Looking for ways to dress up your table for the holidays? Wait until you see these incredible Christmas tablescape ideas that will make your holiday feast look stunning.
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 gorgeous Christmas tablescape 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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Rustic Christmas Table Setting 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.
Beautiful Christmas Table Centerpiece Ideas
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 bring your personality to the table which lends to the overall Christmas aesthetic.
Before making a centerpiece, start with a vessel you love.
I’ve been 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.
And the cool thing is, when you find a centerpiece vessel you love, you can change it up and use it throughout the seasons in a matter of minutes.
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 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 my Christmas tablescape.
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?
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 with some beautiful red Christmas table decorations.
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How to Create Rustic Elegant Christmas Table Settings
For this year’s Christmas table decorations, 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!
So how do you create a rustic and elegant Christmas tablescape? Here’s how to do it.
Create Lots of Cozy Layers
Think of layers when creating any tablescape because they bring warmth, dimension, and personality to the table.
Next time you shop, pick up dining table accessories that you can reuse over and over again. Because I create a lot of different looks using the same basic pieces that I can layer over and over again but in aesthetically pleasing different ways.
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!
Decorating This 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.
Rustic Elegant Christmas Tablescape Ideas: 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. And wanted to play up rustic elegance with red Christmas table decorations.
I started with my favorite cedar branch placemats. As an aside, I use these in so many different themed tablescapes, so they are worth purchasing 10-12 to keep on hand for both large and small dinner parties.
Because they add some texture to the cedar branch placemats, I tend to use these a lot when decorating tables.
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.
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 vintage gold flatware that I have tucked into these adorable pouches from Cutlery Couture. I don’t always 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Next up on the tour is my good friend Ann from Dabbling and Decorating.