In this post: Looking for ideas for a holiday table setting? This lovely tablescape uses blue and white decor to bring French Country style to the table.⇒
Blue and white is one of the most romantic color palettes for the home. Whether it’s French blue toile, homespun country checks or elegant blue and white chinoiserie, the combination suits many tastes and aesthetic styles. It also happens to be the color way commonly associated with Hanukkah, so when I was styling my table for this festive December holiday, I opted for a French blue and white holiday table setting.
A common theme in all my decorating and styling is a stubborn refusal to abandon my aesthetic taste, so regardless what the occasion is, I generally add to it a French country spin. This tablescape is no exception, and while it easily utilizes various Hanukkah imagery, the overall impression is that of a country French picnic.
As with most of my settings, this one originated with a central pattern, which when married with the other elements the story emerges. The plate stack was my starting point, but once the concept was solidified, the real fun began. Underpinning the whole tableau and supporting the picnic feel, I used a French blue toile blanket as my tablecloth base. (See resource list below.)
The initial inspiration for this holiday tablescape was the blue Star of David salad plates with a lovely decorative border. They are topped with my everyday cream dinner plates, a versatile dish I use over and and over. Adding an air of formality to this otherwise casual theme are a few of my favorite tabletop items, including the silver French chargers.
A table setting is not complete without lovely fresh flowers and for this one I used lush blue hydrangeas.
Most significant to this holiday and thereby given a place of honor atop a cake plate is the menorah that’s lit with all of its candles. This one is a new one to our family and the addition has been a most special treat.
A closer look at the plate stack reveals the detail in the patterns.
The chinoiserie vases were ordered online (I’ve linked similar ones below). The color match is perfect and their small delicate silhouettes add color without overpowering their surroundings.
A favorite purchase from last year were these dreidel inspired salt and pepper shakers.
The whitewashed bench complements the relaxed country theme and the toile chinoiserie pillow is the quintessential accent.
The glen plaid crystal wine goblets add another touch of pedigree, as they light glimmers off the cut crystal pattern. These are another go-to favorite I use over and over.
White embroidered napkins are from my vintage collection and the fabulous blingy napkin rings are originally from Pottery Barn. I bought a set last year but needed to purchase some more, so this year I found these additions on ebay.
For my side chairs I swapped out my usual mid-tone wood chairs in favor of these white cane back ones with a French country feel. The homespun pillow was actually sewn together using two very old placements from Ralph Lauren Home. I purchased the placements in the 1980’s when I worked at the company!
As the sun set outside my window it cast a blue glow on the scene.
Holiday Table Setting Source List
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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- Silver Chargers
- Cream Dinner Plates
- Blue and White Salad Plates
- White Linen Napkins
- Crystal Bracelet Napkin Rings
- Glen Plaid Goblets
- Silver Flatware
- Toile Blanket Tablecloth
- French Chairs
- White Bench
- Toile Needlepoint Pillow
- Silver Menorah
- Hanukkah Candles
- Dreidel Salt and Pepper Set
- Chinoiserie Vases
- Small White Cake Plate
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