Tablescape: Christmas Table Setting Ideas

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If you are trying to decide on Christmas table setting ideas to use for holiday meals, you might consider one like this which uses a simple Merry Christmas sign as a centerpiece with some natural greenery.

 

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If you have a pretty wooden kitchen or dining room table top, show it off. Using placemats on a bare table can be very attractive and is simpler than ironing a tablecloth in this hectic holiday season. I have used a flat round twig charger with a round natural-colored hemp placemat layered over it.

 

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The dishes are Royal Holly from Gibson Everyday tableware, and I have placed the bread plate on top of the dinner plate. This way the two gold holly borders show as well as the bread plate’s center medallion. One of the best features of this china pattern is that it works well in this more casual setting as well as in a more formal setting.

 

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The red cloth napkins pick up on the color of the tiny red berries on the gold holly borders and of the red sign. The square napkins are folded in a triangle, and the triangle is then folded accordion-style and tied in a loose knot.

 

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The scalloped round porcelain coasters were given to me as a Christmas gift last year by a kind-hearted friend, and I use them constantly with my water and wine glasses to protect the surface of the table.

 

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This “Merry Christmas” sign was purchased at Walgreen’s drug store–it was intended as a wall plaque, but I thought it would make a great table centerpiece (I think everything would make a great centerpiece, or so my friends say) Now, the only problem with this particular idea was that the “y” of the word “Merry” extends below the bottom of all the other letters. But there was a simple solution–I set the sign atop two red votive candles–one at each end. These votive candles allow the sign to balance just high enough off the top of the table to accommodate the tail of the “y.”  Then I tucked the greenery and nandina berries from my backyard in the space under and around the sign.

 

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This tablescape is one that would work well for a Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner, or any time in the holiday season. It is festive and uncomplicated–the way we all wish our holidays are!

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