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How to Set a Dinner Table for Winter

Looking for a simple winter table decor idea for the dining table? Wait until you see how to set the dinner table for a cozy winter dinner party in a few easy steps.

I love setting a beautiful table, don’t you?

To me, it’s like playing dress-up with your table.

It’s one of my favorite things to do and I enjoy sharing them with guests for dinner.

A few weeks ago, I shared how to create this beautiful winter centerpiece made with faux greens, neutral textured ornaments, and my favorite vintage toolbox.

But I have not shown you the gorgeous tablescape I designed to go along with it for a dinner party I threw a few weeks ago.

What I love most about it, is the combination of both formal and casual elements.

You can dress this one up or dress it down depending on what you have on hand.

And while the overall look is pretty neutral, I incorporated some moody black touches to change it up.

I love how it turned out.

Wait until you see how easy it is to set the dining table for a cozy dinner party.

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Winter Tablescape Idea

How to Set the Dining Table For Winter

Layers, layers, and more layers.

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

When you are out shopping, 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.

Setting the Table

Since I love to leave my farmhouse wood table exposed, I started with this beautiful jute table runner from Pier 1.

I centered by winter centerpiece, then flanked both sides with these brass candlesticks from Target.

For added mood and drama, I used black tapered candles.

And boy do I love them!

Don’t they look so cool?

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

If you don’t have black chargers or want to save some money, considering refinishing ones you have with some black chalk paint.

I started with my favorite cedar branch placemats from Pier 1, then topped it with a black charger, dinner, and salad plates.

As an aside, I love how these placemats make each place setting look.

They vibe well with my garden-style decor and I use them in almost every tablescape.

Winter Tablescape Idea

Guests love them and they are worth the purchase.

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.

Winter Tablescape Idea

And I love the gold rims on them!

It adds a touch of sparkle to casual tablescapes without overpowering them.

For some added bling, I used her lead crystal goblets and gold flatware.

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

Winter Tablescape Idea

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