Holiday Settings: The Christmas Tablescape

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Places In The Home. One of our neighbors walked down last night to see our 2012 Christmas tablescape.  He asks the same question every year, “Now, are we going to eat Christmas dinner at this table, or is this a just for decoration holiday tablescape?”

We are going to enjoy the holiday out of it!

I like to set the table with china and accents in traditional colors of the season. The ebony, brick, red, and gold colors of the runners and placemats accent the dining room color palette while offering a twist on tradition.

My bright idea from last year’s holiday tablescape of attaching the dinner napkin to the placemat with decorative rhinestone buttons is again featured on the holiday table.

The rhinestone buttons are from a bridal shop, the grosgrain ribbon gives a nod to the traditional peppermint, and the ebony placemat ties the rich deep colors of the runners  to the color palette. The ribbon is loosely tied to the dinner napkin, which is folded handkerchief style.


Vintage and soon to be vintage crystal accessories make their yearly trek from the china cabinet to the table (that’s a whole lot of cleaning and polishing, folks!).  I knew I wanted to find a spot for the Royal Vienna plate somewhere on the table. I placed it all around, thinking in terms of tradition and conventional placement. Nothing worked or suited me until I thought out of the box. Funny how that works the best most of the time for me and my tastes. 


The centerpiece base consists of pyracantha, magnolia leaves, cuttings from a fresh cut Ruscus garland, and red and white glass ornaments. The vintage crystal candelabra is a Tennessee treasure found antiquing in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic this centerpiece smells!  Our dining room does not catch much direct sunlight which helps to keep the greenery from losing its appeal or drying out prematurely.


Decorative touches of  Louisiana and the local landscape join the celebration. Enter the cotton stalks and decorative gold pine cone I used at Thanksgiving. I paired them with the plaid ribbon, sterling candlesticks, and taper candles with a touch of ivory to keep things festive and uncomplicated.

The Christmas goose has been part of our holiday scene for years, and Christmas would not be Christmas without him. ‘Tis better to be stuffed than cooked!


The temperatures have dropped, the table is set, the Christmas dinner menu planned, the sweets of the season baked and Christmas memories are being made.  Happy Holidays!

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