How To Create A Festive Tablescape Two Ways


Yay, the official holiday season has begun. Y’all I love this time of year and especially when I can entertain friends and family. Hosting a variety of events over the years has brought me so much joy and creating a fun tablescape is definitely my favorite part. Welcome if you are visiting from my friend Emily – Handmade Farmhouse. I hope you’re enjoying our little tablescape tour and be sure to check out all the amazing ideas from my other talented friends.

I’m sharing the first of a few table setting ideas for you and hope to give you some inspiration along the way.  for more table ideas you can visit this post here Christmas Table Setting Ideas and for decor ideas you can check out this post Welcome To My Christmas Home Tour 


 The tables I’m sharing today are very different but has a simple basic theme. The first table is more casual and has pops of bold black and mix of patterns for some whimsey. The second table is a bit more chic and sophisticated with a cozy feel. When creating a festive table there are a few things that help me to get started

festive table setting tips

  • start with a theme or color in mind. Just a simple thought of what you want the look and feel of the table to look like. If it’s a certain occasion, that usually the best place to start. 
  • next, find items you already have first that may be related to that theme. Sometimes it’s just a plate or napkin I love.
  • then shop for items that you may need to finish off your theme. Sometimes when I’m looking for an item, it will give me a new ideas or thought process for that table. Some good places to look are dollar spots and stores. The will usually have small seasonal items that can work well onto a table, especially for little favors or trinkets.
  • layering a place setting with fun placemats and chargers can end up being the spotlight of the table rather that the centerpiece. For these two tables, I focused more on that and kept the centerpieces very simple and low key.
  • add a special trinket or gift to each place setting to make your guests feel special.


Bold & Fun



I love mixing patterns and this table was so fun to create. Pops of black and a bold check makes this table a stand out with Christmas greenery. I started with this bold Buffalo check runner and just placed some vintage black urns in the middle with mini Christmas trees. SInce the runner is so busy, I wanted to keep the actual centerpiece simple and bold.  



For the place settings I started with a pine place mat and added a black charger. Next I added the dinner plate and finished it off with a fun accent plate. Although these plates are no longer available, I have linked some similar ideas for you. Then I added some bold buffalo check napkins with a cedar napkin ring to tie in with the place mat.   



The simplicity of this table has a crisp look with the bold black and white accompanied by beautiful greenery.   



If you like color, pops of red would be fun by adding red berries, and or ornaments. Mixing bold patterns makes a fun statement without needing to use a lot of things for the table.

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Cozy Chic

This theme is a chic, sophisticated look with a cozy touch. Mostly a spotlight on pretty greenery with creamy whites and natural elements. I wanted to keep this simple and pretty with a casual, chic feel to it.


I started with this beautiful fur table runner and placed some simple pine picks in the center and tucked in some white pinecones. To add warmth, battery operated candles at various heights give a beautiful ambiance.  



For the place settings. I started with a pine placemat then layered a snowflake placemat on top. Next I added our everyday dinner plate and topped it with a pretty accent plate. I’ve had these a few years and have enjoyed the simplistic and festive feel they have. Although these aren’t available anymore I have a few similar linked that would work just as well.  



Next I folded this neutral cream napkin into a square and pulled it through some cedar napkin rings to tie in with the rest of the greenery. I placed it off to the side so the pine trees could peek through the side of the napkin. I also added some pine garland to the light fixture to give a festive look to the lighting and bring the whole look together.

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I hope you enjoyed these simple, festive tables and stay tuned for several more table themes coming up soon. Which one was your favorite?  Now head on over to see what my friend Jaclyn  has to share, she is so creative and has a beautiful home. You’ll love her  and find so much inspiration there.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and come back often for more ideas and holiday inspiration. Be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss a post. I’d love to hear from you and feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for following along.  

Happy Decorating


December 2, 2019

  1. Katie says:

    Truly beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

    • says:

      Hi Kathie,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Really appreciate it and so glad you enjoyed it.

      Happy Holidays,
      Deborah xoxo

  2. I loved them both! You are so talented Deborah! Loved being on this hop with you!

    • says:

      Thank you Bethany, Appreciate that so much friend. FUn doing the tour with you !

      Deborah xoxo

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