In this post: If you’re looking for inspiration for your holiday table settings, consider a neutral table with white roses and magnolia leaves.⇒
Did you ever feel like you just needed a little peace in your life?
Some years I’m all about the flash and sizzle of the holidays with a riotous display of color and pattern. But this year, life has been so chaotic, that all I want is peaceful surrounds. For my Christmas table setting, that translates into the serene purity of winter white, albeit with a festive air augmented by metallic accents.
This is the time to pull out you finest, and my table is peppered with vintage and new, and some baubles too!
Holiday Table Settings
Today I’m joining with several bloggers for the Christmas edition of Styled + Set, the Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour I host several times a year. Be sure to visit the rest of the tours at the bottom of the post.
I often start my tables with my plate stack, but for this table, my concept was driven by my pretty white centerpieces.
I love to repeat visuals in succession and for this table I used three lovely arrangements of white roses interspersed with candles. The magnolia leaves scattered at their feet enhance their elegant beauty. But these centerpieces just might have a little secret.
They’re actually Real Touch Rose Arrangements and they are quite amazing! Not only do they look real but when you get up close and touch them, they truly feel like fresh flowers. They’re perfect for the winter when fresh flowers are scarce, or it’s not so easy to go out in bad weather to get them.
To balance the grace of my charming florals, I selected vintage French plates for my plate stack. With a gorgeous silver charger as the foundation, I layered delicately patterned Limoges dishes and topped it off with a decorative crystal drop.
I used plenty of fresh greens on my Christmas table, including juniper sprigs tucked into my crystal napkin rings. A sweet embroidered napkin with scalloped edges adds a refined note, while French “Joyeux Noel” tags send guests good wishes. A dried rose sits gently nearby.
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While soft and pure without much color, this table is dominated by a whole lot of shine. Silver and crystal and glittered baubles are present throughout, honoring the holiday atmosphere, yet keeping the mood calm.
Running down the center of the table, I used a fresh greenery “runner” of magnolia leaves. This adds depth to this neutral tablescape and a hint of color, while also supplying an element from nature.
The runner is also peppered with dried roses and scattered holiday ornaments in gold and silver.
There are a few favorite staples I use in many of my holiday table settings, including a ruffled linen tablecloth, vintage silver flatware and cut crystal goblets. They work with just about any look and are grand enough for holiday entertaining.
The silver highlights on this table are repeated throughout, from the decorative ornaments to the silver chargers. But the one thing I recently added to my collection that’s debuting on this table is a pair of antique silver candelabras adorned with silver tapers. They feel like the crowning touch to my holiday table.
My vintage French empire crystal chandelier presides over the whole scene. With the light streaming in on this tranquil tableau, I hope I achieved just the right mood for this most peaceful of holiday table settings.
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