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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, flowers, and natural, textured elements.

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

Dressing up a table is one of my favorite things to do and I love how this one turned out.

Wait until you see these clever Christmas table settings ideas.

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

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Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop

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

She pulled together such a beautiful group of talented bloggers with the most incredible Christmas table setting inspiration.

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

If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.

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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 decorations is this gorgeous holiday centerpiece that I made using my favorite vintage toolbox.

5 Clever Ideas for the Prettiest Christmas Table Settings

Create a Beautiful Christmas Dining Table Centerpiece

Whether you make or purchase a centerpiece for the dining table is a matter of preference.

I prefer making my centerpieces because they are more budget-friendly and brings your personality to the table which lends to the overall Christmas aesthetic.

Before making a centerpiece, 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 plus it’s a really nice size.

This toolbox has gone through many looks this year.

It began 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.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

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 than it was summer, but I kept it until fall because it was neutral, looked gorgeous, and I loved it.

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

And this is how I decorated it for Christmas.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Doesn’t it look awesome? I love how earthy and organic it looks with the old wood of the toolbox and faux winter greens.

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

To make this centerpiece, I stuffed it with beautiful faux greens, pine cones, and some rustic Christmas ornaments.

You could anchor the greens and accessories in with floral foam, but I just stuffed enough greens as the base to hold everything.

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

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Shop This Vintage Christmas Centerpiece Look

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 fun 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 looks!

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, dimension, and personality to the table.

Next time you shop, pick up dining accessories that you can reuse over and over again.

Because 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 or forage in the landscape. 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
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.

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!  

Here’s a really good example of how I used a tree skirt as my table runner.

Christmas Decorating Table Decor Idea
Here is a tablescape I made recently using a tree skirt as a table runner.

How to Set the Table

So now that we are thinking outside the box, let’s set the table!

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

I started with my favorite cedar branch placemats. As an aside, these are no longer available so if you can’t find something like them, try using a boxwood wreath instead to get a similar look.

I then topped each placemat with these rustic rattan chargers.

Because they add some texture with the cedar branch placemats, I tend to use these a lot when decorating tables.

Christmas table settings

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

To add rustic elegance, I used my neutral Lenox fine china that was passed down 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.

christmas table settings

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.

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

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

rustic and elegant christmas table settings
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!

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.

rustic and elegant christmas table settings

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Thanks so much for stopping by my home today. I hope you found some inspiration from my rustic farmhouse tablescape ideas.

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

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  1. I just love your idea for the table! I have a old rustic wooden tool box and gonna give it a try for my old farmhouse table on front porch! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! 🎄

    1. I’m so happy to hear that Margie! You will love styling it. My toolbox is one of my favorite things to change up for the seasons. Happy Holidays!

  2. Stacy,
    I love everything you shared on your table. The layers are gorgeous and you know I love the tool box filled for Christmas! So glad to be doing these tours with you.

  3. Stacy your toolbox is so fun. I need to dig mine out now and get styling it with this January. The little presents are so cute in it. Pinned.

    1. Good question! Christmas Eve will be a stovetop clambake – I think Christmas day I will do a slow cooker cranberry pork roast – have you ever tried?

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  5. This is my kind of table! Love the centerpiece, the utensil holders, the napkins and placemats! It’s so beautiful yet rugged and woodsy. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

  6. I always love to see what you do next with your rustic vintage tool box Stacy. And you outdid yourself once again. It looks just beautiful, and those napkins are amazing! Just the perfect pop of color. Great job!

    1. Thank you Kim! I love that plaid!!! That toolbox is so much fun to stuff with pretty stuff. Thank you!! It was fun touring with you again! xoxoxo

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  8. Hi Stacy,

    Love your table and the plaid napkins are a perfect touch. I have been on the hunt for similar candlesticks but haven’t found any.

    Hopefully we get the snow predicted in NJ. We deserve a white Christmas with not being able to have family and friends with us.

    Merry Christmas!


    1. Thanks Cindy! Did you check out Target? That’s where I got these. I am in the zone for getting hit hard for snow. I’m hoping we don’t lose power! I hope it snows on Christmas wouldn’t that be awesome!

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    1. Hi Claudia! I’m assuming you are asking where the napkins are from? I bought them from Pier 1 several years ago and they don’t sell them anymore. I’ve tried finding a similar version but none have come close!

  10. Love it! Your table is decorated so beautifully for the holiday season! Can’t wait to decorate here!