Sixteen Tablescape Ideas to Consider for the Holidays
“There is just something about the holidays that is not all about how much money you spend.” -Hilarie Burton.
One of the best things about the Christmas season is finally taking out your box of holiday decorations from the stockroom and transforming your home into your very own holiday escape.
For those who do not experience winter, it may even be seen as a yearly occasion to turn homes into their own winter wonderland. Each year, every household has its own traditional decorations to tackle, which range from setting up and decorating the Christmas tree to littering your front lawn with various festive Christmas ornaments. Unfortunately, some homeowners who live in condominium units often feel that their opportunities for decorating are limited by their somewhat diminutive spaces. However, small spaces should not restrict your vision in your Christmas decorating endeavor. As it is, there are plenty of other areas in your home that you ought to decorate. Often, these areas are easily overlooked, and one of them is your dinner table. You do not need to be hosting a big, elaborate Christmas dinner party just to go all out with your tablescape decorations.
Whether you are living in an affordable condo in Alabang or an apartment elsewhere, this article is teeming with ideas to aid you in transforming your dining rooms and kitchens into a holiday zone.
So, if you are looking for a myriad of ways to bring the festivities and joys of the Christmas season into your home, then decorating your dining table is a start. But, more importantly, it is an excellent way to make the most out of the space you have. The possibilities for tablescape decorating are endless. From creating DIY decorations with your kids to making use of affordable but beautiful centerpieces, the potential for Christmas tablescapes you can create is limitless.
Below are just some of the ideas you can use in your own homes:
a.) Give dining tables a natural touch
Give greenery and small flowers new life by incorporating them into your holiday tablescape decorations. With a piece of greenery, you can quickly transform a plain piece of fabric into a gorgeous and artful runner. What makes this even better is that you can do it in just under ten minutes. Simply use a mix of materials such as pine leaves and evergreen, then trim their sprigs to different lengths. To give it a splash of color, add a few of your holiday decorations to the setup. Finally, create spaces between the sprigs so you have a place for bottles of beverages or serving dishes.
b.) Farmhouse Place Setting
For a stylish and fresh look to your dining tables, utilize woven and willow plate chargers and a basket filled with golden Christmas ornaments and clippings. You can finish each spot with a gold figurine, a dash of greenery, and simple cream-colored pottery. To elevate the design, use a classic gray or gold-striped tea towel as a table napkin.
c.) Copper and Rose Gold Christmas Table
Copper and rose gold are two incredibly elegant colors. And likewise, they will add elegance and sophistication to your Christmas dining tables. That said, strategically place bottle brush trees, flickering lanterns, and a few choice green dishes to make this Christmas tablescape idea elegant but homey. To ensure that the colors do not clash with one another, choose simple white plate chargers with bold copper or rose gold wine glasses. This way, you can add texture and color to the overall theme.
d.) Utilize Elegant Cutleries, Glassware, and Tableware
Creating a sophisticated Christmas table that can welcome guests to a feast is as easy as adding a few choice seasonal accents to your existing decor. Choose elegant wine glasses and beautiful plates to create a neutral tablescape that already looks great by itself but even better with fresh holiday greenery and ornaments. To elevate the look, use stemmed wine glasses and a few oversized glass vases to add height and dimension. As a fun addition, you can put a Christmas tree platter in the middle, which gives your seasonal table a touch of holiday cheer.
e.) Christmas Village Centerpiece
For tables that are quite big, you may go all out decorating. Christmas villages are often used to decorate the mantel. Still, this year, you can try putting it in the dining room to create a truly unique and festive holiday centerpiece. Once you have set up your village, accent it with colorful brush trees and fresh greenery. Make sure that the village remains the focus of your tablescape by utilizing neutral table runners such as cream-colored ones.
f.) Simple Place Setting
If you already have an elaborate setup in your dining room, you may want to choose something a little subdued for your holiday table. That said, you can use grain sack napkins, flocked pine, white porcelain dishware, and cotton balls as makeshift snow to create a simple place setting for your holiday tables. To give your holiday table Christmas cheer, you can finish each place setting with a snowflake-shaped dish complemented by a simple handwritten name card.
g.) Buffalo Check Table Decoration
Try something different by turning a simple table decorating endeavor into a fun and playful activity. Instead of elaborate decors and designs, use something simple such as a red toy mailbox at each guest’s spot, and fill it with your preferred holiday card. You can complete this table setting with a buffalo check placemat, bright green bottle brush trees, and napkins. For this table setting, you do not need a table runner.
h.) Christmas Dining Room
Go all out and do not limit yourself to decorating just your table. For a truly festive look, create pretty Christmas chairs. Attach greens and other Christmas ornaments on your chair and form a pretty wreath. Hang it from each dining room chair using a ribbon of your choice. Take it further by putting a small Christmas tree on the table for a truly festive look.
i.) Turn it into A Center Stage Display
If your aesthetic leans more toward the minimalist farmhouse style, you may want to consider a rustic design. To give it a festive cheer, incorporate modern Christmas elements as well. Do this by planting paperwhites in low galvanized planters. Place these at the center of the table so that they can be your dining room's main focus and attraction. From there, scatter green glass bottles all over your table to complete the scene.
j.) Woodland-Inspired Table
Another great idea you can utilize in decorating your holiday table is to utilize woodland-inspired ideas. Put your brass candlesticks into good use by setting them down for a festive and charming holiday table-setting idea. Arrange them on your table, and pepper some greenery garlands, brass Christmas ornaments, a few pieces of gold ribbons, and a cake stand with your favorite Christmas-themed pastry.
k.) Greenery Centerpiece
For a vibe and feel appropriate for the holiday season, set your table in the colors of this Christmas season. You can make this quickly by looking for pieces of greenery and setting them at the center of your table. From there, you can add red pomegranates or fresh cherries to your garland and accent it with brass candlesticks.
l.) Red and Black
Traditionally, red and black make great Christmas colors. That said, you should try incorporating these colors into your holiday table. All this fresh Christmas table setting requires you to do is arrange bright red cherries or pomegranates in a simple black bowl to create a statement. Then, to give your holiday table an even bolder look, add fresh greenery and tartan-print napkins to complete the aesthetic.
m.) Christmas Village in individual settings
There is a myriad of ways to put a Christmas village on your dining table, and if you are saving on dining space, it does not have to be the centerpiece. Instead, a collection of cardboard Christmas houses will be enough to add festive cheer to your simple but beautiful holiday table. Arrange them on the table with colorful bottle brush trees and evergreen branches. Finish it with patterned dishes and a mini cardboard house at each place for a truly charming display.
n.) Silver Christmas Table
Instead of fabric table runners, get crafty by creating one made from boughs of greenery. To add a little shimmer and panache, mix glitter glue with liquid, put them in glass votives, and place them around the table. Finally, complete this Christmas table setting idea with a festive flower arrangement, candles, and varied vintage silverware for that extra holiday cheer.
o.) Easy elegance
You do not always have to go over the top with Christmas table decorations. If you wish to go formal, you can simply give your holiday table setting a few touches of embellished crisp linens complemented by iridescent accents. In this way, you have a fresh but refined look. Use white flowers bordered with green and red apple wedges as your centerpiece and a handful of well-placed gold Christmas ornaments.