"I went with a supersimple, inexpensive, nature-inspired tablescape," says Houzz user editedinteriors. "It is basically white, silver and blue with some natural color coming from the magnolia leaves, pinecones and burlap. I picked up the two white bird ornaments at a local florist. As it happened, a guest brought everyone chocolates in blue and white boxes — perfect fit for the table!"
Houzzer Shari and two of her friends got creative when setting up a luncheon for the women of Goat Hill Fair. They kept things simple and green, repurposing items like a vintage wool blanket as a table runner. The china and glassware are mixed and matched, and the oranges make one think of a time when oranges were a big stocking treat.
A serendipitous trip to Marshalls spurred alkihouse to go all red and white for her table — she scooped up these cheerful plates and designed around them.
"We wanted to create an African-inspired tablescape mixed with traditional Christmas colors and florals," says ethnicitidesignonline.
The chandelier at tambrosia's home has received lots of attention. She's hung large ornaments in a lovely arrangement over the table.
Vignette Design created a woodsy winter table, using log-slice chargers, majolica plates and a faux bois vase framed by antler candlesticks in the center.
For Christmas morning, Vignette Design completed another clever tablescape using red and green tartan placemats with pinecones on a cake stand serving as a yuletide centerpiece.
Houzz user pennymoon has a quiet dinner for four planned in her newly remodeled eat-in kitchen. "I love the traditional red and green decor, but I added a touch of whimsy by adding lime-green accents to the centerpiece and with the ornaments that adorn each plate," she says.
"Snowmen of all types are the stars of my Christmas tablescape," says sharonsf. "Over the years I have collected a wonderful variety." Her plates are a beloved Spode Christmas tree pattern.
Houzz user karin801 enlisted the help of her friend Frank to create this winter wonderland tablescape.
Houzzer lireese likes to save space for food and drinks on the tabletop, and spreads the decorating around to chandeliers, chairbacks, mirrors and sconces.
"I went with gold, ivory and crystal," says ejheather. She dressed the table for just $13. She used wide ribbon for the chairs and runner, tied gold ribbon around the cloth napkins, spray painted the chargers gold, made the tablecloth out of fabric her grandmother bought in Asia 40 years ago and added ornaments from the Dollar Store.
"Christmas dinner is our time to sit back and feel the warm glow of the holiday season," says smithde. "This tablescape helps to set the tone with rich reds and golds."
Houzz user golfbeach had fun with Annalee elves of all sizes on her table and up in her chandelier this year.
"My tablescape reflects some of the outdoor elements — greenery, snow, birds, trees stumps — with a mix of metallics and golds," says Jo Ann DiGiacinto.
Blogger suzannevos set this table for a tablescape exhibition to benefit Habitat for Humanity. "My book club buddy and I call it 'A Victorian Christmas' and used Pride and Prejudice as our inspiration to create what we think represents Christmas in the garden."
As for her own dining room, suzannevos says, "My table is typically set with gold and ivory and leans toward a Victorian style. The tree in the corner mimics the decorations on the tabletop with gold angels, hearts and flowers throughout."
"Tablescaping and Christmas are two of my all-time favorite topics," says blogger Susan Nowell. "Our table is still adorned with a gorgeous hand-painted Christmas tablecloth I found at a thrift store in Brazil while working with Hope Unlimited for Children."
Here is one of Nowell's past tablescapes, a wondrous mix of silver, glass, china and faux snow.
"I invariably start my living and dining room decoration with setting the dining room table, trying different versions," says Houzz user Michelle. "This will then determine what kind of ambience I will choose for my trees, out of the hundreds of glass, pearl or silver ornaments I have collected over the past 20 years." This theme, used in the past, is "Dreaming of a Blue Christmas."
This is the base of Michelle's tablescape plans for this year, which she'll switch up with accessories depending on the guests and the mood of the occasion.
"My rustic and refined dining room table is set with a special Christmas Eve dinner for six in mind," says Houzzer Suzy. "The guests will include our parents and adult children. The grandchildren will be off visiting their other grandparents for a few hours, so this gave me the opportunity to create an intimate table that will invite a leisurely meal and good conversation."
"We used gold, silver, copper and ivory in our tabletop decor to seamlessly coordinate with the room's color palette," says Panageries.
"We are hosting several holiday gatherings with family and friends," says hjracer. Red and white with touches of green enliven the table.
"I love decorating for Christmas every year. My tablescape is usually the first thing I do the day after Thanksgiving," says beckster18.
Spallina Interiors went for a romantic and luxe tablescape in red and silver. "The chandelier is decorated with vintage crystal ornaments collected through the years," she says.
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