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5 Clever Ideas for the Prettiest Christmas Table Settings

Looking for ways to dress up your table for the holidays? Check out these 5 clever Christmas table settings to make your holiday feel festive, welcome and cozy.

When I decorate, I love to bring the outdoors in with lots of greens, florals and natural, textured elements.

For the holidays this year, I’m drawn to neutrals with pops of red, so this tablescape has lots of pretty woods and organic textured layers.

I am really excited to join the Creative Christmas Tablescape Inspiration tour hosted by my talented friend, Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse.

If you are coming from my good friend Kristin’s from White Arrows Home, welcome to my home!

Dressing up a table is one of my favorite things to do!

Don’t miss my tip at the end of this post about achieving different looks with the same items.

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5 Clever Ideas for the Prettiest Christmas Table Settings

Rustic Christmas Table Settings Ideas

I love entertaining and dressing up my dining room table for guests.

No matter how big or small the event is, I love to design a beautiful centerpiece and set a gorgeous table that coordinates with it.

But it’s gotta be easy!

This year, the inspiration behind my Christmas table settings is this gorgeous holiday centerpiece that I made using my favorite vintage toolbox.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Room Table

Start with a vessel you love. For me, I am obsessed with a vintage toolbox that I found in Vermont. It looks incredible on my farmhouse dining table and its a really nice size.

This toolbox has gone through many looks this year.

It started as a gorgeous Thanksgiving centerpiece idea.

Then I tweaked it to make this beautiful Christmas centerpiece idea.

After the holidays, the same toolbox transitioned to this amazing winter centerpiece idea for the dining table.

And then I changed out the winter greens for spring and summer with this centerpiece idea for the dining table.

It was a little more spring, but I kept it through summer because it was neutral, looked gorgeous and I loved it.

When fall rolled around, I gave it a whole new look.

And here’s how I decorated it for the Christmas.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Doesn’t it look awesome?

I love how earthy and organic it looks!

And those present ornaments are the cutest aren’t they?

To make this centerpiece, I stuffed it with beautiful faux greens, pine cones and a few ornaments.

Now that we designed the holiday centerpiece, let’s decorate the dining room table.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

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How to Create Rustic and Elegant Christmas Table Settings

For this year’s Christmas table decor, I focused on beautiful greens and earthy neutrals with pops of red.

I love what I did last year but wanted to change up the look for this year.

And I love how it turned out!

Rustic and Elegant Christmas Table Settings

So how do you create a rustic and elegant Christmas tablescape?

Layers, layers, and more layers.

Think layers when creating any tablescape because they bring warmth and personality to the table.

Next time you shop, pick up dining accessories that you can re-use over and over again.

I create a lot of different looks using the same basic pieces.

But before you head out shopping though, look around your home and see what you already have. You might be surprised at the cool things you have hidden away.

Be creative and most importantly, have fun with it!

Rustic and Elegant Christmas Table Settings

Decorating a Christmas Tablescape

Since I love to leave my farmhouse wood table exposed, I start with a beautiful red ticking runner like this one.

Rustic and Elegant Christmas Table Settings

I’ve also used a table skirt or area rug as a table runner.

So if you want to keep your table exposed to show the wood, think outside the box!  

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Here is a tablescape I made recently using a tree skirt as a table runner.

For each table setting, I layered placemats, chargers and dinnerware.

I started with my favorite cedar branch placemats. I’m not sure if they are still available from Pier 1 since they shifted their store to being solely online but check because they are the best and I use them all the time.

I then topped each placemat with these rustic rattan chargers.

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If you want to add some ambiance, center the centerpiece, and flank both sides with some cool candlesticks.

To add some elegance, I used my neutral Lenox fine china that was passed down to me from my grandmother.

Whenever I can, I try to incorporate my Lenox in tablescapes because it is nice to be able to use them instead of keeping them tucked away in storage.

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And I love the gold rims on them! It adds a touch of sparkle to a casual tablescape without overpowering it.

For some added bling, I used her gold flatware that I have tucked into these adorable pouches from Cutlery Couture.

I don’t typically use this gold flatware set, but love that pop of gold and how casually elegant it looks.

rustic and elegant christmas table settings

I love how pretty the table looks all put together don’t you?

Those Christmas gift ornaments look great in my toolbox centerpiece and really compliment those plaid napkins.

Rustic and Elegant Christmas Table Settings

It’s amazing how many different looks you can achieve by swapping out a few items.

There are so many elements on this table that I use in several of my tablescapes and I’m always in awe of how unique each table looks!

rustic and elegant christmas table settings

As much as I love to shop for decor, the best tip I can give is to add to what you have instead of purchasing whole new looks.

When you add to your collections and expand, it is much easier to mix and match each year to achieve different looks.

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Thanks so much for stopping by my home today.

Next up on the tour is my good friend Ann from Dabbling and Decorating.

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