Tablescape: Pinecone Holiday Tablesetting

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A number of years ago I found this wonderful set of holiday dishes at Target on clearance after Christmas. The first thing that caught my eye was the red berries on the salad/dessert plate. I just adore red berries and they go with so many holiday decorations! The next thing that attracted me to these dishes was the pine cone in the bottom of the soup bowls. Pine cones are another iconic holiday emblem that can be used in the fall, Christmas, and even after the holidays in the winter months. So, needless to say, I bought these dishes and have enjoyed using ever since. Check out this pinecone holiday tablesetting for some ideas you might be able to use in your home.

You don’t have to have dishes like mine to create a similar tablesetting. Use a neutral tone solid set of dishes or those that are red or green. I used a red damask fabric tablecloth as the underpinning of my tablescape to coordinate with the red berries on the dishes. You could use a solid colored cloth that coordinates with your dishes.I used white damask cloth napkins for the placesettings. White is always appropriate, but I used it because it picks up on the white centers of my dishes. I rolled the napkins and slipped them into small inexpensive grapevine wreaths I picked up at the craft store. I bought several large floral stems of red berries at the craft store, and cut off several small pieces to wrap around the wreaths. The woody color of the wreaths also picked up on the color of the brown pine cones I was going to use in the centerpiece.

For the centerpiece, I was able to use the set of three pine cone candles that my sister-in-law gave me for my November birthday. She didn’t even know I had these dishes, but she knows me well enough to know I would find a good way to use the candles. The three candles shaped like pine cones came with a long flat black tray on which to sit. You can find sets of candles like this in many craft and department stores, but you can also buy individual pine cone-shaped candles at many stores. You can also use regular pillar candles if you can’t find the pine cone-shaped ones.

Around the tray I tucked sprigs of pine branches–you can use real or artificial pine. I also tucked in small pine cones from my yard and pieces of the red berry floral stems I used for the napkin ring wreaths. And that’s all there is to this pinecone holiday tablesetting–it’s so simple, but perfect for a holiday or winter table.

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