middle, large birch candles on either side and small succulents at the edges.

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TABLE 5 : CASUALLY CALMING


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This table has all the casual vibes – pale linens, simple christmas decor and all white plates. Add matching pillows on the chairs and it calls for relaxing and lingering.

Here’s how to set it:

    • Begin with a neutral plaid tablecloth (this one is actually a throw too!) Go for one with tassels that’s slightly shorter than your table is long.
    • Set each place with a large white charger, white dishes and a neutral cotton napkin tucked under the plates.
    • For the centerpiece, center three varying height bottle-brush style trees and place silver holiday figurines on either side.
  • Finish it off by placing mercury glass votive holders and silver jinglebells throughout.

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Ok, now that you’ve decided which table you want to recreate, let’s talk about how to get it ready ahead of time! First things first, count up how many guests you’re going to have so you know how many place settings you need to set. If you’re purchasing new items for setting your table online, give at least two weeks for delivery. That means you should probably be ordering today if you’re going to use them for Christmas! Then, once you have everything you need, set the entire table at least a day (sometimes mine is set for a week) before your event.

Another thing I always do, and find to be appreciated by my guests, is name place markers. Not only does it allow you to dictate where everyone sits (yes, there’s a method to that too!) but it also lets your guests know that you had them specifically in mind when preparing the table and meal. This doesn’t have to be fancy, it could be a simple card on top of the plates like in Table 1 (I’d suggest something similar for Table 5), a tag tied around greenery like in Tables 2 and 3, or something as simple as tucking a tag with their name on it into the pinecone in Table 4. The possibilities are endless and it really does make your guests feel special!

I will be setting the Christmas dinner table at my Dad’s house this year and look forward to sharing the results with you all later this month along with my favorite low-cost way to spruce up a table scape! I’m going for a black and white buffalo check, red and greenery color scheme. Should be pretty!

I hope this helps take some of the stress out of your holiday season, and like always, let me know how yours turns out!

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