No matter what your style is, there are many ways to set a beautiful table for your holiday guests. Maybe you like formal china in the dining room for Christmas Eve, but a casual farmhouse look in the breakfast room for a Christmas Day brunch. If you’d like a warm and inviting tone to your entertaining this holiday season, here’s how to create a cozy Christmas tablescape with floral and plaid.
I’ve partnered with Pier 1 to bring you this relaxed Christmas table setting. A huge thank you to Pier 1 for providing the product but the selections, styling and opinions are all my own.
My concept for this table was to use bold traditional colors and rustic homestyle elements to harness the cozy family-oriented feel and then layer unexpected patterns to add interest. This is in stark contrast to my more formal and ornate pink and gold Christmas table, yet both have a place in our holiday entertaining plans.
It’s also interesting to note that it only takes a few “specifically holiday” pieces along with a well-planned color story to get the message across, while the rest of your tableware can be everyday items that will be used throughout the year.
Looking at my plate stack, I started with a chunky distressed wood charger with embossed scroll, next added an antiqued scroll dinner plate in solid cream, and topped it all off with a gorgeous berry poinsettia salad plate. I love to use printed salad plates to telegraph my theme, but save money by using solids that are multi-functional for the rest of my pieces. You will see these chargers and dinner plates many times in the future in very different tablescape looks.
(See resource list at the bottom of the post.)
Playing off the floral salad plates I used a plaid table runner as an underpinning, and it’s the marriage of these two prints that gives this table its unique personality. The country vibe of the wood chargers and the whip stitch on the runner also help create that cozy Christmas tablescape feel.
For the centerpiece I stayed simple with white roses, holiday greenery and a touch of red berries. I love to use seeded eucalyptus for the flow and movement it brings to an arrangement.
The goblets I used are a golden crackle lusterware and they help bring a note of holiday bling without being too over-the-top formal.
The overall effect is dramatically holiday but if you removed just the poinsettia plates you could turn this into a very different table setting. The runner is reversible with solid red on the other side, so I can get quite a bit of mileage out of all of these wonderful pieces.
I added vintage brass candlesticks with rose-toned bobeches and silver flecked candles for festive flair.
The napkins are a lovely red cotton hemstitch, and they’re clustered in a chunky carved scroll napkin ring. The slub weave of the cotton and the wooden ring further add to the homespun character of this cozy Christmas tablescape.
I like to encourage lively conversation at my tables so I chose a slender vase from my collection for the floral centerpiece, as it raised the flowers above eye level while taking up limited space on its own. I used decorative shot glasses at each place setting for sculptural interest and added a sprig of greenery for a fun accent.
The rustic nature of this table works so well with my French Country decor and it feels special enough for the holiday while celebrating a cozy family-oriented sensibility!
Cozy Christmas Tablescape Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Wood Scroll Chargers
- Antique Scroll Dinner Plates
- Poinsettia Salad Plates
- Red Hemstitch Napkins
- Carved Scroll Napkin Ring
- Golden Lusterware Crackle Goblets
Note, the plaid table runner I found at my local Pier 1, but it’s not currently available online. If you want the same look, I would recommend going with a solid red runner and using these plaid placemats.
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